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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.

    The camera automatically selects a scene according to the type of subject detected.

    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—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.

    AFocus indicator

    BFocus frame

    • If the camera is able to focus, it will beep twice, the focus frame will turn amber and green, and the focus indicator will turn green.
    • If the camera is unable to focus, the focus frame will turn red, s will be displayed, and the focus indicator will blink white.

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

    Focus and exposure will lock when the shutter button is pressed halfway. Focus and exposure remain locked while the button is kept in this position (AF/AE lock).

    The camera will focus on subjects at any distance in the macro and standard focus ranges for the lens.

  5. Shoot.

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