Canon PowerShot A550 Download Drivers

Before Using the Camera
Shooting
Playback/Erasing
Print/Transfer Settings
Troubleshooting
List of Messages
Appendix
Advanced
ENGLISH
Camera User Guide
This guide explains camera features and procedures in detail.Main Features
Shooting
Avoid the effects of camera shake or blurry subjects when shooting by using a high ISO speed
Automatically adjusts shooting settings to match particular conditions
Automatically detects camera orientation with an Intelligent
Orientation sensor
Playback
Plays movies with sound
Plays back automatically using the Auto Play
Editing
Records sound memos for still images
Printing
Makes printing easy with the Print/Share button
Also supports non-
Canon brand PictBridge compliant printers
Uses of Recorded Images
Effortlessly transfer them to a computer with the Print/Share button1
Conventions Used in this Guide
Icons appearing next to, or below titles indicate the shooting modes in which the procedure can be used.: This mark denotes issues that may affect the camera’s operation.: This mark denotes additional topics that complement the basic operating procedures.
You can use SD memory cards, SDHC memory cards and MultiMediaCards with this camera. These cards are collectively called memory cards in this guide.
Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended.
This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine Canon accessories. Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and/or accidents such as fire, etc., caused by the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories
(e.g., a leakage and/or explosion of a battery pack). Please note that this warranty does not apply to repairs arising out of the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories, although you may request such repairs on a chargeable basis.
• Unavailable shooting modes are shown grayed out.
Postcard Mode
Shooting Mode
See Functions Available in Each Shooting Mode (p. 117).
In this guide, the Basic Camera User Guide is referred to as the
Basic Guide, and the Advanced Camera User Guide is referred to as the Advanced Guide.
Shooting/ Playback Mode2
Table of Contents
Items marked with a are lists or charts that summarize camera functions or procedures.
Please Read. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Preventing Malfunctions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Using the LCD Monitor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Information Displayed on the LCD Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Using the Viewfinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Power Saving Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Menus and Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Menu List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
Resetting Settings to Their Default Values. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Formatting Memory Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Changing the Recording Pixels and Compression (Still Images) 26
Using the Digital Zoom/ Digital Tele-Converter . . . . . . . . . . .28
Continuous Shooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
Postcard Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
Embedding the Date in the Image Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
Setting the Display Overlays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Movie Shooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
Selecting an AF Frame. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
Shooting Hard-to-Focus Subjects (Focus Lock, AF Lock) . . .40
Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Locking the Flash Exposure Setting (FE Lock) . . . . . . . . . . .43
Switching between Metering Modes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
Adjusting the Exposure Compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Shooting in Long Shutter Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Conventions Used in this Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Handling Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Before Using the Camera – Basic Operations . . . . . . . . 12
Shooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
3
Adjusting the Tone (White Balance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Shooting in a My Colors Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Adjusting the ISO Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Setting the Auto Rotate Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Creating an Image Destination (Folder) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Resetting the File Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Magnifying Images. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Viewing Images in Sets of Nine (Index Playback) . . . . . . 59
Jumping to Images. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Viewing Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Rotating Images in the Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Attaching Sound Memos to Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Automated Playback (Auto Play) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Protecting Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Viewing Images on a TV Set. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Erasing All Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Setting the DPOF Print Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Setting the DPOF Transfer Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
When the power is turned on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
LCD monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Shooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Shooting Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
TV monitor output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Printing with a direct print compatible printer . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Playback/Erasing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
Print Settings/Transfer Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
Troubleshooting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
List of Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .874
Battery Handling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
Handling the Memory Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
Using the Power Kits (Sold Separately) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
Using an Externally Mounted Flash (Sold Separately). . . . . .99
Replacing the Date Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101
Camera Care and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104
Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Functions Available in Each Shooting Mode . . . . . 1175
Handling Precautions
Test Shots
Before you try to photograph important subjects, we highly recommend that you shoot several trial images to confirm that the camera is operating and being operated correctly.
Please note that Canon Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates, and its distributors are not liable for any consequential damages arising from any malfunction of a camera or accessory, including memory cards, that results in the failure of an image to be recorded or to be recorded in a way that is machine readable.
Warning Against Copyright Infringement
Please note that Canon 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.
Warranty Limitations
For information on your camera’s warranty, please refer to the
Canon European Warranty System (EWS) Booklet supplied with your camera.
For Canon Customer Support contacts, please see the rear of the European Warranty System (EWS) Booklet.
Please Read6
Video Format
Please set the camera’s video signal format to the one used in your region before using it with a TV monitor (p. 67).
