Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The PowerShot SX60 HS kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the LCD.

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Canon included a mode dial of a good size with the PowerShot SX60 HS. It has enough "stickiness" to it that you won't bump it out of place inadvertently, yet it remains easy to turn to switch modes.

As you turn the mode dial, icons will appear across the top of the screen, representing each shooting mode. An explanation of the mode will also appear after a second. The mode dial settings are:

  • Auto
  • Hybrid Auto - filmstrip and camera icon
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter Priority (Tv)
  • Aperture Priority (Av)
  • Manual (M)
  • Custom 1 (C1)
  • Custom 2 (C2)
  • Movie - movie camera icon
  • Special Effects - interlocking rings icon
  • Scene Modes (SCN)
  • Sports - running man icon
  • Creative Shot - interlocking rectangles icon

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To shoot in fully automatic mode, turn the mode dial to the Auto setting. You'll then see the Auto icon in the upper left corner of the screen. The shooting data included on the screen in Auto mode includes the flash mode and the drive mode on the left and the image stabilization setting, battery icon, still image resolution setting, photo space remaining on the memory card, video resolution, and video time remaining on the memory card along the top.

Press the Disp button on the back of the PowerShot SX60 HS to change the data displayed on the screen. You'll see a 3x3 guide grid and an electronic level on the screen. Press Disp again to switch to viewfinder mode where you'll see the same shooting data displayed. Press Disp once again to add the grid and electronic level to the viewfinder view, and then press Disp again to return to the LCD view. You have the ability to slightly customize the data displayed on the LCD or viewfinder by using the on-screen menus.

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Beginners may get some use out of the PowerShot SX60's Scene Modes. Twist the mode dial to SCN. Then press Func/Set to see the list of scene modes, where the popup menu icons will appear on the left side of the screen and the scene mode icons will appear across the bottom of the screen. Use the four-way button to scroll through the scene mode icons. Or, better yet, use the command dial near the shutter button to scroll through the icons, as it's much more comfortable to use than the tiny four-way button. The six Scene Mode options are:

  • Portrait
  • Smart Shutter
  • Handheld NightScene
  • Low Light
  • Snow
  • Fireworks

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When you switch to Program shooting mode by twisting the mode dial to P, you'll see a similar set of icons as you saw with the mode dial set to Auto. Again, press the Disp button to add data to the screen, including a 3x3 grid, an electronic level, and a histogram. Press Disp a second time to switch to viewfinder mode with the basic data displayed. Press Disp a third time to add the grid, level, and histogram to the viewfinder view. Press Disp a fourth time to return to the basic LCD display.

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Shooting in any of the PowerShot SX60 HS's advanced modes -- Manual (M on the mode dial), Shutter Priority (Tv), and Aperture Priority (Av) -- allows you to change the aperture setting and shutter speed by spinning the command dial near the shutter button on the top panel of the camera. The setting you can change is marked with a green dial icon along the bottom of the screen. To move the green dial icon to a different setting, press the EV button on the back of the camera. As you spin the command dial, you'll see a graph on the screen representing the changes you're making.

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The four-way button provides access to a few popup menus to gain quick access to commonly used functions for the camera, which will appear as icons across the top of the screen. The popup menu options are:

  • Top - Drive mode (Single Shooting, Continuous, Continuous Shooting AF), and Wi-Fi mode in Playback mode
  • Right - Flash mode (Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off)
  • Bottom - Display mode (as discussed earlier)
  • Left - Focus mode (Macro, Normal, Manual Focus)

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While Canon included a manual focus option with the PowerShot SX60 HS, it's pretty awkward to use. Manual focus is not available in Auto mode; you'll have to be in an advanced shooting mode. Press the left side of the four-way button and then select MF from the icons across the top of the screen.

With manual focus selected, you'll see a focal length graph along the right side of the screen. The scene will be magnified on the LCD, making it easier to precisely dial in the sharpest focus. Press the four-way button to adjust the graph and to change the focus point. It's unfortunate that Canon's designers didn't tie the command dial into the manual focus option, as it would have been much easier to use the command dial than the tiny four-way button for this process.

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Canon has carried one really nice design feature over to the SX60 HS from its other PowerShot cameras through the on-screen popup menu that allows you to access nearly all of the camera's settings without having to work through the traditional menu structure. Unfortunately, the tiny four-way button gets in the way of using the popup menu comfortably. A touch screen or a raised ring to serve as the four-way button would've been a great addition here.

To access the popup menu, press the Func/Set button. The main categories are on the left side of the screen. Once a category icon is highlighted, icons representing the available options appear along the lower portion of the screen. Use the four-way button or the command dial to scroll through the option icons. Highlight an icon and press Func/Set to begin using that option.

