Sometimes I take my gadgets for granted. My digital camera, the Canon SD880IS, has been the new toy in my life, and I’ve been going snap happy. However, I never checked out the video recording capabilities of the SD880. It only records video in .mov files. The output file at 640×480 resolution is about 1.2 MB per second. You better get a 16GB SDHC card if you want record a lot of video. It’s only $30 at Amazon, Click Here. That’s not a bad price for 16GB.
The video quality is better than the Flip Video cameras. Images are sharp and sound quality isn’t that bad. What do you expect? You’re capture at a higher resolution with a better lens. I wouldn’t replace my HD camcorder for those precious moments. But it’s great for the YouTube worthy content we all know and love. Anyways, let’s talk about the different recording modes and settings you can do while recording video with the Canon SD880IS.
There’s the Macro Mode for those close up videos.
Then there are the more advance shooting modes where you can play around with the colors.
Then there’s settings. You can set your own white balance or select from a few preset options. You can also pick your video resolution. Your options are only 640×480 or 320×240, both recording at 30 frames per second.
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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 ISO3200
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
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
I’m still having fun with this camera.
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