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ENGLISH
Camera User Guide
1
Shooting with the Camera
This Guide
2
Installing the Software
Software Starter Guide
3
Connecting the Camera to a Computer
This Guide
4
Downloading Images to a Computer
Software Starter Guide
• This guide covers both the PowerShot A10 and PowerShot A20 digital cameras.
• Please start by reading the "Precautions" section on the reverse side of this cover.
• For information about how to use the Card Photo Printer CP-10, please refer to the CP-10's
User Guide .

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  • Page 1 Downloading Images to a Computer Software Starter Guide • This guide covers both the PowerShot A10 and PowerShot A20 digital cameras. • Please start by reading the “Precautions” section on the reverse side of this cover. • For information about how to use the Card Photo Printer CP-10, please refer to the CP-10’s...
  • Page 2 • While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this guide is accurate and complete, no liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions. Canon reserves the right to change the specifications of the hardware and software described herein at any time without prior notice.
  • Page 3 A quick introduction intended for new users who want to shoot first and learn more later. Tells Quick Start you how to get the camera running and how to begin shooting and playing back images. Introduces you to all of the camera components, and explains how to load batteries and Preparing the Camera insert a CF card.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Read This First Quick Start Preparing the Camera Guide to Components ... 13 Installing the Batteries ... 17 Installing a CF Card ... 20 Attaching the Wrist Strap ... 23 Setting the Date and Time ... 24 Setting the Language ...
  • Page 5 Using the Optional Battery Kits ... 96 Using Optional Lenses and Lens Adapters ... 99 Using the Soft Case (Optional) ... 102 Camera Care and Maintenance ... 103 Troubleshooting ... 104 List of Messages ... 109 Specifications ... 112 Index Canon Customer Support...
  • Page 6: Read This First

    Warning Against Copyright Infringement Please note that Canon digital cameras are intended for personal use and must be used in a manner that respects international and domestic copyright laws and regulations. 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 recorded for personal use.
  • Page 7 • Do not attempt to disassemble or alter any part of the equipment that is not expressly described in this guide. Disassembly or alteration may result in high-voltage electrical shock. Internal inspections, alterations and repairs should be conducted by qualified service personnel authorized by your camera distributor or a Canon Customer Support Help Desk. Safety Precautions WARNINGS...
  • Page 8 Confirm that smoke or fume emissions have ceased. Please consult your camera distributor or the closest Canon Customer Support Help Desk. • Stop operating the equipment if it is dropped or the casing is damaged. Failure to do so may result in fire or electrical shock.
  • Page 9 • Do not handle the power cord if your hands are wet. Handling it with wet hands may lead to electrical shock. When unplugging the cord, ensure that you hold the solid portion of the plug. Pulling on the flexible portion of the cord may damage or expose the wire and insulation, creating the potential for fires or electrical shocks.
  • Page 10 • If using AA-size NiMH batteries, use only Canon AA-size NiMH batteries and charger recommended for use with these batteries. Use of another charger may cause batteries to overheat or deform, posing risk of fire or electric shock. • Disconnect the battery charger or the compact power adapter from both the camera and electrical outlet after recharging and when the camera is not in use to avoid fires and other hazards.
  • Page 11 • If your camera is used for prolonged periods, the camera body may become warm. Please take care when operating the camera for an extended period as your hands may experience a burning sensation. Avoid Strong Magnetic Fields Never place the camera in close proximity to electric motors or other equipment generating strong electromagnetic fields.
  • Page 12: Quick Start

    Quick Start Indicator Install the batteries ( Slide the battery cover lock, then open the cover and insert the batteries. • For important information about batteries, see page 18. Install the CF card ( Open the CF card slot cover and insert a CF card. Press the main switch to turn the camera on p.
  • Page 13: View The Recorded Image

    5, 6 Quick Erase Press the displayed. Press press the SET button. Set the focus ( p. 34). Aim the camera at the subject, and lightly press and hold the shutter button halfway down. The camera beeps twice when the focus is set. Take the shot ( p.
  • Page 14 When you have finished using the camera, turn it off by pressing the main switch. If you have been using the Card Photo Printer CP-10, unplug the printer from the power outlet. Connect the camera to the printer ( Make the connection using the direct interface cable DIF-100 that came with the printer.
  • Page 15: Preparing The Camera

