Samsung Electronics A3LEVNXF2 DigitalCamera User Manual

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USER

MANUAL

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This user manual includes detailed usage instructions for your camera. Please read this manual thoroughly.

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Health and safety information

Always comply with the following precautions and usage tips to avoid dangerous situations and ensure peak performance of your camera.

Warning—situations that could cause injury to yourself or others

Do not disassemble or attempt to repair your camera.

You can damage the camera and expose yourself to the risk of an electric shock.

Do not use your camera near flammable or explosive gases and liquids.

This may cause a fire or explosion.

Do not insert flammable materials into the camera or store these materials near the camera.

This may cause a fire or electric shock.

Do not handle your camera with wet hands.

This may result in an electric shock.

Prevent damage to subjects’ eyesight.

Do not use the flash in close proximity (closer than 1 m/3 ft) to people or animals. If you use the flash too close to your subject’s eyes, this can cause temporary or permanent eyesight damage.

Keep your camera away from small children and pets.

Keep your camera and all accessories out of the reach of small children and animals. Small parts may cause choking or serious injury if swallowed.

Moving parts and accessories may present physical dangers as well.

Do not expose the camera to direct sunlight or high temperatures for an extended period of time.

Prolonged exposure to sunlight or extreme temperatures can cause permanent damage to your camera’s internal components.

Avoid covering the camera or charger with blankets or clothes.

The camera may overheat, which may distort the camera or cause a fire.

Do not handle the power supply cord or the charger during a thunderstorm.

This may result in an electric shock.

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Health and safety information

If liquid or foreign objects enter your camera, immediately disconnect all power sources, such as the battery or charger, and then contact a Samsung service center.

Comply with any regulations that restrict the use of a camera in a certain area.

‡ Avoid interference with other electronic devices.

‡ Turn off the camera when in an aircraft. Your camera can cause interference with aircraft equipment. Follow all airline regulations and turn off your camera when directed by airline personnel.

‡ Turn off the camera near medical equipment. Your camera can interfere with medical equipment in hospitals or health care facilities. Follow all regulations, posted warnings, and directions from medical personnel.

Avoid interference with pacemakers.

Maintain a safe distance between this camera and all pacemakers to avoid potential interference, as recommended by the manufacturer and research groups. If you have any reason to suspect that your camera is interfering with a pacemaker or other medical device, turn off the camera immediately and contact the manufacturer of the pacemaker or medical device for guidance.

Caution—situations that could cause damage to your camera or other equipment

Remove the batteries from your camera when storing it for an extended period of time.

Installed batteries may leak or corrode over time and cause serious damage to your camera.

Use only authentic, manufacturer-recommended,

Lithium-ion replacement batteries. Do not damage or heat the battery.

Inauthentic, damaged, or heated batteries may cause a fire or personal injury.

Use only Samsung-approved batteries, chargers, cables, and accessories.

‡ Using unauthorized batteries, chargers, cables, or accessories can cause batteries to explode, damage your camera, or cause injury.

‡ Samsung is not responsible for damage or injuries caused by unapproved batteries, chargers, cables, or accessories.

Use the battery only for its intended purpose.

Misusing the battery may cause a fire or electric shock.

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Health and safety information

Do not touch the flash while it fires.

The flash is very hot when fired and may burn your skin.

When you use the AC charger, turn off the camera before you disconnect the power to the AC charger.

Failing to do so may result in fire or electric shock.

Disconnect the charger from the wall socket when not in use.

Failing to do so may result in fire or electric shock.

Do not use a damaged power supply cord, plug, or loose outlet when you charge batteries.

This may cause a fire or electric shock.

Do not allow the AC charger to come in contact with the +/- terminals on the battery.

This may cause a fire or electric shock.

Do not drop or subject the camera to strong impacts.

Doing so may damage the screen or external or internal components.

Exercise caution when you connect cables and install batteries and memory cards.

If you force the connectors, improperly connect cables, or improperly install batteries and memory cards, you can damage ports, connectors, and accessories.

Keep cards with magnetic strips away from the camera case.

Information stored on the card may be damaged or erased.

Never use a damaged battery or memory card.

This may result in electric shock or camera malfunction or cause a fire.

Do not place the camera in or near magnetic fields.

Doing so may cause the camera to malfunction.

Do not use the camera if the screen is damaged.

If the glass or acrylic parts are broken, visit a Samsung service center to have the camera repaired.

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Health and safety information

Check that the camera is operating properly before use.

The manufacturer takes no responsibility for any loss of files or damage that may result from camera malfunction or improper use.

You must plug the small end of the USB cable into your camera.

If the cable is reversed, it may damage your files. The manufacturer is not responsible for any loss of data.

Do not expose the lens to direct sunlight.

This may discolor the image sensor or cause it to malfunction.

If the camera overheats, remove the battery and allow it to cool down.

‡ Prolonged usage of the camera may overheat the battery and raise the internal temperature of the camera. If the camera stops operating, remove the battery and allow it to cool down.

‡ High internal temperatures may result in noise in your photos. This is normal and does not affect your camera’s overall performance.

Avoid interference with other electronic devices.

Your camera emits radio frequency (RF) signals that may interfere with unshielded or improperly shielded electronic equipment, such as pacemakers, hearing aids, medical devices, and other electronic devices in homes or vehicles. Consult the manufacturers of your electronic devices to solve any interference problems you experience. To prevent unwanted interference, use only Samsung-approved devices or accessories.

Use your camera in the normal position.

Avoid contact with your camera’s internal antenna.

Data transference and your responsibilities

‡ Data transferred via WLAN could be leaked, so avoid transferring sensitive data in public areas or on open networks.

‡ The camera manufacturer is not liable for any data transfers that infringe on copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property laws, or public decency ordinances.

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Icons used in this manual

Icon

[ ]

( ) ĺ

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Function

Additional information

Safety warnings and precautions

Camera buttons. For example, [ Shutter ] represents the shutter button.

Page number of related information

The order of options or menus you must select to perform a step; for example: Select b ĺ Quality (represents select b , and then Quality ).

Annotation

This manual is explained based on NX-M lenses. When you attach NX lenses using the mount adapter, some shooting options or functions may not be supported.

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Contents

Tips

Concepts in Photography

Shooting postures....................................................................................... 13

Holding the camera ..................................................................................................... 13

Standing photography ............................................................................................... 14

Crouching photography ............................................................................................ 14

Aperture ........................................................................................................ 15

Aperture value and the depth of field .................................................................. 16

Shutter speed ............................................................................................... 17

ISO sensitivity .............................................................................................. 18

How the aperture setting, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity control exposure ......................................................................................... 19

Correlation between focal length, angle, and perspective ................ 20

Depth of field ............................................................................................... 20

What controls out-of-focus effects? ....................................................................... 21

DOF preview ................................................................................................................... 22

Composition ................................................................................................. 23

Rule of Thirds .................................................................................................................. 23

Photos with two subjects .......................................................................................... 24

Flash ............................................................................................................... 25

Flash guide number ..................................................................................................... 25

Chapter 1

My Camera

Getting started ............................................................................................ 27

Unpacking.................................................................................................................... 27

Camera layout .............................................................................................. 28

Using the DIRECT LINK button ............................................................................. 30

Setting the DIRECT LINK button ............................................................................. 30

Using the display ....................................................................................................... 31

Using the Self shot mode.......................................................................................... 31

Inserting the battery and memory card ................................................. 32

Removing the battery and memory card ......................................................... 34

Using the memory card adapter .......................................................................... 34

Charging the battery and turning on your camera .............................. 35

Charging the battery................................................................................................ 35

Turning on your camera ......................................................................................... 35

Performing the initial setup ...................................................................... 36

Selecting functions (options) ................................................................... 38

Selecting with buttons ............................................................................................ 38

Selecting by touch .................................................................................................... 38

Using m ................................................................................................................. 39

E.g. Selecting the photo size in P mode .............................................................. 39

Using the Smart panel ............................................................................................. 40

E.g. Adjust the exposure value in P mode .......................................................... 40

Selecting a mode ......................................................................................... 41

Accessing a Mode screen ....................................................................................... 41

Mode description ...................................................................................................... 41

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Display icons ................................................................................................ 43

In Shooting mode ..................................................................................................... 43

Capturing photos ........................................................................................................ 43

Recording videos ......................................................................................................... 44

About the level gauge ............................................................................................... 44

In Playback mode ...................................................................................................... 45

Viewing photos ............................................................................................................ 45

Playing videos ............................................................................................................... 45

Changing the information displayed ................................................................. 46

Lenses ............................................................................................................ 47

Lens layout ................................................................................................................... 47

Locking or unlocking the lens ................................................................................. 48

Lens markings ............................................................................................................ 49

Accessories ................................................................................................... 50

External flash layout ................................................................................................. 50

Connecting the external flash ................................................................................. 51

Mount adapter layout .............................................................................................. 52

Attaching the mount adapter ................................................................................. 52

Removing the mount adapter ................................................................................ 53

Shooting modes .......................................................................................... 54

Auto mode ................................................................................................................... 54

Smart mode................................................................................................................. 56

Using the Beauty Face mode ................................................................................... 56

Using the Best Face mode ........................................................................................ 57

Capturing panoramic photos .................................................................................. 58

Program mode ........................................................................................................... 59

Program Shift ................................................................................................................ 60

Minimum shutter speed ............................................................................................ 60

Aperture Priority mode ........................................................................................... 61

Shutter Priority mode .............................................................................................. 62

Manual mode.............................................................................................................. 63

Using Framing Mode .................................................................................................. 63

Using the Bulb function ............................................................................................ 64

Recording a video ..................................................................................................... 65

Available functions by shooting mode ............................................................. 66

Chapter 2

Shooting Functions

Size and Resolution .................................................................................... 69

Photo size ..................................................................................................................... 69

Quality ........................................................................................................................... 70

ISO sensitivity .............................................................................................. 71

White Balance .............................................................................................. 72

Customizing preset White Balance options ....................................................... 73

Picture Wizard (photo styles) .................................................................... 74

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AF mode ........................................................................................................ 75

Single AF ....................................................................................................................... 75

Continuous AF ............................................................................................................ 76

Manual focus ............................................................................................................... 76

AF area ........................................................................................................... 77

Selection AF ................................................................................................................ 77

Multi AF ......................................................................................................................... 78

Face Detection ............................................................................................. 79

Normal........................................................................................................................... 79

Smile Shot .................................................................................................................... 80

Wink Shot ..................................................................................................................... 80

Touch AF ........................................................................................................ 81

Touch AF ....................................................................................................................... 81

AF Point ......................................................................................................................... 81

Tracking AF .................................................................................................................. 81

One touch shot .......................................................................................................... 82

MF Assist ....................................................................................................... 83

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) ............................................................. 84

Drive (shooting method) ........................................................................... 85

Single ............................................................................................................................. 85

Continuous Normal .................................................................................................. 86

Burst ............................................................................................................................... 86

Timer .............................................................................................................................. 87

Auto Exposure Bracketing (AE Bracket) ............................................................. 87

White Balance Bracketing (WB Bracket) ............................................................ 88

Picture Wizard Bracketing (P Wiz Bracket) ........................................................ 88

