Canon SD880IS – Manual Settings

So after owning the Canon SD880IS for a while, I felt a deep review of some advance features is in order.  First of all, this is a great 10 megapixel point and shoot.  It’s versitile enough to tackle most situation with outstanding picture quality.

In Scene mode (SCN), you have a few more options than in Auto mode.  First of all, this is where the ISO 3200 lives.  It took me a while to find it.  In Scene mode, you have 16 different options to choose from depending on your shooting conditions.  There’s even a Color Accent mode that takes the picture in black and white except for one color.  You can access SCN mode by toggling the switch at the top to the middle position.

Canon SD880IS Toggle Switch

Canon SD880IS Toggle Switch

Canon SD880IS ISO3200

Canon SD880IS ISO3200

Canon SD880IS Color Accent

Canon SD880IS Color Accent

The SD880IS does have some manual controls.  Keep in mind that this digital camera is considered a point and shoot.  There is a “P” mode on the SD880 IS, which stands for Program AE.  It is highly recommended that you read the manual before messing with this function.  Okay, now that the disclaimer is out of the way.  To get to Program AE mode, switch to camera mode, toggle all the way to the right on the top of the camera.  It’s noted with a camera symbol.  Then toggle the scroll wheel to choose between “Auto” and “P”.

Canon SD880IS Program AE Mode

Canon SD880IS Program AE Mode

So what can you manually set?  You can set the exposure compensation, white balance, tone, and ISO.  Yes, sounds pretty basic for a the professional photographer right?  Keep in mind that this is a 6.3 ounce ultra compact point and shoot.

Canon SD880IS Program AE Settings

Canon SD880IS Program AE Settings

I’m still having fun with this camera.

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