Canon Powershot S1 IS Review
Record Screens & Menus
(Note: All screens shown here can be displayed on the LCD or the EVF)
The AUTO mode allows anyone, regardless of expertise, to use the S1is like a simple
point-n-shoot camera. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed and aperture
allowing you to concentrate on framing your subject, not changing camera settings.
The menu options in AUTO mode are limited to what you see animated here. Pressing the
FUNCtion buttons lets you change the image size and/or quality, no other settings are
In Program AE mode the camera selects both the shutter speed and
aperture but now you have access to all of the exposure and image
adjustment settings. The screen here shows white balance set to
fluorescent, ISO speed of 50, color
is set to Vivid, evaluative metering, single frame advance, auto
red-eye flash, flash exposure compensation, large image size, Superfine
quality and memory card space for another 531 pictures.
The "hand" icon indicates the Image Stabilization is enabled. The LCD or EVF
display can be cleared of all of this information by pressing the INFO
In Tv (Shutter-speed priority) mode the user selects the desired shutter speed and the
camera automatically selects the aperture value. If the shutter speed is too fast (or
slow), the aperture value will be displayed in red (when the shutter is half-pressed)
which tells you to select a different speed. Slow shutter speeds allow for moving objects
to "motion blur" and fast shutter speeds will "freeze" fast moving objects.
In Av (Aperture priority) mode the user selects the desired aperture value and the
camera automatically selects the appropriate shutter speed.
Small apertures (large F-stop number) increase the depth of field (range of focus)
whereas large apertures (small F-stop numbers) decreases the depth of field.
In Manual mode the proper exposure value is determined by changing both the shutter
speed and the aperture values manually. You can visually see the screen lighten or
darken as you change settings and when you half-press the shutter, the EV (exposure value)
will be indicated in the upper left corner. The camera provides no automatic exposure control in this mode.
When in MF (manual focus) mode, the AF point area can be magnified to aid in proper
focusing. A sliding distance scale is shown on the right side.
You can manually select the AF (auto focus) point by pressing the SET button
and using the arrow keys to move AF target mark on the screen.
Record MENU (except AUTO mode).
Flash Sync - 1st-curtain (leading) or 2nd-curtain (trailing) flash sync
FUNCtion menu (except AUTO mode).
Exposure Compensation - Metering override +/- 2.0EV in 0.3 steps
Movie mode lets you record high-quality motion video with audio at 15fps or 30fps. The image size can be 640x480 Fine, 640x480 or 320x240. The maximum length of capture in any mode is limited to 1GB which in our testing produced:
640 x 480 pixels (max. 12:23 at 30fps)
320 x 240 pixels (max. 26:41 at 30fps)
The optical zoom can be used during recording thanks to the virtually silent
ultrasonic motor used in the zoom mechanism.
MOVIE mode options.
Image Size - 640x480 Fine, 640x480, 320x240
SETUP menu options.
Volume - Speaker level for Start-up, Operation, Selftimer, Shutter and Playback
LCD Brightness - Adjust LCD backlight intensity
Power Saving - Auto Power Down (On, Off) and Display Off (20s, 30s, 1,2,3,10m)
Format - Format the CF device or display space remaining
File No. Reset - Off=sequential, On=start at 0
Auto Rotate - Orientation sensor (On, Off)
Distance Units - Focus distance in feet or meters
Language - Set the menu language
Video System - NTSC or PAL video output
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