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  • Page 1 Camera User Guide Photo of PowerShot A495 • Make sure you read this guide before using the camera. • Store this guide safely so that you can use it in the future. ENGLISH...
  • Page 2: Checking The Package Contents

    Read when you want to use the included software. • A memory card is not included. • Adobe Reader is required to view the PDF manuals. AA Alkaline Batteries (x2) AVC-DC300 DIGITAL CAMERA Warranty Solution Disk Card Wrist Strap WS-800 AV Cable “Canon Customer Support” Leaflet...
  • Page 3: Read This First

    This camera’s warranty is only effective in the country of sale. If there is a problem with the camera while abroad, please return it to the country of sale before proceeding with a warranty claim to a Canon Customer Support Help Desk. For Canon Customer Support contacts, please see the customer support list supplied with your camera.
  • Page 4: What Do You Want To Do

    What Do You Want to Do? Shoot Shoot, leaving it to the camera to make settings ... . 22 Shoot to match special conditions ....50 – 52 Take good people shots Portraits At night...
  • Page 5 View Look at my pictures ........26 Automatically play back pictures (slideshow) .
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Chapters 1 – 3 explain the basic operations and frequently used functions of this camera. Chapters 4 onward explain the advanced functions, letting you learn more as you read each chapter. Checking the Package Contents ... 2 Read This First ...
  • Page 7 Customizing the Self-Timer ... 68 Shooting Using a TV Monitor... 69 Changing the Composition with the Focus Lock ... 69 Getting More Out of Your Camera ... 71 Changing the AF Frame Mode ... 72 Magnifying the Focal Point ... 73 Shooting with the AF Lock ...
  • Page 8: Conventions Used In This Guide

    Functions that differ depending on the camera model are indicated with the following icons: : Functions and precautions for the PowerShot A495 only : Functions and precautions for the PowerShot A490 only Explanations without these icons apply to both models.
  • Page 9: Safety Precautions

    Safety Precautions • Before using the camera, please ensure that you read the safety precautions described below. Always ensure that the camera is operated correctly. • The safety precautions noted on the following pages are intended to prevent injuries to yourself and other persons, or damage to the equipment. •...
  • Page 10 Safety Precautions Batteries • Use only recommended batteries. • Do not place the batteries near or in direct flame. • Do not let the batteries come into contact with water (e.g. sea water) or other liquids. • Do not attempt to disassemble, alter or apply heat to the batteries. •...
  • Page 11 • Do not aim the camera at bright light sources (the sun, etc.). Doing so may cause malfunctions or damage the image sensor. • When using the camera on a beach or at a windy location, be careful not to allow dust or sand to enter the camera.
  • Page 13: Getting Started

    Getting Started This chapter explains preparations before shooting, how to shoot in » mode, and then how to view and erase the images you take. The latter part of this chapter explains how to shoot and view movies and transfer images to a computer. Attaching the Strap/Holding the Camera •...
  • Page 14: Compatible Memory Cards (Sold Separately)

    Compatible Memory Cards (Sold Separately) • SD memory cards (2 GB and less)* • SDHC memory cards (More than 2 GB, up to and including 32 GB)* • SDXC memory cards (More than 32 GB)* • MultiMediaCards • MMCplus memory cards •...
  • Page 15: Insert The Memory Card

    Label Removing the Memory Card ● What if [Memory card locked] appears on the screen? SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards have a write-protect tab. If this tab is in the locked position, [Memory card locked] will appear on the screen and you will not be able to take or erase images.
  • Page 16: Compatible Batteries

    Inserting the Batteries and Memory Card Compatible Batteries AA alkaline batteries and Canon AA NiMH batteries (sold separately) (pp. 36, 37). Can any other batteries be used? We cannot recommend the use of any other batteries than those listed above because performance varies widely.
  • Page 17: Setting The Date And Time

    Setting the Date and Time The Date/Time settings screen will appear the first time the camera is turned on. Since the dates and times recorded into your images are based on these settings, be sure to set them. Reappearing Date/Time screen Set the correct date and time.
  • Page 18: Changing The Date And Time

    Setting the Date and Time Changing the Date and Time ● You can change the current date and time settings. Date/Time battery If the [Date/Time] screen appears even when the date/time have been correctly set, insert a new date/time battery (p. 110). Display the menus.
  • Page 19: Setting The Display Language

