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Canon Powershot A450 Basic User's Manual

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© 2007 CANON INC.
Camera User Guide

Please Read This First

This guide explains how to prepare the camera and use its basic features.
The Components Guide
Photo of PowerShot A460
Menus and Settings
Downloading Images to
a Computer



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  • Page 1: Please Read This First

    CDI-E268-010 © 2007 CANON INC. ENGLISH Photo of PowerShot A460 Basic Camera User Guide Please Read This First This guide explains how to prepare the camera and use its basic features. PRINTED IN CHINA The Components Guide Preparations Shooting Playback/Erasing...
  • Page 2 Guide (This Guide) • Read this first. Advanced Camera User Guide Direct Print User Guide Basic Camera User Guide (This Guide) Software Starter Guide ZoomBrowser EX/ ImageBrowser Software User Guide • PDF manuals available on the Canon website. Imaging/information- e.html...
  • Page 3: The Components Guide

    The Components Guide Front View a Wrist Strap Mount b Speaker c Flash (p. 13) d AF-assist Beam (Advanced Guide p. 20) e Red-Eye Reduction Lamp (p. 14) f Self-Timer Lamp (p. 16) g Microphone (Advanced Guide p. 54) h Viewfinder Window (Advanced Guide p. 17) i A/V OUT (Audio/Video output) Terminal (Advanced Guide p.
  • Page 4 Back View aLCD Monitor (Advanced Guide p. 12) bViewfinder (Advanced Guide p. 17) cDIGITAL Terminal (p. 27) dDC IN (power input) Terminal (Advanced Guide p. 89) eTerminal Cover fMemory Card Slot / Battery Cover Lock (p. 5) gMemory Card Slot / Battery Cover (p. 5) hDate Battery Cover (Advanced Guide p.
  • Page 5 Controls a Indicators (p. 4) b Mode Dial (pp. 8, 18) c Shutter Button (p. 8) d Power Button (p. 8) e DISP. (Display) Button (Advanced Guide p. 12) f MENU Button (p. 21, Advanced Guide p. 19) g FUNC./SET (Function/Set) Button (p. 20, Advanced Guide p. 18) (Print/Share) Button (pp.
  • Page 6 Indicators The camera indicators will light or blink under the following conditions. Never do the following while the indicator blinks green. These actions may corrupt image data. • Shake or jolt the camera • Shut off the power, or open the memory card slot/battery cover •...
  • Page 7: Installing The Batteries

    Installing the batteries. 1. Slide the memory card slot/battery cover lock (a) and press down while opening the cover (b). 2. Insert the batteries. Inserting the Memory Card. 1. Insert the memory card until it clicks into place. 2. Close the memory card slot/battery cover (a), pressing down and sliding it until it clicks into place (b).
  • Page 8: To Remove The Memory Card

    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 camera. These cards are collectively called memory cards in this guide.
  • Page 9: Setting Date/Time

    First Time Settings Setting the Date/Time 1. Press the power button (a). 2. Use the 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. 21). The date/time setting screen will appear when the camera power is turned on for the first time, or when the capacity of the lithium date battery is depleted.
  • Page 10: Press The Power Button

    Press the power button. The start-up sound will play and the start-up image will display in 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.
  • Page 11: Reviewing An Image Right After Shooting

    2. Press the shutter button fully to shoot. 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 Indicators (p. 4). See the Advanced Guide for the various shooting methods available. Reviewing an Image Right After Shooting After a shot is taken, the image appears in the LCD monitor for approximately 2 seconds.
  • Page 12: Selecting A Shooting Mode

    Selecting a Shooting Mode Turn the mode dial to the desired mode (a). 1.Press the FUNC./SET button (b). 2.Select a shooting mode using the 3.Press the FUNC./SET button (d). Shooting Modes The camera automatically selects settings. Auto Manual Allows you to select settings yourself, such as the exposure compensation, white balance, My Colors or ISO speed.
  • Page 13 Portrait Produces a soft effect when photographing people. Kids&Pets Allows you to capture subjects that move around, such as children and pets, without missing photo Special opportunities. Scene Foliage Shoots trees and leaves—such as new growth, autumn leaves or blossoms— in vivid colors.
  • Page 14: Using The Zoom

    You can adjust the zoom for the following focal lengths in 35mm film equivalent terms. PowerShot A460: 38 – 152 mm PowerShot A450: 38 – 122 mm button. Telephoto: Zooms in on the subject. Wide Angle: Zooms out from the subject.
  • Page 15: Using The Flash

    Using the Flash Press the button to cycle through flash settings. option cannot be set in See the Advanced Guide: Functions Available in Each Shooting Mode (p. 112). See Selecting a Shooting Mode (p. 10). You are recommended to shoot with the camera attached to a tripod or other device if the camera shake warning icon ( When the LCD monitor is on and flash recharging...
  • Page 16: Setting The Red-Eye Reduction Function

