Canon PowerShot A20 Review
Unlike the IXUS 300 all of the controls on the A20 are on the rear of the camera, the only button you'll find on the top is the shutter release.
|Auto record mode
This is really the "point and shoot" mode, while you still have the option to choose resolution, JPEG quality and flash mode you can only select between self-timer and single shot drive modes, macro or normal focus mode and you can't change white balance (which is set at Auto) or set an exposure compensation.
|Manual record mode
Manual record mode operates virtually identically to auto record mode except that you now have the option to select the continuous drive mode, the additional option of Infinity focus mode, change the white balance or even set an exposure compensation (+/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps).
Designed to make shooting of panorama / stitch shots easier. You have a choice of two different stitch modes: left-right or right-left. The display changes to show previously shot frames in the sequence to help alignment of each frame. Exposure and White Balance are locked to the first frame.
Control functions in record mode
the camera on or off
Requires a two second hold to power-on, single press to power off.
Toggles through five flash modes:
Fill-in Flash (forced on)
Inhibit Flash (forced off)
Toggles between three focus modes:
Normal focus range
Macro focus range
Landscape (Infinity locked focus)
Change Exposure Compensation / White balance
Enter Record Menu
|DISP||Preview Display on
Toggles between live preview display on or off. The IXUS 300 overlays shooting configuration for four seconds in either mode.
Zoom controller (record mode)
Zooms towards full telephoto (105 mm), if you pass the 105 mm mark the camera will begin to digitally zoom (indicated by a blue text display). Unfortunately it's not possible to disable digital zoom.
Control functions in menu mode
currently selected menu option
|Previous menu option / value|
|Next menu option / value|
|MENU||Show / Hide menu|
Control functions in play mode
Enter Play Menu
Toggles between three information display modes:
Image review, no information
Image review, basic information (date&time, folder, filename)
Image review, exposure information
|Toggle Thumbnail view
(zoom wide button)
Toggles between display of a single full screen image, 3 x 3 thumbnails on the LCD screen or 3 x 3 thumbnails scrollable a page at a time.
|Playback Magnify (zoom
Zoom the displayed image either 2.0 times, the arrows can be used to scroll left and right, in combination with the SET button to scroll up and down.