Shooting in Various Scenes (PowerShot SX260 HS / SX240 HS)

Article ID: ART134706 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 11/16/2015


Shooting in Various Scenes (PowerShot SX260 HS / SX240 HS)


The camera will select the necessary settings for the conditions in which you wish to shoot when you choose the matching mode.

Set the Shooting mode

1. Turn on the camera.

2. Set the ).
  • If you want to add effects to images when shooting, set the ). Subsequent procedures are the same as described below.

3. Press the ) button.

4. The following screen appears.

Operate the
(If no changes have been made to the settings so far, [Portrait] (
) will be displayed.)
Press the ).

5. The following screen appears.

Operate the ) setting is selected in the image shown above.)
After the selection is made, press the ).

6. The following screen appears.

When the icon for the [Shooting Mode] you want appears in the top-right corner of the screen, the setting is complete.

Shooting Modes

SceneShooting modeEffect

Shooting in Various Conditions
Take portraits[Portrait] (
Produces a soft effect when photographing people.
Making Skin Look Smoother[Smooth Skin)] (
You can apply a smoothening effect when shooting images of people. The effect level and color ([Lighter Skin Tone], [Darker Skin Tone]) can be chosen as follows.
Take nightscapes without using a tripod[Handheld NightScene] (
Lets you take beautiful snapshots of city nightscenes by combining several continuous shots to reduce camera shake and noise. When using a tripod, you should shoot in (
) mode.
Take shots in low light conditions[Low Light] (
Lets you take shots in dark places with reduced camera shake and subject blur.
Shoot underwater[Underwater] (
Lets you take natural-colored shots of aquatic life and underwater scenery when used with a Waterproof Case (sold separately).
Take shots of people in snow[Snow] (
Lets you take bright, natural-colored shots of people against snowy backgrounds.
Take shots of fireworks[Fireworks] (
Lets you take shots of fireworks in vivid colors.

Adding Effects and Shooting
Shoot with the Effects of a Fish-Eye Lens[Fish-eye Effect] (
Lets you shoot with the distorting effect of a fish-eye lens.
Take Shots That Look Like a Miniature Model[Miniature Effect] (
Blurs chosen portions in the top and bottom of an image to produce the effect of a miniature model.
Shoot with the Effects of a Toy Camera[Toy Camera Effect] (
This effect darkens and blurs the corners of the image, and changes the overall color so that it looks like an image shot with a toy camera.
Shooting With a Soft Focus Effect[Soft Focus Effect] (
This function allows you to shoot images as if a soft focus filter is attached to the camera. You can adjust the effect level as desired.
Shooting in Monochrome[Monochrome] (
You can shoot images in black and white, sepia or blue and white.
Shoot images with vivid colors[Super Vivid] (
Lets you take shots with vivid, intense colors.
Take posterized shots[Poster Effect] (
Lets you take shots that look like an old poster or illustration.

  • Because the camera will shoot continuously in [Handheld NightScene] (
    ) mode, hold it steady while shooting.
  • In [Handheld NightScene] (
    ) mode, shooting conditions that cause excessive camera shake or similar issues may prevent the camera from combining images, and you may not be able to obtain the expected results.
  • In [Fireworks] (
    ) mode, mount the camera on a tripod or take other measures to keep it still and prevent camera shake. In this case, set [IS Mode] to [Off].
  • In [Handheld NightScene] (
    ) and [Underwater] (
    ) modes, shots may look grainy because the ISO speed is increased to suit the shooting conditions.
  • Since you may not achieve the expected results with images shot in [Super Vivid] (
    ), [Poster Effect] (
    ), [Fish-eye Effect] (
    ), [Soft Focus Effect] (
    ), [Miniature Effect] (
    ) and [Toy Camera Effect] (
    ), try taking some test shots first.
  • In [Low Light] (
    ) mode, the recording pixel count will be displayed as (



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