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Canon PowerShot SD1000 Operation

Operating the SD1000 in Auto mode is straightforward and simple, albeit with limited access to some of the camera's controls. Manual mode offers more options and is relatively intuitive and, with the user guide in hand, easy to master. Most controls are no more than a button push away via the 4-way controller (ISO, Flash, Single/Continuous Shooting and Self-Timer, and Macro/Normal/Infinity), a Function Menu (Shooting Mode, Exposure Compensation, White Balance, My Colors, Metering, JPEG compression, and Resolution) or the full system menu, with set-up options and settings that generally do not have to be changed very often. There are a few exceptions, however, including the need to activate Face Detection or AiAF, red-eye reduction and slow synchro flash settings and Grid Overlay via the system menu. Although there are no dedicated control buttons per se, the Print/Share button can be programmed for one of a number of controls for direct access.


Canon SD1000 Modes and Menus

Auto Record Mode: In this mode, the camera automatically selects the settings for image capture, although compression and image size options are available in the Function menu. Limited options are also available for ISO, Flash, Self-Timer and Macro.

Manual Mode: Since the camera lacks manual aperture and shutter speed controls, the SD1000's "Manual" mode provides access to various settings and features like Exposure Compensation, White Balance, ISO and other options via the Function menu and 4-way controller.

Scene Mode: A variety of scene modes are available in the Function menu, including Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, and Underwater.

Movie Mode: Accessed via the mode switch, this mode records movies with sound. Movie options include Standard (640 x 480 or 320 x 240; both resolutions can be recorded at either 30 frames per second or 15fps), with a 4GB size maximum, although the camera will stop recording after 1 hour of continuous shooting regardless of whether or not the SD card has been filled. Fast Frame Rate, which is limited to a 1 minute clip, is designed to photograph action such as a sporting event. The Compact mode records a clip of up to 3 minutes and is small enough to be e-mailed. Color Accent and Color Swap modes, which allow you to shoot in black and white maintaining one color as an accent or you can change (swap) one color for another. Recording pixels and frame rate (640 x 480 or 320 x 240 at 30fps or 15fps) are selectable and movies can be recorded up to 4GB, although recording will stop after 1 hour of continuous shooting even if the 4GB maximum as not been reached. In Time Lapse mode, the camera can be set to capture an image every 1 or 2 seconds for up to 2 hours. When played back, the final "movie" will be compressed to 4 or 8 minutes, depending on the interval set (2 second intervals will net a 4 minute movie after two hours; 1 second intervals will net an 8 minute movie after two hours). Although sound recording is not available in this mode, you can create interesting clips such as tracking the progress of a house being built, a dinner being prepared (and consumed) or plants blooming. Note: Standard and Color Accent/Color Swap modes require a high speed and high capacity SD card to reach maximum recording time.

Playback Mode: Also accessed via the mode switch, playback allows you to review images for content and quality, arrange them into categories, mark them for printing and deletion. Movies can also be viewed an edited in this mode. .

Record Menu System: This menu is displayed when the Menu button is pressed. Available options may change according to shooting mode but are arranged according to three tabs: Record, Setup and My Camera.

Setup Menu:.

My Camera Menu:

Playback Menu:. Accessed by switching the camera to Playback and pressing the Menu button. Like the Record mode, the Playback menu is arranged by tabs but includes Play and Print menus, in addition to the same Setup and My Camera menus available in the Record Menu

Play Menu: This menu is available in Playback mode and occupies the first tab in general Playback menu.

Print Menu: Accessed via the second tab in the general Playback menu.