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Questions:
* Which shooting mode should I use?[ Shooting mode, Scenes ]
* How do I take close-up pictures of small subjects? [ Macro mode and Super Macro mode ]
* The colors in my pictures look different from the actual colors of my subject. What can I do?
[ White Balance ( WB ) ]
* How do I change the shooting functions back to default settings? [ Rest Settings ]
* Which type of memory card can I use? [ xD-Picture Card, microSD Card ]




Question:
Which shooting mode should I use? [ Shooting mode, Scenes ]


Answer:
" iAUTO " mode is recommended for regular photography.

In " iAUTO " mode, the camera automatically adjusts the settings.
This is a fully automatic mode that allows you to take pictures best suited for the scene by simply pressing the shutter button.

If you want to change settings such as white balance ( WB ) and ISO sensitivity, select another mode. ( e.g. " P " ).

The following shooting modes and scenes are available:

  • iAUTO ( Intelligent Auto )
    By simply pointing the camera at the subject, the camera automatically sets the shooting mode best suited for the scene. As the shooting conditions change, the camera reevaluates the scene and dynamically selects a new shooting mode if appropriate.
    Available modes are Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night+Portrait and Landscape.
    Camera Menu settings such as white balance and ISO sensitivity cannot be changed.

  • P ( Program Auto )
    The camera automatically sets the optimum aperture and shutter speed based on the lighting conditions.
    Unlike " iAUTO " mode, [ Camera Menu ] settings such as white balance and ISO sensitivity can be changed.

  • Digital Image Stabilization
    With high ISO sensitivity, this mode reduces blur caused by a moving subject or by camera shake.

  • SCENE
    The camera offers 13 scene modes for shooting in various conditions.

    1. PORTRAIT PORTRAIT
      This mode is suitable for shooting portraits.
      The camera automatically sets the optimal shooting conditions to produce natural skin tones.

    2. LANDSCAPE LANDSCAPE
      This mode is suitable for taking pictures of landscapes.
      Blues and greens are reproduced clearly.

    3. NIGHT NIGHT SCENE
      For shooting illuminated scenes in the evening or at night.
      The camera sets a slower shutter speed than in normal shooting.
      For the best results, use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.

    4. NIGHT+PORTRAIT NIGHT + PORTRAIT
      For shooting both a foreground subject and an illuminated background in the evening or at night.
      The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used in normal shooting.
      For the best results, use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.

    5. SPORT SPORT
      Captures fast-moving subjects without blurring.

    6. INDOOR INDOOR
      For shooting both main subject and background indoors (e.g. at a party).
      The background is reproduced clearly.

    7. CANDLE CANDLE
      For shooting under candlelight.
      Warm colors are reproduced.
      Image quality is restricted to [ 3M ] (2048×1536) or less.

    8. SELF PORTRAIT SELF PORTRAIT
      Lets you take a picture of yourself while holding the camera.

    9. SUNSET SUNSET
      For shooting the setting or rising sun. Vividly reproduces reds and yellows.

    10. FIREWORKS FIREWORKS
      Suitable for shooting fireworks at night.
      The camera sets a slower shutter speed than is used in normal shooting.
      For the best results, use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.

    11. CUISINE CUISINE
      For still life photography.
      Vividly reproduces colors of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

    12. DOCUMENTS DOCUMENTS
      For shooting paper documents.
      Increases contrast between letters and background.

    13. PET PET
      The camera settings are optimized for taking pictures of pets or other animals.


  • MOVIE
    The camera records video with or without sound.





Question
How do I take close-up pictures of small subjects? [Macro mode and Super Macro mode]

Answer:

  Press the [ Macro mode ] button repeatedly until the Macro mode ( macro ) or Super Macro mode ( super macro ) icon appears.

Use the Macro mode to gain sharpness and detail in pictures at close range.
Super Macro mode allows you to take pictures more closely than the Macro mode.

