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What is Auto Exposure Lock (AEL) and when should it be used?

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AEL (aka AE Lock) is a function that can be used when you want to reframe the scene, but keep the current exposure from changing. It allows the camera to maintain the same brightness between shots.

The AEL function is useful when shooting a number of pictures that you want to stitch together later into a panorama. By using AEL, each picture stitched together using photo editing software maintains the same exposure so your newly-created panorama looks like it was shot as one photo.

There are two options for AEL in the camera menu.

  • Hold: When this option is selected, the AEL button must be pressed and held down to use AEL.
  • Toggle: When this option is selected, simply press the AEL button to enable AEL. When you are finished shooting, press the AEL button again to disable AEL.

IMPORTANT: If model-specific information is required to select the AEL setting in the camera menu, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the product. Manuals are posted on your model support page.

NOTE: An asterisk appears on the LCD screen when AEL is being used.