Canon Powershot SD430 Review

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Canon Powershot SD430




Record Modes & Menus



Canon Powershot SD430

The screen display in the Automatic record mode. Icons across the top and left indicate that metering is Evaluative, single frame drive, auto red-eye reduction flash, Auto exposure mode. The image size is Large, quality is SFine and there's space left on the SD card to take 389 more pictures.



Canon Powershot SD430

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.



Canon Powershot SD430

Manual 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 white balance is fluorescentH, ISO speed is 50, exposure compensation is +1/3EV and metering is center-weighted.



Canon Powershot SD430

Manual mode Function options:

    Exposure Mode - Select the exposure mode (see next frame below)
    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/- 2.0EV in 1/3 steps
    White Balance - Auto, day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom one-push WB set
    Effect - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, B&W
    Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg., Spot
    Image Compression - Superfine, Fine, Normal
    Image Resolution - 2592x1944, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 640x480, Postcard(1600x1200) this is a special 3:2 ratio mode for making 4x6 inch prints.




Canon Powershot SD430

Exposure modes: Automatic, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, My Colors, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach or Fireworks.



Canon Powershot SD430

Manual mode MENU options:

    AiAF - Multi-point auto focus: On or Off= Center only
    Self-timer - 10 or 2 seconds, or custom delay time and number of shots
    AF Assist Illuminator - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Review Time - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs
    Date Stamp - Off, date, or date&time (only works in 3:2 Postcard mode)
    Long Shutter - Allows selection of a long shutter speed




Canon Powershot SD430

To set long shutter speeds, first set Long Shutter to ON in the main menu. In the Function menu, highlight exposure compensation then press the Menu button. The shutter speed is displayed at the bottom of the LCD; select a value from 1 to 15 seconds using the left and right buttons of the 4-way controller. Depress the FUNC./SET button to return to shooting mode. The LCD viewfinder's live image provides a preview of the exposure; adjust the shutter speed for the exposure you want. Noise Reduction is applied for exposures of 1.3 seconds or longer.



Canon Powershot SD430

In record mode, pressing the up, down, right and left buttons of the 4-way controller toggles the ISO speed, focusing mode, flash mode and drive mode.



Canon Powershot SD430

The camera has a very respectable macro focusing mode with coverage from 1.2 to 1.6 ft. (3-50cm) in wide angle and 12 in. to 1.6 ft. (30-50cm) in telephoto.



Canon Powershot SD430

The WiFi Menu has options to Connect or Disconnect with registered wireless devices. The WA-1 Wireless Print Adapter is pre-registered for simple setup and use. Other wireless devices may be registered by plugging the camera into your computer with the USB cable and then using the Wireless Setup Utility.



Canon Powershot SD430

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.   The of a tripod and a bubble level is recommended.



Canon Powershot SD430

You can record movie clips with audio at a variety of resolutions and frame rates. Standard movies can be recorded at resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240 with frame rates of 30 or 15 fps; the size of a single movie is limited to 1 gigabyte. Fast Frame Rate is used to record fast moving subjects; frame rate is 60 fps and resolution limited to 320x240; clip length is limited to 1 minute. Compact movies are recorded at a resolution of 160x120 with a frame rate of 15 fps. My Colors mode can be used to enhance colors or for special effects; resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240, and frame rates of 15 or 30 fps can be selected. 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 SD430

Movie mode recording options:

    Mode - Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, My Colors
    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, 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 or 320x240





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