Main Digital Camera Modes

Posted on: 10th October 2013

The record mode and the playback mode are two primary modes found in digital cameras today. In most cases, there is also a video or movie mode setting. The camera is equipped with different buttons or dials to make it easier to switch back and forth to your desired camera mode. The screen displays your different options every time you select a new one for a particular subject or scene.

Shooting mode

Main Digital Camera ModesTo help you make the most out of the shooting mode and get fabulous images, follow these tips:

  • Both the shooting mode and the scene mode have automatic, semi-automatic and manual selection on it so it is up to you which you want to use for a specific photo session.
  • Changing from one mode to another is as easy as clicking the button or adjusting the dial. Just click the button or adjust the dial to change flash mode.
  • Be as creative as possible. You can use a landscape mode during outdoor shooting. You can select macro mode if you want to. If you want to see yourself in the picture, then use the self-timer option.
  • Adjusting the settings is a zilch because your digital camera probably has a user-friendly feature to have you select from different menu options. Of course, you have to do your homework beforehand so you can give justice to different subjects at different settings with different level of illumination or lighting.
  • Do not underestimate the impact of white balance setting or the compression option. You also need to consider the file size which can affect the overall quality of the output.
  • AF/AE lock refers to the shutter-release button. It locks in focus and exposure every time you do a half-press on it and then releasing it afterwards.

Playback mode

To help you make the most out of the playback mode in relation to LCD and get fabulous images, follow these tips:

  • You can view images by either clicking between buttons or zooming in on a particular subject or scene. Most camera buttons are very user-friendly so you won’t feel intimidated using them.
  • Use the thumbnail index if you want to save your pictures in the memory card. And then it is up to you whether you want to erase an image or delete everything. The most important thing is you get the best pictures of a subject or scenery.
  • In order to make it easy to adjust print settings, make sure your camera is PictBridge compatible.

Movie (video) mode

Shoot and edit videos are now possible with any digital cameras we have in the market. While these can never have the same high quality that you would get from videos taken from top-of-the-line video cameras, your digital camera would still do its job nicely. Plus, you can even record in stereo if your camera has that function. Choose a high definition mode every time it si possible to get sharp looking images even while the subject is in motion.

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