The Optura 200MC offers both versatility to meet all exposure challenges and ease of use when you're happy to let the camera make all the choices. Amazingly sophisticated circuitry and computer programs analyze the light coming through the lens to deliver proper exposure automatically under almost any lighting condition. You also can easily adjust the exposure system in any one of several creative ways to meet specific needs. Selecting one of seven exposure modes, you control how you want the video to look.
For those who just want to point and shoot, choose the Easy Recording mode. All camera functions are handled automatically (focus, exposure, etc.), with the exception of the camera's zoom controls.
Auto mode gives control of camera settings to the Optura 200MC, except for those functions you would like to control manually, including focus, exposure, and white balance.
Need to make a crystal clear video of the swing of a golf club and golf ball in flight? Want to accentuate the motion of a racing car by blurring its motion? Or shoot under very low lighting conditions? The Optura 200MC will automatically select the aperture for a proper exposure. If you have selected a shutter speed that is either too high or too low for the light conditions, a warning will flash in the viewfinder.
For pictures of people, you want to be able to remove background distractions, which detract from your subject. Switch to Portrait mode, which adjusts the lens opening (aperture) for creative control of depth of focus. Larger openings decrease the amount of the background that's in focus -- perfect for portraits. The 200MC will automatically select the shutter speed to match the chosen aperture, giving you the proper exposure. If you have selected an aperture that is too large for the lighting conditions, a warning will flash in the viewfinder.
Nothing can confound an exposure system like a performer spotlighted on a dark stage. The Optura 200MC comes to the rescue with Spotlight mode. The camera will automatically adjust exposure for the center of the frame (the brighter performer) rather than the darkness of the stage. This will prevent the person from showing up overexposed or blooming against a dark background. The result is a perfect exposure.
Surfing/Sand and Snow
Want to record a scene of skiers on a bright, snow-covered mountain, or beach volleyball players on bright sand? Then select the Sand and Snow mode on the Optura 200MC. This will adjust the exposure so the subject will not appear underexposed (dark) against the bright background.
When in a dark environment, select the Low Light mode to shift the Optura 200MC to a very slow shutter speed for delivering adequate exposure to record the scene.
Color Night Mode
The Optura 200MC's Color Night Mode allows it to perform exceptionally in even the most challenging lighting conditions. In situations normally too dark for recording, the camcorder selects the ideal shutter speed and sensitivity combination to brighten up the scene, without sacrificing color. Since the Optura 200MC makes these changes automatically, you do not have to switch modes when conditions improve. The camcorder's exposure system makes all the decisions, allowing you to keep shooting without skipping a beat.
Super Night Mode
Thanks to the Optura 200MC's Super Night Mode, you never have to be afraid of the dark again. Simply, switch to Super Night Mode and the Optura 200MC's emits a bright, LED light, perfect for adding supplemental light when you need it the most. The light can also be used with the camera's Red-Eye reduction lamp to provide you with even greater assistance when shooting digital photos.