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Old Jul 1, 2006, 7:30 PM   #1
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Does it have one and if so how do i get it to snap fast! i haven't had my camera but a few months still learning things on it and i dont knowwhat all it can really do! Its not my fav so im trying ot make it that way by learning all its stuff!!
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Old Jul 1, 2006, 7:54 PM   #2
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• 1/8 – 1/2000 sec (Auto)
• 2 – 1/2000 sec (Program Auto)
• 30 – 1/1000 sec (Manual)

There is no true aperature or shutter priority mode and only 2 aperatures to choose from when shooting, you can read a review of the camera here.

W7 offers plenty of options for the more serious user, including a full manual exposure mode (though with only two apertures to choose from its usefulness is rather limited),

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I have an H1 and my dad has a W7. Menus are very similar but the W7 having fewer buttons relies more heavily on the menu and has less manual control. It is still a great photographic tool and more manualcontrol can be achieved if you knowthe tricks. Ok...notreally tricks... justa bit of fun learning throughobservationand experimentation.

W7 Manual Controls - Aperture and shutter speed can bothbe adjusted in Manual mode.

In order to be able to control Aperture and Shutter settings turn the mode dial to M (manual) then Press theSelect button in the middle of the 4 way controller on thecamera back and you'll see theAperture and Shutter indicators show up on the LCD screen with arrows showing which to press. Up/down arrows (buttons) control shutter and left/right arrows (buttons) controlAperture high/low choices.

Note: After pressing the center Select button to gainAperture/ Shutter control (arrows/icons appear on the LCD) ... labeled 4 way controller button featureson the camera body (Quick Review, Flash, Macro and Timer) are DISABLED until you press the center Select button again to leave Shutter/Aperture control mode. This might be a bit confusing at times but you'll get used to it.

Try it now.

Set the dial to M manualand press the center Select button and you'll see the shutter/ aperture arrows appear on the LCD.You can now control shutter and aperture with the 4 way controller buttons but labeled button features are DISABLED.

Now press the center Select button again and you'll see the shutter / aperture arrows disappear. Shutter/ Aperture controls are now locked outand your normal labeled button functions (macro, flash etc) will be enabled again. Note that even with shutter/aperture controls locked out as long as you remain in M manual mode on the mode dial...the camera will shoot using the lastshutter/ aperture settings you chose.

Now that you know how to set shutter and aperture settings....

Here's the "Trick" if you will on How to get more than just the two preset aperture choices that Sony built in.

Asa previous poster stated,there areonly 2 preset aperturechoicesand the limits change depending whether the camera is at wide angle or full zoom. Wide angle choices are f2.8or f5.6and full zoomchoices are f5.2or f10.

Now the good part. You are NOT stuck with those limited aperture presetsand here's the "trick" to get more aperture choices. By changingthe amount of zoomslightly, the aperture values increase as more zoom is used.

For example...atwide angle lens the maxium aperture is f2.8, however....if you want a bit smaller aperture but don't want to switch to f5.6then simply leave it set to 2.8 and zoom in a bit. As thezoom increases the aperture will close a bit...sooo by zooming in a little, f2.8 will change to f3.5, f3.7, f4 etc. as more zoom is used.

Try it now...

Set to f2.8 aperture preset then zoom slowly from wide angle to full zoomandwatch the aperture valueson the LCD viewer raise (indicating smaller aperture opening). Zoom out again and the aperture opens up back to f2.8 wide. Now switch tof5.6 aperture preset and slowly zoom in andoutagainnotingthe aperture values again vary in between Sony's 2 preset choices. By combining more or less zoom and using the aperture presets you can obtain a variety of aperture settings in betweenSony's limitedpresets.

Remember...as you zoom in your FOV (field of view) narrows so the aperture settings "trick"will only work if you DON'T need the entire wide field of view in your photo composition. Zooming slightly won't affect FOV that much but may give you the extra aperture controlyou desire.

Manual Shutter speed adjustment:

Shutter speedis adjustible from 1/30 to 1/1000 in manual mode so youhave some control there as well. Slower lets more light in but too slow can result in motion blur of moving subjects or camera shake with unsteady hands. Try not to set shutter lower than 1/100 to avoid camera shake during handlheld shots of NON moving subjects. A tripod should be used for shutter speeds lower than 1/100 to avoid camera shake.

For slow moving subjects (people walking, light blowing leaves etc) 1/200 should be fast enough. For fast moving subjects shutter speeds should be approx 1/400 - 1/1000 depending on how fast the subject is moving and on the light available.

When it comes to stopping the action....faster is better. Good rule of thumb is to take a few test shots BEFORE the real action starts and use the fastest shutter speed you can get away with for the lighting conditions that achieves a good exposure.

There are also Scene Mode presets on theMode dialwhich limit manual control but may work better for novice users who who prefer to let the camera adjust shutter and aperture based on the type of photo composition to be taken. With the exception of extreme lighting (very bright or very dim) or special effects (or personal preference) which might require use of manual mode....the camera's program or scene modes should suffice for most general outdoor situations. Indoors....set to P program and set the flash to Auto and it should handle things nicely.

Remember....experimenting costs you nothing so have fun!

Good luck- Dave

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