Bulb shooting

You can shoot a trailing image of the movement of a subject with long exposure.

Bulb shooting is suitable for shooting trails from stars or fireworks, etc.

  1. Set the mode dial to M (Manual Exposure).
  2. Turn the control dial clockwise until [BULB] is indicated.
  3. Select the aperture value (F-value) using the aperture ring.
  4. Press the shutter button halfway down to focus.
  5. Press and hold the shutter button for the duration of the shooting.
    As long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open.


  • When shooting fireworks, etc., focus at infinity in manual focus mode.
  • In order to perform bulb shooting without causing the image quality to deteriorate, we recommend that you start shooting while the camera is cool.
  • Images shot in [BULB] mode tend to be blurry. We recommend that you use a tripod and a remote commander (sold separately) that has a shutter button lock function. Use a remote commander supporting connection via multi/micro USB jack.


  • The longer the exposure time, the more noise will be visible on the image.
  • After shooting, noise reduction will be done for the same amount of time that the shutter was open. However, you cannot shoot any more while noise reduction is in progress.
  • You cannot set the shutter speed to [BULB] in the following situations:
    • [Smile Shutter]
    • [Auto HDR]
    • [Picture Effect] is set to [HDR Painting] or [Rich-tone Mono.].
    • [Multi Frame NR]
    • When [Drive Mode] is set to the following:
      • [Cont. Shooting]
      • [Self-timer(Cont)]
      • [Cont. Bracket]
    • [Shutter Type] is set to [Electronic Shut.].
    If you use the above functions when the shutter speed is set to [BULB], the shutter speed is temporarily set to 30 seconds.