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Compact Camera Auto Bracketing Mode

A guide to using a compact camera's Auto Bracketing Mode

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The Auto Bracketing Mode appears on many compact cameras and we'd guess few owners actually  use the feature.

A bracket usually refers to exposure (some cameras now do focus brackets) and is a sequence of shots taken at various exposure levels. An auto bracket is done in rapid sequence with one frame under the suggested exposure setting, one at the suggested setting and one over the suggested setting. From these you can pick the best exposed shot and delete the two others. In the days of film it was an essential tool in many conditions where the camera could be fooled by the light. With digital you can shoot, view the result and reshoot, so this mode is less important.

exposure bracket correct exposureexposure bracket -one stopexposure bracket +one stop
The three shots above where taken in an exposure bracket  sequence. The left one was what the camera thought was correct, middle was one stop under and right was one stop over.

What auto bracketing is good for

The most useful time is on quick grab shots where  you wouldn't get a second chance - such as family member passing in a street parade, the confetti shot at a wedding, an award ceremony presentation etc. If the suggested exposure was wrong that special moment would be missed.

Good points
Ensures a correct exposure
Good for fast response

Bad points
Three shots used up
Minor delay between shots The correct exposure might be the one taken when the person blinks

Compact cameras with auto bracketing
Canon Powershot G1
Canon Powershot G9
Canon Powershot G10
Canon Powershot G11
Canon PowerShot S45
Canon PowerShot S90
Contax TVS Digital
Fujifilm FinePix E550
Fujifilm FinePix E900
Kodak Z885
Kodak Z8612
Kodak Z1285
Konica Minolta Dimage S304
Konica Minolta Dimage S404
Konica Minolta Dimage G400
Konica Minolta Dimage F100
Leica D-LUX 3
Leica D-LUX 4
Nikon Coolpix 4500
Nikon Coolpix 5400
Nikon Coolpix 5900
Nikon Coolpix 7900
Nikon Coolpix 8080
Nikon Coolpix 8400
Nikon Coolpix 8800
Nikon Coolpix P4
Nikon Coolpix P80
Nikon Coolpix P90
Nikon Coolpix P5000
Nikon Coolpix P5100
Nikon Coolpix P6000
Olympus Camedia C-3030 Zoom
Olympus C5050 Zoom
Olympus C5060 Wide Zoom
Olympus C730UZ
Olympus Camedia C-700
Olympus C765UZ
Olympus C-8080
Olympus SP-310
Olympus SP-320
Olympus SP-350
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ4
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ10
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1  
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3A
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
Ricoh CX1
Ricoh CX2
Ricoh Caplio R7
Ricoh Caplio R8
Ricoh Caplio GX-200
Ricoh GR Digital III
Samsung A503
Samsung DigiMax ES10
Samsung ES55
Samsung HZ15W
Samsung Digimax L85
Samsung L301
Samsung L201
Samsung NV3
Samsung NV11
Samsung S850
Samsung S1050
Samsung TL320
Samsung V3
Samsung V4
Samsung V5
Samsung V700
Samsung V800
Samsung WB500
Samsung WB550
Sigma DP1
Sigma DP2
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-828
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T100
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T200
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T70
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9
Sony Cyber-shot DSC W2
Sony Cyber-shot DSC W80   
Sony Cyber-shot W90
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300
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23 Dec 2010 9:36AM
dsc w150 camera is great. Ive been able to take some great photos with it, and I really dont have much to complain about, except for a few things. One, when I try to take a good night shot there isnt much flexibility in what I can do with the settings, and also just lately my camera decided that out of the blue it wasnt going to focus, and when I turn it off, it wont come back on. It sounds as if the lens is out of place or something, but it just happens out of nowhere.

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