Nikon Nikon 1 AW1 Reference Manual (en)

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Choosing a Mode That Matches the Subject or Situation
Choose a creative mode according to the subject or situation:
Option
Description
Programmed auto (P)
The camera sets shutter speed and aperture for opti-
mal exposure (
0 40). Recommended for snapshots
and in other situations in which there is little time to
adjust camera settings.
Shutter-priority auto 
(S)
You choose the shutter speed; the camera selects an
aperture for best results (
0 41). Use to freeze or blur
motion.
Aperture-priority 
auto (A)
You choose the aperture; the camera selects a shut-
ter speed for best results (
0 42). Use to blur the
background or bring both foreground and back-
ground into focus.
Manual (M)
You control both shutter speed and aperture (
Choose a shutter speed of “Bulb” for long time-expo-
sures (
Underwater 
(
4 (56))
Take pictures under water (
Night landscape (
j)
Capture low lighting in night scenes. Each time the
shutter-release button is fully pressed, the camera
takes a series of shots and combines them; during
processing, a message is displayed and no pictures
can be taken. The flash does not fire and the edges of
photos are cropped out. Note that the desired results
may not be obtained if the camera or subject moves
during shooting; if the camera is unable to combine
the images, a warning will be displayed and only
one picture will be taken.