    Preparing the Camera Guide to Components Front View Shutter Button ( Optical Viewfinder Window ( Lens * If connecting to the optional Card Photo Printer CP-10, use the direct interface cable DIF-100 included with the printer. If connecting to your computer, use the dedicated USB cable included with the camera. p.
  • Page 16: Back View

    Back View Viewfinder ( LCD Monitor* ( * The LCD monitor is covered with a thin plastic sheet for protection against scratches during shipment. Remove it before using the camera. p. 29) Battery Cover ( Tripod Socket p. 30) Battery Cover Lock ( Strap Eyelet ( p.
  • Page 17: Operation Panel

    Operation Panel Indicators ( p. 16) DISPLAY (Display) Button ( p. 30) Zoom Button ( p. 36) Mode Dial ( p. 16) (Exposure) / (White Balance) Button ( pp. 46, 47) Main Switch ( p. 28) MENU (Menu) Button ( p.
  • Page 18: Mode Dial

    Mode Dial You use the mode dial to select the camera’s operating mode. (Auto) The camera automatically makes most of the settings for you ( p. 37). (Manual) You can adjust the exposure, white balance, and other settings before shooting p.
  • Page 19: Installing The Batteries

    Lower Indicator Yellow: Macro mode Installing the Batteries The camera uses four AA sized alkaline batteries supplied with the camera. You may use optional nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. Be sure that the camera power is off. Slide the battery cover lock, and push the battery cover slightly forward.
  • Page 20 Charger Kit CBK100) lets you use rechargeable NiMH batteries to power the camera ( p. 96). Proper Battery Handling • Use AA-size alkaline or Canon AA-size NiMH batteries only. • Never use manganese or lithium batteries, as these battery types may overheat in the camera.
  • Page 21 • Battery performance deteriorates at low temperatures (especially with alkaline batteries). If you are using the camera in cold areas and batteries are running down faster than they should, you may be able to restore performance by placing batteries in an inner pocket to warm them up prior to use.
  • Page 22: Installing A Cf Card

    Battery Performance Number of Shots LCD Monitor ON LCD Monitor OFF AA Alkaline Batteries Approx. (included with 200 shots the camera) AA NiMH Approx. Battery NB-1AH 350 shots * The actual performance may vary from the above data according to the shooting conditions and the selected recording mode.
  • Page 23 Slide the CF card slot cover in the direction of the gray arrow, and open it. Insert the CF card into the slot, in the direction shown in the illustration. • Insert the CF card all the way into the slot, so that the CF card eject button pops all the way out.
  • Page 24 • Do not use or store CF cards in the following types of location. - Locations subject to dust or sand - Locations subject to high humidity and high temperatures CF Cards and Estimated Capacities (Recordable Images) PowerShot A10 FC-8M FC-16M FC-32M FC-64M FC-128M 1417...
  • Page 25: Attaching The Wrist Strap

    PowerShot A20 FC-8M FC-16M FC-32M FC-64M FC-128M These figures reflect standard shooting conditions established by Canon. Actual totals may vary according to the subject, shooting conditions and shooting mode. • In the previous tables, L (Large), M (Medium) and S (Small) refer to the following image resolutions (in pixels).
  • Page 26: Setting The Date And Time

    Setting the Date and Time If the Set Date/Time menu appears when you turn on the camera, this means that the date battery has run down and the camera date/time clock has stopped running. Replace the date battery p. 94), then reset the date and time as explained below.
  • Page 27: Set Button

    Press the MENU button. The [Rec. Menu] will display. Display on the PowerShot A20 Press button to select , and then press the SET button. Press button to select , and then press the SET button. Set the date and time. •...
  • Page 28: Setting The Language

    Setting the Language Use this feature to select the language for the LCD monitor displays. Turn the mode dial to Press the MENU button. The [Rec. Menu] will display. Press select SET button. Press select button. button to , and then press the button to , and press the SET...
  • Page 29 Select the desired language. • Use button to select a language. The Language menu may appear differently on cameras in some regions. The Language menu can also be displayed in replay mode by holding down the SET button and pressing the MENU button. Press the SET button.
  • Page 30: Basic Functions