    Setting the Display Language You can change the language that displays on the screen. You can also change the display language by pressing the n button, choosing the 3 tab, and choosing the [Language] menu item. Enter Playback mode. Press the 1 button. ●...
  • Page 20: Formatting Memory Cards

    Formatting Memory Cards Before you use a new memory card or one that has been formatted in other devices, you should format the card with this camera. Formatting (initializing) a memory card erases all data on the memory card. As you cannot retrieve the erased data, exercise adequate caution before formatting the memory card.
  • Page 21: Pressing The Shutter Button

    Formatting or erasing data on a memory card merely changes the file management information on the card and does not ensure its contents are completely erased. Be careful when transferring or disposing of a memory card. When disposing of a memory card, take precautions such as physically destroying the card to prevent personal information leaks.
  • Page 22: Taking Pictures (Smart Auto)

    Taking Pictures (Smart Auto) Since the camera can determine the subject and shooting conditions, you can let it automatically select the best settings for the scene and just shoot. The camera can also detect and focus on faces, setting the color and brightness to optimal levels.
  • Page 23: Scene Icons

    AF Frame Scene Icons ● The camera displays an icon for the scene it has determined and then automatically focuses and selects the optimum settings for subject brightness and color. Background Subject People Landscapes Close Subjects Icon Background Color * Appears when the scene is dark and the camera is attached to a tripod. When the camera focuses, it will beep twice and AF frames will appear where the camera focuses.
  • Page 24 Taking Pictures (Smart Auto) Background Subject People Landscapes Close Subjects Icon Background Color * Appears when the scene is dark and the camera is attached to a tripod. Under certain conditions, the icon that appears may not match the actual scene.
  • Page 25 What if... • What if white and gray frames appear when you point the camera toward a subject? When faces are detected, a white frame appears on the face of the main subject, while gray frames appear on other detected faces. The frames will follow the subjects within a certain range (p.
  • Page 26: Viewing Images

    Viewing Images You can view the images you have taken on the screen. Switching to Shooting mode Pressing the shutter button halfway while in Playback mode switches the camera to Shooting mode. Enter Playback mode. Press the 1 button. ● The last image you took will appear.
  • Page 27: Erasing Images

    Erasing Images You can choose and erase images one at a time. Please note that erased images cannot be recovered. Exercise adequate caution before erasing an image. Enter Playback mode. Press the 1 button. ● The last image you took will appear. Choose an image to erase.
  • Page 28: Shooting Movies

    Shooting Movies The camera can automatically select all settings so that you can shoot movies just by pressing the shutter button. Shooting Time Enter E mode. button, then press the qr ● Press the buttons to choose E. Press the m button. ●...
  • Page 29: Stop Shooting

    Elapsed Time Microphone Magnifying the subject while shooting Pressing the zoom button toward i while shooting will zoom in on the subject. However, operation sounds will be recorded and the movie may appear coarse. Recording will start, and [ elapsed time will appear on the screen. ●...
  • Page 30 Shooting Movies Estimated Shooting Times Memory Card Shooting Time • Shooting times are based on default settings. • Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 1 hour. • Recording may stop even if the maximum clip length has not been reached on some memory cards.
  • Page 31: Viewing Movies

    Viewing Movies You can view the movies you have shot on the screen. Enter Playback mode. Press the 1 button. ● The last image you shot will appear. appears on movies. Choose a movie. Press the qr buttons to choose a movie, ●...
  • Page 32: Transferring Images To A Computer For Viewing

    Transferring Images to a Computer for Viewing You can use the included software to transfer images you have shot with the camera to a computer for viewing. If you are already using ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser, install the software from the included CD-ROM, overwriting your current installation.
  • Page 33: Install The Software

    Preparations ● Windows Vista and Mac OS X (v10.5) are used for these explanations. Transferring Images to a Computer for Viewing Install the Software. Windows Place the CD in the computer’s CD-ROM drive. ● Place the supplied CD-ROM (DIGITAL CAMERA Solution Disk) (p. 2) into the computer’s CD-ROM drive.
  • Page 34: Turn On The Camera

    For Windows 7, use the following steps to display CameraWindow. • Click on the task bar. • In the screen that appears, click the • Click [Downloads Images From Canon Camera using Canon CameraWindow], then click [OK]. • Double click Connect the camera to the computer. ●...
  • Page 35: Transfer And View Images

    Transfer and View Images ● You can transfer images without installing the included software by simply connecting your camera to a computer. There are, however, the following limitations. • It may take a few minutes from when you connect the camera to the computer until you can transfer images.
  • Page 36: Accessories

