Canon 55 Digital Camera User Manual

Canon 55 Digital Camera User Manual

ENGLISH

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.

CEL-SF3EA210

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

• Charging the battery

• Installing the battery and memory card

• Setting the date, time and language

Shooting

Playback/Erasing

Menus and Settings

Basic Camera User

Guide (This Guide)

• Read this first.

Handling precautions, references to the various shooting and playback functions

Advanced Camera

User Guide

Printing Direct Print User Guide

• Installing the software

• Downloading images to a computer

• Using the software

Basic Camera User

Guide (This Guide)

Software Starter Guide

In this guide, the Basic Camera User Guide is called the Basic Guide, and the Advanced Camera User Guide is called the Advanced Guide.

Also, "battery" refers to the battery pack.

Viewing the PDF Manuals

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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 noxiousfumes.

• Do not handle the power cord if your hands are wet.

• Use only recommended batteries and accessories.

• The battery charger and compact power adapter are designed for exclusive use with your camera. Do not use it with other products or batteries.

Caution

• Do not sit with the camera in a back pocket as it may cause the camera to malfunction or damage the LCD monitor.

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Preparations

1.

Charging the Battery.

Charge the battery before use under the following circumstances.

• When using the battery for the first time.

• When the "Change the battery pack" message displays.

1. Insert the battery into the battery charger.

2. Plug the battery charger (CB-2LV) into a power outlet, or attach the power cord to the battery charger (CB-2LVE) and plug it into a power outlet.

• Battery charger model names and types vary by region.

The charge indicator will light orange while the battery is charging. It will change to green when the charge is complete.

Charging takes approximately 90 minutes.

Align these symbols

Charge Indicator

For CB-2LV For CB-2LVE

To protect the battery and prolong its life, do not charge it for longer than 24 hours continuously.

Î See the Advanced Guide: Battery Handling (p. 104)

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2.

Installing the Battery.

1. Slide the memory card slot/battery cover and open it ( ,

).

2. Push the battery lock in the direction of the arrow ( ) and insert the battery until it locks.

To remove the battery, push the battery lock in the direction of the arrow ( ) and hold it while pulling the battery out.

Battery Lock

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3.

Inserting the Memory Card.

1. Insert the memory card until it clicks into place.

2. Close the memory card slot/battery cover ( , ).

Front

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. 106)

Î See the Advanced Guide: Formatting Memory Cards (p. 23)

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To Remove the Memory Card

Push the memory card with your finger or the toggle on the wrist strap 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

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Setting the Date/Time

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1. Press the power button ( ).

2. Use the or button to select an item and the or button to change its value ( ).

To set the daylight saving option, use the or button to display .

3. Confirm that the correct time is displayed and press the

FUNC./SET button ( ).

The date and time can also be set in the Set up menu

(p. 13) .

• A rechargeable lithium battery is built into the camera to save such settings as the date/time. This battery charges when the main battery is in the camera. When you purchase the camera, place the main battery in it for approximately four hours or use AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC10

(sold separately) to charge the lithium battery. It will charge even if the camera is turned off.

• The date/time settings may be lost after approximately three weeks if you remove the main battery. Reset the date/time settings if this occurs.

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See the Advanced Guide: Setting the World Clock (p. 24).

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Setting the Display Language

1. Slide 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) .

Shooting

1.

Press the power button.

The start-up sound will play and the start-up image will display in the LCD

Power button monitor.

• Pressing the power button again turns the power off.

• To switch to the setting that mutes all sounds (except for the warning sound), press and hold the

DISP. button while pressing the power button.

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See the Advanced Guide: Using the LCD Monitor (p. 15)

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See the Advanced Guide: Power Saving Function (p. 22)

Î See the Advanced Guide: Set up Menu (p. 29)

Î See the Advanced Guide: My Camera Menu (p. 31)

2.

Set the shooting mode to (auto).

1. Slide the mode switch to (Rec.) ( ).

2. Press the FUNC./SET button ( ) and use the or button ( ) to select (auto).

3. Press the FUNC./SET button ( ).

3.

Aim the camera at the subject.

4.

Focus and shoot.

1. Press the shutter button halfway to focus.

When the camera focuses, the camera beeps twice and the indicator lights green.

Indicators

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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.

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See Basic Shooting Functions (p. 6) .

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See the Advanced Guide: Indicators (p. 22).

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See the Advanced Guide for the various shooting methods available.

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 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. 28).

Basic Shooting Functions

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Selecting a Shooting Mode

1. Slide the mode switch to (Rec.) or (Movie) ( ).

2. Press the FUNC./SET button ( ) and use the or button ( ) to select a shooting mode.

For a scene mode

(p. 7)

, select the mode (default setting) and press the MENU button to select the desired mode.

3. Press the FUNC./SET button ( ).

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Shooting Modes

Still Images

Auto

The camera automatically selects settings.

Manual

Allows you to select settings yourself, such as the exposure compensation, white balance or photo effect.

