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CDI-E078-010
© 2003 CANON INC.
ENGLISH
Camera User Guide
• Please read the "Read this First" section (p. 11).
• Please refer to the Software Starter Guide for
information on installing the software and
downloading images.
• Please read the "Quick Start" section on the
following page for a simple explanation of
shooting, replaying and erasing.
• Please also read the printer user guide included
with your Canon printer.
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  • Page 1 CDI-E078-010 © 2003 CANON INC. ENGLISH Camera User Guide • Please read the "Read this First" section (p. 11). • Please refer to the Software Starter Guide for information on installing the software and downloading images. • Please read the "Quick Start" section on the following page for a simple explanation of shooting, replaying and erasing.
  • Page 2: Quick Start

    Install the batteries and CF card Open the CF card slot / battery cover and insert a CF card and batteries. Set the shooting mode switch to (Still image) and set the focus. Aim the camera at the subject, and lightly press the shutter button half way.
  • Page 3 Shoot the image Press the shutter button all the way down. The shutter sound will sound, indicating that the image has been shot. To erase Press the button while the image is displayed. When you have finished shooting photos (p. 33) View the image The recorded image will be displayed for approximately 3 seconds (p.
  • Page 4: Components Guide

    Components Guide Front View * Computer: USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU (supplied with camera) Direct Print Compatible Printer (CP series, optional): Direct Interface Cable DIF-100 (supplied with printer) Bubble Jet Printer with the direct print function (optional): Please refer to your Bubble Jet Printer user guide. (For a list of printers that work with this camera, please refer to the System Map.) Shutter Button (p.
  • Page 5: Back View

    Back View * Be careful when carrying the camera by the strap. Don’t swing the camera on the strap, and keep the strap and camera body clear of obstacles. Components Guide ● Date Battery Holder (p. 117) Viewfinder (p. 32) Strap Mount* CF Card Slot / Battery Cover (p.
  • Page 6: Operation Panel

    Components Guide ● Operation Panel The indicators light or blink when you open the lens cover or whenever you press the shutter button. Upper Indicator Green: Ready to shoot, or ready to communicate with your computer. Blinking Green: Camera is starting up, reading the CF card, erasing data on the CF card, or transmitting data to your computer.
  • Page 7: About This Camera User Guide

    About this Camera User Guide Icons on the right end of title bars show the operations mode. As in the example below, the shooting mode should be set to ● Shooting ● Adjusting the Exposure How do I navigate the menus? What settings are available under each function? Will my settings remain in effect even after I've turned the camera off?
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Quick Start Components Guide Front View ... 4 Back View ... 5 Operation Panel... 6 About this Camera User Guide Read this First Preparing the Camera Installing the Battery and CF Card ... 18 Setting the Date / Time ... 23 Setting the Language ...
  • Page 9 Movie Mode ... 55 Using the Focus Lock ... 56 Switching between AF Modes ... 57 Switching between Light Metering Modes . 58 Adjusting the Exposure ... 59 Setting the White Balance ... 60 Changing the Photo Effect ... 63 Changing the ISO Speed ...
  • Page 10 Table of Contents ● Downloading Images to a Computer 100 Connecting the camera to a computer via the USB Cable ... 101 Downloading directly from a CF card ... 104 List of Menu Options and Messages 105 FUNC. Menu ... 105 Rec.
  • Page 11: Read This First

    Read this First Accessories This digital camera is designed to perform optimally when used with genuine Canon brand digital camera accessories (“Canon Brand Accessories”). You may use non Canon Brand Accessories with this Digital camera. However, Canon makes no warranties concerning, and is not responsible for damages resulting from, use of non Canon Brand Accessories.
  • Page 12: Warranty Limitations

    Warning Against Copyright Infringement Please note that Canon digital cameras are intended for personal use and should never be used in a manner that infringes upon or contravenes international or domestic copyright laws and regulations. Please be advised...
  • Page 13 Immediately turn the camera’s power off, remove the camera batteries or unplug the power cord from the power outlet. Confirm that smoke or fume emissions have ceased. Please consult your camera distributor or the closest Canon Customer Support Help Desk. Read this First ●...
  • Page 14 Continued use of the equipment may result in fire or electrical shock. Please consult your camera distributor or the closest Canon Customer Support Help Desk.
  • Page 15 Use only recommended batteries and accessories. • If using AA-size NiMH batteries, use only Canon AA-size NiMH batteries and the 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.
  • Page 16 Read this First ● • Avoid using, placing or storing the equipment in places subject to strong sunlight or high temperatures, such as the dashboard or trunk (boot) of a car. Exposure to intense sunlight and heat may cause the batteries to leak, overheat or explode, resulting in fire, burns or other injuries. High temperatures may also cause deformation of the casing.
  • Page 17 Read this First ● ● Preventing Malfunctions ● Avoid Strong Magnetic Fields Never place the camera in close proximity to electric motors or other equipment generating strong electromagnetic fields. Exposure to strong magnetic fields may cause malfunctions or corrupt image data. ●...
  • Page 18: Preparing The Camera

