Canon Powershot A560 Review

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Canon Powershot A560




Record Modes & Menus



Canon Powershot A560

The screen display in Auto record mode. Icons across the top indicate that ISO is set to Auto, Auto flash, single frame drive. Along the left you can see metering is Evaluative, image size is Large, quality is Superfine and there's space left on the SD card to take 1224 more pictures.



Canon Powershot A560

When the color LCD is turned on and you half-press the shutter you will see which of the nine AF points (green rectangles) where used for the focus lock. You can also see whether the flash will be used as well as the shutter speed, aperture and ISO values that were selected for by the camera for this shot.



Canon Powershot A560

Manual mode is also fully automatic, as the camera selects both the shutter speed and the aperture values. However, now you have access to camera settings, like ISO, Exposure compensation, White balance, My Colors, and Metering.



Canon Powershot A560

Manual mode Function options:

    Exposure Compensation - ±2EV in 1/3EV steps
    White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, , Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, and Custom one-push WB set
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black&White, and Custom
    Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg. and Spot
    Image Compression - Normal, Fine, Superfine
    Image resolution - 3072x2304, 2595x1944, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 640x480, Postcard (1600x1200), and Widescreen (3072x1728)




Canon Powershot A560

MENU options:

    AiAF - Face Detect, On, Off
    Digital Zoom - Standard, Off, 1.5x, or 1.9x
    Slow Synchro - On or Off (Manual mode only, not shown)
    Red-eye - Red-eye reduction lamp: On or Off
    Self-timer - Choose the interval of the self-timer (2, 10 seconds or custom)
    AF Assist Beam - On or Off
    Review Time - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs
    Display Overlay - Off, Grid lines, 3:2: Guide, or Both; helps aid in framing
    Date Stamp - Off, date, or date&time (only works in 3:2 Postcard mode)




Canon Powershot A560

The camera has a very respectable macro focusing mode with coverage from 2 inches to 1.5 feet in wide angle and 1.1 to 1.5 feet in telephoto.



Canon Powershot A560

On the Mode Dial are positions for Portrait, Landscape, Indoor (Shown above), Kids&Pets, and Night Snapshot. Options for the SCN (Special Scene) position are: Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, and Aquarium. These modes are pre-programmed to give you the best possible pictures for the chosen shooting situation.



Canon Powershot A560

When using the Standard Movie mode, you can capture video clips at either 640x480 or 320x240. Audio is recorded and you may choose a frame rate of either 15 or 30fps. File sizes can not exceed 4GB. There's also Compact (160x120), and Fast Frame rate modes (320x240, 60fps.) These are great when wanting to be a bit more creative and the Compact mode is perfect for sending clips via email. When using the 160x120 mode you can record up to 3 minutes, while fast frame rate can record for a maximum of 1 minute. The optical zoom may not be used during recording, but can be preset before hand. Movie clips are recorded in Motion JPEG format and saved as AVI files.

Both the video and audio portion of movies can be replayed on the camera thanks to the built-in speaker. Full audio-video playback is also possible when connected to a TV monitor or a compatible PC after downloading.



Canon Powershot A560

Movie mode recording options:
Rec menu

    Digital Zoom - Standard, Off, 1.5x, or 1.9x
    Self-timer - Choose the interval of the self-timer (2 or 10 seconds)
    AF-assist Beam - On or Off
    Display Overlay - Off, Grid lines, 3:2: Guide, or Both; helps aid in framing
FUNC. Menu
    Mode - Standard, Fast Frame rate (320x240, 60fps), Compact
    White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, , Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, and Custom one-push WB set
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black&White and Custom
    Frame Rate - Choose 30 of 15fps
    Movie Size: 640x480 or 320x240


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