Canon PowerShot A410 User Guide Basic User guide

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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.
Preparations
Shooting
Playback/Erasing
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 battery and memory
card
• Setting the date, time and language
Basic Camera User
Guide (This Guide)
• Read this first.
Shooting
Playback/Erasing
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/information-e.html
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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Preparations
Installing the Battery and Memory Card
1 Open memory card slot/battery cover.
c
a
b
into place, then close the cover.
(-) Negative end
(+) Positive end
Front
a
b
Î See the Advanced Guide: Battery Handling (p. 83)
Î See the Advanced Guide: Handling the Memory Card (p. 85)
Ensure that the memory card is correctly oriented before inserting it in
the camera. It may damage the camera if inserted incorrectly.
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Preparations
2 Insert the batteries, and insert the memory card until it clicks
To Remove the Memory Card
Use a finger to push the memory card in until you hear a click, then
release it.
Preparations
First Time Settings
Setting the Date/Time
1 Press the power button until
Upper indicator
Power button
the upper indicator lights
green.
To turn the power off, press the
power button once more.
Hold down the MENU button and
press the power button to turn off all
operation sounds (except warnings).
2 Select the item you wish to set
using the W or X button and
set its value using the S or T
button (a).
a
b
3 Confirm that the correct time
is displayed and press the
FUNC./SET button (b).
Î The date/time can also be set in the Set up menu (p. 11)
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Setting the Display Language
1 Set the mode dial to
a
(playback) (a).
d
2 Hold down the FUNC./SET
b
c
button (b) and press the MENU button (c).
3 Use the S, T, W or X button (d) to select a language and
press the FUNC./SET button (b).
Î The language can also be set in the Set up menu (p. 11)
Preparations
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Shooting
1 Set the mode dial to (Auto).
2 Aim the camera at the subject.
Be careful not to block the flash with your finger.
3 Press the shutter button halfway to
focus.
Pressing halfway
(Lightly press)
The camera beeps twice and the upper
indicator lights green when the camera focuses.
The beep will sound one time if the subject is difficult to focus on.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Shooting Hard-to-Focus Subjects (p. 42)
Shooting
4 Press the shutter button fully (all the
way) to shoot.
Pressing fully
(Pressing all the way)
The camera will beep once and the image will record.
Î See Basic Shooting Functions (p. 5)
Î See the Advanced Guide to verify the advanced shooting method.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Movie Shooting (p. 37)
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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.
To override this time limit and continue displaying the image, use one of
the following methods:
z Keep the shutter button fully depressed after taking the shot.
z Pressing the FUNC./SET button while the image is displayed in the LCD
monitor.*
Press the shutter button halfway again to stop displaying it.
* This operation is not available in the stitch assist mode (p. 6)
Î See the Advanced Guide: Changing the Review Duration (p. 24)
Basic Shooting Functions
Selecting a Shooting Mode
Shooting
Use the mode dial and menu to select the Shooting modes.
Mode Dial
AUTO
The camera automatically selects
settings.
MOVIE
3 movie modes are
available with this camera
(you cannot record audio).
MANUAL
You can manually adjust the exposure,
white balance, photo effects, shooting
panorama composition images
(
,
) and other settings before
SPECIAL SCENE
shooting. 5 modes are available with this 8 scene modes to shoot with the most
appropriate
settings for the scene are available
camera.
with this camera.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Shooting in Manual Mode (p. 31)
Î See the Advanced Guide: Movie Shooting (p. 37)
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Selecting a Shooting Mode
In the
,
, and
modes, the same procedure is used for
selecting shooting modes. The following explanation uses the
mode as an example.
1 Set the mode dial to
(a).
2 Press the FUNC./SET
button (b).
3 Use the W or X button to
a
c
bd
select a shooting mode
(c).
4 Press the FUNC./SET
button (d).