    Preparing the Camera Installing the Battery and CF Card Insert two (2) AA-size alkaline batteries (included with the camera) or two (2) AA-size NiMH batteries (sold separately) and insert the CF card. Be sure that the camera power is off. Slide the CF card slot / battery cover and open it.
  • Page 19 Insert the CF card as shown and close the CF card slot / battery cover. Slide the CF card firmly to the end (To release the CF card, hold onto it and remove.). When the camera’s indicator blinks green, do not turn off the power or open the battery cover.
  • Page 20 Preparing the Camera ● Proper Battery Handling Use AA-size Alkaline or Canon AA-size NiMH batteries only. Refer to “Using Rechargeable Batteries” (p. 118) for their handling. Never use manganese or lithium batteries, as these battery types may overheat in the camera.
  • Page 21 WARNINGS Never use damaged batteries or batteries whose outer seal is completely or partially missing or peeled off, as there is risk that such batteries may leak, overheat, or burst. Always check the seals on store-bought batteries before loading them, as some batteries may come with defective seals.
  • Page 22 Preparing the Camera ● Battery Status Indications The LCD monitor displays an icon or message to let you know when batteries are low or depleted. Batteries are beginning to run low. Replace (or recharge) batteries promptly. If the LCD monitor is off, this icon will appear when you press any of the following buttons: the omni selector, DISP., and FUNC.
  • Page 23: Setting The Date / Time

    Setting the Date / Time The Date / Time menu will be displayed when camera power is turned on for the first time or at low date battery power. Perform operations from Step 5 (Replace the date battery when power from the current one is exhausted (p.
  • Page 24: Setting The Language

    Preparing the Camera ● Set the date and time. Press to select the item to be set. Press button to set the date and time. Press the SET button. Press the MENU button. The Date/Time cannot be inserted in the actual image even if the Date/Time have been set.
  • Page 25 Press to select and press the SET button. Set the language. Press to select the language. Press the SET button. Pressing the MENU button without pressing the SET button returns to the Set up Menu without changing the language settings. Press the MENU button.
  • Page 26: Basic Functions

    Basic Functions Turning the Power ON / OFF Shooting Mode Open the lens cover. If you further slide it towards "open", the camera will power up. The indicator next to the viewfinder starts blinking green. Close the lens cover. The power goes off. open Replay Mode Press the...
  • Page 27: Replay Mode

    Power-saving Function This camera comes with a power-saving 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. While Connected to a Printer (optional) The power will automatically shut off approximately 5 minutes after the last camera function is accessed or...
  • Page 28: Using The Lcd Monitor

    Basic Functions ● Using the LCD Monitor Use the LCD monitor for shooting images, whilst checking images, for menu operations and replaying images. The image in the LCD monitor may darken when the monitor is used under sunlight or other strong lighting. This is not a defect. Shooting Mode The display changes as shown in the following diagram when the DISP.
  • Page 29 Replay Mode Press the button to turn the LCD monitor on. The display changes when the DISP. button is pressed. Single Image Replay Simple display Detailed display No display Index Replay (9 images) Simple display No display Basic Functions ● ●...
  • Page 30: Information Displayed On The Lcd Monitor

    Basic Functions ● Information Displayed on the LCD Monitor Shooting Mode Shooting Mode Exposure Compensation •••• White Balance ISO Speed Photo Effect Compression Resolution Flash Macro / Infinity Shooting Method Light Metering Mode ● Movie Recording Mode ● (red) Digital Zoom Setting* 1.3x 1.6x 2.0x 2.5x 3.2x Camera Shake Warning Spot metering frame AF Frame...
  • Page 31 Replay Mode (Simple Display) The following information is displayed for the Simple Display. • File no. •Image no. (Replay image no. / total) • Shooting date / time •Compression ( • Resolution ( • Movie ( ) •Protection status ( Replay Mode (Detailed Display) The following information is also displayed for the Detailed Display.
  • Page 32: Using The Viewfinder

    Basic Functions ● Using the Viewfinder You can reduce power consumption by turning off the LCD monitor and shooting images with the viewfinder. Align the subject with the center of the optical viewfinder and shoot. ● About the AF Function Image Seen in Viewfinder vs.
  • Page 33: Pressing The Shutter Button

    Pressing the Shutter Button You can press the shutter button all the way down or halfway. Pressing Halfway Automatically sets the exposure, focus and white balance. The camera beeps twice when settings are completed, then the upper indicator lights green (orange when the flash has been selected (p.
  • Page 34: Using The Digital Zoom

    Basic Functions ● Reviewing an Image Right After Shooting The images that have been shot will be displayed for approximately 3 to 10 seconds*, even when the shutter button is released right after the image has been taken. You can also check the image with the following steps.
  • Page 35: Selecting Menus And Settings

