Record Screens & Menus

Canon has an Easy mode so anyone can pick up the camera and start shooting without having to worry about any camera settings. The only options available in this mode is turning the flash from auto to off, and using the zoom toggle.

Canon also gives you their Smart Auto mode, another worry-free shooting mode that takes care of most of the camera's settings for you. Besides the flash, you also have access to image size, quality, face detection and the camera's shooting menu. Here the camera chooses from 32 different pre-defined scenes to determine the best possible settings for the shot at hand, all within the blink of an eye.

Program mode gives the user the most control. The camera will always choose your shutter speed and aperture to make sure you have a properly exposed image, however you still have access to a variety of other settings like ISO exposure compensation, focus mode, etc.

Half pressing the shutter release will display the screen shot above. The auto-focus system will choose a focusing point, and a green rectangle(s) will appear to show you where focus was obtained. If the camera cannot obtain focus the rectangle will not appear. You will also see the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings chosen for the shot. The camera symbol with the "waves" coming off of it is a warning icon that camera shake could be possible due to a slower shutter speed.


Program FUNC. Menu:

  • ISO Selection - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600
  • White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
  • My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Custom Color
  • Shot Mode - Single, Continuous
  • AF Mode - Evaluative, Center, Spot
  • Image Size - L 16M(4608x3456), M1 (3264x2448), M2 (1600x1200), S (640x480), Widescreen (4608x2592)
  • Image Quality - Normal or Fine


The mode dial on the A3300 IS has Program, Live View Control, Auto, Easy, Scene, Fish-eye Effect, Discreet, Standard Movie modes. This allows the user to quickly change to any desired mode at any time.


With the SCeNe mode selected on the mode dial, there are several more shooting modes available: Portrait, Landscape, Kids&Pets, Smart Shutter, Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks and Long Shutter.


The 4-way controller is also used as a shortcut menu while in Record Mode. Up controls exposure compensation, right for the flash setting, down for the self-timer, and left for focus modes.


Record Menu:

  • AF Frame - Face AiAF, Tracking AF, Center
  • AF Frame Size - Small or Normal (only when in Center Frame)
  • Digital Zoom - Standard, Off,1.6x, 2.0x
  • AF-Point Zoom - On, Off
  • Servo AF - On or Off
  • AF-Assist Beam - On or Off
  • Flash Settings - Red Eye Correction, Red Eye Lamp
  • Review - Off, 2-10 second, Hold
  • Review Info - Off, Detailed, Focus Check
  • Blink Detection - On or Off
  • Display Overlay - Off, Grid Lines, 3:2 Guide, Both
  • IS Mode - Continuous, Shoot Only, Panning, Off
  • Date Stamp - Off, Date, Date & Time


Movie mode allows you to capture video with sound at HD (1280x720), VGA (640x480), or QVGA (320x240) resolutions. The 5x optical zoom is not available while you are recording video, but it can be set before hand. There is a 4x digital zoom feature available during recording, however it will degrade the quality of the video. Files are saved in MPEG-4 (.MOV) format.


Movie FUNC. Menu:

  • Movie Mode - Standard or Miniature Effect
  • White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
  • My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Custom Color
  • Video Size - 1280x720 HD, 640x480, 320x240


Movie Menu:

  • Digital Zoom - Off, Standard
  • AF-assist Beam - On or Off
  • Disp. Overlay - Off, Grid Lines
  • IS Mode - Continuous, Off

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