Setting ISO speed (PowerShot SX500 IS / SX160 IS)

Article ID: ART136781 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 08/15/2015


Setting ISO speed (PowerShot SX500 IS / SX160 IS)


Raise the [ISO speed] to use a fast shutter speed when you wish to reduce the effects of camera shake or avoid blurry subjects, or to turn the flash off when shooting in a dark area.
  • The following explanations are provided based on the assumption that the [Shooting Mode] is set to [Program] ().
  • To set the [ISO Speed], it is necessary to set the [Shooting Mode] to one of the following modes.
- [Manual] (), [Aperture Priority] (), [Shutter Speed Priority] (), [Program] ()
  • The position and shape of the operation buttons, screens displayed, and setting items may differ according to the model you use.

1. Press the <Power> button on the camera.

2. Press the <ISO / Up> () button.

3. The following screen appears on the LCD monitor.

Press the <ISO / Up> () button repeatedly to display the [ISO speed]* you want to set.

The [ISO Speed] you selected is displayed on the screen.
* The appropriate [ISO Speed] differs depending on shooting locations. If the camera shake warning icon () appears when you press the <Shutter Button> halfway, it is recommended to gradually raise the ISO speed in increments such as [ISO 100], [ISO 200], etc., and then set the [ISO Speed] when the camera shake warning icon () disappears.

Guidelines when changing the ISO speed

Automatically adjusts the ISO speed to suit the shooting mode and conditions.

For shooting outdoors in fair weather.

For shooting in cloudy conditions, or at twilight.

For shooting night scenes, or in dark rooms.

4. If the following icon is shown, the setting is complete (if setting [ISO Speed] to 400).

  • To view the automatically set ISO speed when the camera is set to [ISO AUTO](
    ), press the shutter button halfway.
  • In [Low Light] (), ISO speeds will automatically be set higher than in [AUTO] () mode, depending on the scene.
  • Although choosing a lower ISO speed may reduce image graininess, there may be a greater risk of subject blurriness in some shooting conditions.
  • Choosing a higher ISO speed will increase shutter speed, which may reduce subject blurriness and increase the flash range. However, shots may look grainy.



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