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Read this guide first if you are new to this camera.
It describes the camera functions, setup and operating procedures.
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Read This First
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or
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Quick Start
Basic Functions
Buttons
Mode Dial Functions
Stitch Assist Mode
Menu Features
Other Functions
Appendices
Customer Support
Processing Images with the Software
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Introduction
Thank you for purchasing a Canon PowerShot A50, the easy-to-use digital camera with a wide-angle
zoom lens and a large range of built-in functions incorporated into a compact, completely flat body.
Carefully read this guide and the accompanying PowerShot A50 Software Starter Guide to ensure
you obtain maximum benefit from the digital imaging possibilities offered by the PowerShot A50.
Disclaimer
• While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this guide is accurate and complete,
no liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions. Canon Inc. reserves the right to change the specifications
of the hardware and software described herein at any time without prior notice.
• No part of this guide may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into
any language in any form, by any means, without the prior written permission of Canon Inc.
• Canon Inc. makes no warranties for damages resulting from corrupted or lost data due to a mistaken operation or
malfunction of the camera, the software, the CompactFlash™ cards (CF cards), personal computers, peripheral
devices, or use of non-Canon CF cards.
Trademark Acknowledgments
Canon and PowerShot are trademarks of Canon Inc. CompactFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. IBM is a
registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. Macintosh and Power Macintosh are trademarks
of Apple Computer Inc in the United States and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other names and products not mentioned above may
be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Copyright © 1999 Canon Inc. All rights reserved.
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Notice: Please ensure that you read and follow the handling and safety precautions on
pages 9 to 14 of this guide before attempting to use the camera.
FCC Notice
Digital Camera, Model PS1026
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device
must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15
of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and , if not installed and used
in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference
to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to
try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and
receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
Use of shielded cable is required to comply with class B limits in Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise specified in the manual. If such
changes or modifications should be made, you could be
required to stop operation of the equipment.
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Table of Contents
Read This First ..................................... 9
Erasing Images .................................. 36
Handling and Safety Precautions .......... 9
Guide to Components .......................... 15
Erasing Images from a CF Card ........... 36
Camera Setup .................................... 18
Charging the Battery Pack ................... 18
Installing the Battery Pack ................... 20
Using the Camera with an AC Power
Source ........................ 23
Inserting a CF Card ............................... 24
Attaching the Wrist Strap .................... 27
Setting the Menu Language ............... 28
Setting the Date and Time .................. 29
Quick Start
Taking Pictures ................................... 32
Taking pictures in Auto Mode ............. 32
Replaying Images .............................. 34
Replaying Images in PLAY Mode ........ 34
Replaying Images in MULTI Mode ...... 34
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Detailed Guide to the Functions
Basic Functions .................................. 40
Image Size and Quality ...........................
Specifications ............ 40
Power On/Off Switch ............................ 41
Camera Modes ...................................... 42
Display Panel ......................................... 43
Viewfinder ............................................ 44
Indicators ............................................... 45
Upper Indicator ................................... 45
Lower Indicator ................................... 45
Buttons ............................................... 46
Shutter Button ...................................... 46
Pressing Halfway ................................. 46
Pressing Fully ...................................... 46
Rapid Shot Function ............................ 47
Focus Lock .......................................... 48
Zoom Buttons ....................................... 49
Continuous/Self-Timer/+ Button ......... 49
Flash/- Button ........................................ 51
MACRO/JUMP Button ........................... 52
LCD/VIDEO Button ................................ 54
MENU Button ........................................ 54
SET Button ............................................. 55
Menu Features ................................... 68
Mode Dial Functions ......................... 56
Play Menu ............................................. 75
Lock ........................................................ 56
Auto Mode ............................................ 56
Program Mode ...................................... 57
Stitch Assist Mode ................................ 58
Play Mode ............................................. 59
Multi Mode ........................................... 59
PC Mode ................................................ 60
Show/Hide Info. .................................. 75
Erase ................................................... 76
Protect ................................................ 77
Rotate ................................................. 77
Slide Show .......................................... 78
Print Order .......................................... 81
Stitch Assist Mode ............................ 61
Procedures for Shooting Horizontal/
Vertical Sequences ....... 63
Procedures for Shooting 2 x 2 (Matrix)
Sequences ................... 65
Basic Menu Operations ........................ 69
Record Menu ......................................... 70
Quality ................................................ 70
+/- (Exp.) ............................................. 72
White Balance ..................................... 73
Slow Shutter ....................................... 74
Setup ...................................................... 85
LCD ..................................................... 85
Beep ................................................... 85
Power Save ......................................... 85
Date/Time ........................................... 86
Review ................................................ 86
File No. Reset ...................................... 87
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Format ................................................ 88
Language ............................................ 89
Other Functions ................................. 90
Connecting to a TV .............................. 90
Changing the Button Battery .............. 91
Changing the Recording Format ........ 94
Appendices ........................................ 95
Camera Maintenance ........................... 95
Troubleshooting ................................... 96
List of Message Codes ........................ 100
List of Messages .................................. 101
Specifications ...................................... 102
Index ................................................. 105
Customer Support ........................... 107
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Read This First
Handling and Safety Precautions
Please Read
Read This First
Please read the handling and safety precautions that appear in the following pages of this guide
and the PowerShot A50 Software Starter Guide. When you read through the remaining pages, we
recommend that you have the camera at hand to try each function as you read about the correct
handling procedures.
Test Shots
Before you shoot images of subjects of importance to you, we highly recommend that you shoot
several trial images to confirm that you are operating the camera correctly. Please note that
Canon Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates, and distributors of its digital cameras are not liable for
any consequential damages arising from any malfunction of a PowerShot camera or
CompactFlash™ card (CF card) that results in the failure of an image to be recorded or to be
recorded in a format that is machine sensible.
Warning Against Copyright Infringement
Please note that PowerShot digital cameras are intended for personal use and should never be
used in a manner that infringes upon or contravenes international or domestic copyright laws
and regulations. Please be advised that in certain cases the copying of images from performances, exhibitions, or commercial properties by means of a camera or other device may
contravene copyright or other legal rights even if the image was shot for personal use.
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Safety Precautions
Read This First
• Before using the camera, please ensure that you have read and understood the safety
precautions described below. Always ensure that the camera is operated correctly.
• The safety precautions noted on the following pages are intended to instruct you in the safe
and correct operation of the camera and its accessories to prevent injuries or damage to
yourself, other persons and equipment.
• In the next few pages, the term “equipment” refers primarily to the camera and its power
supply accessories.
Warnings
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• Do not aim the camera directly into the sun or at other intense light sources that could injure your
eyesight.
• Do not trigger the optional flash in close proximity to human or animal eyes. Exposure to the intense
light produced by the flash may injure eyesight. In particular, remain at least one meter (39 inches) away
from infants when using the flash.
• Store this equipment out of the reach of children and infants. Accidental damage to the camera or
batteries by a child could result in serious injury. In addition, placement of the strap around the child’s
neck could result in suffocation.
• Be particularly careful to keep the button batteries (CR2016 lithium) used in the camera out of the reach
of children. Seek medical assistance immediately if a child swallows a battery.
• Do not use substances containing alcohol, benzene or thinners or other flammable substances on the
equipment. The use of these substances may lead to fire or electrical shock.
Read This First
• Do not attempt to disassemble or alter any part of the equipment that is not expressly prescribed in this
guide. Disassembly or alteration may result in high-voltage electrical shock. Internal inspections,
alterations and repairs should be conducted by qualified service personnel authorized by your camera
distributor or a Canon Customer Support Help Desk.
• Do not touch the interior of the flash if it is exposed. Touching it may result in electrical shock. Please
consult your camera distributor or the closest Canon Customer Support Help Desk.
• Stop operating the equipment immediately if it should emit smoke or noxious fumes. Failure to do so may
result in fire or electrical shock. Immediately power off the camera: turn the Mode Dial to the L (Lock)
position and remove the camera battery or unplug the compact power adapter from the electrical outlet.
Confirm that smoke or fume emissions cease. Please consult your camera distributor or the closest Canon
Customer Support Help Desk.
• Stop operating the equipment if it is dropped or the casing is damaged. Failure to do so may result in
fire or electrical shock. Immediately power off the camera: turn the Mode Dial to the L (Lock) position and
remove the camera battery or unplug the compact power adapter from the electrical outlet. Please consult
your camera distributor or the closest Canon Customer Support Help Desk.
• Prevent the equipment from contact with, or immersion in, water and other liquids. Do not allow liquids
to enter the interior. The camera has not been waterproofed. If the exterior comes into contact with a
liquid or salt air, wipe it dry with a soft, absorbent cloth. In the event that water or other foreign
substances enter the interior, immediately power off the camera: turn the Mode Dial to the L (Lock)
position and remove the camera battery or unplug the compact power adapter from the electrical outlet.
Continued use of the equipment may result in fire or electrical shock. Please consult your camera
distributor or the closest Canon Customer Support Help Desk.
• Do not cut, damage, alter or place heavy items on the power adapter cord. Any of these actions may
cause an electrical short circuit, which may lead to fire or electrical shock. Replace a broken or damaged
power adapter cord.
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Read This First
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• Do not handle the power adapter cord if your hands are wet. Handling it with wet hands may lead to
electrical shock. When unplugging the cord, ensure that you hold the rigid portion of the plug. Pulling
on the flexible portion of the cord may damage or expose the wire and insulation, creating the potential
for fires or electrical shocks.
• Use of power sources not expressly recommended for this equipment may lead to overheating,
distortion of the equipment, fire, electrical shock or other hazards. Use only the recommended compact
power adapter and accessories.
• Power down the computer and unplug the power adapter cord before attempting to connect the
interface cable to avoid the risk of electrical shock.
• Do not place the batteries near a heat source or expose it to direct flame or heat, or immerse them in
water. Such exposure may damage the batteries and lead to the leakage of corrosive liquids, which may
result in fire, electrical shock, explosion and serious injury.
• Do not attempt to disassemble, alter or apply heat to the batteries. There is serious risk of injury due to
an explosion. Immediately flush with water any area of the body, including the eyes and mouth, or
clothing that comes into contact with the inner contents of a battery. If the eyes or mouth contact these
substances, immediately flush them with water and seek medical assistance.
• Avoid dropping or subjecting the batteries to severe impacts that could damage the casing. It could lead
to leakage and injury.
• Do not short-circuit the battery terminals with metallic objects, such as key holders. It could lead to
overheating, burns and other injuries. Use the supplied battery case when transporting or storing the
batteries.
• Before you discard a battery, cover the terminals with tape or other insulators to prevent direct contact
with other objects. Contact with the metallic components of other materials in waste containers may
lead to fire or explosions. Discard the batteries in specialized waste facilities if available in your area.