    IFC-400PCU* Memory Card Wrist Strap WS-800 * Also available for purchase separately. Card Reader Canon-Brand PictBridge Compliant Printers Compact Photo Printers (SELPHY series) See the user guide supplied with the printer for more information on the printer and interface cables.
  • Page 37: Separately Sold Accessories

    Separately Sold Accessories The following camera accessories are sold separately. Some accessories are not sold in some regions, or may no longer be available. Power Supplies CAUTION RISK OF EXPLOSION IF BATTERY IS REPLACED BY AN INCORRECT TYPE. DISPOSE OF USED BATTERIES ACCORDING TO LOCAL REGULATION. Using accessories abroad The battery and charger kit, and the AC adapter kit can be used in regions that have 100 –...
  • Page 38 Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended. This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine Canon accessories. Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and/or accidents such as fire, etc., caused by the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or explosion of a battery pack).
  • Page 39: Learning More

    Learning More This chapter explains the parts of the camera and what appears on the screen, as well as the basic operating instructions.
  • Page 40: Components Guide

    Components Guide Microphone (p. 29) Lens Shutter Button (p. 21) Power Button Flash (pp. 53, 61) (Mode) Button Use the button to change the Shooting mode. Auto Mode You can leave it to the camera to select settings for fully automatic shooting (p.
  • Page 41: Indicator

    Screen (LCD Monitor) (pp. 42, 118) Zoom Button Shooting: i (Telephoto) / j (Wide Angle) (p. 22) Playback: k (Magnify) (p. 88) / g (Index) (p. 84) 1 (Playback) Button (p. 26) (Mode) Button (p. 40) Indicator (p. 41) DC IN (Power Input) Terminal (p. 111) A / V OUT (Audio/Video Output) Terminal (p.
  • Page 42: Screen Display

    Screen Display Switching the Display ● Shooting [On] [Off] Information Display No Information Display You can change the display by pressing the n button, choosing the 4 tab, and [Shooting Info]. Playback [Off] [Standard] [Detailed] [Focus Check] No Information Simple Information Detailed Information Focus Check Display Display...
  • Page 43: Power Saving Function

    Histogram during Playback High Dark Bright Power Saving Function (Auto Power Down) To save battery power, the camera shuts down automatically when it is not operated for a certain time. Power Saving during Shooting The screen will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated.
  • Page 44: Func. Menu - Basic Operations

    FUNC. Menu – Basic Operations Commonly used shooting functions can be set with the FUNC. menu. The menu items and options differ depending on the mode (pp. 120 – 121). Available Options Menu Items Choose a shooting mode. ● Press the button, then press the opqr buttons to choose the desired Shooting mode.
  • Page 45: Menu - Basic Operations

    MENU – Basic Operations Various functions can be set from the menus. The menu items are organized under tabs, such as for shooting (4) and playback (1). The available menu items differ depending on the mode (pp. 122 – 123). Display the menu.
  • Page 46: Changing The Sound Settings

    Changing the Sound Settings You can silence or adjust the volume of camera sounds. Muting Sounds ● Adjusting the Volume ● Display the menu. Press the n button. ● Choose [Mute]. Press the qr buttons to choose the 3 tab. ●...
  • Page 47: Returning The Camera To Default Settings

    Returning the Camera to Default Settings When you have mistakenly changed a setting, you can reset the camera to the default settings. Are there functions that cannot be reset? • The [Date/Time] (p. 17) in the 3 tab, [Language] (p. 19), [Video System] (p.
  • Page 48: Low Level Memory Card Formatting

    Low Level Memory Card Formatting Perform low level formatting when you think that the recording/reading speed of a memory card has dropped. Performing a low-level format on a memory card erases all data on the memory card. As you cannot retrieve the erased data, exercise adequate caution before performing a low-level format.
  • Page 49: Shooting In Special Conditions And Commonly Used Functions

    Shooting in Special Conditions and Commonly Used Functions This chapter explains how to shoot in different conditions, as well as how to use common functions, such as the self-timer. • When you choose a Shooting mode that matches a particular set of conditions, the camera will automatically select any necessary settings.
  • Page 50: Shooting In Various Conditions

