Hs20EXR Review — Pt7. “P” Mode.
This is the second mode that I have currently settled on as a good place to start using the new camera. If the EXR mode seems a little confusing, I can understand as like me a lot of us are now having to learn to use a whole different skill set for the HS20. It would have been this way with the previous EXR sensored cameras as well I should imagine.
For those of us familiar with the HS10 then P mode on the HS20 will seem very familiar, and may in fact be a good starting point for those new to the camera.
I set my camera’s P mode as follows:
From the Shooting Menu
- ISO 100 as a starting point.
- Image size = Medium @ 4:3
- Image Quality = F (fine)
- Dynamic Range = DR400%
- Film Simulation = Standard (change yours to suit)
- WB Shift = Default
- Colour = Mid ( but I am currently trying it a high)
- Tone = Std
- Sharpness = Hard
- Noise Reduction = low
From the Setup Menu:
- MF Focus Check = Off
- Face recognition = Off
- Face Detection = Off.
External Control Buttons.
- WB = Auto (change as required for differing light sources)Note WB (Incandescent) for standard light bulbs works very accurately, more so than leaving camera set to Auto.
- Af = Center
- AF Focusing = Continuous (Faster focus, try tracking focus as well)
- AE = Average or spot (Spot for telephoto & average for shorter focal lengths
That’s the current setup. I will update these settings as required if it seems that there are better alternatives.
This setup may not suit everyone so experiment with the settings until you settle on those that your happy with.
There are some images here to view, shot using the above settings. As you can see from the dark nature of some of them the camera has a tendency to underexpose in P mode. It seems to do the opposite when using EXR. No matter which mode you are using you need to be very aware of what the camera is doing. In the images in the album, I left white balance at normal, this was a mistake as using the shade setting would have been more appropriate for the conditions. Monitoring Ev is also very important as the camera is very sensitive to light changes ( or at least the one I have is).