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This section explains basic photography.

  1. Select S mode.

    Rotate the mode dial to S ([ADVANCED SR AUTO]). The following information will be displayed in the LCD monitor.

    Scene label: The camera automatically selects the appropriate scene.

    The u Icon: Shows that the camera is focusing on the subjects’ eyes.

    In S mode, the camera continuously adjusts focus and searches for eyes, increasing the drain on the battery; in addition, the sound of the camera focusing may be audible.

  2. Ready the camera.

    Hold the camera steady with both hands and brace your elbows against your sides. Shaking or unsteady hands can blur your shots.

    To prevent pictures that are out of focus or too dark (underexposed), keep your fingers and other objects away from the lens, flash, and AF-assist illuminator.

  3. Frame the picture.

    Lenses with Zoom Rings

    Use the zoom ring to frame the picture in the display. Rotate the ring left to zoom out, right to zoom in.

  4. Focus.

    Press the shutter button halfway to focus.

    If the subject is poorly lit, the AF-assist illuminator may light.

    Focus indicator

    Focus frame

    If the camera is able to focus, it will beep twice and focus area and focus indicator will glow green. Focus and exposure will lock while the shutter button is pressed halfway.

    If the camera is unable to focus, the focus frame will turn red, s will be displayed, and the focus indicator will blink white.

  5. Shoot.

    Smoothly press the shutter button the rest of the way down to take the picture.