    Basic Functions Turning the Camera On Press the main switch until the green indicator begins flashing. The lens extends, and the LCD monitor displays current shooting settings for about 6 seconds. The LCD monitor displays an image. Indicator Main Switch If the Set Date/Time menu appears, set the date and time ( p.
  • Page 31: Using The Viewfinder

    Auto Power Down Function Shooting Mode The power will automatically shut off approximately 3 minutes after the last function is accessed. Replay Mode The power will automatically shut off approximately 5 minutes after the last function is accessed. Connected to Card Photo Printer CP-10 The power will automatically shut off approximately 5 minutes after the last camera function is accessed or Card Photo...
  • Page 32: Using The Lcd Monitor

    In macro mode, the parallax phenomenon may cause images composed with the viewfinder to be off-center. Use the LCD monitor to compose close-ups in macro mode. About the Autofocus Function This camera employs AiAF (artificial intelligence autofocus) technology which uses a broad metering field to calculate the focal distance with high precision.
  • Page 33 Modes... You can use the DISPLAY button to switch the LCD monitor display on and off. The camera stores the LCD monitor on/off setting in memory, and restores it when you turn the camera on again. If the camera displays the “Change the batteries” at time of power-on, however, then the LCD monitor may remain off the next time you turn on the camera.
  • Page 34: Information Displayed On The Lcd Monitor

    Information Displayed on the LCD Monitor Shooting Mode Shooting information appears on the LCD monitor for approximately 6 seconds when you take any of the following actions. With one exception, this information appears even if the monitor is turned off. •...
  • Page 35 not on the monitor, you can bring it back by pressing button. * The displayed zoom setting is the combined effect of the optical and digital zooms. It displays when the digital zoom is activated. Replay Mode (Standard Display) In standard display mode, the following information is displayed.
  • Page 36: Pressing The Shutter Button

    The following information may also be displayed with some images. : A sound file (WAV file) is attached. : A sound file in a format other than the WAV format is attached or the file format is not recognized. : A JPEG file not supported by “Design rule for Camera File system”...
  • Page 37: Reviewing An Image Immediately After Recording It

    Recorded images are temporarily stored in the camera’s internal memory and then written to the CF card. The next image can be recorded immediately after the first as long as sufficient internal memory is available. Reviewing an Image Immediately after Recording It Images display on the LCD monitor for approximately 2 seconds immediately after recording even if you release the shutter...
  • Page 38: Using The Zoom

    Images can be zoomed up to 6 times (PowerShot A10), 7.5 times (PowerShot A20), which combines the effect of the optical zoom.
  • Page 39: Shooting

    Shooting Selecting a Shooting Mode Your camera offers three different shooting modes. The camera makes most of Auto the settings automatically. You manually set the exposure, white balance, and Manual various other shooting parameters. Use this mode when taking Stitch shots that you want to stitch Assist into a panorama.
  • Page 40 Resolution (in pixels) PowerShot A10 PowerShot A20 (Large) 1280 (Medium) 1024 (Small) Compression Superfine Fine Normal Turn the mode dial to Press the MENU button. The [Rec. Menu] will display. Press select (Resolution) or (Compression), and then press the SET button.
  • Page 41: Using The Flash

    ( 640 480) 208KB 141KB • These figures reflect standard shooting conditions established by Canon. Actual totals may vary according to the subject and shooting conditions. • These settings can only be adjusted for the first frame in mode. • Resolution and compression setting are retained even after camera is turned off.
  • Page 42 The flash fires twice. A preparatory pre-flash is followed by the main flash. The exposure readings obtained from the subject with the pre-flash are used to set the optimal flash intensity for the main flash, which is used to shoot the image. Shows the currently selected flash mode.
  • Page 43 • The flash can be fired when the upper indicator glows a steady orange. • The flash may take approximately 10 seconds to charge. Recharging time may vary with the state of the battery charge. Please note that a slow shutter speed will be selected in dark places when the flash is set to off or slow-synchro.
  • Page 44: Shooting Close-Ups/Infinity Shots

