Canon Powershot A580 Review

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Canon Powershot A580






Record Modes & Menus





Canon Powershot A580


The screen display in Auto record mode. Icons along the top indicate that ISO is set to
Auto, Auto flash, Auto exposure and single drive mode. Along the left you can see the
metering is Evaluative, image size is Large, quality is Superfine and there's space left on
the SD card to take 563 more pictures.






Canon Powershot A580


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 A580


Function options in Auto:

    Image Compression - Normal, Fine, Superfine


    Image resolution - 3264×2448, 2595×1944, 2048×1536, 1600×1200, 640×480,
      Postcard (1600×1200), and Widescreen (3072×1728)








Canon Powershot A580


Manual mode is more like a program auto mode, where you have more control over the camera settings but the aperture and shutter speeds are still selected for you.








Canon Powershot A580


Function options in Manual:

    Exposure - ±2 in 1/3 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 - 3264×2448, 2595×1944, 2048×1536, 1600×1200, 640×480, Postcard (1600×1200), and Widescreen (3072×1728)






Canon Powershot A580


MENU options in Program mode:

    AF Frame - Face Detect, AiAF, Center

    AF-Point Zoom - On or Off

    Digital Zoom - On or Off

    Flash Settings - Slow Synchro, Red-Eye Correction, Red-Eye Lamp

    Self Timer - Set time for custom timer

    AF-Assist Beam - On or Off

    Review - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs

    Review Info - Off, Detailed, Focus Check

    Auto Category - On or Off

    Display Overlay - Off, Grid lines

    Set Print/Share button - Allows you to use the button in record mode to change various camera settings (ISO, White balance, Digital Tele-converter, Disp. Overlay, Display Off)






Canon Powershot A580


The camera has a very respectable macro focusing mode with coverage from 2 inches to 1.5 feet
in wide angle and 1.0 to 1.5 feet in telephoto.







Canon Powershot A580


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







Canon Powershot A580


When using the Standard Movie mode, you can capture video clips at either 640×480 20fps or 320×240 30fps. There's also
Compact (160×120). These are great when wanting to be a bit more
creative and the Compact mode is perfect for sending clips via email. 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 A580


FUNC. Menu

    Shooting Mode - Standard, 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

    Movie Size: 640×480, 640×480 LP or 320×240






Canon Powershot A580


Movie Menu:

    Digital Zoom - Off or Standard

    AF-Assist Beam - On or Off

    Auto Category - On or Off

    Disp. Overlay - Off or Grid lines

    Set Print/Share button - Allows you to use the button in record mode to change various camera
    settings (ISO, White balance, Digital Tele-converter, Disp. Overlay, Display Off)



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Canon Powershot A580





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