The popup menu options that are visible will change, depending on which shooting mode you're using. You'll have far fewer popup menu options in Auto mode or when using Scene Modes for example. The popup menu options in Program mode are:

  • DR Correction - Off, Auto, 200%, 400%
  • Shadow Correct - Off, Auto
  • ISO - Auto, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom 1, Custom 2
  • My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
  • Bracketing - Off, AEB, Focus BKT
  • Self-Timer - Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, Custom
  • Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted Avg, Spot
  • Aspect Ratio - 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5
  • Image Format - JPEG, RAW, RAW and JPEG
  • Image Size - L, M1, M2, S
  • Image Quality - Superfine, Fine
  • Movie Format - 1920x1080 60 fps, 1920x1080 30 fps, 1280x720 30 fps, 640x480 30 fps

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You have a couple of options for using special effects with your PowerShot SX60. The My Colors popup menu discussed above offers several special effect options.

But to gain more options for special effects, you'll first turn the mode dial to the Special Effect mode, marked by two interlocking rings. Press the Func/Set button to see the popup menu and then use the left and right four-way buttons or the command dial to move through the icons representing the special effects along the bottom of the screen, which are:

  • High Dynamic Range - Natural, Art Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold, Art Embossed
  • Fish-eye Effect - Low, Medium, High
  • Miniature Effect
  • Toy Camera Effect - Cool, Standard, Warm
  • Soft Focus - Low, Medium, High
  • Monochrome - Blue, B/W, Sepia
  • Super Vivid
  • Poster Effect
The other special effect option with this model is the Creative Shot mode (marked on the mode dial by interlocking rectangles). In Creative Shot mode, the SX60 HS records six photos at the time you press the shutter button, rather than a single image. The camera's software will apply randomly selected special effects and aspect ratios to the six images, making them all look a little different.

The application of the effects is completely random when you select Auto with the command dial while working in Creative Shot mode. Or you can exert a little control over the photos' effects by using the command dial to select Retro, Monochrome, Special, or Natural. This Creative Shot special effect isn't all that useful because of the randomness with which the camera applies the effects, but it can be fun to use.

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Canon included a Movie mode on the mode dial, but you can record video from almost any shooting mode by just pressing the red video recording button on the back panel of the camera to begin recording video. Press the red button again to stop the video recording. In most shooting modes you can change the video resolution through the popup menu.

The on-screen menu design found with SX60 HS is the same as it is with other PowerShot cameras. Again, the tiny, poorly designed four-way button causes problems when using the model's on-screen menus.

Across the top of the screen you'll see three tabs that sort the camera control options into different menus. When you highlight the tab on the left, containing the camera icon, it displays the shooting menu. Depending on the shooting mode you've selected on the mode dial, some options may be grayed out. In Program mode the menu options are:

  • AF Frame - FlexiZone, Face Detect, Tracking AF
  • Digital Zoom - Standard, Off, 1.6x, 2.0x
  • AF-Point Zoom - On, Off
  • Servo AF - On, Off
  • Continuous AF - On, Off
  • AF-assist Beam - On, Off
  • AF+MF - On, Off
  • MF-Point Zoom - Off, 2x, 4x
  • Safety MF - On, Off
  • Recall Zoom/MF Settings - Zoom Memory (On, Off), MF Memory (On, Off)
  • MF Peaking Settings - Peaking (On, Off), Level (Low, High), Color (Red, Yellow, Blue)
  • Flash Control - Flash Exp. Comp. (between -2 and +2 in 1/3 increments), Shutter Sync. (1st-curtain, 2nd-curtain), Red-Eye Corr. (On, Off), Red-Eye Lamp (On, Off), Safety FE (On, Off)
  • ISO Auto Settings - Max ISO Speed (400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200), Rate of Change (Slow, Standard, Fast)
  • High ISO NR - Standard, High, Low
  • Spot AE Point - Center, AF Point
  • Sound Rec. - Sound Rec. (Auto, Manual, Disable), Level, Wind Filter/Attenuator (Wind Filter (Auto, Off), Attenuator (On, Off))
  • Review Image After Shooting - Display Time (Quick, 2 sec, 4 sec, 8 sec, Hold, Off), Display Info (Off, Detailed)
  • Blink Detection - On, Off
  • Custom Display - Shooting Info (Yes, No), Grid Lines (Yes, No), Electronic Level (Yes, No), Histogram (Yes, No)
  • Reverse Disp. - On, Off
  • IS Settings - IS Mode (Continuous, Shoot Only, Off), Dynamic IS (1, 2)
  • Frame Assist-Seek Display Area - Small, Medium, Large
  • Frame Assist-Seek Auto Settings - Seek Assist (On, Off), Frame Assist Auto Zoom (Face, Upper Body, While Body, Manual, Off)
  • Date Stamp - Off, Date, Date & Time
  • Face ID Settings - Face ID (On, Off), Add to Registry (Add a New Face, Add Face Info), Check/Edit Info, Erase Info
  • Set Shortcut Button - Not Assigned, DR Correction (Yes, No), Shadow Correct (Yes, No), White Balance (Yes, No), Custom White Balance 1 (Yes, No), Custom White Balance 2 (Yes, No), My Colors (Yes, No), Self Timer (Yes, No), Light Metering (Yes, No), Aspect Ratio (Yes, No), RAW or JPEG (Yes, No), Servo AF (Yes, No), Peaking (Yes, No), AF Lock (Yes, No), AE Lock (Yes, No), Digital Tele-converter (Yes, No), Eco Mode (Yes, No), Display Off (Yes, No)
  • Set Movie Button - Movies (Yes, No), DR Correction (Yes, No), Shadow Correct (Yes, No), White Balance (Yes, No), Custom White Balance 1 (Yes, No), Custom White Balance 2 (Yes, No), My Colors (Yes, No), Self Timer (Yes, No), Light Metering (Yes, No), Aspect Ratio (Yes, No), RAW or JPEG (Yes, No), Servo AF (Yes, No), Peaking (Yes, No), AF Lock (Yes, No), AE Lock (Yes, No), Digital Tele-converter (Yes, No), Eco Mode (Yes, No), Display Off (Yes, No), Not Assigned
  • Set Framing Assist-Lock Button - Framing Assist-Lock (Yes, No), DR Correction (Yes, No), Shadow Correct (Yes, No), White Balance (Yes, No), Custom White Balance 1 (Yes, No), Custom White Balance 2 (Yes, No), My Colors (Yes, No), Self Timer (Yes, No), Light Metering (Yes, No), Aspect Ratio (Yes, No), RAW or JPEG (Yes, No), Servo AF (Yes, No), Peaking (Yes, No), AF Lock (Yes, No), AE Lock (Yes, No), Digital Tele-converter (Yes, No), Eco Mode (Yes, No), Display Off (Yes, No), Not Assigned
  • Func. Menu Layout - DR Correction (Yes, No), Shadow Correct (Yes, No), ISO Speed (Yes, No), White Balance (Yes, No), My Colors (Yes, No), Bracketing (Yes, No), Self Timer (Yes, No), Light Metering (Yes, No), Aspect Ratio (Yes, No), Image Type (Yes, No), Recording Pixels (Yes, No), Compression (Yes, No), Movie Quality (Yes, No)
  • Save Settings - Destination (C1, C2)

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The Setup menu for the Canon G1 X Mark II is marked with the tools tab in the upper middle of the menu screen. The Setup menu options are:

  • Mute - On, Off
  • Volume - Start-up Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Operation Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Selftimer 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
  • Electronic Level - Calibrate, Reset
  • Video System - NTSC, PAL
  • Wi-Fi Settings - Password (On, Off), Target History (On, Off), Resize for Sending, Change Device Nickname, Check MAC Address, Reset Settings
  • Mobile Device Connect Button - OK, Cancel
  • Copyright Info - Display Copyright Info, Enter Author's Name, Enter Copyright Details, Delete Copyright Info
  • Certification Logo Display
  • Language - Choose the menu language, 31 options
  • Reset All - Restore all settings to their factory defaults

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Scroll to the far right tab, which is marked with a star, to access the customizable My Menu settings, where you can store commonly used camera settings under the My Menu tab for quick access. The options you can store under My Menu include:

  • AF Frame
  • Digital Zoom
  • AF-Point Zoom
  • Servo AF
  • Continuous AF
  • AF-Assist Beam
  • MF-Point Zoom
  • Safety MF
  • Recall Zoom/MF Settings
  • MF Peaking Settings
  • Flash Control
  • ISO Auto Settings
  • High ISO NR
  • Hg Lamp Corr.
  • Spot AE Point
  • Safety Shift
  • Sound Rec.
  • Review Image After Shooting
  • Blink Detection
  • Custom Display
  • Reverse Disp.
  • IS Mode
  • IS Settings
  • Frame Assist-Seek Display Area
  • Frame Assist-Seek Auto Settings
  • Date Stamp
  • Digest Type
  • Face ID Settings
  • Set Shortcut Button
  • Set Movie Button
  • Set Frame Assist-Lock Button
  • Func. Menu Layout
  • Save Settings

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