Procedure for using Stitch Assist mode PowerShot A510 and A520

Article ID: ART158867 | Date published: 06/09/2015 | Date last updated: 08/18/2015


Procedure for using Stitch Assist mode PowerShot A510 and A520


Stitch Assist Mode

Use this mode when taking shots that you want to combine into a panorama. To create the panorama itself, you must stitch the images together at your computer.

  • To create the panorama at your computer, use the PhotoStitch software that came with your camera.

Framing a Subject

The PhotoStitch program detects the overlapping portions of adjoining images and merges them. When shooting, try to include a distinctive item (landmark) in the overlapping portions.

  • Compose each frame so that it overlaps 30 to 50 % of the adjoining image. Try to keep the vertical misalignment to within 10 % of the image height.
  • Do not include moving items in the overlap.
  • Do not try to stitch images that include distant and close items. Objects may appear warped or doubled up.
  • Make the brightness in each image consistent. The final image will appear unnatural if the difference in brightness is too great.
  • For good results, pan (swivel) the camera to take successive shots.
  • To shoot close-ups, slide the camera over the subject, keeping it parallel as you move.


1. Turn the shooting mode dial to .

The LCD monitor will turn on.

2. Select the shooting sequence using the or button and press the <SET> button.

Left > Right

Left to right horizontally

Left < Right

Right to left horizontally

You can also press the shutter button directly to shoot without pressing <SET>.

3. Shoot the first image.

The exposure and white balance settings are set and locked with the first image.

4. Compose and shoot the second image so that it overlaps the first.

  • Minor discrepancies in the overlap can be corrected with the software.
  • An image can be retaken. Press the or button to return to that frame.

5. Use the same procedures to shoot the remaining frames.

A maximum of 26 images can be recorded either horizontally or vertically.

6. Press the <SET> button after the last shot.

  • A custom white balance setting cannot be set in mode. To use a custom white balance setting, first set it in another Shooting mode.
  • The settings in place for the first image are locked in and cannot be changed for subsequent shots.
  • A TV cannot be used as the monitor for shooting in this mode.



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