What is Flexible Priority mode? How to use it on your Canon R-series camera

Flexible Priority mode gives you the choice of auto or manually controlled shutter, aperture and ISO setting in any combination (Image credit: Brian Worley)

Flexible Priority, or Fv mode, was the first significant new creative zone exposure mode in decades. Introduced with the Canon EOS R, it’s now a standard mode on most R-series cameras as well as the Canon EOS M6 Mark II. In my experience, many photographers are creatures of habit and regularly ignore new features or ways of working. So it is time to learn what this feature is – and how it could be the only exposure mode you need for creative work. 

Flexible Priority mode derives its name from the way you determine the balance of control taken, and how much you allow the camera to help. There are four individual parameters to work with: shutter speed, aperture, ISO and exposure compensation. 

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Brian Worley

Brian is a freelance photographer and photo tutor, based in Oxfordshire. He has unrivaled EOS DSLR knowledge, after working for Canon for over 15 years, and is on hand to answer all the EOS and photographic queries in Canon-centric magazine PhotoPlus.