Help with settings for an old Canon SD400

Discussion in 'Photography' started by super70s, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. super70s

    super70s Guest

    Hi, I own an old (vintage 2005) Canon PowerShot SD400 that I bought used
    a few years ago (with no instruction manual) and I'm not too familiar
    with digital cameras. I was hoping someone in here could recommend the
    settings in the menu window for just an average photo taker.

    You can familiarize yourself with this particular camera here:
    http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD400/SD4A.HTM

    I'm mainly interested in knowing the best settings for:

    Shooting Mode -
    Exposure Compensation -
    Long Shutter -
    White Balance -
    ISO Speed -
    Photo Effect -
    My Colors Options -
    Compression -
    Resolution -

    I don't want to do anything fancy, just have the optimum settings to get
    good pictures.

    Also I wanted to ask about the memory card in this camera. Currently it
    has one that says "SD Memory Card SDC-32M" with a big "32" beneath that.
    Should I buy a bigger memory card for this camera? I took some vacation
    pics recently and after I took about 12 pics it said the "memory card
    was full" (do the "Compression" and/or "Resolution" settings have
    anything to do with this?)

    Also, is it best to just set the auto-flash feature to "on" and leave it
    like that? This means the flash will only activate when it's needed,
    right?

    One final thing, how does one turn the self-timer on and off for this
    camera?

    TIA for your help.
     
    super70s, Jul 4, 2013
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  2. super70s

    Robert Coe Guest

    : Hi, I own an old (vintage 2005) Canon PowerShot SD400 that I bought used
    : a few years ago (with no instruction manual) and I'm not too familiar
    : with digital cameras. I was hoping someone in here could recommend the
    : settings in the menu window for just an average photo taker.
    :
    : You can familiarize yourself with this particular camera here:
    : http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SD400/SD4A.HTM
    :
    : I'm mainly interested in knowing the best settings for:
    :
    : Shooting Mode -
    : Exposure Compensation -
    : Long Shutter -
    : White Balance -
    : ISO Speed -
    : Photo Effect -
    : My Colors Options -
    : Compression -
    : Resolution -
    :
    : I don't want to do anything fancy, just have the optimum settings to get
    : good pictures.
    :
    : Also I wanted to ask about the memory card in this camera. Currently it
    : has one that says "SD Memory Card SDC-32M" with a big "32" beneath that.
    : Should I buy a bigger memory card for this camera? I took some vacation
    : pics recently and after I took about 12 pics it said the "memory card
    : was full" (do the "Compression" and/or "Resolution" settings have
    : anything to do with this?)
    :
    : Also, is it best to just set the auto-flash feature to "on" and leave it
    : like that? This means the flash will only activate when it's needed,
    : right?
    :
    : One final thing, how does one turn the self-timer on and off for this
    : camera?
    :
    : TIA for your help.

    The user manual for that camera is available on Canon's Web site. Since it's
    an obsolete camera, you have to search for it, but it's there.

    Since I'm more familiar with the Canon site than you probably are, I
    downloaded the manual. It's about 4.5 MB in size. If you send me your email
    address (mine is real), I'll send it to you. But it wasn't hard to find.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jul 4, 2013
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  3. super70s

    Mort Guest

    Hi,

    If you set the flash to "on", it will fire with every picture that you
    take. If you want it to fire only when the camera's chip decides that it
    is necessary, then set it to "auto".

    For the rest, as per the previous post, you will get the Canon manual.

    Good luck.

    Mort Linder
     
    Mort, Jul 4, 2013
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  4. super70s

    Robert Coe Guest

    : Robert Coe wrote:
    : > Also, is it best to just set the auto-flash feature to "on" and leave it
    : > : like that? This means the flash will only activate when it's needed,
    : > : right?
    : > :

    Not me. It was the OP who asked the question. I only horned in because I knew
    where to find the user's manual.

    : Hi,
    :
    : If you set the flash to "on", it will fire with every picture that you
    : take. If you want it to fire only when the camera's chip decides that it
    : is necessary, then set it to "auto".

    Since I had downloaded the manual in case the OP can't find it online, I
    looked it up. It appears not to be quite as simple as you imply. There are
    five different flash settings, and their meaning varies a bit, depending on
    which shooting "mode" you're in.

    : For the rest, as per the previous post, you will get the Canon manual.

    Yeah, I sure wouldn't want to try to manage that camera (or any modern camera)
    without having read the manual. That may be why the OP hasn't used it much.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jul 5, 2013
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  5. super70s

    Mort Guest

    That's correct. The response was meant for the OP.

    Mort
     
    Mort, Jul 5, 2013
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