Shooting
mode
Shooting
Mode Items
Manual
Allows you to select settings yourself,
such as the exposure compensation,
white balance or photo effect.
Î See the Advanced Guide (p. 31)
Super Macro
Allows you to take magnified shots of
subjects closer than standard Macro
mode (p. 9).
Shooting is possible when the
distance from the front of the lens to
the subject is in the following range:
1.5 to 5 cm (0.6 to 2 in.) (maximum
wide angle)
Î See the Advanced Guide (p. 31)
My Colors
Allows you to change the image
colors easily with 8 modes.
Î See the Advanced Guide (p. 49)
Stitch Assist
Use this mode when taking shots that
you want to combine into a
panorama.
Î See the Advanced Guide (p. 39)
Movie Mode Items
Allows you to shoot a movie just by pressing the shutter button.
The following three movie modes are available;
Standard, Compact for sending movies as e-mail attachments and My
Colors to change image colors easily.
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Special Scene Mode Items
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.
Kids&Pets
Allows you to capture subjects that
move around, such as children and
pets, without missing photo
opportunities.
Indoor
Prevents camera shake and
maintains the subject's true color
when shooting under fluorescent or
tungsten lighting.
Foliage
Shoots trees and leaves - such as
new growth, autumn leaves or
blossoms - in vivid colors.
Snow
Shoots without a blue tinge and
without making people appear dark
against a snowy background.
Beach
Shoots without making people
appear dark near water or sand
where reflected sunlight is strong.
Fireworks
Captures fireworks in the sky sharply
and at an optimal exposure.
Using the Zoom
The zoom can be adjusted from 41 – 131 mm in 35 mm film equivalent terms.
Telephoto
Zooms in on the subject.
Wide Angle
Zooms out from the subject.
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Shooting
Portrait
Blurs the background and makes a
person stand out.
Using the Flash
Auto
Auto with red-eye reduction*
Flash on with red-eye reduction*
Flash on
Flash off
Slow Synchro
button
Press this button to cycle through flash settings.
(Flash settings cannot be used in some
shooting modes.)
* Red-Eye Reduction: This feature reduces the effect of light reflecting back from the
eyes and making them appear red.
Shooting
Distance ranges for shooting with the flash are 47 cm to 3.0 m (1.5 to 10 ft.)
(W) and 47 cm to 2.0 m (1.5 to 6.6 ft.) (T).
z You are recommended to shoot with the camera attached to a tripod or
other device if the camera shake warning icon
appears.
z
blinks while recharging. You can shoot after
lights.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Functions Available in Each Shooting Mode (p. 112)
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Shooting Close-Ups/Infinity Shots
button
When you press this button,
or
appears on
the LCD monitor.
To cancel the macro/infinity mode: press the
button to remove
or
from the display.
(Macro): Use this mode to shoot close-ups of flowers or small items.
Image Area at Minimum Shooting Distance from End of Lens to Subject
Maximum wide angle setting: 49 × 37 mm (1.9 × 1.5 in.)
(Minimum shooting distance: 5 cm (2 in.))
Maximum telephoto setting: 71 × 53 mm (2.8 × 2.1 in.)
(Minimum shooting distance: 25 cm (9.8 in.))
z Use the LCD monitor to compose close-ups in macro mode since
images composed with the viewfinder may be off-center.
z Exposure may not be optimal when the flash is used in Macro mode.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Magnified Close-Up Shooting (p. 31)
Î See the Advanced Guide: Using the Digital Zoom (p. 32)
Î See the Advanced Guide: Functions Available in Each Shooting Mode (p. 112)
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Shooting
(Infinity): Use this mode to record subjects 3 m (9.8 ft.) or more distant. Also use
this mode for compositions combining both near and distant objects.
Playback
1 Set the mode dial to
a
(playback) (a).
b
2 Display the image you
wish to view.
Use the W or X button to select the image (b).
Use the W button to move to the previous image and the X button to move
the next image.