Depth Bracketing ..................................................................................................... 89

Flash ............................................................................................................... 90

Reducing the red-eye effect .................................................................................. 91

Adjusting the flash intensity ................................................................................. 91

Metering ........................................................................................................ 92

Multi ............................................................................................................................... 92

Center-weighted ....................................................................................................... 93

Spot ................................................................................................................................ 93

Measuring the exposure value of the focus area ........................................... 94

Dynamic Range ........................................................................................... 95

Smart Filter ................................................................................................... 96

Exposure compensation ............................................................................ 97

Exposure lock ............................................................................................... 98

Video functions ........................................................................................... 99

Movie size..................................................................................................................... 99

When Video Out is set to NTSC ............................................................................... 99

When Video Out is set to PAL .................................................................................. 99

Movie quality ........................................................................................................... 100

Multi Motion ............................................................................................................ 100

Fader ........................................................................................................................... 101

Voice ............................................................................................................................ 101

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Chapter 3

Playback/Editing

Searching and managing files ................................................................ 103

Viewing photos ....................................................................................................... 103

Viewing image thumbnails ................................................................................. 103

Viewing files by category .................................................................................... 104

Viewing files as a folder ........................................................................................ 104

Protecting files ........................................................................................................ 105

Deleting files ............................................................................................................ 106

Deleting a single file ................................................................................................. 106

Deleting multiple files .............................................................................................. 106

Deleting all files .......................................................................................................... 106

Viewing photos .......................................................................................... 107

Enlarging a photo .................................................................................................. 107

Viewing a slide show ............................................................................................. 107

Auto rotating ........................................................................................................... 108

Playing videos ............................................................................................ 109

Scanning backward or forward ......................................................................... 109

Adjusting the brightness of a video ................................................................ 110

Adjusting the volume of a video ...................................................................... 110

Trimming a video during playback .................................................................. 111

Capturing an image during playback ............................................................. 111

Editing photos ........................................................................................... 112

Cropping a photo ................................................................................................... 112

Rotating a photo .................................................................................................... 113

Resizing photos....................................................................................................... 113

Adjusting your photos .......................................................................................... 114

Retouching faces .................................................................................................... 115

Applying Smart Filter effects .............................................................................. 116

Chapter 4

Wireless network

Connecting to a WLAN and configuring network settings ............... 118

Connecting to a WLAN ......................................................................................... 118

Setting network options ......................................................................................... 119

Manually setting the IP address ........................................................................... 119

Using the login browser....................................................................................... 120

Network connection tips ..................................................................................... 121

Entering text ............................................................................................................ 122

Using the NFC Feature (Tag & Go) ......................................................... 123

Using NFC features in Shooting mode ........................................................... 123

Using NFC features in Playback mode (Photo Beam)................................ 123

Using NFC features in Wi-Fi mode .................................................................... 123

Saving files to a smart phone automatically ....................................... 124

Sending photos or videos to a smart phone ....................................... 126

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Sending photos or videos to multiple smart phones ........................ 128

Using a smart phone as a remote shutter release .............................. 130

Using the Baby Monitor ........................................................................... 132

Adjusting the noise level for alarm activation ............................................. 133

Using Auto Backup to send photos or videos ..................................... 134

Installing the program for Auto Backup on your PC.................................. 134

Sending photos or videos to a PC .................................................................... 134

Sending photos or videos via email ...................................................... 136

Changing email settings ...................................................................................... 136

Storing your information ........................................................................................ 136

Setting an email password ..................................................................................... 137

Changing the email password .............................................................................. 138

Sending photos or videos via email ................................................................ 138

Using photo or video sharing services ................................................. 140

Accessing a sharing service ................................................................................ 140

Uploading photos or videos............................................................................... 141

Using Samsung Link to send files .......................................................... 142

Uploading photos to an online storage ......................................................... 142

Viewing photos or videos on devices that support Samsung Link ...... 143

Chapter 5

Camera settings menu

User settings ............................................................................................... 146

ISO Customizing ..................................................................................................... 146

ISO Expansion ............................................................................................................. 146

ISO Step ......................................................................................................................... 146

Auto ISO Range .......................................................................................................... 146

Noise Reduction ..................................................................................................... 147

Bracket Settings ...................................................................................................... 147

Color Space ............................................................................................................... 148

Distortion Correct .................................................................................................. 149

Touch Operation ..................................................................................................... 149 iFn Customizing ...................................................................................................... 149

User Display .............................................................................................................. 150

Key Mapping ............................................................................................................ 151

Live view NFC........................................................................................................... 151

MobileLink/NFC Image Size .............................................................................. 151

Grid Line .................................................................................................................... 151

AF Lamp ..................................................................................................................... 152

Auto Self-Shot ......................................................................................................... 152

Lens Button Speed Settings ............................................................................... 152

Setting ......................................................................................................... 153

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Chapter 6

Connecting to external devices

Viewing files on an HDTV ........................................................................ 157

Transferring files to your computer ....................................................... 158

Transferring files to your Windows OS computer ....................................... 158

Connecting the camera as a removable disk ................................................... 158

Disconnecting the camera (for Windows XP) .................................................. 159

Transferring files to your Mac OS ...................................................................... 159

Using programs on a PC........................................................................... 161

Installing programs from the provided CD ................................................... 161

Available programs when using i-Launcher .................................................... 161

Using i-Launcher .................................................................................................... 162

Requirements for Windows OS ............................................................................. 162

Requirements for Mac OS ....................................................................................... 162

Opening i-Launcher .................................................................................................. 162

Downloading the firmware .................................................................................... 163

Downloading the PC Auto Backup program ................................................... 163

Installing Adobe Photoshop Lightroom ........................................................ 163

Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom ............................................................... 163

Chapter 7

Appendix

Error messages .......................................................................................... 165

Maintaining the camera........................................................................... 166

Cleaning the camera ............................................................................................. 166

Camera lens and display ......................................................................................... 166

Image sensor ............................................................................................................... 166

Camera body ............................................................................................................... 166

Using or storing the camera ............................................................................... 167

Inappropriate places to use or store the camera ........................................... 167

Using on beaches or shores ................................................................................... 167

Storing for extended period of time ................................................................... 167

Using the camera with caution in humid environments ............................ 168

Other cautions ............................................................................................................ 168

About memory card .............................................................................................. 169

Supported memory card ........................................................................................ 169

Memory card capacity ............................................................................................. 170

Cautions when using memory cards .................................................................. 171

About the battery .................................................................................................. 172

Battery specifications ............................................................................................... 172

Battery life .................................................................................................................... 174

Low battery message ............................................................................................... 174

Notes about using the battery .............................................................................. 174

Cautions about using the battery ........................................................................ 175

Notes about charging the battery ....................................................................... 175

Notes about charging with a computer connected...................................... 176

Handle and dispose of batteries and chargers with care ............................ 176

Updating the firmware ............................................................................. 177

Before contacting a service center ........................................................ 178

Camera specifications .............................................................................. 181

Glossary ....................................................................................................... 186

Optional accessories ................................................................................. 192

Index ............................................................................................................ 193

FCC notice ................................................................................................... 196

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Concepts in Photography

Shooting postures

A correct posture for stabilizing the camera is necessary for taking a good photo. Even if you hold a camera correctly, the wrong posture can cause the camera to shake. Stand up straight and remain still to maintain a steady base for your camera. When shooting with a slow shutter speed, hold your breath to minimize body movement.

Holding the camera

Hold the camera and place your index finger on the shutter button. For larger lenses, place your left hand under the lens for support.

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Standing photography

Compose your shot, stand up straight with your feet shoulder-length apart, and keep your elbows pointed down.

Crouching photography

Compose your shot, crouch with one knee touching the ground, and keep a straight posture.

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Aperture

The aperture is one of the three factors that determine the exposure. The aperture housing contains thin, metal plates that open and close to let light through the aperture and into the camera. The size of the aperture is related to the amount of light: a larger aperture allows more light and a smaller aperture allows less light.

Aperture sizes

The size of the aperture is represented by a value known as an "F-number."

The f-number represents the focal length divided by the diameter of the lens. For example, if a lens with a 50 mm focal length has an f-number of

F2, the diameter of the aperture is 25 mm. (50 mm/25 mm = F2)

The smaller the f-number, the greater the size of the aperture.

The opening in the aperture is described as the Exposure Value (EV).

Increasing the Exposure Value (+1 EV) means the amount of light doubles.

Decreasing the Exposure Value (-1 EV) means the amount of light halves.

You can also use the exposure compensation feature to fine-tune the amount of light by subdividing exposure values into 1/2, 1/3 EV, and so on.

+1 EV -1 EV

Minimum aperture Medium aperture Maximum aperture

F1.4

F2 F2.8

F4

Exposure Value Steps

F5.6

F8

Aperture opened slightly Aperture opened wide

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Aperture value and the depth of field

You can blur or sharpen the background of a photo by controlling the aperture. It is closely related to the depth of field (DOF), which can be expressed as small or large.

The aperture housing contains several blades. These blades move together and control the amount of light passing through the center of the aperture. The number of blades also affects the shape of light when shooting night scenes. If an aperture has an even number of blades, light divides into an equal number of sections. If the number of blades is odd, the number of sections is double the number of blades.

For example, an aperture with 8 blades divides light into 8 sections and an aperture with 7 blades into 14 sections.

A photo with a large DOF A photo with a small DOF

7 blades 8 blades

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Shutter speed

Shutter speed refers to the amount of time it takes to open and close the shutter. It controls the amount of light which passes through the aperture before it reaches the image sensor.

Usually, the shutter speed is manually adjustable. The measurement of the shutter speed is known as the "Exposure Value" (EV), which is marked in intervals of 1 s, 1/2 s, 1/4 s, 1/8 s, 1/15 s, 1/1,000 s, 1/2,000 s, and so on.

Therefore, the faster the shutter speed, the less light will be let in. Likewise, the slower the shutter speed, the more light will be let in.

The photos below illustrate that a slow shutter speed allows more time for light to enter the camera. This adds a motion blurring effect to moving objects. On the other hand, a fast shutter speed allows less time to let light in and the photo more easily freezes subjects in motion.

+1 EV

Exposure

-1 EV

0.8 s 0.004 s

1 s 1/2 s 1/4 s 1/8 s

Shutter speed

1/15 s 1/30 s

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ISO sensitivity

The exposure of an image is determined by the sensitivity of the camera.

This sensitivity is based on international film standards, known as ISO standards. On digital cameras, this sensitivity rating is used to represent the sensitivity of the digital mechanism that captures the image.

ISO sensitivity doubles as the number doubles. For example, an

ISO 200 setting is capable of capturing images at twice the speed of an

ISO 100 setting. However, higher ISO settings can result in "noise"—small specks, spots, and other phenomena in a photo that give the shot a noisy or dirty appearance. As a general rule, it is best to use a low ISO setting to prevent noise in your photos, unless you are shooting in darkened environments or at night.

