Using the PowerShot SD990 IS in the Manual Mode.

Article ID: ART131742 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Using the PowerShot SD990 IS in Manual Mode.

1. Set the camera to M by turning the mode dial to <P/M> and turn the <Control Dial> to select M.

2. Select TV / AV by pressing the <FUNC./SET> button and select in the [FUNC.] menu.

3. Change the settings by turning te <Control Dial> to select a shutter speed (Tv), then press the or buttons to set the aperture value (Av), and press the <FUNC./SET> button.

  • The set values will sychronize, the exposure level mark will move, and you can check how far off the exposure is from the correct level.
  • If the difference from the correct level is more than +/-2, the exposure mark will turn red. Pressing the shutter button halfway will cause [+2] or [-2] to display in red in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • When attaching the camera to a tripod for taking shots with long exposure times, you are recommended to set [IS Mode] to [Off].
  • The correct exposure is determined by the selected metering mode.
  • If you use the zoom, or change the composition after making the setting, the exposure level mark may move.
  • The brightness of the screen will change depending on the shutter speed, and aperture value settings. However, the brightness of the screen will not change if the flash is set to on.

Available Shutter Speeds

15", 13", 10", 8", 6", 5", 4", 3"2, 2"5, 2", 1"6, 1"3, 1", 0"8, 0"6, 0"5, 0"4, 0"3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1600

  • 1/160 indicates 1/160 second, 0"3 indicates 0.3 second and 2" indicates 2 seconds.
  • The fastest shutter speed when using the flash is 1/500 second. The camera automatically resets the shutter speed to 1/500 second if a faster speed is selected.

Available Aperture Values

F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.8, F8.0, F9.0, F10, F11, F13, F14, F16

  • Depending on the zoom position, some aperture values may not be available.



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