Choosing a Shooting Mode

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Taking Photographs—Choosing a Shooting Mode

* Average frame rate with continuous-

servo AF, manual or shutter-priority 
auto ex po sure, a shutter speed of ½

50

 s 

or faster, and memory re 

main ing in 

memory buffer.  Number of pictures 
that can be stored in buffer depends on 
image quality (see right; fi gures assume 
a sensitivity of ISO 200 equivalent).  Ad-
ditional photographs can be taken as 
soon as enough memory is available in 
buffer.

Choosing a Shooting Mode

Single Frame, Continuous, Self-Timer, or Mirror Up

Shooting mode determines how the camera takes pho to graphs: one at a 
time, in a continuous sequence, with a timed shutter-release delay, or with 
the mirror raised to enhance shutter response and minimize vibration.

Camera takes one photograph each time shutter-release button is 
pressed.  Access lamp will light while photo is recorded; next shot can 
be taken immediately if enough space remains in memory buffer.

S

Single 
frame

Description

Mode

Use the self-timer for self-portraits or to reduce blurring caused by 
camera shake (

 120).

Self-timer

Press shutter-release button once to raise mirror, again to take photo-
graph (shutter will be released automatically if shutter-release button is 
not pressed for 30 s after mirror up).  Mirror will be lowered after shut-
ter is released.  Choose this mode to reduce release lag in situations in 
which timing is paramount, or to minimize camera shake in situations 
in which the least camera movement can result in blurred photographs.  
Note that autofocus, metering, and framing can not be confi rmed in the 
viewfi nder while mirror is raised.

M-

UP

Mirror up

While shut ter-re lease but ton is held down, camera records 1–7 frames 
per second.

*

    Frame rate can be chosen using Custom Setting d1 

(Shooting Speed; 

 186).

C

L

Continuous 

low speed

While shut ter-re lease but ton is held down, camera records up to 8 
frames per second.

*

C

H

Continuous 

high speed

Compressed NEF+JPEG

40

Uncompressed NEF+JPEG

Compressed NEF

Uncompressed NEF

TIFF (RGB)

JPEG

50