Canon Powershot A650 IS Review

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Canon Powershot A650




Playback Modes & Menus



Canon Powershot A650 IS

When you select Playback mode the last picture taken is displayed. You can move backward or forward through the images using the LEFT and RIGHT buttons. The amount of overlay information displayed is controlled by pressing the DISP button. Information across the bottom is 1/9 which means image 1 of 9 total. A "key" icon means the image is protected, and a "musical note" icon indicates that a voice memo has been attached (Not shown). SuperFine/Large image quality and the time and date it was captured.

Pressing the DISPlay button displays the histogram and extended image information to indicate shutter speed, aperture, capture mode, flash mode, exposure compensation, white balance, ISO speed, metering, and the histogram.

If you press the DISP button again all of the overlay information is removed. This is good for when you are showing the pictures on the TV and don't want the info displayed.

Pressing that button one last time will bring up a fourth window. This window zooms in on a point, allowing you to better check the focus of the picture.



Canon Powershot A650 IS

You can quickly search through stored images using the Index playback function which is actuated by pressing the Wide zoom control button. Nine thumbnail size images will be displayed and you can select one using the LEFT or RIGHT buttons and then pressing the Telephoto zoom button. Pressing the Wide button again will put you in jump mode where you can backward or forward a page at a time.



Canon Powershot A650

The image can be magnified up to 10x in ten steps by pressing the telephoto zoom button. Once the image is enlarged at any step, you can move around inside of it using the 4-way selector buttons.



Canon Powershot A650

Movie clips are played back full screen in the camera with audio thanks to the built-in speaker. You can also watch movies on a TV set thanks to the included Audio/Video cables.



Canon Powershot A650

You get "VCR-like" buttons to control the playback of movie clips.



Canon Powershot A650 IS

Pressing the MENU button brings up this page of options. Auto Play is for automated playback on a TV, My colors allows you to add a creative look to you images, Sound Memo will let you attach up to a 60 sec voice "note" with an image, Protect or unprotect an image(s), Rotate portrait mode images for display on TV, Erase all will delete ALL the images stored on your SD card, and Transfer Order lets you select the order from which the images are transferred to your computer.



Canon Powershot A650 IS

For proper display on a TV screen you use the Rotate option on any pictures that you have taken in portrait (vertical) mode; this camera does feature an Auto rotation feature, so I don't see this option being used very much.



Canon Powershot A650

The Sound Memo options lets you record memos or notes up to 60 seconds in length which are attached to still images. You can overwrite or delete previous memos.



Canon Powershot A650

Camera Settings:

    Mute - Mute camera sounds
    Volume - Change volume of camera sounds
    Start-up Image - Turns the start-up image on or off
    Power Saving -Change when the camera will auto shut off and how long the image is displayed after capture
    Date/Time -Set date and time
    Format - Format the memory card
    File Numbering - Continuous or Auto Reset
    Create Folder- Create a new folder for storing images
    Auto Rotate - Rotates the image according to the way you are holding the camera
    Distance Units - meters or feet
    Lens Retract - 1 Minute or 0 seconds
    Language - Choose from 25 Languages
    Video System - NTSC or PAL
    Print Method
    Reset all




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