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The Components Guide
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Menus and Settings
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Camera User Guide
Please Read This First
This guide explains how to prepare the camera and use its basic features.
CDI-E289-010 © 2006 CANON INC. PRINTED IN CHINA
Flowchart and Reference Guides The following guides are available. Refer to them as necessary according to the flowchart below. For information on included items System Map and items sold separately The Components Guide Preparations • Installing the batteries and memory card • Opening the LCD monitor Basic Camera User • Setting the date, time and language Guide (This Guide) • Read this first. Shooting Playback/Erasing Menus and Settings Handling precautions, references Advanced Camera User
The Components Guide The Components Guide Front View Attaching the Wrist Strap aWrist Strap Mount bSpeaker cAF-assist Beam (Advanced Guide p. 21) dRed-Eye Reduction Lamp (p. 16) eSelf-Timer Lamp (p. 18) fViewfinder Window (Advanced Guide p. 16) gFlash (p. 15) hRing (Advanced Guide p. 121) iRing Release Button (Advanced Guide p. 121) jLens kMicrophone (Advanced Guide pp. 39, 87) 1
Back View aLCD Monitor (p. 7, Advanced Guide p. 12) bViewfinder (Advanced Guide p. 16) cA/V OUT (Audio/Video output) Terminal (Advanced Guide p. 97) dDIGITAL Terminal (p. 28) eTerminal Cover fDC IN Terminal (Power input) (Advanced Guide p. 119) gMemory Card Slot / Battery Cover (p. 5) hMemory Card Slot / Battery Cover Lock (p. 5) iTripod Socket 2
The Components Guide Controls aIndicators (p. 4) bPower Lamp cPower Button (p. 9) dZoom Lever (p. 14, Advanced Guide p. 78) Shooting: (Wide Angle)/ (Telephoto) Playback: (Index)/ (Magnify) eShutter Button (p. 10) fShooting Mode Dial (pp. 9, 11) gMode Switch (pp. 9, 20) h (Print/Share) Button (p. 23) iMENU Button (p. 22, Advanced Guide p. 19) jFUNC./SET (Function/Set) Button (p. 21, Advanced Guide p. 18) kDISP. (Display) Button (Advanced Guide p. 12) l (Exposure)/ (Single Image Erase) Button (p.
Indicators The camera indicators will light or blink under the following conditions. Never do the following while the green indicator blinks. These actions may corrupt image data. - Shake or jolt the camera - Shut off the power, or open the memory card slot/battery cover Upper Indicator Green: Ready to shoot Blinking Green: Image recording/reading/erasing/transferring (when connected to a computer) Orange: Ready to shoot (flash on) Blinking Orange: Ready to shoot (camera shake warning), charg
Preparations Preparations 1. Installing the batteries. 1. Slide the memory card slot/battery cover lock in the direction of the arrow (a) and open the cover (b). 2. Insert the 4 supplied AA-size alkaline batteries, or separately sold AA-size NiMH batteries. Negative end (–) Positive end (+) See the Advanced Guide: Battery Handling (p. 112). 2. Inserting the memory card. 1. Insert the memory card until it clicks into place. 2. Hold down the memory card slot/battery cover (a), then slide it i
Ensure that the memory card is correctly oriented before inserting it in the camera. It may damage the camera, or the camera may not recognize the card, if it is inserted incorrectly. See the Advanced Guide: Handling the Memory Card (p. 114). See the Advanced Guide: Formatting Memory Cards (p. 26). To Remove the Memory Card Push the memory card with your finger until the memory card clicks and then release it. You can use SD* memory cards, SDHC memory cards and MultiMediaCards with this
Preparations First Time Settings Opening the LCD Monitor The LCD monitor can be used to check an image during shooting, to play back recorded images or to adjust menu settings. It can be opened to the following range of positions. 1. Opened right to left 180 degrees. 2. Tilted forward 180 degrees toward the lens or backward 90 degrees. When tilted forward 180 degrees toward the lens, the image shown on the LCD monitor is automatically flipped and reversed so that it appears correctly f
Setting the Date/Time 1. Press the power button (a). 2. Use the or button to select an item and the or button to change its value (b). 3. Confirm that the correct time is displayed and press the FUNC./SET button (c). The date and time can also be set in the Set up menu (p. 22). • A rechargeable lithium battery is built into the camera to save such settings as the date/time. This battery charges when the main batteries are in the camera. When you purchase the camera, place the main batt
