My D50 AF area mode is normally set on Dynamic area, but if I switch to M, A, S, P or any other setting, when I go back to Auto the area mode is now set to Closest Subject. I have to go into the menu and reset it to Dynamic area every time I use Auto.
I am also finding that the flash pops up and fires even in bright sunlight. I have to set it to no flash to prevent this, every time I turn the camera on.
To answer your flash question...the Nikon flash system fires the flash when the camera thinks the picture will be too contrasty without the flash. You can Google for "fill flash" to learn more.
This is usually beneficial; if not, holding the flash button and turning the main dial will cycle through flash options on the top screen.
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The D90 has three different autofocus modes. In the AF-S mode it will not shoot until it has focused. In the AF-C mode it will shoot when you press the shutter release button even if has not focused. In the AF-A mode the camera switches between the AF-S and AF-C modes so either can apply.Also, bear in mind that the camera doesn't really know what you're taking a picture of. It may focus on something other than your subject. If you're in the single-area AF mode then you control which of the eleven focus points the camera uses. In any of the dynamic-area AF modes the camera decides.For full details on how the various modes work, please consult your manual. You might also check out the Nikon D90 video tutorial.
On the D7000 you need to press the button on the side of the camera that's in the middle of the AF/M switch and then you use to switch to decide whether it's in 1 point autofocus (hence forth called AF), 9 point dynamic area AF, 21 point dynamic area AF, 39 point dynamic area AF, 3D tracking AF or auto area AF. If you need more help with switching AF modes let me know and I can help you out =)
Hi all - I know its been some time for this thread, but it helped me! When I pressed the shutter release I would hear a high pitch winding - thought it was the shutter and almost took it in for repair. Saw solution #5 - turned the AF switch on the lens to manual and back to auto - took care of the problem completely.
I just had mine fixed by nikon and it seems as though the problem would come back every now and then. my current solution is to switch over to Manual mode and turn AF assist, AF illumination, and ISO control to "ON" and then then shoot a few shots. Then switch metering to centerweight. take a few shots, it should work correctly, then switch back to AUTO. after that, the flash should fire as normal. I just received my body back about 2 weeks ago, so i hope my "bad batch" flash unit was replaced with a known good one. if not, i don't know what to do.