Night Portrait Mode

Use [Night portrait] (Night Portrait) mode for bright, beautiful shots of people with night scenes in the background. Note that shooting in this mode requires an external flash unit. Using a tripod is recommended.

Tips Shooting tips

  • Use a wide-angle lens and a tripod.

    When using a zoom lens, use the wide-angle end to obtain a wide night view. Because camera shake occurs in handheld shooting, using a tripod is also recommended.

  • Check the image brightness.

    It is recommended to play back the captured image on location to check the image brightness. If the subject looks dark, move nearer and shoot again.

  • Also shoot in other shooting modes.

    Consider also shooting in Scene Intelligent Auto and [Night portrait] mode, because shots are more likely to be blurry.


  • Tell subjects to remain still for a moment after the flash fires.
  • Focusing may be difficult if subject faces look dark when you shoot. In this case, set the focus mode to MF () and focus manually.
  • Autofocusing at night or in dark scenes may be difficult when points of light lie within the AF point. In this case, set the focus mode to MF () and focus manually.
  • Shots will look slightly different from the preview image shown on the screen.


  • The self-timer lamp fires briefly after shots in this mode if the self-timer is used.