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automatic exposure mode

Automatic exposure mode (also called automatic exposure and abbreviated as AE) is a standard feature on digital cameras that will automatically determine the correct exposure for pictures without any user input other than to select the AE option before taking a picture.

In automatic mode the cameras will make all the decisions for you, including the aperture setting, the shutter speed, white balance and ISO. Nearly all digital cameras have an automatic exposure mode.

Other digital camera settings and shooting modes include:

See also "The Digital Camera Picture" in Webopedia's Quick Reference section.

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