Stitch Assist

Allows you to shoot overlapping images that can later be merged

(stitched) to create one panoramic image on a computer. Select

[Stitch Assist] from the [ (Rec.)] menu.

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See the Advanced Guide (p. 43).

Digital Macro

Allows you to shoot when the distance from the lens (at maximum wide angle) to the subject is within 3 – 10 cm

(1.2 – 3.9 in.). The subject can be shown larger than in standard macro mode because the camera trims the image edges and zooms in with the digital zoom.

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See the Advanced Guide (p. 35).

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.

Portrait

Produces a soft effect when photographing people.

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.

My Colors

Allows you to change the image colors easily with 9 modes.

Î See the Advanced Guide (p. 57).

Scene Mode

By simply selecting one of the following shooting modes, you can shoot with the most appropriate settings for the scene.

Indoor

Prevents camera shake and maintains the subject's true color when shooting under florescent or tungsten lighting.

Snow

Shoots without a blue tinge and without making people appear dark against a snowy background.

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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 optimal exposure.

Underwater

Appropriate for shooting images with All Weather Case AW-DC50

(sold separately). This mode uses an optimal white balance setting to reduce bluish tones and record images with a natural hue.

Movie

Movie

Shoots a movie when you press the shutter button.

You can select from four modes: [Standard], [Fast Frame Rate] suitable for sports or fast motion, [Compact] convenient for email attachments and [My Colors] which allows you to change color effects.

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See the Advanced Guide (p. 41).

The shutter speed is slow in 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.

• In mode, shoot with the subject 1 m (3.3 ft.) or more from the end of the lens.

To shoot underwater, install the camera in All Weather Case

AW-DC50 (sold separately).

We recommend you use All Weather Case AW-DC50 for shooting at ski resorts or beaches.

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Using the Zoom

1.

Press the zoom lever toward or .

The zoom can be adjusted from 35 – 105 mm (focal length) in

35mm film equivalent terms.

Wide Angle: Zooms out from the subject.

Telephoto: Zooms in on the subject.

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Using the Flash

1.

Press the button to cycle through flash settings.

Flash settings cannot be used in some shooting modes.

Auto

Auto with red-eye reduction

Flash on with redeye reduction

Flash on

Red-eye reduction

This feature reduces the effect of light reflecting back from the eyes and making them appear red.

Flash off

Slow synchro

Slow synchro

The flash timing is adjusted to a slow shutter speed, allowing you to shoot night scenes.

You are recommended to shoot with the camera attached to a tripod or other device if the camera shake warning

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See the Advanced Guide: Functions Available in Each

Shooting Mode (p. 123).

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Shooting Close-Ups/Infinity Shots

1.

Press the / button to switch modes.

To cancel the macro/infinity mode: press the / button to remove or from the display.

These settings cannot be set in some shooting modes.

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: 37 × 27 mm (1.5 × 1.1 in.)

Minimum shooting distance: 3 cm (1.2 in.)

• Maximum telephoto setting: 108 × 81 mm (4.3 × 3.2 in.)

Minimum shooting distance: 30 cm (1.0 ft.)

Infinity

Use this mode to record subjects 3 m (9.8 ft.) or more from the end of the lens.

Use the LCD monitor to compose close-ups in macro mode since images composed with the viewfinder may be off-center.

The exposure may not be optimal when the flash is used in macro mode in the range of 3 – 30 cm (1.2 in. – 1.0 ft.).

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See the Advanced Guide: Functions Available in Each

Shooting Mode (p. 123).

Playback

1.

Slide the mode switch to

(playback).

The last recorded image will appear in the

LCD monitor.

2.

Use the or button to display the image you wish to view.

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.

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See the Advanced Guide for the various playback methods available

Erasing

1.

In the playback mode, use the or button to select an image to erase ( ) and press button ).

2.

Confirm that [Erase] is selected and press the FUNC./SET button ( ).

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. 81).

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Menus and Settings

Settings for the shooting or playback modes or such camera settings as the date/time and sounds are set using the FUNC., Rec., Play, Set up or

My Camera menu.

FUNC. Menu

This menu sets many of the common shooting functions.

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Slide the mode switch to or .

Press the FUNC./SET button.

Use the or button to select a menu item.

• Some items may not be selectable in some shooting modes.

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.

Press the FUNC./SET button.

Î See the Advanced Guide: Menu List (p. 28).

Rec., Play, Set up and My Camera Menus

Convenient settings for shooting or playback can be set with these menus.

(Rec.) Menu

(Play) Menu

(Set up) Menu

(My Camera) Menu

You can switch between menus with the or button when this part is selected.

• This example shows the Rec. menu.

• In playback mode, the Play menu displays.

Press the MENU button.

Use the or button to switch between menus.

• You can also use the zoom lever to switch between menus.

Use the or button to select a menu item.

• Some items may not be selectable in some shooting modes.

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.

