Chapter 9

Picture Playback


Exploring picture playback functions

Magnifying your picture to check details

Deciphering the picture information displays

Understanding histograms

Without question, one of the best things about digital photography is being able to view pictures right after you shoot them. No more guessing whether you got the shot you want or need to try again; no more wasting money on developing and printing pictures that stink.

Seeing your pictures is just the start of the things you can do when you switch your camera to playback mode, though. You also can review settings you used to take the picture, display graphics that alert you to exposure problems, and magnify a photo to check details. This chapter introduces you to these playback features and more.

Note: Some information in this chapter applies only to still photographs; if a feature also works for movie files, I spell that out. For specifics on movie playback, see the end of Chapter 8.

Disabling and Adjusting Image Review

After you take a picture, it appears briefly on the monitor. By default, the instant-review period lasts 2 seconds. You can change the display time via the Image Review option on Shooting Menu 1, shown in Figure 9-1.


FIGURE 9-1: Control the timing of instant picture review through this option on Shooting Menu 1.

You can select from the following options:

  • A specific review ...

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