    Shooting in Various Conditions The camera will select the necessary settings for the conditions in which you wish to shoot when you choose the matching mode. Choose the Shooting mode. ● Press the button. Press the qr buttons to choose K, then ●...
  • Page 51 Shooting in Various Conditions ’ Take indoor shots (Indoor) ● Lets you shoot indoors with natural colors. Take shots in low light conditions (Low Light) ● Depending on the scene, the ISO speed will be set higher and the shutter speed faster than in »...
  • Page 52: Adding Effects And Shooting

    Shooting in Various Conditions In t mode, attach the camera to a tripod to prevent the camera from moving and blurring the image. In F, V or ’ mode, images may appear coarse because the ISO speed (p. 64) is increased to match the shooting conditions. Adding Effects and Shooting ●...
  • Page 53: Turning The Flash Off

    Modes for other scenes In addition to the modes explained here, the following scene modes are also available. • " Face Self-Timer (p. 58) • ≈ Long Shutter (p. 78) Turning the Flash Off You can shoot with the flash turned off. What if a flashing When you press the shutter button halfway in low light conditions where camera shake is likely, a flashing...
  • Page 54: Zooming In Closely On Subjects (Digital Zoom)

    Zooming in Closely on Subjects (Digital Zoom) You can use the digital zoom to zoom up to a maximum equivalent of 13x and capture subjects that are too far away for the optical zoom to enlarge. The images may appear coarse, however, depending on the recording pixel setting (p.
  • Page 55 Digital Tele-Converter ● The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.4x or 2.3x. This enables a faster shutter speed and less chance of camera shake than the zoom (including digital zoom) used by itself at the same zoom factor.
  • Page 56: Inserting The Date And Time

    Inserting the Date and Time You can insert the shooting date and time in the lower right corner of an image. Once inserted, however, they cannot be deleted. Be sure to check beforehand that the date and time are correctly set (p. 17). You can insert and print the shooting date in images which do not have an embedded date and time as follows.
  • Page 57: Using The Self-Timer

    Using the Self-Timer The self-timer can be used to shoot a group photo that includes the photographer. The camera will activate approximately 10 seconds after the shutter button is pressed. You can change the delay time and number of shots (p. 68). Press the p button.
  • Page 58: Using The Face Self-Timer

    Using the Face Self-Timer To take a photo that includes the photographer, such a group photo, compose the shot, and press the shutter button. The camera will shoot two seconds after you enter the shot and it detects your face Changing the number of shots For the screen in Step 1, press and hold the n button for a few seconds, then press the qr buttons to change the number of shots.
  • Page 59: Choosing Settings Yourself

    Choosing Settings Yourself In this chapter you will learn how to use the various functions in G mode to progressively advance your shooting skills. • This chapter assumes that G mode has been chosen by pressing the button, then the qr buttons. •...
  • Page 60: Shooting In Program Ae

    Shooting in Program AE You can choose the settings for various functions to suit your preferences. AE stands for Auto Exposure. What if the shutter speed and aperture value appear in orange? If a correct exposure cannot be obtained when pressing the shutter button halfway, the shutter speed and aperture value are shown in orange.
  • Page 61: Turning The Flash On

    Turning the Flash On You can make the flash fire every time you shoot. The flash range is approximately 30 cm – 3.0 m (12 in. – 9.8 ft.) from the end of the lens (when the zoom button is pressed toward j and held until the lens stops moving, which is the maximum wide angle setting of the lens), approximately 30 cm –...
  • Page 62: Shooting Far Away Subjects (Infinity)

    Shooting Far Away Subjects (Infinity) When it is difficult to focus because your shot contains subjects that are both near and far, you can change the focus range (the distance range from your subject) to focus more reliably on far away subjects (approx. 3.0 m (9.8 ft.) or more) only.
  • Page 63: Changing The Compression Ratio (Image Quality)

    0.3 M/640 x 480 (Widescreen) 3648 x 2048 • The values in the table are measured according to Canon standards and may change depending on the subject, memory card and camera settings. Choose the compression ratio setting. After pressing the m button, press the op ●...
  • Page 64: Changing The Iso Speed

    Changing the ISO Speed Approximate Values for Paper Size A4, Letter size 5" x 7" Postcard size 3.5" x 5" Changing the ISO Speed Automatically adjusts the ISO speed to the Shooting mode and shooting conditions. Fine weather conditions, outdoor shooting. Cloudy, Twilight High Nightscapes, Dark interiors...
  • Page 65: Adjusting The White Balance

    Adjusting the White Balance The white balance (WB) function sets the optimal white balance for natural looking colors to match the shooting conditions. Automatically sets the optimal white balance for the shooting Auto conditions. Day Light Fine weather conditions, outdoor shooting Cloudy Cloudy, shady, twilight conditions Tungsten...
  • Page 66: Continuous Shooting

