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Delayed action - to take family portraits

Just tell me how to take a delayed action shot - in plain English

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Yes, SIR! ;-)

1. Press the Func/Set button.
2. Scroll down to the Drive Mode icon (rectangle) on the left side.
3. Scroll over to 2 sec or 10 sec delay icon (clock with 2 or 10)
4. Press Func/Set button.

To return to normal shooting, select the single shot (rectangle) icon in step 3.

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