The first thing I do when getting a new digital camera is change several of the factory default settings. After years using digital cameras, I’ve found some settings are more effective than those preselected by the manufacturer. It’s important to experiment and find the most suitable “default” settings for you, which can be tweaked according to the subject and lighting.
Generally, I keep my s100 settings as follows:
- Shooting mode: P or Aperture priority mode
- Focus – Single Area (gives me control of where the camera focuses)
- Auto Focus frame — Center, normal size
- Flexizone: Activate when needed [What is FlexiZone?]
- Metering — Evaluative
- Image Stabilization: Shoot Only
- Sensitivity – Auto ISO
- Max ISO speed (when in Auto ISO mode): 1600
- ISO rate of change: Normal
- High ISO Noise Reduction: Low
- My Custom Colors — decrease skin tone and blue by one notch. All other settings are left at factory default. See sharpness settings below.**
- Dynamic range correction (i-Contrast): OFF – Use with caution and watch the ISO settings when using i-Contrast. Depending on which of the three settings are uses, noise may appear in images even when taken outside in bright light.
- Exposure Compensation: Zero to -1/3 EC for bright scenes. Increase or decrease when needed.
- Control ring – assigned to Exposure Compensation
- Ring/Func button – ISO
- Flash – OFF
- Red-eye mode — OFF
- Digital Zoom — OFF
- LCD Review – OFF
- GPS – OFF! (read why)
Note: if a function isn’t listed, it’s kept at the factory default. However certain functions are listed even though they are kept at the camera default. This is to help camera owners become aware of certain advanced functions that may get overlooked.
** If you want to increase in-camera sharpness do so sparingly. A too high sharpness adjustment can cause sharpening artifacts, especially on the edges of items in a scene.