Canon SD890IS

My SD890IS settings

Written by Digicamhelp Editor

To get the most out of my Canon SD890IS, I change the factory default settings. Though the camera has no manual controls, changing a few settings in the so-called “Manual” mode gives me more control over exposure.

Canon SD890 IS

I’ve never cared much for the factory default settings of any digital camera I’ve owned. The first thing I do when I get a new one is change some of settings. These are the settings I generally use for SD 890 IS.

  • Shooting mode: Manual.
  • Focus mode — center point.
  • Metering — Evaluative.
  • Image Stabilization: Shoot Only.
  • Sensitivity – Auto (ISO 80-400).
  • Exposure Compensation: -1/3 (live in sunny area).
  • Print/share button assigned to Exposure Compensation.
  • Custom colors — increase saturation, decrease red, decrease contrast (all by one tick).
  • Auto focus assist lamp — ON.
  • Red-eye mode — OFF.
  • White balance — AUTO.
  • Digital Zoom — OFF.
  • LCD Review: OFF (keep the shutter button pressed down after taking a photo to view it).

Important: I use these settings most of the time but change as needed. Changes are made according to the quality of light and whether photos are taken inside or out. For example, I’d rarely using Exposure Compensation for inside photos and I’d probably up the ISO. I’d also change the white balance setting to match the predominant lighting in the room. Fortunately, you can see most of the changes if you watch the LCD as settings are adjusted.

Visit our Canon SD890 Photo Gallery for sample images taken with this lens.


  • Brian, a few settings will need to be changed every time. However, others, like listed above can be changed via the menu system by clicking the Function/Set button, then the Menu Button. Scroll through the menu items until you find what you want to change, select it and then press the corresponding button to exit (ie. Set or Menu). It’s easy but it’s also a good idea to do it as you refer to the manual until you get the hang of it.

  • how do you change the defaults.  i keep having to adjust them every time i turn on the camera.  would be nice to save them somehow.  thanks.