Nikon COOLPIX P530 Camera User Guide

Nikon COOLPIX P530 Camera User Guide

Functions That Can Be Set Using the Multi

Selector

The functions that are available vary with the shooting mode, as shown below.

1

2 4

3

Function

A y

X

,

, s ,

c u

1 j, k, l, m, M

1 m Flash mode (A56)

Self-timer (

A59)

2 n

Smile timer (

A60)

3 D Focus mode (

A61)

4 o

Exposure compensation (

A65) w w w w w

1 w

– w w w w w w w

2

1

2

Availability depends on the setting. See “Default Settings” (

A66) for more information.

When the shooting mode is m, exposure compensation cannot be used.

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Using the Flash

You can shoot images with a flash by raising the built-in flash. You can set the flash mode to match the shooting conditions.

1

Press the m (flash pop-up) button to raise the flash.

When the flash is lowered, flash operation is disabled and S is displayed.

2

Press the multi selector

H (m).

3

Select the desired flash mode

(

A57) and press the k button.

If a setting is not applied by pressing the k button within a few seconds, the selection will be canceled.

Auto

B

The Flash Lamp

The status of the flash can be confirmed by pressing the shutter-release button halfway.

On: The flash fires when you press the shutterrelease button all the way down.

Flashing: The flash is charging. The camera cannot shoot images.

Off: The flash does not fire when an image is taken.

Available Flash Modes

U Auto

The flash fires when necessary, such as in dim lighting.

The flash mode indicator is only displayed immediately after setting in the shooting screen.

V Auto with red-eye reduction/Red-eye reduction

Reduce red-eye in portraits caused by the flash (

A58).

When Red-eye reduction is selected, the flash fires whenever an image is taken.

X Fill flash/Standard flash

The flash fires whenever an image is taken.

Y Slow sync

Z

Suited to evening and night portraits that include background scenery. Fill flash fires to illuminate the main subject; slow shutter speeds are used to capture background at night or under dim lighting.

Rear-curtain sync

Fill flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating the effect of a stream of light behind moving subjects.

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C

The Flash Mode Setting

The available flash modes differ depending on the shooting mode.

Flash mode

A y, X, s, c u j k l m

U Auto w

Auto with red-eye reduction w

V

Red-eye reduction –

Fill flash w

X

Standard flash

Y Slow sync

– w

Z

Rear-curtain sync w

* *

– w w w w

– w w w w w

– w

– w w w w

* Availability depends on the setting. See "Default Settings" (

A66) for more information.

The setting applied in the following situations is saved in the camera’s memory even after the camera is turned off.

- When shooting mode j, k, l or m is used

- When V (auto with red-eye reduction) is selected in A (auto) mode

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Lowering the Flash

When not using the flash, gently push to lower the flash until it clicks shut.

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C

Auto with Red-eye Reduction/Red-eye Reduction

If the camera detects red-eye while saving an image, the affected area is processed to reduce red-eye before the image is saved.

Note the following when shooting:

More time than usual is required to save images.

Red-eye reduction may not produce the desired results in all situations.

In some cases, red-eye reduction may be applied to areas of an image unnecessarily. In these cases, select another flash mode and take the image again.

Using the Self-timer

The camera is equipped with a self-timer that releases the shutter about

10 seconds or 2 seconds after you press the shutter-release button. Set Vibration

reduction (

A91) to Off in the setup menu when using a tripod to stabilize the camera during shooting.

1

Press the multi selector

J

(

n

).

2

Select n10s (or n2s), and press the k button.

Self-timer

n10s (10 seconds): Use on important occasions, such as weddings.

n2s (2 seconds): Use to prevent camera shake.

If a setting is not applied by pressing the k button within a few seconds, the selection will be canceled.

When the shooting mode is Pet portrait scene mode, Y (pet portrait auto release) is displayed (

A44). The self-timer cannot be used.

3

Frame the picture and press the shutter-release button halfway.

Focus and exposure are set.

4

Press the shutter-release button the rest of the way down.

Countdown starts. The self-timer lamp flashes and then glows steadily about one second before the shutter is released.

