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Core Functionality Issues

Last updated 2019-12-05 - Send Feedback
Related: Panasonic, usability

This article is part of a series. See Introduction to Camera Features to start.

Many cameras have needless bad design.

Ratings, scale of 1 to 10
0 = does not exist
1..4 = badly done
5/6 = meets minimum standard
7/8/9 = very good but missing something,
10 = perfect.

Self timer

Self-timer implemention on many cameras is flawed. All self-timer implemenations should support:

  • Option to remain enabled for power on/off and between shots ('sticky' by default!).
  • User-selectable choice of delay, e.g., 3 seconds seconds.
  • At the least it should preconfigured delay choices of 1/2/3/4/5/8/10/12/15/20/30/56/60/120 seconds. Some of these delays are for different purposes, self as selfies or group photos, others (short times) are for delays to avoid camera movement.
  • User-selectable frame count: N frames S.s seconds apart. For example, 3 frames, 1/2 second apart—great for selfies or group shots where people blink or move.
  • Options for visual (blinking light) and auditory countdown including voice (10, 9, 8, ... ).
  • Option to take picture only when eyes are open.
  • Automatic Eye EF option.
  • Option to take N images and to preserve the one with the least subject motion, e.g., on windy days with moving grass or leaves.
  • Seismometer option to take only when camera vibration is at a minimum, e.g., on a windy day.

 

Self timer
Sony Nikon Fujifilm Canon Panasonic Leica
too few choices (2/5/10), no flexibility too few choices, no flexibility too few choices, no flexibility too few choices, no flexibility too few choices, no flexibility 2 or 12 seconds only
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Long Exposure

  • Must not require remote release
  • Must support one press to start, stop (“T” mode)
  • Supports dialing in any time in minutes/seconds
  • Supports arbitrary timed exposure min:sec
  • Counts down time remaining for exposure, counts up for dark frame time remaining.
  • Dim screen and show in night vision preserving red (no whites or blue or bright).
Long Exposure
Sony Nikon Fujifilm Canon Panasonic Leica
Cannot shoot longer than 30 seconds without remote
Does count down time remaining, does not count down dark frame, cannot enter duration mm:ss

Does count down time remaining, does not count down dark frame, cannot enter duration mm:ss

cannot enter duration mm:ss

Does count down time remaining, does not count down dark frame cannot enter duration mm:ss TBD cannot enter duration mm:ss

Save/Restore Camera Settings

  • Save/restore settings to camera card or send to email, etc.
  • Should support simple text file for easy editing, e.g., name/value pairs (property file).
  • Must save My Menu, not just core camera settings.
Save/Restore camera settings
Sony Nikon Fujifilm Canon Panasonic Leica
5 5 TBD 5   0
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Lossless compressed raw

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Lossless compressed raw
Sony Nikon Fujifilm Canon Panasonic Leica
NO YES YES YES YES NO

AF-ON Support

  • Supports release without refocusing, both via shutter on camera and remote control.
  • Support AF-On in all modes, including magnified Live View.
AF-ON Support
Sony Nikon Fujifilm Canon Panasonic Leica
YES YESz YES YES YES LeicaQ2: NO
Leica SL: TBD

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