Press the MENU button.

Î See the Advanced Guide: Menu List (p. 28).

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Printing

You can easily print by connecting the camera to a direct print compatible printer

*1

with a cable and simply pressing the button on the camera.

1.

Connect the camera to a Direct Print compatible printer and turn on the printer's power.

Slide the mode switch to (playback) mode and turn on the camera's power.

Canon Brand Printers

SELPHY CP Series

Compact Photo Printers*

2

Interface Cable

Camera

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.

2.

Confirm that , or is displayed in the upper left of the LCD monitor ( ).

• The button will light blue.

• The displayed icon will vary according to the printer model.

3.

Use the or button to select an image to print ( ) and press the button ( ).

The button will blink blue and printing will start.

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See the Advanced Guide: Setting the DPOF Print Settings (p. 82).

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. 17) in advance.

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Camera to Computer Connection

Supplied Software

Downloading Method

Install It

Computer

Procedure

Camera

Procedure

OS Windows 98

Second Edition (SE)

Windows 2000 z z z z

Windows Me

Windows XP

Mac OS X z z z z z z

Do Not Install It

Computer

Procedure

– z z

Computer System

Requirements

Basic Guide (p. 17)

Software Starter Guide

Connecting the Camera to

a Computer •Basic Guide

(p. 19)

•Software

Starter Guide*

Downloading Images to a Computer

Basic Guide

(pp. 20–21)

Software Starter Guide

* Please also see the Windows XP and Mac OS X Users leaflet.

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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.

System Requirements

Please install the software on a computer meeting the following minimum requirements.

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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

RAM

Pentium 500 MHz or higher processor

Windows 98 SE/Windows Me

Windows 2000/Windows XP

USB

128 MB or more

256 MB or more

Interface

Free Hard Disk

Space

• Canon Utilities

- ZoomBrowser EX 250 MB or more

(Including the PhotoRecord printing program)

- PhotoStitch

• Canon Camera TWAIN Driver

• Canon Camera WIA Driver

• ArcSoft PhotoStudio

40 MB or more

25 MB or more

25 MB or more

50 MB or more

Display

1,024 x 768 pixels/High Color (16 bit) or better

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Macintosh

OS

Computer Model

The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports.

CPU

RAM

Mac OS X (v10.2–v10.3)

PowerPC G3/G4/G5

256 MB or more

Interface

USB

Free Hard Disk

Space

Display

• Canon Utilities

- ImageBrowser

- PhotoStitch

• ArcSoft PhotoStudio

200 MB or more

40 MB or more

50 MB or more

1,024 x 768 pixels/32,000 Colors or better

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Preparing to Download Images

Ensure that you install the software first before connecting the camera to the computer.

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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.

2. Click the Digital Camera Software

[Install] button and click [Next].

3. Select [Easy Installation] as the setup type and click [Next].

Proceed with the installation while reviewing installation settings.

4. When the installation is complete, select [Yes, I want to restart my computer now.] and click [Finish].

When the installation is finished, click [OK].

5. Remove the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk from the

CD-ROM drive after restarting.

2.

Connecting the camera to a computer.

1. Connect the supplied interface cable to the computer's USB port and to the camera's DIGITAL terminal.

1. Use the toggle on the wrist strap to open the terminal cover.

2. With the facing in the direction shown, insert the interface cable all the way.

USB Port

Interface Cable

2. Slide the camera's mode switch to

(playback) and turn on the power.

The camera and computer will be able to communicate.

DIGITAL Terminal

Always grasp the sides of the connector when disconnecting 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.

• 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.

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.

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.

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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

New Images

DPOF Trans.

Images

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.

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

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All Images/New Images/DPOF Trans. Images

2.

Select , or and press the

button.

• 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 button (or the

FUNC./SET button).

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.69).

• 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.

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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

• Charging the battery

• Installing the battery and memory card

• Setting the date, time and language

Shooting

Playback/Erasing

Menus and Settings

Basic Camera User

Guide (This Guide)

• Read this first.

Handling precautions, references to the various shooting and playback functions

Advanced Camera

User Guide

Printing Direct Print User Guide

• Installing the software

• Downloading images to a computer

• Using the software

Basic Camera User

Guide (This Guide)

Software Starter Guide

In this guide, the Basic Camera User Guide is called the Basic Guide, and the Advanced Camera User Guide is called the Advanced Guide.

Also, "battery" refers to the battery pack.

Viewing the PDF Manuals

Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed to view the PDF Manuals. If this software is not installed in your computer, access the following web site and download the software.

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

PRINTED IN THE EU

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 noxiousfumes.

• Do not handle the power cord if your hands are wet.

• Use only recommended batteries and accessories.

• The battery charger and compact power adapter are designed for exclusive use with your camera. Do not use it with other products or batteries.

Caution

• Do not sit with the camera in a back pocket as it may cause the camera to malfunction or damage the LCD monitor.

© 2005 CANON INC.

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