Naturally, the Canon A410 is a camera with which one can not expect to be able to adjust the exposure manually; settings such as aperture or shutter priority can thus not be found. The camera's auto mode will suffice in most situations. Still, the camera comes with a so-called M-mode, which enables the user to choose several manual settings that influence the end result. Switching the mode dial on the camera to M, the display offers a certain amount of functions on the left side. Scrolling the multifunctional button downwards, makes several setting possibilities, belonging to the function on the left side, appear on the underside of the display. This enables you to choose from exposure compensation, ISO, white balance, transfer mode, filter effects and resolution.
Canon PowerShot A410 - SCN mode
Besides the auto mode and the M-mode, the camera also comes with the SCN (scène) function. This handy feature is meant to help you deal with a wide array of situations. In reality, the auto mode can handle most cases without any difficulty, by pointing the camera at a specific subject or light situation however, your result will have captured the feeling you encountered just before shooting the image. The SCN function offers portrait, night snapshot, children & animals, indoors, flora, snow, beach and fireworks. Those of you who desire such a fine panorama image will however need to activate the M-mode. The Stitch Assist offers easy assistance to the user throughout the process of making a panning image.
Canon A410 - Optical zoom
The optical zoom of the A410 does everything it should. Some distortion in wide angle does occur, but does not deviate from what we usually encounter in other cameras. The distortion disappears as the user zooms in and in telephoto mode there is barely any distortion noticeable. The lens however does suffer from chromatic aberration, especially with wide angle images. This symptom that can be recognized by the purple edges (purple fringing) around the subject when dealing with a clearly visible high contrast transition between a row of pixels, disappears virtually entirely as the zoom is set to telephoto. The macro mode shows a considerable share of detail in the image, only suffering from slight blur towards the edges. The built-in flash is unable to expose the entire macro image, the distance needs to be at least 47cm and macro images are possible from 1.5 cm.
Canon PowerShot A410 camera - White balance
The M-mode also offers the option to set the white balance according to one's own preference. In practice however, the automatic white balance meets all requirements. The colour reproduction leans a little towards the warm side. When using a manually set white balance, hardly any colour cast can be noted in incandescent environments. The indoor images are very well exposed as long as kept within flash range. Outdoor images look quite fine indeed. Upon closer inspection of the shade areas, you will notice the dark areas close in fairly quick, however, for a type of camera such as the Canon Powershot A410 this is far from unusual. The exposure is decent, in certain light situations however, exposure compensation offers just a tad more as far as exposure is concerned.
PowerShot A410 - Built-in flash
The built-in flash of the PowerShot A410 has a limited range and it is in wide angle in particular that it isn't quite up to par. With telephoto images however, the flash picks up and the images are very well exposed. The range of the flash turned out somewhat disappointing in practice, but if you stay within 2.5 meter (Canon officially states 3 meter) you shouldn't encounter any problems.
Canon PowerShot A410 - Optical viewfinder
The display on the back of the camera is rather limited in size; personally I do find it too small. When dealing with indoor illumination the rendering soon turns out too dark, it is likely you will soon resort to the optical viewfinder. This viewfinder is once again too small. Its location however, is ideal for photographers using their right eye; the nose fits right against the camera. The rendering of the optical viewfinder is also somewhat restricted; it offers approximately 78% in wide angle and even less when zooming in. The advantage of the display does work with the reproduction; approximately 100% image coverage, which greatly contributes to making the right composition.