Canon Powershot SD300 Review

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Canon PowerShot SD300




Record Mode Screens & Menus



Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

The screen display in the Automatic record mode. Icons across the top indicate that metering is matrix, single frame drive, Red eye reduction flash mode, Auto exposure mode. The image size is currently Large and quality is Fine. And we have enough space left on the SD card to take 510 more pictures.



Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

When the color LCD is turned on and you half-press the shutter you will see the active AF points (green rectangles) used for the AF lock.



Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

The Auto mode recording options:

    (from the Function menu):
    Record Mode - Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, and Underwater
    Image Resolution - 2272x1704, 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480 or Postcard (1600x1200)
    Image Compression - Superfine, Fine, Normal

    (from the regular Menu):
    Self-timer - 10 or 2 secs.
    AF Assist Illuminator - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Review Time - Off, 2 - 10 secs.





Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

In Manual record mode you can adjust the exposure compensation, change the white balance, set the ISO, use a Photo Effect, select the metering, etc.



Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

To access these options you press the FUNC. button


    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/- 2.0EV in 1/3 steps
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, 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
    Image Resolution - 2272x1704, 1600x1200, 1024x768, 640x480 or Postcard (1600x1200)
    Image Compression - Superfine, Fine, Normal




Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

Manual mode MENU options:


    AiAF - 9-point automatic AF point selection On or Off
    Self-timer - 10 or 2 sec. delay time
    AF Assist Illuminator - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Review Time - Off, 2 - 10 secs
    Date Stamp - On or Off when using Postcard mode
    Long Shutter - On or Off, gives you access to slow shutter speeds
    Stitch Assist - Panorama mode with onscreen LCD prompting




Canon PowerShot SD300 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 SD300 Digital ELPH

You can record movie clips with audio in Standard mode at 15 or 30 frames per second in 640x480 VGA or 320 x 240 QVGA resolution. The maximum length of each clip is limited only by the available space on the SD card (when using high-speed SD media.) Movie are recorded in Motion JPEG format and saved as AVI files.

You can also select the Fast Frame Rate capture mode which records 320 x 240 resolution at 60 frames per second with a maximum clip length of one minute. For email use select the Compact 160 x 120 mode at 15fps, maximum clip length is three minutes.



Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital ELPH

Movie mode FUNC options:


    Movie Mode - Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom one-push WB set
    Effect - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, B&W
    Frame Rate - 30 or 15 fps
    Movie Size - 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120




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