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Adjusting the Flash Settings on Your Samsung NX500 Camera

To capture a realistic photo of a subject, the amount of light should be constant. When the light source varies, you can use a flash and supply a constant amount of light. Select appropriate settings according to a light source and a subject. See below for instructions and options for flash settings. For information about the flash itself and how to connect it to your camera, click here.

To Set Flash Options

  1. Make sure the camera is in Shooting Mode (ready to take a photo).

  2. Press MENU > Flash.

Flash Options

• The available options may differ depending on shooting conditions.
• When you use Red-eye correction, there is an interval between two bursts of the flash. The photographer and subject should not move until the flash fires a second time.
• If you select Off, the flash does not fire even when an external flash is attached. If you adjust the flash intensity manually, the flash will fire once without a pre-flash.
• Please use only Samsung-approved flashes. Using incompatible flashes may damage your camera.

Icon Description
Off: The flash is off.
Smart Flash: The camera automatically adjusts the brightness of the flash according to the amount of light in the surrounding environment.
Auto: The flash automatically fires in dark locations.
Auto Red-eye: The flash automatically fires and reduces red-eye.
Fill-in: The flash fires whenever you capture a photo. (Brightness is automatically adjusted.)
Fill-in Red: The flash fires whenever you capture a photo and reduces red-eye.
1st Curtain: The flash fires immediately after the shutter opens. The camera captures a photo of a subject earlier in an action sequence clearly.

2nd Curtain: The flash fires just before the shutter closes. The camera captures a photo of a subject later in an action sequence clearly.
Hi-speed: If the shutter speed is faster than the camera’s sync speed (the shortest time taken to open and close the shutter), the flash will fire multiple times at high speed. The flash starts to fire while the shutter opens. This option can be set only when you attach a compatible, optional external flash. (SEF-580A)

How to Reduce the Red-Eye Effect

When you capture a photo of a person in the dark using the flash, a red glow may appear in their eyes. To reduce this red-eye effect, select one of the red-eye options show above (Auto Red-eye or Fill-in Red).

When the red-eye reduction function is used, there are two separate flashes. The subject should not move until after the second flash. If the subject is too far from the camera or moves after the first flash fires, red-eye may not be reduced.

Adjusting the Flash Intensity

When the flash is on, you can adjust the flash intensity plus or minus 2 levels.

  1. In Shooting mode (ready to take a picture), select MENU > Flash.

  2. Select a flash option (listed above).

  3. Press DISP button (just above OK button).  

  4. Scroll the command dial to 1 or 2, or press OK to adjust the flash intensity.  

    You can also drag the slider or touch -/+ to adjust the intensity.

Tips for Adjusting Flash Intensity

Adjusting the flash intensity may not be effective when

  • The subject is too close to the camera.

  • The ISO sensitivity is set high.

  • The exposure value is too large or too small.

  • The environment is too bright or too dark.

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