How Do I Use Photometry on Fuji FinePix S5700 Digital Cameras?

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The Fuji Finepix S5700 is a 7 megapixel, autofocus digital camera that uses SD, xD and internal memory to store photographs. Along with the usual options found on most digital cameras, the S5700 includes three metering options that are called "photometry" by Fujifilm. The photometry options can be used with each of the four photography modes: P, A, S and M, which are found on the mode dial located on the top, right of the camera. The metering options provide a wide range of exposure choices, allowing you to rapidly make adjustments as shooting conditions change.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the camera on and select the appropriate photography mode, such as program AE (P), aperture priority (A), shutter priority (S) or manual (M). The photometry metering options are not available when using the automatic (auto) mode.

  2. 2

    Open the "Shooting Menu" by pushing the large, centre button located on the back of the camera, to the right of the LCD. From the menu, select "Photometry" and three menu choices will be displayed: Multi, Spot and Average.

  3. 3

    Select the "Multi" option when you wish the camera to assess the whole scene visible through the viewfinder. The camera will select the correct exposure setting and adjust the light meter so that the scene as a whole is considered. This setting is a good choice for landscape photos or large panoramic vistas.

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    Select the "Spot" option when you wish the camera to optimise the exposure setting for the centre of the scene. The camera will select the correct exposure setting and adjust the light meter based on the correct exposure for the centre of the image visible through the viewfinder. This setting is a good choice for portraits, sports shots, macrophotography or when the subject has strongly contrasting light and dark areas.

  5. 5

    Select the "Average" option when you wish the camera to automatically apply an average value for the entire scene that is visible through the viewfinder. This is a good setting when different compositions of the same subject are photographed or when different subjects are photographed, but you wish the lighting to remain similar between each photograph.

Tips and warnings

  • Take several photographs using each option and then compare the photos on a larger screen than the 2.5-inch LCD monitor found on the camera, so that you can evaluate detail and subtle differences between the settings.
  • New SD memory cards or those previously used on a PC or any other device should be reformatted before use in the S5700.

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