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Nikon D3200 Digital Field Guide by Alan Hess

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The Viewfinder Display

When you look through the viewfinder, you see not only the scene in front of the camera as it appears through the attached lens, but also a lot of information, such as camera settings and the exposure value. You also see the main area where the focus points appear (shown in Figure 1.7) and the information bar across the bottom, as shown in Figure 1.8.

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1.7 The main viewfinder display of the Nikon D3200.

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1.8 The information bar across the bottom of the viewfinder display of the Nikon D3200.

The viewfinder displays the following information:

Focus points. There are 11 focus points in the Nikon D3200, and the active points blink red. If none of the focus points is illuminated, press the shutter-release button halfway. You can change which focus point is active with the multi-selector.

Focus indicator. When the camera achieves focus, a green dot appears. If the camera cannot achieve focus, the dot blinks.

Auto exposure Lock indicator. When you press the AE-L/AF-L button (ael2.eps), the Auto-exposure Lock indicator is illuminated.

Flexible Program indicator. When you have adjusted the shutter speed and/or the aperture when in the Programmed auto mode (), this indicator ...

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