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This section describes how to take pictures using program AE (mode [P]).

  1. Adjust settings for program AE.

    [Shutter speed]: Select [A] (auto)

    [Auto mode selector lever]: Select

    [Focus mode]: Select [S] (single AF)

    [Aperture]: Select [A] (auto)

    Confirm that [P] appears in the display.

    The [Q] Button

    The [Q] button can be used to view and adjust camera settings.

  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.

  4. Focus.

    Frame the picture with your subject in the center of the display and press the shutter button halfway to focus.

    Focus indicator

    Focus frame

    Area in focus

    If the camera is able to focus, it will beep twice and the focus indicator and area in focus 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, 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.