    Shooting Close-Ups/ Infinity Shots Use this mode to record subjects in the range of 16 to 76 cm (6.3 in. to 2.5 ft.) from the lens tip Macro when at maximum wide angle Mode and in the range of 26 to 76 cm (10.2 in.
  • Page 45: Using The Focus Lock

    : Available : Available, but cannot be changed after taking the first shot _ : Not available Take the shot. • Use the LCD monitor to compose close-ups in macro mode since the parallax phenomenon may cause images composed with the optical viewfinder to be off-center. •...
  • Page 46: Using The Self-Timer

    Press the shutter button halfway p. 34), and wait until the camera beeps twice. Re-aim the camera to compose the shot as desired and press the shutter button all the way ( Using the Self-Timer Turn the mode dial to Press the necessary so that the p.
  • Page 47: Shooting Continuously

    (When the LCD monitor is OFF in Large/ Fine mode). * The figures reflect standard shooting conditions established by Canon. Actual figures may vary according to the subject and shooting conditions. • The camera will stop shooting if the CF card becomes full.
  • Page 48: Adjusting The Exposure Compensation

    Adjusting the Exposure Compensation If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn’t come out too dark. Turn the mode dial to Press the necessary to display the [+/–...
  • Page 49: Setting The White Balance

    • If the LCD monitor is on, you can check the results of the compensation by viewing the image on the LCD monitor. • A shot can be taken immediately after. The menu will reappear after the shot, allowing you to adjust the setting. Press the SET button.
  • Page 50: Lcd Monitor

    Turn the mode dial to Press the necessary to display the [White Balance] menu. The LCD monitor displays the current setting, and a menu of all available settings. Press necessary to select the desired setting. • If the LCD monitor is on, you can check the results by viewing the image on the LCD monitor.
  • Page 51: Stitch Assist Mode

    If using the camera in (Stitch Assist) mode, you cannot change the white balance setting after taking the first shot. Stitch Assist Mode Use this mode when taking shots that you want to combine into a panorama. To create the panorama itself, you must stitch the images together at your computer.
  • Page 52 • Compose each frame so that it overlaps 30 to 50 % of the adjoining image. Try to keep the vertical misalignment to within 10 % of the image height. • Do not include moving items in the overlap. • Do not try to stitch images that include both distant and close items.
  • Page 53: Exposure Compensation

    Compose the next shot, taking care to overlap the previous image. • Minor discrepancies in the overlapping portions can be corrected when the images are stitched together. • If you are not satisfied with the previous shot, you can use return to that shot and reshoot it.
  • Page 54: Functions Available In Each Shooting Mode

    Functions Available in Each Shooting Mode The following chart shows the functions and settings available in each shooting mode. The camera stores settings separately for each mode, and retains these settings even if you switch to a different mode. Function Large Resolution Medium...
  • Page 55: Replaying

    Replaying Displaying Images Singly (Single Image Replay) Use this feature to view recorded images one at a time on the LCD monitor. Turn the mode dial to The LCD monitor displays the last recorded image (single image replay). display different images. •...
  • Page 56: Displaying Images In Sets Of Nine (Index Replay)

    • To slide the magnified image left or right on the monitor, press • To slide the image up or down, hold down the SET button and press button. • To return to normal-size display, press the button. • You can erase the displayed image by pressing the button ( note that erasure is disabled if the camera...
  • Page 57 button to select an image. To view the selected image using Single Image Replay, press the button. You can erase the selected image by pressing the button ( note that erasure is disabled if the camera is connected to the optional Card Photo Printer CP-10.).
  • Page 58: Rotating Images In The Display

    Rotating Images in the Display You can rotate an image by 90 or 270 clockwise in the LCD monitor. 0 (Original) Turn the mode dial to display the image you want to rotate ( p. 53). Press the MENU button to display the menu.
  • Page 59: Automating Playback (Auto Play)

    Automating Playback (Auto Play) Use this feature to automatically replay all of the images in the CF card. The LCD monitor displays each image for approximately 3 seconds. Turn the mode dial to Press the MENU button to display the menu. Press button to select...
  • Page 60: Protecting Images

    Protecting Images Use the protect feature to protect important images from accidental erasure. Turn the mode dial to Press the MENU button to display the menu. Press select , and then press the SET button. Press select an image you wish to protect, and then press the SET button to protect it.
  • Page 61: Erasing

