Canon Powershot A200 Review

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Record Mode Screens & Menus

The LCD screens that you see in this review had to be photographed as there is no video out- port that we normally use to capture the displays with. LCD monitors on any camera were never designed with enough resolution to be photographed. So we hope you understand why these screen captures are not up to standard.

Canon PowerShot A200

The Main Record Program Screen is above. The line of info across the top denotes the exposure mode (Program), Exposure Compensation (0), The AWB stands for Auto White Balance, and the 1/4 circle represents fine quality (file compression), and the "L" represents Large Image Resolution (1600 x 1200.)

The center screen three squares represent the multi-area focus mode is active and the camera will pick the largest - closest subject in one or more of these blocks to focus on.

The info across the bottom of the screen starts with the Flash Mode: the 'eye' icon represents the Red Eye Reduction flash mode. The square box icon: single advance mode, and the "271" denotes the quantity of frames that can be recorded on the CF card in the camera presently at the image size and quality set on the camera.

Canon PowerShot A200

The superimposed "M" on the camera Icon indicates the Manual mode has been accessed by pressing the SET button while in auto record. The A200 does not have a true manual mode, it allows the creative functions to be accessed like the exposure compensation ("+" or "-" 2 EV in 1/3 stops), white balance (Auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten and regular or daylight fluorescent), Photo Effects (Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia or B&W), ISO (50, 100, 200, 400, Auto), Infinity mode and Auto Focus center frame.

Canon PowerShot A200

The menu options in Auto: (in Manual it adds the ISO and AiAF options):

    Resolution - Sets the output image size (Large 1600x1200, Medium 1024x768, Small 640x480)
    Compression - The level of JPEG quality - SuperFine(JPEG), Fine(JPEG) or Normal(JPEG)
    ISO (in Manual Mode-Not shown) - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
    Auto Focus Modes(in Manual Mode-Not shown) - ON / OFF: If ON the three boxes appear and OFF the center box is used for spot A/F.
    Digital Zoom - If ON digital zoom allows up to an additional 4x mag.
    Review - Off / 3 sec. / 10 sec. (instant review of last image for 3 or 10 seconds)
    AF Assist Beam - ON / OFF (an illuminator to help camera focus in low light)
    File No. Reset - ON / OFF, If ON it resets to 100-0001 each time a new CF card is used, If OFF then images will be sequentially numbered.
    Sub Menu: SET UP - Beep (ON / OFF), Auto Power Down (ON / OFF), Date/Time (setting of MM/DD/YY, HH:MM), Format (format CF Card - OK / Cancel), Menu Language (English and 9 others).

Canon PowerShot A200

The screen overlay when the camera is in Movie mode denotes the exposure compensation set, the white balance setting, the movie size (320x240 or 160x120). The square lower left signifies it is not in the self timer mode to start recording, and the remaining time on the CF card in seconds is represented in the lower right by the 412". There is no microphone on the camera so all movie clips are silent. Digital Zoom is locked out in movie mode.

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