My wife has a Powershot 720HS which I think is a sort of next year's model to yours. She didn't get usable shots of the sparrowhawk as she didn't switch to program mode where I have set up some form of point focus - it's a little while since I did it, so can't quite recall if it was a point focus or a focus square which I made small - so of course in auto mode it latched onto the background with all those interesting branches, leaves and grass to focus on. It worked in trials, but she doesn't really take an interest in the technical stuff at the moment, she's quite pleased to frame something and have buildings vaguely level!
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