Canon Powershot SD890 IS Review

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Canon Powershot SD890is




Record Modes & Menus



Canon Powershot SD890 IS

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



Canon Powershot SD890 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 aperture and shutter speed values are also shown along the bottom.



Canon Powershot SD890 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 SD890 IS

Manual mode Function options:

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/- 2.0EV in 1/3 steps. Press Menu
      to enter Long Shutter mode
    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 - 3648x2736, 2816x2112, 2272x1704, 1600x1200, 640x480,
      2M Date Stamp, and Widescreen (3648x2048)




Canon Powershot SD890 IS

Manual mode MENU options:

    AF Frame - Face Detect, AiAF, Center, On, Off
    AF Frame Size - Small or Normal
    AF-Point Zoom - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - Off, Standard, 1.4x, 2.3x
    Flash Settings - Slow Synchro, Red-Eye Corr., Red-Eye Lamp
    Self-timer - Custom set
    AF Assist Beam - On or Off
    Review - Off, Hold or 2 - 10 secs
    Review Info - Off, Detailed, Focus Check
    Auto Category - On or Off
    Display Overlay - Enable or disable Grid lines, 3:2 Guide, Off or Both
    IS Mode - Continuous, Shoot Only, Panning, Off
    Set Print/Share button - Allows you to use the button in record mode to change
      various camera settings (Exposure comp., White balance, Custom WB, Digital Tele-converter, Disp. Overlay, Rec. Movie, Display Off, Play Sound effect.)




Canon Powershot SD890 IS

The 4-way controller of the back of the camera provides shortcuts to some of the most used features including the ISO settings, flash settings, shooting modes with timers and finally macro mode. The camera has a very respectable macro focusing mode with coverage from .79 inch to 1.6 feet.


Canon Powershot SD890 IS

Scene modes are selected via the Function Menu. You can choose from 12 different modes. 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 SD890 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. You can also choose from Compact (160x120, 15fps), Color accent, Color swap, and Time lapse witch captures an image once every second or once every two seconds at 640x480. The optical zoom may not be used during recording, but can be preset before hand. These clips 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 SD890 IS

Movie Func. Menu:

    White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H,
      Custom
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker
      Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
    Resolution - 640x480, 640x480 LP, 320x240


Canon Powershot SD890 IS

Movie Record Menu:

    Digital Zoom - Off or Standard
    AF Assist Beam - On or Off
    Auto Category - On or Off
    Display Overlay - Off, Grid Lines
    IS Mode - Continuous, Off
    Set Print Button





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