I just bought a new Canon Powershot S100. My previous camera, which I lost in the mountains recently, was a fairly simple point and shoot (Pentax WPI). I'm having trouble going from the limited world of my previous camera to this new device, and I hope someone can help me.
1) Does anyone know if there is a way to completely turn off the symbols that appear on the camera? I've managed to reduce the number, but I've never been able to get the screen to only display the image I'm about to take.
2) I would am really curious as to how people take most of their pictures. Do you usually shoot in manual mode?
I'm sure at some point I will take advantage of many of the controls that are available to me. But at this point, I find that I have to fuss with the camera way more than I think is necessary to take my most common pictures. Here are two examples:
3) I want to take a big landscape picture in the summertime. With my previous camera, I would have it on "auto" mode, press a couple buttons to switch to infinity, and then click. Most of the time this was good enough. Now I find that I have to select several buttons to set the focus to infinity. When I turn it off again, I have to do this all over again. How do people do this? Do you keep it in auto focus, but focus on a mountain (or the sky)? Or do you go through all the steps I mentioned.
4) A similar situation presents itself in the winter time. I want to take a landscape picture when most of the scene is covered in snow. With my old camera, I would pull it out, switch to "Snow and Surf" mode, set the focus to infinity and click. How do folks do the same sort of thing? Do you set exposure, white balance, etc. manually? There is a similar mode (called "scene") with my camera, so I could just flip to that. I'm not sure if it allows manual focus, so the same sort of question applies.
5) I like the idea of using Dynamic Range correction for most of my shots (especially this time of year, when I'm on snow). I can set this to "Auto" (my preference) manually, by working in "Program" mode. I'm not sure how else to set this. I would prefer it to be on by default, but it doesn't look like this is available. Does anyone else use this, and if so, do they always work in "Program" mode?
Thanks for your help.
[Edit: Added question 5]