Nikon 1 J5

Camera Functions

Auto Mode

In auto mode, the camera automatically optimizes settings to suit the subject. The scene mode selected by the camera is shown by an icon in the display.

Human portrait subject

Landscape or cityscape

Night portrait:
Portrait subject framed against a dark background

Close up:
Subject close to the camera

Night landscape:
Poorly-lit landscape or cityscape.

Subject does not fall into the categories listed above.


01. Select Auto mode.

Rotate the mode dial to "Auto."
02. Frame the photograph.

Position your subject in the center of the frame. At default settings, the camera will automatically detect portrait subjects and position the focus point accordingly.
03. Focus.

Press the shutter-release button halfway to focus. If the subject is poorly lit, the flash may pop up and the AF-assist illuminator may light to assist the focus operation.
04. If the camera is able to focus, the selected focus area will be highlighted in green and a beep will sound (a beep may not sound if the subject is moving). If the camera is unable to focus, the focus area will be displayed in red.

1: Focus area
05. Shoot.

Smoothly press the shutterrelease button the rest of the way down to release the shutter and record the photograph.
Pictures can also be taken using touch controls. Tap a subject anywhere in the frame to focus and release the shutter.
After the shutter is released, the memory card access lamp will light and the photograph will be displayed in the monitor for a few seconds (the photo will automatically clear from the display when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway). Do not eject the memory card or remove the battery until the lamp has gone out and recording is complete.

1: Memory card access lamp

Auto Mode: Related Functions

View information on functions related to Auto Mode.

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