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This section describes how to take pictures using program AE (mode P). See “P, S, A, and M Modes” for information on S, A, and M modes.

  1. Rotate the DRIVE mode dial to STILL.

  2. Rotate the focus mode selector to S.

  3. Select mode P.

    Display SHOOTING MODE options by pressing the Fn2 button and then select P.

    SHOOTING MODE is assigned to the Fn2 button at shipment. The role of displaying the SHOOTING MODE menu can, however, be assigned to other function buttons using DBUTTON/DIAL SETTING  > FUNCTION (Fn) SETTING. The Fn2 button can also be assigned other roles.

    The shooting mode can also be chosen using HIMAGE QUALITY SETTING  >  SHOOTING MODE.

  4. Confirm that P appears in the display.

  5. 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 and AF-assist illuminator.

  6. 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.

  7. Focus.

    Press the shutter button halfway to focus.

    Focus frame

    Focus indicator

    • If the camera is able to focus, the focus frame and focus indicator will glow 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.

  8. Shoot.

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