Whats the difference between AUTO and P?

Started Nov 28, 2006 | Discussions thread
Conrad Birdie Veteran Member • Posts: 6,809
Re: Whats the difference between AUTO and P?

AllOtherNamesTaken wrote:

Sorry for the stupid question but I couldn't even find a clear
answer in my manual. I have a Nikon D80 and on Auto mode it says
it does everything for you, and P mode says it controls both
shutter speed and aperture. Why would they have 2 modes so
similar? It also says to shoot most pics in P mode....I would
think that would be the case for auto but I guess not.

My question is: Whats the difference between P and AUTO, and which
mode will give me my best walk around pics where I won't be setting
up every shot, say, on a fast paced vacation or something?

Thanks in advance, I'm still very new to this, had the camera for 2
days only.


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Auto = Everything is controlled by the Camera. Basically your camera acts like a Point and Shoot in Auto Mode.

P = The camera uses YOUR defined settings, like ISO, white balance, and some exposure settings.

S = Shutter priority mode. You set the shutter speed and the camera adjusts everything else

A = Aperture priority mode. You set the aperture, (lens opening size) and the camera selects everything else.

M = Manual mode. Can can control most functions in this mode, like shutter speed, and aperture size, etc.

Hope that helps.

Conrad 'Bye Bye' Birdie

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