Because a low ISO sensitivity means the camera will be less sensitive to light, you need more light to have an optimal exposure. When using a low

ISO sensitivity, open the aperture more or reduce the shutter speed to allow more light to enter the camera. For example, on a sunny day when light is abundant, a low ISO sensitivity does not require a slow shutter speed. However, in a dark place or at night, a low ISO sensitivity will result in a blurry photo. Therefore, it is recommended to increase the ISO sensitivity by a moderate amount.

A photo captured with a tripod and high

ISO sensitivity

A blurred photo with a low ISO sensitivity

Changes in the quality and brightness according to ISO sensitivity

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How the aperture setting, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity control exposure

The aperture setting, shutter speed, and ISO sensitivity are closely interconnected in photography. The aperture setting controls the opening that regulates the light that enters the camera, while the shutter speed determines the length of time that light is allowed to enter. ISO sensitivity determines the speed at which the film reacts to light. Together, these three aspects are described as the triangle of exposure.

A change in shutter speed, aperture value, or ISO sensitivity can be offset by adjustments to the others to maintain the amount of light. The results, however, change according to the settings. For example, shutter speed is useful in expressing movement, aperture can control the depth of field, and ISO sensitivity can control the graininess of a photo.

Settings Results

Settings

Shutter speed

Fast speed

= less light

Slow speed

= more light

ISO sensitivity

High sensitivity

= more sensitive to light

Low sensitivity

= less sensitive to light

Results

Fast = still

Slow = blurry

High = more grainy

Low = less grainy

Aperture value

Wide aperture

= more light

Narrow aperture

= less light

Wide = small depth of field

Narrow = large depth of field

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Correlation between focal length, angle, and perspective

Focal length, which is measured in millimeters, is the distance between the middle of the lens to its focal point. It affects the angle and perspective of captured images. A short focal length translates into a wide angle, which allows you to capture a wide shot. A long focal length translates into a narrow angle, which allows you to capture telephoto shots.

Depth of field

Portraits or still-life photos mostly acclaimed by people are the ones on which the background is out of focus so the subject looks pronounced.

Depending on the focused areas, a photo can be blurred or sharpened.

This is called 'a low DOF' or 'a high DOF'.

The depth of field is the focused area around the subject. Therefore, a small DOF signifies that the focused area is narrow and a large DOF means the focused area is wide.

A photo with a small DOF, which stresses the subject and makes the rest of it blurred, can be obtained by capturing a photo close to the subject or selecting a low aperture value. Conversely, a photo with a large DOF which shows all the elements on the photo sharply focused can be achieved by capturing a photo far from the subject or selecting a high aperture value.

9 mm angle 27 mm angle

Small Depth of Field Large Depth of Field

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What controls out-of-focus effects?

DOF depends on aperture value

The wider the aperture is (namely the lower the aperture value), the lower the DOF becomes. Under the condition where the focal length is equal, a low aperture value leads to a photo with a low DOF.

DOF depends on focal length

The longer the focal length is, the lower the DOF gets.

9 mm angle

27 mm F3.5

27 mm F11

27 mm angle

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DOF depends on the distance between the subject and the camera

The shorter the distance between the subject and the camera is, the lower the DOF gets. Therefore, taking a photo close to a subject can result in a photo of low DOF.

DOF preview

You can press the Custom button to get an idea of what your shot will look like before shooting. The camera adjusts the aperture to the predefined settings and shows the results on the screen. Set the function of the

Custom button to Optical Preview . (p. 151)

A photo captured far from the subject

A photo captured close to the subject

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Composition

It is fun to capture a photo of the beauty of world with a camera. No matter how the world is beautiful, however, a poor composition cannot capture the beauty of it.

When it comes to composition, it is very important to prioritize subjects.

Composition in photography means arranging objects in a photo. Usually, abiding by the rule of thirds leads to a good composition.

Rule of Thirds

To use the rule of thirds, divide the image into a 3x3 pattern of equal rectangles.

Using the rule of thirds will create photos with stable and compelling compositions. Below are a few examples.

To compose photos that best emphasize the subject, make sure the subject is located at one of the corners of the center rectangle.

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Photos with two subjects

If your subject is in one corner of the photo, it creates an unbalanced composition. You can stabilize the photo by capturing a second subject in the opposite corner to balance the weight of the photo.

Subject 2 Subject 2

When taking landscape photos, centering the horizon will create an unbalanced effect. Give more weight to the photo by moving the horizon up or down.

Subject 1

Subject 1

Subject 1 Subject 1

Subject 2

Unstable Stable Subject 2

Unstable Stable

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Flash

Light is one of the most important components in photography. It is not easy, however, to have an enough amount of light anytime and anywhere.

Making use of a flash allows you to optimize light settings and create a variety of effects.

Flash, also known as strobe or speed light, helps to create adequate exposure in low-light conditions. It is also useful in light-abundant situations. For example, flash can be used in compensating the exposure of a subject’s shadow or capturing clearly both the subject and the background in backlit conditions.

Flash guide number

The model number of a flash refers to the flash’s power, and the maximum amount of light created is represented by a value known as a "guide number". The bigger the guide number, the more light is emitted from the flash. The guide number is achieved by multiplying the distance from the flash to the subject and the aperture value when the ISO sensitivity is set to 100.

Guide number = Flash to Subject Distance X Aperture value

Aperture value = Guide number/Flash to Subject Distance

Flash to Subject Distance = Guide number/Aperture value

Therefore, if you know the guide number of a flash, you can estimate an optimum flash to subject distance when setting the flash manually. For example, if a flash has a guide number of GN 20 and is 4 meters away from the subject, the optimal aperture value is F5.0.

Before correction After correction

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Chapter

1

My Camera

Learn about your camera’s layout, display icons, lens, optional accessories,

and basic functions.

My Camera

Getting started

Unpacking

Check your product box for the following items.

Camera AC adapter/USB cable Rechargeable battery Strap

Software CD-ROM

(User manual included)

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom DVD-ROM Quick Start Guide

‡ The illustrations may differ from your actual items.

‡ The items may differ depending on your region.

‡ You can purchase optional accessories at a retailer or a Samsung service center. Samsung is not responsible for any problems caused by using unauthorized accessories. For information about accessories, refer to page 192.

Quick Reference Guide

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Camera layout

1

2 3

4

5

13

12

11

10

9

8

6

7

No.

Name

1 Shutter button

2 Power button

3

DIRECT LINK button

Start a preset Wi-Fi function. (p. 30)

4 External flash port cover

5 Microphone

6 Lens mount index

7

Internal antenna

* Avoid contact with the internal antenna while using a wireless network.

8 Lens release button

9

Image sensor

* Do not touch the image sensor.

10 Lens mount

11 NFC tag

12 AF-assist light/Timer lamp

13 Built-in flash

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Camera layout

14

13 12

11

1

2

10

7

8

9

3

4

5

6

No.

Name

1 Speaker

2 Eyelet for camera strap

3

4

5

6

7

8

Video recording button

Start recording a video.

Status lamp

Indicate the status of the camera.

‡ Blinking : When saving a photo, shooting a video, sending data to a computer, connecting to WLAN, or sending a photo.

‡ Steady : When there is no data transfer or charging the battery. f button

Select a shooting mode.

D button

‡ In Shooting mode : Change the information on the display.

‡ In other situations : Move up.

F button

‡ In Shooting mode : Select an AF mode.

‡ In other situations : Move right.

o button

‡ In the Menu screen : Save the selected options.

‡ In Shooting mode : Allow you to select a focus area manually in some shooting modes.

No.

Name

9

Delete/Custom button

‡ In Shooting mode : Perform the assigned function. (p. 151)

‡ In Playback mode : Delete files.

10

11

12

13

I button

‡ In Shooting mode : Adjust the shutter speed, aperture value, exposure compensation, or ISO sensitivity.

‡ In Playback mode : View thumbnails.

‡ In other situations : Move down.

Playback button

Enter Playback mode to view pictures or videos.

C button

‡ In Shooting mode : Select a shooting method or set the timer.

‡ In other situations : Move left.

m button

Access options or menus.

14

Display (touch screen)

‡ To take a self-portrait while looking at yourself on the screen, flip the screen

up. (p. 31)

‡ Touch the screen to select a menu or

an option. (p. 38)

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Camera layout

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

No.

Name

1 Tripod mount

2 Battery lock

3 Memory card slot

4

USB and shutter release port

Connect the camera to a computer or shutter release. Use a shutter release cable with a tripod to minimize camera movement.

5 HDMI port

6 Battery slot

7 Battery cover

Using the DIRECT LINK button

You can turn on the Wi-Fi feature conveniently by pressing [ DIRECT LINK ].

Press [ DIRECT LINK ] again to return to the previous mode.

Setting the DIRECT LINK button

You can select a Wi-Fi function to launch when you press [ DIRECT LINK ]. (p. 151)

To set a DIRECT

LINK option,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ d ĺ Key Mapping ĺ DIRECT LINK ĺ an option.

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Camera layout

Using the display

You can take a self-portrait while looking at yourself on the display by flipping the display up.

Using the Self shot mode

When the camera is off and you enabled the Self shot option (p. 152), flipping the display upward turns the camera on and enters Self shot mode.

In Self shot mode, the timer (3 seconds), one-touch shot, face detection, and beauty face functions are automatically activated.

1

Flip the display upward.

180˚

2

Touch .

3

Drag the sliders or touch the +/- icons to adjust the softness and brightness of the skin tone.

4

Press [

o

] or touch

Set

.

5

Touch the frame area on the display, or press [

Shutter

].

‡

After 3 seconds, the camera automatically releases the shutter.

‡ When the camera is off, flipping the display upward automatically turns the camera on.

‡ Keep the display closed when the camera is not in use.

‡

Flip the display only within the angle allowed. Failing to do so may damage your camera.

‡ When the camera is not held and the display is flipped upward, use a tripod.

Otherwise, it may cause damage to your camera.

‡ Do not flip the display up when an external flash is mounted on the camera.

Otherwise, it may cause damage to your camera.

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Inserting the battery and memory card

Learn how to insert or remove the battery and an optional memory card into the camera.

1 Insert your finger into the groove and open the battery cover.

3 Slide the battery lock to the left.

Be careful not to damage your fingernails when you open the battery cover.

2 Insert a memory card into the slot with the gold-colored contacts facing up.

‡

Insert the memory card fully until it locks into space.

4 Insert the battery with the gold-colored contacts facing right.

‡

Hold the battery cover open with your finger.

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Inserting the battery and memory card

5 Close the battery lock and slide it to the right.

7 Press the battery cover firmly to ensure that it closes tightly.

6 Close the battery cover.

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Inserting the battery and memory card

Removing the battery and memory card

Rechargeable battery

Battery lock

Slide the battery lock to the left to release the battery.

Push the card gently until it disengages from the camera, and then pull it out of the slot.

Memory card

Using the memory card adapter

To read data with a PC or memory card reader, insert the memory card into a memory card adapter.

‡ Do not bend or pull the battery lock. Doing so may damage the lock.

‡ While the status lamp of the camera is blinking, do not remove the memory card or battery. Doing so may damage the data stored on the memory card or your camera.

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Charging the battery and turning on your camera

Charging the battery

Before you use the camera for the first time, you must charge the battery.

Plug the small end of the USB cable into your camera, and then plug the other end of the USB cable into the AC adapter.

