Camera Functions

Flash Photography

Most digital SLR cameras are equipped with a pop-up flash. The flash will fire automatically to illuminate dark or back-lit subjects when set to auto and in some scene modes, including portrait and close-up modes. In P, S, A, and M modes, the flash must be turned on or off manually. Turning the flash off when photographing poorly lit subjects may result in slower shutter speeds and blurred shots or heavy shadows in backlit subjects. Using the flash prevents blur and ensures that backlit subjects are not in shadow.

Flash on
Flash off


01. If additional lighting is required for correct exposure in Auto mode, the built-in flash will pop up automatically when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
02. If the flash is raised, photographs can only be taken when the flash-ready indicator is displayed. If the flash-ready indicator is not displayed, the flash is charging; remove your finger briefly from the shutter-release button and try again.
03. To save power when the flash is not in use, press it gently downward until the latch clicks into place.

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