Read This First
• Use of batteries not expressly recommended for this equipment may cause explosions or leaks, resulting
in fire, injury and damage to the surroundings. Use only recommended batteries and accessories.
• Use only Compact Power Adapter CA-PS100/100E to charge Battery Pack NB-5H. Use of other chargers
may result in overheating, distortion, fire or electrical shock.
• Disconnect Compact Power Adapter CA-PS100/100E from both the camera and electrical outlet after
recharging and when the camera is not in use. Leaving it connected for long periods of time may cause
it to overheat, distort or catch fire.
• The camera terminal of the compact power adapter cord is designed for exclusive use with the
PowerShot A50. Do not use it with other products or batteries. There is risk of fire and other hazards.
Caution
• Avoid using, placing or storing the equipment in places subject to strong sunlight or high temperatures,
such as the dashboard or trunk (boot) of a car. Exposure to intense sunlight and heat may cause the
batteries to leak, overheat or explode, resulting in fire, burns or other injuries. High temperatures may
also cause deformation of the casing. Ensure that there is good ventilation when using the compact
power adapter to charge the battery pack or power the camera.
• Do not store the equipment in humid or dusty areas. Storage in these areas could lead to fire, electrical
shock or other damage.
• Be careful not to bang the camera or subject it to strong impacts or shocks that could lead to injury or
damage the equipment when wearing or holding it by the strap.
• Be careful not to cover the flash with your fingers when shooting. In addition, do not touch the surface
of the flash after taking several pictures in rapid succession. Either action could result in burns.
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Preventing Malfunctions
Read This First
Avoid Strong Magnetic Fields
Never place the camera in close proximity to electric motors or other equipment generating strong
electromagnetic fields. Exposure to strong magnetic fields may cause malfunctions or corrupt image
data.
Avoid Condensation Related Problems
Moving the equipment rapidly between hot and cold temperatures may cause condensation (water
droplets) to form on its external and internal surfaces. You can avoid this by placing the equipment in an
airtight plastic bag and letting it adjust to temperature changes slowly before removing it from the bag.
If Condensation Forms Inside the Camera
Stop using the camera immediately if you detect condensation. Continued use may damage the
equipment. Remove the CF card, battery and compact power adapter (if connected) from the camera
and wait until the moisture evaporates completely before resuming use.
Extended Storage
When not using the camera for extended periods of time, remove the battery and store the
equipment in a safe place. (Do not remove the button-sized CR2016 lithium battery.) Storing the
camera for extended periods with the battery pack installed will run down the battery pack and
may damage the camera.
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Guide to Components
• Viewfinder (p. 44)
• Autofocus (AF)
Auxiliary Light Emitter
Read This First
Front View
• Flash (p. 51)
• Red-Eye Reduction Lamp (p. 51)
• VIDEO Terminal (p. 90)
• DIGITAL Terminal
(see Software Starter Guide)
• Lens
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Read This First
Back View
• Viewfinder (p. 44)
• CF Card Slot Cover (p. 24)
• Lock for CF Card Slot Cover (p. 24)
• Strap Holder (p. 27)
• LCD Panel*
• DC Coupler Cable Cover (p. 23)
• Battery Cover (p. 20)
• Battery Cover Lock (p. 20)
• Tripod Socket
*The LCD panel is produced with extremely highprecision manufacturing techniques, with more
than 99.99% of the pixels operating to
specification. Less than 0.01% of the pixels may
occasionally misfire or appear as black or red
dots. This has no effect on the recorded image
and does not constitute a malfunction.
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• Mode Dial (p. 56)
Indicators •
(p. 45)
• Shutter Button (p. 46)
Read This First
Operation panel
• Flash/- Button (p. 51)
Display Panel•
(p. 43)
• Continuous/Self-Timer/+
Button (p. 49)
• Zoom Buttons (p. 49)
SET Button •
(pp. 55, 69)
MENU Button •
(pp. 54, 69)
• LCD/VIDEO Button
(p. 54)
• MACRO/JUMP Button (p. 52)
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Camera Setup
Camera Setup
Battery Pack NB-5H, Compact Power Adapter
CA-PS100/100E, power cords, DC Coupler
DR-100A and 2CR5 lithium batteries are sold
separately in some regions.
To confirm the package contents, see the
back of the System Map packaged with
your camera.
2. Set the battery pack into the compact
power adapter as shown below.
Battery Pack
NB-5H
Charging the Battery Pack
Follow the instructions below to charge
Battery Pack NB-5H before installing it in the
camera.
1. Attach the AC power cord to Compact
Power Adapter CA-PS100/100E and plug
it into an electrical outlet.
To AC Electrical Outlet
AC power cord
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Compact Power Adapter
CA-PS100/100E
CHARGING Indicator
• While charging, the CHARGING indicator
on the charger will flash green.
• Once the battery pack has charged, the
CHARGING indicator will stop flashing
and shine steadily.
Since continual discharge will shorten
the life of the battery pack, you should
remove it from the camera when it is
not in use and store it in the supplied
case in a cool dry place. Remember to
charge it fully before using it again.
• The battery pack capacity may diminish
if it is repeatedly charged without first
being fully discharged. It can be
restored by fully charging and discharging it several times.
• The service life of a battery pack has
expired if its capacity to hold a charge
diminishes severely despite several cycles
of full charging and discharging. Replace
the battery pack with a new one.
Camera Setup
• The battery pack requires approximately 90 minutes to charge fully from
a completely discharged state (as
charged with Compact Power Adapter
CA-PS100/100E according to standard
Canon testing conditions).
• Charging times will vary with the
ambient temperature and charge state
of the battery pack.
• To protect and prolong the battery pack
life, do not charge it longer than 24
hours at a time.
• Do not charge the battery pack in
poorly ventilated areas.
• Remove the power cord from the outlet
when charging is complete or the
compact power adapter is not in use.
• Do not charge batteries other than
Battery Pack NB-5H with the compact
power adapter.
• The battery pack continues to discharge
a minute amount while it is left in the
camera, even if the camera is not used.
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Installing the Battery Pack
Camera Setup
The following describes how to insert Battery Pack
NB-5H or 2CR5 lithium battery into the camera.
Fully charge Battery Pack NB-5H before
using it for the first time.
1. Ensure that the Mode
Dial is turned to the L
(Lock) position (power
off).
2. Slide the battery cover lock to the
release position and open the battery
cover.
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3. Install the battery pack into the battery
chamber with the terminals oriented in
the direction shown.
2CR5
NB-5H
Battery Terminals
4. Close the battery cover and slide the
lock into the locked position.
Indent
• Make sure that the battery cover lock is
in the lock position. The camera will not
operate unless the lock is secured.
• Remove the battery pack from the
camera whenever you will not use it for
an extended period. Do not remove the
button battery because it is used as the
reserve power source for the date and
time settings.
2CR5 Lithium Batteries
• Please note that using 2CR5 lithium
batteries at low temperatures will
severely limit their performance. Even
new batteries may only provide power
for a few shots. You can obtain more
shots if you warm the battery in your
pocket immediately prior to use. When
operating the camera at close to 32˚F
(0˚C) , keep the LCD panel off and
compose images with the optical
viewfinder.
• Even if the battery charge appears to be
depleted while shooting at low
temperature (“Lb” shows in the display
panel), the battery may still retain a
charge when used at room temperature.
• Do not use 2CR5 lithium batteries that
have been used in another camera. The
camera may not operate properly.
Camera Setup
• When removing battery Pack NB-5H
from the camera, it is helpful to slip
your fingernail or fingertip into the
indent on the bottom of the battery
pack before you gently pull it out.
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Camera Setup
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• You are advised to use a power kit (sold
separately in some regions), a charged
battery pack or an AC adapter if you
will be using the camera frequently at
low temperatures, loading images onto
a computer or performing other tasks
that require extended operation.
• Replace the supplied 2CR5 lithium
battery with a new one of the same
type.
Battery Performance
Battery Pack NB-5H 2CR5 Lithium Batteries
(Fully charged) (New, Sanyo Brand)
Shooting Capacity
LCD Panel On Approx. 70 shots
LCD Panel Off Approx. 280 shots
Replay Capacity Approx. 70 min.
Approx. 80 shots
Approx. 500 shots
Approx. 100 min.
• This data is generated according to our
standard test conditions. Results will vary
with shooting conditions and camera
modes. (Shooting: room temperature,
Large/Fine, zoom used, flash fired once
every four shots. Replay: room temperature, continuous replay of one image
every 5 seconds.)
Using the Camera with an AC Power Source
Cable Cover
DC Coupler
DR-100A
Compact Power
Adapter
CA-PS100/100E
DC
Indicator
DC
Terminal
• The DC output indicator on the
compact power adapter will shine red
while in use as a DC power source for
the camera.
• Please note that the compact power
adapter will not charge a battery pack
while in use as a DC power source for
the camera.
• Unplug the compact power adapter
cord from the electrical outlet after
use.
• The compact power adapter can only
be used as an AC power source for
products specified for use with Battery
Pack NB-5H.
Camera Setup
To power the camera with an AC power
source, connect DC Coupler DR-100A to
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS100/100E as
shown below and replace Battery Pack NB-5H
with the other end of the DC coupler.
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Inserting a CF Card
Camera Setup
Follow the procedures below to insert a CF
card into the camera.
2. As shown below, orient the card with
its label side facing up and insert it into
the slot until it is firmly seated.
• Please note that using CF cards in this
camera that have been used in other
manufacturers’ cameras or edited with
other application software may cause
malfunctions.
Arrow Mark
Label Side
1. Slide the lock for the CF card slot cover
to the open position and open the
cover.
The CF card eject button
will pop up when a card
is inserted. Use this
button to eject a card.
3. Close the CF card slot cover.
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CF Cards and Estimated Capacities
FC-4M
FC-8M
FC-15M
FC-30M
FC-48M
52
106
200
446
670
Small/F
30
61
116
251
378
Large/N
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43
81
179
269
Large/F CCD RAW
11
23
44
96
144
2
4
9
19
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• Small (640 x 480 pixels) and Large (1280 x 960
pixels) images use JPEG compression. CCD RAW
(1280 x 960 pixels) images are uncompressed.
• N refers to Normal quality, F to Fine quality.
• Image totals are based on our standardized
shooting conditions. Actual totals may differ
according to the shooting conditions,
• Do not remove the battery or remove a
CF card while the camera is writing to a
CF card, erasing images or reading from
a CF card.
• A CF card is a high-precision electronic
component. Do not bend, apply force to,
or subject it to shocks or vibrations.
• Do not attempt to disassemble or alter a
CF card.
• Moving a CF card rapidly between
temperature extremes will cause
condensation to form on the card and
may lead to a malfunction. To avoid
condensation, place the CF card into a
sealed plastic bag before moving it into a
different temperature zone and allow it
to adjust slowly to the new temperature.
If condensation forms on the CF card, put
it aside until the water droplets have
evaporated completely.