    Selecting Menus and Settings Use the menus as shown below to operate the camera's basic settings used for shooting and replaying. You can carry out the settings by either using the FUNC. button or the MENU button. Settings with the FUNC. Button (shooting mode only) Press the FUNC.
  • Page 36 Basic Functions ● Settings with the MENU button Press the MENU button. The menu appears. modes • Differs slightly depending on the shooting mode. Press to select the Rec. / Play, Set up or My Camera menu. Press to select a menu item. ●...
  • Page 37: Shooting Mode

    Menu Display FUNC. Menu Shooting Mode FUNC. Menu Rec. / Play / Set up / My Camera Menu Shooting Mode Rec. Menu Differs slightly depending on the shooting mode Replay Mode Play Menu ● Change the Menu Set up Menu My Camera Menu Menus can be switched whenever the button is pressed.
  • Page 38: Menu Settings And Default Settings

    Basic Functions ● Menu Settings and Default Settings This chart shows the options for each menu and the default settings. Items set with the FUNC. button Menu Items Exposure Compensation White Balance ISO Speed Photo Effect Compression Resolution Items set with the MENU button Menu Items AiAF Self-timer...
  • Page 39 Items set with the MENU button Menu Items Beep Auto Power Down Date / Time Format Shutter Volume Playback Vol. Start-up Vol. Operation Vol. Selftimer Vol. File No. Reset Language Available Settings On* / Off On* / Off Sets the date / time Formats the CF card Off / 1 / 2* / 3 / 4 / 5 Off / 1 / 2* / 3 / 4 / 5...
  • Page 40 Basic Functions ● Items set with the MENU button Menu Items Protect Rotate Sound Memo Erase All Auto Play Print Order Transfer Order Theme Start-up Image Start-up Sound Operation Sound Selftimer Sound Shutter Sound • Some menu items are unavailable in certain shooting modes. •...
  • Page 41: Customizing The Camera (My Camera Settings)

    Customizing the Camera (My Camera Settings) My Camera allows you to customize the start-up image and start-up, shutter, operation and self- timer sounds. Each menu item has three choices. Example: Start-up image option features science fiction related images and sounds. The animals.
  • Page 42 Basic Functions ● Changing My Camera Settings Press the MENU button. The menu will appear. mode • Differs slightly depending on the shooting mode. Select a [ (My Camera)] menu with ● Select a menu item with the contents you wish to set with Press the MENU button.
  • Page 43 Registering My Camera Settings Images recorded onto the CF card and newly recorded sounds can be added as My Camera settings to the menu items. You can also use the supplied software to upload your computer's images and sounds to the camera. Press the button.
  • Page 44 Basic Functions ● Select the image you wish to register with , and press the SET button. Proceed to step 9 Select (Record) with press the SET button. Recording will start. Once the time is up, recording will automatically stop. Start-up Sound: 1 second, Operation Sound: 0.3 second, Self-Timer Sound: 2 seconds, Shutter Sound: 0.3 second ●...
  • Page 45 File Format of My Camera Settings My Camera settings should conform to the below file formats. However, CF card images shot with this camera can be registered as My Camera settings regardless of the below formats. • Start-up Image - Recording Format: JPEG (baseline JPEG) - Sampling Rate: 4:2:0 or 4:2:2 - Image Size:...
  • Page 46: Shooting

    Shooting Selecting the Shooting Mode The following modes are available with this camera. The camera automatically makes Auto most of the settings for you. You can manually adjust the exposure, white balance, and other Manual settings before shooting. For shooting panorama Stitch Assist composition images...
  • Page 47: Changing The Resolution / Compression

    Changing the Resolution / Compression You can change the resolution and compression (excluding movies) settings to suit your purpose. Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels (Large) 1600 x 1200 pixels (Medium 1) 1024 x 768 pixels (Medium 2) 640 x 480 pixels (Small) * Paper sizes vary according to region.
  • Page 48 Shooting ● ● Press the FUNC. button. Select * or * with *The current setting is displayed. Example: Compression Select the compression or resolution with Example: Compression Press the FUNC. button. See "Functions Available in Each Shooting Mode" (p. 142). For information on necessary space per image (approximate), types of CF cards and the number of images per card see,...
  • Page 49: Using The Flash

    Using the Flash The flash fires automatically as Auto required by the light level. The flash may fire automatically Red-Eye as required by the light level. The Reduction, red-eye reduction indicator fires Auto with each shot. Flash On The flash will fire. Flash Off The flash will not fire.
  • Page 50 Shooting ● ● If the flash is used in macro mode, the light may not be controlled correctly. In this case, set a higher ISO sensitivity or use other lightings instead of using the flash. When shooting with a high ISO sensitivity and using the built-in flash, there is more of a chance of overexposure the closer you are to the subject.
  • Page 51: Macro / Infinity Modes

