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Playback Settings   top

There are three Playback menus: PLAYBACK •, PLAYBACK •• and PLAYBACK •••.

To set them, press MENU and click left or right to the three blue [ > ] icons in about the middle of the top of the screen.

The first two are relatively silly, while we set how we would like our images to display on the camera in the third one.


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Protect images

This lets you mark images as "protected," which means that they won't be deleted if you do a DELETE ALL IMAGES command in the camera.

These images will be deleted anyway when you FORMAT a card.

Worse, if you've marked an image as PROTECT, the file is marked in such a way that it is difficult to delete it from your computer later.

I never use this. I would only use it to delete most of the images from a card except a few favorites (which I don't do), and after deleting the other images, I'd unprotect my favorites so that the files aren't difficult to delete later in my computer when I want to.


Rotate images

This lets you change the rotation flag for images that you've shot.

The images are never actually rotated. What happens is a "flag," or notation, is set on the file that most, but not all, software will recognize, and rotate your image accordingly.


Erase Images

This allows you erase one, many or all images at once.


Print Order

This lets you mark your files for how many prints of what size you'd like for each photo.

This is useful mostly in Japan where photo labs are able to read these settings. I've never used this feature; even if my USA labs could read this, I find is much easier to sort my photos on a computer.


Photobook Set-up

This is the same as Print Order above; used for creating photobooks in camera for printing.

Again, I find it much easier to do this in my computer.


RAW image processing

This lets you create a new, finished JPG image from a RAW CRW file.

It is useful as a way to correct lens geometric and other distortions in-camera.

I never use this. To use this, you have to have a RAW file, and then it's a lot of button pushing.


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This lets you record a new, smaller-sized JPG image from a larger image.



This lets you rank images in-camera.

I've never seen any of my software recognize these rankings, and even if my software recognized there, I find it much easier to do this in my computer.


Slide Show

This lets you amaze your friends with a slide show on the awesome three-inch screen.


Image Jump

This is useful: it sets by how many images the playback jumps for each click of the top dial.

This lets you flick around all your images very quickly by flicking the top dial; by default, it moves 10 images per click, making it easy to flick through hundreds of images by tens with the top dial, and one-by-one with the big rear dial.


PLAYBACK •••        top

Highlight alert

This blinks bright highlights during playback. It is one way to see what parts of your image may be washed out.

I don't use it; I prefer histograms.


AF point disp.

This shows red rectangles over the image to show which AF areas were active.


Playback grid

This puts various straight lines over the picture to help you figure which are level.


Histogram disp

This lets you get real RGB color histograms, which are far more useful than the black-and-white-only ("brightness") histograms shown by default.


Movie play count

This lets you choose either common HH:MM:SS, or real time codes, as movie files are played in the camera.


Magnification (apx)

This sets roughly the first magnification we get when we hit the ZOOM button on playback.

There are a lot of options, try them and see what you prefer. I usually prefer Actual size, since it zooms right into the selected AF point.


Ctrl over HDMI

This lets us control the camera from a TV remote control while playing into that TV over HDMI, if you have a TV which supports this.


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