    Setting the Red-Eye Reduction Function You can set whether the camera automatically fires the red-eye reduction* lamp when the flash fires. * This function reduces the red appearance of eyes when they reflect light back from the flash. (Rec.) Menu * Default setting.
  • Page 17: Press The / Button

    • Maximum telephoto setting: 66 x 50 mm (2.6 x 2.0 in.) Minimum focusing distance: 25 cm (9.8 in.) (PowerShot A450) • Maximum telephoto setting: 77 x 58 mm (3.0 x 2.3 in.) Minimum focusing distance: 25 cm (9.8 in.)
  • Page 18: Using The Self-Timer

    Using the Self-Timer FUNC. Menu * 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, follow step 1 and select 10 sec.
  • Page 19 Changing the Delay Time and Number of Shots 1. FUNC. Menu See Menus and Settings (p. 20). 2. Press the MENU button. 3. Select [Delay] or [Shots] using the change the settings using the the FUNC./SET button. If the [Shots] option is set to 2 or more shots, the following occurs.
  • Page 20 Turn the mode dial to The last recorded image will display. If you have played back images between shooting sessions however, the last image viewed will display (Resume Playback) instead of the last recorded image. If the memory card has been switched, or the images on the memory card have been edited with a computer, the newest image on the memory card appears.
  • Page 21 In the playback mode, use the button to select an image to erase (a) and press the (b). Confirm that [Erase] is selected and press the FUNC./SET button (c). To exit instead of erasing, select [Cancel]. Please note that erased images cannot be recovered. Exercise adequate caution before erasing an image.
  • Page 22: Menus And Settings

    Settings for the shooting, playback or print modes or such camera settings as the date/time and sounds are set using the FUNC., Rec., Play, Print or Set up menu. FUNC. Menu This menu sets many of the common shooting functions. •This example shows the FUNC.
  • Page 23 Rec., Play, Print and Set up Menus Convenient settings for shooting, playback or printing can be set with these menus. (Rec.) Menu You can switch between menus with button when this part is selected. •This example shows the Rec. menu when in •...
  • Page 24 Connect the camera to a direct print compatible printer and turn on the printer’s power. Camera Since this camera uses a standard protocol (PictBridge), you can use it with other PictBridge-compliant printers in addition to Canon-brand printers. You can also use the CP-10/CP-100/CP-200/CP-300 card photo printers. Printing button on the camera.
  • Page 25 Turn on the power in playback mode and confirm that is displayed in the upper left of the LCD monitor (a). • The button will light blue. • The displayed icon will vary according to the printer model. • will display for movies. Select an image to print using the and press the button will blink blue and printing will start.
  • Page 26: Downloading Images To A Computer

    Downloading Images to a Computer The following methods can be used to download images recorded by the camera to a computer. Some methods, depending on the OS used, may not be available. Please read System Requirements (p. 25) in advance. Camera to Computer Connection Supplied Software Downloading Method...
  • Page 27: System Requirements

    Interface Free Hard Disk • Canon Utilities Space - ZoomBrowser EX - PhotoStitch • Canon Camera TWAIN Driver Display 1,024 x 768 pixels/High Color (16 bit) or better Macintosh Mac OS X (v10.3 – v10.4) Computer Model The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports.
  • Page 28: Preparing To Download Images

    Items to Prepare • Camera and computer • Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk supplied with the camera • Interface cable supplied with the camera Install the software. 1. Place the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk in the computer’s CD-ROM drive.
  • Page 29: Connecting The Camera To A Computer

    Connecting the camera to a computer. 1. Use the supplied interface cable to connect the computer’s USB port to the camera’s DIGITAL terminal. Slip your fingernail under the edge of the camera’s terminal cover, lift it open and plug the interface cable in all the way. Interface Cable 2.
  • Page 30: Download The Images

    [OK] (first time only). If the window to the right does not appear, click the [Start] menu and select [All Programs] or [Programs], followed by [Canon Utilities], [CameraWindow], [PowerShot - IXY - IXUS - DV 6] and [CameraWindow].
  • Page 31 The following window will appear when you establish a connection between the camera and computer. If it fails to appear, click the [Canon CameraWindow] icon on the Dock (the bar which appears at the bottom of the desktop). Download the images.
  • Page 32: Direct Transfer

    Downloading Images Using the Camera (Direct Transfer) Use this method to download images using camera operations. Install the supplied software and adjust the computer settings before using this method for the first time (p. 26). All Images New Images DPOF Trans. Images Select &...
  • Page 33 Select & Transfer/Wallpaper Select FUNC./SET button). Select images to download and press the (or the FUNC./SET button). • The images will download. The button will blink blue while downloading is in progress. • Images can also be selected during index playback (Advanced Guide p.
  • Page 34 MEMO...
  • Page 35: Safety Precautions

    Safety Precautions Be sure to read, understand and follow the safety precautions below when using the camera, in order to prevent injury, burns or electrical shock to yourself and others. Be sure to also read the safety precautions listed in the Advanced Camera User Guide.

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