Turning on your camera

To turn on or off the camera, press [ ].

‡ The initial setup screen appears when you turn on the camera for the

first time. (p. 36)

Status lamp

‡ Red light on : Charging

‡ Green light on : Fully charged

‡ Red light blinking : Charging Error

For some lenses, when you turn on the camera, the lens moves automatically. Do not press or force the lens, as it may damage the lens.

Use only the AC adapter and USB cable supplied with your camera. If you use another AC adapter, the camera battery may not charge or work properly.

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Performing the initial setup

When you turn on your camera for the first time, the initial setup screen appears. The language is preset for the country or region where the camera is sold. You can change the language as desired. You can also select an item by touching it on the screen.

1 Press [ I ] to select

Time Zone

, and then press [ o ].

2 Press [ D / I ] to select a time zone, and then press [ o ].

Time Zone

[GMT +00:00] London

[GMT -01:00] Cape Verde

[GMT -02:00] Mid-Atlantic

[GMT -03:00] Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo

[GMT -03:30] Newfoundland

Back Set

3 Press [ I ] to select

Date/Time Set

, and then press [ o ].

4 Press [ C / F ] to select an item (Year/Month/Day/Hour/

Minute/Summer time).

5 Press [ D / I ] to set the option, and then press [ o ].

Date/Time Set

Year Month Day Hour Min DST

Back Set

‡

The screen may differ depending on the language you selected.

6 Press [ I ] to select

Date Type

, and then press [ o ].

7 Press [ D / I ] to select a date type, and then press [ o ].

Date Type

YYYY/MM/DD

MM/DD/YYYY

DD/MM/YYYY

Back Set

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Performing the initial setup

8 Press [ I ] to select

Time Type

, and then press [ o ].

9 Press [ D / I ] to select a time type, and then press [ o ].

Time Type

12 Hr

24 Hr

Back Set

10 Press [ m ] to finish the initial setup.

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Selecting functions (options)

Selecting with buttons

Press [ D / I / C / F ] to move, and then press [ o ] to select an option.

Selecting by touch

Do not use sharp objects, such as pens or pencils, to touch the screen. You can damage the screen.

Dragging : Touch and hold an area on the screen, and then drag your finger.

Touching : Touch an icon to select a menu or an option.

Flicking : Gently flick your finger across the screen.

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Selecting functions (options)

‡

When you touch or drag the screen, discolorations may occur. This is not a malfunction, but a characteristic of the touch screen. Touch or drag lightly to minimize the discolorations.

‡ The touch screen may not work properly if you use the camera in extremely humid environments.

‡

The touch screen may not work properly if you apply screen protection film or other accessories to the screen.

‡ Depending on the viewing angle, the screen may appear dim. Adjust the brightness or viewing angle to improve the resolution.

Using

m

Press [ m ] or touch options or settings.

on the screen, and then change shooting

E.g. Selecting the photo size in

P

mode

1 On the Mode screen, select

Program

.

2 Press [ m ] or touch .

3 Press [ D / I ] to move to b , and then press [ o ].

‡

You can also touch

b

on the screen.

4 Press [ D / I ] to move to

Photo Size

, and then press

[ o ].

‡

You can also drag the option list, and then touch an option.

AutoShare

Photo Size

Quality

ISO

Minimum Shutter Speed

Back Select

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Selecting functions (options)

5 Press [ D / I ] to move to an option, and then press [ o ].

‡

You can also drag the option list, and then touch an option.

‡

Press [

m

] or touch Back to go back to the previous menu.

Photo Size

(3:2) (5472x3648)

(3:2) (3888x2592)

(3:2) (2976x1984)

(3:2) (1728x1152)

(16:9) (5472x3080)

Back Set

6 Press [ m ] or touch

Back

to switch to Shooting mode.

Using the Smart panel

Touch on the screen to access some functions such as Exposure, ISO, and White Balance.

E.g. Adjust the exposure value in

P

mode

1 On the Mode screen, select

Program

.

2 Touch .

3 Press [ D / I / C / F ] to move to

EV

, and then press

[ o ].

‡

You can also select an option by touching it.

4 Press [ D / I / C / F ] to adjust the exposure value, and then press [ o ].

‡

You can also drag the dial on the screen to adjust the option.

EV : 0

You can adjust some options by dragging them.

Back Adjust

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My Camera

Selecting a mode

Select various modes and functions on the Mode screen.

Accessing a Mode screen

In Shooting or Playback mode, press [ f ]. Press [ f ] again to return to the previous mode.

Mode description

Mode

Auto

Description

Capture a photo with a scene mode selected automatically

by the camera. (p. 54)

Smart

Program

Capture a photo with options that are preset for a specific

scene. (p. 56)

Capture a photo with settings you have adjusted manually

except the shutter speed and aperture value. (p. 59)

Aperture Priority

Set the aperture value manually while the camera

automatically selects an appropriate shutter speed. (p. 61)

Shutter Priority

Set the shutter speed manually while the camera

automatically selects an appropriate aperture value. (p. 62)

Manual

Adjust both the aperture value and the shutter speed

manually. (p. 63)

Auto Smart Program Aperture

Priority

Shutter

Priority

Back

Manual Wi-Fi

Set

Touch an icon to select a mode or function. You can also press

[ D / I / C / F ] to move a mode or function, and then press [ o ] to select it.

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My Camera >

Selecting a mode

Mode

Wi-Fi

Description

‡ MobileLink : Send photos or videos to a smart phone.

(p. 126)

‡ Remote Viewfinder : Use a smart phone as a remote shutter release and see a preview on your smart phone of an image from your camera. (p. 130)

‡ Group Share : Send photos or videos to multiple smart phones. (p. 128)

‡ Baby Monitor : Connect the camera to a smart phone and monitor a location. (p. 132)

‡ Auto Backup : Send photos or videos that you captured with the camera to a PC wirelessly. (p. 134)

‡ Email : Send photos or videos stored on the camera via email. (p. 136)

‡ SNS & Cloud : Upload photos or videos to file sharing websites. (p. 140)

‡ Samsung Link : Upload photos to Samsung Link online storage or view files on other Samsung Link supported devices. (p. 142)

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Display icons

In Shooting mode

Capturing photos

1. Shooting information

Icon Description

Shooting mode

Current date

Current time

Auto exposure lock (p. 98)

Available number of photos

Memory card inserted

Memory card not inserted*

‡ : Fully charged

‡ : Partially charged

‡ (Red): Empty (recharge the battery)

‡ : Charging

1

2

3

Icon Description

Auto focus frame

Spot metering area

Camera shake

Level gauge (p. 44)

Histogram (p. 150)

Focus

Shutter speed

Aperture value

Exposure adjustment value

ISO sensitivity (p. 71)

* Photos that were captured without inserting a memory card cannot be transferred to a memory card or a computer.

2. Shooting options

Icon Description

Photo size

Drive mode

Flash (p. 90)

Flash intensity adjustment

Metering (p. 92)

AF mode (p. 75)

Focus area

Icon Description

Face detection

White Balance (p. 72)

White Balance micro adjustment

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) (p. 84)

RAW file

Dynamic Range (p. 95)

3. Shooting options (Touch)

Icon Description

Change Smart mode**

Mobile Connection***

Touch AF options

Shooting options

Smart panel

** This icon appears only when you select Smart mode.

*** You can directly select a Wi-Fi function that connects to a smart phone.

The icons displayed will change according to the mode you select or the options you set.

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Display icons

Recording videos

1. Shooting information

Icon Description

Shooting mode

Cancel Touch AF. (Touch)

Current recording time/

Available recording time

Memory card inserted

‡ : Fully charged

‡ : Partially charged

‡ (Red): Empty (recharge the battery)

‡ : Charging

Exposure value

ISO sensitivity (p. 71)

1

2

2. Shooting options

Icon Description

Video size

AF mode (p. 75)

Metering (p. 92)

White Balance (p. 72)

White Balance micro adjustment

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) (p. 84)

Fader (p. 101)

Voice recording off (p. 101)

The icons displayed will change according to the mode you select or the options you set.

About the level gauge

The level gauge helps you align the camera with the horizontal and vertical lines on the display.

If the level gauge is not level, calibrate the level gauge using the Horizontal Calibration function.

(p. 153)

Vertical

Ÿ

Level

Horizontal

Ÿ

Unlevel

You cannot use the level gauge when you shoot in portrait orientation.

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Display icons

In Playback mode

Viewing photos

Mode

F No

Shutter

ISO

Metering

Flash

Focal Length

White Balance

EV

Photo Size

Date

Information

Icon Description

Current file/The total number of files

Folder number-File number

RAW file

Protected file

Continuously captured photos (they will appear as a folder) (p. 104)

Playback/Editing/Setting menu (Touch)

Share a file. (Touch)

View image thumbnails. (Touch)

2

No.

Description

1 Captured photo

2 RGB histogram (p. 150)

3

Shooting mode, Metering, Flash,

White Balance, Aperture value,

Shutter speed, ISO, Focal length,

Exposure value, Photo size, Date

3

1

Playing videos

Icon

Stop

Description

Current file/The total number of files

Playback speed

Folder number-File number

Multi Motion

Current playback time

Video length

View previous file/Scan backward. (Each time you touch the scan backward icon, you change the scan speed in this order:

2X, 4X, 8X.)

Pause or resume playback.

View next file/Scan forward. (Each time you touch the scan forward icon, you change the scan speed in this order: 2X,

4X, 8X.)

Adjust the volume or mute the sound.

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Display icons

Changing the information displayed

Press [ D ] repeatedly to change the display type.

Mode

Shooting

Playback

Display type

‡ Basic shooting information (Shooting mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure value, ISO sensitivity, etc.)

‡ Basic shooting information + Shooting option buttons

(MENU, Fn, Mobile Connection, Touch AF) + Level gauge

‡ Basic shooting information + Shooting option buttons +

Current shooting options information (Photo size, Drive mode, Flash, Metering, AF mode, etc.)

‡ Basic shooting information + Shooting option buttons +

Current shooting options information + Histogram + Date and time

‡ Basic information

‡ Display all information about the current file.

‡ Display all information about the current file including

RGB histogram.

‡ No information (when connected to an HDTV or an HDMI- enabled monitor)

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Lenses

You can purchase optional NX-M lenses.

Learn about the functions of each lens and select one that suits your needs and preferences.

No.

Description

1 Lens

2 Lens mount index

3 Lens contacts

Lens layout

SAMSUNG NX-M 9 mm F3.5 ED lens (example)

3

1 2

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Lenses

SAMSUNG NX-M 9-27 mm F3.5-5.6 ED OIS lens (example)

5

1

2

3 4

No.

Description

1 Zoom lock index

2 Lens

3 Zoom ring

4 Lens mount index

5 Lens contacts

Locking or unlocking the lens

To lock the lens, rotate and pull the zoom ring gently away from the camera body. Align the zoom lock indexes as shown in the illustration.

To unlock the lens, rotate the zoom ring as shown in the illustration.

You cannot capture a photo when the lens is locked.

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Lenses

Lens markings

Find out what the numbers on the lens signify.

SAMSUNG NX-M 9-27 mm F3.5-5.6 ED OIS lens (example)

2

1 2

No.