• Place the CF card in the supplied case for
storage.
• Do not use or store CF cards in the
following types of location.
- Locations subject to strong magnetic
fields
- Locations subject to dust or sand
- Locations subject to high humidity and
high temperatures
Camera Setup
Small/N
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Precautions with CF Cards
Camera Setup
Please note that the PC card icon may take a
moment (about 1 minute) to appear on the
Taskbar of certain computers after insertion in
a PC card slot. If this occurs, you should delete
the Windows® standard driver and install the
SanDisk ATA FlashDisk device driver. The
procedures are described below. Please
consult your computer manufacturer if you
are uncertain about these procedures.
How to Remove the Windows Standard Driver
1. Insert the CF card (with adapter) into the
PC card slot. Right-click the [My computer] icon and select [Properties].
2. The System Properties dialog will appear.
Click the [Device Manager] tab and select
[View devices by connection] check box at
the top.
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3. Click the [Computer] option, select the
device with the PC card icon and click the
[Remove] button.
4. When the Confirm Device Removal dialog
appears, click the [OK] button.
5. Close the System Properties dialog.
6. Remove the CF card from the slot.
How to Install the SanDisk ATA FlashDisk
Device Driver
1. Insert the CF card into the PC card slot.
2. The New Hardware Found dialog will
appear. Choose the [Select from a list of
alternative drivers] option and click the
[OK] button.
3. Select the [Show all devices] option in the
Select Device dialog.
4. Select [SanDisk] in the Manufacturers
category. SanDisk ATA FlashDisk will
automatically be selected in the Models
category. Finish by clicking the [OK]
button.
Attaching the Wrist Strap
1. Insert the thin part of the wrist strap
through the strap holder.
3. Pull the wrist strap through the loop of
the thin part until the loop slips over
the plastic part of the strap.
Camera Setup
A wrist strap is supplied with this camera.
Follow the procedures below to attach it.
Strap holder
2. Insert the other end of the wrist strap
through the loop of the thin part that
you inserted through the strap holder
in step 1.
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Setting the Menu Language
Camera Setup
You can change the language in which
messages are displayed.
The Language menu may appear differently on cameras in some regions.
MACRO/JUMP
Button
SET Button
+/- Buttons
2. Press and hold the SET button, then
press the MACRO/JUMP button to
display the Language menu.
3. Use the +/- buttons to move between
language selections and the SET button
to execute the selection.
LCD Panel
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1. Turn the Mode Dial to the PLAY
position.
Mode Dial
Setting the Date and Time
MENU Button
SET Button
1. Turn the Mode Dial to the
position.
(Auto)
2. Press the MENU button to display the
Rec. menu.
+/- Buttons
Camera Setup
Set the correct date and time with the
following procedures.
LCD Panel
Mode Dial
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Camera Setup
3. Press the +/- buttons to select [Setup].
Then press the SET button to display
the Setup menu.
5. Press the SET button to move between
fields and the +/- buttons to advance
values.
4. Select [Date/Time] with the +/- buttons
and press the SET button. The Date/
Time menu will be displayed.
6. Once the settings are adjusted to your
satisfaction, press the MENU button to
save your selection and exit.
The factory default for the date display
style may differ in some regions.
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7. Turn the Mode Dial to the L (Lock)
position to shut off the power.
Quick Start
Now that you have the camera set up,
lets jump right into picture taking.
This section explains the most basic
procedures for taking, reviewing and
deleting images. Since any images you
record can be readily deleted, try actually
taking some shots as you read through
this section.
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Taking Pictures
Taking Pictures in Auto Mode
1. Turn the Mode Dial to the
position.
Taking Pictures
Viewfinder
Menu
Button
Mode Dial
Shutter Button
Zoom Buttons
(Auto)
2. Look into the viewfinder and frame the
subject.
3. Use the Zoom buttons to make the
subject appear closer or farther away.
4. Press the shutter button halfway and
wait until the beep sounds twice.
5. After the beeps, press the shutter
button all the way.
A single beep will indicate that the
image has been taken.
LCD/VIDEO Button
LCD Panel
About Power Save
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• The lens cover will close and the camera
will automatically power down if left
for 3 minutes. Turn the Mode Dial or
press any button to restore power.
6. You can now take another picture.
Turn the Mode Dial to the L (Lock)
position when you wish to stop taking
pictures.
Press Halfway
Press Fully
Previewing an Image Before Shooting
Press the LCD/VIDEO button to turn on the
LCD panel. Press it again to turn off the LCD
panel (p. 54).
Indicator Behavior After a Shot
The indicator beside the optical viewfinder
flashes green after a shot is taken, indicating
that the image is being recorded on the CF
card. Do not open the battery cover or CF
card slot cover while this indicator is flashing.
However, the next shot can usually be taken
while the green light is flashing (p.47).
Other Shooting Features
Using the LCD Panel to Compose a Shot .. p. 54
Reviewing an Image on the LCD Panel ....... p. 86
Focusing on an Object at the Edge of a
Composition ........................................ p. 48
Shooting Close-Ups (Macro Mode) ......... p. 52
Shooting Telephoto Shots ....................... p. 49
Shooting at the Slow Shutter Speed ....... p. 74
Shooting Continuous Frames .................. p. 49
Shooting with the Self-Timer .................. p. 49
Shooting with the Flash On or Off .......... p. 51
Shooting in Backlit or Bright Conditions
(Exposure Compensation) .................... p. 72
Shooting in Natural or Artificial Lighting
(White Balance) .................................... p. 73
Changing the Image Quality and Size ..... p. 70
Shooting Images for Merging into Panoramas
(Stitch Assist Mode) ............................. p. 61
Taking Pictures
Two-Stage Shutter Button
The camera features a two-stage shutter
button. Press the button lightly (depress to the
halfway point) to activate the first stage, the
focus and auto exposure lock. Pressing more
firmly to the second stage will activate the
shutter, recording an image.
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Replaying Images
Replaying Images in PLAY Mode
Replaying Images in MULTI Mode
Replays images one at a time on the LCD
panel.
Replays sets of up to 9 images on the LCD
panel.
Replaying Images
Mode Dial
Mode Dial
+/- Buttons
+/- Buttons
LCD Panel
1. Turn the Mode Dial to the PLAY
position.
2. Press the + button to display the next
image or the - button to display the
previous image.
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3. When you have finished viewing
images, turn the Mode Dial to the L
(Lock) position.
LCD Panel
1. Turn the Mode Dial to the MULTI
position.
2. Select image (green frame) by pressing
the +/- buttons.
Continuous Image Replay (Slide Shows) ..... p. 78
Displaying images on a TV ...................... p. 90
Rotating Images ...................................... p. 77
Displaying the date and time information for
an image. ............................................. p. 75
Replaying Images
• Display the selected image at full size
by turning the Mode Dial to the PLAY
position.
• Display the next or previous nine
images by pressing the MACRO/JUMP
button and +/- buttons. To select an
image, press the MACRO/JUMP button
again.
Other Replay Features
3. When you have finished viewing
images, turn the Mode Dial to L (Lock)
position.
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Erasing Images
Erasing Images from a CF Card
Follow the procedures below to erase an
image.
5. Press the +/- buttons to select [Single],
then press the SET button.
Erasing Images
1. Turn the Mode Dial to the PLAY or
MULTI position.
SET Button
Menu Button
6. Check the image, then press the SET
button.
+/- Buttons
Mode Dial
2. Press the +/- buttons to select the
image to be erased.
3. Press the MENU button.
4. Press the +/- buttons to select [Erase],
then press the SET button.
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7. Press the +/- buttons to select [OK] or
[Cancel] in the erase confirmation
screen, then press the SET button.
Shortcut
Erasing Images
• To delete all the images at once, select
[All] in Step 5.
• If you want to stop the erase procedure,
select [Cancel].
• To display the previous menu, press the
MENU button.
In Play mode, you can erase the currently
displayed image by pressing and holding
the SET button and pressing the - button.
The erase confirmation screen will display.
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Detailed Guide
to the Functions
This section provides individual explanations of each camera function. Read it to
find out more detail about each function
or for instructions on using the advanced
modes, such as the Stitch Assist mode and
Menu settings.
Basic Functions
Image Size and Quality Specifications
The PowerShot A50 can take pictures with the following screen sizes and qualities.
Basic Functions
Size/Quality
Compression Format
Large/Fine (1280 x 960)
Large/Normal (1280 x 960)
Small/Fine (640 x 480)
Small/Normal (640 x 480)
CCD RAW (1280 x 960)
JPEG High Quality
JPEG Normal
JPEG High Quality
JPEG Normal
No Compression
• Large and Small sizes cover the exact
same scope but reproduce the images
with differing numbers of pixels. On
computer monitors the Large format is
displayed at 1280 x 960 pixels, while the
Small is displayed at 640 x 480 pixels.
• You can change the size and quality
settings with the Menu feature in the
Auto, Program or Stitch Assist mode
before shooting an image. (p. 70)
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File Size
320 KB
170 KB
120 KB
65 KB
1560 KB
• In the Continuous mode, the default
size and quality settings are Small/Fine
or Small/Normal. (p. 49)
• Figures noted herein reflect standard
shooting conditions established by
Canon. Actual file sizes will vary among
photographic subjects.
Power On/Off Switch
Power Save Function
Shooting Modes
The camera automatically closes the lens
cover and powers down if you do not use
a camera function for approximately
three minutes.
PC Mode
When connected to a computer, a
message is displayed on the computer
monitor if you do not use a camera
function for approximately five minutes.
If you do not use a camera function for
an additional minute, the camera
automatically powers down.
• To reactivate the camera after it is
powered down, turn the Mode Dial or
press any button.
• You can deactivate the Power Save
function. (p. 85)
Basic Functions
The camera’s power is
turned on and off with the
Mode Dial. The power is
off when the dial is turned
to the L (Lock) position and
on when turned to any
other position.
Playback Modes
The camera automatically powers down if
you do not use a camera function for
approximately five minutes.
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Camera Modes
The PowerShot A50 features six operating
modes that you select with the Mode Dial.
Shooting Modes
Basic Functions
: Auto Mode
Auto mode is for taking standard pictures.
The focus, exposure and white balance
settings as well as the flash are automatically selected or activated by the camera.
P : Program Mode
Program mode is also for taking pictures,
but the Flash On/Off and Continuous
settings can be selected manually. The
focus and exposure are set automatically
by the camera. (The exposure can be finetuned manually with the Exposure
Compensation function.)
: Stitch Assist Mode
Taking pictures in this mode is helpful if
you intend to merge several images into a
single high-quality panoramic image.
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Merging images is easy if you use the
PhotoStitch software program.
Playback Modes
PLAY : Play Mode
Play mode is for viewing images recorded
on the CF card. Images are displayed on
the LCD panel one by one.