Language Setting
Please see the Basic Guide (p. 8) to change the language setting.
Before using the camera, please ensure that you read the safety precautions described below and in the “Safety Precautions” section of the Basic Camera User Guide. 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.
Equipment refers to the camera, battery, battery charger (sold separately) and compact power adapter (sold separately).
Camera Body Temperature
If your camera is used for prolonged periods, the camera body may become warm. Please be aware of this and take care when operating the camera for an extended period.
About the LCD Monitor
The LCD monitor is produced with extremely high-precision manufacturing techniques. More than 99.99% of the pixels operate to specification. Less than 0.01% of the pixels may occasionally misfire or appear as red or black dots. This has no effect on the recorded image and does not constitute a malfunction.
Safety Precautions7
Warnings
Equipment
Do not point the camera directly at the sun or bright light sources.
Doing so could damage the camera’s CCD or your eyesight.
Store this equipment out of the reach of children and infants.
• Wrist strap: Placement of the strap around the child’s neck could result in asphyxiation.
• Memory card: It may be swallowed accidentally. If this occurs, contact a doctor immediately.
Do not attempt to disassemble or alter any part of the equipment that is not expressly described in this guide.
To avoid the risk of high-voltage electrical shock, do not touch the flash portion of the camera if it has been damaged.
Stop operating the equipment immediately if it emits smoke or noxious fumes.
Do not allow the equipment to come into contact with, or become immersed in, water or other liquids. If the exterior comes into contact with liquids or salt air, wipe it dry with a soft, absorbent cloth.
Continued use of the equipment may result in fire or electrical shock. Immediately turn the camera power off and remove the camera batteries or unplug the battery charger or compact power adapter from the power outlet.
Please consult your camera distributor or the closest Canon
Customer Support Help Desk.8
Do not use substances containing alcohol, benzine, thinners or other flammable substances to clean or maintain the equipment.
Do not cut, damage, alter or place heavy items on the power cord.
Use only recommended power accessories.
Remove the power cord on a regular periodic basis and wipe away the dust and dirt that collects on the plug, the exterior of the power outlet and the surrounding area.
Do not handle the power cord if your hands are wet.
Continued use of the equipment may result in fire or electrical shock.
Battery
Do not place the batteries near a heat source or expose them to direct flame or heat.
The batteries should not be immersed in water or sea water.
Do not attempt to disassemble, alter or apply heat to the batteries.
Avoid dropping or subjecting the batteries to severe impacts that could damage the casing.
Use only recommended batteries and accessories.
Use of batteries not expressly recommended for this equipment may cause explosions or leaks, resulting in fire, injury and damage to the surroundings. In the event that a battery leaks and the eyes, mouth, skin or clothing contact these substances, immediately flush with water and seek medical assistance.
Disconnect the battery charger and compact power adapter from both the camera and the power outlet after recharging or when not in use to avoid fire and other hazards.
Do not place anything, such as tablecloths, carpets, bedding or cushions, on top of the battery charger while it is charging.
Leaving the units plugged in for a long period of time may cause them to overheat and distort, resulting in fire.9
When recharging the Canon AA-size NiMH batteries, use only a specified battery charger.
The compact power adapter is designed for exclusive use with this equipment. Do not use it with other products.
There is a risk of overheating and distortion which could result in fire or electrical shock.
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.
Others
Do not trigger the flash in close proximity to human or animal eyes. Exposure to the intense light produced by the flash may damage eyesight.
In particular, remain at least one meter (39 inches) away from infants when using the flash.
Keep objects that are sensitive to magnetic fields (such as credit cards) away from the speaker of the camera.
Such items may lose data or stop working.10
Cautions
Equipment
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.
Do not store the equipment in humid or dusty areas.
Do not allow metal objects (such as pins or keys) or dirt to contact the charger terminals or plug.
Such conditions could lead to fire, electrical shock or other damage.
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.
Do not use the equipment in a manner that exceeds the rated capacity of the electrical outlet or wiring accessories.
Do not use if the power cord or plug is damaged, or if not fully plugged into the outlet.
Do not use in locations with poor ventilation.
The above-mentioned can cause leakage, overheating or explosion, resulting in fire, burns or other injuries. High temperatures may also cause deformation of the casing.
When not using the camera for extended periods of time, remove the batteries from the camera or battery charger and store the equipment in a safe place.
If the batteries are left inside the camera, damage caused by leakage may occur.
