- Oct 2, 2016
Auto everything mode:
Right now, flash off, I turn on the camera and point it at the screen in an unlit room and I get, (subject is too dark) warning at the bottom. I take the lens cap off. Duhhhh. Now it reads (Extend the lens). Duhhh. One more time and I get
1/100, F 3.5, ISO-A 12800, 3.5 K
AF-1, Q Normal, ADL on, Flash Off, memory available, battery charge level and the sink is full of dirty dishes.
and point it at the floor, Too Dark. Along with a whole series of icons I have yet to figure out.
Meanwhile the viewfinder+ is wide open except for a whole mess of tiny bars, some of which blink red telling me which ones are being used for the auto focus. There is a selector wheel where I can scroll through the various little framing bars to tell it which ones to use for the auto focus.
I'm curious what your camera shows. It was the other contender when we went shopping for a camera.
This one, this display and explanation, would no doubt drive experts up the walls but is exactly what I need to get a grip on all these obscure settings.
One several fronts the reviews were dead on. The battery in this puppy lasts until the next ice age, the color rendition and speed is phenomenal, the function for taking shots of fast moving objects works flawlessly, and it does make jaggy lines across the image when focusing very far away under poor light.
I especially like the high speed capture. It grabs multiple shots in a pseudo video mode so I can choose the best of the lot later. Now maybe I can get shots of the fast moving critters around here. We've got all sorts of birds, from storks to raptors, that by the time I get the camera up they are on the wing and I'm out of luck.
Another bonus I never knew. It has a battery inside charged by the main battery. The inner battery stores various presets as well as mundane like time and date, so we won't have to reset everything when we charge the main battery.
My favorite feature so far is that it tells me when the lens cap is on and I'm being stupid.
No red bars for me.
Battery doesn't last as long as I'd like but I also adjusted the auto-off feature on my screen to stay lit because it was going dark to save power after like 5 seconds and that doesn't work with tarantulas.
Reviews were spot on for this camera too - the SL1 is smaller and I have tiny hands. A larger one wouldn't be as comfortable and this one fits in my hand perfectly. Takes great quality photos with the pretty decent kit lens. As I'm using it, I'm finding that I'm going to need an external light source (built in flash doesn't cut it, though it is a good flash) and I have my next few lenses planned out.
Upon start (in dimly lit room);
stabilizer off (my doing)