Canon S90/ S95, Canon S100, Canon G11/ G12 Underwater Settings

Settings for these popular cameras, and also the Canon S110 and Canon G15

By Scott Gietler

 

 
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Recently I taught an underwater photography class where I was able to use a Canon S90 and a Canon G11 underwater for some time. Afterwards I did quite a few dives using Recsea & Ikelite Canon S95 housings, with Ikelite & Dyron macro & UWL-04 wide-angle lenses.

 

Here my recommended Canon S90 , Canon S95, Canon S100, Canon S110 and Canon G10 / G11 / G12 / G15 underwater settings, if you are using an external strobe or flash:

 

Canon S90/ S95 / S100, Canon G11/ G12 settings for Macro

  • Manual mode, F6.3, 1/500th, ISO 100; 
  • Zoom in half-way
  • Macro mode, auto white balance, flash on forced flash mode
  • Turn internal flash to it's lowest power setting
  • Strobe on manual power; adjust strobe power as needed
  • These cameras also have a great focus check feature

Further reading: Taking great underwater macro with a Canon G12

 

When using a diopter like the Dyron 67mm or Subsee macro lens

  • Zoom all the way in
  • Shoot at F8 for maximum depth of field
  • Keep macro mode on
  • Use a good focus light to help the camera focus

 

Canon S90/ S95 / S100, Canon G11/ G12 settings for wide-angle & fish

  • Manual mode, F6.3, 1/125th, ISO 100
  • Zoom out
  • ** Adjust shutter speed as needed to control background exposure
  • Auto white balance, flash on forced flash mode
  • Strobe on manual power; adjust strobe power as needed
  • Turn internal flash to it's lowest power setting
  • If you are using a fisheye lens or dome port, turn macro mode on

 

If you don't have an external strobe / flash

You are shooting with the internal flash. In manual mode, the camera won't set the exposure of the flash automatically, you'll have to set the flash power yourself, which is no fun. To get that capability, which is basically TTL with the internal flash, use Av Mode, F5.6. In bright conditions, use Av Mode, F8.

 

Shooting the Canon S90, S95 or S100 in RAW mode

I like shooting RAW, and I definitely recommend it especially when shooting ambient light photos underwater (flash off) with a Canon compact camera.

 

The Canon S90 lens has some severe barrel distortion when shot at it's widest setting. This is automatically correct in the LCD, jpeg files, and Raw files when using Canon's DPP program.

 

However, you'll see the barrel distortion if you open up a Canon RAW file in another RAW editor like Adobe photoshop. There it must be correctly manually (Image / Filter / Distort / Lens Correction). If you own a Canon S90 here's some more great reading.

 

Canon S90/ S95 / S100 Battery advice

If you are using the Canon supplied batteries, the battery life indicator is not accurate. Always change batteries after 2 dives.

 

Advanced Settings

Our compact camera moderators posted some of their favorite underwater camera settings for the Canon S90/ S95 in this thread

 

Got questions about using the Canon S90, Canon S95, Canon S100, Canon G11 or Canon G12 underwater?

Post a question in our forums, in the compact camera corner, or call the Canon experts at our sister site Bluewater Photo & Video.

 

Further Reading

 


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Comments

I am trying to get crisper

I am trying to get crisper photos and less blue. I've read numerous posts but typically end up confused. So I'm looking for a simple way to get better photos, but still be able to take video. music weather widgets for android

Thanks for this. I found

Thanks for this. I found these setting a great place to start.

Now things are more complicated as I've added a Subsee +10 diopter. My first outing with it yesterday was in mediocre conditions with quite a bit of water movement and focussing was hard work. I tried in macro mode and also in normal mode and found I had more sucess in normal mode. I think I just need to practice more for consistent results but I'd be interested to hear other's views on which mode to use.

(I was shooting in manual mode, zoomed right in, F8, 1/500, single YS-27DX strobe and nano focus light)

Hi, I'm using the S90 in a

Hi,
I'm using the S90 in a housing with a Inon movie light (LE 550w).
What do you recommend for macro and wide mode.
I have tried using the camera in all modes but end up with a general photo, something to write home about.
What can I do to improve things?

Thanks for the access to a great site.

Andrew

I have Canon S90 but I was

I have Canon S90 but I was not able to click the pictures with clarity.Thanks for providing me the settings that will help me to click the pictures with perfection.

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I like to know what are the

I like to know what are the best setting for S90 with Inon Z240 strobe

I just ungraded to a G12 with

I just ungraded to a G12 with a Inon Z240strobe, if I set my camera to manual mode F8, 1/500th, ISO 100, how about the setting on my strobe? Can i set it to STTL? If not, should I just use the AV mode? What should i set to?

Hi everyone, I really need

Hi everyone,

I really need your help.
I'm going to dive in the Galapagos and I want to upgrade my photos with a strobe for my camera.
I have the Canon G12 with a uw-dc34 housing.

My question is, what strobe should I get?
I saw recommendation for S&S 110a, inon s2000 and inon d2000.
Will they fit the housing I got?
Do you recommend those strobes?

Thank you for your help
Roy

Hello Roy, Perhaps this

Hello Roy,

Perhaps this article will assist you with your decision.  http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/underwater-photography-strobes

Also, the best place to pose questions to our fellow photogs is in the Forum here ---> http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/forum/index.php

Michael Zeigler [url]http://www.seainfocus.com[/url]

Hi, I'm using the S90 with

Hi,
I'm using the S90 with the canon housing, no strobe. I typically use the underwater setting and cycle between video and stills. I am trying to get crisper photos and less blue. I've read numerous posts but typically end up confused. So I'm looking for a simple way to get better photos, but still be able to take video. Is this even possible? I have read manually setting WB can be the key, but if I set WB in video, do I have to also set it in still, and if I switch between the two will I have to reset each time? Finally, can I just use a white dive slate for WB or do I need a special card?
Thanks for helping a new camera user!
C

I am also just learning to

I am also just learning to shoot photos underwater and Ive been reading a book called the underwater photograher by Martin Edge, its a fantastic read and I fully recommend it.