MULTI : Multi Mode
Multi mode is for viewing multiple images
recorded on the CF card. Images are
displayed on the LCD panel in groups of
nine.
Data Transmission Mode
PC : PC Mode
PC mode is for viewing and processing
images with a computer.
Display Panel
• Changing size and quality settings will
alter the number of images that can be
stored in the CF card.
• Message codes on the Display panel will
indicate errors or the camera status.
(p. 100)
Single Mode
Continuous Mode
Self-Timer Mode
Fine
Normal
CCD RAW
Large
Small
Basic Functions
The Display panel on the camera top shows
the status of camera settings, battery levels
and the approximate number of images that
can be stored in the CF card at the current
size and quality settings.
Flash On
Flash Off
Red-Eye Reduction
Macro Mode
Exposure Compensation
Beep On
Low Battery
Clock Not Set
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Viewfinder
The camera is equipped with an optical
viewfinder for image composition.
Basic Functions
Viewfinder Frame Marks
The camera focuses on the area encompassed
by the square brackets in the viewfinder’s
center. When composing images, aim the
camera so that the photographic subject is in
the middle of the viewfinder.
• The field of the viewfinder will change
as the Zoom button is pressed.
• In Macro mode (subject 6.7 to 20in. (17
to 50cm) from the lens), the actual area
shot by the lens is slightly lower than the
area shown in the viewfinder. The closer
the camera is to the subject, the larger
the difference between these areas.
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• When taking shots in Macro mode, be
sure to confirm the image composition
and focus in the LCD panel.
• Pressing the shutter button halfway
locks the focus until the button is
released. This allows you to focus on a
particular object while freely changing
the image composition. A moment after
depressing the shutter button halfway,
two beeps will sound and a green or
red indicator will light, indicating a
focus lock. You are now free to reorient
the camera knowing that your target
subject is in focus.
Indicators
Two indicators appear to the left of the
viewfinder. These lights shine or flash to
confirm various actions and camera modes
when you press the shutter button.
Upper Indicator
Upper Indicator
Green:
Ready to take picture
(no flash)
Flashing Green: Recording to and reading
from CF card. Transferring
image data to PC
Red:
Flash On mode, ready to take
picture
Flashing Red: Flash Off mode, insufficient
light (image may blur)
Orange:
Macro Mode On
• The indicator flashes green when data
such as images or print information is
being written to the CF card. Never open
the battery cover or CF card slot cover
while the indicator is flashing. Opening
either cover could corrupt the data
being written to the CF card.
• When the battery charge weakens, the
LCD panel will shut off and “Lb” will
show in the display panel. You are
advised to replace the battery when this
shows. To warn you against attempting
to remove a battery that becomes low in
the midst of writing data to the CF card,
a beep will sound continuously until the
operation is complete. Do not open the
battery cover or CF card slot cover until
this beeping has stopped. Wait for the
write operation and beeping to cease
before removing the battery.
Basic Functions
Lower Indicator
Lower Indicator
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Buttons
Shutter Button
The camera features a two-stage shutter
button.
Pressing Halfway
Buttons
Press the shutter button halfway to automatically set the focus, exposure and white
balance to the optimal setting. When the
camera finishes metering, it will beep and lock
the shutter.
• When the camera is ready to take a
shot, the upper indicator will shine
green (no flash) or red (flash) and two
beeps will sound.
• When the LCD panel is turned on, the
image will freeze for an instant.
• In low light conditions in the Flash Off
mode, the upper indicator will flash red
and the shaking hands icon ( ) will
display in the bottom of the LCD panel.
This is a warning that hand tremors or
camera movement may blur the image.
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• In the Macro mode, the lower indicator
will shine orange.
• In the Exposure Compensation mode,
the subject will display in the LCD panel
after the second beep if the LCD panel is
turned on when the shutter button is
pressed halfway.
Pressing Fully
Pressing the shutter button all the way down
captures an image and stores the data on the
CF card.
• When an image is captured, a single
beep will sound and the upper indicator
will flash green while the data is stored
on the CF card.
• If the LCD panel is turned on while an
image is being stored, the window will
momentarily blank.
• If the LCD panel is turned off and the
Review function is set to On, a preview
of the photographic subject will briefly
appear in the LCD panel while the
shutter button is fully depressed.
When a picture is taken, the data is
temporarily stored in the camera’s on-board
memory until it can be written to the CF card.
As long as there is adequate free capacity in
the on-board memory, a second shot can be
taken immediately after the first. When the
on-board memory is fills up, the camera will
beep and temporarily cease activating the
shutter. Meanwhile, the data in the memory
will be written to the CF card. As soon as
space for one image is free, you can take the
next picture.
Buttons
• In low light conditions, the shaking
hands icon ( ) may display in the
middle of the LCD panel as you take a
shot. Be particularly careful while this
icon shows not to move the camera.
• You can conduct a shooting test even if
a CF card is not installed by turning on
the LCD panel with the LCD/VIDEO
button. The image cannot, however, be
recorded.
• If the CF card is missing or full, you
won’t be able to shoot and the beep
will sound continuously while the
shutter button is pressed halfway.
Rapid Shot Function
• If you wish to take many pictures at
short intervals, use the Continuous
mode. (p. 49)
• The rapid shot function is not available
in CCD RAW mode. (p. 71)
• The indicators will flash green while
image data is being written to the CF
card. Never open the CF card slot cover
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when these signals are on. Doing so
could corrupt the image data.
Focus Lock
Buttons
Pressing the shutter button halfway locks the
focus until the button is released. This allows
you to focus on a particular object while freely
changing the image composition. A moment
after depressing the shutter button halfway,
two beeps will sound and a green or red
indicator will light, indicating a focus lock.
You are now free to reorient the camera
knowing that your target subject is in focus.
• If you release the shutter button only to
the halfway point after taking a
picture, you can take a second picture
at the same focal setting simply by
pressing the shutter button all the way
down again.
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Situations Not Suited to
Autofocus Photography
Some subjects are not suited to autofocus
photography. For these subjects, aim the
camera at another object at the same
distance, press and hold the shutter button
halfway to lock the focus, and re-aim the
camera at the subject.
The following subjects are generally
difficult to shoot with autofocus.
• extremely low-contrast objects
• compositions that mix close and far
objects in the center of the viewfinder
• extremely bright objects in the center of
the viewfinder
• moving objects such as automobiles
For objects behind glass, position the
camera as close as possible to the glass to
reduce unintended reflection.
Continuous/Self-Timer/+ Button
The zoom can be set from wide angle, 4.3
mm (35 mm film equivalent: 28 mm), to
telephoto, 10.8 mm (35 mm film equivalent:
side of the button
70 mm). Press the right
to zoom in (telephoto) and the left
side to
zoom out (wide angle).
Auto Mode:
This button turns the Self-Timer mode on and
off.
➜
Telephoto
• The icon indicates the
Single (frame) mode. One
frame is shot when the
shutter button is pressed.
icon indicates the
• The
Self-Timer mode. The
shutter will activate 10
seconds after the shutter
button is pressed.
Wide Angle
Buttons
Zoom Buttons
Program Mode:
This button switches between the Single
(frame), Continuous (frame) and Self-Timer
modes.
➜
• The zoom setting can not be changed
while a menu is displayed or after the
first shot has been taken in Stitch Assist
mode.
• The icon indicates the
Single mode. One frame is
shot when the shutter
button is pressed.
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➜
Buttons
• The
icon indicates the
Continuous mode. If the
shutter button is pressed
continuously, up to 15
frames will be shot
continuously until the
internal memory is full. The
image size is automatically
set to Small.
icon indicates the
• The
Self-Timer mode. The
shutter will automatically
activate 10 seconds after
the shutter button is
pressed.
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Play Mode:
This button displays the next stored image.
Multi Mode:
This button selects the next stored image.
Menu Button:
This button moves the selection to the next
option.
Self-Timer Procedures
• With the Self-Timer mode activated, the
shutter activates 10 seconds after the
shutter button is pressed. You can tell
when the Self-Timer has been activated
by the beeping sounds and the flashing
of the Red-Eye Reduction Lamp.
Flash/- Button
Program or Stitch Assist Mode:
This button switches between the Auto, RedEye Reduction, Flash On and Flash Off
functions.
➜
icon indicates the
• The
Red-Eye Reduction mode.
When the flash is required,
the Red-Eye Reduction
Lamp will light when you
press the shutter button.
• The icon indicates the
Flash On mode. The flash
will fire with each shot.
• The Red-Eye Reduction mode counteracts the tendency for flash photography
to produce the red-eye effect in prints
of humans and animals, the result of
light reflected back from the subjects’
retinas. The flash emitted before the
actual shutter operation causes the
subjects’ irises to narrow in advance,
thereby reducing the potential for
reflections back from the retinas.
Buttons
➜
• The absence of a flash icon
indicates the Auto mode.
The flash will automatically
respond to the light level
detected by the camera.
• The
icon indicates the
Flash Off mode. The flash
will not fire.
• When shooting in the Red-Eye Reduction
mode, press the shutter button halfway
and wait a moment before pressing it
fully. If the interval between pressing
the shutter halfway and all the way is
too short, the Red-Eye Reduction Lamp
may not fire.
➜
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MACRO/JUMP Button
Play Mode:
This button displays the previous stored
image.
Buttons
Multi Mode:
This button selects the previously stored
image.
Menu Button:
This button moves the selection to the
previous option.
Auto, Program or Stitch Assist Mode:
This button turns the Macro mode on or off.
• Macro mode off.
• The
icon indicates that
the Macro mode is on.
• In Macro mode, the lower indicator will
shine orange when you press the
shutter button halfway.
• In Macro mode, the actual area shot by
the lens is slightly lower than the area
shown in the viewfinder. The closer the
camera is to the photographic subject,
the larger the difference between these
areas.
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Play Mode and Multi Mode:
This button turns the Jump mode on or off.
• In Multi mode, turning on the Jump
mode enables you to display the next
or previous set of nine images by
pressing the +/- buttons.
• In Multi mode, you can also press and
hold the SET button and press the +
button to jump to the last set of nine
images. Substitute the - button to jump
to the first set.
Buttons
• In Macro mode, the subject can be shot
within a range of 6.7 to 20in. (17 to 50cm)
and remain in focus.
• When shooting in Macro mode, check
the LCD panel to confirm that the focus
and scope of the image are correct.
Jump Mode:
The following operations are possible.
• In Play mode, press the + button to
jump 9 images ahead, the - button to
jump 9 images back.
• In Play mode, you can also press and
hold the SET button and press the +
button to jump to the last image.
Substitute the - button to jump to the
first image.
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LCD/VIDEO Button
MENU Button
Auto Mode and Program Mode:
This button turns the LCD panel on or off.
Auto Mode, Program Mode and
Stitch Assist Mode:
This button displays the Record (Rec.) menu.
