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Follow an on-screen guide to create a panorama.

  1. Press the [DRIVE] button to display drive mode options.

  2. Select [Adv.], then highlight [PANORAMA] and press [MENU/OK] to select the highlighted option and return to shooting mode.

  3. To select the size of the angle through which you will pan the camera while shooting, press the focus stick (focus lever) left. Highlight a size and press [MENU/OK].

  4. Press the focus stick right to view a choice of pan directions. Highlight a pan direction and press [MENU/OK].

  5. Press the shutter button all the way down to start recording. There is no need to keep the shutter button pressed during recording.

  6. Pan the camera in the direction shown by the arrow. Shooting ends automatically when the camera is panned to the end of the guides and the panorama is complete.

For Best Results

For best results, use a lens with a focal length of 35 mm or less (50 mm or less in 35 mm format). Prop your elbows against your sides and move the camera slowly in a small circle at a steady speed, keeping the camera parallel or at right angles to the horizon and being careful only to pan in the direction shown by the guides. Use a tripod for best results. If the desired results are not achieved, try panning at a different speed.

If the shutter button is pressed all the way down before the panorama is complete, shooting will end and no panorama may be recorded. Shooting may also be interrupted if the camera is panned too quickly or too slowly. Panning the camera in a direction other than that shown cancels shooting.

Panoramas are created from multiple frames; if [ON] is selected for [BUTTON/DIAL SETTING] > [SHUTTER AE], exposure for the entire panorama is determined by the first frame. The camera may in some cases record an greater or lesser angle than selected or be unable to stitch the frames together perfectly. The last part of the panorama may not be recorded if shooting ends before the panorama is complete.

The desired results may not be achieved with moving subjects, subjects close to the camera, unvarying subjects such as the sky or a field of grass, subjects that are in constant motion, such as waves and waterfalls, or subjects that undergo marked changes in brightness. Panoramas may be blurred if the subject is poorly lit.

Viewing Panoramas

In full-frame playback, you can use the rear command dial to zoom panoramas in or out. Alternatively, you can play the panorama back using the focus stick (focus lever).

Press the focus stick down to start playback and press again to pause. Press the focus stick left or right to change the pan direction while playback is in progress or to scroll the panorama while playback is paused; vertical panoramas will scroll vertically, horizontal panoramas horizontally. To exit to full-frame playback, press the focus stick up.