Switching Shooting Modes (XC15)
Article ID: ART166525 | Date published: 09/12/2016 | Date last updated: 09/20/2016
 

Description

Switching Shooting Modes (XC15)

Solution

This camcorder offers various shooting modes to help bring your creative intent to life. After you select a mode, you can adjust related settings, such as the shutter speed, using the control dial. You can also use the FUNC. menu or Browser Remote application.

Manual Exposure : [ M ]

This mode gives you the most freedom over shooting settings as you can adjust the aperture, shutter speed (in terms of either fractions of a second or shutter angle) or ISO speed / gain*. You can adjust settings using the control dial by following the procedure below. You can also adjust settings using the FUNC. menu or Browser Remote application.
* The gain can be adjusted only for clips, not photos

1. Set the shooting mode dial to [ M ].

•The aperture, shutter speed/angle or ISO speed/gain value will be highlighted in orange. To change which value is highlighted, continue to step 2. To adjust the highlighted value, skip to step 6.

2. Press the [ MENU ] button.

3. Touch [ : System Setup ] -> [ Control Dial ].

4. Select the desired function to assign to the control dial.

5. Touch [ ].
REFERENCE
  • The current value will be highlighted in orange.

6. Turn the control dial () to select the desired value.

Aperture Priority AE : [ Av ]

In this mode, after you adjust the aperture value with the control dial, the camcorder automatically sets the appropriate shutter speed to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject. Adjusting the aperture is useful in changing the depth of field, which can allow you to blur the background and make the subject stand out more.

1. Set the shooting mode dial to [ Av ].

NOTE
  • The aperture value will highlighted in orange.

2. Turn the control dial to adjust the aperture value.


REFERENCE
  • You can also adjust the aperture value using the [ ].
NOTE
  • Depending on the brightness of the subject, the camcorder will not be able to control the exposure and the aperture value will flash. In such case, select a different aperture value.
•Available aperture settings

Aperture
Clips (1/4-stop increments)F2.8, F3.2, F3.4, F3.7, F4.0, F4.4, F4.8, F5.2, F5.6, F6.2, F6.7, F7.3, F8.0, F8.7, F9.5, F10, F11
Photos (1/3-stop increments)F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0, F9.0, F10, F11

Shutter Priority AE : [ Tv ]

In this mode, after you adjust the shutter speed, the camcorder automatically sets the appropriate aperture to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject. The shutter speed affects how moving objects are captured - you can make fast-moving subjects, such as a waterfall, appear to be motionless or impart a sense of movement to them.

1. Set the shooting mode dial to [ Tv ].

NOTE
  • The shutter speed will highlighted in orange.

2. Turn the control dial to adjust the shutter speed.


REFERENCE
You can also adjust the shutter speed using the [ ].
NOTE
  • Depending on the brightness of the subject, the camcorder will not be able to control the exposure and the shutter speed value will flash. In such case, select a different shutter speed.
•Available shutter speed settings

Shutter speed modeFrame rateShutter speed
ClipsSpeed*1 (1/4-stop increments)All available frame rates1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/12, 1/15, 1/17, 1/20, 1/24, 1/25, 1/30, 1/34, 1/40, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/75, 1/90, 1/100, 1/120, 1/150, 1/180, 1/210, 1/250, 1/300, 1/360, 1/420, 1/500, 1/600, 1/720, 1/840, 1/1000, 1/1200, 1/1400, 1/1700, 1/2000
Photos (1/3-stop increments)0"5*2, 0"4*2, 0"3*2, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1600, 1/2000
*1 When [Slow & Fast Motion] is set to [x1/2], shutter speeds slower than 1/60 are not available. When it is set to [x1/4], shutter speeds slower than 1/120 are not available.
*2 These values represent 0.5 seconds, 0.4 seconds and 0.3 seconds, respectively.

Program AE : [ P ]

The camcorder automatically sets the aperture, shutter speed, gain (for clips) and ISO speed to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject.

  • Set the shooting mode dial to [ P ].

Auto : [ AUTO ]

Use this mode to let the camcorder select various settings. This is the perfect mode for those times when you do not want to take the time to adjust settings.

  • Set the shooting mode dial to [ AUTO ].

Special Scene : [ SCN ]

You can select the Special Scene mode that best matches your shooting situation. Some shooting situations can be tricky, such as when the subject is lit with just a spotlight, so you may find setting the appropriate Special Scene mode to be convenient.

1. Set the shooting mode dial to [ SCN ].

2. Touch [ ].

3. Touch [ : Scene ].

4. Select the desired.

5. Touch [ ].

•Options

: PortraitThe camcorder uses a large aperture, to achieve a sharp focus on the subject while blurring the background.
: SportsTo record scenes with lots of movement, such as sports events.
: Night SceneTo record nightscapes with lower noise.
: SnowTo record in bright ski resorts without the subject being underexposed.
: BeachTo record on a sunny beach without the subject being underexposed.
: SunsetTo record sunsets in vibrant colors.
: Low LightTo record in low-light situations.
: SpotlightTo record spotlit scenes.
: FireworksTo record fireworks.

NOTE
  • [ : Portrait ] / [ : Sports ] / [ : Snow ] / [ : Beach ]
 - The picture may not appear smooth during playback.
  • [ : Snow ] / [ : Beach ]
 - The subject may become overexposed on cloudy days or in shaded places. Check the image on the screen.
  • [ : Low Light ]
 - Moving subjects may leave a trailing afterimage.
 - Picture quality may not be as good as in other modes.
 - White points may appear on the screen.
 - Autofocus may not work as well as in other modes. In such case, adjust the focus manually.
  • [ : Low Light ] / [ : Fireworks ]
 - To avoid camcorder blur (blur due to the camcorder moving) we recommend using a tripod.


Automatic Gain and ISO Limits (XC15)

SIMS Doc Id

8203094100