What Is the Mode Dial?


What Is the Mode Dial?

mode dial

You can see the mode dial from a model above. There are eleven photography options with this mode.

In a digital camera, there is a variety of dials and buttons that may get you confused at the beginning. But those are must-have parts of a camera. If you have not had enough time to find out all about the camera, I highly recommend you to learn about the mode dial first.

You cannot help ignoring this most essential aspect that enables you to approach the shooting modes. By understanding the mode dial, you will figure out the function of each icon and obviously, your photography results shall be great.

There is mode dial with most high-end interchangeable lens cameras and several point and shoot models as well. Its location is often on the top panel of a camera, but sometimes, it can be positioned on the back panel. (You should not expect a mode dial for every model and all of the following options below in every mode dial)

  • The P mode is abbreviated for “programmed automatic”. With this mode, the aperture and the shuttering speed are already set up by the camera, and you can control other configurations. This mode should be selected for the basic situations when you don’t want to spend much time to control the settings.
  • The “shutter priority,” is abbreviated as the S mode. With this mode, the fastest shuttering speed is prioritized and then other settings are properly configured later. The S mode is very useful when the subjects of the photo are moving fast.
  • The “aperture priority,” is abbreviated as the A mode. The greatest aperture configuration is prioritized and then other settings are properly configured later. This mode is useful if you want to have the background blurrier than the main subject.
  • In case that you want to control all the setting manually, the M mode is for this purpose. It is short for “manual”. You can exactly select one of the modes through the LCD screen.
  • The Auto mode is also known as the Smart mode is completely different from the M mode. In this mode, you won’t have to configure any settings because the camera has determined all of them, depending on the lighting situations as well as the specific subjects. You can find this mode very common for point and shoot models. At times, this mode is shown as a simple icon or an empty rectangle in a camera. In addition, perhaps you will see the color of this mode different from other modes.
  • The SCN mode is short for the Scene mode, which is another kind of feature in a point and shoot model. This mode enables you to decide the most identical scene for the photos you’re going to shoot. For instance, if your type of photo is a kid’s birthday party, some of the most similar scenes are a “party” mode, a “candle” mode or a “night” mode.
  • The movie mode is specialized for recording videos, which is often represented by an icon in the shape of a video camera. Commonly, you can easily stop or start the video with the shuttering button with this mode while in some certain cameras; there may be a movie button which is dedicated.
  • You can easily define the location of a photo with the GPS mode which is often built in the camera. (This feature is not always offered in every camera).
  • The Wi-Fi connectivity is not included in every camera, but if you see the Wi-Fi mode, you’ll refer to this mode to configure and make of the Wi-Fi in your camera.
  • You’re going to able to make your photos more interesting with the Special Effects mode. You can select any available special photography features with this mode which is represented by an icon in the shape of a star inside a camera). For example, you can select the white or black mode.
  • If you see an icon like the shape of a tulip flower, it is the Macro mode. This mode is useful for photo shot over extremely short distances. The focus as well the flash shall be properly adjusted to help the photo become well-exposed.
  • If you want to blur the background and highlight the main subject, you’ll like to use the Portrait mode. This mode is represented by a head turned to the side).
  • The Panorama mode is for shooting photos at wide angles, for example, 90 degrees or 180 degrees and more. This mode is represented in an icon in the shape of a rectangle that’s stretched.
  • If you want to shoot nice photos of the nature or landscapes, the Landscape mode is what you should select. The depth of field will be increased in focus.
  • When you see a runner icon which is not display in this photos, this mode is called the Sports mode. You use this mode to shoot subjects which are moving fast.
  • When you want to adjust the flash (no flash, auto flash or constant flash), you’ll use the flash mode which is represented by an icon with a lightning strike.)


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