Selecting shooting modes PowerShot SD800 IS.

Article ID: ART123762 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Selecting shooting modes PowerShot SD800 IS.


Selecting a Still Image Shooting Mode

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

Turn the Mode Select dial to select (Auto), (Manual), or SCN (Scene). Depending on the shooting mode selected will determine which still image shooting modes are available.


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


Lets you adjust the exposure, white balance, photo effect and other settings yourself.

Digital Macro

Allows you to shoot when the distance from the lens (at maximum wide angle) to the subject is within 2 - 60 cm (0.79 in. - 2.0 ft.). The subject can be shown larger than in standard macro mode because the camera trims the image edges and zooms in with the digital zoom. Selectable in the (Manual Mode).

Color Accent

Use this option to have only the color specified in the LCD monitor remain and to transform all others to black and white. Selectable in the (Manual Mode).

Color Swap

Use this option to transform a color specified in the LCD monitor into another. Selectable in the (Manual Mode).

Stitch Assist

Allow you to shoot overlapping images that can later be merged (stitched) to create one panoramic image on a computer. Selectable in the (Manual Mode).


Produces a soft effect when photographing people.

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.


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.


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


Appropriate for shooting images with the Waterproof Case WP-DC9 (sold separately). This mode uses an optimal white balance setting to reduce bluish tones and record images with natural hues.

* Available as Special Scene Modes when using the SCN option selectable on the Mode Select dial.

  1. When the camera Mode Select dial is on the (Auto Mode) it is ready to begin shooting.

    If the camera is set to the (Manual Mode) or SCN (Special Scene Mode) press the FUNC./SET button for more options.
  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.

    Options available in the Manual Mode.

    SCN Options available in the Special Scene Mode.

  3. Press the <FUNC./SET> button to confirm the setting you wish to use.

    • The display will return to the shooting screen and the icon of the selected shooting mode will appear on the LCD monitor.
  • The slow shutter speed in the (Fireworks) mode makes it necessary to use a tripod to avoid camera shake.
  • In , , ,, , and , 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.
  • Results may vary depending on the subject.
  • In mode, you are recommended to use the LCD monitor to shoot.
  • To shoot underwater, install the camera in Waterproof WP-DC9 (sold separately).
  • We also recommend the WP-DC9 for at shooting ski resorts or beaches to prevent moisture or sand damage.



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