Jump Start Using Full Auto Mode

Power switch, Mode Dial, and shutter button.

Full Auto icon.

SLEEP MODE

If you don't use any controls for 1 minute, the camera enters sleep mode. To wake it up, press the shutter button halfway down and release it. To change the auto power off time, see page 113.

TO FLASH OR NOT

When you press the shutter button halfway down in Full Auto mode, the flash pops up and fires in dim light, or when the subject is backlit. This also happens in other Basic Zone modes other than Sports, Landscape, and Flash Off (page 24). It does not happen in Creative Zone modes (page 23).

The Digital Rebel's Full Auto mode sets everything for you. Just frame the image and push the shutter button. This is the best mode in most situations because it lets you focus on the subject rather than the camera.

■ Selecting the mode. Turn the power switch on the top of the camera to ON and set the Mode Dial to Full Auto (the green rectangle icon).

■ Framing the image. The viewfinder shows you about 95% of the scene you are going to capture. If the image in the viewfinder is fuzzy, turn the diopter adjustment knob to the right of the viewfinder to adjust it. (The focal length of your lens is longer than the same lens is on a film camera—see page 80.)

■ Autofocus. When you look through the viewfinder, you see seven small rectangles—the focusing or AF points. If the lens focus switch is set to AF (page 53), the camera will focus on the closest subject covered by one or more of these focus points (page 53). When you press the shutter button halfway down, a red dot flashes in the focusing point or points being used to set focus, the round focus confirmation light in the lower right corner of the viewfinder glows green, and the camera beeps. How close you can focus depends on the lens you are using.

■ Autoexposure. When you press the shutter button halfway down to activate the displays, the shutter speed (page 26) and aperture (page 28) that will be used to take the picture are displayed in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel above the viewfinder.

■ Autoflash. If the light is too dim in Full Auto mode, the built-in flash automatically pops up when you press the shutter button halfway down and fires when you press the shutter button the rest of the way down (page 93).

■ Automatic white balance. The color cast in a photograph is affected by the color of the light illuminating the scene. The camera automatically adjusts white balance so white objects in the scene look white in the photo (page 64).

TAKING A PICTURE IN FULL AUTO MODE

1. With the power switch on the top of the camera set to ON, set the Mode Dial next to the power switch to Full Auto (the green rectangle icon). Set the focus mode switch on the lens to AF (page 53).

2. Compose the image in the viewfinder, making sure the area that you want sharpest is covered by one of the seven focus points.

3. Press the shutter button halfway down and pause so the camera can automatically set focus and exposure. When the camera has done so it beeps, the round green focus confirmation light in the viewfinder glows, and the focusing point(s) being used to set focus flashes red.

4. Press the shutter button all the way down to take the picture.

■ The shutter sounds, buSY is briefly displayed in the viewfinder, and the red access lamp on the back of the camera flashes as the image is stored.

■ The image is displayed on the monitor for 2 seconds so you can review it.

5. When done shooting, turn the power switch to OFF. If an image is being saved the camera will complete that task before shutting down.

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