HDR Backlight Control Mode

Use [HDR Backlight Control] (HDR Backlight Control) mode for backlit scenes with both bright and dark areas. Shooting once in this mode captures three consecutive images at different exposures, which are combined to create a single HDR image that retains detail in shadows that might otherwise be lost from backlighting.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range.

Tips Shooting tips

  • Hold the camera steady.

    Keep your elbows close to your body to hold the camera steady (). In this mode, three shots are aligned and merged into a single image. However, if there is significant misalignment in any of the three shots due to camera shake, they may not align properly in the final image.


  • Compared to other shooting modes, the image area will be smaller.
  • RAW image quality cannot be set.
  • Flash photography is not available.
  • Note that the image may not be rendered with a smooth gradation and may look irregular or have significant noise.
  • HDR Backlight Control may not be effective for excessively backlit scenes or extremely high-contrast scenes.
  • When shooting subjects that are sufficiently bright as they are, for example for normally lit scenes, the image may look unnatural due to the HDR effect.
  • Shooting moving subjects may result in afterimages from the movement, or darkness around the subject.
  • The image alignment may not function properly with repetitive patterns (lattice, stripes, etc.), flat or single-tone images, or images significantly misaligned due to camera shake.
  • It takes some time to record images to the card since they are merged after shooting. “BUSY” appears on the screen as images are processed, and shooting is not possible until processing is finished.