    Macro / Infinity Modes Use this mode when the distance Macro from the lens tip to the subject is 5 to 20 cm (2 to 7.9 in.). Use this mode to shoot landscapes. Also use this mode Infinity for compositions combining both near and distant objects.
  • Page 52: Continuous Mode

    The camera shoots continuously at approximately 2.2 frames per second* (Large/ Fine, LCD monitor off) while the shutter button is held down. * The figures reflect Canon’s testing standard. The actual figures will vary according to the shooting conditions and settings. Press the selector) as necessary so that appears on the LCD monitor.
  • Page 53: Stitch Assist Mode

    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 on your computer. There are two stitch assist modes based on the shooting direction as shown in the following.
  • Page 54 Shooting ● ● • Do not try to stitch images that include both distant and close items. Objects may appear warped or doubled up. • Make the brightness in each image consistent. The final image will appear unnatural if the difference in brightness is too great.
  • Page 55: Movie Mode

    : approx. 30 seconds*, : approx. 3 minutes, (According to Canon’s standardized tests). * Using an optional Canon FC-256 MH CF Card (not sold in some regions). When using the CF card supplied with the camera. The maximum length is approximately 14 sec.
  • Page 56: Using The Focus Lock

    Shooting ● ● Using the Focus Lock The following types of subjects may not be suited to autofocus photography. Use the focus lock in these situations. • Subjects with extremely low contrast to the surroundings • Subjects with extremely bright objects at the center of the composition •...
  • Page 57: Switching Between Af Modes

    Switching between AF Modes While the AF function is set to AiAF, you can change it to the center AF frame. The camera automatically selects an AF frame from five AF frames to focus on according to the shooting conditions. Focus is selected for the center of the AF frame.
  • Page 58: Switching Between Light Metering Modes

    Shooting ● ● Switching between Light Metering Modes You can switch between metering modes to shoot. Appropriate for standard shooting conditions, including backlit scenes. The camera divides images into several zones for light metering. It evaluates the Evaluative complex lighting conditions, such Light Metering as the position of the subject, the brightness, the direct light, and...
  • Page 59: Adjusting The Exposure

    Adjusting the Exposure 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. Press the FUNC. button and select * with *The current settings is displayed. ●...
  • Page 60: Setting The White Balance

    Shooting ● ● Setting the White Balance When the white balance is set to match the light source, the camera can reproduce colors more accurately. The camera sets the white balance Auto automatically according to shooting conditions. Use when shooting outdoors in sunlight Daylight on a clear day.
  • Page 61 Setting a Custom White Balance You can set a custom white balance to obtain the optimal setting for the shooting conditions by having the camera evaluate an object, such as a piece of white paper or cloth or a photo- quality gray card that you wish to establish as the standard white color.
  • Page 62 Shooting ● ● To set and use a custom white balance setting, it is advisable to select the shooting mode and set the exposure compensation to zero ( ). The correct white balance may not be obtained when the exposure is incorrect (image is completely black or white).
  • Page 63: Changing The Photo Effect

    Changing the Photo Effect An image can be recorded in a different Photo Effect Mode. Records normally with this Effect Off setting. Emphasizes the contrast and Vivid color saturation to record in bold colors. Tones down the contrast and Neutral color saturation to record neutral hues.
  • Page 64: Changing The Iso Speed

    Shooting ● ● Changing the ISO Speed Change the ISO speed when you wish to shoot in a dark area or use a fast shutter speed. Press the FUNC. button, and select * with *The current settings is displayed. Press to select the ISO speed.
  • Page 65: Resetting The File Number

    Resetting the File Number Select the set up method for the file number. The camera resets the file number to 100-0001 each time you insert a new (unused) CF card. If you insert a card that already contains some images, numbering resumes from the next available number.
  • Page 66: Replaying

    Replaying Displaying Images Individually Use this feature to view recorded images one at a time on the LCD monitor (Single Image Replay). Press the button. The last image shot is displayed. Press to switch the displayed image. Hold down to display images continuously.
  • Page 67: Viewing Images In Sets Of Nine

    Viewing Images in Sets of Nine View nine images at once on the LCD monitor (Index View) so that you can search the image quickly. Press the button. Nine images appear at a time. Press to select the image. Press the button for an image you want to zoom.
  • Page 68: Viewing Movies

    Replaying ● ● Viewing Movies Replay movies you shot. Press to select the movie. A movie displays with the Press the SET button. The movie replay panel appears. Select SET button. icon on it. The movie images and sound will play. •...
  • Page 69: Editing Movies

    Fast Forwarding/Rewinding Select one of the following operations with , and press the SET button. : Return to Single Image View : First Frame : Previous Frames (Rewinds if the SET button is held down) : Next Frame (Fast forwards if the SET button is held down) : Last Frames You may experience frame dropping and audio...
  • Page 70 Replaying ● ● Select the editing method with : Deletes frames in the first half of the movie : Deletes frames in the second half of the movie : Reverts to the movie replay panel Select the editing position with Editing position Select (Replay) with...
  • Page 71 Select [Overwrite] or [New File] with , and press the SET button. • [Overwrite]: Saves the edited movie under the same file name as the original movie. The original data is deleted. • [New File]: Saves the edited movie under a new file name.
  • Page 72: Rotating Images In The Display

