Canon sx260hs User Manual (en)

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Image Brightness (Exposure Compensation)
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Before shooting, you can lock the exposure, or you can specify focus and 
exposure separately.
Lock the exposure.
z
Aim the camera at the subject to shoot with 
the exposure locked. With the shutter button 
pressed halfway, press the 
o button.
X
 is displayed, and the exposure is locked.
z
To unlock AE, release the shutter button and 
press the 
o button again. In this case, 
 is 
no longer displayed.
Compose the shot and shoot.
z
After one shot, AE is unlocked and 
 is no 
longer displayed.
Adjust the metering method (how brightness is measured) to suit shooting 
conditions as follows.
z
Press the 
m button, choose 
 in the menu, 
and choose the desired option (p. 39).
X
The option you configured is now displayed.
Locking Image Brightness/Exposure (AE Lock)
AE: Auto Exposure
After the exposure is locked, you can adjust the combination of shutter speed 
and aperture value by turning the 
5 dial (Program Shift).
Changing the Metering Method
COP
Y