Canon PowerShot SD300: The Best Ultra-Compact in its Class?by Stephen Caston on February 23, 2005 4:00 PM EST
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Playback FeaturesIf the camera is already in a record mode, you can switch to playback mode by sliding the Mode Switch to Play. With the unit off, you can power up the camera in play mode without extending the lens. To browse through images/videos, press left/right on the 4-way controller.
Image thumbnail view
Image regular view
An image can be magnified in 10 increments by pressing the zoom controller towards the telephoto end. While an image is magnified, you can move to different areas of the picture by using the 4-way controller. We found this process to be very smooth and fast. To fit the image back to screen, you can press the Menu button. To view a thumbnail screen with 9 images, press the zoom controller toward the wide end. If you press toward the wide end again, you can scroll through sets of images 9 at a time. To delete a single image, press down on the 4-way controller. A dialog will appear to confirm your decision.
By pressing the Disp. button, you can cycle through three different displays. The default display only shows the image with no information to accompany it. By pressing the Disp. button, the following information will appear: file number, number of picture out of total on card, resolution, quality, date, and time. Another press of the Disp. button will add the following information to the display: record mode, exposure compensation, white balance, flash, metering, macro/infinity, and a histogram.
After selecting a video clip, the SD300 offers several options. On top of simply playing a clip, you can go through the clip frame by frame or in one of 4 increments of slow motion. The volume can be adjusted at any time by pressing up/down on the 4-way controller. There is even an option to edit a video clip. You can select a new beginning and/or ending and then either save the edited version as a new file or overwrite the original. Another cool feature is that you can view the histogram for every frame in the clip.
Edit movie screen
By pressing the Menu button, the following options will be displayed:
|Sound Memo||Record, Play, Delete|
|Erase All||Cancel, OK|
|Slide Show||Program: (All images, Show 1 -3),
Play Time (Manual, 3 - 10, 15, 30 sec.)
Repeat (On, Off)
|Print Order||Order (Select)|
|Set up: Print Type (Standard, Index, Both), Date (On, Off), File No. (On, Off)|
|Transfer Order||Order (Select), Reset|
The Protect option allows you to mark images as protected so that they cannot be erased accidentally. Formatting the SD card, however, will erase all images even if they are protected. With the Sound Memo option, you can record audio clips to go along with your pictures. The audio clips are recorded as WAV files with the same file number as the picture. The maximum recording length is 60 seconds. By selecting images in the Print Order section, you can specify images for printing on a DPOF-compatible printer. You have the option to print an index as well as to stamp the date and/or file number on your pictures. With the Transfer Order option, you can specify which images the camera should transfer when it is connected to a computer. The pictures will be transferred in the order in which they were taken (oldest first).