(p. 68)
Buttons
Play Mode and Multi Mode:
With the TV connected, this button turns the
Video Output function on or off.
• The LCD panel automatically turns on in
Program mode, except when the White
Balance function is set to any setting but
[Auto] or the Slow Shutter function is set
to any setting but [Off]. The LCD/VIDEO
button can be pressed to turn it off.
• In Stitch Assist mode, the LCD panel is
automatically turned on.
• The Video Output does not function
while shooting is in progress.
• If the LCD panel is left on for a long
period, the camera may become warm.
This is normal and does not constitute a
breakdown
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Auto Mode
Program Mode
Stitch Assist Mode
SET Button
Play Mode and Multi Mode:
This button displays the Play menu. (p.68)
This button selects the current menu option
shown on the LCD panel.
Image Quality and
Size Settings
Buttons
• When a menu is already displayed on
the LCD panel, pressing the MENU
button restores the previous screen.
SET Button Pressed
MENU Button
SET Button
LCD Panel
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Mode Dial Functions
The Mode Dial allows you to select between the various shooting and playback modes featured on
the PowerShot A50.
Mode Dial Functions
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Lock
Auto Mode
The Mode Dial should be
set to the L (Lock) position
when the camera is not in
use. In this mode the lens cover will close and
the camera power will shut off.
In Auto mode, the camera
selects whether or not to use
the flash and automatically
chooses focus, exposure and white balance settings.
The size is fixed at Large for this mode, but the
quality setting can be changed. It is convenient to
use this mode for normal picture taking.
• Ensure that you turn the Mode Dial to
the L (Lock) position before you change
a battery, eject a CF card or connect the
camera to a computer or television.
Buttons Available in Auto Mode
• Macro Button
Use this button to shoot a photographic
subject 6.7 to 20in. (17 to 50cm) from the
lens. The icon displays in the Display
Panel when this mode is selected.
• Self-Timer Button
Use this button to activate the Self-Timer
icon displays in the Display
mode. The
Panel when this mode is selected.
The shutter will activate 10 seconds after
the shutter button is pressed.
Program Mode
In Program mode, you can
manually select the Single
or Continuous mode as
well as the image size and quality.
Buttons Available in Program Mode
Flash Button
The Flash On, Flash Off and Red-Eye
Reduction functions can be manually set
icon indicates that
with this button. The
the Red-Eye Reduction mode is selected.
The icon indicates the Flash On mode is
selected. The
icon indicates the Flash
Off mode is selected.
Continuous/Self-Timer Button
Use this button to activate the Continuous
icon is
and Self-Timer modes. The
shown in the Display Panel when the
icon
Continuous mode is selected. The
shows when the Self-Timer mode is
selected.
Mode Dial Functions
• Be sure to select this mode to use the
CCD RAW function (no compression) for
shooting.
Macro Button
Use this button when you want to shoot a
subject 6.7 to 20in. (17 to 50cm) from the
lens. The icon appears in the Display
Panel when this mode is selected.
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Stitch Assist Mode
Mode Dial Functions
What is Stitch Assist?
The Stitch Assist mode is
designed to make it easier
to merge separate panoramic images into a
single, seamless image using a software
program on a computer. You can shoot a
photographic subject that won’t fit into a
single frame, such as a landscape, and stitch it
together later with a program such as
PhotoStitch. This mode displays the previous
images while you shoot the next in a
horizontal, vertical or matrix sequence of
images.
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3
4
1
1
3
Vertical Sequence
2
2
3
4
• See Stitch Assist Mode for more detail
on this subject. (p. 61)
Horizontal Sequence
4
2x2 (Matrix) Sequence
2
1
Play Mode
Multi Mode
In Play mode, you can
display images from the CF
card one at time on the
LCD panel.
In Multi mode, you can
display images from the CF
card in groups of nine on
the LCD panel.
miniature thumbnails (not full screen).
• A green border indicates the selected
image. Move the selection between
images using the +/- buttons and display
the selection at full size by turning the
Mode Dial to the PLAY position.
• You can display the next or previous set
of nine images by selecting the Jump
mode with the MACRO/JUMP button
and then pressing the + button or button. In addition, pressing the SET
Mode Dial Functions
• Press the + or - button to display the
next or previous recorded image.
• You can jump 9 images ahead or behind
by selecting the Jump mode with the
MACRO/JUMP button and then pressing
the + button or - button. In addition,
pressing the SET button in Jump mode
followed by the + button or - button
displays the last or first image, respectively.
• CCD RAW images are displayed as
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PC Mode
button in Jump mode followed by the +
button or - button displays the last or
first set of nine images, respectively.
Mode Dial Functions
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In PC mode, you can
connect the camera to a
computer to load images
into an image processing application program.
• The Display panel will display [PC] when
the camera is ready to display or load
images on the computer.
• The camera may cease to respond when
the Mode Dial is turned from the PC
position to another setting. Turn the
Mode Dial to the L (Lock) position and
back again, or press any button to
resume normal operation.
• Please refer to the PowerShot A50
Software Starter Guide for further
details.
Stitch Assist Mode
Set the Mode Dial to the
(Stitch Assist)
position and follow the procedures below to
merge several images into one large panoramic
scene. In Stitch Assist mode, images can be
shot in horizontal, vertical or 2x2 (matrix)
sequences. The merged image cannot be
viewed in the camera’s LCD panel.
FLASH Button
• The Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On
and Flash Off modes can be set with
the Flash button.
MACRO Button
• The Macro mode for shooting
photographic subjects 6.7 to 20in. (17 to
50cm) distant from the lens can be set
with the Macro button.
• In this mode, repeatedly pressing the
+ button enables you to scroll through
the images to confirm the current
merge sequence and to retake an
image if required.
• To retake an image in a horizontal or
vertical sequence, press the + button
to return to the previous image and
take the shot. Press the + button again
to return to the original image.
• To retake an image in a 2x2 (matrix)
sequence, press the + button to
advance to any image that you wish to
replace and take the shot.
When a Sequence is Complete
• When you have completed shooting a
sequence, press the SET button to
return to the Stitch Assist menu.
• To exit Stitch Assist mode, turn the
Mode Dial to another setting, such as
the L (Lock) position.
Stitch Assist Mode
Buttons Available
in Stitch Assist Mode
Retaking a Picture
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Stitch Assist Mode
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• The Display Panel may display a lower
number of recordable images in Stitch
Assist mode than in Auto or Program
mode.
• The CD-ROM that accompanied the
camera contains the PhotoStitch
Shooting Guide, an On-screen Guide
introducing shooting hints and
techniques for improved results with
PhotoStitch. Please read this guide
before shooting.(In some regions, the
PhotoStitch Shooting Guide is included
in print, in the PowerShot A50 Software
Starter Guide.)
Procedures for Shooting Horizontal/Vertical Sequences
1. Turn the Mode Dial to
(Stitch Assist)
the
position.
Horizontal Sequence
...
4
2
3
1
...
...
1
2
3
2. Select [Horizontal] or [Vertical] with the
+/- buttons and press the SET button.
Horizontal
Sequence
Stitch Assist Mode
Vertical Sequence
...
4
To change the direction, press the + button.
3. Shoot the first image.
After the indicator stops flashing green, the
next image appears beside the previous image.
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4. Orient the camera so that the second
frame overlaps a small portion of the
photographic subject of the first image
and press the shutter button to take
the next image.
Stitch Assist Mode
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After the indicator stops flashing green, the
second recorded image will display beside a
preview of the new photographic subject
captured by the lens.
• To retake the previous image in the
sequence, press the + button before
shooting the next image. The previously
recorded image will be replaced by a
preview of the new photographic
subject captured by the lens.
5. Follow the same steps to shoot
subsequent images in the sequence.
• Do not worry about minor discrepancies
in the overlapped areas because the
computer software can compensate for
them when the images are merged.
• You can check through a sequence by
repeatedly pressing the + button.
Release the button to retake the
previous image.
• A maximum of 26 frames may be shot
in any horizontal or vertical sequence.
6. Finish the sequence by pressing the SET
button after the last image has been
recorded.
• The respective icons will display on the
LCD panel when the Exposure Compensation, White Balance and Slow Shutter
settings are set to values other than
their default settings.
Procedures for Shooting 2x2 (Matrix) Sequences
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2. Select [2x2] with the +/- buttons and
press the SET button.
1
3
3. Shoot the first image.
After the indicator stops flashing green,
the recorded image will display in the
upper right, and a preview of the new
photographic subject captured by the lens
will appear in the lower right.
Stitch Assist Mode
1. Turn the Mode Dial
(Stitch
to the
Assist) position.
2
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• By default, images are recorded in a
clockwise direction starting from the
upper right. To change the starting
position, press the + button before
taking the first shot.
Stitch Assist Mode
4. Overlap a small portion of the photographic subject of the first image and
shoot the next image in the sequence.
After the indicator stops flashing green,
the third recorded image will display in the
lower left, and a preview of the new
photographic subject captured by the lens
will appear in the upper left.
After the indicator stops flashing green,
the second recorded image will display in
the lower right, and a preview of the new
photographic subject captured by the lens
will appear in the lower left.
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5. Orient the camera so that the third
image will correctly overlap a portion
of the second image and take the shot.
6. Orient the camera so that the fourth
image will correctly overlap a portion
of the third image and take the shot.
7. Finish the sequence by pressing the SET
button after all the images have been
recorded.
• To retake a shot, press the + button to
advance to the image you want to
replace, wait until the lens preview
displays and then retake the shot.
• The respective icons will display on the
LCD panel when the Exposure Compensation, White Balance and Slow Shutter
settings are set to values other than
their default settings.
Stitch Assist Mode
After the indicator stops flashing green, the
fourth recorded image will display in the
upper left, and a preview of a new photographic subject captured by the lens will
appear in the position of the first image.
• Do not worry about minor discrepancies
in the overlapped areas because the
computer software can compensate for
them when the images are merged.
• You can check through the sequence by
pressing and holding the + button,
which will cause the lens preview to
disappear.
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Menu Features
Menus can be used to select image size and quality settings (Record menu), to select the display options,
such as information formats and the Slide Show option (Play menu), and to select date, time and other
camera settings, such as the LCD panel brightness (Setup menu).
Record Menu
Menu Features
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Program Mode
Stitch Assist Mode
Play Menu
Auto Mode
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•
•
•
•
Quality ....................................... p. 70
+/- (Exp.) ...................................... p. 72
White Balance ............................. p. 73
Slow Shutter ................................ p. 74
Setup ............................................ p. 85
LCD ............................................ p. 85
Beep .......................................... p. 85
Power Save ............................... p. 85
Date/Time ................................. p. 86
Review ...................................... p. 86
File No. Reset ........................... p. 87
•
•
•
•
•
Show/Hide Info. .......................... p. 75
Erase ............................................. p. 76
Protect ......................................... p. 77
Rotate .......................................... p. 77
Setup ............................................ p. 85
LCD ............................................ p. 85
Beep .......................................... p. 85
Power Save ............................... p. 85
Date/Time ................................. p. 86
Format ..................................... p. 88
Language ................................. p. 89
• Slide Show ................................... p. 78
• Print Order .................................. p. 81
Basic Menu Operations
Menu functions are operated by the MENU,
+/- and SET buttons.
next option and press the - button to display
the previous option.