Description

1

Aperture value

A range of supported aperture values. For example, 1:3.5–5.6 means the maximum aperture value range from 3.5 to 5.6.

2

3

Focal length

The distance from the middle of the lens to its focal point (in millimeters). This figure is expressed in a range: minimum focal length to maximum focal length of the lens.

Longer focal lengths result in narrower angles of view and the subject is magnified. Shorter focal lengths result in wider angles of view.

ED

ED stands for Extra-low Dispersion. Extra-low dispersion glass is effective in minimizing chromatic aberration (a distortion that occurs when a lens fails to focus all colors to the same convergence point).

4

5

OIS (p. 84)

Optical Image Stabilization. Lenses with this feature can detect camera shake and effectively cancel out the movement inside the camera.

Ø

The lens diameter. When you attach a filter to the lens, make sure that the diameters of the lens and the filter are the same.

3 4 5

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Accessories

Use accessories such as external flash that can supply a constant amount of light. You can also use the mount adapter to attach NX lenses.

For more information about optional accessories, refer to the manual for each accessory.

‡ The illustrations may differ from the actual items.

‡

You can purchase Samsung-approved accessories at a retailer or a Samsung service center. Samsung is not responsible for damage caused by using another manufacturer's accessories.

External flash layout

SEF7A (example) (optional)

1

No.

Description

1 Flash fastening dial

2 Lamp

3 Flash connection

4 Flash port

2

3

4

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Accessories

Connecting the external flash

1 Open the external flash port cover.

3 Lock the flash into place by turning the flash fastening dial as shown in the illustration.

2 Mount the flash by inserting it firmly into the external flash port.

‡

Hold the external flash port cover open with your finger.

‡ The available options may differ depending on the shooting mode.

‡ There is an interval between two bursts of the flash. Do not move until the flash fires a second time.

‡ Do not remove the flash forcefully. Doing so may damage the flash and camera.

‡ Use only Samsung-approved flashes. Using incompatible flashes may damage your camera.

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Accessories

Mount adapter layout

Samsung NX mount adapter (example) (optional)

1

2

No.

Description

1 Lens release button

2 NX-M lens mount index

3 NX lens mount index

4 Tripod mount

3

4

Attaching the mount adapter

1 Remove the mount adapter caps and body cap.

2 Align the indexes (white) on the camera and the mount adapter. Then, rotate the mount adapter as shown in the illustration until you hear a click.

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Accessories

3 Align the indexes (red) on the NX lens and the mount adapter.

Then, rotate the lens as shown in the illustration until you hear a click.

2 Press and hold the lens release button on the camera. Then, rotate the lens as shown in the illustration.

Removing the mount adapter

1 Press and hold the lens release button on the mount adapter.

Then rotate the lens as shown in the illustration.

‡

Flash is not available when using the mount adapter.

‡

The Continuous option in Drive is not available when using the mount adapter.

‡ Horizontal lines may appear on the photo when you use the mount adapter and the subject is exposed to a fluorescent or mercury-vapor light source.

To resolve this, select b ĺ

Banding Reduction ĺ

On . This function may cause the edges of the frame to appear dark.

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Shooting modes

Two simple shooting modes—Auto and Smart mode—help you capture photos with numerous automatic settings. Additional modes allow for greater customization of settings.

Auto mode

In Auto mode, the camera recognizes surrounding conditions and automatically adjusts factors that contribute to exposure, including shutter speed, aperture value, metering, White Balance, and exposure compensation. As the camera controls most of the functions, some shooting functions are limited. This mode is useful for capturing quick snapshots with the least amount of adjustment.

1 On the Mode screen, select

Auto

.

2 Align your subject in the frame.

3 Half-press [

Shutter

] to focus.

‡

The camera selects a scene. An appropriate scene icon appears at the screen.

A

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Shooting modes

Recognizable scenes

Icon Description

Landscapes

Scenes with bright white backgrounds

Landscapes at night

Portraits at night

Landscapes with backlighting

Portraits with backlighting

Portraits

Close-up photos of objects

Close-up photos of text

Sunsets

Indoors, dark

Partially lit

Close-up with spot lighting

Portraits with spot lighting

Icon Description

Blue skies

Forested areas typically consist of green-colored subjects

Close-up photos of colorful subjects

Camera is stabilized on a tripod and the subject is not moving for a certain period of time. (when shooting in the dark)

Actively moving subjects

Fireworks (when using a tripod)

4 Press [

Shutter

] to capture the photo.

‡ The camera may detect different scenes, even the same subjects, depending on external factors such as camera shake, lighting, or distance to the subject.

‡ If the camera does not recognize an appropriate scene mode, it uses the default settings for the Auto mode.

‡ Even if it detects a face, the camera may not select a portrait mode depending on the subject's position or lighting.

‡ Even if you use a tripod, the camera may not detect the tripod mode ( ) if the subject is moving.

‡ The camera consumes more battery power, because it changes settings often to select appropriate scenes.

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Shooting modes

Smart mode

In Smart mode, you can capture photos with options that are preset for a specific scene.

1

On the Mode screen, select

Smart

.

2

Select a scene.

Option

Beauty Face

Best Face

Description

Capture a portrait using options to make the skin tone softer and brighter.

Capture multiple photos and replace faces to create the best possible image.

Continuous Shot Capture a series of photos of moving subjects.

Kids Shot

Capture a photo with a funny sound to get a kid's attention.

Landscape Capture still-life scenes and landscapes.

Macro

Food

Parties and

Indoors

Action Freeze

Rich Tones

Panorama

Waterfall

Capture small or close-up subjects.

Capture a photo of food in more colorful tones.

Capture a crisp indoor photos.

Capture subjects moving at high speed.

Capture a photo with vibrant colors.

Capture a wide panoramic scene in a single photo.

Capture scenes with waterfalls.

Option

Silhouette

Sunset

Night

Fireworks

Light Trace

Description

Capture subjects as dark shapes against a light background.

Capture scenes at sunset, with natural-looking reds and yellows.

Capture a photo with less blurring and image noise in low light conditions.

Capture scenes with fireworks.

Capture scenes with the light trailing in low-light conditions.

3

Half-press [

Shutter

] to focus, and then press [

Shutter

] to capture.

Using the Beauty Face mode

In Beauty Face mode, you can use options to make the skin tone softer and brighter before capturing a portrait.

1

On the Mode screen, select

Smart ĺ Beauty Face

.

2

Press [

m

]

ĺ b ĺ Face Retouch

.

3

Press [

D

/

I

] to select an option.

4

Press [

C / F

] to adjust the option.

‡

You can also drag the sliders or touch +/- to adjust the options.

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Shooting modes

5

Press [

o

].

6

Align your subject in the frame, and then half-press [

Shutter

] to focus.

7

Press [

Shutter

] to capture the photo.

Using the Best Face mode

In Best Face mode, you can capture multiple photos and replace faces to create the best possible image. Use this mode to select the best image for each individual when capturing group photos.

1

On the Mode screen, select

Smart ĺ Best Face

.

2

Align your subject in the frame, and then half-press [

Shutter

] to focus.

3

Press [

Shutter

] to capture the photo.

‡

The camera captures 5 photos consecutively.

‡

The first photo is set as the background image.

‡

The camera automatically detects faces after shooting.

4

Touch a face to replace.

Back Save

5

Touch the best image from the 5 faces that were captured.

‡

Repeat steps 4 and 5 to replace the rest of the faces in the photo.

‡

The icon will appear on the image that the camera recommends.

6

Press [

o

] to save the photo.

‡ Use a tripod to prevent your camera from shaking.

‡

The resolution is set to 5.9M or less.

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Shooting modes

Capturing panoramic photos

In Panorama mode, you can capture a wide panoramic scene in a single photo. Panorama mode captures and combines a series of photos to create a panoramic image.

1 On the Mode screen, select

Smart

ĺ

Panorama

.

2 Press and hold [

Shutter

], and then slowly move the camera in the direction you selected.

‡

An arrow toward the direction of motion is displayed, and the entire shooting image is displayed in the preview box.

‡

When the scenes are aligned, the camera captures the next photo automatically.

3 When you are finished, release [

Shutter

].

‡

The camera will automatically save the shots into one photo.

‡

If you release [ Shutter ] while shooting, the panoramic shooting stops and photos that have been captured are saved.

‡ The resolution varies depending on the panoramic photo you captured.

‡

In Panorama mode, some shooting options are not available.

‡

The camera may stop shooting due to the shooting composition or the subject's movement.

‡ In Panorama mode, your camera may not capture the entire last scene if you stop moving the camera to improve the photo quality. To capture the entire scene, move your camera slightly beyond the point where you want the scene to end.

‡ For best results when capturing panoramic photos, avoid the following:

moving the camera too quickly or too slowly

moving the camera too little to capture the next image

moving the camera at irregular speeds

shaking the camera

shooting in dark places

capturing moving subjects nearby

shooting conditions where the brightness or color of light is changing

‡ Photos taken are automatically saved, and shooting is stopped under the following conditions:

if you change the shooting direction while shooting

if you move the camera too rapidly

if you do not move the camera

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Shooting modes

Program mode

The camera automatically adjusts shutter speed and aperture value so that an optimal exposure value can be achieved.

This mode is useful when you want to capture shots of constant exposure while being able to adjust other settings.

1 On the Mode screen, select

Program

.

2 Set the desired options.

3 Half-press [

Shutter

] to focus, and then press [

Shutter

] to capture the photo.

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My Camera >

Shooting modes

Program Shift

Program Shift function lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture value while the camera maintains the same exposure. Press [ I ] to select the shutter speed and aperture value and press [ C / F ] to adjust the aperture value. The shutter speed will change according to the aperture value.

Minimum shutter speed

Set the shutter speed not to be slower than the selected speed. However, if an optimal exposure value cannot be achieved because the ISO sensitivity reached the maximum ISO value that is set by Auto ISO Range, shutter speed may be slower than the selected minimum shutter speed.

To set the minimum shutter speed,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ

Minimum

Shutter Speed ĺ an option.

‡ This feature is available only when the ISO sensitivity is set to Auto.

‡ This feature is available only in Program or Aperture Priority mode.

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My Camera >

Shooting modes

Aperture Priority mode

In Aperture Priority mode, the camera automatically calculates shutter speed according to the aperture value you choose.

You can adjust the depth of field (DOF) by changing the aperture value.

This mode is useful for taking portraits, flowers, or landscape shots.

1 On the Mode screen, select

Aperture Priority

.

2 Press [ I ] to select the aperture value.

3 Press [ C / F ] to adjust the aperture value.

4 Set the desired options.

5 Half-press [

Shutter

] to focus, and then press [

Shutter

] to capture the photo.

‡ In low-light settings, you may need to increase the ISO sensitivity to prevent blurred photos.

‡ To set the minimum shutter speed, in Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ

Minimum Shutter Speed ĺ an option.

‡

You can also touch the aperture value on the screen to adjust it.

Large Depth of Field Small Depth of Field

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My Camera >

Shooting modes

Shutter Priority mode

In Shutter Priority mode, the camera automatically adjusts the aperture value according to the shutter speed you choose. This mode is useful for capturing photos of fast-moving subjects or for creating tracer effects in a photo.