    Erasing Erasing Images Singly • Remember that erased images cannot be recovered. Be careful to avoid accidental erasures. • This function will not erase protected images ( p. 58). 2, 6 3, 4, 5 Turn the mode dial to Press the MENU button to display the menu.
  • Page 62: Erasing All Images

    Press select [OK], and then press the SET button. • If you decide you don’t want to erase the image, select [Cancel] instead of [OK]. • To delete additional images, repeat Steps 4 and 5 as necessary. Press the MENU button to close the erase function.
  • Page 63 The LCD monitor asks for confirmation. Press button to select [OK], and then press the SET button. • If you decide you don’t want to erase all unprotected images, select [Cancel] instead of [OK].
  • Page 64: Print Settings (Dpof Settings)

    Print Settings (DPOF Settings) Images on a CF card can be individually selected for printing in a specified number of copies. The print type and date or file number printing options can also be selected. These settings are compatible with Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standards so that images can be printed conveniently on DPOF compliant digital printers or at participating photo labs.
  • Page 65: Setting The Print Style

    The [Print Order] menu will display. Make print settings in the following order. Set the print style ( p. 63). Select images to be printed p. 65). If you wish to clear all of the print settings, select [Reset] ( p.
  • Page 66 Display the [Print Order] menu ( p. 62). Press select [Set up], and then press the SET button. Press select press the SET button. Press make the desired setting, and then press the SET button. button to button to , or , and then button to (Print Type)
  • Page 67: Selecting Images For Printing

    Select [On] or [Off]. When you are finished making settings, press the MENU button. The date and file number options cannot both be set to On when (Index) is selected as the print type. If you include the date, the date will be printed in the format you selected at the Set Date/Time menu ( p.
  • Page 68: Menu Button

    The selection method will vary according to the print type ( Standard or Both Press select an image, and then press the SET button. marks appear, indicating that you can now set the number of copies for that image. You can use the zoom buttons to switch between single image display and 3-image index display.
  • Page 69: Resetting The Print Settings

    Index Press button to select an image, and then press the SET button. • Pressing the SET button once selects the image for printing. A check mark appears at the upper left, indicating that the image is selected. • Pressing the SET button again deselects the image, so that the check mark disappears.
  • Page 70 Press button to select [OK], and press the SET button. If you decide you don’t want to reset the settings, press [Cancel] instead of [OK].
  • Page 71: Printing With The Card Photo Printer

    You can also make prints with the DPOF print settings. * The Digital Camera Photo Printer Kit CPK-A10 includes the Card Photo Printer CP-10 and the PowerShot A10. Connecting the Card Photo Printer CP-10 Connect the printer to the camera using the Direct Interface Cable DIF-100, which is supplied with the printer.
  • Page 72 • Two direct interface cables are included with the Card Photo Printer CP-10. Use only the DIF-100 cable with the connector (The Digital Camera Photo Printer Kit CPK-A10 includes the Direct Interface Cable DIF-100 only.). • When connecting the cable to the camera’s Digital terminal, connect the...
  • Page 73: Printing

    • The camera’s erasure function “Quick Erase” and language-setting using the SET and MENU buttons ( are disabled while the camera is connected to the printer. • When you disconnect the printer from the camera, the icon disappears from the LCD monitor, and the camera returns to normal replay operation.
  • Page 74: Printing With Dpof Print Settings

    If an error occurs during printing... If an error occurs while printing is in progress, the camera’s LCD monitor displays the relevant message. Press select [Stop] or [Resume], and then press the SET button. Printing stops or restarts accordingly. The [Resume] option may not appear with certain types of error.
  • Page 75 Press button to select [OK], and then press the SET button. Printing begins when you select [OK]. When printing completes successfully, the LCD monitor returns to the replay mode. • Select [Style] if you wish to change the print style ( •...
  • Page 76 The printer completes printing of the current sheet, and then stops. The LCD monitor returns to the replay mode. Resuming Printing If you have stopped printing while it was in progress, you can use the following procedure to resume printing of the remaining images.
  • Page 77: Setting The Print Style