    Continuous Shooting You can shoot continuously at a maximum speed of approximately 0.9 images/second while the shutter button is pressed fully and held. • Cannot be used with the self-timer (pp. 57, 68). • Continuous shooting speed increases in • For continuous shooting, the focus and exposure are locked when the shutter button is pressed halfway.
  • Page 67: Changing The Tone Of An Image (My Colors)

    Changing the Tone of an Image (My Colors) You can change the tone of an image to sepia or black and white when shooting. My Colors Off Emphasizes the contrast and color saturation for a vivid Vivid impression. Neutral Tones down the contrast and color saturation for neutral hues. Sepia Sepia tones.
  • Page 68: Shooting Using The Two Second Self-Timer

    Shooting Using the Two Second Self- Timer The camera will shoot approximately two seconds after the shutter button is pressed, avoiding any camera shake that occurs when pressing the shutter button. Customizing the Self-Timer You can set the time delay (0 – 30 seconds) and the number of shots (1 – 10 shots).
  • Page 69: Shooting Using A Tv Monitor

    • If the flash fires, the shooting interval may be longer. • If you set a high number of shots, the shooting interval may be longer. • If the memory card becomes full, shooting stops automatically. Shooting Using a TV Monitor You can use a TV to display the camera screen content while shooting.
  • Page 71: Getting More Out Of Your Camera

    Getting More Out of Your This chapter serves as the advanced version of Chapter 4 and explains how to take pictures using various functions. • This chapter assumes that G mode has been chosen by pressing the button, then the qr buttons. •...
  • Page 72: Changing The Af Frame Mode

    Changing the AF Frame Mode You can change the AF (Auto Focus) frame mode to match the conditions you want to shoot. Face AiAF ● • Detects people’s faces and sets the focus, exposure (evaluative metering only) and white balance ( •...
  • Page 73: Magnifying The Focal Point

    You can reduce the AF frame size • Press the n button, choose the 4 tab, then choose the [AF Frame Size] menu item and [Small] option. • The setting is configured to [Normal] when the Digital Zoom (p. 54) or Digital Tele-converter (p.
  • Page 74: Shooting With The Af Lock

    Shooting with the AF Lock The focus can be locked. After locking the focus, the focal distance will not change even when you release your finger from the shutter button. Changing the Metering Mode You can change the Metering mode (brightness measuring function) to match the shooting conditions.
  • Page 75: Shooting With The Ae Lock

    Shooting with the AE Lock You can lock the exposure and shoot, or set the focus and exposure separately to shoot. AE stands for “Auto Exposure”. Shooting with the FE Lock Just as with the AE lock, you can lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.
  • Page 76: Shooting With Slow Synchro

    Shooting with Slow Synchro You can make the main subject, such as people, appear bright by having the camera provide the appropriate illumination with the flash. At the same time, you can use a slow shutter speed to brighten the background that the light from the flash cannot reach.
  • Page 77: Red-Eye Correction

    Red-Eye Correction You can automatically correct red-eye that occurs in images taken with the flash. Red-eye correction may be applied to areas other than red eyes. For example, when red make-up has been used around eyes. • You can correct recorded images (p. 93). •...
  • Page 78: Shooting Long Exposures

    Shooting Long Exposures You can set the shutter speed to a range between 1 and 15 seconds to shoot long exposures. However, you should attach the camera to a tripod to prevent the camera from moving and blurring the image. •...
  • Page 79: Using Various Functions For Shooting Movies

    Using Various Functions for Shooting Movies This chapter provides more advanced information than the “Shooting Movies” and “Viewing Movies” sections of Chapter 1. • This chapter assumes that E mode has been chosen by pressing the button, then the qr buttons.
  • Page 80: Changing The Image Quality

    320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec. Estimated Shooting Time Image Quality • Based on Canon’s testing standards. • Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 1 hour. •...
  • Page 81: Ae Lock/Exposure Shift

    AE Lock/Exposure Shift You can lock the exposure or change it in 1/3 steps within a range of ±2 before shooting. Other Shooting Functions The following functions can be used in the same way as for still images. • Zooming in More Closely on Subjects (Digital Zoom) (p. 54) You can use the digital zoom while shooting, but the optical zoom cannot be used.
  • Page 82: Playback Functions