When the shutter is released, the self-timer is set to OFF.

To stop the countdown, press the shutter-release button again.

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Shooting Smiling Faces Automatically (Smile

Timer)

When the camera detects a smiling face, you can take an image automatically without pressing the shutter-release button.

This function can be used when the shooting mode is A (auto), j, k, l, m or

M, or Portrait or Night portrait scene mode.

1

Press the multi selector

J

(

n

).

Change any flash mode, exposure, or shooting menu settings before pressing

J.

2

Select a (smile timer), and press the k button.

If a setting is not applied by pressing the k button within a few seconds, the selection will be canceled.

Smile timer

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3

Frame the picture and wait for the subject to smile without pressing the shutter-release button.

Point the camera at a human face.

If the camera detects that the face framed by the double border is smiling, the shutter is automatically released.

Whenever the camera detects a smiling face, it automatically releases the shutter.

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End automatic shooting.

To end automatic shooting with smile timer, return to step 1 and select OFF.

B

Notes About Smile Timer

Under some shooting conditions, the camera may be unable to detect faces or detect smiles (

A77). The shutter-release button can also be used for shooting.

C

When the Self-timer Lamp Flashes

When using smile timer, the self-timer lamp flashes when the camera detects a face and flashes quickly immediately after the shutter is released.

Using Focus Mode

Set the focus mode according to the distance to the subject.

1

Press the multi selector

I (D).

2

Select the desired focus mode and press the k button.

If a setting is not applied by pressing the k button within a few seconds, the selection will be canceled.

Autofocus

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Available Focus Modes

A

D

B

E

Autofocus

The camera automatically adjusts the focus according to the distance to the subject. Use when the distance from the subject to the lens is 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) or more, or 2.0 m (6 ft 7 in.) or more at the maximum telephoto zoom position.

The focus mode icon on the shooting screen is displayed only immediately after the setting is made.

Macro close-up

Set when taking close-up images.

When the zoom ratio is set to a position where F and the zoom indicator glow green, the camera can focus on subjects as close as approximately 10 cm (4 in.) from the lens. When the zoom is at the position where G is displayed, the camera can focus on subjects as close as approximately 1 cm

(0.4 in.) from the lens.

Infinity

Use when shooting distant scenes through window glass or when shooting landscapes.

The camera automatically adjusts the focus near infinity.

The camera may not be able to focus on nearby objects.

The flash mode is set to W (off).

Manual focus

The focus can be adjusted on any subject at a distance from approximately

1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity from the lens (

A63). The closest distance at which the camera can focus varies depending on the zoom position.

B

Notes About Shooting with the Flash

The flash may be unable to light the entire subject at distances of less than 50 cm

(1 ft 8 in.).

C

Focus Mode Setting

The setting may not be available with some shooting modes.

For shooting modes j, k, l and m, the setting is saved in the camera’s memory even after the camera is turned off.

Taking Images with Manual Focus

Available when the shooting mode is j, k, l, m or M, special effects mode, or

Sports or Bird-watching scene mode.

1

Press the multi selector

I (D), select E (manual focus), and then press the k button.

Manual focus

2

Use the multi selector to adjust the focus while checking the enlarged view.

An enlarged view of the center area of the image is displayed. Press

J to switch the view between 2× and 4×.

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Rotate the multi selector clockwise to focus on near subjects, or counterclockwise to focus on far subjects. The focus can be adjusted in higher detail by rotating the

Peaking level multi selector slowly or rotating the command dial.

When

K is pressed, the camera focuses on the subject in the center of the frame with autofocus. First the camera focuses with autofocus, and then the manual focus can be operated.

Focusing is assisted by highlighting areas that are in focus in white (peaking)

(

A64). Press HI to adjust the peaking level.

Press the shutter-release button halfway to frame the picture. Press the shutter-release button all the way to take the image.

3

Press the k button.

The set focus is locked.

Press the shutter-release button all the way to take the image.

To readjust the focus, press the k button to display the screen in step 2.

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E (Manual Focus)

The digits displayed for the gauge on the right of the monitor in step 2 serve as a guideline for the distance to a subject that is in focus when the gauge is near the center.

