Procedure for setting the flash modes PowerShot SD880 IS and SD990 IS.

Article ID: ART103479 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/15/2015


Using the Flash

Use the flash according to the guidelines below.

Press the button to switch between flash modes. The selected flash mode appears on the LCD monitor.


The flash fires automatically as required by the light level.


In P this mode can be used to force the flash to fire with every shot.

Flash off

The flash will not fire.

Press the ( ) button to scroll through the flash options or use the or buttons. Press the <MENU> button to access the Slow Syncro, Red-Eye Correction, and Red-Eye Lamp options.

Flash Options

Red-Eye Reduction

Setting the red-eye reduction lamp function to [On] causes the red-eye reduction lamp to fire with the lamp to fire along with the flash. It is useful in reducing the effect of light reflecting back from the eyes and making them appear red.

  • Light reflecting back from eyes can make them appear red when the flash is used in dark areas. Under these conditions, use the red-eye reduction mode. For this mode to be effective, the subject must be looking right at the red-eye reduction lamp. Try asking them to look directly at the lamp. Even better results can be obtained by increasing the lighting in indoor settings or approaching closer to the subject.
  • The shutter will not activate for approximately 1 second after the redeye reduction lamp fires in order to improve the effect. If you want a more immediate shutter response, set the flash to , or .

Slow Synchro

The flash timing is adjusted to slow shutter speeds. This reduces the chance that only the background will appear dark when a night scene or an interior shot is taken. When [Slow Synchro] is set to [On], camera shake may become a factor. Use of a tripod is recommended.

Red-Eye Correction

Automatically searches for and corrects red eyes in the image when the flash fires.

Setting Flash Settings

1. Press the <MENU> button.

2. In the menu, use the or button to select [Flash Settings].

3. Press the <FUNC./SET> button

4. Use the or button to select a function.

5. Use the or button to select [On] or [Off].

6. Press the <MENU> button.

  • You can also display this menu by pressing the button, followed by pressing the <MENU> button.
  • When you use flash photography at higher ISO speeds, the chances of white streaks appearing in the image increase the closer you approach to the subject.
  • Since a slow shutter speed is selected in dark places when the flash is set to Off or Slow Synchro, take care to avoid camera shake.
    - Shooting in , , , , or mode be careful to hold the camera still to avoid camera shake.
    - Shooting in , , or mode fix the camera to a tripod to shoot in these modes since the shutter speed will be slower than in the mode.
  • The flash can be fired when the indicator lights a steady orange after pressing the shutter button halfway.
  • The flash may take up to approximately 10 seconds to charge. The recharging time will vary with such factors as the shooting conditions and battery charge. Shots cannot be taken while the flash is charging.
  • The flash fires twice. The main flash follows a pre-flash. The exposure reading obtained from the subject with the pre-flash is used to set the optimal flash intensity for the main flash, which is used to capture the image.
  • When using the flash for standard photography, be sure to shoot from a distance of at least 50 cm (1.6 ft.) away from your subject.



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