Nikon Coolpix L5 Review
Record Modes & Screens
AUTO record mode is the point-n-shoot mode that lets anyone get great pictures with
little or no fuss. The "7M*" icon indicates the image resolution is 6-megapixels at Fine
quality, VR shows that Vibration Reduction is on, and there's 521 pictures remaining at the
current image resolution. The zoom lens gauge is shown for a few moments whenever the focal
length is changed.
When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is
calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF dot icon is green, if it fails
it is red and blinks.
Record mode menu:
Image mode - 7M* High, 7M Normal, 5M Normal, 3M Normal, PC, TV
White balance - Auto, Custom WB, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy or Speedlight
Metering Matrix or Center-weighted
Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame or Multi-Shot 16
BSS - Best Shot Selector: On or Off (Shoots up to 10 frames and then automatically saves the best [sharpest/clearest] one)
Color options - Standard color, Vivid color, B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype
AF area mode - Auto or Center
The Menu option in the Setup menu, lets you change the menu screen display from icon (shown above) or text
The info or HELP function will give you a brief description of any menu option, by pressing the "T"elephoto zoom button.
Pressing the 4-way selector "up" changes flash modes, "left" enables the self-timer, "right" toggles exposure
compensation, and "down" changes the focus mode. You set these options via onscreen popups as shown above.
Scene mode options include: 4 modes with Scene assist (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait), 11 Scene modes (Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist.)
Face Priority AF mode actually detects the presence of a human face in the
frame and focuses on it. Some of the other portrait scene modes have onscreen
framing guides to help you properly position your subject for the desired effect.
Nikon macro tip #1 - a lot of people never read their
user manuals and don't know the "secret of the sweet spot" - in macro mode run your zoom in and out until you
see the macro flower icon turn green (or yellow on some Coolpix cameras). This is the setting that allows
you to shoot the closest possible shots. And by all means, use a tripod and the self-timer to achieve the
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