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On the back of my camera, I've got this nice big 3 inch LCD screen. You've already seen how it can flip out, and move around. When I'm in Auto mode, it gives me some fairly simple status information. I can see first of all that I'm in Auto mode. Next, it tells me what the camera is controlling in Auto mode; Auto-focus, Brightness, Flash, Color Tone, those are all set according to what the camera figures out from its analysis of my scene. I get some other simple status information down here. I get a Battery Readout. I have a fully charged battery. I'm shooting in JPEG mode at best quality, and I can also see that I've got approximately room for 482 shots on my card.
This little square here indicates that I'm shooting Single Shot mode. When I press the shutter button, it's only going to take one shot. If I want, I can change that to a Burst mode by either pressing this button right here, and this gives me some other options that we'll look at later, or by pressing the Q button, I get to the same menu. That's really the only thing that I can control in here other than Image Formatting and we'll look at Image Format later. Other than that, I don't get a lot of status information because Auto mode is meant to be a fully automatic mode. If I want more control, I'll switch to a different mode, and when I do that, I'll start seeing more status information on here and we'll cover that when we talk about each of those modes.
Now, the screen can be kind of bright when you've got your eye up to the Viewfinder. You will be able to see this out of the bottom of your eye and particularly if you're shooting in low light, it can be kind of blinding. So when you half press the shutter button to take a shot, the screen actually goes off to save your eye. So sometimes when you're trying to compose, if the screen is bothering you, just press the shutter button in half way, and that'll turn the screen off giving you the chance to compose. Once you've figured out what your shot is, you may want to let go of the shutter button and then half press it again to get the camera to meter and focus, but just know that you can turn the screen off and on by half pressing the shutter button.
Also, if you're shooting self-portraits, you may want to know that when you flip the screen out and face it forward like this, the image on the screen reverses. You get a mirror image. So this image that's pointed that way now looks correct to whoever is looking at it from over here. So again this is good for self- portraits or even just for portrait shooting, if you want your subject to be able to see exactly the framing that you've got.
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