Techniques for shooting with the zoom (on the telephoto end) (PowerShot SX400 IS)
Article ID: ART115911 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/15/2015
 

Description

Techniques for shooting with the zoom (on the telephoto end) (PowerShot SX400 IS)

Solution

If you cannot shoot the subject up close with the optical zoom, please consider the following.

Using the Digital Zoom

When distant subjects are too far away to enlarge using the optical zoom, use digital zoom for up to about 120x enlargement.

1. Press the <MENU> button, choose [Digital Zoom] on the [Shooting] tab (), and then set the [Digital Zoom] to [Standard].
Press the <MENU> button to return to the shooting screen.

2. Move the zoom lever toward <>.
  • Zooming stops at the largest possible zoom factor (before the image becomes noticeably grainy), which is then indicated on the screen.

3. Move the zoom lever toward <> again.
  • The camera zooms in even closer on the subject.

IMPORTANT
  • Moving the zoom lever will display the zoom bar (which indicates the zoom position). The color of the zoom bar will change depending on the zoom range.
--White range: optical zoom range where the image will not appear grainy.
--Yellow range: digital zoom range where the image is not noticeably grainy (ZoomPlus).
--Blue range: digital zoom range where the image will appear grainy.
Because the blue range will not be available at some resolution settings, you can zoom to the largest possible zoom factor
  • Zoomed images may look grainy under some resolution settings and zoom factors. In this case, the zoom factor is shown in blue.
  • The [Digital Zoom] cannot be used in the following modes:
- [Low Light] (), [Fish-eye Effect] (), [Miniature Effect] (), [Toy Camera Effect] (), [Monochrome] (), [Super Vivid] (), [Poster Effect] ()
NOTE
  • Focal length when optical and digital zoom are combined is as follows (35mm film equivalent).
-24 - 2880 mm
  • To deactivate digital zoom, press the <MENU> button, choose [Digital Zoom] on the [Shooting] tab (), and then choose [Off].

Using ZoomPlus

Depending on how you have set the number of recording pixels and the magnification of the [Digital zoom], the [Zoom bar] may be displayed in yellow (ZoomPlus).
To shoot with the [Digital zoom] without causing the image quality to degrade, please shoot within the range of the ZoomPlus.

Using the Digital Tele-converter

With the [Digital Tele-Converter] setting, the focal length of the lens can be increased by approximately 1.6x or 2.0x. This can reduce camera shake because the shutter speed is faster than it would be if you zoomed (including using digital zoom) in to the same zoom factor.

1. Press the <MENU> button, and from the [Shooting] tab () set the [Digital Zoom] to either [1.6x] or [2.0x].

IMPORTANT
  • The digital tele-converter cannot be used with digital zoom or AF-point zoom.
  • [1.6x] and [2.0x] can only be set in and mode.
NOTE
  • The respective focal lengths when using [1.6x] and [2.0x] are 38.4 1152.0 mm and 48.0 1440.0 mm (35mm film equivalent).
  • The shutter speed may be equivalent when you move the zoom lever all the way toward () for maximum telephoto, and when you zoom in to enlarge the subject to the same size using [Digital Zoom].

SIMS Doc Id

8202106500