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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 ) ]
* In which shooting situations should I change the ISO sensitivity?
* Can I cancel or change the volume of the operation sounds? [ Sound setting, Silent mode ]
* Can I cancel the information on the monitor or display a grid to check the composition of the picture? [ Display Information ]
* What kinds of in-camera editing functions are available for this camera?
* 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 ( Intelligent Auto ) " mode is recommended for regular photography.

In iAUTO mode, the camera automatically adjusts the settings.
This is a fully automatic mode that dynamically selects the shooting mode in response to changing shooting conditions. This allows you to take pictures using the shooting mode 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, turn the mode dial to other modes (e.g. to " 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.

  • BEAUTY ( Beauty mode )
    This mode enables you to track your subject's face in a frame and smooth persons' complexion.

    Both the original and retouched pictures will be saved. Depending on the subject, the frame may not appear or take time to track your subjects' face. Also, the editing may not produce the desired effect. Image size for the retouched pictures are restricted to 2M or less.

  • SCN ( SCENE )
    The camera offers 15 scene modes for shooting in various conditions.

    1. PORTRAIT PORTRAIT
      For taking a portrait-style shot.
      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.
      It vividly reproduces blues and greens.

    3. NIGHT SCENE 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 in normal shooting.
      For the best results, use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.

    5. SPORT SPORT
      Captures fast-moving action 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
      This mode is ideal for shooting under candlelight.
      Warm colors are reproduced.
      Image quality is restricted to [ 3M ] (2048x1536) 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. BEACH & SNOW BEACH & SNOW
      This mode is ideal for shooting white sand on the seaside or snow-capped mountains.
      The colors of the sky, greenery and people are reproduced clearly.

    14. PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE
      This mode is useful for recording a short movie even before the moments you want to capture.
      The camera captures a 7-second movie, including the 2 seconds before the shutter is fully depressed.
      Image size can be selected from VGA (640x480) or QVGA (320x240).
      Frame rate can be selected from 30fps or 15fps.

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

  • MOVIE
    The camera records video with 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 is selected.

Use the macro mode to gain sharpness and detail in pictures shot at close range.
Super macro mode allows you to focus closer than you can in Macro mode.

OFF Macro mode is deactivated. This mode is for normal shooting.
Lets you shoot as close as 70 cm/27.6 in. from the lens to the subject.
Macro mode
MACRO
Lets you shoot as close as 10 cm/3.9 in. ( when the camera is set for the maximum wide angle zoom ) and as close as 60 cm/23.6 in. ( when the camera is set for the maximum telephoto zoom ) from the lens to the subject.
Super Macro mode
SUPER MACRO
Lets you shoot as close as 2 cm/0.8 in. from the lens to the subject. Zoom and flash cannot be used. Zoom position is fixed automatically.




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 mode dial must be set to any shooting 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 links
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 conditions





Question
In which shooting situations should I change the ISO sensitivity?

Answer:

 

By default, the ISO sensitivity is automatically set, ranging from ISO 64 to ISO 1600.
Adjusting ISO sensitivity enables you to take crisp and clear pictures in different shooting situations.

With high ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds, you can capture sharp, blur-free images
in low-light situations and when the camera or your subject is moving.

You may see more noise or grain in your pictures when you use high ISO sensitivity.

If you use a lower ISO sensitivity, you can reduce the noise but the shutter speed will also become slower.
It is advised that you use a tripod so your camera remains steady when shooting.

ISO sensitivity can be changed as shown below:
AUTO The camera automatically adjusts the ISO sensitivity for the best image quality. ( ISO 64 to 1600 )
HIGH ISO AUTO The camera selects a higher sensitivity than AUTO to minimize the blur caused when the subject or the camera moves.
ISO fixed The ISO sensitivity is fixed by selecting manually ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800 or 1600.




Question
Can I cancel or change the volume of the operation sounds? [ Sound setting, Silent mode ]

Answer:

 

Yes, you can set the operation sounds ( shutter, alarm, etc. ) to OFF or change their volume.

Press the [MENU] button, and then select SETUP.
In the SOUND SETTINGS menu, select the appropriate setting.