    Playback Functions The following functions can be used in the same way as for still images. • Erasing Images (p. 27) • Quickly Searching Images (p. 84) • Searching for Images Using the Jump Display (p. 85) • Viewing Slideshows (p. 86) •...
  • Page 83: Using Various Playback And Editing Functions

    Using Various Playback and Editing Functions This chapter explains various ways to play back and edit images. • Press the 1 button to enter Playback mode before operating the camera. • It may not be possible to play back or edit images that have been edited on a computer, had their file name changed, or have been taken on a different camera.
  • Page 84: Quickly Searching Images

    Quickly Searching Images Searching Images Using Index Display ● Displaying multiple images at a time lets you quickly find the image you want. Searching from a large number of images By repeatedly pressing the zoom button toward g, you can display an index of up to 100 images.
  • Page 85: Searching For Images Using The Jump Display

    Searching for Images Using the Jump Display When there are many images on the memory card, you can search them by a specified method or image unit. Position of currently displayed image Jump 10 Images Jump 100 Images Jump Shot Date Jump to first Jump to Movie •...
  • Page 86: Viewing Slideshows

    Viewing Slideshows You can automatically play back images recorded to a memory card. • If you press the qr buttons during playback, the image will switch. If you keep the qr buttons pressed, you can fast-forward through images. • The power saving function does not work during slideshows (p. 43). Choose [Slideshow].
  • Page 87: Checking The Focus

    Checking the Focus You can magnify the area of a recorded image that was inside the AF Frame, or the area of a face that was detected, to check the focus. Choose [Focus Check]. Press the n button, choose the 1 tab ●...
  • Page 88: Magnifying Images

    Magnifying Images Approximate Location of Displayed Area Changing Image Transitions You can choose from two transition effects when switching between images in Single Image Playback. Press the zoom button toward k. ● The display will zoom in on the image and will appear on the screen.
  • Page 89: Viewing Images On A Tv

    Viewing Images on a TV Using the supplied AV Cable (p. 2), you can connect the camera to a TV to view images you have shot. White or Black Yellow Yellow Black What if the images don’t properly display on the TV? Images will not display correctly if the camera’s video output setting (NTSC/PAL) does not match the TV system.
  • Page 90: Protecting Images

    Protecting Images You can protect important images so that they cannot be accidentally erased with the camera (pp. 27, 91). • If you format the memory card (pp. 20, 48), protected images will also be erased. • If you switch Shooting modes or turn off the power before performing the operations in Step 3, images will not be protected.
  • Page 91: Erasing All Images

    Erasing All Images You can erase all images at once. Since erased images cannot be recovered, exercise adequate caution before erasing. Protected images (p. 90) cannot be erased. Rotating Images You can change the orientation of an image and save it. Choose [Erase all].
  • Page 92: Resizing Images

    Resizing Images You can resize images to a lower pixel setting and save the resized image as a separate file. • You cannot resize an image to a larger size. • Images recorded at a pixel setting of Step 3 cannot be edited. Choose [Resize].
  • Page 93: Correcting The Red-Eye Effect

    Correcting the Red-Eye Effect You can automatically correct red eyes in images and save them as new files. • Some images may not be properly corrected. • When [Overwrite] in Step 4 is chosen, the uncorrected image is overwritten with the corrected data, erasing the original image. •...
  • Page 95: Printing

    Printing This chapter explains how to choose images for printing, and print using a PictBridge compliant printer (sold separately, p. 38). Please also refer to the Personal Printing Guide. Canon-Brand PictBridge Compliant Printers SELPHY series PIXMA series...
  • Page 96: Printing Images

    Printing Images You can easily print the pictures you take by connecting the camera to a PictBridge compliant printer using the supplied interface cable (p. 2). Turn off the camera and printer. Connect the camera to the printer. ● Open the cover, and insert the small end of the plug firmly into the camera terminal in the direction shown.
  • Page 97: Print Images

    • Refer to the Personal Printing Guide for details on printing. • Refer to pp. 36, 38 for Canon-brand Pictbridge compliant printers. Print images. Press the op buttons to choose [Print] and ● press the m button. Printing will start.
  • Page 98: Choosing Images For Printing (Dpof)

    Choosing Images for Printing (DPOF) You can choose up to 998 images on a memory card for printing and specify settings such as the number of copies so that they can be printed together or processed at a photo developer service. These selection methods comply with the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standards.
  • Page 99 • With [Index] chosen, the [Date] and [File No.] options cannot be set to [On] at the same time. • The date will be printed in the style set in the [Date/Time] function in the 3 tab (p. 17). Choosing the Number of Copies ●...
  • Page 100: Printing Images With Dpof Settings

