Switching Shooting Modes (PowerShot SX730 HS)

Article ID: ART167837 | Date published: 05/16/2017 | Date last updated: 05/16/2017


Switching Shooting Modes (PowerShot SX730 HS)



The method for switching shooting modes is shown below.


Shooting (Smart Auto)

For fully automatic selection of the optimal settings for specific scenes, simply let the camera determine the subject and shooting conditions.



1. Press the power button on the camera.



2. Set the mode dial to [AUTO].



Aim the camera at the subject. The camera will make a slight clicking noise as it determines the scene.
  • Icons representing the scene [ ] and image stabilization mode [ ] are displayed in the upper left of the screen.
  • Frames displayed around any detected subjects indicate that they are in focus.


Switching to Hybrid Auto Mode

You can make a short movie of the day just by shooting still images. The camera records 2  4-second clips of scenes before each shot, which are later combined in a digest movie. The created movie is used to create a Story Highlights album.



1. Press the power button on the camera.



2. Set the mode dial to [ ].

  • Battery life is shorter in this mode than in [AUTO] mode, because digest movies are recorded for each shot.
  • A digest movie may not be recorded if you shoot a still image immediately after turning the camera on, choosing [ ] mode, or operating the camera in other ways.
  • Camera operating sounds will be recorded in digest movies.


Switching to Other Shooting Modes

Shoot more effectively in various scenes, and take shots enhanced with unique image effects or captured using special functions.



1. Press the power button on the camera.



2. Set the mode dial to one of the following areas.



  • The method for setting [SCN] modes is described here.



3. Set the mode dial to [SCN].



4. Press the [ ] button.



  • If the settings have not been changed, [ ] is displayed.



5. Press the [ ] button.



6. Press the [ ] , [ ] buttons and choose the desired [Shooting mode]*.
Press the [ ] button.
* [ : Portrait ] is selected here.



7. If the icon for the desired [Shooting mode] is displayed in the upper right of the screen, this setting is complete.



  • The features of each shooting mode are described below.
Mode Dial Shooting Scene Shooting Mode Effect
Shooting a Variety of Images and Movies : Creative Shot The camera determines the subject and shooting conditions, automatically applying special effects and recomposing the shot to emphasize the subject. Six still images are recorded for each shot. You can capture multiple still images with effects using camera-determined settings.
Let the camera determine subjects and shooting conditions when you record movies, and filters and effects such as playback in slow or fast motion will be added automatically. Once you have recorded a few movies, up to four are automatically combined to create a Creative Shot movie of 15 - 25 seconds. Note that sound is not recorded in this mode.
Shooting Yourself under Optimal Settings : Self Portrait For self-portraits, customizable image processing includes skin smoothing as well as brightness and background adjustment to make yourself stand out.
Moving Subjects : Sports Shoot continuously as the camera focuses on moving subjects.
Specific Scenes Shooting Portraits : Portrait Take shots of people with a softening effect.
Shooting Evening Scenes without Using a Tripod : andheld Night Scene Beautiful shots of evening scenes or portraits with evening scenery in the background, without the need to hold the camera very still (as with a tripod).
A single image is created by combining consecutive shots, reducing camera shake and image noise.
Shooting under Low Light : Low Light Shoot with minimal camera and subject shake even in low-light conditions.
Shooting Fireworks : Fireworks Vivid shots of fireworks.
Shooting in Vivid Colors : Super Vivid Shots in rich, vivid colors.
Posterized Shots : Poster Effect Shots that resemble an old poster or illustration.
Shooting with a Skin Smoothing Effect : Smooth Skin Processes images to make skin look smoother.
Shooting with a Fish-Eye Lens Effect : Fish-Eye Effect Shoot with the distorting effect of a fish-eye lens.
Shots Resembling Miniature Models : Miniature Effect Creates the effect of a miniature model, by blurring image areas above and below your selected area.
Shooting with a Toy Camera Effect : Toy Camera Effect This effect makes images resemble shots from a toy camera by vignetting (darker, blurred image corners) and changing the overall color.
Shooting with a Soft Focus Effect : Soft Focus This function allows you to shoot images as if a soft focus filter were attached to the camera. You can adjust the effect level as desired.
Shooting in Monochrome : Monochrome Shoot images in black and white, sepia, or blue and white.
Auto Shooting after Face Detection : Smart Shutter Auto Shooting after Smile Detection ( Smile : )
Auto Shooting after Wink Detection ( Wink Self-Timer : )
Auto Shooting after Detecting New Person ( Face Self-Timer : )
Recording Various Movies Recording Movies in Standard Mode : Standard Before shooting, you can lock or change the exposure.
Recording Movies in Short Clip Mode : Shooting Short Clip Apply playback effects to brief clips of a few seconds, such as fast motion, slow motion, or replay. The created movie is used to create a Story Highlights album.


Switching to Program AE

You can customize many function settings to suit your preferred shooting style.
1. Press the power button on the camera.
2. Set the mode dial to [ ].



Customize the settings as desired, and then shoot.
  • If adequate exposure cannot be obtained when you press the shutter button halfway, the shutter speed and aperture value are displayed in orange. In this case, try adjusting the ISO speed or activating the flash (if subjects are dark), which may enable adequate exposure.
  • Movies can be recorded in [ ] mode as well, by pressing the movie button. However, some [FUNC.] and [MENU] settings may be automatically adjusted for movie recording.


Switching to Tv, Av, and M Modes

Take smarter, more sophisticated shots.
1. Press the power button on the camera.
2. Set the mode dial to one of the following areas.



You can configure the settings for each mode as follows.
: Tv Mode Set your preferred shutter speed before shooting. The camera automatically adjusts the aperture value to suit your shutter speed.
: Av Mode Set your preferred aperture value before shooting. The camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed to suit your aperture value.
: M Mode Set your preferred shutter speed and aperture value to obtain the desired exposure.




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