The Optura 20 offers the versatility to meet every exposure challenge, as well as amazing ease of use, when you'd like to let the camera make all the choices. Amazingly sophisticated circuitry delivers proper exposure automatically under almost any lighting condition. But you also can easily adjust the exposure in any one of several creative ways to meet your specific need. Selecting a different exposure mode lets you control how you want the video to look.
Easy Recording is designed for the times when all you want to do is point and shoot. The camera's sophisticated control system automatically handles proper exposure and focus, simply leaving you to zoom. This means you don't have to worry about anything except being there to capture the moment on video. This is also handy when you want to get into the video; just pass the camera over to someone else and be assured they'll get great video (they can't change the settings). If a family member has never handled a camcorder before, you can assure them everything is under control.
Auto Mode gives control of camera settings to the camcorder, except for those functions you would like to control manually, including focus, exposure, and white balance. This is Easy Recording with options. So if you want to let things run automatically, no problem. But if something should arise, you can easily make adjustments. For example, you suddenly see a child peering through a picket fence; the autofocusing system may have a bit of difficulty but you can easily adjust the focus for a perfect picture.
In Sports Mode, the camcorder automatically selects high shutter speeds to help freeze the action. The camera's sophisticated electronics take care of ensuring proper exposure with automatic adjustment of the aperture. Capture the swing of a golf club, baseball bat or tennis racket - crystal clear - when using Sports Mode.
When making videos of people, you may find yourself having to shoot against a "busy" background (trees, bushes, buildings, etc.). Portrait mode automatically selects larger lens aperture settings which throws the background out of focus - putting the accent back on your subject.
When confronted by a large expanse of darkness and a small area of brightness, some exposure systems will automatically try to overcome the darkness. This makes the bright area overexposed. Now imagine a singer spotlighted on a stage. What is your camcorder going to do? With Canon's Spotlight Mode, the answer is simple: deliver a properly-exposed singer. The camera automatically exposes for the subject in the center of the frame -- in the spotlight -- leaving the larger, dark area as it should be: dark. This prevents the subject from showing up overexposed or blooming against a dark background.
Low Light Mode is Canon's way of letting you continue to record even when light levels begin to fall. Low Light Mode selects lower shutter speeds to deliver proper exposure. For example, when the backyard barbecue continues into the twilight hours, there's no need to put the camcorder away. Just switch to Low Light Mode. The same applies indoors. Some exposure systems have problems with rooms that aren't well illuminated. Low Light Mode to the rescue. All that's required is a little more care in holding the camera steady.
Color Night Mode
Just because it's night doesn't mean you have to put your camera to bed. The Optura 20'sColor Night Shooting mode lets you keep recording -- even under the most challenging of lighting conditions. This means your camera picks the right sensitivity and shutter speed needed to maintain a bright image -- without sacrificing color. As the light dims, your images remain brilliant. If the lighting conditions change, the camcorder automatically compensates so you continue shooting without skipping a beat.
Super Night Mode and Low Light Plus Mode
With the Optura 20, you can keep shooting long after the sun goes down. With Super Night Shooting (in Camera mode) and Low Light Plus (in Card Camera), an assist lamp lights your subject and lets you continue even under low light conditions. The assist lamp also helps supplement existing light when you need it and can be used with the Red Eye reduction lamp when shooting digital photos. No matter what the lighting conditions, the Optura 20 shines.