    Printing Images with DPOF Settings Clearing All Selections ● Printing Images with DPOF Settings The following examples use the Canon SELPHY series printers. Number of copies to print Choose [Clear All Selections]. ● In Step 1 on p. 99, choose [Clear All Selections] and then press the m button.
  • Page 101: Customizing Camera Settings

    Customizing Camera Settings You can customize various settings to suit your shooting preferences. The first part of this chapter explains convenient and commonly used functions. The latter part explains how to change shooting and playback settings to suit your purposes.
  • Page 102: Changing Camera Settings

    Changing Camera Settings You can customize convenient and commonly used functions from the 3 tab (p. 45). Turning Off the Start-up Image ● You can turn off the start-up image that displays when you turn on the camera. Changing the File Number Assignment ●...
  • Page 103: Creating Folders By Shooting Date

    Creating Folders by Shooting Date ● Images are saved into folders created each month, however, you can also create folders by shooting date. Changing the Lens Retract Time ● For safety reasons, the lens retracts about 1 minute after pressing the 1 button when in a Shooting mode (p.
  • Page 104: Setting The Screen Shut-Off Time

    Changing Camera Settings Setting the Screen Shut-Off Time ● You can adjust the time the screen takes to shut off automatically (p. 43). This also works when [Auto Power Down] is set to [Off]. Choose [Power Saving], then press the m ●...
  • Page 105: Changing Shooting Function Settings

    Changing Shooting Function Settings You can set functions in the 4 tab after pressing the pressing the qr buttons to choose G (p. 45). Before attempting to shoot using a function explained in this chapter in modes other than G mode, check if the function is available in those modes (pp.
  • Page 106: After Shooting

    Changing Shooting Function Settings Changing the Image Display Time Right After ● Shooting You can change the length of time the images display after shooting. Changing the Way the Image Displays Right ● After Shooting You can change the way the image displays after shooting. Choose [Review], then press the qr ●...
  • Page 107: Changing Playback Function Settings

    Displaying the Overlay ● You can display gridlines for vertical and horizontal guidance, or a 3:2 guide to confirm the printable area for postcard size prints. • mode, you cannot set [3:2 Guide] or [Both]. • Grid Lines will not be recorded on the image. •...
  • Page 109: Useful Information

    Useful Information This chapter introduces how to change the date/time battery, the use of the AC adapter kit (sold separately), troubleshooting tips, and contains lists of functions and things that appear on the screen. The index also appears at the end.
  • Page 110: Replacing The Date/Time Battery

    Replacing the Date/Time Battery The life of the date/time battery (back-up battery) is approximately 7 years. If the Date/Time settings screen appears every time the camera is turned on, replace the date/time battery with a new one (CR1220). Turn off the camera. Open the cover and remove the AA batteries (p.
  • Page 111: Using Household Power

    Using Household Power If you use AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (sold separately), you can use the camera without worrying about how much charge is left in the batteries. Do not unplug the plug or power cord with the camera turned on. This could erase images you have taken or damage the camera.
  • Page 112: Handling Precautions

    • Use a commercially available blower brush to remove dust from the lens. For stubborn dirt contact a Canon Customer Support Help Desk as listed on the customer support leaflet supplied with your camera. • When you move the camera rapidly from cold to hot temperatures, condensation may form on the internal or external surfaces of the camera.
  • Page 113: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you think there is a problem with the camera, first check the following. If the items below do not solve your problem, contact a Canon Customer Support Help Desk as listed on the included customer support list. Power You pressed the power button, but nothing happened.
  • Page 114 Troubleshooting • Shoot the subject within the focusing distance (p. 126). • Set the [AF-assist Beam] to [On] (p. 105). • Confirm that functions which you do not intend to use (macro, etc.) are not set. • Shoot using the focus lock or AF lock (pp. 69, 74). Even when you press the shutter button halfway, the AF frame does not appear, and the camera does not focus.
  • Page 115 Shooting movies Correct shooting time does not display, or stops. • Format the memory card in the camera, or use a memory card capable of recording at high speeds. Even when the shooting time does not display properly, the recorded video will be the length that it was actually shot (pp. 20, 30).
  • Page 116: List Of Messages That Appear On The Screen

