ENGLISH
Preparation
Shooting
Playback/Erasing
Photo of PowerShot A540
Menus and Settings
Printing
Downloading Images
to a Computer
Basic
Camera User Guide
Please Read This First
This guide explains how to prepare the camera and use its basic features.
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Flowchart and Reference Guides
The following guides are available. Refer to them as necessary
according to the flowchart below.
For information on included items
and items sold separately
System Map
Preparations
• Installing the batteries and memory card
• Setting the date, time and language
Shooting
Playback/Erasing
Basic Camera User
Guide (This Guide)
• Read this first.
Menus and Settings
Handling precautions, references to
the various shooting and playback
functions
Printing
• Installing the software
• Downloading images to a
computer
• Using the software
Advanced Camera
User Guide
Direct Print User Guide
Basic Camera User
Guide (This Guide)
Software Starter Guide
ZoomBrowser EX/
ImageBrowser
Software User Guide
• PDF manuals available
on the Canon website.
http://web.canon.jp/
Imaging/informatione.html
In this guide, the Basic Camera User Guide is called the Basic Guide,
and the Advanced Camera User Guide is called the Advanced Guide.
In this guide, explanations are given using illustrations for PowerShot A540.
Preparations
1. Installing the batteries.
1. Slide the memory card slot/battery cover lock in the
direction of the arrow and open the cover.
2. Insert the 2 supplied AA-size alkaline batteries, or
separately sold AA-size NiMH batteries.
Negative end (–)
Positive end (+)
Preparations
Î See the Advanced Guide: Battery Handling (p. 102)
2. Inserting the Memory Card.
1. Insert the memory card until it clicks into place.
Front
2. Close the memory card slot/battery cover.
Ensure that the memory card is correctly oriented before
inserting it in the camera. It may damage the camera if
inserted incorrectly.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Handling the Memory Card (p. 104)
Î See the Advanced Guide: Formatting Memory Cards (p. 30)
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„ To Remove the Memory Card
Push the memory card with your finger until the memory card clicks
and then release it.
You can use SD* memory cards and MultiMediaCards with this camera.
These cards are collectively called memory cards in this guide.
* SD stands for Secure Digital, a copyright protection system.
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First Time Settings
„ Setting the Date/Time
a
b
c
Preparations
1. Press the power button (a).
2. Use the
or
button to select an item and the
or
button to change its value (b).
3. Confirm that the correct time is displayed and press the
FUNC./SET button (c).
The date and time can also be set in the Set up menu (p. 13).
The date/time setting screen will appear when the
camera power is turned on for the first time, or when the
capacity of the lithium date/time battery is depleted.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Replacing the Date Battery (p. 114)
„ Setting the Display Language
1. Set the mode switch to
(playback).
2. Hold down the FUNC./SET button and press the MENU
button.
3. Use the
,
,
or
button to select a language and
press the FUNC./SET button.
The display language can also be set in the Set up menu (p. 13).
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Shooting
1. Press the power button.
Power button
The start-up sound will play and the start-up
image will display in the LCD monitor.
• Pressing the power button again turns the
power off.
• Pressing the power button while pressing
and holding the DISP. button will turn on the mute setting which
will mute all sounds except for warning sounds.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Using the LCD Monitor (p. 15)
Î See the Advanced Guide: Power Saving Function (p. 21)
Î See the Advanced Guide: Set up Menu (p. 26)
Î See the Advanced Guide: My Camera Menu (p. 28)
2. Set the mode switch to
(shooting) (a).
b
3. Set the shooting mode dial to
a
(Auto)(b).
4. Aim the camera at the subject.
5. Focus and shoot.
Indicators
1. Press the shutter button halfway to
focus.
When the camera focuses, the camera
beeps twice and the indicator lights green.
2. Press the shutter button fully to shoot.
The shutter sound will play and the image will
record. The indicator will blink green while the
image is recorded to the memory card.
Î See Basic Shooting Functions (p. 5).
Î See the Advanced Guide: Indicators (p. 20)
See the Advanced Guide for the various shooting methods
Î
available.
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Reviewing an Image Right After Shooting
After a shot is taken, the image appears in the LCD monitor for
approximately 2 seconds.
You can continue to display images regardless of the review duration
setting with the following procedures.
• Keeping the shutter button pressed after a shot.
• Pressing the FUNC./SET or DISP. button while the image is
displayed in the LCD monitor.