For example, set the shutter speed to over 1/500 s to freeze the subject. To make the subject appear blurred set the shutter speed to below 1/30 s.

1 On the Mode screen, select

Shutter Priority

.

2 Press [ I ] to select the shutter speed.

3 Press [ C / F ] to adjust the shutter speed.

4 Set the desired options.

5 Half-press [

Shutter

] to focus, and then press [

Shutter

] to capture the photo.

‡ In order to compensate for the reduced amount of light allowed by fast shutter speeds, open the aperture and let in more light. If your photos are still too dark, increase the ISO value.

‡ You can also touch the shutter speed on the screen to adjust it.

Slow shutter speed Fast shutter speed

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Shooting modes

Manual mode

Manual mode lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture value manually. In this mode, you can fully control the exposure of your photos.

This mode is useful in controlled shooting environments, such as a studio, or when it is necessary to fine-tune camera settings. The Manual mode is also recommended for shooting night scenes or fireworks.

1 On the Mode screen, select

Manual

.

2 Press [ I ] to select the aperture value or shutter speed.

3 Press [ C / F ] to adjust the aperture value or shutter speed.

4 Set the desired options.

5 Half-press [

Shutter

] to focus, and then press [

Shutter

] to capture the photo.

You can also touch the aperture value or shutter speed on the screen to adjust it.

Using Framing Mode

When you adjust the aperture value or shutter speed, the exposure changes according to the settings, so the display may darken. With this function on, the brightness of the display is constant regardless of the settings, so you can better frame your shot.

To use Framing

Mode ,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ Framing Mode ĺ an option.

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Shooting modes

Using the Bulb function

Use the Bulb function to shoot night scenes or the night sky. While you are pressing [ Shutter ], the shutter is left open so you can create moving light effects.

To use a bulb,

In Shooting mode, press [ I ] to select the shutter speed ĺ

Press [ C ] repeatedly to set the shutter speed to Bulb ĺ

Press and hold [ Shutter ] for the desired time.

‡ If you set a high ISO value or open the shutter for a long time, image noise may increase.

‡ Drive options, flash, and One touch shot cannot be used with the Bulb function.

‡ The Bulb function is available only in Manual mode.

‡ Use a tripod and shutter release to prevent your camera from shaking.

‡ The longer you open the shutter, the longer it takes to save a photo. Do not turn the camera off while the camera saves a photo.

‡ If you use this function for a long time, use a fully charged battery.

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Shooting modes

Recording a video

In Shooting mode, you can record Full HD videos (1920X1080) by pressing

(Video recording). The camera lets you record a video up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds in length at 30 fps, and saves the files in MP4 (H.264) format. The sound is recorded via the camera's microphone.

Select Fader to fade in or out a scene. You can also select Voice or other

options to set recording options. (p. 101)

1 On the Mode screen, select a shooting mode.

‡

This feature may not work in some modes.

2 Set the desired options.

3 Press (Video recording) to start recording.

‡

The camera will retain the shutter speed and aperture value that you have set before starting shooting.

4 Press (Video recording) again to stop.

‡

You can also press [ Shutter ] to stop recording.

‡

H.264 (MPEG-4 part10/AVC) is the latest video coding format established in 2003 collaboratively by ISO-IEC and ITU-T. Since this format uses a high compression rate, more data can be saved in less memory space.

‡ If you have the image stabilizer option on when shooting a movie, the camera may record the image stabilizer sound.

‡

If you remove the camera lens while recording a movie, the recording will be interrupted. Do not change the lens while recording.

‡ If you change the shooting angle of the camera suddenly while shooting a movie, the camera may not be able to record images accurately. Use a tripod to minimize camera shake.

‡

The camera supports only the Multi AF function when recording a video. You cannot use any other focus area setting functions.

‡ When the size of a movie file exceeds 4 GB, the camera automatically stops recording even if the maximum recording time (29 minutes and 59 seconds) has not been reached.

‡

If you use a slow writing memory card, the recording of your movie can be interrupted because the card cannot process data at the rate the video is being shot. If this occurs, replace the card with a faster memory card or reduce the video size (for example, from 1280X720 to 640X480).

‡ When formatting a memory card, always format using the camera. If you format on another camera or a PC, you can lose files on the card or cause a change in the capacity of the card.

‡ While recording a video in the same ISO sensitivity, the screen may be darker than taking a photo. Adjust the ISO sensitivity.

‡ When you record a video in Program, Aperture Priority, or Shutter Priority mode, ISO is automatically set to Auto .

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Shooting modes

Available functions by shooting mode

For details about shooting functions, see Chapter 2.

Function

Face Retouch (p. 56)

Photo Size (p. 69)

Quality (p. 70)

ISO (p. 71)

White Balance (p. 72)

Picture Wizard (p. 74)

Smart Filter (p. 96)

AF Mode (p. 75)

AF Area (p. 77)

Face Detection (p. 79)

Touch AF (p. 81)

MF Assist (p. 83)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

O

Auto

-

O

O

Link AE to AF Point (p. 94)

Framing Mode (p. 63)

-

-

O: You can select options for the function. (Available options vary by shooting mode.)

-: The function is set to a certain option by default or the function is not available.

Smart

O

O

O

-

-

-

-

O

O

-

O

O

-

-

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Program

-

O

O

O

O

Aperture Priority

-

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Shutter Priority

-

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Manual

-

O

O

O

O

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Shooting modes

Function

OIS (Anti-Shake) (p. 84)

Drive (Continuous/Burst/Timer/Bracket)

(p. 85)

Metering (p. 92)

Auto

O

O

Dynamic Range (p. 95)

Flash (p. 90)

-

-

O

Exposure compensation (p. 97)

Exposure lock (p. 98)

-

-

O: You can select options for the function. (Available options vary by shooting mode.)

-: The function is set to a certain option by default or the function is not available.

Smart

O

O

-

-

O

-

-

Program

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Aperture Priority

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Shutter Priority

O

O

O

O

O

O

O

Manual

O

O

O

O

O

-

-

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Chapter

2

Shooting Functions

Learn about the functions you can set in Shooting mode.

You can enjoy more customized photos and videos by using the shooting functions.

Shooting Functions

Size and Resolution

Photo size

As you increase the resolution, your photo or video will include more pixels, so it can be printed on larger paper or displayed on a larger screen.

When you use a high resolution, the file size will also increase. Select a low resolution for photos that will be displayed in a digital picture frame or uploaded to the web.

To set the size,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ Photo Size ĺ an option.

Icon Size

(3:2) 5472x3648*

(3:2) 3888x2592

(3:2) 2976x1984

(3:2) 1728x1152

(16:9) 5472x3080

(16:9) 3712x2088

(16:9) 2944x1656

(16:9) 1920x1080

(1:1) 3648x3648

(1:1) 2640x2640

(1:1) 2000x2000

(1:1) 1024x1024

Recommended for

Printing on A1 paper.

Printing on A2 paper.

Printing on A3 paper.

Printing on A5 paper.

Printing on A1 paper or viewing on an

HDTV.

Printing on A3 paper or viewing on an

HDTV.

Printing on A4 paper or viewing on an

HDTV.

Printing on A5 paper or viewing on an

HDTV.

Printing a square photo on A1 paper.

* Default

Printing a square photo on A3 paper.

Printing a square photo on A4 paper.

Attaching to an email.

Available options may differ depending on shooting conditions.

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Size and Resolution

Quality

The camera saves photos in either the JPEG or RAW format.

Photos captured by a camera are often transformed to the JPEG format and stored in the memory according to the settings of the camera at the time of shooting. RAW files are not transformed to the JPEG format and are stored in the memory without any changes.

RAW files have the file extension "SRW". To adjust and calibrate exposures,

White Balances, tones, contrasts, and colors of the RAW files, or to convert them into JPEG or TIFF format, use the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom program found on the supplied DVD-ROM.

Ensure you have enough space on the memory card to save photos in the

RAW format.

To set the quality,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ Quality ĺ an option.

Icon Format

JPEG

JPEG

Description

Super Fine* :

‡ Compressed for the best quality.

‡ Recommended for printing in large size.

Fine :

‡ Compressed for better quality.

‡ Recommended for printing in normal size.

* Default

Icon Format

JPEG

RAW

RAW+JPEG

RAW+JPEG

RAW+JPEG

Description

Normal :

‡ Compressed for normal quality.

‡ Recommended for printing in small size or uploading to the web.

* Default

RAW :

‡ Save a photo without data loss.

‡ Recommended for editing after shooting.

RAW + S.Fine

: Save a photo in both the JPEG

(S.Fine quality) and RAW format.

RAW + Fine : Save a photo in both the JPEG (Fine quality) and RAW format.

RAW + Normal : Save a photo in both the JPEG

(Normal quality) and RAW format.

Available options may differ depending on shooting conditions.

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Shooting Functions

ISO sensitivity

The ISO sensitivity value represents the sensitivity of camera to light.

The larger the ISO value, the more sensitive the camera is to light.

Consequently, by selecting a higher ISO sensitivity value, you can capture photos in dim or dark places at faster shutter speeds. However, this may increase electronic noise and result in a grainy photo.

To set ISO sensitivity,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ ISO ĺ an option.

Examples

ISO 160 ISO 400

ISO 800 ISO 3200

‡ Increase the ISO value in places where flash use is prohibited. You can capture a clear photo by setting a high ISO value without having to secure more light.

‡ Use the Noise Reduction function in order to reduce the visual noise that can appear on photos of a high ISO value. (p. 147)

‡ Available options may differ depending on the shooting conditions.

‡

You can also touch the ISO value on the screen to adjust it.

Shooting Functions

White Balance

White Balance represents the light source that influences on the color of a photo.

The color of a photo depends on the type and quality of the light source.

If you want the color of your photo to be realistic, select an appropriate lighting condition to calibrate the White Balance, such as Auto WB ,

Daylight , Cloudy , Tungsten , or adjust color temperature manually.

You can also adjust color for the preset light sources so that the colors of the photo match the actual scene under mixed lighting conditions.

To set the White

Balance,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ White Balance ĺ an option.

Icon Description

Auto WB* : Use automatic settings depending on the lighting conditions.

* Default

Daylight : Select when taking outdoor photos on a sunny day. This option results in photos closest to the natural colors of the scene.

Cloudy : Select when taking outdoor photos on a cloudy day or in shadows. Photos captured on cloudy days tend to be more bluish than on sunny days. This option offsets that effect.

Fluorescent White : Select when shooting under a daylight fluorescent lamp, especially for white fluorescent light.

Icon

N

D

* Default

Description

Fluorescent NW : Select when shooting under a daylight fluorescent lamp, especially for white fluorescent light of very white hues.

Fluorescent Daylight : Select when shooting under a daylight fluorescent lamp, especially for white fluorescent light of slightly bluish hue.

Tungsten : Select when taking indoor photos under incandescent bulbs or halogen lamps. Incandescent tungsten bulbs tend to have a reddish hue. This option offsets that effect.

Flash WB : Select when using a flash.

