Canon Powershot S50 Review
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Playback Screens & Menus
You can get all the picture information along with a histogram and visual highlight of over-
exposed areas by pressing the DISPLAY button. It is very complete and includes folder
and image number, ISO sensitivity, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, exposure
compensation, flash compensation, white balance, focus mode, audio notation(if applicable),
image size and quality, date and time.
The playback image can be magnified up to 10x by toggling the zoom
control to the telephoto position. You can stop at any of ten
enlargement steps and scroll around inside the image using the 4-way controller.
Toggling the zoom control to the wide angle position brings up the index thumbnail mode.
Nine images per page are displayed, pressing the wide angle button a second time will
take you to the JUMP mode, this lets you move quickly forward or
backward a page at a time.
You can record up to a 60-second "audio note" that will be linked to the current image.
These audio notes are saved as standard Windows WAV audio files. When in Play mode you
display the picture you want to attach the note to and then press the metering button.
This brings up the audio recorder interface as shown above with the familiar record,
stop, play, delete buttons and a timer.
The Play mode menu with options for Protecting images from accidental erasure,
Rotate to re-orient portrait mode images for proper display on a TV screen, Erase All images. Single images can be erased by
pressing the "Star" button while they're being viewed.
The Slide Show option lets you select an interval time between
images and start and stop a presentation. The Print Order option lets you embed
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) information on the card so any selected pictures
can be easily printed by DPOF-compliant printers or services. Transfer Order lets
you specify which files to be auto-moved to the host computer via USB.
The SETUP menu, available from any menu.
Beep - On or Off
LCD Brightness - On or Off
Auto Power Down - On or Off
Date/Time - set date and or time
Format - format the CF card
Shutter Volume - 5 levels
Playback Volume - 5 levels
Start-up Volume - 5 levels
Operation Volume - 5 levels
Selftimer Volume - 5 levels
File No. Reset - On, Off
Auto Rotate - Enable auto rotation
Distance Units - Feet or Meters
Language - set the menu language
Video System - output format NTSC or PAL
The 320 x 240 resolution movies playback full screen and the audio can be heard
through the builtin speaker. You can also connect the A/V cable and play them on
The S50 allows for in-camera editing of the video clip lengths
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