To stop displaying the image, press the shutter button halfway.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Review (p. 24)
Î See Erasing (p. 11)
Basic Shooting Functions
„ Selecting a Shooting Mode
Shooting
1. Set the shooting mode dial to the desired mode (a).
In the
and
modes, use the
or
button (b) to select
a shooting mode.
Creative zone
a
Auto
b
Image zone
•[Av] and [Tv] modes only apply
to PowerShot A540.
„ Shooting Modes
AUTO
The camera automatically selects settings.
When a shooting mode appropriate for the shooting conditions is selected, the
camera automatically adjusts settings for optimal shooting.
Image
zone
Portrait
Blurs the background
and makes a person
stand out.
Landscape
Optimized for
shooting landscape
scenes which contain
both near and far
subjects.
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Night scene
Allows you to capture human subjects against the backdrop of
an evening sky or night scene. The flash is directed at the
person and the shutter speed is slow, so both the person and
the background can be beautifully shot.
(Special Scene)
You can shoot with the most appropriate settings for the scene.
Night
Snapshot
Allows you to take
snapshots of
people against
twilight or night backgrounds by
reducing the effects of camera shake
even without using a tripod.
Indoor
Prevents camera
shake and
maintains the
subject’s true color
when shooting under fluorescent or
tungsten lighting.
Snow
Image
zone
Shoots without a
blue tinge and
without making
people appear dark
against a snowy background.
Fireworks
Captures fireworks
in the sky sharply
and at optimal
exposure.
Color Accent
Use this option to
have only the color
specified in the LCD
monitor remain and to
transform all others to black and white.
Î See the Advanced Guide (p. 60)
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Kids&Pets
Allows you to
capture subjects
that move around,
such as children
and pets, without missing photo
opportunities.
Foliage
Shoots trees and
leaves - such as
new growth,
autumn leaves or
blossoms - in vivid colors.
Beach
Shoots without
making people
appear dark near
water or sand
where reflected sunlight is strong.
Underwater
(PowerShot A540 only)
Appropriate for shooting
images with Waterproof
Case WP-DC2 (sold
separately). This mode
uses an optimal white
balance setting to
reduce bluish tones and record images with a
natural hue. The exposure is regulated to use
the flash as little as possible.
Color Swap
Use this option to
transform a color
specified in the LCD
monitor into another.
Î See the Advanced Guide (p. 60)
Stitch Assist
Allows you to shoot overlapping images that can later be
merged (stitched) to create one panoramic image on a
computer.
Î See the Advanced Guide (p. 43)
Image
zone
Shoots a movie when you press the shutter button.
Apart from [
Standard] mode, you can also select from [
Fast Frame Rate]
(PowerShot A540 only) which is suitable for shooting sports or fast motion,
[
Compact] which is convenient for email attachments, [
Color Accent]
which has only the color specified in the LCD monitor remain and transforms all
others to black and white, and [
Color Swap] which transforms a color
specified in the LCD monitor into another color.
Î See the Advanced Guide (p. 39)
You can freely select camera settings such as the exposure and
Creative aperture value to suit your shooting purposes.
zone
Î See the Advanced Guide (p. 44 – 47)
Shooting
• The shutter speed is slow in
or
mode. Always
use a tripod to avoid camera shake.
• In
,
,
,
*,
,
,
or
mode, the
ISO speed may increase and cause noise in the image
depending on the scene being shot.
*PowerShot A540 only
• To shoot underwater, install the camera in Waterproof Case
WP-DC2 (sold separately).
• We recommend you use Waterproof Case WP-DC2 (sold
separately) for shooting at ski resorts or beaches.
• In
mode, shoot with the subject more than 1 m (3.3
ft.) away from the front of the lens.
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„ Using the Zoom
1. Press the zoom lever toward
or
.
The zoom can be adjusted from 35 mm – 140 mm (focal length)
in 35mm film equivalent terms.
Wide Angle: Zooms
out from the subject.
Telephoto: Zooms in
on the subject.
„ Using the Flash
1. Press the
button to cycle through flash settings.
Each time you press the
button, the
flash settings will change.
With the red-eye reduction function on:
With the red-eye reduction function off:
Flash settings cannot be used in some shooting modes.
Auto with red-eye
reduction
The flash fires automatically and fires the redeye reduction lamp each time.
Auto
The flash fires automatically.
Flash on with redeye reduction
The red-eye reduction lamp and flash always
fire.
Flash on
The flash always fires.
