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Camera User Guide

ENGLISH

Make sure you read this guide before using the camera.

Store this guide safely so that you can use it in the future.

Checking the Package Contents

Check if the following items are included in your camera package. If anything is missing, contact the retailer from which you purchased the camera.

Camera

Battery Pack NB-6L

Battery Charger

 

(with Terminal Cover)

CB-2LY/CB-2LYE

Interface Cable

Stereo AV Cable

Wrist Strap

IFC-400PCU

AVC-DC400ST

WS-DC7

Getting Started

DIGITAL CAMERA

Warranty System

 

Solution Disk

Booklet

Using the Manuals

Also refer to the manuals on the DIGITAL CAMERA Manuals Disk.

Camera User Guide (This Guide)

Once you have mastered the basics, use the camera’s many features to shoot more challenging photos.

Personal Printing Guide

Read when you want to connect the camera to a printer (sold separately) and print.

Software Guide

Read when you want to use the included software.

A memory card is not included.

Adobe Reader is required to view the PDF manuals. Microsoft Word/Word Viewer can be installed to view the Word manuals (required only for manuals for the Middle East).

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Read This First

Test Shots and Disclaimer

Take some initial test shots and play them back to make sure the images were recorded correctly. Please note that Canon Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates, and its distributors are not liable for any consequential damages arising from any malfunction of a camera or accessory, including memory cards, that results in the failure of an image to be recorded or to be recorded in a way that is machine readable.

Warning Against Copyright Infringement

The images recorded with this camera are intended for personal use. Do not record images that infringe upon copyright laws without the prior permission of the copyright holder. Please be advised that in certain cases the copying of images from performances, exhibitions, or commercial properties by means of a camera or other device may contravene copyright or other legal rights even if the image was shot for personal use.

Warranty Limitations

For information on your camera's warranty, please refer to the Canon Warranty System Booklet supplied with your camera. For Canon Customer Support contacts, please see the Warranty System Booklet.

LCD Monitor

The LCD monitor is made from reinforced glass, but it may break if subjected to severe impacts. Please read the Safety Precautions (p. 9) carefully. In case the glass breaks, exercise adequate caution so as not to injure yourself on any broken fragments.

The LCD monitor is produced with extremely high-precisionmanufacturing techniques. More than 99.99% of the pixels operate to specification, but occasionallynon-performingpixels may appear as bright or dark dots. This is not a malfunction. and has no effect on the recorded image.

The LCD monitor may be covered with a thin plastic film for protection against scratches during shipment. If so, remove the film before using the camera.

Camera Body Temperature

Please take care when operating the camera for an extended period as the camera body may become warm. This is not a malfunction.

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What Do You Want to Do?

Shoot

 

 

 

 

Shoot, leaving it to the camera to make settings .........................

24

Shoot to match special conditions........................................

 

454 56

Take good people shots

 

 

I F

V

w

P

Portraits

At night

Kids and pets

At the beach Against snow

(p. 54)

(p. 54)

(p. 55)

(p. 55)

(p. 56)

Shoot various other scenes

O t

Indoors

Low light

Foliage

Fireworks

(p. 55)

(p. 55)

(p. 55)

(p. 56)

 

Focus on faces.....................................................

 

 

24, 59, 60, 61, 84

Shoot in places where I cannot use the flash

 

 

(turn off the flash).........................................................................

 

 

 

64

Take pictures with me in them too(self-timer).......

60, 61, 68, 79, 80

Insert the date and time into my shots

.........................................

 

67

Take sepia toned or black and white pictures ..............................

 

78

Add effects and shoot(Fish-eyeEffect, ......Miniature Effect)

57, 58

Change the size of picture I want to take ........(recording pixels)

73

Take pictures continuously.....................................................

 

 

63, 77

Change the ISO speed.................................................................

 

 

 

75

Maintain the focus on moving subjects ......................(Servo AF)

86

Make dark subjects appear brighter(i- ..........................Contrast)

 

92

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What Do You Want to Do?

View

 

Look at my pictures......................................................................

