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.