You can get very center-weighted metering and set the camera to no flash, but if you close the camera it will go back to default. For the metering push both buttons at the same time (flash & self-timer) and to get to no flash just keep going through with the flash button. There is also a night time setting where the camera will do very long exposure. They are great little cameras, but I'm looking for a little more control with an Olympus XA if I can find one.