Do not connect compact power adapters or battery chargers to devices such as electrical transformers for foreign travel because it may lead to malfunctions, excessive heat generation, fire, electric shock or injury.11
Flash
Do not operate the flash with dirt, dust or other items stuck to the surface of the flash.
Be careful not to cover the flash with your fingers or clothing when shooting.
The flash may be damaged and emit smoke or noise. The resulting heat build-up could damage the flash.
Do not touch the surface of the flash after taking several pictures in rapid succession.
Doing so could result in burns.
Preventing Malfunctions
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
When moving the equipment rapidly from a cold place to a hot place, you can avoid condensation by placing the equipment in an airtight, resealable plastic bag and letting it adjust to temperature changes slowly before removing it from the bag.
Moving the equipment rapidly from a cold place to a hot place may cause condensation (water droplets) to form on its external and internal surfaces.
If Condensation Forms Inside the Camera
Stop using the camera immediately.
Continued use may damage the equipment. Remove the memory card and batteries or compact power adapter from the camera and wait until the moisture evaporates completely before resuming use.12
Before Using the Camera – Basic Operations
Night Display
When shooting in dark conditions, the camera automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject*, making it easier to frame the subject.
* Although noise may appear and the movement of the subject shown on the
LCD monitor may appear somewhat jagged, there is no effect on the recorded image. The brightness of the image displayed in the monitor, and the brightness of the actual image recorded will be different.
Using the LCD Monitor
1
Press .
The display mode changes as follows with each press.
The shooting information displays for approximately 6 sec. when a setting is changed, regardless of the selected display mode.
The LCD monitor on or off setting is retained even after the camera power is turned off.
The LCD monitor does not shut off in the mode.
The LCD monitor will not switch to the detailed display while in index playback (p. 59).
Playback Mode ( )
No Information
Standard
Detailed
Shooting Mode ( )
Standard
(No Information)
Detailed
(Information View)
Off13
Before Using the Camera – Basic Operations
Shooting Information (Shooting Mode)
Information Displayed on the LCD Monitor
White Balance (p. 47)
Compression
(Still image) (p. 27)
Recording Pixels (pp. 26, 38)
Metering Mode (p. 43)
Drive Mode
(p. 31, Basic Guide p. 17)
(Red)*
2
Camera Shake (p. 14)
My Colors (p. 49)
··· *
1
ISO Speed (p. 52)
Frame Rate (Movies) (p. 38)
Shooting Mode
(Basic Guide pp. 11 – 13)
(p. 35)
Rec Movie Recording (p. 35)
Auto Rotate (p. 53)
Flash (Basic Guide p. 14)
Spot AE Point Frame (p. 44)
AF Frame (p. 39)
Low Battery (p. 91)
···
Exposure Compensation (p. 44)
··· Long Shutter Mode (p. 45)
• Stills: Recordable Shots
• Movies:Remaining
Time/ Elapsed Time
Macro (Basic Guide p. 16)
Grid Lines (p. 34)
Zoom Magnification (p. 28)
Flash*
2
/
Shutter Speed*
1
(p. 104)/
Aperture Value*
1
AF Lock (p. 41)
Create Folder (p. 54)
3:2 Guide (p. 34)
Digital Tele-Converter (p. 28)
AE Lock (p. 42)
FE Lock (p. 43)
Safety Zoom (p. 28)
*1 Displays when then shutter button is pressed halfway. Since the camera automatically readjusts for the optimal settings when using the flash, settings displayed in shooting information may differ from the actual settings.
*2 Displays when then shutter button is pressed halfway.
Exposure Shift Bar (Movie) (p. 37)14
Playback Information (Playback Mode)
Standard
If the indicator blinks orange and the camera shake icon displays, it indicates there is insufficient illumination and a slow shutter speed will be selected. Shoot using the following methods.
- Raise the ISO speed (p. 52).
- Select a setting other than (flash off).
- Attach the camera to a tripod or other device.
Protection Status (p. 66)
WAVE Format Sound (p. 64)
Shooting Date/Time
Displayed image number
Total number of images
Folder Number-File Number

Compression (Still Images) (p. 27)

Recording Pixels (Still Images) (p. 26)

Movie (p. 61)15
Before Using the Camera – Basic Operations
Detailed
The following information may also be displayed with some images.
A sound file in a format other than the WAVE format is attached or the file format is not recognized.
JPEG image not conforming to Design rule for Camera File
System Standards (p. 105)
RAW image
Unrecognized data type
Information for images shot on other cameras may not display correctly.
