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[Question] What is ISO sensitivity?

ISO sensitivity indicates how sensitive film is to light. A greater value means higher sensitivity. High sensitivity is suitable for shooting an object in a dark place or a fast-moving object while minimizing blurring.

You can select from the following ISO settings.
Auto, Auto-Hi, ISO 80, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, and ISO 1600.

When ISO setting is set to [Auto], the camera automatically changes the sensitivity according to the distance, brightness, zoom, macro settings, and picture quality/size. Usually, use the camera in the [Auto] mode.
When the ISO setting is set to [Auto-Hi] (auto high sensitivity), the sensitivity is automatically set according to the shooting conditions, but a higher upper limit than in [Auto] can be set. When shooting a dark subject, the shutter speed set in [Auto-Hi] is faster than in [Auto], which may reduce camera shake or blurring of the subject. The maximum ISO setting for [Auto-Hi] is specified in the setup menu.
If you do not want to allow the camera to change the ISO sensitivity, select an ISO setting other than [Auto] or [Auto-Hi].

You can change the settings from the shooting menu or using the [ADJ./OK] button.
See the FAQ below for the Shooting menu operations.

About the Shooting menu operations.

This section explains easy ways to change the setting with the [ADJ./OK] button.

  • 1Turn the mode dial to a shooting mode.
  • 1 Turn the mode dial to shooting mode.

  • 2Press the [ADJ./OK] button.
  • 2 Press the [ADJ./OK] button.

  • 3Press the [ADJ./OK] buttonLeft Right until the ISO sensitivity menu appears.
  • 3 Press the [ADJ./OK] button to the right and left until the ISO sensitivity menu appears.

  • 4Press the [ADJ./OK] button Up Down to select the setting.

  • 5Press the [ADJ./OK] button.
  • 5 Press the [ADJ./OK] button.
  • The display returns to the shooting screen, and the setting appears on the picture display.
  • When the ISO setting is set to [Auto], the maximum sensitivity is equivalent to ISO 800 if the flash is used.
    When the ISO setting is [Auto] and the flash is not fired, the ISO setting varies between 80 and 200.
  • Images shot with a higher sensitivity may appear grainy.
  • When the ISO sensitivity is set to [Auto] or [Auto-Hi], the ISO sensitivity that displays when half-pressing the shutter release button may differ from the actual ISO sensitivity in some cases (when using the flash, etc.).

[Note]
There was an error in ISO sensitivity value with flash usage in some booklet of the camera user guide. We correct it as below.

page 129 (in the English version) :
  • *When the ISO setting is set to [Auto], the maximum sensitivity is equivalent toISO 800 if the flash is used.

The corrected version is available in the manual download site.
[CX2 manual PDF downloads]

 
Answer ID: EDC09244
Date created: September 4, 2009
Date modified: September 17, 2009
Product: CX2
Operating system: --
Category: Hardware Operations


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