    Please note that this resume feature is not available in the following cases: • When print settings are changed before printing is resumed. • When images marked for printing are deleted before printing is resumed. • When there is limited free capacity on the CF card when printing is stopped.
  • Page 78 While displaying the image, press the SET button. Press select [Style], and press the SET button. Press select press the SET button. Press select the desired setting, and press the SET button. button to button to , or , and button to (Image) Select [Standard] or...
  • Page 79 Select [On] or [Off]. When you are finished making settings, press the MENU button. • If you set the border and date settings are automatically forced to [Borderless] and [Off]. • If you are printing according to DPOF (Date) settings, you cannot change the date on/off setting.
  • Page 80: Camera Settings

    Camera Settings Displaying the Rec. Menu You use the Rec. menu to adjust basic shooting and operational settings. Most of these menu settings are described below. A few of these menu settings, however, are covered in other sections of this guide, as follows.
  • Page 81: Changing The Image Review Time

    Changing the Image Review Time When you take a shot, the camera holds the image on the LCD monitor for a specific time after you release the shutter button. The default holding time (“review time”) is approximately 2 seconds. If you like, however, you can change the review time to 10 seconds or switch the review feature off.
  • Page 82: Resetting The File Number

    • No image will display when the review function is set to Off unless you continue to press the shutter button fully after shooting. • With the 2- or 10-second options, the image will display for the specified time even if the shutter button is released right after shooting.
  • Page 83 Press button to select , and then press the SET button. Press button to select [On] or [Off], and press the SET button. The [Off ] setting helps ensure that file numbers remain unique over multiple CF cards. This is useful if you are planning to download images from the cards to your computer, since it helps avoid accidental overwrites that may occur if filenames are...
  • Page 84: Setting The Beep On/Off

    Setting the Beep On/Off A beep sounds for confirmation purposes when the shutter button is pressed or a camera setting is changed. The beep can be turned off. Display the [Rec. Menu] p. 78). Press select , and then press the SET button.
  • Page 85: Formatting A Cf Card

    Formatting a CF Card You should format new CF cards before using them. Formatting a CF card will permanently erase all data already on the card, including all of its protected images. Before formatting a card that has already been used, be sure to check its contents.
  • Page 86: Changing Other Settings

    Changing Other Settings Auto Power Down By default, the Auto Power Down function automatically turns the camera off if you do not operate it for a certain period of time. But you are free to disable Auto Power Down if you do not want the camera to turn off automatically.
  • Page 87 [PAL], and press the SET button. This setting is available only on the PowerShot A20. The PowerShot A10 does not support direct connection to a TV screen. You can close the [Set up] menu and return to the replay mode by pressing the MENU...
  • Page 88: Connecting The Camera To A Tv Set

    Connecting the Camera to a TV Set The PowerShot A20 can connect directly to a TV set, allowing you to use the TV screen as your monitor when shooting or replaying images. You make the connection using the video cable VC-100 included with the camera. Please be sure to turn both the TV set and the camera off before connecting or disconnecting the cable.
  • Page 89: Downloading Images To A Computer

    Downloading Images to a Computer Downloading Directly from a CF Card Images can be loaded from a CF card to a computer if you are using a notebook computer, a PC card reader or a CF card reader. PC card adapter (PCMCIA adapter), sold separately, is required to use a PC card reader.
  • Page 90: Cf Card Reader

    CF Card Reader Eject the CF card from the camera, and insert it into a CF card reader connected to the computer. • Some computers or CF card readers require the power to be off when the CF card is inserted. Since this requirement varies between models, please consult the manual for your requirement.
  • Page 91 Image Folder Organization and File Names • Each x above stands for a single numeral. • With the exception of [xxxCANON] folder, all of the folders indicated above store important files used by the camera to manage the image data on the card. Do not open, edit, or delete these folders.
  • Page 92: Connecting The Camera To A Computer With A Usb Cable

    Connecting the Camera to a Computer with a USB Cable Supported Operating Systems Windows 98 (Including the Second Edition), Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), Windows 2000 Windows * Only systems pre-installed with Windows 98/Me/2000 or upgraded to Windows Me from pre-installed Windows 98 systems are supported. Macintosh Mac OS 8.1 or later, QuickTime 3.0 or later (not supported on Mac OS X) computers...
  • Page 93 Connection Precautions • With Windows system, the USB ports may not operate correctly on systems that have been upgraded to Windows 98/Me/2000 from Windows 3.1/95 or to Windows 2000 from a pre-installed Windows 98 system. • With Macintosh computers, the USB interface only works with Power Macintosh NEW G3/G4, PowerBook G3, iMac and iBook models with built-in USB connectors.
  • Page 94: Connecting To A Usb Port

