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Manual Shutter Priority Settings

Is the only way you can use the 3100Z camera in manual shutter mode is in the LCD mode?? This is what I've been told by Epson, although there is nothing in the manual that indicates this. A related question: once you set the shutter option to a particular setting, you apparently lose these settings if you switch to viewfinder mode and then back. The crazy thing is, at least on my camera, the shutter speed defaults to 1/30!!!! Where is the logic in that? Most any picture taken at that setting will be blurred. If this is correct, does anyone have experience with any other comparably equipped digital cameras to advise if their manual shutter priority settings can be used through the LCD and not the viewfinder?? It's not just the waste of batteries but the inconvenience of taking pictures using the LCD.

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Re: Manual Shutter Priority Settings

I've found a "trick" to keep the Shutter Priority Mode for viewing and composing with its Optical View-finder before.

However, after some years of time I have to recall it again before posting.

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Re: Manual Shutter Priority Settings

I like to switch to viewfinder mode to conserve the battery between shots. If using aperture priority, no problem; however, while using either shutter priority or manual mode, it defaults back to Auto exposure as you pass through the viewfinder mode. Seems an unusual thing for an electronic device to do, but it appears the software actually "resets" when in the VF mode. Maybe Bill Gates had something to do with the programming. One advantage of using the LCD is that the camera will advise you on the appropropriate aperture and shutter for your manual shot when you pre-press the shutter button. If you're a little low/high or slow/fast, you can make an adjustment before you lose that perfect shot. I admit I have found it to be annoying, but I do carry three sets of rechargeables (not that I've ever needed to get into the third set). I don't have any experience with other manual mode dc's, but unless all of these manufacturers went to Redmond, WA for their programming, I'd find it difficult to believe they're all like this.

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Re: Manual Shutter Priority Settings

Try the PROGRAM MODE-SPORTS setting. this will keep the shutter speed reletively high unless there is little light. Or use APERTURE PRIORITY MODE with an f2.0 to f2.8 to keep shutter speed high. If pictures were blurry when it went to AUTO then the light had to be low for the camera to select a low shutter speed. If using flash use forced or auto flash not slow sync. Also set ISO to 400 which is >>>. If inside use a larger external flash as the one on-camera is only good for about 10ft. if more than 10ft. away set focus to manual infinity so you don't have to wait for the camera to focus. Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 13, 2005

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