The ZR40 offers the versatility to meet every exposure challenge, as well as ease of use when you're happy to let the camera make all the choices. Amazingly sophisticated circuitry delivers proper exposure automatically under almost any lighting condition. But you also can easily adjust the exposure in any one of several creative ways to meet your specific need. Selecting a different exposure mode lets 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 ZR40, except for those functions you would like to control manually when you want to, including focus, exposure, and white balance.
Use the Sports Mode to make crystal clear video of sports action, such as the swing of a tennis racket, or accentuate the motion of a racing car, for example, by blurring its motion. Sports Mode also will let you shoot under very low lighting conditions. The ZR40 will automatically select the aperture for a proper exposure.
The ability to adjust the lens opening (aperture) gives you the creative ability to adjust depth of field. Larger lens openings decrease the amount of the background that's in focus, perfect for portraits. Smaller openings increase the focus area. When you choose any one of several apertures, the ZR40 will automatically select the shutter speed to match the chosen aperture, giving you the proper exposure.
Nothing can confuse an exposure system more than a singer spotlighted on a dark stage. Spotlight Mode comes to the rescue. The camera will automatically adjust exposure for the center of the frame (the spotlighted singer) 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.
Sand and Snow
Want to record a scene of skiers on a bright, snow-covered mountain slope, or beach volleyball players on bright sand? Then select the Sand & Snow Mode. 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. The ZR40 selects a very slow shutter speed to deliver adequate exposure.
Bring on the night, in color. No need to make any changes in the camcorder's settings, just move from the light to the dark and keep shooting. Capture night scenes in color as the camcorder's electronics compensate automatically. Bright street and store lights won't bother it; it will adjust for them automatically.