Canon Powershot G10 Review

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Canon Powershot G10




Record Modes & Menus



Canon Powershot G10

The screen display for Auto mode. This is a Fully automatic exposure mode with very few exposure options available, making it perfect for those with very little photography experience. Using this mode, the G10 turns into a simple point-n-shoot.



Canon Powershot G10

Program AE mode is like Auto in that the camera selects both the shutter speed and aperture values for correct exposure, but you now have access to a multitude of camera settings like ISO speed, White balance, metering, etc.



Canon Powershot G10

When you half-press the shutter release, you will see which of the nine AF points (green rectangles) has achieved a focus lock. The green "glow" is from the Focus assist lamp, that doubles as the red-eye reduction lamp (when enabled via the record menu). The Lightning bolt indicates that the flash is charged and will fire, and you can also see the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture values.



Canon Powershot G10

In Tv (Shutter-speed priority) mode you select the shutter speed (from 1/4000 to 15 seconds) and the camera automatically selects the proper aperture value. Faster shutter speeds will "freeze" fast-moving subjects, slower speeds will let you pan with a fast-moving object and blur the background, or hold the camera steady and give moving objects that "motion blur" look.



Canon Powershot G10

In Av (Aperture priority AE) mode you select the aperture value (from F2.8 to F8.0) and the camera will automatically select the proper shutter speed. Selecting the aperture allows you to control depth of field (focus range), smaller numbers yield less depth of field, larger numbers yield more.



Canon Powershot G10

Program AE, Tv, Av and Manual mode Function options:


    White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater (when used with the optional housing) and Custom (1/2) one-push WB set
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
    Bracketing - Off, AE bracketing, Focus bracketing
    Flash intensity - Adjusts flash power ±2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
    ND Filter - On/Off
    Image Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
    Image Resolution 4416x3312 (Large), 3456x2592 (Medium 1), 2592x1944 (Medium 2), 1600x1200 (Medium 3), 640x480 (Small), 4416x2480 (Widescreen), RAW (4416x3312)




Canon Powershot G10

In Manual mode you have complete control, selecting both the shutter speed and the aperture values. To help you "dial in" the exposure, these is an exposure scale on the right. When changing either the shutter speed or aperture, another small scale is shown directly above the values; like the shutter speed scale shown above. All Menu options and camera settings are the same as Program AE, Tv, Av, etc.



Canon Powershot G10

Program AE, Tv, Av and Manual mode MENU options:

    AF Frame - FlexiZone, Face Detect or AiAF
    AF-Point Zoom - On or Off
    Servo AF - On or Off
    AF Mode - Continuous or Single
    Digital Zoom - Off, 1.7x, 2.2x, Standard
    Flash Control - Adjust Flash Exposure comp., Shutter Sync., Slow Synchro, Red-Eye Corr./Lamp and Safety FE
    i-Contrast - Off or Auto
    Drive settings - Set Face Self-Timer # of shots, Self-Timer time, etc.
    Spot AE Point - Center or AF point
    Auto ISO Shift - Off or On
    MF-Point Zoom - On = Enlarge focus point during manual focus
    Safety MF - On or Off
    AF Assist Beam - On or Off
    Review - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs
    Review Info - Off, Detailed or Focus Check
    Record RAW+JPEG - Record RAW and Large Fine images simultaneously
    Auto Category - On or Off
    IS Mode - Continuous, Shoot only, Panning, Off
    Converter - None or TC-DC58D
    Custom Display - Customize the camera's display (Shooting info, Grid lines, 3:2 Guide, Histogram
    Set Shortcut Button - Choose the function of the Shortcut button
    Save Settings - Saves current settings to Custom 1 or 2 on the mode dial




Canon Powershot A540

The SCN (Scene) position on the Mode Dial gains access to Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Color Accent and Color Swap. These modes are pre-programmed to give you the best possible pictures for particular shooting situations.



Canon Powershot A540

You can record movie clips with audio at a standard resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240 with a frame rate of 30fps. You can also choose Color Swap or Color Accent to add a little creativity to your video clips. The optical zoom may be preset before recording starts, but cannot be used during. The length of a movie is limited by the amount of available memory, up to a maximum clip size of 4GB or 60 minutes. These clips are captured in Motion JPEG format and saved as .AVI files. Unlike the G9, the G10 does not features the XGA (1024x768) 15fps movie mode.

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 G10

Movie mode recording options in standard:

    White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater (when used with the optional housing) Custom (1/2) one-push WB set
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
    ND Filter - On or Off
    Movie Size: 640x480 or 320x240 (30fps)




Canon Powershot G10

The My Menu sub-menu allows you to create your own customized Shooting or "Record" menu with the settings you choose.



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