Canon Powershot SD870 IS Review

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Canon Powershot SD870



Playback Modes & Menus



Canon Powershot SD870

When you select Playback mode the last picture taken is displayed. You can move backward or forward through the images using the LEFT and RIGHT buttons. The amount of overlay information displayed is controlled by pressing the DISP button. Information across the top is battery level (full) 20/31, which means image 20 of 30 total, and the folder(100)-file number(0020). Along the bottom is the image quality (Large SuperFine) and the time and date of capture. A "key" icon means the image is protected, and a "musical note" icon indicates that a voice memo has been attached (not shown.)



Canon Powershot SD870

Pressing the DISPlay button displays the histogram and extended image information to indicate the capture mode, flash mode, exposure compensation, white balance, ISO speed, metering, file size, image size, etc.



Canon Powershot SD870

If you press the DISP button again, it will bring up the Focus Check option. It will automatically choose an area to zoom in on (like a subjects face) to check for critical focus, expression ,etc. The orange box in the top photo shows the area that will be magnified on the lower image. You can also use the zoom controls to magnify the lower image even more.

Press the DISP. button once more and all of the overlay information is removed. This is good for when you are showing the pictures on the TV and don't want the info displayed.



Canon Powershot SD870

You can quickly search through stored images using the Index playback function which is actuated by pressing the Wide zoom control button. Nine thumbnail size images will be displayed and you can select one using the LEFT or RIGHT buttons and then pressing the Telephoto zoom button. Pressing the Wide button again will put you in jump mode where you can backward or forward a page at a time.



Canon Powershot SD870

Pressing up on the 4-way controller brings up this menu. It allows you to quickly search through your images by skipping 10 or 100 at a time, by date shot, etc.



Canon Powershot SD870

The image can be magnified up to 10x in ten steps by pressing the telephoto zoom button. Once the image is enlarged at any step, you can move around inside of it using the 4-way selector buttons.



Canon Powershot SD870

Movie clips can be played in the camera with audio thanks to the built-in speaker or on a TV set with the supplied A/V cables.



Canon Powershot SD870

You get "VCR-like" buttons to control the playback of movie clips.





Canon Powershot SD870

You can also shorten (edit the length) a movie clip.





Canon Powershot SD870

Pressing the MENU button brings up this page of options. You can start a slide show, place an image in a category, Erase images, Protect or unprotect an image(s), correct red-eye in your portraits, use My colors, Sound Memo will let you attach up to a 60 sec voice "note" with an image, use the sound recorder function, rotate portrait mode image for display on TV, Transfer Order lets you select the order from which the images are transferred to your computer and Transition is to display a screen effect between images.



Canon Powershot SD870

The Sound Memo options lets you record memos or notes up to 60 seconds in length which are attached to still images. You can overwrite or delete previous memos.



Canon Powershot SD870

The SD870 can also be used as a digital sound recorder.





Canon Powershot SD870

The Setup sub-menu lets you Mute camera sounds, adjust the volume of several functions, enable or disable the touch icons, adjust LCD brightness, choose the Power saving settings, set the Time Zone, set the time and date in the internal clock, choose the clock display settings, format the SD card, choose file numbering method, create a folder new folder, turn auto rotate on/off, adjust the Lens retract time, set the menu language, specify the video out format (NTSC or PAL), select the print method used and RESET all settings to factory default.



Canon Powershot SD870

The MyCamera sub-menu lets you customize the startup and shutdown screens and the camera's sound effects. When you install the included software you will find a wealth of themes, startup screens and sounds to choose from our custom build your own.





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