Histogram (p. 16)
Metering Mode (p. 43)
···
Exposure Compensation (p. 44)
ISO Speed (p. 52)
Aperture Value
Shutter Speed (p. 104)
White Balance (p. 47)
Macro (Basic Guide p. 16)
Recording Pixels (Still Image) (p. 26)
Shooting Mode
(Basic Guide pp. 11 – 13)
Recording Pixels/Frame Rate
(Movies) (p. 38)
Movie Length (Movies) (p. 38)
My Colors (p. 49)16
The viewfinder (Basic Guide p. 2) can be used to conserve power by turning the LCD monitor off (p. 12) while shooting.
Histogram Function
The histogram is a graph that allows you to judge the brightness of the image. The greater the bias toward the left in the graph, the darker the image. The greater the bias toward the right, the brighter the image.
If the image is too dark, adjust the exposure compensation to a positive value. Similarly, adjust the exposure compensation to a negative value if the image is too bright (p. 44).
Using the Viewfinder
Sample Histograms
Balanced Image Dark Image Bright Image
Shows the center of the image
Viewfinder17
Before Using the Camera – Basic Operations
This camera is equipped with a power saving function. The power will shut off in the following circumstances. Press the power button again to restore power.
* This time can be changed.
Power Saving Function
Shooting Mode Powers down approximately 3 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera. The LCD monitor automatically turns off 1 minute* after the last control is accessed even if [Auto Power
Down] is set to [Off]. Press any button other than the power button or change the camera orientation to turn the LCD monitor back on.
Playback Mode
Connected to a
Printer
Powers down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.
The power saving function will not activate during a slide show (Auto Play) or while the camera is connected to a computer.
The power saving function settings can be changed (p. 23).18
Menus are used to set the shooting, playback and print settings as well as such camera settings as the date/time and electronic beep.
FUNC. Menu
Rec., Play, Print and Set up Menus
FUNC. Menu
Sets many of the functions commonly used during shooting.aSet the shooting mode dial to the shooting mode you want to use.bPress the FUNC./SET button.cUse the or button to select a menu item.
• Some items may not be selectable in some shooting modes.dUse the or button to select an option for the menu item.
• You can select further options with the MENU button for some options.
• After selecting an option, you can press the shutter button to shoot immediately. ePress the FUNC./SET button.
Menus and Settingsa bcde
• This example shows the FUNC. menu in .19
Before Using the Camera – Basic Operations
Rec., Play, Print and Set up Menus
Convenient settings for shooting, playback or printing can be set with these menus.aPress the MENU button.bUse the or button to switch between menus.
• You can also use the zoom lever to switch between menus.cUse the or button to select a menu item.
• Some items may not be selectable in some shooting modes.dUse the or button to select an option.
• Menu items followed by an ellipsis (...) can only be set after pressing the FUNC./SET button to display the next menu.
Press the FUNC./SET button again to confirm the setting.ePress the MENU button.bc d
Rec. Menu
You can switch between menus with the or button when this part is selected.
Set up Menu
• This example shows the Rec. menu in mode.
• In playback mode, the Play, Print and Set up menus display.ae20
See Functions Available in Each Shooting Mode (p. 117).
FUNC. Menu
The icons shown below are the default settings.
Menu List
Menu Item Reference Page
Special Scene Mode Basic Guide p. 12
Movie Mode p. 35
Exposure Compensation p. 44
Long Shutter Mode p. 45
White Balance p. 47
My Colors p. 49
Metering Mode p. 43
Compression (Still Image) p. 26
Frame Rate (Movie) p. 38
Recording Pixels (Still Image) p. 26
Recording Pixels (Movie) p. 3821
Before Using the Camera – Basic Operations
Rec. Menu ( )
*Default setting
*1 Default setting is 3 shots.
Play Menu ( ) Print Menu ( )
Menu Item Options
Summary/
Reference Page
AiAF On*/Off p. 39
Digital Zoom p. 28
(Still Image) Standard*/Off/1.5x/1.9x
(Movies) Standard*/Off
(in standard movie mode)
Slow Synchro On/Off* Basic Guide p. 15
Red-Eye On*/Off Basic Guide p. 15
Self-timer */ / Basic Guide p. 17
(Custom) Delay: 0 – 10*, 15, 20, 30 sec.
Shots: 1 – 10*
1
AF-assist Beam On*/Off –
Review Off/2*– 10/seconds/Hold Basic Guide p. 10
Disp. Overlay p. 34
(Still Image) Off*/Grid Lines/3:2 Guide/Both
(Movies) Off*/Grid Lines
Date Stamp Off*/Date/Date & Time p. 33
Menu Item
Reference
Page
Auto Play p. 65
Sound Memo p. 64
Protect p. 66
Rotate p. 63
Erase all p. 68
Transfer Order p. 74
Menu Item
Reference
Page
Printp. 69
Select Image &
Qty.