27

Automatically play back pictures (slideshow).............................

1111

Look at my pictures on a TV ..............................................

115, 116

Look at my pictures on a computer ..............................................

33

Quickly search pictures ......................................................

108, 109

Erase pictures ......................................................................

28, 121

Protect pictures from accidental erasure....................................

118

Shoot/View Movies

 

Shoot movies ...............................................................................

 

 

E29

View movies .........................................................................

31, 104

Shoot fast moving subjects and play them back in slow motion ...101

Print Images

 

Easily print pictures....................................................................

2134

Save

Save images to a computer .........................................................33

Other

Turn off sounds ............................................................................

3

48

 

 

Use the camera abroad........................................................

15, 146

Understand what is displayed on the screen. ............................

162

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Table of Contents

Chapters 1 – 3 explain the basic operations and frequently used functions of this camera. Chapters 4 onward explain the advanced functions, letting you learn more as you read each chapter.

Checking the Package Contents ......

2

Read This First .................................

3

What Do You Want to Do? ...............

4

Conventions Used in This Guide ......

8

Safety Precautions............................

9

1. Getting Started

 

...........................................

13

Charging the Battery.......................

14

Compatible Memory Cards

 

(Sold Separately)........................

16

Inserting the Battery

 

and Memory Card.......................

16

Setting the Date and Time ..............

19

Setting the Display Language.........

21

Formatting Memory Cards ..............

22

Pressing the Shutter Button............

23

Taking Pictures (Smart Auto)..........

24

Viewing Images ..............................

27

Erasing Images...............................

28

Shooting Movies .............................

29

Viewing Movies...............................

31

Transferring Images to

 

a Computer for Viewing..............

33

Accessories ....................................

37

Separately Sold Accessories ..........

38

2. Learning More

 

...........................................

41

Components Guide.........................

42

Screen Display................................

44

Indicator ..........................................

45

FUNC. Menu – Basic Operations ...

46

MENU – Basic Operations..............

47

Changing the Sound Settings .........

48

Changing the Screen Brightness ... 49

Returning the Camera to Default

 

Settings......................................

50

Low Level Memory Card

 

Formatting..................................

51

Power Saving Function

 

(Auto Power Down)....................

52

Clock Functions..............................

52

3. Shooting in Special Conditions and

Commonly Used Functions ......

53

Shooting in Various Conditions ......

54

Adding Effects and Shooting..........

57

Detecting a Smile and Shooting.....

59

Using the Wink Self-Timer .............

60

Using the Face Self-Timer .............

61

High-Speed Continuous Shooting

 

(High-speed Burst).....................

63

Turning the Flash Off .....................

64

Zooming in More Closely on Subjects

(Digital Zoom) ............................

65

Inserting the Date and Time...........

67

Using the Self-Timer ......................

68

4. Choosing Settings

 

Yourself .............................

69

Shooting in Program AE.................

70

Adjusting the Brightness

 

(Exposure Compensation) .........

71

Turning the Flash On .....................

71

Changing the Focus Range

 

(Macro/Infinity) ............................

72

Changing the Recording Pixel

 

Setting (Image Size) ..................

73

Changing the Compression Ratio

 

(Image Quality) ..........................

73

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Changing the ISO Speed...............

75

Adjusting the White Balance..........

76

Continuous Shooting......................

77

Changing the Tone of

 

an Image (My Colors) ................

78

Shooting Using

 

the Two Second Self-Timer .......

79

Customizing the Self-Timer............

80

Shooting Using a TV......................

81

Changing the Composition

 

with the Focus Lock...................

81

5. Getting More Out of

 

Your Camera......................

83

Changing the AF Frame Mode.......

84

Magnifying the Focal Point.............

85

Shooting with the AF Lock .............

86

Shooting with Servo AF .................

86

Changing the Metering Method......

87

Shooting with the AE Lock.............

88

Shooting with the FE Lock .............

88

Shooting with Slow Synchro ..........

89

Setting the Shutter Speed..............

90

Setting the Aperture Value.............