Flash off
The flash will not fire.
Red-eye reduction: This feature reduces the effect of light reflecting back from
the eyes and making them appear red. You can set this feature on and off in
the Rec. menu.
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You are recommended to shoot with the camera
attached to a tripod or other device if the camera shake
warning icon
appears.
When the LCD monitor is on and flash recharging
begins, the lamp blinks orange and the LCD monitor
turns off. When recharging ends, the orange lamp turns
off and the LCD monitor turns on. The time required for
flash recharging will change depending on usage
conditions and remaining battery power.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Rec. Menu (p. 24)
See the Advanced Guide: Functions Available in Each Shooting
Î
Mode (p. 136)
Shooting
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„ Shooting Close-ups (Macro)
1. Press the
button.
To cancel the macro mode, press the
or
display.
button to turn off the
This setting cannot be set in some
shooting modes.
Use this mode to shoot close-ups of flowers or small items.
Image Area at Minimum Shooting Distance from End of Lens to Subject
PowerShot A540:
• Maximum wide angle setting: 60 x 45 mm (2.4 x 1.8 in.)
Minimum shooting distance: 5 cm (2.0 in.)
Macro • Maximum telephoto setting: 84 x 63 mm (3.3 x 2.5 in.)
Minimum shooting distance: 30 cm (12 in.)
PowerShot A530:
• Maximum wide angle setting: 60 x 45 mm (2.4 x 1.8 in.)
Minimum shooting distance: 5 cm (2.0 in.)
• Maximum telephoto setting: 94 x 71 mm (3.7 x 2.8 in.)
Minimum shooting distance: 33 cm (1.1 ft.)
• Use the LCD monitor to compose close-ups in macro
mode since images composed with the viewfinder may
be off-center.
• Check the range of the flash when using it in macro
mode (Advanced Guide p. 118).
Î
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See the Advanced Guide: Functions Available in Each Shooting
Mode (p. 136)
Playback
1. Set the mode switch to
(playback)(a).
The last recorded image will appear in the
LCD monitor.
a
2. Use the
or
button to display the
image you wish to view (b).
b
Use the
button to move to the previous
image and the
button to move the next
image.
Holding the button down advances the images more rapidly, but
shows them less clearly.
Î
See the Advanced Guide for the various playback methods
available.
Erasing
or
button to select an
image to erase (a) and press
the
button (b).
b
a
Playback/Erasing
1. In the playback mode, use the
c
2. Confirm that [Erase] is selected and
press the FUNC./SET button (c).
To exit instead of erasing, select [Cancel].
Please note that erased images cannot be recovered.
Exercise adequate caution before erasing an image.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Erasing All Images (p. 82)
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Menus and Settings
Settings for the shooting, playback or print modes or such camera
settings as the date/time and sounds are set using the FUNC., Rec.,
Play, Print, Set up or My Camera menu.
FUNC. Menu
This menu sets many of the common shooting functions.
a
e
b
c
d
a Set the mode switch to
(shooting).
b Press the FUNC./SET button.
c Use the
or
button to select a menu item.
• Some items may not be selectable in some shooting modes.
d Use the
or
button to select an option for the menu item.
• You can select further options with the MENU button for some
options.
• After selecting an option, you can press the shutter button to
shoot immediately. After shooting, this menu will appear again,
allowing you to adjust the settings easily.
e Press the FUNC./SET button.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Menu List (p. 24)
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Rec., Play, Print, Set up and My Camera
Menus
Convenient settings for shooting, playback or printing can be set with
these menus.
(Set up) Menu
(Rec.) Menu
(My Camera) Menu
e
a
b You can switch
between menus with
the
or
button
when this part is
selected.
c
d
a Press the MENU button.
b Use the
or
button to switch between menus.
• You can also use the zoom lever to switch between menus.
c Use the
or
button to select a menu item.
• Some items may not be selectable in some shooting modes.
d Use the
or
button to select an option.
• Menu items followed by an ellipsis (...) can only be set after
pressing the FUNC./SET button to display the next menu.
Press the FUNC./SET button again to confirm the setting.
e Press the MENU button.
Menus and Settings
• This example shows the Rec. menu.
• In playback mode, the Play, Print, Set up and My Camera menus display.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Menu List (p. 24)
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Printing
Connect the camera to a direct print compatible printer*1 with a cable
and simply press the
button on the camera.
1. Connect the camera to a direct print compatible printer
and turn on the printer’s power.
