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Canon PowerShot A570 IS Operation

Despite Canon's proclivity for moving functions from menus to buttons and back again (not to mention moving buttons around), the Canon digicam user interface is both easy to remember and efficient to use. It does require a little study, but no more than any other sophisticated system. There are buttons for shot-by-shot control of things like EV, Flash and Focus settings while options like ISO, White Balance, Metering, Image Size and Resolution are just a press of the Function button away in the menu system.

Record Mode LCD Display: In Record mode, the LCD reports various exposure settings, including camera modes, the Resolution and Quality settings, number of available images, ISO, Drive mode, and Metering mode. Half-pressing the Shutter button reports the Aperture and Shutter Speed settings, in all modes except Movie. Pressing the Display button cycles through the available display modes, including the image only, image with information, and no display at all (for using the optical viewfinder in dark locations, for example).

Playback Mode LCD Display: In Playback mode, the LCD reports the image series number, Resolution and Quality setting, file name, and the date and time of image capture. Pressing the Display button once pulls up an enhanced information display, pressing twice will show a full information display with a histogram for checking the exposure. A third press cancels the information overlay entirely. The telephoto side of the zoom toggle lets you zoom in on a portion of the image, while the wide-angle side backs you out again, and lets you step out to an index view of captured images, displayed as nine thumbnails at a time. Zooming out one step past the point at which the index display appears adds a "jump" bar to the bottom of the screen, letting you jump forward or back nine images at a time, rather than scrolling from each image to the next individually.


Canon PowerShot A570 IS Modes and Menus

Record Mode: Marked on the Mode switch with the red camera icon, this mode sets up the Canon A570 IS for capturing still images or Movies. The following exposure modes are available:
Record Menu: Pressing the Menu button on the Canon A570 IS in Record mode displays the following options (not all options are available in all modes):

Playback Mode: This mode lets you review captured images and movies on the memory card, as well as erase them, protect them, or tag them for printing and transfer. The traditional green Playback symbol denotes this mode on the Mode switch. Pressing the Menu button displays the following options:

Print Menu: This menu is available in Playback mode, simply by pressing the Menu button and selecting the Print tab. The bottom line of the display shows how many images are selected for printing and the active print method.

Setup Menu: This menu is available in all exposure modes, simply by pressing the Menu button and selecting the Setup tab.