Select All Images
Clear All
Selections
Print Settings22
Set up Menu ( )
*Default setting
Menu Item Options Summary/Reference Page
Mute On/Off
*
Set to [On] to silence all operation sounds except for the warning sounds (Basic
Guide p. 9).
Volume Off / 1 /2*/ 3 / 4 / 5 Adjusts the volume of the start-up sound, operation sound, selftimer sound, shutter sound and playback sound. The volume cannot be adjusted if [Mute] is set to [On].
Start-up Vol. Adjusts the volume of the start-up sound when the camera is turned on.
Operation Vol. Adjusts the volume of the operation sound that beeps when any button other than the shutter button is pressed.
Selftimer Vol. Adjusts the volume of the selftimer sound played 2 sec. before the shutter is released.
Shutter
Volume
Adjusts the volume of the sound played when the shutter releases. The shutter sound does not play when a movie is recording.
Playback Vol. Adjusts the volume of movie sounds and sound memos.23
Before Using the Camera – Basic Operations
Start-up Image On*/Off Selects whether to display the startup screen when the camera is turned on.
Power Saving p. 17
Auto Power
Down

On*/Off Sets whether or not the camera automatically powers down after a set period of time elapses without the camera being operated.
Display Off 10 sec./20 sec./ 30 sec./1 min.* / 2 min./3 min.
Sets the length of time before the LCD monitor turns off when no camera operation is performed.
Date/Time Basic Guide p. 8
Format You can also set a low level format (p. 25).
File Numbering Continuous*/Auto
Resetp. 56
Create Folder p. 54
Create New
Folder
Check mark (On)/
No check mark
(Off)
Creates a folder during the next shooting session.
Auto Create Off*/Daily/Monday-
Sunday/Monthly
You can also set an auto creation time.
Auto Rotate On*/Off p. 53
Lens Retract 1 minute*/ 0 seconds
Sets the lens retraction timing when switching from shooting mode to playback mode.
Language Basic Guide p. 8
Video System NTSC/ PAL p. 68
Print Method Auto*/ p. 24*
1
Menu Item Options Summary/Reference Page24
*1 The connection method with the printer can be changed. Although it is normally not necessary to change the setting, select when borderless printing an image shot in (Widescreen) mode on wide size paper using Canon compact photo printer SELPHY CP730/CP720/CP710/
CP510. As this setting will be stored to memory even when the power is turned off, to print using an image size other than , return the mode to
[Auto] (however, the connection method cannot be changed while connected to a printer).
Reset All p. 24
Resetting Settings to Their Default
Values
1 (Set up) Menu (Reset All).
See Menus and Settings (p. 19).
2
Select [OK] and press .
Settings cannot be reset when the camera is connected to a computer or to a printer.
The following cannot be reset.
- Shooting mode
- The (Date/Time), (Language) and (Video
System) options in the (Set up) menu (p. 23)
- White balance data recorded with the custom white balance function (p. 48)
Menu Item Options Summary/Reference Page25
Before Using the Camera – Basic Operations
You should always format a new memory card or one from which you wish to erase all images and other data.
Formatting Memory Cards
Please note that formatting (initializing) a memory card erases all data, including protected images and other file types.
1
(Set up) Menu (Format).
See Menus and Settings (p. 19).
2 Select [OK] and press .
To perform a low level format, use the
button to select [Low Level
Format] and the or button to add a check mark.
You can stop formatting a card when
[Low Level Format] is selected by pressing the FUNC./SET button. You can still use a card without problem when formatting is halted, but its data will be erased.
Low Level Format
We recommend you select [Low Level Format] when you think that the recording/reading speed of a memory card has dropped. A low level format may require 2 to 3 minutes with some memory cards.26
Shooting
Approximate Values for Recording Pixels
Changing the Recording Pixels and
Compression (Still Images)
Shooting Mode
1
FUNC. Menu *(Compression)/
*(Recording Pixels).
See Menus and Settings (p. 18).
* Default setting.
Use the or button to select recording pixel/compression settings and press the FUNC./SET button.
Recording Pixels Purpose*
Large
3072 × 2304pixels
High Printing to about A3 size (Approx.
297 × 420 mm (11.7 × 16.5 in.))
Medium 1
2592 × 1944pixels
Printing to about A4 size (Appro

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