Using the Canon PowerShot Digital Still Camera

Getting Started

The Canon PowerShot is a 5 megapixel digital camera.  It has a 512MB SD memory card to store the pictures.  The memory card remains with the camera, so you must download your images to a computer and delete them after you are finished using the camera. To remove a memory stick for any reason, open the door labeled SD Memory on the right side of the camera.  Next, push in on the top of the memory stick. The memory stick should pop part of the way out. You should now be able to pull the memory stick the rest of the way out. If you need to insert an SD memory card for any reason, slide the memory stick into the port, arrow facing into the hole, until it locks into place. Close the cover.

Inserting batteries: 

The Canon PowerShot Digital Still Camera uses 4 AA batteries, which are provided.  However, if the batteries run low during your checkout period, you may need to purchase more.  AA batteries are available at the Kenyon Bookstore.  To insert the batteries, turn the camera upside down and find the door listed “BATT. OPEN.”  Put your thumb on the raised grey button and slide to the right and down.  The door should release and spring upwards. Insert the batteries following the diagram on the inside of the door. Close the cover.

Taking pictures:

Still images are recorded in JPG format.

Open the LCD viewfinder.  It can be opened in a range of positions, and can also be rotated  and tilted.

Turn the camera on by moving the rotating knob (located on the top right of the camera) to the left (red camera icon for picture-taking mode) or to the right (green arrow for viewing mode.) The lens will move out and the light next to the knob will light up (Red for picture-taking mode, green for viewing mode, and yellow when the camera is connected to a computer.)


The knurled knob on the top of the camera allows you to adjust the level of control you would like when taking pictures.  To take a picture in the fully automatic mode, move the knob to the green Auto indicator.  This will automatically set focus, exposure, and shutter speed for you, depending upon your shot selection.  (Other format modes are described in the manual to the camera.)


To zoom in and out, move the knob located on the top right (front portion of the shutter button) of the camera.


When in Auto mode, the camera sets the focus automatically.  To pre-focus a shot, hold the camera steady and gently press the shutter button halfway. A blinking green square should appear on the display when the camera has auto-focused. Press the shutter button the rest of the way in to take a picture.


You must raise the flash to activate the flash feature.  The flash is located under the Canon icon above the lens.  Lift it until it snaps into place.  (The flash will fire automatically when in Auto mode.)

After you have taken a picture, the image will display for two seconds in the viewfinder.

Viewing pictures:

To view pictures that you have taken, move the rotating on/off knob on the top right of the camera to the green arrow icon. You can then scroll through the pictures saved on the camera by pressing the left or right arrows on the circular knob below the on/off button. To return to normal picture-taking mode, move the on/off knob back to the red camera icon.

Deleting pictures:

To delete images from the memory card before returning it to Circulation, ensure that you are in viewing mode and press the right or left arrows to access the images. Press the Func./Trash Can button next to the viewfinder.  A menu will appear in the viewfinder asking whether you want to erase the image.  Press the Set button located below the arrows knob.  Your image will be deleted.  Repeat for all other images.

Transferring your images to a computer

Transferring your images to a computer is easy.  No extra software is necessary, however, you must have a computer running either Windows XP or Macintosh OSX.  Turn the camera off and lift the grey tab on the right side of the camera (labeled DC in/Digital.)  Plug the small end of the supplied USB cable into the lower opening.  Turn on your computer and plug the other end into an available USB slot.

If your computer is Windows XP, the camera should turn on automatically and the computer will display a popup stating that it has found new hardware, and will launch the “Scanner and Camera Wizard.”  Follow instructions on the Wizard to download your images.  You can then burn the images to a CD, or save them to your network H drive.

If your computer is Macintosh OSX, plug the USB cable into an available USB slot and the iPhoto program will launch automatically.  Follow the prompts in iPhoto to download your images.  You may also export your images from iPhoto to your network drive or burn them to a CD.  The Multimedia Center on the second floor of the Olin Library has image editing hardware and software available. Contact Helpline or the Multimedia Department for assistance in using this equipment.

Finishing Up:

Turn the camera off and replace the lens cap. Be sure to delete the images from the memory card.

Place the camera, manual, and USB cord back in the camera case.

Getting help:

There is a User’s Manual in the carrying case for instructions on more advanced features and troubleshooting hints. For additional assistance, contact the HelpLine at (740) 427-5700.