|Canon S80 - White balance & Light metering
The main settings are found on the FUNC button. There are more than sufficient white balance settings to choose from and additionally you can simply create your own white balance. Also the quality settings are many. The compression and the size of the image can be selected separately. This is pure luxury but it remains sad that RAW format is missing. Light metering offers a choice from multi-segment, centre weighted and spot metering. This suffices for the average photographer. Furthermore the FUNC button lets you adjust the flash exposure correction and the working flash range. Unique is the MyColors function that lets you effortlessly play with colours.
Canon S80 - Multi-segment metering & Spot metering
In most cases the multi-segment metering and the auto white balance will be used for photographing. And this works fine when shooting with the Canon PowerShot S80. Only when shooting in surrounding light that is difficult to meter, it might be wise to deviate from the default setting. I hardly ever needed the spot metering while testing. When too much artificial light is present it is advisable to change to manual white balance. It's common on a digital compact camera to capture a lot of artificial light in an image but images made by the S80 are not often suffering from it.
Canon Powershot S80 - JPEG compression
The Canon S80 offers three different modes for JPEG compression. A high compression delivers smaller files so more photos will fit on the memory card. Still it's wise to keep the compression as low as possible. Canon has applied a fine, not too strong compression but artifacts still appear very visible at higher compression factors. To decrease these artifacts you could choose to set a lower sharpening. The PowerShot S80 offers two modes: standard and low. The standard sharpening serves well for most purposes.
|Canon Powershot S80 - MyColors function
The colour space cannot be chosen on the Canon PowerShot S80, it is always sRGB. However; you do have the possibility of playing with colours by means of the MyColors function. It lets you choose from a number of standard settings. Positive Film renders red, green and blue in a more saturated way and they turn out like Kodak Gold. The three basic colours can also be rendered with more saturation, each one of them individually and skin tones can be lightened or darkened. The fun part of MyColors however is the Color Swap and Color Accent. This latter one enables you to select a colour and only that colour will be visible in the image, the rest of the picture will turn out in black & white. Color Swap lets you swap colours, just like the name tells you. You can select a colour and exchange it for another one in the image. To prevent from unwillingly changing the source, you can set MyColors to making a copy before actually changing anything. This is advisable because before you know you might have made a mistake and can't go back on it!
Canon S80 camera - Aperture priority
The Canon PowerShot S80 also offers working with aperture priority. And although this type of camera has a considerable depth of field thanks to the small sensor, still the aperture priority offers sufficient room to play with. Especially in wide angle. It has a considerable effect on the quality though. And in telephoto mode there are not too many settings, this is a pity. In wide angle not all angles are evenly sharp; zooming in one step makes it a lot better. Zooming in two stops delivers an entirely sharp image. Purple fringing is present but not annoyingly and backlight doesn't come with surprising effects either.
Canon Powershot S80 - DIGIC II processor
Canon is surely able to decrease digital noise thanks to the DIGIC II processor. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 50 up to ISO 400. Even ISO 200 is still very much useable, but ISO 400 is more difficult. All in all a very good performance of an 8 Megapixels image sensor. The restrictions are only due to the sensor; the DIGIC II processor surely knows how to get the most out of it.