Canon Powershot S40 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Record Mode Screens & Menus
The green square (focus point) in the center indicates an autofocus lock, if the AF
fails to lock it turns yellow.
Now in "P"rogram AE mode, flash is on automatic, sequential drive mode, spot metering,
white balance to fluorescent, exposure compensation is +1-2/3EV, flash compensation is
enabled, Superfine Large image mode, manual focus is enabled with distance indicator
now visible. Note the "[ ]" in the focus square, this indicates that spot metering is
And here the camera is in "M"anual mode, flash is auto red-eye, single frame drive mode,
matrix metering, Superfine Large image, 1/50 sec shutter speed and F8.0 aperture has been
When the manual focus is enabled and you are actively changing the focus with the Up
or Down control, the focus point is enlarged to aid in critical focusing.
An animated look at the S40's screen displays when in the various recording modes.
When in PAMS modes you can press the SET button and then use the 4-way selector to
choose the desired focus point, by default it uses the center point.
Exposure compensation is useful when you want to override the auto exposure
system. There is a +/- 2EV adjustment in 1/3EV steps.
You can set the white balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent,
Fluorescent 2, Flash or Custom.
Set a custom white balance to obtain the optimal setting for the
lighting conditions by using a white piece of paper as a target.
Auto Exposure Bracketing - In this mode, the camera automatically changes
the exposure within a set range to take three shots after you press the shutter
button once. You can adjust AEB settings in 1/3EV steps within the range of
-2EV to +2EV of the standard exposure setting. AEB setting can be combined
with exposure compensation settings.
Using the flash exposure compensation you can vary the output of the flash
+/-2 in 1/3 steps to get exactly the amount of light on the subject that's desired.
This is the menu of recording options available in PAMS recording mode:
The S40 can record motion video at 15fps with audio at 320 x 240 resolution for up to 30 seconds or at 160 x 120 for up to 120 seconds.
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