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Shutter Release Modes

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Shutter Release Modes

There are several shutter release modes you can select to determine how and when the camera shutter activates to capture the image. If you’re a beginner to the topic, check out our shutter speed guide to find out more.

Single frame.

S (single frame)

The camera takes one image each time the shutter release button is pushed all the way down. Use it when you have plenty of time to compose your image with a subject that is relatively stationary.

Low Burst Shutter Release.

CL (low speed burst)

The camera will capture a low-speed burst of images while the shutter release button is continuously held down. Use when your subject moves enough it is difficult to compose the image exactly as you desire. This is a good choice for photographing active children.

High Burst Shutter Release

CH (high speed burst)

The camera records the maximum frames per second it is capable of while the shutter release button is continuously held down. Use to capture images of active sports or when the subject is very active.

This is also a good choice if the event/scene/action may never happen again, so you’ve got to get an image while it’s happening (you can sort/delete/edit later).

Live View Shutter Release.

LV (Live view)

What you normally see through the viewfinder is now visible on the LCD monitor on the camera’s back. Use when it’s hard to look through the viewfinder or having a larger image makes it easier to achieve a precise focus. This is a great choice for shooting macro images from a tripod.

Self Timer Shutter Release.

Self Timer Mode

A period of time expires between releasing the shutter release and the shutter tripping. Use it to permit you to join a group photo or to allow the camera to quit vibrating from the mirror slapping into the up position. You can choose how long the timer runs before the shutter snaps.

Mirror Up Shutter Release.

Mup (Mirror Up)

If the slightest camera movement would destroy a critical focus, choose this mode. Since you require an absolutely still camera, you’ll probably use a cable release (or wireless remote) to trip the shutter release button once, which raises the mirror up.

Trip the cable release again to activate the shutter. Use this mode for time exposures, sunrises, sunsets, or during such poor light the shutter must be open long enough that the tiniest vibration would ruin the focus. This is also a good choice for macro shots from a tripod.

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