    Replaying ● ● Rotating Images in the Display You can rotate an image by 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor. 0° (Original) In the [Play] Menu, select and press the SET button. See "Selecting Menus and Settings" (p. 35). Press rotated and press the SET button.
  • Page 73: Attaching Sound Memos To Image

    Attaching Sound Memos to Image In replay mode (including single replay, index replay, and magnifying replay), you can attach sound memos (up to 60 seconds) to an image. The sound data are saved in WAVE format. Select (sound memo) from the [Play] menu, and press the SET button.
  • Page 74 Replaying ● ● Playing the Sound Memos Select (Replay) in step 3. The [ ] icon is displayed to images with sound memos. (Only when image information exists) To stop replaying, press the SET button. To resume replaying, press the SET button again. You can adjust the volume with Erasing the Sound Memos Select...
  • Page 75: Auto Play

    Auto Play Use this feature to automatically replay all of the images in the CF card (Auto Play). The LCD monitor displays each image for approximately 3 seconds. In the [Play] Menu, select Play) and press the SET button. See "Selecting Menus and Settings" (p. 35). Auto play starts.
  • Page 76: Protecting Images

    Replaying ● ● Protecting Images Use the protect feature to protect important images from accidental erasure. In the [Play] Menu, select and press the SET button. See "Selecting Menus and Settings" (p. 35). Press to select the image you want to protect and press the SET button.
  • Page 77: Erasing

    Erasing Remember that erased images cannot be recovered. Be careful to avoid accidental erasures. This function will not erase protected images (p. 76). Erasing Single Images Press the to select the image you want to erase and press the button. Press the to select [Erase] and press the SET button.
  • Page 78: Formatting A Cf Card

    Erasing ● ● Formatting a CF Card You should format a CF card when you wish to use a new one, or when you wish to delete not only the images in the CF card but also other data. Formatting a CF card will permanently erase all data already on it, including all of its protected images.
  • Page 79: Printing

    Printing About Printing This camera supports direct printing. By connecting the camera to an optional direct print compatible printer (CP series)* print function, you can send the image from the CF card directly to the printer using the camera buttons. Or, you can specify the images on your CF card you want to print and how many copies you want (DPOF* Print Settings), and then take the CF card to a participating photo lab to have them printed out later.
  • Page 80 BJ Printer with the direct print function Print Settings for Direct Print Function Optional Canon direct print function ● Select how many copies you compliant printer (CP series) ● Select the print style (p. 87) Printed ●...
  • Page 81: Selecting From The Print Order Menu

    Selecting from the Print Order Menu Use the Print Order Menu as shown below to select all print settings. Make sure to keep the camera in replay mode. Direct Print Function - Replay DPOF Settings - Replay Print Order Menu Printing ●...
  • Page 82: Connecting The Camera To A Printer

    Connecting to a Direct Print Function Compatible Printer (CP Series) Two direct interface cables are included with Canon printers having the direct print function. Use the DIF-100 cable with the connector when connecting to this camera. If you plan to print out many prints in a single session, it is recommended that you power the camera with AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (p.
  • Page 83 Connect the camera and printer using the direct interface cable. • When you insert the cable, make sure the mark of the cable faces the front of the camera. DIGITAL Terminal to Printer Direct Interface Cable DIF-100 ● Press the printer's ON/OFF button to turn on the power.
  • Page 84 Printing ● ● Connecting Bubble Jet Printer to the Camera Please read the user guide supplied with your BJ printer to see if it is compatible with the direct print function, and for instructions on connection cables and general operations. Turn off the camera.
  • Page 85: Printing

    On Bubble Jet printers with operation panels, images cannot be printed through the operation panel while the camera is connected. Movies cannot be played back or the language cannot be set with SET + MENU button when the camera is connected to a printer.
  • Page 86 Printing ● ● Movies cannot be printed. Cancel Printing Press the SET button while printing. A confirmation screen will appear. Press to select [OK] and press the SET button. • Direct Print Function Compatible Printers (CP Series) A print in progress cannot be stopped. The printer will stop after the current print is complete and the camera will display its replay screen at that point.
  • Page 87: Print Settings (Direct Print Function)

