Selecting shooting modes PowerShot SX100 IS

Article ID: ART123192 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Selecting shooting modes PowerShot SX100 IS


Selecting a Still Image Shooting Mode

You can take an optimal picture simply by selecting the appropriate shooting mode.

Turn the Mode Dial to the desired shooting mode. Below is a table of the shooting modes that are available.

  1. With the camera mode switch set to SCN, or modes. Press the <FUNC./SET> button.
  2. Use the or buttons to select a Shooting Mode. You can shoot right after selecting an option. The menu displays again after the shot, allowing you to change the settings easily.
  3. Press the <FUNC./SET> button to complete the setting.

    • The display will return to the shooting screen and the icon of the selected shooting mode will appear on the LCD monitor.


      Leaves almost all of the settings choices up to the camera.


      Produces a soft effect when photographing people.


      Optimized for shooting landscape scenes which contain near and far subjects.

      Night Snapshot

      Use this to take snapshots of people against twilight or night backgrounds to reduce the effects of camera shake even without using a tripod.


      Allows you to capture subjects that move around, such as children and pets, without missing photo opportunities.



      Prevents camera shake and maintains the subject's true color when shooting under florescent or tungsten lightning. The exposure is regulated so as to avoid the use of flash as much as possible.


      Selects the optimal ISO speed, white balance and color balance to capture fish and other items in an indoor aquarium.

      Night Scene*

      Allows you to capture human subjects against the backdrop of an evening sky or night scene. The flash is directed at the person and the shutter speed is slow, so the person and the background can be beautifully shot.


      Shoots trees and leaves - such as new growth, autumn leaves or blossoms - in vivid colors.


      Shoots without a blue tinge and without making people appear dark against a snowy background.


      Shoots without making people appear dark near water or sand where reflected sunlight is strong.


      Captures fireworks in the sky sharply and at optimal exposure.

      Stitch Assist

      Allows you to shoot overlapping images that can later be merged (stitched) to create one panoramic image on a computer.


      Shoots a movie when you press the shutter button. Apart from [Standard] mode, you can also select [Compact] which is convenient for email attachments.

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      You can freely select camera settings such as the exposure and aperture value to suit your shooting purposes.
    • The slow shutter speed in the (Fireworks) mode makes it necessary to use a tripod to avoid camera shake.
    • In , , , modes, the ISO speed may increase and cause noise in the image.
    • In mode , shoot with the subject 1 - 4 m (39 in. - 3.3 ft.) (telephoto range zoom settings)/1 m (39 in.) - infinity (non-telephoto range zoom settings) from the end of the lens.
    • The optional waterproof case WP-DC18 must be used prior to taking the camera underwater.
    • We also recommend you use the optional waterproof case WP-DC18 when shooting in rain, at ski resorts, and at beaches.
    • Results may vary depending on the subject.
    • In mode, you are recommended to use the LCD monitor to shoot.



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