Î See the Advanced Guide to verify the advanced playback function.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Viewing Movies (p. 58)
Erasing
Playback
1 Set the mode dial to
a
b
(playback) (a).
2 Use the W or X button to
c
e
select the image you wish
to erase (b).
3 Press the button (c).
4 Confirm that [Erase] is
selected (d) and press the
FUNC./SET button (e).
d
To exit instead of erasing, select
[Cancel].
Î See the Advanced Guide: Erasing All Images (p. 64)
Please note that erased images cannot be recovered. Exercise adequate
caution before erasing an image.
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Menus and Settings
FUNC. Menu
From this menu you can specify self-timer, resolution size, and other settings for
shooting.
a
To select an item (a)
b
Press the S or T button.
To change the setting (b)
Press the W or X button.
When you finish making
settings
Press the FUNC./SET button.
When the camera is set to shooting mode,
press the FUNC./SET button.
Î See the Advanced Guide: Menus and Settings (p. 22)
Rec./Play/Set up Menus
From these menus you can specify related to camera functions. There are three
menus: [
Rec. Menu], [
Play Menu], and [
Set up Menu].
From shooting mode
To switch between menus (a)
When the menu icon is selected, press
the W or X button.
Menus and Settings
a
Press the MENU button.
From playback mode
b
c
To select an item (b)
Press the S or T button.
To change the setting (c)
Press the MENU button.
Press the W or X button.
When "..." appears by an item, press the
FUNC./SET button to display the set up
screen, and then use the S, T, W or X
button to change the settings.
When you finish making
settings
Press the MENU button.
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Printing
Connect the camera to a direct print compatible printer with a cable and
simply press the
button on the camera.
1 Connect the camera to a Canon Direct Print compatible
printer and turn on the printer's power.
Canon Brand Printers
SELPHY CP Series Compact
Photo Printers
Interface Cable
Camera
PIXMA Series/SELPHY DS Series
Bubble Jet Printers
2 Power on the camera in Playback mode. Confirm that
or
,
is displayed in the upper left of the LCD monitor (a).
z The
button lights blue.
z The displayed icon will vary according to the printer model.
3 Select an image to print (b) with the W or X button and press
the
button (c).
The
button will blink blue and printing will start.
a
b
Printing
c
Î See the Advanced Guide: Setting the DPOF Print Settings (p. 65)
Î See the Direct Print User Guide
Î See the user guide for Your Printer
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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. 14) in advance.
Camera to Computer Connection
Supplied Software
Downloading Method
Windows 98 SE
Windows 2000
Windows Me
Mac OS X
Computer
Procedure
Camera Procedure
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
z
Computer System
Requirements
z Basic Guide (p. 14)
z Software Starter Guide
Connecting
the Camera to a
Computer
z Basic Guide (p. 16)
Do Not Install It
Computer
Procedure
–
–
–
z
z
Memory Card
Reader
Computer
Procedure
z
z
z
z
z
z Software
Starter Guide*
Downloading
Images to a
Computer
z Basic Guide (p. 17, 18)
z Software Starter Guide
z Software
Starter Guide
* Please also see the Windows XP and Mac OS X Users leaflet.
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Downloading Images to a Computer
Windows XP
Install It
System Requirements
Please install the software on a computer meeting the following minimum
requirements.
OS
Computer Model
CPU
RAM
Downloading Images to a Computer
Interface
Free Hard Disk Space
Display
OS
Computer Model
CPU
RAM
Interface
Free Hard Disk Space
Display
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Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
Windows Me
Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
Windows XP (including Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2)
The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in
USB ports.
