Camera icons: an overview
Modern cameras have a lot of settings and icons. New users can easily get lost, or some icons might not be as straightforward to recognise. Furthermore, depending on your photography experience and skill level, you might dive deeper into all the settings or choose to remain on the surface and let the camera do most of the work. This article will give you a quick explanation of commonly used scene selection and shooting mode icons.
On this support website, each product has a product page on which you will find a manual or help guide. Consult the manual or help guide of your camera to find an overview of all the icons and indicators of your camera. Luckily, many icons are similar and interchangeable. And if you're a beginner, it's good to remember that you can't go wrong with Auto, but selecting the appropriate scene might mean the difference between taking nice pictures and great pictures.
Shooting mode icons
From left to right
- Camera + I (Intelligent Auto) allows you to shoot still images with the settings adjusted automatically.
- Camera + I plus (Superior Auto): this allows you to shoot still images in higher quality than Intelligent Auto mode.
- Bended rectangle (Sweep Panorama) allows you to shoot a panoramic image by compositing the images.
- P (Program Auto): allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value (F value)). Also, you can select various settings using the menu.
- A (Aperture Priority): allows you to adjust the aperture and shoot when you want to blur the background, etc.
- S (Shutter Priority): allows you to shoot fast-moving subjects etc., by manually adjusting the shutter speed.
- M (Manual Exposure): allows you to shoot still images with the desired exposure by adjusting the shutter speed and the aperture value.
- Movie icon + i: (Intelligent Auto): allows you to film with the settings adjusted automatically. P, A, S and M have the same meaning as regular photography mode (Program auto, Aperture priority, Shutter priority and Manual exposure)
Scene recognition and selection icons
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