Checking whether the image is in focus (Focus Check Function) using the PowerShot SX20 IS.

Article ID: ART131092 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


You may need more accurate focusing for portrait photography, macro shooting for subjects that are right nearby, and zoom shooting for subjects that are far away.

With the model you are using, you can check the focus of images taken and display them magnified on the camera monitor.

  • The screens and settings displayed may differ according to the model being used.
  • As the actual locations of buttons / switches on cameras vary depending on the camera model, the illustrations that appear on this page may differ from your camera.
  • In the [Movie] () mode or [Stitch Assist] () mode, it is not possible to check the focus (by using the focus check function).

1. Press the < Power > button.

2. Press the < MENU > () button.

3. The following screen appears on the LCD monitor.

Operate the < directional buttons > to select the [Shooting] () menu.

Operate the < directional buttons > to set [Review] to [Hold].

Operate the < directional buttons > to set [Review Info] to [Focus Check].

After making these settings, press the < MENU > () button.

This completes the settings for checking focus.

4. Shoot images of a subject with the camera.

5. The following window appears.

The area shown in the orange frame is shown magnified in the bottom right part of the screen .

The position where the image was in focus when it was taken appears in the upper left part of the screen.

6. If you rotate the Zoom Lever toward the zoom end (), the following window appears.

You can change the display magnification using the < Zoom Lever >.

You can move the orange frame using the < directional buttons >.

For portrait photography, we recommend checking focus on the subject's eye or nose, whichever is nearer the camera, or another part that is sharply defined.

7. If more than one white frame appears, the display at the bottom right switches each time you press the < FUNC./SET > ().

After confirming that () is displayed on the screen, press the < FUNC./SET > () button to switch the display.

If white frames do not appear or only one white frame appears during shooting, the () mark appears in light gray, and it is not possible to switch among different frames.

Press the < Shutter Button > halfway to return to shooting mode.

When shooting next time, the screen to check the focus appears, as shown above. On the screen for checking the focus, the display switches between [Detailed] and [Off] if you press the < DISP. > () button.



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