Selecting shooting modes PowerShot A480.

Article ID: ART129087 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Selecting a Still Image Shooting Mode

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

For Shooting in the SCN or modes.

  1. Press the <MODE> button

  2. Use the or buttons to select the SCN mode.
  3. Then 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.
  4. 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.



      Allows you to control some settings in the camera for creative shooting.


      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.


      Allows you to shoot sunsets in vivid colors.


      Captures fireworks in the sky sharply and at optimal exposure.

      Long Shutter

      You can set the shutter speed to a range between 1 and 15 seconds to shoot long exposures. However, you should attach the camera to a tripod to prevent the camera from moving and blurring the image.


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


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


      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.

      Super Macro*

      Allows you to shoot extremely close up subjects.


      Shoots a movie when you press the shutter button. Apart from [Standard] mode, you can also select [Compact] which is convenient for email attachments.
  5. * These modes are selectable in the SCN (Scene) mode.

    • 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.
    • Results may vary depending on the subject.
    • In mode, you are recommended to use the LCD monitor to shoot.



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