Top 10 Essential Menu Settings

Here is my list of the top 10 essential menu settings on Fujifilm cameras that I change from the default and my reasons for doing so.  Of course your mileage may vary but I’ve found these work for me.

Face Detect/Eye Detect

The second item in the first shooting menu (camera icon with a 1), under AutoFocus  Setting.

FACE DETECTION: ON

EYE DETECTION AF: AUTO

At first I thought this was going to be a bit gimmicky, but there is some serious dark magic going on here.  I have two young children, FAST young children and this nails the autofocus on the nearest eye brilliantly.  The only downside is I think I might lean on the feature too heavily and I’m in danger of losing my focusing mojo but I’ll take that risk.

ISO AUTO SETTING

Right after Auto Focus Setting in the first menu.

DEFAULT SENSITIVITY: 200

MAX. SENSITIVITY: 3200

MIN. SHUTTER SPEED: 1/160

Let’s be honest, our Fujifilm cameras can see in the dark, in fact I deliberately set my ISO to 4000 when I am shooting monochrome because I like the look I get.  The default of 800 is way too conservative in my opinion, similarly a minimum shutter speed of 1/80 is too slow for me.  As I said earlier, I have fast children.

IMAGE QUALITY

Two down from the ISO AUTO SETTING menu.

FINE+RAW

Now, I am hoping someone somewhere can explain to me why we have a NORMAL setting in here at all.  Hmmm I don’t want the best possible image quality?  I don’t have enough storage space and SD cards are just sooooooo expensive?  I can only assume it’s a relic from the bad old days of hideously expensive flash memory, why does it even exist as an option in 2018? Maybe it opens a secret hidden menu filled with all sorts of wondrous things, just nobody has found it, because nobody in the world would use that setting…  Rant over, I like to shoot JPEG and RAW, OOC Fujifilm JPEGs are the benchmark by which all other cameras JPEG engines are measured.  Shooting RAW too gives me another bite of the cherry, if I want to I can reprocess the RAW in camera and get yet another awesome Fujifilm JPEG.  SD cards are cheap, storage is cheap, it’s a no-brainer for me.

NOISE REDUCTION

This lives right at the top of the 3rd shooting menu.

(-2) LOW

In camera noise reduction, I don’t need it, I don’t want it.  If (and it’s a BIG if) I need to use noise reduction I’ll do it in LightRoom or in some other desktop based app.  Fujifilm JPEGs are the best and the noise from X-Trans sensors is practically a work of art anyway, don’t mess with it.

SHOOT WITHOUT LENS

Bottom of the 3rd shooting menu.

ON

I like to shoot with vintage lenses via an adapter, you can’t do that without this set to ON.  It does no harm to leave it set to on, even with a regular Fujifilm lens attached to the camera.

MF ASSIST

FOCUS PEAK HIGHLIGHT RED(HIGH)

If you are shoot with an adapted lens or in manual focus mode at all, this seems to be the best option.  Sure, you can go for a digital split image that fills me with nostalgia for my Olympus OM4 but, focus peaking in red is the sweet spot for me.  A good technique here is to shoot in monochrome with red focus peaking, that red REALLY stands out, I can always reprocess the RAW and get a colour JPEG if need be.

SOUND SET-UP

We are now into the Set-Up menus – blue wrench icon, this is towards the bottom of the first page.

OPERATION VOL.: OFF

SHUTTER VOLUME: OFF

Again this is a personal thing, but I don’t need my camera making beeps and whistles and I certainly don’t need a fake shutter sound.  Pick whatever shutter sound you like, when the volume is set to off you can’t hear it.

SCREEN SET-UP

Right after the Sound Set-up menu, makes sense I think.

IMAGE DISP.: OFF

If I want to look at an image after I’ve taken it, I’ll press the Playback [>] button.  Having every image pop up automatically is unnecessary and eats your batteries.  We are not at home to Mr. Chimp.

SENSOR CLEANING

Right in the middle of the second Set-Up menu

WHEN SWITCHED ON: ON

WHEN SWITCHED OFF: ON

I like to take every possible opportunity to keep my sensor free of dust, so I set this to shake the sensor every time the camera is turned on and off.

CONNECTION SETTING

This one is buried deep.  At the top of the final Set-Up menu you’ll find CONNECTION SETTING / WIRELESS SETTINGS

RESIZE IMAGE FOR SMARTPHONE: OFF

I do a lot of on the go shooting and editing and I want the best possible quality to start with, my iPad Pro can easily handle the files from my Fujifilm cameras at full size.