    Print Settings (Direct Print Function) You can specify print settings while a printer is connected. Setting the Number of Copies While displaying the image, press the SET button and press [copies]. Set the number of copies with You can set from 1 to 99 prints. Setting the Print Style You can set the following contents.
  • Page 88 Printing ● ● Direct Print Function Compliant BJ Printer Paper Borderless Borders Bordered Prints with a border Date While displaying the image, press the Select the paper size SET button. Press from the following: [Style], then press the SET button. [Card #1], [Card #2], [Card #3], [LTR] or [A4] Refer to the BJ...
  • Page 89 Select with mage (Direct Print Function Compliant Printer (CP Series)) Select [Standard] or [Multiple] Paper (Direct Print Function Compatible BJ Printer) Select [Card #1], [Card #2], [Card #3], [LTR] or [A4] Borders Select [Borderless] or [Bordered]. ● Date Select [On] or [Off]. Press the MENU button.
  • Page 90 Printing ● ● If you print images marked with DPOF print setting, the Date cannot be set. It will be printed with the DPOF print setting. (p. 96) If you are using a Direct Print Function Compliant Printer (CP Series), when [Multiple] is selected, date and borders cannot be set.
  • Page 91 Trim the image. • Changing the Size of the Trimming Frame • Press the or the button. • The trimming frame can be changed to a minimum selection of approximately half the displayed image or a maximum selection that is virtually the same size as the image. •...
  • Page 92: Print Settings (Dpof Print Settings)

    Printing ● ● Print Settings (DPOF Print Settings) You can select images on a CF card for printing and specify the number of print copies in advance using the camera. This is extremely convenient for sending the images to a photo developing service or for printing on a direct print function compatible printer (CP series) or a direct print function compatible BJ printer.
  • Page 93 You can set images for printing with the same method even if the button is pressed and changed to index replay (3-image index replay). ➤For setting all images on the CF card • Press the button to switch to index replay (3-images display) •...
  • Page 94 Printing ● ● Setting the Print Style You can set up the print style as follows. Print one image per sheet. Standard Print index prints (multiple Print reduced-size images per Index Type page). Print selected images both in Both standard and index format. Include the date on the print.
  • Page 95 Press the MENU button. If you have chosen (index) as the print type, you cannot set [Date] and [File No.] to [On] at the same time. If you have chosen [Both] as the print type, you can set both [Date] and [File No.] to [On], however, only the file numbers will be printed on index prints.
  • Page 96: Printing With Dpof Print Settings

    Printing ● ● Printing with DPOF Print Settings You can use the DPOF print settings to print with an optional direct print function compliant printer (CP series), or with an optional direct print function compliant BJ printer. Display the [Print Order] menu. See "Selecting from the Print Order Menu"...
  • Page 97 To print the date, set the [Date] setting in the print order menu, in Step 2 on the previous page, to [On]. You cannot set the date to print with the [Style] menu in Step 3 on the previous page (p. 94). If the print type is set to [Index], the date will not print even if the [Date] setting is set to [On] in Step When [Print Type] is set to [Both], you can set both...
  • Page 98: Image Transfer Settings (Dpof Transfer Order) Setting The Image Transfer

    Image Transfer Settings (DPOF Transfer Order) Setting the Image Transfer Using the camera, you can specify images you wish to transfer and attach to e-mails. (Please use the supplied software for actually transferring images.) These settings are compatible with the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standards.
  • Page 99 Image Transfer Settings (DPOF Transfer Order) ● Select images for transferring. ➤ For setting images one by one • Press to select the image and mark or remove checkmarks from images using . The check marks are displayed when set. •...
  • Page 100: Downloading Images To A Computer

    Downloading Images to a Computer Download images taken with the camera to a computer using one of the following ways: • Connect the camera to a computer with the USB cable You can then download images directly from the camera to a computer. •...
  • Page 101: Connecting The Camera To A Computer Via The Usb Cable

    Connecting the camera to a computer via the USB Cable IMPORTANT You must install the software and driver bundled on the supplied Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk onto your computer if you are using any of the following operation systems:...
  • Page 102 Downloading Images to a Computer ● USB port USB cable Press the 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. For information about what to do after making the connection, please refer the Software Starter Guide.
  • Page 103: Downloading Images Without Installing The Software

    If you are using Windows XP or Mac OS X (10.1 or 10.2), you can use the software distributed with these operating systems to download images (JPEG format only) without installing the software bundled on the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk. This is useful for downloading images to a computer in which the software is not installed.
  • Page 104: Downloading Directly From A Cf Card

    CF card. Copy images from the card into a folder of your choice on the hard disk. The images are stored in the [xxx CANON] folders located in the [DCIM] folder (where xxx is a three-digit number from 100 to 998).
  • Page 105: List Of Menu Options And Messages

    List of Menu Options and Messages FUNC. Menu Item / Menu Screen Setting Content Exposure Compensation Sets the exposure compensation (p. 59). • -2 to 0* to +2 White Balance Sets the white balance (p. 60). • (Auto)* / (Cloudy) / (Fluorescent) / (Fluorescent H) / (Custom)
  • Page 106: Rec. Menu

    List of Menu Options and Messages ● Rec. Menu Item / Menu Screen AiAF Sets the AiAF to on (the camera automatically selects the AF frame when taking a picture) or off (AF frame is set to the middle frame) (p. 57). •...
  • Page 107: Play Menu

