Night Mode: This mode makes use of a slow shutter speed in conjunction with a burst of light from the flash. It uses
a slow shutter speed to allow more light to reach the camera in low light situations. This way there can be more
background detail recorded.
This is a really fun mode to play around with and can create some wonderfully colorful and interesting shots.
This one is pretty fun when you're out on the town with your friends or at a party. Night mode takes advantage of a technique known as slow sync flash. Here's how it works.
Night Mode: Pre-programmed exposure mode built into cameras to help photographers with taking photos at night. Works by allowing camera to use flash with a longer shutter time, thereby allowing for the generally poorly illumined background to show. Also known as "Dragging the shutter".
However, you will never find, on any camera, anywhere, no matter how much you spend and no matter how much the sales person tells you how invaluable a cameras multitude of 'modes' and 'features' are, you will not find a 'good picture mode' .
Uses wide apertures and long exposures for shooting in dark conditions. Use of a tripod, remote release or self-timer is recommended. White balance, metering, focus mode and ISO are fixed but exposure compensation is still available.
The camera uses slower shutter speed and wider aperture opening along with a flash to get correct lighting in foreground and background.
Scenes mode (SCN) ...
~: (Stars/moon) In low light, use this setting to let in more light.
Video: (Movie) Makes a video sequence, and most will also record sound.
Landscape: (Mountains) Use this for maximum sharpness to infinity.
Most digital cameras offer a ~ setting that can provide a baseline to help you get started, but this same mode can be limiting when it comes to shutter speed. Since lighting and location vary greatly, the night scene mode may not be the best choice in all situations.
In P (program) mode and all flash-using PIC (icon) modes except for ~ (if your camera has it) the camera uses the flash as the primary light source for the foreground subject. If the ambient light levels are low, therefore, the background will turn out very dark.
Figure 4: Nikon's ~ handles both background lighting and foreground exposure in low-light situations.
Figure 5: Beach/Snow mode adjusts for reflected light.
Champs-Élysées, Paris using ~ (IXUS 50)
Maria la Gorda, Cuba, (Ixus 800)
Grand Hotel (Sri Lanka) flower garden
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Shutter-priority mode may be the only way to choose a specific shutter speed on some compact cameras. ~ permits a long shutter speed to properly expose for low ambient light; action or sports mode chooses a fairly high shutter speed to stop action.
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In addition, the camera may also have several pre-set modes; the most common include landscape, portrait, sports and ~. The symbols used for each mode vary slightly from camera to camera, but will likely appear similar to those below:
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Shooting in ~ with your Point & Shoot camera may provide the same effect. Longer shutter speeds, from several seconds to minutes or longer, let you capture the motions of the night and some great still shots of artificially lighted subjects.
The scene presets operate between 100 and 6400 ISO, apart from the Landscape setting which maxes out at 1600 ISO and the ~ which allows up to 12800 ISO.
These SLOW sync modes are also in many P/S cameras. In a P/S camera one typically pushes the flash button until a little moon and city icon ("~" in Japanese) appears.
See also: What is the meaning of Mode, Image, Camera, Speed, Light?