We would like to purchase the Canon SD 100 IS however we must have a camera that dates stamps the FRONT of the photo. We must provide photos for our upcoming adoption and the requirement is the date must appear on the front of the photo - not on the back. Is the date stamp an option on this model? We have an older Canon elph which does date stamp (under postcard mode) and are hoping this particular camera does as well.
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The camera will not deface your photos by scrawling a string of digits across them. However the date and time (and a lot more) are stored with every picture in its EXIF metadata. Any photo viewing/editing program should be able to display this data. To print this data, please consult the documentation for whatever program you're using to print your pictures. Depending on the program and printer you may print the date on the image, in the margins, or on the back.
If the photo was already taken then the date stamp is a part of the photo, exactly like any faces that may be in there. You can remove the date using photo-editing software, but whatever was behind the date is lost forever.
While in Postcard Print mode, use the Menu button to navigate to the Date Stamp section in the Rec Menu. Select [Off], [Date] or [Date & Time] then select 'Off'. Press the Menu button again to get back to shooting mode.
Set the resolution to PostageCard (1600x1200). Many of these cameras have only ONE RESOLUTION setting which allows you to have a date/ date and time stamp on the file, which will print on the viewed or printed photo.
How to do it: Turn the camera on M mode. Use the func. set. go down the menu to the resolution settings. (on the bottom of menu). Pick only the postagecard (1600x1200) setting.
I also was like you, and had an awful time with a camera I was fixing. I then looked it up on the Net and found an online user manual for the Canon SD 500, which should be basically the same.
You can download the manual from the link below:
From page 37 of the manual it looks like you can only select the time stamp in "postcard" mode. Also the date & time need to be set in the camera first.
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