The actual range at which the subject can be in focus varies depending on the aperture value and zoom position. To see whether the subject is in focus, check the image after shooting.

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Notes About Peaking

The range of the contrast level considered to be in focus can be changed by adjusting the peaking level. It is effective to set the level low for high contrast subjects, and high for low contrast subjects.

Peaking highlights high contrast areas of the image in white. Depending on the shooting conditions, highlighting may not work properly or areas that are not in focus may be highlighted.

You can disable the peaking display using Peaking in the setup menu (

A92).

Adjusting Brightness (Exposure Compensation)

You can adjust overall image brightness.

1

Press the multi selector

K (o).

2

Select a compensation value and press the k button.

To brighten the image, set a positive (+) value.

To darken the image, set a negative (–) value.

The compensation value is applied, even without pressing the k button.

Exposure compensation

Histogram Guide

C

Exposure Compensation Value

The value applied in j, k or l mode is saved in the camera’s memory even after the camera is turned off.

When the shooting mode is Fireworks show scene mode (

A41) or m (manual)

(

A50), exposure compensation cannot be used.

When the exposure compensation is set while using a flash, the compensation is applied to both the background exposure and to the flash output.

C

Using the Histogram

A histogram is a graph showing the distribution of tones in the image. Use as a guide when using exposure compensation and shooting without the flash.

The horizontal axis corresponds to pixel brightness, with dark tones to the left and bright tones to the right. The vertical axis shows the number of pixels.

Increasing exposure compensation value shifts tone distribution to the right, and decreasing it shifts tone distribution to the left.

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Default Settings

The default settings for each shooting mode are described below.

Shooting mode

A (auto) U u (special effects) W

3 j, k, l, m X

M (user settings)

X

Flash mode

(

A56)

Scene

X (night landscape) s (night portrait) c (landscape)

W

W

4

V

4

5 x (scene auto selector) b (portrait) d (sports) f (party/indoor)

Z (beach) z (snow) h (sunset) i (dusk/dawn)

U

6 k (close-up) u (food) l (museum) m (fireworks show) n (black and white copy) o (backlighting)

V

W

4

V

8

U

U

W

4

W

4

W

10

W

4

W

4

W

4

W

X/W

11

Self-timer

(

A59)

OFF

1

OFF

OFF

1

OFF

1

Focus mode

(

A61)

A

2

A

A

A

OFF

OFF

1

OFF

OFF

OFF

OFF

OFF

OFF

OFF

1

OFF

4

OFF

OFF

OFF

OFF

OFF

4

OFF

OFF

A

4

A

7

A

4

A

9

A

9

B

4

B

4

D

4

D

4

A

9

B

4

A

9

A

4

B

4

A

4

B

4

A

4

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

4

Exposure compensation

(

A65)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Shooting mode p (easy panorama)

O (pet portrait) g (moon)

L (bird-watching)

Flash mode

(

A56)

W

4

W

4

W

4

W

4

Self-timer

(

Y

A59)

OFF

4

12 n2s

Focus mode

(

A61)

A

4

A

9

B

4

A

13

0.0

0.0

0.0

Exposure compensation

(

A65)

OFF 0.0

1

2

3

Smile timer can also be selected.

E (manual focus) cannot be selected.

The flash is fixed at W (off) when High ISO monochrome is selected.

4

5

The setting cannot be changed.

The setting cannot be changed. The flash mode setting is fixed at fill flash with

7

12

13 slow sync and red-eye reduction.

6

The setting cannot be changed. The camera automatically selects the flash mode appropriate for the scene it has selected.

A (autofocus) or E (manual focus) can be selected.

8

9

10

The flash is fixed at W (off) when Noise reduction burst is selected.

11

May switch to slow sync with red-eye reduction flash mode.

A (autofocus) or D (macro close-up) can be selected.

When HDR is set to Off, the flash mode is fixed at X (fill flash). When HDR is set to any setting other than Off, the flash mode is fixed at W (off).

Pet portrait auto release (

A44) can be set to on or off. Self-timer cannot be used.

D (macro close-up) cannot be selected.

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