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Canon SD600 Operation

The Canon PowerShot SD600's user interface is straightforward and relatively uncomplicated, with a menu setup and basic control philosophy similar to the rest of the current ELPH series. Most of the camera's functions are controlled by buttons on the top and rear panels, while a handful of settings are controlled through the LCD-based Record menu. A Function menu provides faster access to basic settings like image size, quality, and exposure compensation, without the need to sift through menu screens. The LCD menu system itself is quite efficient, as you view menu items organized in tabs instead of through a series of pages. Additionally, the Setup and My Camera menus are always available, regardless of the camera mode. With the instruction manual in-hand, it shouldn't take more than a half an hour to an hour to get comfortable with the camera.

Record Mode Display: In any record mode, the PowerShot SD600's LCD display shows either the image area with no information, the image with a limited information display, or no display at all. Pressing the Display button cycles through the available display modes. When the information display is active, it reports resolution and image quality settings, the number of available images, Record mode, orientation, and a handful of exposure settings (although not aperture or shutter speed). A grid can be activated and displayed in both modes.

Playback Mode Display: Playback mode also offers three display modes, including the image only, the image with information, and the image with expanded information and a histogram. You can display as many as nine thumbnail images at a time on-screen with the index display mode, or zoom in on captured images to check fine details, focus, or framing. You can also jump through nine images at a time by accessing the Canon SD600's JUMP mode. This mode is accessed by hitting the wide angle side of the zoom toggle after entering the nine-frame preview mode.

Canon SD600 Camera Modes and Menus

Still Record Mode: Sets the Canon SD600 for image capture, with a full range of exposure and shooting options available through the on-screen menus. Exposure modes include Auto and Manual (though no direct exposure control), as well as Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Scene (Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, and Underwater), My Colors, and Stitch Assist preset shooting modes.

Movie Mode: Records short movie clipswith sound in one of four modes. Focus and optical zoom are fixed atthe first frame. Movie modes include Standard (either 640 x 480 or 320x 240 pixels at either 30 or 15 fps, up to 1-GB each), Fast Frame Rate(320 x 240 pixels at 60 fps for up to one minute), Compact (160 x 120pixels at 15 fps for up to three minutes), and My Colors (either 640 x480 or 320 x 240 pixels at either 30 or 15 fps, up to 1-GB each).

Playback Mode: This mode allows you toscroll through captured images and movies, write-protect images, view anine-image index display, zoom into a captured image, delete unwantedimages, rotate images, set up images for printing on DPOF compatibledevices, as well as play and crop movies.

Record Menu System: Accessed bypressing the Menu button in any record mode (some options are notavailable in all modes). Three menu tabs appear, one each for Record,Setup, and My Camera sub-menus.

Record Menu:

Setup Menu:

My Camera Menu

Playback Menu System: Accessed by pressing the Menubutton in Playback mode, the Playback menu also has subject tabs forthe Setup and My Camera menus. Since these were described above, Iwon't repeat them here.

Playback Menu:

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 print method that is active.