The selected item is
highlighted
+/- Buttons
MENU Button
SET Button
- Button
+ Button
This button turns the menu display on or off.
This button also displays the previous menu
when a submenu has been selected.
+/- Buttons
These buttons move the selection from one
option to another within a menu. A highlight
appears around an option to indicate its
selection. Press the + button to display the
SET Button
Menu Features
MENU Button
This button confirms the selection of a menu
option or a setting. When there is a submenu
available, pressing this button advances the
display to the next menu level. Once the SET
button has been pressed, the selected setting
takes effect.
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• Pressing and holding either button will
cause the highlight to move continuously to the next option.
Record Menu
Pressing the MENU button in the Auto,
Program or Stitch Assist mode displays the
Record menu on the LCD panel.
Program Mode
Stitch Assist Mode
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Auto Mode
• In Auto mode, the Exposure
Compensation is set to [0], the White
Balance to [Auto] and the Slow Shutter
to [Off]. No other settings are available
for these functions in Auto mode.
Quality
The Quality option is used to set the format in
which the image will be recorded. Image
quality can be set to [Normal], [Fine] or [CCD
RAW], and the to [Large] or [Small].
Size/Quality
Compression Format
File Size
Large/Fine (1280 x 960)
JPEG High Quality
320 KB
Large/Normal (1280 x 960)
JPEG Normal
170 KB
JPEG High Quality
120 KB
Small/Normal (640 x 480)
JPEG Normal
65 KB
Menu Features
Small/Fine (640 x 480)
• JPEG file sizes will vary between
photographic subjects.
• The file sizes given here reflect
standard shooting conditions established by Canon.
• The Small and CCD RAW sizes are not
available in Auto mode. CCD RAW size
is not available in Stitch Assist mode.
• A second CCD RAW picture can not be
started until the first image has been
completely written to the CF card
(green flashing indicator stops).
CCD RAW (1280 x 960)
No Compression
1560 KB
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+/- (Exp.)
The Exposure Compensation function allows
you to adjust exposure settings to a variety of
situations in which a photographic subject is
shadowed or a light source is too intense,
such as backlight shots and artificially
illuminated night shots.
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• Once a setting other than zero has been
selected, the Display Panel will show a
+/- icon and the ( ) icon will display in
the lower left of the LCD panel.
• After the setting is set, the image can
be shot as shown in the LCD display
simply by pressing the shutter button.
• The Exposure Compensation function
cannot be activated in Auto Mode
• To use this function, aim the camera at
the photographic subject and watch the
effect on the image in the LCD panel as
you adjust the exposure with the +/buttons. Press the SET button or MENU
button to confirm the setting.
Shortcut
In Program mode, you can display this menu
directly by pressing and holding the SET
button, and pressing the - button.
White Balance
Icons
The White Balance function can be set to suit
the shooting conditions when the flash is not
used and an image is taken only with natural or
artificial ambient light. The [Auto], [Day Light],
[Cloudy], [Tungsten], and [Fluorescent] settings
are available. Settings other than Auto will cause
the respective icon to display in the lower left of
the LCD panel.
Auto:
Camera selects the setting
automatically.
For shooting outdoors in
bright daylight.
Cloudy:
For shooting in cloudy
conditions or in twilight.
Tungsten:
For shooting indoors in
artificial lighting from
tungsten light bulbs.
Fluorescent: For shooting in artificial
lighting from fluorescent
lights.
Menu Features
Day Light:
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Slow Shutter
The Slow Shutter function can be used to shoot
night scenes and subjects in dark rooms. The
[On], [Off] and [Night Scene] settings are
available. The [On] and [Night Scene] settings
will cause the respective icon to display in the
lower left of the LCD panel.
Menu Features
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Icons
On:
Off:
For intentionally setting
the shutter to a slow speed.
Camera selects a setting
automatically.
Night Scene: For night scene.
• In the [On] or [Night Scene] mode, hand
tremors and camera movement may
prevent a clear image from being shot.
Affix the camera to a tripod to shoot, or
take a test shot and examine it before
shooting for real.
• In the [On] or [Night Scene] mode, using
flash photography in a dark place will
cause the flash to fire twice. Since the
picture is taken with the second flash,
do not move the camera until the flash
fires for the second time.
Play Menu
Pressing the MENU button in the Play or Multi
mode displays the Play menu on the LCD
panel.
This function displays information about an
image, such as its shooting date and file
number.
Menu Features
Show/Hide Info.
• Selecting this option causes the LCD
panel to display the image data. The
menu then shows the [Hide Info.]
option.
• In Play mode, this function displays the
image number, total number of images,
file number, shooting date and time
and protection setting icon.
• In Multi mode, this function displays the
image number of the selected image
and the total number of images. When
the total number of images requires
four or more digits, all image numbers
are replaced by the number sign “#”.
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Erase
This function can be used to erase image files
from a CF card.
Menu Features
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• When confirmation messages are
displayed, select [OK] to erase, or
[Cancel] to cancel, this operation.
Shortcut
In Play mode, you can erase the currently
displayed image by pressing and holding the
SET button and pressing the - button. The
erase confirmation screen will display.
• Selecting the [Single] option allows you
to scroll through images with the +/buttons and select single images for
erasing.
• Selecting the [All] option erases all the
images on a CF card with the exception
of protected images.
Protect
Rotate
The Protect function locks an image file to
prevent accidental deletion from the CF card.
This function is also used to unlock image
files.
The Rotate function can be used to rotate a
recorded image 90˚ clockwise or counterclockwise for playback. This allows you to play
images with the correct orientation in slide
shows.
• Use the +/- buttons to scroll through
images and the SET button to protect or
unlock an image.
• A lock icon will appear next to an
image that is protected.
-90˚
+90˚
Menu Features
Original
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• With each successive press of the SET
button, the image is rotated 90˚
clockwise, 90˚ counterclockwise and
back to its original orientation.
• The Rotate function has no effect upon
the recorded image data.
Slide Show
Menu Features
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Start
Begin the slide show by selecting the Start
option.
The All Images option displays the complete
set of images on a CF card. Select Show 1, 2
or 3, then use the Mark function to select the
images you wish to include in that show.
Images are displayed in order by file numbers.
This function automatically scrolls through the
images on a CF card displaying each in turn as
in a slide show. You can set the length of time
that each is replayed and specify a subset of
images to display with the Mark/Unmark
option.
• During a slide show, press the +/- buttons
to pause or restart it.
• Press the MENU button to stop a slide show.
• In Show Info mode, the current frame
number and the total number of marked
frames will display while a slide show of
marked images is being played.
Mark/Unmark
This function is used to mark or unmark
images for replay in a slide show. You can
save marked images in shows 1 to 3.
Menu Features
A checkmark
appears beside slide
shows in which
marked images have
already been
registered.
• CCD RAW images can be maked and
selected for Slide Show playback, but
they will be displayed as miniature
thumbnails (not full screen) on the LCD
panel or a connected video monitor.
• Use the +/- buttons to scroll through
images and the SET button to mark an
image. If you select the marked image
and press the SET button, the image is
unmarked. A checkmark will be
associated with marked images.
• A maximum of 100 images can be
marked.
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Clear Marks
This function clears all marked data contained
in shows 1 to 3.
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• Selecting [OK] deletes the marks.
Selecting [Cancel] returns the LCD panel
to the Slide Show menu.
Play Time
The length of time an image is displayed on
the LCD panel can be set to [+/- Manual] or to
the [3 sec.], [5 sec.] or [10 sec.] settings.
• With the manual setting, the slide show
can be advanced forward or backward
with the +/- buttons.
• The actual play time for some images
may differ slightly from the selected
setting.
Repeat
Selecting this option enables you to automatically repeat the slide show once it reaches the
last image.
Images on a CF card can be marked for
printing and the number of prints, the print
type and the image data (date and file no.)
settings can be specified. The print specifications for the PowerShot A50 conform to the
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standard,
allowing your prints to be output at the
specified parameters on compatible digital
printers or at developing service outlets.
Menu Features
• When it is set to on, the power save
function will not power down the
camera while a slide show is playing.
Since playing slide shows for extended
periods of time will use up the battery
charge, it is advisable to use an AC
power source.
• The MENU button will still end the slide
show when pressed, even if the Repeat
function is active.
Print Order
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Menu Features
• Some printers or developing services
may not be able to output the images
as specified.
• Print specifications created on a CF card
used in another DPOF compliant camera
may be overwritten by the PowerShot
A50 and lost when you mark images.
Please note that a warning [!] icon will
appear in the upper right of the LCD
panel if a card with this type of data is
inserted into your camera.
Print Type
The print type can be specified.
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The [Standard] setting prints one image to
each page. The [Index] setting prints an index
of the images like a contact sheet. The [Both]
setting prints both individual images and an
index sheet.
Order Prints
You can specify the images to be printed and
the number of copies. There are two ways to
mark images: singly [select] or all at once [all
images].
• The print order will be from the image
with the oldest shooting date to the
newest regardless of which marking
option is selected.
• Select Images
Images can be selectively marked and the
number of print copies specified.
Total Number of
Prints Marked
Print Mark
(Checkmark)
• All Images
This setting adds print marks to all images
on a CF card except for CCD RAW images.
The number of print copies is automatically
set to 1.
Menu Features
29 print copies (the double underline
represents 20)
• Use the +/- buttons to scroll through
images and the SET button to mark or
unmark an image. A check mark
appears beside the marked images.
• A maximum of 998 images can be
marked at once.
• Hold the SET button down and press
one of the +/- buttons to specify the
number of print copies within the range
1 to 29. A single underline indicates
numbers 10 to 19 and a double
underline indicates numbers 20 to 29.
• A CCD RAW image cannot be marked.
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Cancel Orders
This setting deletes the print mark data.
Menu Features
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The options are [Off], which omits all data,
[Date], [File No.] and [Both], which prints both
the date and file number.
• Select [OK] to delete the print mark
data. Select [Cancel] to return to the
print mark menu.
Property
This setting determines whether or not image
data, such as the shooting date and file
number, are printed.
• The date is printed in the format set
with the [Date Style] function. (p. 86)
• The first three digits of the file number
represent the folder name and the last
four the individual frame number (e.g.
100-0001). However, the file numbers of
images taken in the CIFF format will
display as four-digit numbers (e.g.
1001). (p. 94)
Setup
Selecting the Setup option in either the Record
or Play menu displays the Setup submenu.