    Connecting to a USB Port Connect the supplied USB interface cable to the computer’s USB port and the camera’s Digital terminal. • You do not need to turn off the computer or camera when making this connection. • Please refer to your computer manual for information regarding the location of the USB port.
  • Page 95 Turn the camera’s mode dial The LCD monitor displays in replay mode. When the connection to the computer is complete, the LCD monitor turns off and the green indicator comes on. To disconnect the cable from the camera: Hold the cable connector firmly at both sides and pull it straight out.
  • Page 96: Appendix

    Appendix Replacing the Date Battery The camera uses a special Date battery to power its internal clock. If the LCD monitor displays the Set Date/Time menu when you turn on the camera, this means that the Date battery has run down and the clock has stopped running.
  • Page 97 Pull the battery out of the holder, as shown. Negative terminal ( ) Insert the new date battery into the holder, with the negative terminal (–) facing Replace the date battery holder back into its original position, and close the CF card slot cover.
  • Page 98: Using The Optional Battery Kits

    (Battery and Charger Kit CBK100) The optional battery charger kit comes with four rechargeable AA-size NiMH (nickel metal hydride) batteries for use with the PowerShot A10 and A20 cameras. You can recharge the batteries as shown below. Indicator The indicator flashes while charging, then comes on solid when charging is finished.
  • Page 99: Using The Household Power Source

    • It takes approximately 220 minutes for the charger to fully recharge the batteries (as determined by testing at Canon facilities). Please do not charge batteries in areas where the temperature is outside the range of 0 to 35 C (32 to 104 F).
  • Page 100 Be sure that the camera is turned off before connecting or disconnecting the compact power adapter. Connect the power cord to the compact power adapter, and then plug the other end into the electrical outlet. Open the Terminal cover, and connect the adapter’s DC plug into the camera’s DC IN terminal.
  • Page 101: Using Optional Lenses And Lens Adapters

    Using Optional Lenses and Lens Adapters The camera supports use of the optional Wide Converter WC-DC52 and the optional Close-up Lens 250D (52 mm). In order to attach either of these options, you also need to use the optional Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC52. •...
  • Page 102 • It is not possible to attach a lens hood or filter to the wide converter. • If you use the flash when shooting with the wide converter, the outer area of the recorded image (and especially the lower right corner) will come out relatively dark. •...
  • Page 103 Attaching a Lens Be sure that the camera is turned off. Attach the dust cap to the adapter as shown in the illustration on the opposite page. Push the adapter against the ring around the lens and turn it in the indicated direction while pressing on it to remove the ring.
  • Page 104: Using The Soft Case (Optional)

    • Completely remove all dust and dirt from conversion lenses with a lens blower brush before use. The camera may focus on any dirt that remains. • Exercise due caution when handling the lenses since it is easy to dirty them with finger prints.
  • Page 105: Camera Care And Maintenance

    Clean the lens with a lens blower brush, then wipe lightly with a soft cloth. • Never wipe the camera body or lens with organic solvents or other synthetic cleaning solutions. If you are unable to remove the dirt from the lens, contact Canon Customer Support Help Desk.
  • Page 106: Troubleshooting

    • Use a household power source. Use only new AA-size alkaline batteries that are equivalent to those that came with the camera or Canon AA-size NiMH batteries. Wipe the battery terminals with a clean dry cloth. Turn the mode dial to...
  • Page 107 • Format the card ( • The card may be defective (its physical format may be corrupted). Contact Canon Customer Help Desk. Close the covers, and then use the main switch to turn the power off correctly. Close the covers, and then use the main switch to turn the power off correctly.
  • Page 108 Cause Use only AA-size alkaline batteries (the same type that came with the camera) or Canon AA-size NiMH (nickel metal hydride) batteries. Battery performance deteriorates at low temperatures. If shooting in a cold area, keep the batteries warm (by placing them inner pocket, etc.) until ready to use them.
  • Page 109 Problem If using rechargeable Poor electrical contact. batteries: Batteries do not charge. Batteries life exceeded. Shots are blurry or The camera was moving when unfocused, or you took the shot. shooting results are The subject was outside the not as expected. range over which the camera can focus.
  • Page 110 Problem The subject comes Insufficient light for shooting. out underexposed The subject is darker than the (too dark). surroundings. The white balance setting is not appropriate. The subject is beyond the range of the flash. The subject is too close to the The subject comes flash.
  • Page 111: List Of Messages

