The Set-up Menu
u AF Assist
The COOLPIX P1/P2 is equipped with an AF-assist illu-
minator. If lighting is poor, the built-in AF-assist illumi-
nator will light when the shutter-release button is
pressed halfway, allowing the camera to focus even
when the subject is poorly lit.
AF-Assist Illuminator Provides the Following Range
• Zoom out: a range of approx. 0.5 - 1.4 m (1 ft. 8 in. - 4 ft. 7 in.)
• Zoom in: a range of approx. 0.5 - 1.4 m (1 ft. 8 in. - 4 ft. 7 in.)
When the AF-assist option is set to Auto, the AF-assist illuminator will light in the following
•AF area mode is set to lAuto or nCenter in the Shooting menu, or the focus area
in the center of the frame is selected when AF area mode is set to mManual.
• Shooting in the scene mode such as CPARTY/INDOOR, HBEACH/SNOW,
ISUNSET, OCOPY, LBACK LIGHT, or FPANORAMA ASSIST.
• Focus area in the center of the frame is selected and scene mode is BPORTRAIT,
DNIGHT PORTRAIT, or MCLOSE UP.
Rotate the mode dial to a to select AF assist,
and then press d.
The AF-assist illuminator does not light.
The AF-assist illuminator can be turned off for shooting in sit-
uations in which the AF-assist illuminator is too bright for
human subjects or in which flash photography is prohibited.
When the AF-assist illuminator is turned off, it will not light
even when the subject is poorly lit. Under these conditions,
however, the camera may not be able to focus accurately.
If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator lights when the
shutter-release button is pressed halfway, allowing the cam-
era to focus the subject (c23).