AUTO record is the point-n-shoot mode that lets anyone get great pictures with little or no fuss. The '10M*' icon indicates the image resolution is 10-megapixels at High quality, there are 18 pictures remaining at the current image resolution. The zoom lens gauge is shown for a few moments whenever the focal length is changed (not shown above.)
When you half-press the shutter release the autofocus is locked and the exposure is calculated and set. If autofocus was successful the AF brackets will turn green, if it fails they will be red and blink.
Pressing the mode button brings up this screen which allows you to choose your shooting mode from the selections above: Auto, Scene, Smile or Movie.
Record mode menu:
Image mode - 10M* High, 10M Normal, 5M Normal, 3M Normal, PC, TV, 16:9
White balance - Auto, Preset Manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, BSS, Multi-Shot 16 orISO sensitivity - Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000
Color options - Standard color, Vivid color, B&W, Sepia, Cyanotype, Pastel
AF area mode - Face Priority, Auto, Manual, Center
Distortion Control - On or Off
Pressing the 4-way selector 'up' changes flash modes, 'left' enables the self-timer, 'right' adjust exposure compensation, and 'down' changes the focus mode. You set these options via onscreen pop ups as shown above.
Scene mode options include: Scene Auto Selector, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Food, Museum, Fireworks Show, Copy, Backlight, Panorama assist, and Voice Recording.
Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 4 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.
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 for the sharpest possible shots.
Movie mode screen display. You can record 640x480 .AVI Movie clips at 30fps, limited in length only by the amount of remaining memory (max. clip length of 25 min.) Sound is recorded so the zoom cannot be used while recording, but can be preset beforehand.
Movie mode options:
TV Movie 640* - Color 640x480 pixels, 30fps
TV Movie 640 - Color 640x480 pixels, 15fps Small Size 320* - Color 320x240 pixels,Small Size 320 - Color 320x240 pixels, 15fps
Electronic VR - On or Off
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