    List of Messages The following table explains each of the messages that may appear on the LCD monitor. Busy... The camera is writing image data to the CF card (after taking a shot), or reading image from the card (when getting ready to display it). No CF card You attempted to shoot or replay with no CF card installed.
  • Page 112 If this message recurs frequently, note down the error and call a Canon Customer Support Help Desk. If this message appears immediately after you have taken a shot, it is possible that the camera failed to record the image—so you may want to switch into Replay mode to check...
  • Page 113 The following table lists and explains the messages that may be on the LCD monitor when printing to the Card Photo Printer CP-10 (optional). No Paper Paper cassette is empty or is not installed correctly. No Ink No ink cassette in the printer, or the ink cassette is out of ink. Ink Cassette Error There is a problem with the ink cassette.
  • Page 114: Specifications

    Sensitivity White Balance Flash Flash Range PowerShot A10 (effective pixels: approx. 1.25 million) 5.4 (W) – 16.2 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 35 – 105 mm), F 2.8 (W) – 4.8 (T) Maximum 2.0 (Maximum 6 with optical zoom) Primary imaging real-image optical zoom viewfinder 1.5-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx.
  • Page 115 Power Source Operating Temperatures Operating Humidity Dimensions (w x h x d) Weight PowerShot A10 Auto/manual/stitch assist Approx. 2.5 images/sec (Large/Fine mode, LCD monitor off) Shoots after approx. 10 sec. CompactFlash card (Type I) Design rule for Camera File System, DPOF compliant...
  • Page 116 NiMH Battery NB-1AH (optional) Type Rechargeable nickel hydride battery Nominal Voltage 1.2 V DC Typical Capacity 1600 mAh Charging Time Approx. 220 minutes* Cycle Life Approx. 300 times Operating 0 – 35 C (32 – 95 F) Temperature Dimensions Diameter: 14.5 mm (0.6 in.) Length: 50 mm (2 in.) Weight Approx.
  • Page 117 Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC52 (optional) Thread Diameter Dimensions Weight (body) * All data is based on Canon’s standard testing methods. Subject to change without notice. 250 mm 100 – 250 mm (3.9 – 9.8 in.) (W)/130 – 250 mm (5.1 – 9.8 in.) (T) (when mounted on...
  • Page 118: Index

    Index Auto Play ... 57 Auto Power Down ... 29 Autofocus ... 30 Batteries Installing ... 17 Performance ... 20 Status Indications ... 20 Camera Care and Maintenance . 103 Camera Settings Auto Power Down ... 84 Beep On/Off ... 82 File-Number Reset ...
  • Page 119 Lens Attachment ... 101 Macro Mode ... 42 Magnifying a Displayed Image . 53 Mode Dial ... 16 Power Kits AC Adapter Kit ... 97 Rechargeable Batteries ... 96 Printing Card Photo Printer ... 69 Connecting to Printer ... 69 DPOF ...
  • Page 120: Canon Customer Support

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  • Page 121 Canon Luxembourg S.A. Tel.: (352) 48 47 961 Fax: (352) 48 47 96232 Canon Nederland N.V. Helpdesk: 023 - 5 681 681 Tel.: 023 - 5 670 123 Fax: 023 - 5 670 124 Canon Danmark A/S Phone: +45 44882400 e-mail: helpdesk@canon.dk...
  • Page 122 No.1 Jalan Kilang Timor, #09-00, Pacific Tech Centre, Singapore 159303 Phone: (65) 799 8888 Fax: (65) 273 3317 Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Wisma General Lumber, Block D, Peremba Square, Saujana Resort, Section U2, 40150, Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia...
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