Custom Set : Use your pre-defined settings. You can manually set the White Balance by pressing [ D ], and then shooting a white sheet of paper. Fill the spot metering circle with the paper and set the White Balance.

Color Temperature : Manually adjust the color temperature of the light source. Color temperature is a measurement in degrees

Kelvin that indicates the specific type of light source. You can get a warmer photo with a higher value, and a cooler photo with a lower value. Press [ D ], and then adjust the color temperature.

Available options may differ depending on shooting conditions.

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White Balance

Customizing preset White Balance options

You can also customize preset White Balance options.

To customize preset options,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ White Balance ĺ an option ĺ [ D ] ĺ press [ D / I / C / F ].

White Balance : Daylight

Examples

Auto WB

Back Set Reset

You can also touch an area on the screen.

Fluorescent Daylight

Daylight

Tungsten

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Shooting Functions

Picture Wizard (photo styles)

Picture Wizard lets you apply different photo styles to your photo to create various looks and emotional moods. You can also create and save your own photo styles by adjusting color, saturation, sharpness, and contrast for each style.

There is no rule for which style is suitable in which conditions. Experiment with different styles and find your own settings.

To set a photo style,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ Picture Wizard ĺ an option.

Examples

Cool Calm Classic

‡

You can also adjust the value of the preset style settings. Select a Picture

Wizard option, press [ D ], and then adjust color, saturation, sharpness, or contrast.

‡ To customize your own picture wizard, select , , or , and then adjust the color, saturation, sharpness, and contrast.

‡

Picture Wizard options cannot be set with Smart Filter options at the same time.

Standard Vivid Portrait

Landscape Forest Retro

Shooting Functions

AF mode

Learn how to adjust the camera’s focus according to the subjects.

You can select a focusing mode appropriate to the subject among Single

Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, and Manual Focus. The AF function is activated when you press [ Shutter ] halfway. In the MF mode, you have to press [ C / F ] to focus manually.

In most cases, you can have a focus by selecting Single AF . Fast moving subjects or subjects with small shading differences to the background are difficult to focus. Select an appropriate focusing mode for such instances.

To set the auto focus mode,

In Shooting mode, press [ F ] ĺ an option.

‡ You can also set the option by pressing [ m ] ĺ b ĺ AF Mode ĺ an option in Shooting mode.

‡ The available options may differ depending on the lens in use.

Single AF

Single AF is appropriate for shooting a still subject. When you press

[ Shutter ] halfway, the focus fixes in the focus area. The area turns green when the focus is achieved.

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AF mode

Continuous AF

While you are pressing [ Shutter ] halfway, the camera continues to automatic focusing. Once the focus area is fixed on the subject, the subject is always in focus even when moving. This mode is recommended for shooting a person on a bicycle, a running dog, or a car racing scene.

Manual focus

You can manually focus on a subject by pressing [ C / F ] on the camera. The MF Assist function lets you easily achieve a focus. While you are adjusting the focus, the focus area is magnified. This mode is recommended for shooting an object similar in color to the background, a night scene, or fireworks.

‡ After capturing a photo with manual focus, press [ o ] ĺ [ C / F ] to manually adjust the focus again.

‡ If you use this function, you cannot set Touch AF , Face Detection , AF Area , and Link AE to AF Point options.

‡

While you are adjusting the focus, the manual focus scale

( ) appears.

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Shooting Functions

AF area

The AF area function changes the positions of the focus area.

Generally, cameras focus on the nearest subject. When there are a lot of subjects, however, unwanted subjects can be in focus. In order to prevent unwanted subjects from being in focus, change the focus area so that a desired subject is in focus. You can get a clearer and sharper photo by selecting an appropriate focus area.

To set the auto focus area,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ AF Area ĺ an option.

Selection AF

You can set the focus on an area you want. Apply an out-of-focus effect to make the subject more distinguishable.

The focus on the photo below was repositioned and resized so that it fits the subject’s face.

Available options may differ depending on shooting conditions.

To resize or move the focus area, in Shooting mode, press [ o ]. Touch an area to focus on it or press [ D / I / C / F ] to move the focus area, and pinch your fingers together or spread them apart to resize the focus area.

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AF area

Multi AF

The camera displays a green rectangle in places where focus is set correctly. The photo is divided into two or more areas, and the camera obtains focus points of each area. It is recommended for scenery photos.

When you press [ Shutter ] halfway, the camera displays the focus areas as shown in the photo below.

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Shooting Functions

Face Detection

Use Face Detection options to capture a self portrait or a smiling face.

To use the face detection function,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ Face Detection ĺ an option.

‡ When your camera detects a face, it tracks the detected face automatically.

‡

When you use the Face Detection AF option, the camera focuses on the area with the white frame automatically.

‡ Depending on the Picture Wizard options, Face Detection may not be effective.

‡ When you set manual focus, Face Detection may not be available.

‡ Face Detection may not be effective when:

the subject is far from the camera

it is too bright or too dark

the subject is not facing the camera

the subject is wearing sunglasses or a mask

the subject’s facial expression changes drastically

the subject is backlit or the lighting conditions are unstable

‡ When you set Face Detection options, the AF area is automatically set to Multi

AF.

‡

Depending on the Face Detection options you selected, some shooting options may not be available.

Normal

The camera focuses on human faces preferentially. Faces of up to

10 people can be detected. This setting is recommended for shooting a group of people.

When you press [ Shutter ] halfway, the camera focuses on faces as shown in the photo below. In cases of shooting a group of people, the camera displays the focus on the nearest person’s face in white and the rest of the people’s faces in gray.

Shooting Functions >

Face Detection

Smile Shot

The camera automatically releases the shutter when it detects a smiling face.

Wink Shot

The camera automatically releases the shutter 2 seconds after it detects a winking face.

When your subject smiles broadly, your camera can detect the smile more easily.

‡ Wink for more than 1 second for better detection.

‡ Wink detection may fail when:

the camera is below eye level

the subject appears dark due to backlighting

the subject is wearing glasses

the subject is far from the camera

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Shooting Functions

Touch AF

Select or focus on an area that you touch on the screen. Additionally, focus on the subject and capture a photo by touching on the screen.

To set Touch AF,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ Touch AF ĺ an option.

‡

Available options may differ depending on the shooting conditions.

‡ You can also touch on the screen and select an option in Shooting mode.

Tracking AF

Tracking AF allows you to track and automatically focus on your subject, even when the subject is moving or when you change the shooting composition.

White frame : Your camera is tracking the subject.

Touch AF

Touch AF allows you to select and focus on the focus area that you touch on the screen.

Green frame : Your subject is in focus when you half-press

[ Shutter ].

Red frame : Your camera failed to focus.

AF Point

The focus area will correspond to the area you touch on the screen and the focus will not be achieved.

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Touch AF

‡

If you do not select a focus area, the Auto Focus function does not work.

‡

Tracking a subject may fail when:

the subject is too small

the subject moves irregularly

the subject is backlit or you are shooting in a dark place

colors or patterns on the subject and the background are the same

the subject includes horizontal patterns, such as blinds

the camera shakes excessively

you capture photos continuously

‡

When tracking fails, the feature will be reset.

‡ If the camera fails to track the subject, the focus area will be reset.

‡ If the camera fails to focus, the focus frame will change to red and the focus will be reset.

One touch shot

You can capture a photo with the touch of your finger. As you touch a subject, the camera focuses on the subject automatically and captures a photo.

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MF Assist

In the manual focus mode, you have to press [ C / F ] to focus. When you use the MF Assist function, you can achieve a clearer focus because the focus area is magnified. This function is only available on a lens that supports manual focus.

To set the manual focus assist,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ MF Assist ĺ an option.

Option

Off

* Default

Description

Do not use the MF Assist function.

The focus area is magnified by 5 times when you adjust the focus.

Enlarge x5*

Enlarge x8

The focus area is magnified by 8 times when you adjust the focus.

Shooting Functions

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

Use the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) function to minimize camera shake. OIS may not be available with some lenses.

Camera shake tends to occur in dark places or when shooting indoors.

In such cases, the camera uses slower shutter speeds in order to increase the amount of light taken in, which can result in a blurry photo. You can prevent this situation by using the OIS function.

To set OIS options,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ OIS (Anti-Shake) ĺ an option.

Icon Description

Mode 1 *: The OIS function is applied only when you press

[ Shutter ] in full or half.

Mode 2 : The OIS function is on.

Off : The OIS function is off.

* Default

Without OIS correction With OIS correction

‡ OIS may not function properly when:

you move your camera to follow a moving subject

there is too much camera shake

the shutter speed is slow (for example, when you select Night in

Smart mode)

the battery is low

you capture a close-up shot

‡ If you use the OIS function with a tripod, your images may be blurred by the vibration of the OIS sensor. Deactivate the OIS function when you use a tripod.

‡ If the camera is hit or dropped, the display will be blurry. If this occurs, turn off the camera, and then turn it on again.

‡ Use the OIS function only when needed because the function consumes more battery power.

‡ This option may not be available with some lenses.

Shooting Functions

Drive (shooting method)

You can set the shooting method, such as Continuous, Burst, Timer or

Bracketing.

Select Single to capture one photo at a time. Select Continuous Normal or Burst to shoot fast moving subjects. Select AE Bracket , WB Bracket , P

Wiz Bracket , or Depth Bracket to adjust exposure, White Balance, apply picture Wizard effects, or capture photos with different depths of field. You can also select Timer to capture a photo automatically after a specified time.

To change the shooting method,

In Shooting mode, press [ C ] ĺ an option.

‡ You can also set the option by pressing [ m ] ĺ b ĺ Drive ĺ a shooting method in Shooting mode.

‡ Available options may differ depending on shooting conditions.

Single

Capture one photo whenever you press [ Shutter ]. Recommended for general conditions.

Shooting Functions >

Drive (shooting method)

Continuous Normal

Continuously capture photos while you are pressing [ Shutter ]. You can capture up to 6 photos per second.

Burst

Consecutively capture up to 10 shots per second (3 seconds), 15 shots per second (2 seconds), or 30 shots per second (1 second) when you press

[ Shutter ] once. It is recommended for shooting the rapid motion of fast moving subjects such as racing cars.

‡

To set the number of shots, in Shooting mode, press [ C ] ĺ

Burst , and then press [ D ].

‡ The photo size is set to 5M.

‡ It may take longer to save a photo.

‡ You cannot use the flash with this option.

‡ Shutter speed must be faster than 1/30 second.

‡ Photos captured with this option may be slightly enlarged when saving.

‡ You cannot set an ISO option higher than ISO 3200.

‡

This option cannot be used with the RAW file format and is not available when the photo quality is set to RAW.

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Shooting Functions >

Drive (shooting method)

Timer

Capture a photo after a specified time. You can set the Timer for 2 to 30 seconds.

Auto Exposure Bracketing (AE Bracket)

When you press [ Shutter ], the camera captures 3 consecutive photos: the original, one a step darker, and one a step lighter. Use a tripod to prevent blurry photos as the camera captures three photos continuously. You can adjust the settings in Bracket Settings menu.

‡ Press [ Shutter ] to stop capturing.

‡

To set the timer details, in Shooting mode, press [ C ] ĺ

Timer , and then press

[ D ].

