Canon Powershot SD1200 IS Review
By Mike Flacy
Record Modes & Menus
Here is the screen shot of auto mode. Across the top are Auto Flash and Battery Power icons. The left side shows that the image size is large superfine quality. There are 728 shots left that can be taken.
When the color LCD is turned on and you half-press the shutter you will see which of the nine AF points (green rectangles) were used for the focus lock. You can also see the shutter speed, aperture and ISO values that were selected for by the camera for this shot.
Program AE exposure mode is like Auto in that the camera selects both the shutter speed and aperture for a correct exposure but you now have access to a multitude of Function and Menu options and color effects. Icons on the left here indicate ISO speed is Auto, no flash, single drive mode, metering is set to evaluative, etc.
Program FUNC. Menu
White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H,
AF Mode - Evaluative, Center, Spot
Drive Mode - Single or Continuous
Image Size - L (3648x2736), M1 (2816x2112), M2 (2272x1704), M3 (1600x1200),
The camera features several scene modes, all of which are located under the function menu: Program, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, Digital Macro, Sunset, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Beach, Underwater, Aquarium, Foliage, Snow, ISO 3200
A Frame Size - Normal, Small
Digital Zoom - Standard, Off,1.4x, 2.3x
AF-Point Zoom - On or Off
AF-Assist Beam - On or Off
Flash Settings - Red Eye Correction, Red Eye Lamp
i-Contrast - Off, Auto
Review - Off, 2-10 second, Hold
Review Info - Off, Detailed, Focus Check
Display Overlay - Off, Grid Lines, 3:2 guide, Both
IS Mode - Continuous, Shoot Only, Panning, Off
Date Stamp - Off, Date, Date & Time
When using the Standard Movie mode, you can capture video clips at either 640x480 30fps (or LP) or 320x240 30fps. The optical zoom may not be used during recording, but can be preset before hand. Movie clips are recorded in Motion JPEG format and saved as AVI files.
Both the video and audio portion of movies can be replayed on the camera thanks to the built-in speaker. Full audio-video playback is also possible when connected to a TV monitor or a compatible PC after downloading.
Movie FUNC. Menu:
Video Size - 640x480 30fps, 640x480 30fps LP, 320x240 30fps
AF-assist Beam - On or Off
Disp. Overlay - Off, Grid Lines
IS Mode - Continuous, Off
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