Record Screens & Menus

The Auto record mode is a fully automatic mode that allows the camera to choose all settings (shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity, white balance, etc.), and lets novice users simply select the desired image quality and 'point-n-shoot.'


Here you can see the Program exposure mode. Icons indicate that the flash is not raised or off, we are using 12M/Fine quality, NR is on, Dual IS is on, and there's room on our xD card for 213 images. The 'shaky hand symbol' indicates that Image Stabilization is On, and you can also see the shutter speed and aperture values.


Half-pressing the shutter release starts the autofocus process, and if it locks the AF target marks will turn green over the intended area of focus. If autofocus fails, the the marks will flash red. The red lighting bolt indicates a couple things, in the photo above it's telling us that we need to use the flash in order to get an optimum exposure. When the flash is popped up, it indicates the charge status of the flash unit.

In Aperture priority mode you select the desired aperture and the camera automatically sets the correct shutter speed. A small aperture (larger f/number) increases the depth of field (range of focus), where a large aperture (smaller f/number) decreases depth of field. Aperture (f/2.8 here) is adjusted by first pressing 'Up', then using the 'Up and Down' buttons of the 4-way controller. The live viewfinder image displays the effect of the selected exposure compensation value.

Shutter-speed priority mode you select the shutter speed and the camera selects the correct aperture. Select a fast shutter speed to freeze fast-moving subjects or use a slower shutter speed to capture flowing water or low-light subjects. Settings are changed just like Aperture priority mode.

In Manual mode you select both shutter speed (up/down) and aperture value (left/right), the exposure value is displayed constantly (if not 0.0), so you can adjust the values to achieve the proper exposure.


You can access a variety of Scene modes by rotating the Mode dial to the SCN position. As you go through the Scene selections an image depicting the mode is shown. Pressing the DISP. button will show a brief text explanation of the mode (like portrait shown above.) You can choose from 19 different exposure modes: 1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. SPORT, 4. NIGHT SCENE, 5. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 6. INDOOR, 7. CANDLE, 8. SUNSET, 9. FIREWORKS, 10. MULTI FIREWORKS, 11. MULTIPLE EXPOSURE, 12. CUISINE, 13. DOCUMENTS, 14. SMILE SHOT, 15. BEACH & SNOW, 16. BIRD WATCHING, 17. PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE, 18. QUICK SHUTTER, 19. SOFT BACKGROUND SHOT.


Pressing the OK/FUNC. button in Program mode will bring up the menu of options shown above.

FUNC. Menu Options:

  • Drive Mode - Single, Continuous, High-Speed Continuous 1 (Hi1), Hi2, Hi2 with pre-capture, AF Continuous (refocus for each shot), Bracketing
  • White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten (Incandescent), or Fluorescent 1, 2, 3, and Manual set
  • ISO - Auto, High Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (3200/6400 5MP mode only)
  • Metering - ESP, Spot, Evaluative
  • Image Quality - 12MP, 5MP, 3MP, 2MP, 1MP, VGA, 16:9L, 16:9S
  • Compression - Fine or Normal


Press the MENU button to bring up the Record mode Menu. You can use the shortcut menus to quickly change image resolution, reset all settings to factor defaults, change the scene mode, enter silent mode, capture a panorama as well as enter the Camera or Setup menus.


A new exposure option on the SP-590 is Beauty mode, which is a "portrait" style scene mode that uses face detection to lock onto your subject, then produces an image with smooth skin texture and tone.


Camera Menu Option:

  • White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten (Incandescent), or Fluorescent 1, 2, 3, and Manual
  • ISO - Auto, High ISO Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (3200/6400 @5M)
  • Drive Mode - Single, Continuous, High-Speed Continuous 1 (Hi1), Hi2, Hi2 with pre-capture, AF Continuous (refocus for each shot), Bracketing
  • Fine Zoom - On or Off
  • Digital Zoom - Enable or disable digital zoom option
  • Metering - ESP, Spot, Evaluative
  • AF Mode - iESP, Face Detect, Spot, Area focus modes
  • Focus Mode AF or MF
  • Full Time AF - On or off
  • AF Predict - On or off
  • AF Illumination - Off or On
  • Image Stabilizer - Off or On
  • Flash Output - ±2EV in 1/3 EV steps
  • External Flash - IN, RC, or Slave
  • Sound - Off or On
  • WB Compensation - Adjust the white balance preset being used
  • Picture Mode - Vivid or Natural
  • Sharpness - ±5 degrees
  • Contrast - ±5 degrees
  • Saturation - ±5 degrees
  • Noise Reduction - Off or On
  • Time-Lapse - Off or On
  • Conversion Lens - Off or On


SETUP Menu Options

  • Format - Format the xD memory card
  • Backup - Copy images stored in internal memory to the installed xD memory card
  • Menu Language - English, French, Espanol, Etc.
  • PW ON Setup - Select power up screen animation and sound level
  • Menu Color - Normal, Color 1,2,3
  • Sound Settings - Beep, Shutter Sound, Camera Sound, Volume
  • Rec View - View image immediately after capture on LCD, Off or ON
  • Menu Display - LCD only or Current
  • Live View Boost - Off or On
  • File Name - Select between Reset and Auto
  • Pixel Mapping - Map out bad pixels
  • Monitor Brightness - Adjust LCD backlight
  • Set Clock - Set time and or date
  • Dual Time Setup - On/Off
  • PIC Orientation - Off or On
  • Video Out - Video out signal - NTSC or PAL format
  • HDMI Out - 1080i, 720p, 480p
  • Histogram - On/Off
  • My Mode Setup - Set preferences of My mode (exposure mode, Exposure Comp, Flash mode, etc.)
  • m/ft - Select unit of measurement (Meters or Feet)
  • Custom Button - Choose the function of the custom button
  • Sleep - 1, 3, 5, 10 minutes

Movie mode lets you capture VGA (640x480) or QVGA (320x240) resolution motion video at 15fps or 30fps with sound. The length of a movie is limited only by the available memory (2GB max. clip length). Movies are recorded with sound (be sure to enable this via the Rec. Menu), and saved as a Motion JPEG .AVI file. Unlike past SP models, the optical zoom May be used during recording.

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