General Still Photo Shooting Precautions

Both Viewfinder and Live View Shooting


  • Image quality

  • When you shoot at high ISO speeds, noise (such as dots of light and banding) may become noticeable.
  • Shooting in high temperatures may cause noise and irregular colors in the image.

In Live View 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

  • Frequent shooting over an extended period may cause the camera's internal temperature to rise 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

  • If the camera's internal temperature rises from extended shooting or use in hot environments, a white [Temperature warning white] or red [Temperature warning red] icon will appear.
  • 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 end 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 red. 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.
  • Under low light, noise may be noticeable in image display even at low ISO speeds, but there will be less noise in your shots, because image quality varies between display 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.
  • In low light, if you set [Set-up: Disp. brightness] to a bright setting, noise or irregular colors may appear in the image. 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 and flash

  • If the attached lens has an Image Stabilizer and you set the Image Stabilizer switch to ON, the Image Stabilizer will operate at all times even if you do not press the shutter button halfway. 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.
  • FE lock will not work if the built-in flash is used. FE lock and modeling flash will not work if an external Speedlite is used.


  • With HDMI Cable HTC-100 (sold separately), you can display images on a television (). Note that no sound will be output.

Information Display in Live View Shooting

For details on the icons displayed for still photo shooting, see Live View Shooting Screen.


  • When [Exposure simulation (enable)] is displayed in white, it indicates that the image is displayed at the brightness level closely matching that of the actual image to be captured.
  • 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.