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The camera is easily activated by pressing firmly on the shutter button. If held down, the camera will start up and snap a picture immediately. Like the Z3, the Z6 is designed to be held horizontally like a camera when taking pictures.

The camera starts up shockingly fast for a mobile phone - usually in about one second - and is ready to snap pictures right away. The Z6 viewfinder uses the full screen since it is the same orientation as the camera sensor. Although it seems like you would hold the phone horizontally like a regular camera, all the buttons labels, and the pictures themselves seem to indicate the Z6 is supposed to be held vertically, like a phone. This is reinforced in the video, where the video is sideways if held horizontally, but in portrait orientation if held vertically. Since our Z6 wasn't running final software, it's possible this will be fixed before release. If not the Z6 could start a trend of everyone turning their computers and TVs on the side to watch videos.

There aren't many options for taking pictures other than expected ones like self timer and multi-shot. There are three exposure modes, automatic, night and manual, but there is no way to adjust any additional image settings when manual is selected. The flash can be manually turned on and off, but there is no option for this to happen automatically.

Pictures are snapped quickly after pressing the shutter button and take about 3 seconds to save at the highest resolution. After saving you are immediately returned to the viewfinder instead of a review screen.



Launching the gallery for the first time, you're presented with a list of file names. However it is possible to change the gallery to a grid of thumbnails, among other views. The new gallery application uses the D-Pad similar to the viewfinder, which makes navigating through your photos intuitive, once you have selected the first one you want to view from the list. The D-Pad will let you move through your photos, rotate them, and switch to a full-screen view.

Menu options will let you crop, rotate, resize and apply effects to photos. This is in addition to the usual sending, sharing and file management options.


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