Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the LCD.

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You'll toggle between Auto mode and Program mode by pressing the top of the four-way button on the back of the camera. When you initially select Auto mode, you'll see the large Auto logo in the middle of the screen, along with an explanation of the shooting mode for a second.

In Auto mode you'll see Auto in the upper right corner with the flash mode just below it. The current still image and video resolution are listed across the top of the screen, along with the image stabilization icon. The battery level icon is in the upper left corner.

Press Info on the back of the camera to remove all data from the screen, other than the Auto icon and the image stabilization icon.

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You'll see the same set of icons on the screen in Program shooting mode, other than the P in the upper right corner and the ISO setting in the lower right corner. You can remove all icons from the screen in Program mode by pressing the Info button. Again, when you initially select Program mode, you'll see the large P logo in the middle of the screen for a second.

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In any shooting mode, you can open a popup menu to change the ELPH 190's settings by pressing the Func/Set button. The primary settings are represented by a set of icons in a column on the far left, with sub-settings in a column of icons to the right of the main column. Highlight a sub-setting in the second column and press Func/Set to activate that setting. As you highlight different icons, an explanation will appear in the middle of the screen.

The popup menu icons in Program shooting mode are:

  • Light Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg, Spot
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
  • ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
  • Shooting Mode - Program, Portrait, Face Self-Timer, Low Light, Fish-Eye Effect (Low, Medium, High), Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect (Standard, Warm, Cool), Monochrome (B/W, Sepia, Blue), Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fireworks, Long Shutter
  • Exposure - Between -2 and +2 in 1/3 increments
  • Self-Timer - Off, 10 Sec., 2 Sec., Custom
  • Focus Range - Macro, Normal, Infinity
  • Drive Mode - Single, Continuous
  • Recording Pixels - L 20MP, M1 10MP, M2 3MP, S 0.3MP, Widescreen 15MP
  • Movie Quality - 1280x720 HD, 640x480 VGA
In Auto mode the popup menu icons are limited to Self-Timer, Drive Mode, Recording Pixels, and Movie Quality.

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As you move the zoom ring, the PowerShot ELPH 190 will place a graph across the top of the screen, showing the position of the zoom. Unfortunately the LCD doesn't show the numerical zoom measurement until you reach the end of the 10x optical zoom limit (which is indicated with the white vertical line in the graph). Once you extend into digital zoom (to the right of the white vertical line), the zoom measurement appears next to the graph and the graph line changes to yellow and blue.

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When shooting with some of the special effect options on the Canon PowerShot 190, you can make more refined adjustments to the settings. For example, when shooting with the Toy Camera Effect, you can use Standard, Warm, or Cool effects. If these additional options are available with a particular special effect, you'll see an Info logo in the lower left corner of the screen. Press the Info button on the back of the camera to see the additional options.

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You'll use the four-way button on the PowerShot ELPH 190 IS to open shortcut menus, which include:

  • Flash - The right portion of the four-way button opens the flash menu, and the options in Program mode are: Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off. Some of the options will disappear in other shooting modes.
  • Auto Zoom - This feature, available on the left side of the four-way button, automatically adjusts the zoom to keep the face of a moving subject properly framed.
The bottom of the four-way button is the Info button, which changes the data on the screen. Pressing the top button switches between Auto and Program shooting modes, as mentioned above. In Playback mode the top button serves as the delete button.

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To start recording a movie in Program mode, press the movie recording button with the red dot on the back of the camera. As the movie is recording you'll see the time elapsed along the top of the screen and a red Rec icon along the right side. Press the red button a second time to stop the recording.

Open the Canon PowerShot 190's menus by pressing the Menu button on the back of the camera. You'll see two tabs on the top of the screen. The camera icon signifies the camera shooting menu, while the tools icon signifies the Setup menu. Some of the menu options will be grayed out, depending on which shooting mode you've selected. The shooting menu options under the camera icon tab in Program mode are:

  • AF Frame - Tracking AF, Face AiAF, Center
  • Digital Zoom - On, Off
  • AF-Point Zoom - On, Off
  • Servo AF - On, Off
  • Continuous AF - On, Off
  • Lamp Setting - On, Off
  • i-Contrast - Auto, Off
  • Review Image After Shooting - Display Time (Quick, 2 sec, 4 sec, 8 sec, Hold, Off), Display Info (Off, Detailed)
  • Grid Lines - On, Off
  • IS Settings - IS Mode (Continuous, Shoot Only, Off), Dynamic IS (1, 2)
  • Date Stamp - Off, Date, Date & Time

If you didn't already understand that the ELPH 190 is a very basic camera, the limited number of shooting menu options should provide another clue. This collection of shooting menu settings is one of the most basic I've seen on a camera in a few years.

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The Setup menu options are:

  • Mute - On, Off
  • Volume - Start-up Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Operation Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Self-timer Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Shutter Volume (Level 1 to 5)
  • Hints & Tips - On, Off
  • Date/Time - Set the Date and Time of the internal clock/calendar
  • Time Zone - Choose time zones for Home, World
  • Lens Retraction - 0 sec., 1 min.
  • Eco Mode - On, Off
  • Power Saving - Auto Power Down (On, Off); Display Off (10 sec., 20 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min., 3 min.)
  • LCD Brightness - Adjust the LCD's default brightness; 5 levels
  • Start-up Image - On, Off
  • Format - Format the memory card; deletes all files
  • File Numbering - Continuous (recommended), Auto Reset
  • Create Folder - Monthly, Daily
  • Units - m/cm, ft/in
  • Video System - NTSC, PAL
  • Wireless Settings - Wi-Fi Settings (NFC (On, Off), Password (On, Off), Target History (On, Off), Resize for Sending (M2, No), Check MAC Address), Nickname, Reset Settings
  • Certification Logo Display
  • Language - Choose the menu language, 31 options
  • Reset All - Restore all settings to their factory defaults

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