Record
Menu
Settings
The brightness of the LCD panel can be switched
between the [Normal] and [Bright] settings.
Beep
The beep that signals the completion of the
autofocus process, the closing of the shutter
and the operation of a menu function can be
turned on or off with this function.
Power Save
This option turns the Power Save function on
or off. If turned on, the camera will automatically power down if left unused for several
minutes in any mode.
Menu Features
Play
Menu
Settings
LCD
• The [Review] and [File No. Reset]
options do not appear in the Setup
submenu accessed from the Play menu.
• The [Format] and [Language] options
do not appear in the Setup submenu
accessed from the Record menu.
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Date/Time
Review
Use this setting to adjust the camera’s date
and time settings and display formats.
The Review function displays the picture on
the LCD panel if you continue to press the
shutter after taking a shot. The Review
function will still display the picture even
when the LCD panel is turned off.
The factory default date style may differ
between regions.
Menu Features
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• Press the SET button to move between
the Style, Day, Month, Year, Hour and
Minute fields.
• Press the +/- buttons to advance the
numbers or options in a field.
• Press the MENU button to save the
settings and close the Date/Time menu.
File No. Reset
The method by which the camera assigns file
numbers can be selected.
• Since the Off option avoids the
duplication of file names, this setting is
convenient for processing images on
computers.
About File Numbers
The [Off] setting starts the file number on a
new CF card at a number one higher than the
last number assigned to the previous CF card.
For example, if the file no. 100-0005 is the last
shot recorded on a CF card, the first shot on
the next CF card will be assigned the file no.
100-0006.
100
0001
0002
0099
0100
101
0101
0102
0199
0200
198
9801
9802
9899
9900
Menu Features
The file no. reset [On] setting resets the starting
file number to 1 (100-0001) each time a new
CF card is inserted. On cards with existing files,
the next available number is assigned.
Images can be assigned individual frame
numbers ranging from 0001 to 9900. Each
folder holds up to 100 images, and the
folder numbers range from 100 to 998.
Folder numbers cannot contain 99 in the last two digits.
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0001
0002
0099
0100
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• Images shot in Continuous or Stitch
Assist mode are always saved into the
same folder, creating the potential for
more than 100 images to be contained
in a single folder.
• Whenever the battery is removed from
the camera, the last used folder is
closed and subsequent images are saved
into a new folder.
Menu Features
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Format
This function enables you to format a CF card
for use with the camera. If the camera ceases
to operate correctly, a corrupted CF card may
be the cause. Solve the problem by selecting
[Format] from the Setup menu to reformat the
CF card.
• Please note that formatting a CF card
erases all data from the card, not just
the images.
• After the CF card is reformatted,
checking and fixing it with a computer
utility such as scandisk.exe, is highly
recommended.
• If you are having difficulty with a CF
card made by a manufacturer other
than Canon, reformatting it may solve
the problem. If it doesn’t, consult the
outlet from which you purchased the
card.
Language
Shortcut
Hold the SET button down in PLAY mode and
press the MACRO/JUMP button to display this
menu directly.
Menu Features
Use the Language option to change the
language in which messages on the LCD
panel are displayed.
The Language menu may appear differently on cameras in some regions.
• Use the +/- buttons to move between
language selections and the SET button
to execute the selection.
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Other Functions
Connecting to a TV
You can connect your camera to a television
to display the images you have recorded by
following the procedures below.
1. Turn the camera’s Mode Dial to the L
(Lock) position and ensure that the TV
power switch is off.
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2. Insert one end of the video cable
shipped with the camera into the VIDEO
Terminal and the other end into the
TV’s Video In jack.
TV Video In
Video Cable
(Supplied)
3. Turn on the TV and set its TV/Video
setting to Video.
4. Turn the camera’s Mode Dial to the
PLAY or MULTI position.
5 If the image displays on the camera’s
LCD panel, press the LCD/VIDEO button
to turn it off.
The image will display on the TV screen.
Each time the LCD/VIDEO button is
pressed, the display will switch between
the camera and the TV.
VIDEO Terminal
LCD/VIDEO Button
Changing the Button Battery
6. Play images using the normal procedures.
7. When you finish viewing, turn the
camera Mode Dial to the L (Lock)
position before disconnecting the cable
from both devices.
Due to different video signals in other countries,
the images may not display on the TV screen even
when connected.
• The button battery is pre-installed at
the factory and may therefore expire
earlier than its rated lifespan after the
camera has been purchased.
• The Clock Not Set icon will continue to
flash on the Display Panel until you set
the date/time, even if you have changed
the button battery. Always set the date/
time after changing the button battery.
(p. 29)
Other Functions
• When you are using the +/- buttons to
switch images, the display resolution
will drop slightly until the next image
appears.
If the Clock Not Set icon ( ) flashes on the
Display Panel, it means that the button battery
charge is low and the date/time setting has
been lost. Purchase a generic CR2016 lithium
battery and exchange it for the spent battery
with the following procedures.
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1. Ensure that the Mode
Dial is set to the L
(Lock) position.
4. Take out the button battery holder and
remove the spent battery.
To remove the button
battery holder from
the battery chamber,
insert a fingernail
beneath the indent
and gently pry it back
and upward.
2. Slide the battery
cover lock to the
release position
and slide the
battery cover
open.
Other Functions
Indent
5. Place the new button battery into the
holder with the plus side facing the
plastic holder.
(+)
2CR5
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Button Battery Holder
3. Remove the battery pack.
Open End
NB-5H
(-)
Tabs
6. Place the button battery holder (with
the new button battery installed) back
into place in the battery chamber.
8. Close the battery cover and slide the
lock to the locked position.
Align the
button battery
holder with its
slot and lightly
press it
forward into
place with
your fingertip.
2CR5
• After closing the battery cover, check to
make sure that the lock is in the locked
position. The camera will not operate
unless the lock is set.
Other Functions
7. Replace the battery pack.
NB-5H
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Changing the Recording Format
The PowerShot A50 records images in the
“Design rule for Camera File system” industry
standard format. The recording format can be
switched to the CIFF format to meet your file
management needs if you so wish.
3. Hold the LCD/VIDEO Button down and
press the SET button.
1. Turn the Mode Dial to the P (Program)
position.
2. Press the MENU button.
Other Functions
4. Select a file format using one of the +/buttons and press the SET button. The
[Default] setting records in the “Design
rule for Camera File system” format and
the [CIFF] setting in the CIFF format.
5. Turn the Mode Dial back to the L (Lock)
position.
• Changing to the CIFF format will change
the recording file size and number of
recordable images.
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Appendices
Camera Maintenance
Follow the procedures below to clean the
camera body, lens, viewfinder and LCD panel
when they become dirty.
• Never use thinners, benzene, synthetic
cleansers or water to clean the camera.
The use of these substances may distort
or damage the equipment.
Camera Body
Gently wipe dirt off the camera body with a
soft cloth or an eyeglass lens wiper.
Use a lens blower to remove dust and dirt
from the lens.
• Never wipe anything directly on the lens,
even a soft cloth or eyeglass lens wiper.
If the lens accumulates dirt that will not
come off with a lens blower, contact
your camera retailer or the closest Canon
Customer Support Help Desk.
Use a lens blower to remove dust and dirt from
the viewfinder. If necessary, gently wipe the
viewfinder with a soft cloth or eyeglass lens
wiper to remove stubborn dirt that has
accumulated.
LCD panel
Use a lens blower to remove dust and dirt
from the LCD panel. If necessary, gently wipe
the LCD panel with a soft cloth or eyeglass
lens wiper to remove stubborn dirt accumulations.
• Never rub or press strongly on the LCD
panel. Rubbing or pressing firmly on the
LCD panel may damage it or lead to
other problems.
Appendices
Lens
Viewfinder
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Camera will not operate
Appendices
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Camera will not shoot
Cause(s)
Solution(s)
Battery cover lock not in lock
position
• Slide the battery cover lock into the
locked position.
2CR5 lithium battery is inserted
the wrong way
• Install the 2CR5 lithium battery with the
terminals oriented toward the back of
the chamber.
Insufficient battery power
(Display panel flashes [Lb])
• Use a fully charged battery pack.
• Replace the battery.
• Use an approved AC power source.
Incorrect battery type
• Use the specified battery pack or lithium
battery.
Poor contact between battery
and camera terminals
• Wipe the battery terminals with a clean,
dry cloth.
Mode Dial is set to the L (Lock)
position
• Turn the Mode Dial to any one of the
(Auto), P (Program) or
(Stitch Assist)
mode positions.
Flash is charging
( icon flashes)
• Wait to press the shutter button until the
flash charges, the icon changes from
flashing to a steady light and the
indicator shines red.
Problem
Camera will not shoot
Lens will not retract
Solution(s)
CF card slot cover is open
(Display Panel flashes “CF”)
• Firmly close and lock the CF card slot
cover.
CF card full (O is displayed in the
Display Panel and a continuous
beep sounds when the shutter
button is pressed)
• Replace the CF card.
• Load the CF card data onto a computer
and erase all or some of the card’s images
to create space.
CF card not formatted correctly
(Display Panel flashes “CF”)
• Format the CF card.
• The logic circuits of the CF card may be
faulty or damaged. Please consult the
nearest Canon Customer Support Help
Desk.
CF card slot cover was accessed
immediately after Mode Dial was
turned to the L (Lock) position
• Close the CF card slot cover and reset
the Mode Dial to the L (Lock) position.
Battery cover lock was opened
immediately after Mode Dial was
turned to the L (Lock) position
• Lock the battery cover and reset the
Mode Dial to the L (Lock) position.
Low ambient temperature has
diminished battery output
• Restrict use of the battery to places with
ambient temperatures over 32°F (0°C).
When taking shots in relatively cold
conditions, keep the camera warm next
to your body or in a pocket. (p.21)
Appendices
Battery fails prematurely
Cause(s)
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Problem
Battery fails prematurely
Battery pack will not
charge
Appendices
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Image is out of focus, or
expected results can’t be
achieved
Cause(s)
Solution(s)
Battery pack capacity has diminished
after non-use for a year or more
• The battery pack should recover if you fully
charge and fully discharge it several times.
Battery pack life has been
exceeded
• This battery pack can no longer be used
to operate the camera. Replace it with a
new battery pack.
Poor connection between battery
pack and compact power adapter
• Make sure the battery pack is seated
firmly in the charger.
• Check the AC power cord connection
between the wall socket and the charger.
Camera is drawing power from
the AC power source
• The battery pack won’t charge when the
camera is drawing power from the
compact power adapter. Turn the
camera’s Mode Dial to the L (Lock)
position to initiate charging.
Camera is moving
• Be careful not to move the camera when
pressing the shutter button.
Photographic subject is out of
focal range
• Move camera at least 20 in. (50 cm) from
subject.
