Canon Powershot SD20 Review

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Canon Powershot SD20




Record Mode Screens & Menus



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

The screen display in the Auto record mode. Onscreen icons indicate that metering is matrix, single frame drive, Auto flash mode, Auto exposure mode. The image size is currently Large and quality is Superfine. And we have enough space left on the SD card to take 186 more pictures.



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

When you half-press the shutter release you will see the active AF points (green rectangles) used for the AF lock. You can also see the effects of the focus illuminator (orange-red beam.)



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

Auto mode FUNCTION options:

    Image Resolution 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600x1200, 640x480, or Postcard (1600x1200)

    Image Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal

Manual mode FUNCTION options:

    Exposure Mode - Auto, Manual, Macro, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Indoor, Underwater

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/- 2.0EV in 1/3 steps

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom one-push WB set

    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400

    Effect - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, B&W

    Metering - Evaluative, Center, Spot

    Image Resolution 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600x1200, 640x480, or Postcard (1600x1200)

    Image Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal





Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

In Manual record mode the icons looks similar to Auto mode but here you can now adjust the exposure compensation, change the white balance, set the ISO speed, use a Photo Effect, select the metering mode, disable AiAF or select a slow shutter speed and more.



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

Record mode MENU options (Manual mode shown):

    Quick Shot - Off, On
    AiAF - 5-point automatic AF point selection On or Off
    Selftimer - 2 sec or 10 sec delay time
    AF Assist Illuminator - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Review Time - Off, or 2 - 10 secs
    Date Stamp - On or Off
    Long Shutter - On or Off
    Stitch Assist - Enters Stitch Assist mode




Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH

The StitchAssist Panorama mode aids you via on-screen prompts to achieve the proper overlap of sequential photos for later "stitching" with the PhotoStitch program. You can capture up to 26 images in either left-to-right or right-to-left orientation. After the first picture is taken the white balance and exposure is locked until you exit the StitchAssist mode.   Use of a tripod is required.



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

The SD20 can record movie clips with audio at 15 frames per second in 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120 resolution. The maximum length of a clip is limited only by the amount of available memory. 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.



Canon Powershot SD20 Digital ELPH

Movie mode recording options:

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/- 2.0EV in 1/3 steps
    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom one-push WB set
    Effect - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, B&W
    Movie Size - 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120
    Self-timer - 10 or 2 seconds
    AF - AF-assist beam: On or Off



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