Top of camera controls (left) - Exposure Modes
The first six modes (referred to as "Easy Photography") below are all based on Full Auto exposure where the following options are disabled: Image size/Quality selection (locked to Large/Fine JPEG), Custom Functions, AE-lock, Focus Point selection, White Balance (locked to Auto), Exposure Compensation, Flash Compensation, Metering Mode (locked to evaluative). If blur will occur because of camera shake the shutter speed will blink on the viewfinder status bar and on the top LCD.
||Mode||AF mode||Drive mode||Flash|
|Fully Automatic Exposure
Camera has complete control over exposure, point-and-shoot operation.
| AI Focus|| Single
| Automatic pop-up|
Apertures are kept as large as possible (small F number) to produce a shallow Depth of Field (blurred background).
| One Shot|| Continuous
| Automatic pop-up|
Apertures are kept as small as possible (large F numbers) to produce the largest possible depth of field.
| One Shot|| Single
Aperture is kept to a medium setting to ensure the subject DOF is deep enough but the background is blurred.
| One Shot|| Single
Shutter speed is kept as high as possible to ensure capture of fast moving objects.
| AI Servo|| Continuous
Allows for slow shutter speeds combined with flash to illuminate foreground and background.
| One Shot|| Single
The five exposure modes will be more familiar (and preferred) by most prosumer / professionals. All menu functions and settings are available in these modes and can be used in any combination.
Program Auto Exposure (Flexible)
Shutter Priority Auto Exposure
1/4000, 1/3200, 1/2500, 1/2000, 1/1600, 1/1250, 1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20, 1/15, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8, 1, 1.3, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 20, 25, 30 sec
Aperture Priority Auto Exposure
F1.0, F1.1, F1.2, F1.4, F1.6, F1.8, F2.0, F2.2, F2.5, F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0, F9.0, F10, F11, F13, F14, F16, F18, F20, F22, F25, F29, F32, F36, F40, F45, F51, F57, F64, F72, F81, F91,
|M||Full Manual Exposure
In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above (plus BULB for shutter speed, apertures limited by the lens used). Top dial selects shutter speed, rear dial selects aperture. Half-press the shutter release and the meter on the viewfinder status bar and top LCD will reflect the exposure level compared to the calculated ideal exposure, if it's outside of +/- 2EV the indicator bar will blink either + or -.
Automatic Depth-Of-Field AE
Top of camera controls (right)
The table below shows the relationship between each of
the three buttons and the parameters changed by either rolling the main
dial (top) or quick control dial (rear).
+/-2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Continuous (approx. 3 fps max 8 images @ Large/Fine JPEG)
Auto Focus Mode
AI Focus mode (camera will automatically choose between One Shot and AI Servo) is only available in Full Auto.
|White Balance Mode
Auto (3000 - 7000 K)
Daylight (5500 K)
Cloudy (6000 K)
Tungsten (3200 K)
Fluorescent (4000 K)
Flash (6000 K)
Custom (2000 - 10,000 K)
It's worth commenting that both the main dial and quick control dial have a very definite click and quality feel to them, stiff enough not to be accidentally knocked (you can disable the quick control dial too).
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