91

Correcting the Brightness

 

and Shooting (i-Contrast) ..........

92

Red-Eye Correction .......................

93

Checking for Shut Eyes .................

94

Changing the Color and Shooting.. 95

Shooting Stitch Assist Images .......

98

6. Using Various Functions for

Shooting Movies ...............

99

Changing the Movie Mode...........

100

Shooting Super Slow

 

Motion Movies .........................

101

Changing the Image Quality ........

102

AE Lock/Exposure Shift ...............

103

Table of Contents

Other Shooting Functions.............

104

Playback Functions ......................

104

Editing ..........................................

105

7. Using Various Playback and

Editing Functions .............

107

Quickly Searching Images............

108

Viewing Images in Filtered

 

Playback ..................................

109

Viewing Slideshows......................

111

Checking the Focus......................

113

Magnifying Images .......................

114

Changing Image Transitions ........

114

Viewing Images on a TV ..............

115

Viewing Images

 

on a High-Definition TV............

116

Displaying Various Images

 

(Smart Shuffle).........................

117

Protecting Images ........................

118

Erasing Images ............................

121

Organizing Images by Category

 

(My Category) ..........................

123

Tagging Images as Favorites .......

125

Rotating Images ...........................

127

Resizing Images...........................

128

Trimming ......................................

129

Adding Effects

 

with the My Colors Function.....

130

Correcting the Brightness

 

(i-Contrast) ...............................

131

Correcting the Red-Eye Effect......

132

8. Printing

 

..........................................

133

Printing Images ............................

134

Printing from the Print List

 

(DPOF).....................................

136

Choosing Images for Printing

 

(DPOF).....................................

138

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Conventions Used in This Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using an Eye-Fi Card...................

155

 

9. Customizing

 

 

Troubleshooting

157

 

Camera Settings

141

 

 

 

List of Messages That Appear

 

Changing Camera Settings...........

142

..........................on the Screen

160

Changing Shooting Function

 

 

Information Displayed

 

 

Settings ....................................

148

on the Screen ..........................

162

Changing Playback Function

 

 

Functions Available

 

 

Settings ....................................

152

in Each Shooting Mode............

164

 

 

 

 

Menus ..........................................

166

 

10. Useful Information

153

 

...................Handling Precautions

170

 

.........................................

 

Specifications ...............................

171

Using Household Power ...............

154

............................................Index

174

Conventions Used in This Guide

Icons are used in the text to represent the camera buttons and control dial.

Language that displays on the screen appears inside [ ] (square brackets).

The directional buttons, control dial, and FUNC./SET button are represented by the following icons.

(Up button)

(FUNC./SET button)

(Right button)

(Left button)

(Down button)

(Control dial)

: Things you should be careful about.

: Troubleshooting tips.

: Hints for getting more out of your camera.

: Supplemental information.

(p. xx): Reference pages. “xx” stands for a page number.

This guide assumes all functions are at their default settings.

The various types of memory cards that can be used in this camera are collectively referred to as memory cards in this guide.

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Safety Precautions

Before using the camera, please ensure that you read the safety precautions described below. Always ensure that the camera is operated correctly.

The safety precautions noted on the following pages are intended to prevent injuries to yourself and other persons, or damage to the equipment.

Be sure to also check the guides included with any separately sold accessories you use.

Warning

Denotes the possibility of serious injury or death.

Caution

Denotes the possibility of injury.

Caution

Denotes the possibility of damage to the equipment.

 

 

 

Warning

 

 

Camera

Do not trigger the flash in close proximity to people’s eyes.

The above could damage your eyesight. In particular, remain at least one meter (39 inches) away from infants when using the flash.

Store this equipment out of the reach of children and infants.

Strap: Putting the strap around a child’s neck could result in asphyxiation. Memory card: Dangerous if swallowed. If this occurs, contact a doctor immediately.

Do not attempt to disassemble or alter any part of the equipment unless expressly indicated to do so in this guide.

To avoid the risk of injury, do not touch the interior of the camera if it has been dropped or otherwise damaged.

