P: Program AE
The camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the subject's brightness.
P stands for Program.
AE stands for Auto Exposure.
Set the Mode dial to P.
Focus on the subject.
- Aim the AF point over the subject and press the shutter button halfway.
Check the display.
- Standard exposure is available unless the shutter speed and aperture value are blinking.
Take the picture.
- Compose the shot and press the shutter button completely.
If the “30"” shutter speed and the lowest aperture value blink, it indicates underexposure.
Increase the ISO speed or use flash.
If the “1/4000” shutter speed and the highest aperture value blink, it indicates overexposure.
Lower the ISO speed or use an ND filter (sold separately) to reduce the amount of light entering the lens.
Differences between P and modes
- In mode, many functions, such as the AF method and metering mode, are set automatically to prevent spoiled shots. The functions you can set are limited. In contrast, P mode only sets the shutter speed and aperture value automatically, and you can freely set the AF method, metering mode, and other functions.
- With Program AE, you can freely change the combination (program) of shutter speed and aperture value set by the camera while maintaining the same exposure. This is called Program shift.
- With Program shift, you can press the shutter button halfway, then turn the dial until the desired shutter speed or aperture value is displayed.
- Program shift will be canceled automatically when the metering timer ends (exposure setting display turns off).
- Program shift cannot be used with flash.