Just set the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It's a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 22 specially defined settings. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you're getting dramatic, memorable images.
Shooting Modes Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 24 Shooting Modes, you're ready for whatever shot comes your way:
AUTO Recognizes typical shooting scenes, and detects faces, brightness, colors, distance and movement without the need to switch modes.
P Program Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Av Aperture-priority You define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
Tv Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
Manual The ultimate in creative control, you select both aperture and shutter speed manually.
C Custom Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
Portrait The camera sets a large aperture, focusing on the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."
Landscape For front to back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture.
Night Snapshot Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.
Sports Ensure highly accurate autofocusing when shooting fast-moving subjects.
Movie Shoot in HD (1,280 x 720 at 30 fps) for up to 29 min. 59 sec. or 4GB, VGA (640 x 480 at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour or 4GB per clip.
Special Scene Modes
Indoor Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting indoors.
Sunset Capture stunning sunsets with all the dazzle and impact.
Night Scene For impressive sunset or nightlife shots, the camera properly exposes the background and uses slow-sync flash for the subject.
Fireworks Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Beach Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Aquarium Achieve proper flash-free exposure and natural hues at indoor aquariums.
Foliage Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
ISO 3200 Expands the user's ability to shoot in dark settings without using the flash.
Stitch Assist Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Super Macro Close to almost touching distance to capture the subject's detail.
Actual results may vary from examples shown above. Final image may vary depending on picture composition.