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Choosing a Shooting Mode on the NX500 Camera

The Samsung NX500 comes with a variety of shooting modes. Two simple shooting modes: "Auto mode" and "Smart mode" help you capture photos with different automatic settings which offers greater customization. Turn the dial to switch between modes. Click on the different modes below to learn about each one.

Samsung NX500 Camera Image

Mode Dial Icons

Samsung NX500 Camera Mode Dial
  • AUTO - Auto mode
  • P - Program mode
  • A - Aperture Priority mode
  • S - Shutter Priority mode
  • M - Manual mode
  • C - Custom mode
  • SAS - Samsung Auto Shot mode
  • S - Smart mode

Auto mode

    In Auto mode, the camera recognizes surrounding conditions and automatically adjusts factors that contribute to exposure, including shutter speed, aperture value, metering, White Balance, and exposure compensation. As the camera controls most of the functions, some shooting functions are limited. This mode is useful for capturing quick snapshots with the least amount of adjustment.

  1. Rotate the mode dial to AUTO.

  2. Align your subject in the frame.

  3. Half-press the Shutter button to focus. The camera automatically selects a scene, and an appropriate scene icon appears on the screen.

    Samsung NX500 Camera Focus
  4. Press the Shutter button the rest of the way to capture the photo.

  5. Below is a list of icons you may see when taking photos in Auto mode:

    Samsung NX500 Camera Auto Mode Icons

    • The camera may select different scenes and adjust settings differently, even when you aim at the same subject. Scene selection depends on external factors, such as camera shake, lighting, and distance to the subject.
    • If the camera does not recognize an appropriate scene mode, it uses the default settings for the Auto mode.
    • Even if it detects a face, the camera may not select a portrait mode depending on the subject’s position or lighting.
    • Even if you use a tripod, the camera may not detect the tripod mode if the subject is moving.
    • The camera consumes more battery power in Auto mode because it changes settings often to select appropriate scenes.

Program mode

In Program mode, the camera automatically adjusts shutter speed and aperture value so that an optimal exposure value can be achieved. This mode is useful when you want to capture shots of constant exposure while being able to adjust other settings.

  1. Rotate the mode dial to Program mode.

  2. Set the desired options.

  3. Half-press the Shutter button to focus, and then fully press the Shutter button to capture the photo.

    More details on Program mode can be found on pages 62-63 of the User Manual.

Aperture Priority mode

In Aperture Priority mode, the camera automatically calculates shutter speed according to the aperture value you choose.

You can adjust the depth of field (DOF) by changing the aperture value. This mode is useful for taking portraits, flowers, or landscape shots.

  1. Rotate the mode dial to Aperture Priority mode.

  2. Scroll command dial 1 or command dial 2 to adjust the aperture value.

    • In low-light settings, you may need to increase the ISO sensitivity to prevent blurred photos.
    • To set the minimum shutter speed, in Shooting mode, press MENU → Minimum Shutter Speed → an option.

  3. Set the desired options.

  4. Half-press the Shutter button to focus, and then fully press the Shutter button to capture the photo.

    More details on Aperture Priority mode can be found on page 64 of the User Manual.

Shutter Priority mode

In Shutter Priority mode, the camera automatically adjusts the aperture value according to the shutter speed you choose. This mode is useful for capturing photos of fast-moving subjects or for creating tracer effects in a photo.

For example, set the shutter speed to over 1/500 s to freeze the subject. To make the subject appear blurred set the shutter speed to below 1/30 s.

  1. Rotate the mode dial to Shutter Priority mode.

  2. Scroll command dial 1 or command dial 2 to adjust the shutter speed.

    • You can also assign other functions to command dials 1 and 2.
    • You can also adjust the shutter speed by pressing [Fn], moving to the shutter speed, and then scrolling command dial 1 or dragging your finger on the screen.

  3. Set the desired options.

  4. Half-press the Shutter button to focus, and then fully press the Shutter button to capture the photo.

    To compensate for the reduced amount of light allowed by fast shutter speeds, open the aperture and let in more light. If your photos are still too dark, increase the ISO value.

Manual mode

Manual mode lets you adjust the shutter speed and aperture value manually. In this mode, you can fully control the exposure of your photos.

This mode is useful in controlled shooting environments, such as a studio, or when it is necessary to fine-tune camera settings. The Manual mode is also recommended for shooting night scenes or fireworks.

To use in Manual mode:

  1. Rotate the mode dial to Manual mode.

  2. Scroll command dials 1 and 2 to adjust the shutter speed and aperture value, respectively.

    • You can also assign other functions to command dials 1 and 2.
    • You can also adjust the shutter speed or the aperture value by pressing [Fn], moving to the shutter speed or the aperture value, and then scrolling command dial 1 or dragging your finger on the screen.

  3. Set the desired options.

  4. Half-press the Shutter button to focus, and then fully press the Shutter button to capture the photo.

    More details on Manual mode can be found on page 66 of the User Manual.

Custom mode

Custom mode lets you create your own shooting modes by customizing options and saving them. Save frequently used option settings as a named Custom Mode, and then use it as your own shooting mode customized for the shooting environment. Use custom mode when you capture photos in various environments.  Custom mode is also used when you have a preferred shooting settings, or if you frequently use preset options in certain conditions.

Samsung Auto Shot mode

In Samsung Auto Shot, you can capture action photos, such as someone hitting a baseball, making a jumpshot, or passing a preset point.

Smart mode

In Smart mode, you can capture photos with preset parameters when shooting specific scenes, conditions, or effects.

  1. Rotate the mode dial to Smart mode.

  2. Select a scene (see entire list at bottom).

    Samsung NX500 Camera Select a Scene

       

  3. Half-press the Shutter button to focus, and then fully press the Shutter button to capture the photo.

  4. Option22 Description
    Beauty Face Capture a portrait with options to hide facial imperfections.
    Landscape Capture still-life scenes and landscapes.
    Action Freeze Capture subjects moving at high speed
    Rich Tones Capture a photo with vibrant colors.
    Panorama Capture a wide panoramic scene in a single photo.
    Waterfall Capture scenes with waterfalls.
    Multi Exposure Capture multiple photos and overlap them to create one photo.
    Samsung Auto Shot Capture action photos, such as someone hitting a baseball, a jumpshot, or when the subject passes a preset point.
    Silhouette Capture subjects as dark shapes against a light background.
    Sunset Capture scenes at sunset, with natural-looking reds and yellows.
    Night Capture a photo with less blurring and visual noise.
    Fireworks Capture scenes with fireworks.
    Light Trace Capture scenes with the light trailing in low-light conditions