Canon Brand Printers
Camera
Interface Cable
SELPHY CP Series
Compact Photo
Printers*2
PIXMA Series/
SELPHY DS
Series Bubble Jet
Printers
*1 Since this camera uses a standard protocol (PictBridge), you can use it
with other PictBridge-compliant printers in addition to Canon-brand
printers.
2
* You can also use card photo printers such as the CP-10/CP-100/CP-200/
CP-300.
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2. Turn on the power in playback mode and confirm that
,
or
is displayed in the upper left of the LCD
monitor (a).
• The
button will light blue.
• The displayed icon will vary according to the printer model.
3. Select an image to print using the
and press the
The
or
button (b)
button (c).
button will blink blue and printing will start.
a
c
b
See the Advanced Guide: Setting the DPOF Print Settings
(p. 83)
Î See the Direct Print User Guide
Î See the user guide for Your Printer
Î
Printing
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Downloading Images to a Computer
The following methods can be used to download images recorded by
the camera to a computer. Some methods, depending on the OS
used, may not be available. Please read System Requirements (p. 17)
in advance.
„ Camera to Computer Connection
Supplied Software
Do Not Install It
Camera
Procedure
Computer
Procedure
Windows 98
Second Edition (SE)
z
z
–
Windows 2000
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
–
Downloading Method
OS
Install It
Computer
Procedure
Windows Me
Windows XP
Mac OS X
Computer System
Requirements
• Basic Guide (p. 17)
• Software Starter Guide
Connecting the Camera
to a Computer
• Basic Guide (p. 19)
Downloading Images to
a Computer
• Basic Guide (p. 20, 21)
• Software Starter Guide
–
z
z
• Windows® XP
and Mac OS X
Users leaflet
„ Using a Memory Card Reader
A memory card reader can be used with all the operating systems
listed above. See the Software Starter Guide for details.
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System Requirements
Please install the software on a computer meeting the following
minimum requirements.
„ Windows
OS
Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
Windows Me
Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
Windows XP (including Service Pack 1 and Service
Pack 2)
Computer Model
The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with
built-in USB ports.
CPU
Pentium 500 MHz or higher processor
RAM
Windows 98 SE/Windows Me
Windows 2000/Windows XP
128 MB or more
256 MB or more
Interface
USB
Free Hard Disk
Space
• Canon Utilities
- ZoomBrowser EX
- PhotoStitch
• Canon Camera TWAIN Driver
• Canon Camera WIA Driver
• ArcSoft PhotoStudio
Display
1,024 x 768 pixels/High Color (16 bit) or better
200 MB or more
40 MB or more
25 MB or more
25 MB or more
50 MB or more
„ Macintosh
Mac OS X (v10.2 – v10.4)
Computer Model
The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with
built-in USB ports.
CPU
PowerPC G3/G4/G5
RAM
256 MB or more
Interface
USB
Free Hard Disk
Space
• Canon Utilities
- ImageBrowser
- PhotoStitch
• ArcSoft PhotoStudio
Display
1,024 x 768 pixels/32,000 Colors or better
200 MB or more
40 MB or more
50 MB or more
Downloading Images to a Computer
OS
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Preparing to Download Images
Ensure that you install the software first before connecting the
camera to the computer.
„ Items to Prepare
• Camera and computer
• Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk supplied with the camera
• Interface cable supplied with the camera
1. Install the software.
1. Place the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk in the
computer’s CD-ROM drive.
Double-click the [Canon
Digital Camera Installer] icon
in
the CD-ROM window. When the
installer panel appears, click [Install].
2. Click [Easy Installation].
Select [Easy Installation] and
click [Next].
Proceed with the installation while
reviewing installation settings.
3. When the installation is complete,
click either the [Finish] or [Restart]
button that appears.
When the installation is
finished, click [Exit].
4. Remove the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk from the
CD-ROM drive when your normal desktop screen appears.
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2. Connecting the camera to a computer.
1. Use the supplied interface cable to connect the computer’s
USB port to the camera’s DIGITAL terminal.
Slip your fingernail under the lower end of the camera’s terminal
cover, lift it open and plug the interface cable in all the way.
USB Port
DIGITAL Terminal
Interface Cable
Interface Cable
2. Set the camera’s mode switch to
(playback) and turn on the power.
The camera and computer will be able to
communicate.
Always grasp the sides of the connector when
disconnecting the interface cable from the camera’s
DIGITAL terminal.
