How do I release the shutter automatically using the self-timer and Smart Shutter? (PowerShot SX40 HS / SX150 IS)

Article ID: ART111207 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


The camera can release the shutter automatically without pressing the shutter button.


The position and shape of the operation buttons, screens displayed, and setting items may differ according to the model you use.

Using the self-timer

The self-timer can be used to shoot a group photo that includes the photographer or to prevent camera shake when pressing the shutter button.

Restrictions with the self-timer function in certain shooting modes

1. Press the <Power> button on the camera.

2. Press the Down <directional button>.

3. The following screen appears.

Operate the <directional button> up or down, and select from [10 sec. Self-Timer] (), [2 sec. Self-Timer] (), or [Custom Timer] ().

After the settings are completed, press the <FUNC./SET> () button.


  • If [Custom Timer] () is selected, you can set the delay to between 0 and 30 seconds, and the number of shots to between 1 and 10 shots.

To make the setting, press the <> button to set [Delay] and [Shots].

Please note that when the camera is in the following modes, there are restrictions to the available self-timer functions.
... No restrictions
... Cannot be set
... 0-second delay cannot be set
- ... The camera does not have this shooting mode.
ModelSelf-timerShooting mode
PowerShot SX40 HS 
PowerShot SX150 IS 
Using Smart Shutter

If you set the [Shooting Mode] to [Smart Shutter] (), the camera will use the face-detection function to perform various types of automatic shooting.

Shooting modes in which automatic shooting is possible using Smart Shutter

1. Set the <Mode dial> to [SCN] and then press the <Power> button.

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

3. The following screen appears.

Operate the <directional buttons> up or down to select [Shooting mode]*.

* If the settings have never been changed, the following shooting modes will be displayed.

- PowerShot SX40 HS ... () [Movie Digest]

- PowerShot SX150 IS ... () [Portrait]

4. The following screen appears.

Operate the <directional button> left or right to select [Smart Shutter] ().

After the settings are completed, press the <FUNC./SET> () button.

5. Press the <>.

6. The following screen appears.

Operate the <directional button> left or right, select a shooting mode from [Smile] (), [Wink Self-Timer] (), and [Face Self-Timer] (). For details on the shooting modes that can be set for [Smart Shutter], refer to the following table.

Operate the <directional button> up or down to select the number of shots.

After the settings are completed, press the <> button.

FunctionDescriptionSupplemental Information
The camera will shoot, even without pressing the shutter button, when it detects a smile.- If a smile is not detected, facing the camera and smiling with the mouth open to show some teeth will make it easier for the camera to detect the smile.
- You should switch to another mode when you finish shooting, or the camera will continue taking shots each time the camera detects a smile.
- You can also shoot by pressing the shutter button.
[Wink Self-Timer]
Point the camera at a person and press the shutter button fully. The camera will shoot approximately two seconds after it detects a wink.- Wink a bit slowly.
- A wink may not be detected if eyes are covered by hair or a hat, or when wearing glasses.
- Shutting eyes will also be detected as a wink.
- If a wink is not detected, the camera will automatically shoot after about 15 seconds later.
- If there are no people in the shot when the shutter button is pressed fully, the camera will shoot after a person enters the shot and winks.
[Face Self-Timer]
The shutter will release approximately two seconds after the camera detects a new face.
You can use this when the photographer wants to be in the image, such as a group photo.
- To cancel shooting with the self-timer after the countdown has started, press the <> button
- If the camera cannot detect the face of a new subject that has entered the shot, it will shoot after about 15 seconds later.



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