    Play Menu Item / Menu Screen Setting Content Protect Protects images from accidental erasure (p. 76). Rotate Rotates images 90 or 270 degrees clockwise in the display (p. 72). List of Menu Options and Messages ● Item / Menu Screen Sound Memo Erase all ●...
  • Page 108 List of Menu Options and Messages ● Item / Menu Screen Auto Play Plays images automatically one after the other (p. 75). Print Order Sets which images and how many copies will be printed on a direct print function compatible printer (CP series), direct print function compatible BJ printer, or a photo lab service (p.
  • Page 109: Set Up Menu

    Set up Menu Item / Menu Screen Setting Content Beep Sets whether or not the beep sounds when the shutter button is pressed (p. 33). • On* • Off • Still beeps to warn of an error even when set to Off. Auto Power Down Sets whether or not the camera automatically...
  • Page 110 List of Menu Options and Messages ● Item / Menu Screen Start-up Vol. Adjusts the sound volume when the camera powers up (p. 39). • Off / 1 / 2* / 3 / 4 / 5 Operation Vol. Adjusts the sound volume of the Operation Sound (p.
  • Page 111: My Camera Menu

    My Camera Menu Item / Menu Screen Setting Content Theme Selects a common theme for the start-up image, start- up sound, shutter sound, operation sound, and self- timer sound (p. 41). • (Off) / Start-up Image Sets Start-up image when you turn on the camera (p.
  • Page 112: Resetting The Settings To Default

    List of Menu Options and Messages ● Resetting the Settings to Default You can reset all of the menu and button operation settings to default except for [Date / Time] and [Language]. Turn on the camera. Can be performed from shooting, replay or any other mode.
  • Page 113: 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 recording image data to the CF card. The replay mode is running. No Memory card : You attempted to shoot or replay with no CF card installed. Cannot record! : You attempted to shoot with no CF card installed.
  • Page 114 List of Menu Options and Messages ● Corrupted data Unidentified image Cannot magnify! Cannot rotate! Incompatible WAVE format : Cannot attach sound memo to the image because the image has some sound Protected! Too many marks! Cannot register this image! Cannot mark image : You attempted to replay an image with corrupted data.
  • Page 115 The following table lists and explains the messages that may be on the LCD monitor when printing to an optional direct print compliant printer (CP series). (Some of these messages may not appear depending on the printer.) 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.
  • Page 116 Bubble Jet Quick Start Guide. Printer error : Turn off the printer, then turn it on again. If the error persists, please consult your nearest Canon customer support center listed in the Bubble Jet Quick Start Guide. ●...
  • Page 117: Appendices

    Appendices Replacing the Date Battery 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. Please purchase a replacement battery (battery type CR2016) and install it as follows.
  • Page 118: Using The Optional Battery Kits

    Appendices ● ● Insert the new date battery into the holder with the (+) side facing up. Replace the date battery holder back into its original position. Set the date and time when the Set Date / Time menu is displayed on the LCD monitor (p.
  • Page 119 This charger can be used only to charge Canon AA-size NiMH batteries. Please do not attempt to charge any other type of batteries with this charger. Never mix new batteries together with batteries that have been used in other devices.
  • Page 120 It takes approximately 110 minutes (for two) and 220 minutes (for four) 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 121: Dc In Terminal (P

    Using the AC Adapter Kit ACK800 Use of the ACK800 optional AC adapter kit is recommended when using the camera continuously for prolonged periods of time and when connecting to a computer. Be sure that the camera is turned off before connecting or disconnecting the compact power adapter.
  • Page 122: Camera Care And Maintenance

    Lens • Never use synthetic cleaners on the camera body or lens. If dirt remains, contact the closest Canon Customer Support Help Desk as listed on the separate Canon Customer Support leaflet. Use a lens blower brush to remove dust and dirt. If necessary gently wipe the viewfinder Viewfinder, and LCD monitor with a soft cloth or an eyeglass lens wiper to remove stubborn dirt.
  • Page 123: Troubleshooting