Sub
menu
Sound & Volume Selection Operation
BEEP SOUND TYPE 1 / 2 Lets you select the operation sounds and volume of the camera buttons ( except the shutter button ) .
VOLUME OFF( No sound ) / LOW / HIGH
SHUTTER SOUND SOUND
TYPE
1 / 2 / 3 Lets you select the operation sound and volume of the shutter button.
VOLUME OFF( No sound ) / LOW / HIGH
ALARM SOUND
ALARM SOUND
OFF ( No sound ) / LOW / HIGH Lets you adjust the volume of the alarm sound.
VOLUME
VOLUME
OFF ( No sound ) / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 Lets you adjust the playback sound volume.


Silent Mode

In Silent Mode, all sounds (start up/operation/shutter/playback) are turned off.
This mode enables you to use the camera in places where you need to be quiet.
Press the [ MENU ] button, and then select SILENT MODE.

silent-mode

OFF This mode activates custom settings of Sound Settings menu.
ON Electronicx sounds ( operation sounds, shutter sound and warning sound ) and playback sound are muted.




Question
Can I cancel the information on the monitor or display a grid to check the composition of the picture? [ Display Information ]

Answer:

  Yes, during shooting and playback modes, you can change the display information on the monitor by pressing the DISP. button.

DISP. button.

Press the button repeatedly to cycle through the available information display options. The arrows in the illustrations below indicate the order in which the display options occur.

When Taking Pictures

When Taking Pictures

During Playback Mode

During Playback Mode



 What is the histogram?
 
The histogram shows the distribution of the light and dark tones in an image.
For example, when you use the camera in bright sunlight, it may be difficult to view the LCD monitor.

In such a situation, this function enables you to check the exposure of the image.

histogram

 Related link
To see how to use the histogram, click here:

 How to Take Great Pictures
- A histogram is handy for shooting in bright places





Question
What kinds of in-camera editing functions are available for this camera?

Answer:

  The following in-camera editing functions are available for still images:

-PERFECT FIX (Apply Shadow Adjustment and/or redeye reduction technology.)
-BEAUTY FIX BEAUTY FIX ( Retouch the subject's skin and eyes. )
-Resize(Resize)
-Crop(Crop)
-COLOR EDIT
-CARENDAR
-FACE FOCUS

Index and Movie functions are available for movies.
The Index function extracts nine frames from a movie and saves them as a new composite still image.

Movie Edit extracts a part of a movie and saves it as a new movie. Optionally, the function can be configured to overwrite the original movie.

  Editiing Still Images
PERFECT FIX ALL [SHADOW ADJ] and [REDEYE FIX] are applied together.
SHADOW
ADJ
This function brightens areas darkened by backlight and dim lighting.
REDEYE
FIX
Corrects redeye caused when a subject's eyes appear red in flash photography.
BEAUTY FIX
BEAUTY
FIX
ALL [CLEAR SKIN], [SPARKLE EYE] and [DRAMATIC EYE] are applied together.
CLEAR SKIN Smooth a person's complexion. You can select the desired effect from 3 levels: SOFT, AVG and HARD.
SPARKLE EYE This enhances the contrast of the subject's eyes.
DRAMATIC EYE Slightly emphasizes the eyes.
RESIZE
Resize
[ VGA ]
640X480
This saves a separate, smaller copy of the image for e-mail attachment, etc.
[ QVGA ] 320X240
CROPPING
Cropping
This is to crop a part of the image. The edited image is saved as a new still image.
COLOR
EDIT
Black & White This changes the picture color to black & white.
Sepia This lets you create sepia-tone photographs.
Saturation (hard) This increases the color saturation of the image.
Saturation (soft) This slightly increases the color saturation of the image.
CALENDAR This lets you add a calendar to an image.
FACE
FOCUS
This function focuses on a subject's face and slightly blurs the area around it in order to highlight the face. If multiple faces are detected, the one with the largest share of the viewing area will be affected.

  Editing Movies
Index This function extracts nine frames from a movie and saves them as a new composite still image.
Movie New File This extracts a part of a movie and saves it as a new movie. The original movie is left unchanged.
Overwrite This extracts a part of a movie and overwrites the original movie.

 Note:
 - "In-camera editing functions are available only for images and movies taken with the camera.
 - The edited images will be saved as new files. Edited movies will be saved as new files except when the "Movie Edit" function's "OVERWRITE" option is selected.
Before editing images or movies, be sure that there is enough storage space on the card or internal memory.

 - Depending on the image, an editing function may not produce the desired effect.
 - Editing may lower image resolution, which may produce grainy photos.





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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