Shooting in Various Scenes (PowerShot SX230 HS / SX220 HS)

Article ID: ART109877 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 11/16/2015


The camera will select the necessary settings for the conditions in which you wish to shoot when you choose the matching mode.

Set the Shooting mode

1. Turn on the camera.

2. Set the <Mode Dial> to <SCN> ().


  • If you want to add effects to images when shooting, set the <Mode Dial> to <Creative Filters Mode> (). Subsequent procedures are the same as described below.
  • If you want to select [Portrait] (), [Landscape] (), or [Kids&Pets] () mode, operate the <Mode Dial> directly. It is not necessary to follow the subsequent setting procedures below.

3. Press the <FUNC./SET> () button.

4. The following screen appears.

Operate the <directional buttons> up or down, or turn the <Control Dial> to select the [Shooting mode]. (If no changes have been made to the settings so far, [Smart Shutter] () will be displayed.)

After the selection is made, press the <FUNC./SET> button ().

5. The following screen appears.

Operate the <directional buttons> up or down, or turn the <Control Dial> to select the [Shooting mode] you want. ([Beach] () is selected in the image shown above).

After the setting is selected, press the <FUNC./SET> botton ().

6. The following screen appears.

When the icon for the [Shooting Mode] you want appears in the top-right corner of the screen, the setting is complete.

Shooting Modes
Mode DialSceneShooting modeEffect
Take portraits[Portrait] ()Produces a soft effect when photographing people.
Take landscapes[Landscape] ()Lets you shoot majestic landscapes with a real sense of depth.
Take shots of kids and pets[Kids&Pets] ()Lets you capture subjects that move around, such as children and pets, without missing photo opportunities. At maximum wide angle, move approximately 1 m (3.3 ft.) or more away from your subject. At maximum telephoto, move approximately 3 m (9.8 ft.) or more away from your subject and shoot.
Shooting in Various Conditions
Take nightscapes without using a tripod[Handheld NightScene] ()Lets you take beautiful snapshots of city nightscenes by combining several continuous shots to reduce camera shake and noise. When using a tripod, you should shoot in () mode.
Take shots in low light conditions[Low Light] ()Lets you take shots in dark places with reduced camera shake and subject blur.
Take shots of people at the beach[Beach] ()Lets you take shots of brightly lit people on sandy beaches where the reflected sunlight is strong.
Shoot underwater[Underwater] ()Lets you take natural-colored shots of aquatic life and underwater scenery when used with a waterproof case (sold separately).
Take shots of foliage[Foliage] ()Lets you shoot trees and leaves, such as new growth, autumn leaves or blossoms, in vivid colors.
Take shots of people in snow[Snow] ()Lets you take bright, natural-colored shots of people against snowy backgrounds.
Take shots of fireworks[Fireworks] ()Lets you take shots of fireworks in vivid colors.
Adding Effects and Shooting
Shoot with the Effects of a Fish-Eye Lens[Fisheye Effect] ()Lets you shoot with the distorting effect of a fish-eye lens.
Take Shots That Look Like a Miniature Model[Miniature Effect] ()Blurs chosen portions in the top and bottom of an image to produce the effect of a miniature model.
Shoot with the Effects of a Toy Camera[Toy Camera Effect] ()This effect darkens and blurs the corners of the image, and changes the overall color so that it looks like an image shot with a toy camera.
Shooting in Monochrome[Monochrome] ()You can shoot images in black and white, sepia or blue and white.
Shoot images with vivid colors[Super Vivid] ()Lets you take shots with vivid, intense colors.
Take posterized shots[Poster Effect] ()Lets you take shots that look like an old poster or illustration.


  • In [Handheld NightScene] () mode, hold the camera firmly while shooting as multiple images are captured in succession.
  • In [Fireworks] () mode, attach the camera to a tripod to prevent the camera from moving and blurring the image. Additionally, you should set the [IS Mode] to [Off] when shooting with a tripod.
  • In [Kids&Pets] (), [Handheld NightScene] (), or [Underwater] () mode, images may appear coarse because the ISO speed is increased to match the shooting conditions.
  • If camera shake is too strong while shooting in [Handheld NightScene] () mode, the camera may not be able to combine images or you may not obtain the expected result depending on shooting conditions.
  • Since you may not achieve the expected results with images shot in [Super Vivid] (), [Poster Effect] (), [Fish-eye Effect] (), [Miniature Effect] () and [Toy Camera Effect] () try taking some test shots first.
  • In [Low Light] () mode, the recording pixel count will be displayed as () and fixed at 1984 x 1488 pixels.



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