OFF
MACRO off
Cancels macro mode.
This mode lets you shoot from as close as 60cm / 23.6in. ( when the camera is set for the maximum wide angle zoom ) and as close as 100cm / 39.4in. ( when the camera is set for the maximum telephoto zoom ) to the subject.
Macro mode
MACRO
mode
This mode lets you shoot from as close as 20 cm / 7.9 in. (when the camera is set for the maximum wide angle zoom) and as close as 60cm/23.6in. (when the camera is set for the maximum telephoto zoom) to the subject.
Super Macro mode
SUPER MACRO
mode
This mode lets you shoot from as close as 4 cm / 1.6 in. to the subject. Zoom and Flash cannot be used. Zoom position is fixed automatically.

 Related link
To learn how to set the Macro mode or see some pictures to compare the effects of different macro modes, click on the following link:

 How to Take Great Pictures
 - Macro only possible on compact digital cameras





Question
The colors in my pictures look different from the actual colors of my subject. What can I do? [ White Balance ( WB ) ]

Answer:

  Select a White Balance ( WB ) setting that is more appropriate for the lighting conditions.

In the default white balance mode, WB is set to AUTO so you can take pictures with natural colors in most lighting conditions.

The colors in pictures may differ from the subject's actual colors under the following lighting conditions:
  • When the subject is in the shade on a sunny day.
  • When the subject is illuminated by both natural light and indoor lighting (e.g. near a window)
  • When the light from the camera's flash does not reach a subject lit by indoor lighting
In cases like these, select the WB setting that is designed to capture accurate colors in the specific lighting conditions.
To select WB settings, the shooting mode must be set to any mode except iAUTO.

The following table describes the available WB settings:

AUTO
The white balance is adjusted automatically for natural color, regardless of the light source.
Sunny day
Sunny day 
For shooting under bright sunlight.
Cloudy day
Cloudy day
For shooting under a cloudy sky.
Tungsten light
Tungsten
light 
For shooting under tungsten lighting.
Fluorescent lamp 1
Fluorescent
lamp 1 
For shooting under a daylight fluorescent lamp.
(This type of lamp is mainly used in homes.)
Fluorescent lamp 2
Fluorescent
lamp 2 
For shooting under a neutral white fluorescent lamp.
(This type of lamp is mainly used in desk lamps.)
Fluorescent lamp 3
Fluorescent
lamp 3 
For shooting under a cool white fluorescent lamp.
(This type of lamp is mainly used in offices.)

 Related link
To learn how to set the WB or see some pictures to compare the effects of different WB settings, click on the following links:

 How to Take Great Pictures
 - Taking Pictures of Sunsets Adjusting the White Balance
 - Use White Balance to bring out flower colors
 - Use White Balance to alter your photo's impression
 - Select White Balance depending on the lighting condition





Question
How do I change the shooting functions back to default settings? [Reset Settings]

Answer:

  You can reset the current settings to the default settings if the shooting mode is set to iAUTO,
P, SCN (SCENE), [ digital image stabilization ] (digital image stabilization) or MOVIE [Movie].
Press the [ MENU ] button, and then select RESET.

RESET

The following functions can be reset to the default settings by selecting RESET:

Function Default
FLASH AUTO
EXPOSURE COMP. 0.0
MACRO OFF
SELF-TIMER OFF
IMAGE SIZE ( Still images ) / COMPRESSION 12M/NORMAL
IMAGE SIZE ( Movies ) / FRAME RATE QVGA/15fps
SCN (SCENE) PORTRAIT
WHITE BALANCE AUTO
ISO AUTO
Still picture REC ( Still picture REC ) OFF
Movie REC ( Movie REC ) ON
AF MODE SPOT




Question
Which type of memory card can I use? [ xD-Picture Card, microSD Card ]


Answer:

  You can use xD-Picture Card™ media or microSD™ / microSDHC media
(hereafter referred to as "microSD cards").

The following xD-Picture Card media can be used:
Card Capacity: 16MB to 2GB
Card Type: TypeH, TypeM, TypeM+, Standard

To see all compatible microSD cards, click here:
" Compatible microSD card Tables "




 
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