Lightroom Classic: Show exposure mode in metadata

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It would be really great if you could see the Exposure Mode (P,A,S,M) that was used to take a photo, in the LR metadata panel. I was really surprised when I found out that such a basic thing wasn't possible!
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You can see the metering mode if you choose EXIF but it depends on the camera.

For example:

It shows on a Canon 5D MK IV



but it doesn't show on a Canon G16



That's small consolation if yours is the camera that doesn't show but Lightroom will display it if the manufacturer provides the information. 
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Pardon me. Exposure "program".(ie. Automatic, Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual). I know it's in the Exif metadata, but LR doesn't show it.

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Please reread Rick's post above. His example does show it. 
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For my photo, LR says "Exposure Program - Normal". That is not a mode on my camera.
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Yeah, it works different with different manufacturers. Sadly there is nothing to be done unless you contact the camera company and request they put it in their EXIF data. Lightroom just reads what is there. 

Just out of curiosity, what camera is it?
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But it is in the Exif data. I just showed it in that screenshot. LR is doing something weird to it. It's an Oly E-M10 II
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The Exif standard says that the ExposureProgram tag (tag number 34850) stores a number (ex: 2) not a string (ex: "Program AE"). Lightroom displays a string based on the descriptions of the numbers defined in the Exif specification.
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I see.  So what do you think users would appreciate more: what LR shows, or what Exiftool shows? I think users are more familiar with their cameras than with standards documents.