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    Exposure, colour and light conditions

    Arrow left Xperia L3 support overview

    Good exposure for your photos requires the right amount of light. The camera automatically detects and adjusts to ambient light conditions.

    Different exposures are required, for example, when taking photos of faces, moving objects or in low light.

    Optimising light conditions

    • Look for light with direction and colour that gives a scene shape and depth. This type of light occurs just before sunrise and at sunset. Natural light from a window is also good.
    • For higher quality photos in low light, you need to keep the camera steady. You can place the camera on a solid surface and use the self-timer.
    • Even if light conditions are poor, try to take photos with and without the flash. Sometimes the quality is better without the flash.

    To use the flash

    1. When using the camera, tap the flash icon displayed on the screen, for example (Auto flash icon).
    2. If required, change the flash setting.
    3. Tap the shutter button to take a photo or record a video.


    Available settings depend on the capturing mode selected.


    When the background is brighter than the object, use Fill flash to remove unwanted dark shadows.

    Colour, brightness and exposure value

    Your camera automatically adjusts the colour, brightness and exposure value by detecting the light conditions and estimating the colour temperature of ambient light. Digital cameras can only estimate the colour temperature, so you may need to adjust the settings to get it correct.

    If you experience yellow-coloured photos in indoor environments or bluish photos when using the flash, try adjusting the colour.

    To achieve better exposures in low-light environments, change the brightness for photos and videos.

    To adjust the colour and brightness

    1. When using the camera, tap Skin brightness icon (Colour and brightness icon).
    2. Drag the sliders to adjust the colour and brightness.
    3. Tap the shutter button to take a photo or record a video.
    4. Tap (Cancel icon) to reset and close the colour setting.

    Shutter speed

    Shutter speed refers to how long the shutter is open and the camera sensor is exposed to light.

    The shutter speed is automatically adjusted in photos and videos.


    ISO determines how sensitive your camera is to light.

    ISO is automatically adjusted when taking photos and videos.

    White balance

    White balance is automatically adjusted when taking photos and videos.

    Optimising exposure

    Exposure metering measures the amount of light that strikes an object, to optimise exposure.

    Exposure metering is automatically adjusted when taking photos and videos.

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