The self-timer can be used for self-portraits or group shots that include the photographer. Before proceeding, mount the camera on a tripod or place it on a stable, level surface.

  1. Press the s (E) button.

    s (E) button

  2. Select E (Self-timer) mode.

    Highlight E (Self-timer) and press J.

  3. Frame the photograph.

  4. Take the photograph.

    Press the shutter-release button halfway to focus, and then press the button the rest of the way down. The self-timer lamp will start to flash and a beep will begin to sound. Two seconds before the photo is taken, the lamp will stop flashing and the beeping will become more rapid. The shutter will be released ten seconds after the timer starts.

Note that the timer may not start or a photograph may not be taken if the camera is unable to focus or in other situations in which the shutter cannot be released. To stop the timer without taking a photograph, turn the camera off.

Cover the Viewfinder

To prevent light entering via the viewfinder from appearing in the photograph or interfering with exposure, we recommend that you cover the viewfinder with your hand or other objects such as an optional eyepiece cap (0 Viewfinder eyepiece accessories) when taking pictures without your eye to the viewfinder. To attach the cap, remove the rubber eyecup (q) and insert the cap as shown (w). Hold the camera firmly when removing the rubber eyecup.

Rubber eyecup

Eyepiece cap

Using the Built-in Flash

Before taking a photograph with the flash in modes that require the flash to be raised manually, press the M (Y) button to raise the flash and wait for the M indicator to be displayed in the viewfinder (0 The Built-in Flash). Shooting will be interrupted if the flash is raised after the self-timer has started.

The Setup Menu Self-Timer Option

For information on choosing the duration of the self-timer and the number of shots taken, see the Self-timer option in the setup menu (0 Self-Timer).