    Memory card error (p. 48) • If the same message appears even when a formatted memory card is installed in the correct direction, contact your Canon Customer Support Help Desk. Insufficient space on card • There is not enough free space on the memory card to shoot (pp. 22, 28, 49, 59, 71, 79) or edit images (pp.
  • Page 117 Check the image in Playback mode. • If this error code reappears, note the Error number (Exx) and contact a Canon Customer Support Help Desk as there may be a problem with the camera. List of Messages That Appear on the Screen...
  • Page 118: Information Displayed On The Screen

    Information Displayed on the Screen Shooting (Information Display) ● Battery Charge Indicator (p. 16) Camera Orientation* White Balance (p. 65) My Colors (p. 67) Drive Mode (p. 66) Camera Shake Warning (p. 25) Metering Modes (p. 74) Image Quality (Compression) (p. 63) / Recording Pixels (pp.
  • Page 119 Playback (Detailed Information Display) ● Shooting Mode ISO Speed (p. 64) Exposure Compensation (p. 60), Exposure Shift Amount (p. 81) White Balance (p. 65) Histogram (p. 43) Image Editing (pp. 92 – Compression (Image Quality) (p. 63) Recording Pixels (p. 62), AVI (Movies) (p.
  • Page 120: Functions Available In Each Shooting Mode

    *1 Always [On]. *2 Possible settings: 0 – 30 seconds in [Delay], and 1 – 10 shots in [Shots]. *3 A recording pixel setting of compression setting (image quality) is selectable. *4 PowerShot A495 only *5 PowerShot A490 only ±0 to ±2 …...
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  • Page 122: Menus

    Flash Settings (pp. 77, 105) Shooting Info (p. 118) Review (p. 106) Review Info (p. 106) Disp. Overlay (p. 107) Date Stamp (p. 56) *1 Fixed to [Off]. *2 PowerShot A495 only *3 PowerShot A490 only Shooting modes Face AiAF Center Normal/Small Standard/Off Digital Tele-converter (1.4x/2.3x)
  • Page 123 ’ " — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Selectable, or set automatically. — Not selectable Menus ≈ — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —...
  • Page 124: Playback Menu

    Menus 3 Set up Menu ● Item Mute Volume Start-up Image Format File Numbering Create Folder Lens Retract Power Saving Date/Time Video System Language Reset All * Default setting 1 Playback Menu ● Item Info Display Slideshow Erase All Protect Rotate Red-Eye Correction Resize...
  • Page 125: Print Menu

    2 Print Menu ● Item Print Displays printing screen. Select Images & Qty. Chooses individual images for printing. Select All Images Chooses all images for printing. Clear All Selections Cancels all settings for printing. Print Settings Sets the printing style. Options/Summary Menus Ref.
  • Page 126: Specifications

    Specifications Camera Effective Pixels... . . Approx. 10.0 million Image Sensor..... 1/2.3-inch type CCD (Total number of pixels: Lens .
  • Page 127 Weight (CIPA compliant) ... . Approx. 175 g (6.17 oz.) (Including the battery and • All data is based on tests by Canon. • Camera specifications or appearance are subject to change without notice.
  • Page 128: Index

    ...56 Changing ...18 Date/Time Battery Settings ...17 Date/Time Date and Time Default Settings ...47 Deleting Erasing DIGITAL CAMERA Solution Disk Digital Tele-Converter Digital Zoom Display Language Display Overlay DPOF Editing Equipment Erasing All Images Erasing Images ...37 Error Messages ...16 Exposure ...110...
  • Page 129 Formatting (Memory Card) FUNC. Menu Basic Operations ...44 List ...120 Green Leaves/Autumn Foliage (Scene Mode) ...51 Grid Lines ...107 Histogram ...43 Household Power ...111 Image Quality Compression Ratio Images Display Time ...106 Editing Editing Erasing Images ...27, 91 Playback View Protect ...90 Indicator...
  • Page 130 ...67 Shooting Date and Time Shooting Using a TV Shutter Button ...21 Slideshow ...86 Snow (Scene Mode) ...51 Software DIGITAL CAMERA Solution Disk Software Guide ...2 Transferring Images to a Computer ...32 Sound Settings ...46 Strap ...2, 13 Sunset (Scene Mode)
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  • Page 132 • Reprinting, transmitting, or storing in a retrieval system any part of this guide without the permission of Canon is prohibited. • Canon reserves the right to change the contents of this guide at any time without prior notice. • Illustrations and screenshots in this guide may differ slightly from the actual equipment.

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