Camera Mysteries Revealed: RTFM!

Free Book: unlock mysteries of your camera.

Free ebook explains how to use your camera

What does this button do? How about that dial? How do I turn those annoying audible beeps off? How do I change the white balance setting? How do I format my SD card? That’s all covered, and much more, in a free e-book which you can download right now. Every single function of your digital camera (DSLR, point-and-shoot, mirrorless, and some older cameras as well) is explained in this complimentary, illustrated guide.

Yes, I’m talking about the godforsaken manual that comes with the camera (and which can be easily downloaded from the Web). It may be 100 pages long and packed with gratuitous-seeming, esoteric minutiae and awkward translations from Japanese, but there’s also quite a bit of useful information that can help you take better photographs. And if you use the PDF version (rather than the printed, hard copy), you can quickly find what you’re looking for with a simple text search (you can search the PDF file for “white balance” or “format card” for example). For some reason non-geek types seem to avoid camera manuals like the plague, but I’m telling you there’s likely a lot of powerful stuff your camera does that you don’t know about.

If you have a digital Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Panasonic (Lumix), Ricoh, Samsung, Sony, or Olympus camera, check the links below. If you have a camera made by a manufacturer not listed below, or if you’re looking for a manual for an older film camera, go to your favorite search engine and type in your camera model, followed by the phrase, “download manual.” For example, if you’re looking for the manual for an old Nikon F film camera, you could do a Google search for: “Nikon F manual download,” which would result in a page of hits including this link, where you can download a nice scan of the original (c. 1960) Nikon F manual. You can find many, many more free PDFs (donations accepted and well deserved at that site) for old film cameras at that site.

PDF camera manual download links

To download manuals from these companies, go to the appropriate link below, and then look for your camera model name (ie, “Coolpix S9900”).

Canon manuals

Fuji manuals

Nikon manuals

Olympus manuals

Panasonic/Lumix manuals

Pentax/Ricoh manuals

Samsung manuals

Sony manuals

Camera Manual Library
(older film camera manuals, including Hasselblad, Mamiya, Leica, Polaroid, and many more)

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