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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:12 pm 
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While away recently, a friend was using her compact camera when the battery died. As I had the E-P1 with me (as well as the 7D) I got the SD cards moved over and let her use that. She's not "SLR" minded at all in photography, so I just said turn the knob to i-Auto and see what happens. The E-P1 was fitted with the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7, and she didn't mind not having any zoom at all. Face detection was seen as a nice feature to have. After using that for a while, I thought about the Art modes and pointed those out. Suffice to say much fun happened after that. As a minor comment, I just realised the Art mode does appear to keep the settings I previously applied under PASM mode, so may not have been optimal for her.

What I found interesting was that all these are features I never used, so it proved an interesting perspective. At a suitable time, I think I'll have to play with those some more.

She loved it so much she wants one, although the price is a bit much still even with the heavy price cutting recently.

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I think things as Face Detection and art modes, auto lighting etc are made for starters, who dont want to think about the picture, dont want to process them but do want to play with it, and having the simple face det. mode. Some people who never will touch the PASM modes, will like those options. I dont.

For me, with my FZ28, the auto modes are never used, but I tried making only one photo with the iA mode (I was a bit curious), but it selected a shutter of 1/500 with F/7.1 and ISO 800.
Well, on a compact camera those are not useable.
Id stay with a fast shutterspeed and a F number and ISO as low as possible.

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As a photographer I'm always thinking what is the easiest way I can get the desired outcome. The outcome is important, not the method. If these "easy" functions work, why not use it? The only thing you have to do is make sure you know what it does is what you want. Portraits are relatively simple in that respect. Of course in more specific situations, auto modes might not pick what you want, so you have to take more control.

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Id like to have control by myself :wink:
I hate those auto modes, you never know which settings it chooses.

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