PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
Record Screens & Menus
The camera/film icon just below the Auto mode indicator tells you that you're using hybrid Auto mode. This records both a roughly four-second video that ends with a shutter sound and the still image. The movie is recorded at 1280 x 720.
Below this is the flash mode indicator (off). The icon at bottom right indicates that the date/time stamp is turned on.
Program mode is the most versatile shooting mode on the ELPH 340 HS. The camera does not offer aperture-priority, shutter-priority or full manual modes.
Note the "S" icon beside the large file size indicator at top left - in Program mode you can set compression to superfine (not available in Auto mode). In the right column, slow syncro flash mode is indicated, and the ISO setting at bottom right.
Pressing downward on the four-way control changes the display between the default view and this no-information view (except for the date/time stamp indicator, if this feature is turned on).
The auto focus box turns green when focus is achieved.
Pressing upward on the four-way control brings up the exposure compensation adjustment ruler.
The flash menu is reached by pressing the rightward button on the four-way control. In Program mode you get all four possible flash modes. In scene modes such as Toy Camera, for example, slow syncro is not offered, while in the Fireworks scene mode the flash is turned off.
Arguably, this camera's most interesting feature is its creative shot mode, which you select with the three-position switch next to the shutter button. The camera makes its shutter sound three times for every shot, and creates six variations. It is a fun and mindless way to quickly get different artistic interpretations of your shots (see examples on the Samples Page). I found most of the results to be attractive, and the element of surprise is definitely attention-getting.
Most surprising was that among the six shots, the camera crops a couple of them in an attempt to create a different focus or central subject. But in most cases, however, I found this aspect of the feature less impressive than the overall variety of the creative effects.
The My Colors feature offers a number of ways to subtly affect your photos in Program mode. The Custom Color option is the most customizable effect the camera offers, with seven parameters to tinker with.
All of these options can be applied after the fact in playback mode, except for the Custom Color feature.
My Colors menu:
- Black & White
- Positive Film
- Lighter Skin Tone
- Darker Skin Tone
- Vivid Blue
- Vivid Green
- Vivid Red
- Custom Color (adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone)
The ISO menu does not have a position on the four-way control. You access it by pressing the Func./Set button to launch the function menu, and navigate to the setting. In Program mode the camera offers settings from ISO 100 to 3200.
The recording menu offers three pages of settings.
- AF frame: Face AiAF, tracking AF, center,
- AF frame size: Normal, small (only available when AF frame center is selected)
- Digital zoom: Off, 1.6x, 2x, standard
- AF point zoom: On, off
- Servo AF: On, off
- Continuous AF: On, off
- AF-assist beam: On, off
- Flash settings: Red-eye correction (on, off), red-eye lamp (on, off)
- i-Contrast: Off, auto
- Review image after shooting: Display time (quick, 2 sec., 4 sec., 8 sec., hold); display info (off, detailed)
- Blink detection: On, off
- Grid lines: On, off
- IS settings: IS mode (continuous, shoot only, off); dynamic IS (two settings)
- Date stamp: Off, date, date and time
Recording movies on the ELPH 340 HS is done by pressing the dedicated movie record button on the back panel.
The camera records full high-definition video (1920 x 1080), as well as high-definition video (1280 x 720) and VGA (640 x 480).
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