There are two primary modes found on digital cameras, record mode and playback mode. Many digital cameras also have a movie (video) mode.
Generally there is a dedicated button or dial to switch between camera modes. When switching between modes, menu items will be different for each mode.
Take photos in any number of shooting modes.
- Select shooting or scene mode: full auto, semi-automatic or manual modes.
- Use buttons or dials to change flash mode, use self-timer, select macro or landscape mode, etc.
- Access menu selections for camera set-up and to adjust settings such as white balance, file size and and compression, and power saving features.
- Adjust zoom lens.
- AF/AE lock — shutter-release button, when depressed half-way down, locks in focus and exposure.
Playback mode is used in conjunction with LCD.
- View images — use buttons to review photos and/or zoom into a specific one. Buttons function much the same as computer keys. The “OK,” or similarly named button, functions as an “enter key” causing a menu action to occur.
- Format, erase, protect images – – you can delete a few or all of the shots stored on a memory card. You can “protect” ones you don’t want to delete when using the “erase” function, often by using the digital camera’s thumbnail index.
- Adjust print settings – – camera must be PictBridge compatible.
Movie (video) mode
Most digital cameras record video with sound; some even record in stereo. While not as effective as a dedicated video cam, the quality of video produced by digital cameras is quite good. Some models record video in high definition .