Pentium 500MHz or higher processor
Windows 98 SE/Windows Me
: 128 MB or more
Windows 2000/Windows XP
: 256 MB or more
USB
z Canon Utilities
- ZoomBrowser EX
: 250 MB or more
(Including the PhotoRecord printing program)
- PhotoStitch
: 40 MB or more
z Canon Camera TWAIN Driver
: 25 MB or more
z Canon Camera WIA Driver
: 25 MB or more
z ArcSoft PhotoStudio
: 50 MB or more
1,024 × 768 pixels/High Color (16 bit) or better
Mac OS X (v10.2–v10.3)
The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in
USB ports.
PowerPC G3/G4/G5
256 MB or more
USB
z Canon Utilities
- ImageBrowser
: 200 MB or more
- PhotoStitch
: 40 MB or more
z ArcSoft PhotoStudio
: 50 MB or more
1,024 × 768 pixels/32,000 Colors or better
Preparing to Download Images
Ensure that you install the software first before connecting the camera to the
computer.
Items to Prepare
z Camera and computer
z Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk supplied with the camera
z Interface cable supplied with the camera (use the supplied interface cable)
1 Install the software.
1. Place the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk in the computer's
CD-ROM drive.
in the CD-ROM
Downloading Images to a Computer
Double-click the [Canon Digital Camera Installer] icon
window.
2. Click the Digital Camera Software [Install]
button, then click [Next].
3. Select [Easy Installation] as the setup
type and click [Next].
Proceed with the installation, confirming the
contents as you proceed.
4. When the installation is finished, select
[Yes, I want to restart my computer now.]
and click [Finish].
When the installation is finished, click [OK].
5. Remove the disk from the CD-ROM drive after restarting.
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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.
With your fingernail on the left edge of the camera's DIGITAL terminal
cover, open it forward and plug the interface cable in all the way.
USB Port
DIGITAL Terminal
Downloading Images to a Computer
Interface Cable
2. Set the mode dial to
(playback) (a), turn on the power
(b).
The camera and computer will be
able to communicate.
Interface Cable
a
b
Always grasp the connector's sides to remove the interface cable
from the camera's DIGITAL terminal.
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]
and [CameraWindow].
2 Download the images.
Downloading Images
Using the Camera (p. 19)
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
z Download the images using the camera or
the computer.
z By default, the downloaded images are saved
into the [My Pictures] folder.
Downloading Images to a Computer
The following window opens 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 that displays at the bottom of
the desktop).
Download images by "using camera" or "using computer".
Downloading Images Using the Camera
Downloading Images to a Computer
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.
Thumbnails
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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. 15).
When the camera and computer will
be able to communicate, the
button will light blue and the Direct
Transfer menu is displayed on the
camera's LCD monitor.
At this point, images can be
transferred using camera operations.
button
You can select the following methods in the Direct Transfer.
All Images
New Images
DPOF Trans. Images
Select & Transfer
Wallpaper
Transfers and saves all images to the computer.
Transfers and saves to the computer only the images that
have not been previously transferred.
Transfers and saves to the computer only the images with
DPOF Transfer Order settings (Advanced Guide: Setting the
DPOF Print Settings p. 65).
Transfers and saves single images to the computer as you
view and select them.
Transfers and saves single images to the computer as you
view and select them. The transferred images display on the
computer desktop.
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Downloading Images to a Computer
If the Direct Transfer menu is not
displayed, press the MENU
button.
All Images/New Images/DPOF Trans. Images
Select
,
or
(a) with the
S or T button and press the
button (b).
a
The images will download.
c b
Downloading Images to a Computer
To cancel the transfer, press the FUNC./
SET button.
The display will return to the Direct
Transfer menu when the download is
complete.
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Select & Transfer/Wallpaper
1 Select
or
(a) with the S
or T button and press the
button (or the FUNC./SET button)
(b).
c a
2 Select images to download with
the W or X button (c) and press
the
button (or the FUNC./
SET button) (d).
e d b
3 Press the MENU button (e).
The display will 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.
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Downloading Images to a Computer
z The images will download.
z The
button will blink blue
while downloading is in progress.
z Images can also be selected during
index playback.