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Russell A., Camera and Video Technician
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I've just set up my powershot SX50 HS camera on manual with

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Hi I've just set up my powershot SX50 HS camera on manual with the setting shutter speed 1/250 and Aperture F8.0 and on the LDS it is black but if I change it Auto I can see the image on the screen , I must admit that I forgot how to set the setting and I think I done something
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 2 years ago.
Hi,

Depending on your shooting environment (how much light is available) the determination of your setting in manual mode is relative. A setting of: shutter speed 1/250 and Aperture F8.0 will generally work with an ISO of 200 in full bright sunlight since F8 is the smallest lens opening (the least amount of light). The best way to begin to figure out manual settings with this camera is to use the Aperture Priority (AV allows you to pick the aperture and the camera sets the Shutter Speed to match) and Shutter Priority (TV allows you to set the Shutter Speed and the camera sets the Aperture to match) {Page 150} modes and noting the varying settings displayed that give the best image. Start with ISO 100 {Page 117} and step through, recording the Shutter speed and Aperture. This will give you a reasonable range to work with in manual mode.

You can refer to the pages noted for a full description of the functions and modes noted.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
But you have explain why I've got a black screen on manual but got a image on the screen on Auto, so it looks like I've wasted money
Expert:  Russell A. replied 2 years ago.

Unless the camera is not functioning properly in manual mode, the reason that the screen is black with the setting that you have made is that the camera is adjusting all three values in auto mode. It may take the ISO (sensitivity) all the way up to 1600 in order to compensate fot the low light allowed by the aperture and moderate shutter speed.

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Expert:  Russell A. replied 2 years ago.

Unless the camera is not functioning properly in manual mode, the reason that the screen is black with the setting that you have made is that the camera is adjusting all three values in auto mode. It may take the ISO (sensitivity) all the way up to 1600 in order to compensate fot the low light allowed by the aperture and moderate shutter speed.

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