• Use the Macro function to shoot subjects
between 6.7 and 20 in. (17 and 50 cm)
from the lens.
Autofocus (AF) Auxiliary Light
Emitter is obscured, hampering
autofocus function
• Be careful not to block the AF Auxiliary
Light Emitter with your finger, etc.
Problem
Cause(s)
Solution(s)
Incorrect Slow Shutter setting
• Set Slow Shutter to Off.
Images are too dark
Insufficient ambient light
• Ensure that the Flash mode is set to On.
Photographic subject is
insufficiently illuminated in
comparison with surroundings
• Adjust the Exposure Compensation
mode to a positive “+” setting.
Incorrect White Balance setting
• Reset the White Balance.
Photographic subject is beyond
the range of the flash
• The effective range of the flash is 6.7 in.
to 11.5 ft. (17 cm to 3.5 m).
Photographic subject is too
close
• The effective range of the flash is 6.7 in.
to 11.5 ft. (17 cm to 3.5 m).
Photographic subject is brighter
than surroundings
• Adjust the Exposure Compensation
function to a negative “-” setting.
Light is shining directly on or
reflected onto camera from the
photographic subject
• Change the shooting angle.
Camera is set to Flash On mode
• Set the camera to the Auto or Flash Off
mode.
Camera is set to Flash Off
mode
• Set the camera to the Auto or Flash On
mode.
Images are too bright
Flash will not work
Appendices
Image is blurred or out
of focus
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List of Message Codes
The following codes may appear in the Display Panel. The significance of the message is explained
alongside.
Appendices
100
Pb:
Image data is being read for display.
CF:
No CF card installed, CF card slot cover is open or unlocked, or CF card error.
Lb:
Insufficient battery charge to operate camera. Immediately recharge or replace battery.
Battery cover lock is unlocked. Lock it.
PC:
Camera connected to a PC in PC mode
Exx:
(xx: number) Camera malfunction. Turn Mode Dial to L (Lock) position and retry shot or replay.
Problem exists if error code reappears. Note the number and contact Canon Customer Support
Help Desk. If error code displays directly after taking a picture, shot may not be recorded.
Check image with Play function.
:
2CR5 lithium battery or Battery Pack NB-5H charge low. Have some spare batteries at hand.
(This icon may flash with the insertion of a new 2CR5 lithium battery too, depending on the
operating conditions).
:
Button battery charge low and date and/or the date and time settings lost. Replace battery
and reset date and time.
List of Messages
The following messages may appear on the LCD Panel.
Busy:
CF card full!:
Cannot Record!:
No Image.:
Image too Large.:
CF card error:
Naming error!:
No thumbnail:
Unidentified Image:
Appendices
Incompatible JPEG format:
No CF card:
Corrupted Data:
Cannot rotate:
Image is recording on CF card. Or image data is being read for display.
CF card is too full to accommodate more images.
You attempted to shoot an image without a CF card installed.
No images recorded on CF card.
You attempted to view an image larger than 1632 x 1232 pixels.
CF card has experienced an anomaly.
File name could not be created because there is a file with the same name as the
directory that the camera is trying to create, or the maximum file number has been
reached. Save all the images you wish to retain onto the computer, then format CF
card. Please note that formatting erases all the images from the CF card.
You attempted to view an incompatible JPEG file.
You attempted to view or shoot an image without a CF card installed.
You attempted to view an image with corrupted data.
You attempted to play an image in an unsupported file format (recorded on a
different camera, in a proprietary format or altered by a computer).
You attempted to play a CCD RAW image for which there is no thumbnail
because the CF card was removed while the image was still being recorded.
You attempted to play an image in an unsupported file format (another
manufacturer’s proprietary format).
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Specifications
PowerShot A50
Appendices
102
Image Sensor:
1,310,000-pixel (total), 1/2.7-inch charge coupled device (effective pixels 1,250,000)
Gradation Reproduction:8 bits x 3 colors (10-bit data processing)
Sensitivity:
Equivalent to ISO 100 to 400 (ISO 400 for Small mode in low light only)
Image Data Storage:
CompactFlash™ card
File Format:
Design rule for Camera File System/CIFF (Camera Image File Format)
Image Compression:
Images: JPEG and proprietary Canon format (CRW); Thumbnails: JPEG
Compression Modes:
Fine, Normal and CCD RAW
Recorded Image Size: 1280 x 960 pixels (Large), 640 x 480 pixels (Small)
Image Properties:
Shooting date and time, image serial number, etc.
Camera Modes:
Auto, Program, Stitch Assist, Play, Multi and PC
Lens:
4.3 mm/F2.6 to 10.8 mm / F4.0 (35 mm film equivalent: 28 to 70 mm)
Viewfinder:
Real-image optical viewfinder
2-inch low-temperature poli-silicon thin-film transistor liquid crystal display
Shutter:
Mechanical + electronic
Shutter Speeds:
Slow Shutter Off: 1/6 to 1/750 sec. ; Slow Shutter On or Night Scene setting: 2 to 1/750 sec.
Focusing Method:
Through the lens autofocus (TTL AF)
Focusing Range:
Standard: 20 in. (50 cm) to infinity; Macro: 6.7 to 20 in. (17 to 50 cm)
Auto Exposure Method: Program
Metering Range:
EV 2 - 16.5
Exposure compensation:
Flash:
Flash Range:
White Balance control:
Self-Timer:
Interfaces:
Power Supply:
6.7 in. to 11.5 ft. (0.17 to 3.5 m) (wide angle), 6.7 in. to 8 ft. (0.17 to 2.5 m) (telephoto)
Through the lens (TTL) auto/manual
10-second delay
RS-232C, CF Slot, Video Out
2CR5 lithium battery
Nickel-hydride Battery Pack NB-5H
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS100/100E
CR2016 lithium battery for Date / Clock backup
32˚ to 104˚ F (0˚ to 40˚ C)
10 to 90%
4.1 x 2.7 x 1.5 in. (103 x 68 x 37.3 mm)
Approximately 9.2 oz. (260 g) excluding batteries and CF cards
Appendices
Operating Temperatures:
Operating Humidity:
Dimensions:
Weight:
± 2 EV
Built-in (Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction)
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Compact Power Adaptor CA-PS100/100E (sold separately in some regions)
Input Voltage:
Rated Output:
AC 100 to 240 V (50/60 Hz)
Charging: 7.2 V, 0.65 A
Camera power supply: 6.5 V, 1.5 A
Charging: 23 to 26 VA (100 to 240 V)
Camera power supply: 18 to 20 VA (100 to 240 V)
Input Rating:
Operating Temperature: 32˚ to 104˚ F (0˚ to 40˚ C)
Dimentions:
3.0 x 4.0 x 1.5 in. (75 x 102 x 39 mm)
Weight:
Approximately 6.3 oz. (180 g)
Appendices
Battery Pack NB-5H (sold separately in some regions)
Type:
Rated Voltage:
Rated Amperage:
Life-span:
Operating Temperatures:
Dimentions:
Weight:
Nickel-hydride cells
6V
650 mAH
Approximately 300 charges cycles
32˚ to 104˚ F (0˚ to 40˚ C)
1.3 x 0.9 x 1.9 in. (34 x 22 x 49 mm)
Approximately 2.5 oz. (70 g)
• All data is based on Canon’s standard testing methods. Subject to change without notice.
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Index
Symbols
2x2 (Matrix) Sequence
(Stitch Assist Mode) 58, 65
+/- (Exp.) 72
+/- Buttons 69
A
B
Battery Cover 16, 20
Battery Cover lock 16, 20
Battery Installation 20, 91
Battery Pack NB-5H 18
Beep 85
Button Battery 91
Button Battery holder 92
D
Date/Time 86
DC Coupler 23
DC Coupler Cable Cover 16
DIGITAL Terminal 15
Display Panel 17, 43
E
Erase 36
Exposure Compensation 72
Exposure Settings 72
F
File No. Reset 87
File Numbers 87
Flash 51
Flash/-Button 17, 51
Flash Off Mode 51
Flash On Mode 51
Focus Lock 48
Format 88
H
Horizontal Sequence
(Stitch Assist Mode) 58, 63
I
Image Size 40, 71
Indicators 17, 45
J
Jump Button 17, 52
Jump Mode 52
L
Language 28, 89
L (Lock) 56
LCD (Setup Menu) 85
LCD/VIDEO Button 17, 54, 90
LCD Button 54, 90
Appendices
All Images 83
Auto Exposure 32, 46, 72
Auto Flash mode 51
Auto Mode 32, 42
Auto Mode (Mode Dial) 56
Auto White Balance 73
Autofocus 48, 56
Autofocus (AF) Auxiliary Light
Emitter 15
C
Camera Modes 42
Cancel Order 84
CCD RAW 40, 70, 71
CF Card 24
CF Card Slot Cover 16, 24
CF Card Types 25
Clear Marks 79
Clock Not Set Icon 43, 91, 100
Compact Power Adapter
CA-PS100/100E 18, 23
Continuous Mode 49
Continuous/Self-Timer/+Button
17, 49
105
LCD Panel 16
Lens 15
Lock (Mode Dial) 56
Lock for CF Card Slot Cover 16, 24
Lower Indicator 45
M
Macro Button 17, 52
Macro Mode 52
MACRO/JUMP Button 17, 52
Maintenance 95
Mark 79
Menu 69
MENU Button 17, 54, 69
Mode Dial 17, 56
Multi Mode (Mode Dial) 59
O
Appendices
106
Order Prints 82
P
PC Mode 60
Play Menu 75
Play Mode 59
Play Mode (Mode Dial) 42
Play Time 80
Playback Modes 42
Power Off 41
Power On 41
Power Save 85
Power Save Function 32
Pressing Fully 33, 46
Pressing Halfway 33, 46
Print Order 81
Print Type 82
Program Mode 57
Property 84
Protect 77
Q
Quality 40, 70
R
Rapid Shot Function 47
Record Menu 70
Red-Eye Reduction Lamp 15, 51
Red-Eye Reduction Mode 51
Repeat 81
Review 86
S
Select Image 83
Self-Timer Button 17, 49
Self-Timer Mode 49
SET Button 17, 69
Setup Menu 85
Shooting Modes 42
Show/Hide Info. 75
Shutter Button 17, 46
Size 40, 71
Slide Show 78
Slow Shutter 64, 74
Stitch Assist Mode 58, 61
Strap Holder 16
T
Television 90
Tripod Socket 16
2CR5 Lithium Battery 21
U
Unmark 79
Upper Indicator 45
V
Vertical Sequence
(Stitch Assist Mode) 58, 63
Video Cable 90
VIDEO Terminal 15, 90
Viewfinder 16, 44
Viewfinder Frame Marks 44
W
White Balance 64, 73
Customer Support
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Phone (Canada): 1-800-OK-CANON (1-800-652-2666)
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