    (two AA-size batteries). • Use a household power source. • Use only unused AA-size alkaline batteries or Canon AA-size NiMH batteries. (For the information about alkaline batteries, see "Proper Battery Handling" (p. 20).) • Wipe the battery terminals with a clean dry cloth.
  • Page 124 CF card FC - 256 MH (optional). • Use only unused AA-size alkaline batteries or Canon AA-size NiMH batteries. (For the information about alkaline batteries, see "Proper Battery Handling" (p. 20).) • If shooting in a cold area, keep the batteries warm (by placing them in an inner pocket, etc.) until ready to use them.
  • Page 125 Problem The batteries are The batteries have not been used for consumed quickly. over a year. If using rechargeable batteries: The batteries have lost their effectiveness. Batteries do not Batteries were placed in the charger in charge with an the wrong direction. optional battery Poor electrical contact, between charger...
  • Page 126 Appendices ● ● Problem Shots are blurry or The camera was moving when you unfocused. took the shot. Autofocus function hampered by obstruction to AF-assist beam. The AF-assist beam settings are set to [Off]. The subject was outside the range over which the camera can focus.
  • Page 127 Problem The subject comes The subject is too close to the flash. out overexposed (too bright). The subject is brighter than the surroundings. Light is shining or reflecting into the camera. • Adjust the camera angle. The flash mode is set so that the flash always fire.
  • Page 128 Shutter Speed Light Metering Method Exposure Control Exposure Compensation All data is based on Canon's standard testing methods. Subject to change without notice. PowerShot A300 Approx. 3.2 million 1 / 2.7 in. CCD (Total number of pixels: approx. 3.3 million) 5 mm (35 mm film equivalent: 33 mm), F3.6...
  • Page 129 Specifications ● ● Sensitivity AUTO / ISO 50 / 100 / 200 / 400 equivalent TTL auto / preset (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H) or White Balance Custom white balance Flash Red-eye reduction auto / auto / on / off / slow-syncro Flash Range 20 cm - 2.0 m (0.67 - 6.7 ft.) (When sensitivity is set to AUTO) Shooting Modes...
  • Page 130 Specifications ● ● Still Images Number of Recording Pixels Movies Replay Modes Display languages My Camera Settings (customizing) Interface Large : 2048 x 1536 pixels Medium 1: 1600 x 1200 pixels Medium 2: 1024 x 768 pixels Small : 640 x 480 pixels 640 x 480 pixels (Approx.
  • Page 131 This is the maximum recording time per movie clip for the optional Canon FC-256HM CF card (not sold in some regions). Two AA alkaline batteries (included),...
  • Page 132 Specifications ● ● CF Cards and Estimated Capacities (Recordable Images) (2048 x 1536 pixels) (1600 x 1200 pixels) (1024 x 768 pixels) (640 x 480 pixels) (640 x 480 pixels) Movie (320 x 240 pixels) (160 x 120 pixels) • The maximum movie clip length is approximately 30 sec.
  • Page 133 (included with the camera) AA NiMH Battery NB-1AH • Data above depend on the test condition of Canon, and very upon shooting condition and shooting mode. <Test Conditions> Shooting: Normal temperature (23°C / 73°F), alternating the shots every 20 seconds, flash used once every four shots, power turned off and on again after every 8 shots.
  • Page 134 Specifications ● ● NiMH Battery NB-1AH Supplied with the optional NiMH Battery NB4-100 set and the Battery / Charger Kit CBK100. Rechargeable nickel metal Type hydride battery Nominal Voltage 1.2 V DC Typical Capacity 1600 mAh (min.:1550 mAh) Cycle Life Approx.
  • Page 135 Index —— A —— Adjusting the Exposure ...59 AF ...32 AF-assist Beam ...4, 33 Approximate File Size for One Image ...133 —— B —— Batteries Battery Performance ...133 Battery Status Indications ...22 Installing ...18 Proper Battery Handling ...20 —— C —— Camera Care and Maintenance ...122 CF Card Slot / Battery Cover ...5 CF Cards...
  • Page 136 Index ● ● —— F —— File Number ...65 Flash ...49 Focus Lock ...56 FUNC. Menu ...105 Functions ...142 —— I —— Image Transfer Settings (DPOF Transfer Order) ...98 Index View ...67 Indicator ...6 Infinity ...51 ISO Speed ...64 —— L —— LCD Monitor Information Displayed ...30 Using ...28...
  • Page 137 Print Settings (Direct Print Function) ...87 Print Style ...87, 94 Printing ...85 Printing with DPOF Print Settings ...96 Resetting the Print Settings ...95 Selecting from the Print Order Menu ...81 Selecting Images for Printing ...92 Protecting ...76 —— R —— Rec.
  • Page 138 Index ● ● —— T —— Terminal Cover ...4, 102 Time ...23 Turning the Power ON / OFF ...26 —— U —— Using the Optional Battery Kits Using Rechargeable Batteries ...118 —— V —— Viewfinder ...32 —— W —— White Balance ...60...
  • Page 139 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 140: Fcc Notice

    Consult the dealer or an experienced radio / TV technician for help. The cables with the ferrite core provided with the digital camera must be used with this equipment in order to comply with Class B limits in Subject B of Part 15 on the FCC rules.
  • Page 142 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. Function Large * / Middle 1 Resolution Middle 2 Movie SuperFine Compression Fine Normal Auto Red-eye reduction, Auto...
  • Page 143 Function Single Shooting Continuous Method Self-Timer Exposure Compensation Evaluative Metering Light Metering Center-Weighted Averaging Spot Metering White Balance Photo Effect ISO Speed AF Frame Digital Zoom AF-Assist Beam : Default settings : Available The camera will automatically select the setting. : Setting is retained even after power off.

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