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Mirror lockup

Will help to minimize camera shake when using long exposures on a tripod. Some cameras do not advertise this as a feature, but the self timer will lock the mirror up for a period of time before the exposure is actually made.

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How do I use the timer on my camera?


Select the timer mode (left arrow on the 4-curser-button). There are 3 settings in the order of 10sec timer; 2sec timer and timer off. Select either the 10 second timer (if you want to be in the picture) or the 2 second timer (more appropriate for long exposures when camera is on a tripod or similar to avoid camera shake when pressing the shutter button), then press the shutter button fully. The subject will then be automatically focused just before the picture is taken. There's a little light on the front of the camera (top right hand corner when you look at the camera) which should blink when self timer is activated. Pressing the menu button while timer is activated will cancel self timer mode.
In low light conditions this light may turn on brightly to double up as an AF assist light.

Hope that helps

Jul 24, 2010 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 Digital Camera

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Is there a timer on this camera?


Yes there is .......page 47 of the manual shows you how .... its an option on the drive mode in the startup menus.

http://safemanuals.com/user-guide-instructions-owner-manual/KONICA%20MINOLTA/DIMAGE%20Z1-_E

Self-timer
Used for self-portraits, the self-timer will delay the release of the shutter for approximately ten seconds after the shutter-release button is pressed. The self-timer is set on section 1 of the recording menus (p. 44).

With the camera on a tripod, compose the picture so the subject is within the focus frames. Press the shutter-release button partway down to lock the exposure and focus (1). Press the shutter-release button all the way down to begin the countdown (2).

Because focus and exposure are determined when the shutter-release button is pressed, do not stand in front of the camera when taking a self-timer image. Always confirm the focus with the focus signals before beginning the countdown
(p. 25).

The self-timer is counted down on the monitor. During the countdown, the self-timer lamp on the front of the camera (3) will start to blink and is accompanied by an audio signal. A few seconds before the exposure, the self-timer lamp will blink rapidly. The lamp will glow steadily just before the shutter fires.

To stop the countdown, slide the zoom lever to the left or right. The self-timer drive mode is reset to single-frame advance after the exposure. The audio signal can be turned off in section 2 of the setup
menu (p. 83).

Mar 03, 2010 | Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z1 Digital Camera

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how do you take a picture a night of christmas lights


Shots like this are tough to get with a point and shoot camera.

The best way is to set the exposure around 1/15 or lower, if you can adjust ISO use the highest ISO setting the camera will allow. You will need to hold the camera very still, so a tripod or other solid object to steady the camera with will help lots. Sometimes pushing the shutter moves the camera, so try using the self timer. A tripod with the self timer is the best way to go, and experiment with different shutter speeds. Start with the longest the camera has and go up.

You can also try the flash, but the flash modes that really work aren't available unless you get an SLR.

Oct 12, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

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Why is there a delay?? Nikon D90


Sounds like you turned on Exposure delay mode (menu d10). This is similar to the "locking up the mirror" (or somethign) feature on canons.

YOu only need it when you doing a tripod shot with long exposure and you want to minimise absolutly all possibility of shake from the camera its self. Lifting the SLR mirror will cause small shake. Generally you can turn this off (i've felt it ona few times my accident and been confused for a second)

Aug 19, 2009 | Nikon D90 Digital Camera with 18-105mm...

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Camera Shake Warning


The camera shake icon is not 'smart' in that it doesn't actually measure camera shake, simply when shutter speeds drop below a certain level it will start to give you the warning. If the camera is on a tripod (and the subject is also stationary) you should use the absolute lowest ISO (ISO80 on the A650) to get the best results. Also, use the 2-second self-timer mode so that your pressing-the-shutter-button doesn't introduce shake to the photo (the camera will wait 2 seconds before taking the picture - long enough for all vibrations to stop). If the room is very dark (needing exposures longer than 1second), I recommend you use Tv mode to unlock the even-slower shutter speeds.

Aug 15, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A650 IS Digital Camera

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