General Still Photo Shooting Precautions

During Shooting


  • Do not point the camera toward an intense light source, such as the sun or an intense artificial light source. Doing so may damage the image sensor or the camera's internal components.
  • Image quality

  • Image noise (such as dots of light or banding) or irregular colors may be noticeable at high ISO speeds.
  • Shooting in high temperatures may cause noise and irregular colors in the image.
  • Frequent shooting over an extended period may cause high internal temperatures and affect image quality. When you are not shooting, always turn off the camera.
  • If you shoot a long exposure while the camera's internal temperature is high, image quality may decline. Stop shooting and wait a few minutes before shooting again.
  • White [Temperature warning white] and red [Temperature warning red] icons

  • White [Temperature warning white] or red [Temperature warning red] icons indicate high internal camera temperature, caused by factors such as extended shooting or use in hot environments.
  • The white [Temperature warning white] icon indicates that the image quality of still photos will decline. Stop shooting for a while and allow the camera to cool down.
  • Shooting at low ISO speeds instead of high speeds is recommended when the white [Temperature warning white] icon is displayed.
  • The red [Temperature warning red] icon indicates that shooting will soon be terminated automatically. Shooting will not be possible again until the camera cools down internally, so stop shooting temporarily or turn off the camera and let it cool down a while.
  • Shooting in hot environments over extended periods will cause the white [Temperature warning white] or red [Temperature warning red] icon to appear sooner. When you are not shooting, always turn off the camera.
  • If the camera's internal temperature is high, the quality of images shot with a high ISO speed or long exposure may decline even before the white [Temperature warning white] icon is displayed.
  • Shooting results

  • In magnified view, the shutter speed and aperture value will be displayed in orange. If you take the picture in magnified view, the exposure may not come out as desired. Return to the normal view before taking the picture.
  • Even if you take the picture in magnified view, the image will be captured with the image area of the normal view.
  • Images and display

  • Under low- or bright-light conditions, the displayed image may not reflect the brightness of the captured image.
  • Although noise may be noticeable in images under low light (even at low ISO speeds), there will be less noise in your shots, due to differences in image quality between displayed and captured images.
  • The screen or exposure value may flicker if the light source (lighting) changes. In this case, stop shooting temporarily and resume under the light source you will use.
  • Pointing the camera at different direction may momentarily prevent correct display of brightness. Wait until the brightness level stabilizes before shooting.
  • If there is a very bright light source in the image, the bright area may appear black on the screen. However, the actual captured image will correctly show the bright area.
  • Under low light, bright [Set-up: Screen brightness] or [Set-up: Viewfinder brightness] settings may cause noise or irregular colors in images. However, the noise or irregular colors will not be recorded in the captured image.
  • When you magnify the image, the image sharpness may look more pronounced than in the actual image.
  • Custom Functions

  • Some Custom Functions are not available (some settings have no effect).
  • Lens

  • Image Stabilizer is active all times, even without the shutter button pressed halfway, when you use IS-equipped lenses with the IS switch set to ON and [IS mode] in [Shooting: IS (Image Stabilizer) mode] is set to [On].

    The Image Stabilizer consumes battery power and may decrease the number of available shots depending on the shooting conditions. When the Image Stabilizer is not necessary, such as when using a tripod, it is recommended that you set the Image Stabilizer switch to OFF.

  • With EF lenses, focus preset during shooting is only available when using (super) telephoto lenses equipped with this function released in and after the second half of 2011.


  • Using a commercially available HDMI cable, you can display images on a television (). Note that no sound will be output.

Information Display

For details on the icons displayed for still photo shooting, see Still Photo Shooting Screen.


  • White display of the [Exposure simulation (enable)] icon indicates that your shots will be about as bright as the image displayed.
  • If the [Exposure simulation (enable)] icon is blinking, it indicates that the image is displayed at a brightness that differs from the actual shooting result because of low- or bright-light conditions. However, the actual image recorded will reflect the exposure setting. Note that the noise may be more noticeable than the actual image recorded.
  • Exposure simulation may not be performed under some shooting settings. The [Exposure simulation (enable)] icon and histogram will be displayed in gray. The image will be displayed on the screen at the standard brightness. The histogram may not be properly displayed in low- or bright-light conditions.
  • Histogram display is available when [Shooting: Expo. simulation] is set to [Enable] ().