Anatomy of an interchangeable-lens camera (part 1)

3/26/2012 9:21:14 AM

Anatomy of an interchangeable-lens camera

Let’s learn camera with our instruction. As you will see, there are more similarities than differences between DSLR and CSC

Whether you are using DSLR or CSC camera, you’re having an incredible strong equipment. Your camera is packed with advanced technology that is designed to provide perfect picture for most shooting situations, as well as high-definition video.

CSC and DSLR have many features but they are designed for easy using as possible, with some models is easier to use than the others. It means with so many things are provided, you are easy to be confused about some functions, or ignore the useful features that can help your life easier or help you create more beautiful images. This is where we can help.

We chose a famous Canon DSLR and Panasonic CSC to illustrate our guide but the information is applicable to most models.

Did you know?

With the camera is set up in single-shot AF mode and single frame advance, press the shutter button to take pictures first and then just drop it halfway will lock the AF and exposure settings for the next image.

The main controls

  1. Shutter button. Shutter button has two-stage action - press it halfway to activate the AF system (autofocus) and light metering and press it fully to get exposure.

Did you know? If you leave the camera open for a few minutes and it fell into standby mode for battery saving, tap the shutter button to open it again. Noted that many cameras have a custom function that can set the shutter button with AF lock, exposure, or both not.

  1. Built-in flash. It is present on most cameras. However, some high-end DSLR and some CSC lacks this utility, just provide via hotshoe. Flash coverage is usually good for an average wide angle lens and the subject in a few meters distance. Auto mode is good for portrait in weak light standard, but there are numerous flash modes is provided to allow more creative possibilities, including slow sync (slow sync) and rear-curtain sync (rear-curtain sync).
  2. Flash-up button. Click this button to open the built-in flash, if the camera has. Although some cameras automatically upgrade flash as needed in the total automatic mode, you have to activate it manually if you want to use it in manual exposure mode or semi-automatically.

Did you know? On a DSLR and compact system, you can press and hold the flash-up button to access additional flash mode, instead of using the menu system. On most models, a separate flash mode button controls 4 directions are used to do this.

  1. AF lighting. In weak light, camera can struggle to focus appropriately. AF lighting, which is contained in the flash that added in or in front of the camera body, making a flash stream or a light to help the autofocus lock on the object.
  2. Lens release button. Pressing this button allows the lens remove.

Did you know? Nikon lenses are removed in the opposite direction with most other brands.

  1.  AF/M. This button located on the lens or camera body, which is used to set the focus to manual or automatic.
  2. Self-timer lamp. This is a visual indicator lights on the countdown timer.
  3. Microphone. It is used to record audio while filming. It can also be used on some cameras to record audio notes for pictures.

9.    Preview the depth of field. Has been popular on the film SLR cameras, it closes the shutter of lens to the selected aperture, allows you to preview the depth of field in the viewfinder. However, this makes viewfinder image dark, makes it difficult to use, especially with small apertures. Electronic viewfinder increase brightness while using the preview depth of field feature, which is an advantage over optical viewfinder.

Did you know? Canon users can use this function with LiveView, which allow the depth of field access easily on the LCD screen than the viewfinder.

  1. The main dial. Perhaps this is the most important control on the camera, as it is used to set the exposure mode. Some have a central locking system, but most are not, so before shooting, make sure it has not been pushed into the mode which you do not want

Did you know? Many professional and semi-professional DSLR users than dial button to set the exposure mode.


  1. Hotshoe mount. It allows you to mount the camera flashgun. They provide more power and features, and give you more scope to take flash pictures. You can also add other accessories, such as control unit for synchronizing multiple flash settings and telephoto. The central junction starts flash, while others are used to transmit information.
  2.  Did you know? Unusual design of Sony hotshoe based on Minolta Dynax hotshoe, which was introduced in 1988.
  3. On/off button. You can open shortcuts by using this switch. If you turn it “on”, the camera will turn off after 5 minutes not using.
  4.  Display. Your camera uses exposure default on its screen. Press the display button to change format, bring histogram or completely screen off.
  5. ISO. ISO Index shows the sensor sensitivity with light, the same as different film speeds in the past. Small ISO index has lower sensitivity, but offers better photo quality. Once you increase the ISO index, number of "noise" increases, due to the loss of quality (mainly in terms of color reproduction and sharpness), which is most obvious at ISO speed 800 and higher .
  6. Input disc. It is usually located near the shutter button or near the place to put the thumb behind camera. It is used to change variables such as shutter speed or aperture.

 Sensor plane marker. This marker shows where the sensor is.

Most View
AMD And Nvidia Based Products In The New Benchmark (Part 2)
How To Find The BEST DEALS (Part 1)
Kingston SSDNow V300 Solid State Hard Drive (Part 3)
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista : Security Delegation for Administration of GPOs - Default Security Environment
Installing and Configuring SharePoint 2013 : Creating the Farm (part 3) - Configuring the Farm - Checking Your Available Service Applications , Access Services 2010
Magellan SmartGPS - Another Evidence Proves That Smartphone Is The Only Navigator You Need (Part 1)
Olympus XZ-10 Super Compact Camera Review (Part 1)
Systems for All Budgets (Part 3) - WS 1000, Silent 1000
Asus GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II OC 2 GB Graphics Card Review (Part 2)
SQL Server 2012 : Troubleshooting Methodology and Practices - Data Analysis, Validating and Implementing Resolution
Top 10
The Maserati Ghibli S – The Latin Conquistador (Part 2)
The Maserati Ghibli S – The Latin Conquistador (Part 1)
The Lexus CT200h F-Sport – A Good Deal Easier To Live With
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate – A Practical And Comfortable Choice Of Family Car
The Mercedes-Benz CLS 220 BlueTec AMG Line – Smooth And Impressive
Sharepoint 2013 : SharePoint Publishing Infrastructure (part 6) - Check In/Out, Versioning, and Content Approval
Sharepoint 2013 : SharePoint Publishing Infrastructure (part 5) - Content Management - Putting It All Together
Sharepoint 2013 : SharePoint Publishing Infrastructure (part 4) - Content Management - Master Pages,Page Layouts
Sharepoint 2013 : SharePoint Publishing Infrastructure (part 3) - Content Management - Site Columns, Content Types
Sharepoint 2013 : SharePoint Publishing Infrastructure (part 2) - Publishing Features