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Canon SD750 Operation

The Canon PowerShot SD750's user interface is straightforward and relatively uncomplicated, with a similar menu setup and basic control philosophy as 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 half-an-hour to get comfortable with the camera.

Record Mode Display: In any record mode, the PowerShot SD750's LCD display shows either the image area with no information or the image with a limited information display. Pressing the Display button cycles through these two 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, and flash mode if turned on. Half-press the Shutter button, and the Aperture and Shutter speed that the camera will use appears across the bottom of the screen.

Playback Mode Display: Playback mode offers three display modes, including 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 available by moving the Zoom control to the Wide zoom setting, or move the Zoom control to Tele to 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 JUMP mode. This mode is accessed by hitting the wide angle side of the zoom toggle after entering the nine-frame preview mode.

Canon SD750 Modes and Menus

Still Record Mode: Sets the camera for image capture, with a full range of exposure and shooting options available through the on-screen menus. Exposure modes include Auto, Manual, Digital Macro, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist Right, and Stitch Assist Left.

Special Scene Mode: Includes Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, and Underwater Scene modes.

Movie Mode: Records movie clips with sound in one of six modes. Though zooming is allowed while recording movies, note that it is digital zoom, not actual optical zoom. Movie modes include Standard (either 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 pixels at either 30 or 15 fps, up to 4GB each), Fast Frame Rate (320 x 240 pixels at 60 fps for up to one minute), Compact (160 x 120 pixels at 15 fps for up to three minutes), and Color Accent or Color swap (either 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 pixels at either 30 or 15 fps, up to 4GB each), Time Lapse (640 x 480 at 15 fps up to 2 hours). With Time Lapse, two hours of recorded frames are compressed to either eight or four minutes.

Playback Mode: This mode allows you to scroll through captured images and movies, write-protect images, view a nine-image index display, zoom into a captured image, delete unwanted images, rotate images, set up images for printing on DPOF compatible devices, do Red Eye correction, as well as play and crop movies.

Record Menu System: Accessed by pressing the Menu button in any record mode (some options are not available in all modes). Three menu tabs appear, one each for Record, Setup, and My Camera sub-menus. You can move between the tabs with the zoom toggle.

Function Menu. Activated by pressing the Func/Set button:

Record Menu:

Setup Menu:

My Camera Menu

Playback Menu System: Accessed by pressing the Menu button in Playback mode, the Playback menu also has tabs for the Setup and My Camera menus. These are identical to those described above.

 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.