Canon Powershot SD950 IS Review

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Canon Powershot SD950



Record Modes & Menus



Canon Powershot SD950 IS

This is the screen display in the Automatic record mode. Icons across the top t indicate Auto ISO, single frame drive, 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 724 more pictures. The "wavy hand" symbol indicates the Image Stabilization (IS) system is active.



Canon Powershot SD950 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, flash and shutter speed values are also shown.



Canon Powershot SD950 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 SD950 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 - 4000x3000, 3264x2448, 2592x1944, 1600x1200, 640x480, 1600x1200 and Wide screen (4000x2248)




Canon Powershot SD950 IS

Manual mode MENU options:

    AiAF - Face Detect, On, Off
    AF Frame Size - Normal, Small
    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
    Review Info - Detailed, Focus Check, Off
    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 SD950 IS

To set long shutter speeds, enter the Function menu, highlight exposure compensation then press the DISP. 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 SD950 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, Night Shot, Kids, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, High ISO), 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 SD950 IS

You can record movie clips with audio at a variety of resolutions . Standard movies can be recorded at resolutions of 640x480 or 320x240 with frame rates of 30fps. High Resolution mode lets you record at 1024x768, however the frame rate drops to 15fps. Compact movies are recorded at a resolution of 160x120 with a frame rate of 30 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 SD950 IS



Movie mode menu options:

    AF Assist Beam - Helps the camera focus
    Auto Category - Override the metering +/- 2.0EV in 1/3 steps
    Display Overlay - Adds grid lines to the display
    IS Mode - Off, Continuous
    Set - Allows you to set the unused camera button to a function of your choosing


Canon Powershot SD950 IS

Movie mode recording options:

    Mode - Standard, High Resolution, Compact, Color Accent, Color Swap or Time Lapse
    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, 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
    Movie Size: 640x480, 640x480 LP or 320x240





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