Canon Powershot SD630 Review

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Canon Powershot SD630




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Canon Powershot SD630

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 Fine and there's space left on the SD card to take 234 more pictures.



Canon Powershot SD630

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 SD630

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.



Canon Powershot SD630

Manual mode Function options:

    Camera Mode - Choose the desired exposure mode
    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
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, or Custom Color
    Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg., Spot
    Image Compression - Superfine, Fine, Normal
    Image Resolution - 2816x2112, 2272x1704, 1600x1200, 640x480, Postcard(1600x1200), and Widescreen (2816x1584)




Canon Powershot SD630

Manual mode MENU options:

    AiAF - On or Off
    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
    Grid Lines - Enable or disable framing guide
    Date Stamp - Off, date, or date&time (only works in 3:2 Postcard mode)
    Long Shutter - Allows selection of a long shutter speed
    Stitch Assist - enters Stitch Assist mode




Canon Powershot SD630

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 SD630

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. Above you can see how the "Touch Dial" displays the options of the 4-way controller just by simply placing your finger on the edge.



Canon Powershot SD630

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 SD630

The exposure mode is selected via the Function Menu. Simply press the FUNCT./SET button to choose from: Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot,Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater (when used with the optional underwater case), Color Accent or Color Swap. These modes are pre-programmed to give you the best possible pictures for a wide variety of different shooting situations.



Canon Powershot SD630

The Stitch Assist 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 SD630

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. 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 SD630

Movie mode recording options:

    Mode - Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, Color Accent or Color Swap
    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom one-push WB set
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, or Custom Color
    Frame Rate: 30 or 15 fps
    Movie Size: 640x480 or 320x240





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