Exposure -2 Exposure +2

Original

To set the bracketing details, press [ m ] ĺ d ĺ Bracket Settings ĺ an option.

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Shooting Functions >

Drive (shooting method)

White Balance Bracketing (WB Bracket)

When you press [ Shutter ], the camera captures 3 consecutive photos: the original and two more with different White Balance settings. The original photo is captured when you press [ Shutter ]. The other two are automatically adjusted according to the White Balance you have set. You can adjust the settings in Bracket Settings menu.

Picture Wizard Bracketing (P Wiz Bracket)

When you press [ Shutter ], the camera captures three consecutive photos, each with a different Picture Wizard setting. The camera captures a photo and applies the three Picture Wizard options you have set to the image captured. You can select three different settings in Bracket Settings menu.

WB-2 WB+2

Original

‡

To set the bracketing details, press [ m ] ĺ d ĺ

Bracket Settings ĺ an option.

‡ This option cannot be used with the RAW file format and is not available when the photo quality is set to RAW.

Vivid Retro

Standard

‡ To set the bracketing details, press [ m ] ĺ d ĺ Bracket Settings ĺ an option.

‡

This option cannot be used with the RAW file format and is not available when the photo quality is set to RAW.

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Shooting Functions >

Drive (shooting method)

Depth Bracketing

When you press [ Shutter ], the camera captures three consecutive photos, each with a different depth of field by adjusting the aperture value. Use a tripod to prevent blurry photos as the camera captures three photos continuously. You can adjust the settings in Bracket Settings menu.

‡

To set the bracketing details, press [ m ] ĺ d ĺ

Bracket Settings ĺ an option.

‡ This feature is available only in Program or Aperture Priority mode.

‡ If the aperture value is set to its maximum or minimum, two photos will be captured with the maximum or minimum aperture value.

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Shooting Functions

Flash

In order to capture a realistic photo of a subject, the amount of light should be constant. When the light source varies, you can use a flash and supply a constant amount of light. Select appropriate settings according to a light source and a subject.

To set flash options,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ Flash ĺ an option.

Icon

A

A

Description

Off : Do not use the flash.

Smart Flash : The camera automatically adjusts the brightness of the flash according to the amount of light in the surrounding environment.

Auto : The flash automatically fires in dark places.

Auto Red-eye : The flash automatically fires and reduces red-eyes.

Fill in : The flash fires whenever you capture a photo. (Brightness is automatically adjusted.)

Fill-in Red : The flash fires whenever you capture a photo and reduces red-eyes.

1st Curtain : The flash fires immediately after the shutter opens.

The camera captures a photo of a subject earlier in an action sequence clearly.

Ball moving direction

Icon Description

2nd Curtain : The flash fires just before the shutter closes. The camera captures a photo of a subject later in an action sequence clearly.

Ball moving direction

‡

The available options may differ depending on shooting conditions.

‡ There is an interval between two bursts of the flash. Do not move until the flash fires a second time.

‡ If you select Off , the flash does not fire even when an external flash is attached.

‡ For some lenses, the lens may block the light from the internal flash. If this occurs, use an optional external flash.

‡ If you attach a lens other than the one provided, using a lens mount adapter, no flashes will fire.

Use only Samsung-approved flashes. Using incompatible external flashes may damage your camera.

Shooting Functions >

Flash

Reducing the red-eye effect

If the flash fires when you capture a photo of a person in the dark, a red glow may appear in the eyes. To reduce the red-eye effect, select Auto

Red-eye or Fill-in Red .

Adjusting the flash intensity

When the flash is on, adjust the flash intensity ±2 levels.

To set the flash intensity,

In Shooting mode, touch ĺ Flash ĺ move to a desired option ĺ

press [ D ] ĺ

[ C / F ].

Without red-eye reduction With red-eye reduction

If the subject is too far from the camera or moves when the first flash fires, redeyes may not be reduced.

Flash : Fill in

Back Set

‡

You can also drag the slider or touch +/- to adjust the intensity.

‡ Adjusting the flash intensity may not be effective when:

the subject is too close to the camera

you set a high ISO sensitivity

the exposure value is too big or too small

‡ In some shooting modes, you cannot use this function.

‡ If the subject is too close when you use the flash, some light may be blocked, resulting in a dark photo. Ensure that the subject is within the recommended range, which varies by lens.

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Shooting Functions

Metering

The metering mode refers to the way in which a camera measures the quantity of light.

The camera measures the amount of light in a scene, and in many of its modes, uses the measurement to adjust various settings. For example, if a subject looks darker than its actual color, the camera captures an overexposed photo of it. If a subject looks lighter than its actual color, the camera captures an underexposed photo of it.

The brightness and overall mood of the photo can also be affected by how the camera measures the amount of light. Select an appropriate setting for a shooting condition.

To set a metering option,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ Metering ĺ an option.

Multi

The Multi mode calculates the amount of light in multiple areas. When light is sufficient or insufficient, the camera adjusts the exposure by averaging the overall brightness of the scene. This mode is suitable for general photos.

Shooting Functions >

Metering

Center-weighted

The Center-weighted mode calculates a broader area than the Spot mode does. It sums up the amount of light in the center portion of the shot

(60–80%) and that of the rest of the shot (20–40%). It is recommended for situations where there is a slight difference in brightness between a subject and a background or an area of the subject is large compared to the overall composition of the photo.

Spot

The Spot mode calculates the amount of light in the center. When you capture a photo in conditions where there is a strong backlight behind a subject, the camera adjusts the exposure so as to shoot a subject correctly.

For example, when you select the Multi mode in a strong backlight condition, the camera calculates that the overall amount of light is abundant, which results in a darker photo. The Spot mode can prevent this situation as it calculates the amount of light in a designated area.

The subject is in bright color while the background is dark. The Spot mode is recommended for a situation like this where a huge difference in the exposure exists between a subject and a background.

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Shooting Functions >

Metering

Measuring the exposure value of the focus area

When this function is turned on, the camera automatically sets an optimal exposure by calculating the brightness of the focus area. This function is only available when you select Spot metering or Multi metering, and

Selection AF .

To set this function,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ Link AE to AF

Point ĺ an option.

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Shooting Functions

Dynamic Range

This function automatically corrects the loss of bright detail that can occur due to shading differences in the photo.

To set Dynamic Range options,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ

Dynamic Range ĺ an option.

Icon Description

Off *: Do not use Dynamic Range.

Smart Range+ : Correct the loss of bright detail.

HDR : Capture 3 photos with different exposures, and then combine them to create a single image automatically.

* Default

‡ You cannot set an ISO option higher than ISO 3200.

‡ Dynamic Range options cannot be set with drive options other than Single or Timer.

‡ Dynamic Range options cannot be set with Smart Filter or

Picture Wizard options at the same time.

‡

Dynamic Range options cannot be set with the Bulb function.

Without Dynamic Range effect With Dynamic Range effect

Shooting Functions

Smart Filter

Smart Filter lets you apply special effects to your photos or videos. You can select various filter options to create special effects that are difficult to be achieved with normal lenses.

To set Smart Filter options,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ b ĺ Smart Filter ĺ an option.

Option

Off*

Vignetting

Miniature

Sketch

Fish Eye

* Default

Description

No effect

Apply the retro-looking colors, high contrast, and strong vignette effect of Lomo cameras.

Apply a tilt-shift effect to make the subject appear in miniature.

Apply a pen sketch effect.

Distort close objects to imitate the visual effect of a fisheye lens.

Smart Filter options cannot be set with Picture Wizard options at the same time.

Shooting Functions

Exposure compensation

The camera automatically sets the exposure by measuring the levels of light from the photo’s composition and the position of a subject. If the exposure set by the camera is higher or lower than you expected, you can adjust the exposure value manually. The exposure value is adjustable in ±3 increments. The camera displays the exposure warning in red for each step beyond ±3 range.

To adjust the exposure value, touch the exposure level indicator on the screen or touch ĺ EV and adjust the exposure value. You can also press [ I ] to select the exposure value and press [ C / F ] to adjust it.

You can check the exposure value by the position of the exposure level indicator.

Exposure warning Standard exposure index

Decreased exposure

(darker)

Exposure level indicator

Increased exposure

(brighter)

-2

Original

+2

Shooting Functions

Exposure lock

When you cannot achieve an appropriate exposure because of a strong brightness contrast, lock the exposure and then capture a photo.

To lock the exposure, adjust the photo’s composition on which you want to calculate the exposure, and then press the Custom button. (when the function of the Custom button is set to AEL) (p. 151)

After locking the exposure, aim the lens where you desire, and then press

[ Shutter ].

Shooting Functions

Video functions

The functions available for video are explained below.

Movie size

Set the movie size.

To set movie size options,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ g ĺ Movie Size ĺ an option.

When Video Out is set to NTSC

Icon Size

* 1920X1080 (30 fps) (16:9)

1280X720 (30 fps) (16:9)

640X480 (30 fps) (4:3)

320X240 (30 fps) (4:3)

* Default

Recommended for

View on a Full HDTV.

View on an HDTV.

View on a TV.

Post on a website using the wireless network (30 seconds maximum).

When Video Out is set to PAL

Icon Size

* 1920X1080 (25 fps) (16:9)

1280X720 (25 fps) (16:9)

640X480 (25 fps) (4:3)

320X240 (25 fps) (4:3)

* Default

Recommended for

View on a Full HDTV.

View on an HDTV.

View on a TV.

Post on a website using the wireless network (30 seconds maximum).

Shooting Functions >

Video functions

Movie quality

Set the Movie quality.

To set movie quality options,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ g ĺ Movie Quality ĺ an option.

Icon Extension

MP4 (H.264)

MP4 (H.264)

Description

Normal : Record videos in normal quality.

HQ *: Record videos in high quality.

* Default

Multi Motion

Set the playing speed of a video.

To set playing speed options,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ g ĺ Multi Motion ĺ an option.

Icon Description x0.25

: Record a video to view it at 1/4 normal speed during playback. (Available only with 640x480 or 320x240)

* Default x1 *: Record a video to view it at normal speed during playback.

x5 : Record a video to view it at 5X normal speed during playback.

x10 : Record a video to view it at 10X normal speed during playback.

x20 : Record a video to view it at 20X normal speed during playback.

‡ If you select an option other than x1 , the sound recording function and the

Distortion Correct function will not be supported.

‡

The available options may differ depending on shooting conditions.

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Shooting Functions >

Video functions

Fader

You can fade in or fade out a scene using the fader function on the camera without having to do it on a PC. Set the fade in option to gradually fade in at the start of the scene. Set the fade out option to gradually fade out the scene. Use the function appropriately and add dramatic effects on your videos.

To set fader options,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ g ĺ Fader ĺ an option.

Icon

* Default

Description

Off *: Fader function not used.

In : Scene gradually fades in.

Out : Scene gradually fades out.

In-Out : The fader function is applied at the start and end of the scene.

Voice

Sometimes, a muted video is more appealing than the one with sound.

Turn the voice off to record a muted video.

To set voice options,

In Shooting mode, press [ m ] ĺ g ĺ Voice ĺ an option.

When you use the fader function, it may take longer to save a file.

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