Downloading Images to a Computer
If the Digital Signature Not Found window appears, click [Yes].
The USB driver will automatically finish installing onto the
computer when you attach the camera and open a connection.
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Downloading Images to a Computer
A window allowing you to set the preferences will appear when a
connection is established between the camera and computer.
1. Select [Canon CameraWindow]
and click [OK] (first time only).
If the window to the right does
not appear, click the [Start]
menu and select [All Programs]
or [Programs], followed by
[Canon Utilities],
[CameraWindow] [PowerShotIXY-IXUS-DV 6] and
[CameraWindow].
2. Download the images.
• Download the images using the camera or the computer.
• By default, the downloaded images are saved into the [My
Pictures] folder.
Downloading Images Using the Camera (p. 22).
Downloading Images Using a Computer.
By default, all images that have yet to be
downloaded will download.
You can set the type of image to download
and the destination folder.
Thumbnails (small versions) of the
downloaded images will display in the
ZoomBrowser EX Main Window. By
default, the downloaded images are
saved into subfolders according to their
shooting dates.
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Downloading Images to a Computer
The following window will appear when you establish a connection
between the camera and computer. If it fails to appear, click the
[Canon CameraWindow] icon on the Dock (the bar which appears at
the bottom of the desktop).
1. Download the images.
• Download the images using the camera or the computer.
• By default, the downloaded images are saved into the [Pictures]
folder.
Downloading Images Using the Camera
(p. 22).
Downloading Images Using a Computer.
By default, all images that have yet to be
downloaded will download.
You can set the type of image to download
and the destination folder.
Thumbnails (small versions) of the
downloaded images will display in the
ImageBrowser Browser Window. By
default, the downloaded images are
saved into folders according to their
shooting dates.
Downloading Images to a Computer
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Downloading Images Using the Camera
(Direct Transfer)
Use this method to download images using camera operations.
Install the supplied software and adjust the computer settings before
using this method for the first time (p. 18).
All Images
Transfers and saves all images to the computer.
New Images
Transfers and saves to the computer only the
images that have not been previously
transferred.
Transfers and saves to the computer only the
DPOF Trans. Images images with DPOF Transfer Order settings.
(Advanced Guide p. 86)
Select & Transfer
Transfers and saves single images to the
computer as you view and select them.
Wallpaper
Transfers and saves single images to the
computer as you view and select them. The
transferred images display on the computer
desktop.
1. Confirm that the Direct Transfer
menu is displayed on the camera’s
LCD monitor.
• The
button will light blue.
• Press the MENU button if the Direct
Transfer menu fails to appear.
Direct Transfer Menu
„ All Images/New Images/DPOF Trans. Images
2. Select
,
or
button.
and press the
• The images will download. The
button will blink blue while downloading is
in progress. The display will return to the
Direct Transfer menu when the download
is complete.
• To cancel the download, press the FUNC./SET button.
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„ Select & Transfer/Wallpaper
2. Select
or
, and press the
FUNC./SET button).
button (or the
3. Select images to download and press the
button
(or the FUNC./SET button).
• The images will download. The
button will blink blue while downloading is
in progress.
• Images can also be selected during index
playback (Advanced Guide p. 73).
• Press the MENU button to return to the
Direct Transfer menu.
Only JPEG images can be downloaded as wallpaper for
a computer. On the Windows platform, the files are
automatically created as BMP images.
The option selected with the
button is retained
even when the camera’s power is turned off.
The previous setting will be in effect the next time the
Direct Transfer menu is displayed. The image selection
screen will appear directly when the [Select & Transfer]
or the [Wallpaper] option was last selected.
Downloading Images to a Computer
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Safety Precautions
Be sure to read, understand and follow the safety precautions below
when using the camera, in order to prevent injury, burns or electrical
shock to yourself and others.
Be sure to also read the safety precautions listed in the
Advanced Camera User Guide.
Warnings
• Do not trigger the flash in close proximity to human or animal eyes.
• Store this equipment out of the reach of children and infants.
• Avoid dropping or subjecting the camera to severe impacts. Do not
touch the flash portion of the camera if it has been damaged.
• Stop operating the equipment immediately if it emits smoke or
noxious fumes.
• Do not handle the power cord if your hands are wet.
• Do not use batteries which are not specified for this camera.
• The compact power adapter output terminals have been designed
exclusively for this equipment. Do not use them for other products.
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