Shooting Shooting 1. Press the power button. Power button The start-up sound will play and the start-up image will display on the LCD monitor. • Pressing the power button again turns the power off. • Pressing the power button while pressing and holding the DISP. button will turn on the mute setting which will mute all sounds except for warning sounds. See the Advanced Guide: Power Saving Function (p. 17). See the Advanced Guide: Set up Menu (p. 22). See the Advanced Guide: My Camera
5. Focus and shoot. 1. Press the shutter button halfway Indicators to focus. When the camera focuses, the camera beeps twice and the indicator lights green (orange when using the flash). Also, the AF frame appears in green on the LCD monitor at the point where the camera is focused. 2. Press the shutter button fully to shoot. Indicators The shutter sound will play and the image will record. The indicator will blink green while the image is recorded to the memory card. See Selecting a
Shooting Selecting a Shooting Mode 1. Set the shooting mode dial to the desired mode (a). In the and modes, use the or button (b) to select a shooting mode. Creative zone Auto Image zone Shooting Modes Auto The camera automatically selects settings. When a shooting mode appropriate for the shooting conditions is selected, the camera automatically adjusts settings for optimal shooting. Portrait Landscape Blurs the Optimized for background and shooting makes a person landscape Image sta
(Special Scene) You can shoot with the most appropriate settings for the scene. Night Kids&Pets Snapshot Allows you to Allows you to capture take snapshots subjects that of people against move around, twilight or night backgrounds by such as children and pets, reducing the effects of camera without missing photo shake even without using a tripod. opportunities. Indoor Foliage Prevents Shoots trees camera shake and leaves - such as new and maintains the subject’s growth, true color wh
Shooting Color Accent Color Swap Use this option Use this option to have only to transform a the color color specified specified in the in the LCD LCD monitor remain and to monitor into another. transform all others to black and white. See the Advanced Guide (p. 65). See the Advanced Guide (p. 66). Stitch Assist Allows you to shoot overlapping Image images that can later be merged zone (stitched) to create one panoramic image on a computer. See the Advanced Guide (p. 41). Movie Shoo
• The shutter speed is slow in or mode. Always use a tripod to avoid camera shake. •In , , , , or mode, the ISO speed may increase and cause noise in the image depending on the scene being shot. • In mode, shoot with the subject more than 1 m (3.3 ft.) away from the front of the lens. • To shoot underwater, install the camera in Waterproof Case WP-DC8 (sold separately). • We recommend you use Waterproof Case WP-DC8 (sold separately) for shooting at ski resorts or beaches. Using the Zo
Shooting Using the Flash 1. Press the button to cycle through flash settings. Each time you press the button, the flash settings will change. With the red-eye reduction function on: With the red-eye reduction function off: Auto with red-eye The flash fires automatically and the red-eye reduction reduction lamp lights each time. Auto The flash fires automatically. Flash on with red- The red-eye reduction lamp lights and the eye reduction flash always fires. Flash on The flash always fires. Fl
The time required for flash recharging will change depending on usage conditions and remaining battery power. Setting the Red-Eye Reduction Function You can set whether the camera automatically performs red-eye reduction when the flash fires. 1. (Rec.) Menu [Red-Eye] [On]*/[Off]. See Menus and Settings (p. 22). * Default setting. Setting the Slow Synchro Function The flash timing is adjusted to slow shutter speeds. This reduces the chance that only the background will appear dark when a p
Shooting Shooting Close-ups (Macro) 1. Press the button. To cancel the macro mode, press the button to turn off the or display. Use this mode to shoot close-ups of flowers or small items. Image Area at Minimum Shooting Distance from End of Lens to Subject: Macro • Maximum wide angle setting: 22 x 16 mm (0.87 x 0.63 in.) Minimum shooting distance: 1 cm (0.39 in.) • Maximum telephoto setting: 76 x 57 mm (3.0 x 2.2 in.) Minimum shooting distance: 25 cm (9.8 in.) • Use the LCD monitor to compo
Using the Self-Timer 1. FUNC. Menu * (Drive Mode) / / . See Menus and Settings (p. 21). * Default setting. • When the shutter button is pressed fully, the self-timer lamp will blink. When using red- eye reduction, the self-timer lamp will blink and then stay lit for the last 2 seconds. To cancel the self-timer, press the FUNC./SET button and use the or button to select . 10 sec. delay: The shutter releases 10 sec. after the shutter button is pressed. • 2 sec. before the shutter releases,
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