Record Screens & Menus

By Matt Metzker


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Canon's Auto mode makes all the shooting selections for hassle free shots.



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Program mode offers the most amount of customization for the user. The preset Scene modes are available only when in this mode.




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When you half-press the shutter you will see the AF area turn green indicating that the camera is focused and ready to take the picture. If the AF box is blue this indicated a moving focal target. No AF box indicates that the camera is unable to focus. Also you will see here that the Image Stabilization is active.


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When the camera is in Program mode, tapping the "button" in the upper left corner accesses all the scene modes.

These include:

  • Program
  • Portrait
  • Night Snapshot
  • Kids & Pets
  • Indoor
  • Smart Shutter
  • Low Light
  • Color Accent
  • Color Swap
  • Fish-Eye Effect
  • Miniature Effect
  • Creative Light Effect
  • Beach
  • Foliage
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Long Shutter

Below are a couple of the more unique scene modes with their descriptions that are available.


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canon_sd_3500_rec_display_anim.gif The DISP button will change how many buttons are on the screen eliminating all but the DISP button. Seeing as how the buttons do not interfere with framing the subject (except in the Wide-Angle shooting mode) we keep them visible most of the time.


canon_sd_3500_rec_4-way_anim.gifWith the large touch LCD, there is not your standard 4-way controller on the back. In lieu of that there are touch sensitive buttons that act as shortcuts to (as shown above) exposure control, flash and the timer.



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Program FUNC. Menu:

  • Light Metering - Evaluate, Center Weighted Avg., Spot
  • My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
  • White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
  • ISO Selection - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
  • Focus Range - Normal, Macro, Infinity
  • Drive Mode - Single Shot, Continuous
  • AF Mode - Evaluative, Center, Spot
  • Shot Mode - Single, Continuous
  • Image Size - L (4320x3240), M1 (3456x5292), M2 (2592x1944), M3 (1600x1200), S (640x480), Widescreen (4320x2432)
  • Compression - Fine, Normal




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Pictured here is the Movie Mode. Video can be captured in wide screen HD1280x720, standard 640x480 and 320x240. All three settings shoot at 30 frames per second. The optical zoom may not be used during recording, but can be preset before hand while the digital zoom can be used during recording. I do not recommend using the digital zoom due to image distortion due to the fact that your not "zooming in" but rather just enlarging the image. Movie clips are recorded in QuickTime format and saved as .MOV 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.



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Movie Menu:

  • Digital Zoom - Standard, Off
  • AF-assist Beam - on, off
  • Display Overlay - on, off
  • Icon Layout - changing button position on touch screen
  • IS Mode - Continuous, off




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Record Menu:

  • AF Frame - Face AiAF, Fixed Frame
  • Frame Size - Normal, Small
  • Digital Zoom - Standard, Off,1.4x, 2.3x
  • AF-Point Zoom -  On, Off
  • Servo AF - On, Off
  • AF-Assist Beam - On or Off
  • Flash Settings - Red Eye Correction, Red Eye Lamp
  • i-Contrast - Auto, Off
  • Review - Off, 2-10 second, Hold
  • Review Info - Off, Detailed, Focus Check
  • Blink Detection - On, Off
  • Display Overlay - Off, Grid Lines, 3:2 Guide, Both
  • Icon Layout - Change icon layout for shooting
  • IS Mode - Continuous, Shoot Only, Panning, Off
  • Date Stamp - Off, Date, Date & Time

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