Canon Powershot S5 IS Review
Record Screens & Menus
The AUTO mode allows anyone, regardless of expertise, to use the S5 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 easily capture
a video even while in still image record mode by pressing the movie shutter button on the back.
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 as in Av, Tv, and M mode (see FUNCtion and Menu screens below.)
Half-pressing the shutter release with get you an auto focus lock and the shutter
speed and aperture values will be displayed.
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 the EV (exposure value) chart along the right hand side
will help you achieve the desired exposure.
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.
Record MENU (in P, Tv, Av and M mode).
FlexiZone - On or Off
FUNCtion menu (in P, Tv, Av and M mode).
White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent,
Fluorescent H, Flash or Custom
ISO is adjusted by pressing the ISO button. Available settings are 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto and
High ISO Auto. You can select the desired value by repeatedly depressing the button or by using the 4-way
Movie mode lets you record high-quality motion video with stereo audio 640x480 (30fps) or 320x240 (30 or 60fps). The maximum length of capture in any mode is limited to 4GB or 1 hour, whichever occurs first.
The optical zoom can be used during recording thanks to the virtually silent ultrasonic
motor (USM) used in the zoom mechanism.
SETUP menu options.
Volume - Speaker level for Start-up, Operation, Selftimer, Shutter and Playback
Audio - Set the microphone level, wind filter and sampling rate
LCD Brightness - Adjust LCD backlight intensity
Power Saving - Auto Power Down (On, Off) and Display Off (20s, 30s, 1,2,3,10m)
Time Zone - Set Home and Destination Time Zone
Date/Time - Set the internal clock / calendar
Clock Display - Choose the amount of time the clock will be displayed when activated (0 seconds - 3 minutes)
Format - Format the CF device or display space remaining
File No. Reset - Off=sequential number, On=start back at 0
Create Folder - Create a new folder on demand, or daily, weekly or monthly
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
Print Method - Auto or Wide with Canon SELPHY
Reset All - Resets values to their default settings
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