How to Change the Shutter Speed on a Sony Cyber Shot


The ability to change the shutter speed on your Sony Cyber Shot will allow for more creative photographs. The shutter allows the light to strike your film or digital media, therefore, capturing the image you are photographing. Shutter speeds that are faster, such as 250 and up, can easily capture fast moving subjects as long as there is adequate lighting. For lower light settings, a slower shutter speed may be required since the shutter will stay open longer allowing more light to strike the film or digital media.

  • Using the mode dial on your camera, choose one of the creative modes. The creative modes usually consist of Manual (M), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Speed Priority (S) and Program Auto (P). Some newer models only have Manual and Program Auto. Aperture Priority mode does not allow you to change shutter speed, only the aperture. Program Auto allows you to change shutter speed and aperture at the same time. The camera automatically changes one setting in relation to how the other setting is changed. To change only the shutter speed, you will need to use Manual or Shutter Speed Priority modes.

  • Looking at your LCD screen or your view finder, locate your shutter speed number, which is at the bottom center/right of your screen. You will see a yellow arrow pointing to the shutter speed number.

  • Push in the jog dial, located on the front grip of your camera. Your shutter speed number will now be yellow, and your arrow will be white.

  • Turn the jog dial to the desired shutter speed, then push jog dial inward again. You are now ready to take your photo with your new custom set shutter speed.

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