Canon Powershot S2 IS Review

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Canon Powershot S2 IS





Record Screens & Menus

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


Canon Powershot S2 IS

The AUTO mode allows anyone, regardless of expertise, to use the S2 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. FUNCtion options are limited to changing the image size or quality, no other settings are possible.

Note both the Movie and Still icons in the lower right - you can can easily capture a video even while in still image record mode by pressing the movie shutter button on the back.



Canon Powershot S2 IS

Half-pressing the shutter release with get you an auto focus lock and the shutter speed and aperture values will be displayed.



Canon Powershot S2 IS

In Program mode the camera selects both the shutter speed and aperture like Auto mode but you have access to all of the exposure and image adjustment settings like the Av, Tv, and M mode (see FUNCtion and Menu screens below.) The "hand" icon indicates the Image Stabilization is enabled. Also shown here is the Manual Focus distance gauge on the right.



Canon Powershot S2 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 S2 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 S2 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. In Manual mode you can also adjust the output level of the flash.



Canon Powershot S2 IS

You can manually select the position of the AF frame by pressing the SET button and using the arrow keys to move AF target mark on the screen.



Canon Powershot S2 IS

Record MENU (in P, Tv, Av and M 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
    Cont. Shooting - Select standard 1.5fps or high speed 2.4fps continuous
    Self-timer - 2 or 10 seconds or Custom
    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
    AF-assist Beam - Enable or disable AF-assist lamp
    Tally Lamp - Enable or disable movie mode tally lamp
    Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom
    Review - Post-capture review time, Off, Hold or settable for 2 - 10 seconds
    Reverse Display - Flip display output upside down
    IS Mode - Image Stabilizer: Off, Continuous, Shoot Only, Panning
    Converter - Wide angle or Tele auxilliary lens
    Intervalometer - Enable timelapse recording mode
    Set Shortcut button - Resolution, Movie Size/Framerate, ISO, WB, Photo Effect, IS Mode, AEL, AFL, Display Off
    Save Settings - Memorize camera settings





Canon Powershot S2 IS

FUNCtion menu (in P, Tv, Av and M 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
    Movie Quality - Select 640x480 or 320x240 at 30fps or 15fps
    Image Size - Large 2592x1944, Medium1 2048x1536,
    Medium2 1600x1200, Small 640x480
    Image Quality - Superfine, Fine or Normal JPEG compression





Canon Powershot S2 IS

Movie mode lets you record high-quality motion video with stereo audio at 15fps or 30fps. The image size can be 640x480 or 320x240. The maximum length of capture in any mode is limited to 1GB maximum.

The optical zoom can be used during recording thanks to the virtually silent ultrasonic motor (USM) used in the zoom mechanism.



Canon Powershot S2 IS

Pressing the Sound Record button on the top of the camera lets you record stereo audio anytime it is desired. See the "Audio" option in the Setup menu below, it lets you select a mic level, wind filter and sampling rate.



Canon Powershot S2 IS

SETUP menu options.

    Mute - Off, On: Mutes the speaker
    Audio - Set the microphone level, wind filter and sampling rate
    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)
    Date/Time - Set the internal clock / calendar
    Format - Format the CF device or display space remaining
    File No. Reset - Off=sequential number, On=start back 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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