Choosing aperture and shutter speed (M manual mode)
Mode M is a shooting mode where you choose both the aperture and shutter speed.
They can be set even in bulb, time, and live composite photography. Rotate the mode
dial to M, rotate the control dial (P) to adjust the shutter speed, and after presssing the F
button (F), rotate the control dial (P) to adjust the aperture.
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• The exposure determined by the aperture value and shutter speed you have set, and the
difference relative to a suitable exposure measured by the camera are displayed on the
• Shutter speed can be set to values between 1/4000 and 60 seconds or to [BULB] or
[LIVE TIME], or [LIVECOMP].
• Even when you have set [Noise Reduct.], noise and/or light spots may still be noticeable
in the image displayed on the monitor and shot images under certain environmental
conditions (temperature etc.) and camera settings.
Noise in images
While shooting at slow shutter speeds, noise may appear on screen. These phenomena
occur when the temperature rises in the image pickup device or image pickup device
internal drive circuit, causing current to be generated in those sections of the image pickup
device that are not normally exposed to light. This can also occur when shooting with a
high ISO setting in a high-temperature environment. To reduce this noise, the camera
activates the noise reduction function. g [Noise Reduct.] (P. 91 )
Shooting with long exposure time (BULB/TIME)
Use for night landscapes and ﬁ reworks. In M mode, set the shutter speed to [BULB] or
Bulb photography (BULB): The shutter remains open while the shutter button is pressed.
The exposure ends when the shutter button is released.
Time photography (TIME): The exposure begins when the shutter button is pressed all
the way down. To end the exposure, press the shutter button
all the way down again.
• During bulb or time photography, the screen brightness changes automatically. g “Bulb/
Time Monitor” (P. 92)
• When using [LIVE TIME], the progress of the exposure will be displayed in the monitor
during shooting. The display can also be refreshed by pressing the shutter button halfway.
• [Live Bulb] (P. 92 ) can be used to display the image exposure during bulb photography.
• There are limits on the available ISO sensitivity settings.
• To reduce camera blur, mount the camera on a sturdy tripod and use a remote cable (P. 129 ).