Night Portrait Mode

When you want to photograph people at night and obtain a natural-looking night scene in the background, use the [] (Night Portrait) mode. Note that shooting in this mode requires the built-in flash or a Speedlite. 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 [] mode, because shots are more likely to be blurry.


  • Tell subjects to remain still for a moment after the flash fires.
  • During Live View shooting, achieving focus may be difficult when the face of the subject looks dark. In this case, set the lens's focus mode switch to MF and focus manually.
  • When you shoot a night scene with Live View shooting, achieving focus with AF may be difficult if point sources of light are found in the AF point. In this case, set the lens's focus mode switch to MF and focus manually.
  • The Live View image displayed will not look exactly the same as the actual captured image.


  • If you use the self-timer together with a flash, the self-timer lamp will light up briefly after the picture is taken.