Canon Powershot SD850 IS Review

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Canon Powershot SD850



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Canon Powershot SD850 IS

The screen display in the Automatic record mode. Icons across the top and left indicate that metering is Evaluative, single frame drive, auto flash, and Auto exposure mode. The image size is Large, quality is Fine and there's space left on the SD card to take 218 more pictures. The "wavy hand" symbol indicates the IS system is active.



Canon Powershot SD850 IS

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. The selected ISO, aperture and shutter speed values are also shown.



Canon Powershot SD850 IS

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.



Canon Powershot SD850 IS

Manual mode Function options:

    Camera Mode - Choose the desired exposure mode: Manual, Digital macro, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch assist
    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 - 3264x2448, 2592x1944, 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 640x480, and Widescreen (3264x1832)




Canon Powershot SD850 IS

Manual mode MENU options:

    AiAF - Face Detect, On, Off
    Digital Zoom - Standard, Off, 1.6x, or 2.0x
    Slow Synchro - On/Off
    Red-Eye - On/Off
    Self-timer - Custom set
    Auto ISO Shift - On or Off
    AF Assist Beam - On or Off
    Review Time - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs
    Auto Category - On/Off
    Display Overlay - Enable or disable Grid lines, 3:2 Guide, Off or Both
    IS Mode - Continuous, Shoot only, Panning or Off
    Date Stamp - Off, date, or date&time (only works in 3:2 Postcard mode)
    Set Print/Share Button - Choose the task of the print/share button in record mode (Exposure comp., White balance, Rec. movie, etc.)




Canon Powershot SD850 IS

To set long shutter speeds, enter 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 SD850 IS

The camera has a very respectable macro focusing mode with coverage from 0.79 in.-1.6 ft./2-50cm at wide angle and 1.3-1.6 ft./40-50cm at telephoto.



Canon Powershot SD850 IS

Scene modes are selected via the Function Menu when the mode dial is set to the SCN position. You can choose from 11 different modes (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Creative Light Effect), like Portrait shown above. These are pre-programmed to give you the best possible pictures for a wide variety of different shooting situations. In all Scene modes, Exposure compensation, Image compression and Image size settings are available via the Function menu.



Canon Powershot SD850 IS

The Stitch Assist Panorama mode is available from the Function menu with the Mode dial in Manual. It 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 use of a tripod and a bubble level is recommended. Since the SD850 IS will not output video in this mode, this screen capture was taken from the PowerShot S400 review.



Canon Powershot SD850 IS

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. Compact movies are recorded at a resolution of 160x120 with a frame rate of 15 fps. Color Accent and Color Swap allow you to record creative video clips. Movies are captured 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 SD850 IS

Movie mode recording options:

    Mode - Standard, Compact, Color Accent, Color Swap or Time Lapse
    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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