Stop operating the camera immediately if it emits smoke, a strange smell, or otherwise behaves abnormally.

Do not use organic solvents such as alcohol, benzine, or thinner to clean the equipment.

Do not allow liquids or foreign objects to enter the camera.

The above could result in fire or electrical shock.

If liquid or foreign objects come into contact with the camera interior, immediately turn the camera power off and remove the battery.

Use only recommended power sources.

Using other power sources could result in fire or electrical shock.

Battery and Battery Charger

Use only recommended batteries.

Do not place the battery near or in direct flame.

Do not let the battery come into contact with water (e.g. sea water) or other liquids.

Do not attempt to disassemble, alter or apply heat to the battery.

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Safety Precautions

Avoid dropping or subjecting the battery to severe impacts.

The above may cause explosions or leaks, resulting in fire, injury and damage to the surroundings. In the event that a battery leaks and the eyes, mouth, skin or clothing contacts these substances, immediately flush with water and seek medical assistance. If the battery charger becomes wet, unplug it from the outlet and consult your camera distributor or the closest Canon Customer Support Help Desk.

Use only the specified battery charger to charge the battery.

Unplug the power cord periodically and wipe away any dust and dirt that has collected on the plug, the exterior of the power outlet, and the surrounding area.

Do not handle the power cord with wet hands.

Do not use the equipment in a manner that exceeds the rated capacity of the electrical outlet or wiring accessories. Do not use if the power cord or plug are damaged, or not fully plugged into the outlet.

Do not allow dirt or metal objects (such as pins or keys) to contact the charger terminals or plug.

The above could result in fire or electrical shock.

Other Warnings

Do not play the supplied CD-ROM(s)in any CD player that does not support dataCD-ROMs.

It is possible to suffer hearing loss from listening with headphones to the loud sounds of a CD-ROMplayed on a music CD player. Additionally, playing theCD-ROM(s)in an audio CD player (music player) could damage the speakers.

Caution

Be careful not to bang the camera or subject it to strong impacts or shocks when hanging it by the strap.

Be careful not to bump or push strongly on the lens.

This could damage the camera or lead to injury.

Avoid using, placing or storing the camera in the following places.

-Places subject to strong sunlight.

-Places subject to temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F).

-Humid or dusty areas.

These could cause leakage, overheating or an explosion of the battery, resulting in electrical shock, fire, burns or other injuries. High temperatures may also cause deformation of the casing.

The slideshow transition effects may cause discomfort when viewed for prolonged periods.

When using the flash, be careful not to cover it with your fingers or clothing.

This could result in burns or damage to the flash.

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Safety Precautions

Caution

Do not aim the camera at bright light sources (the sun, etc.).

Doing so may cause malfunctions or damage the image sensor.

When using the camera on a beach or at a windy location, be careful not to allow dust or sand to enter the camera.

This may cause the camera to malfunction.

In regular use, small amounts of smoke may be emitted from the flash.

This is due to the high intensity of the flash burning dust and foreign materials stuck to the front of the unit. Please use a cotton swab to remove dirt, dust or other foreign matter from the flash to prevent heat build-upand damage to the unit.

Unplug the battery charger from the power outlet after recharging is complete, or when you are not using it.

Do not place anything, such as cloth on top of the battery charger while it is charging.

Leaving the unit plugged in for a long period of time may cause it to overheat and distort, resulting in fire.

Remove and store the battery when you are not using the camera.

If the battery is left inside the camera, damage caused by leakage may occur.

Before you discard battery, cover the terminals with tape or other insulators.

Contacting other metal materials in waste containers may lead to fire or explosions.

Do not place the battery near pets.

Pets biting the battery could cause leakage, overheating or explosion, resulting in fire or injuries.

Do not sit down with the camera in your pocket.

Doing so may cause malfunctions or damage the screen.

When putting the camera in your bag, ensure that hard objects do not come into contact with the screen.

Do not attach accessories to the strap.

Doing so may cause malfunctions or damage the screen.

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