Canon Powershot S1 IS Review

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Canon Powershot S1 IS




Record Screens & Menus

(Note: All screens shown here can be displayed on the LCD or the EVF)


Canon Powershot S1 IS

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.



Canon Powershot S1 IS

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 possible.



Canon Powershot S1 IS

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 button.



Canon Powershot S1 IS

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.



Canon Powershot S1 IS

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.



Canon Powershot S1 IS

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.



Canon Powershot S1 IS

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.



Canon Powershot S1 IS

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.


Canon Powershot S1 IS

Record MENU (except AUTO mode).

    Flash Sync - 1st-curtain (leading) or 2nd-curtain (trailing) flash sync
    Slow Synchro - Enable or disable slow sync flash mode
    Red-eye - Enable or disable red-eye reduction flash mode
    Flash Pop-up - Enable or disable auto popup for flash
    Self-timer - 2 or 10 seconds
    Wireless Delay - 0, 2 or 10 seconds
    Spot AE Point - Center or follow the AF Point
    MF-Point Zoom - Magnify focus area during manual focus
    AF Mode - Continuous or Single auto focus
    Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom
    Review - Post-capture review time, settable for 2 - 10 seconds
    Reverse Display - Flip display output upside down
    Intervalometer - Enable timelapse recording mode
    Set Shortcut button - Resolution, ISO, WB, Effect, AEL, AFL, Display Off
    Save Settings - Memorize camera settings



Canon Powershot S1 IS

FUNCtion menu (except AUTO mode).

    Exposure Compensation - Metering override +/- 2.0EV in 0.3 steps
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash or Custom
    ISO - Auto or 50, 100, 200 or 400 equivalents
    Image Effects - Off, Vivid color, Neutral color, Low Sharpening, Sepia, B&W, Custom (Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation)
    Bracketing - Enable and set options for Exposure or Focus Bracketing modes
    Flash Compensation - Adjust the output level of the flash +/- 2.0
    Image Quality - Superfine, Fine or Normal JPEG compression
    Image Size - Large 2048x1536, Medium1 1600x1200,
    Medium2 1024x768, Small 640x480





Canon Powershot S1 IS

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 Fine (max. 9:09 at 30fps)
    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.



Canon Powershot S1 IS

MOVIE mode options.

    Image Size - 640x480 Fine, 640x480, 320x240
    Framerate - 30fps or 15fps
    Self-timer - 10 or 2 seconds
    Wireless Delay - 0, 2 or 10 seconds
    Tally Lamp - On, Off
    Reverse Display - Flip display output upside down
    Set Shortcut button - Resolution, ISO, WB, Effect, AEL, AFL, Display Off



Canon Powershot S1 IS

SETUP menu options.

    Mute - Off, On: Mutes the speaker
    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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