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Canon Powershot A560

Turn the Camera On

Image of the top of the Canon Powershot A560

In order to power the camera on you must press the On/Off switch located on the top of the camera.

Shoot a Picture

To shoot a picture first power the camera on. Then put the camera into Auto Mode. Aim the camera at your subject and press the Shutter button, located at the top right hand corner of the camera. To focus before shooting, first press the Shutter button halfway down until image readjusts. Then press the Shutter button completely to capture the image. The ring around the Shutter button to zoom in and out.

Advanced Shooting Options

Image of the camera controls located on the top of the camera

In order, the shooting options located on the Shooting Dial are as follows: AUTO is automatic shooting, the camera automatically selects the shooting settings. The next option is Portrait, this is ideal for shooting people as it creates a soft shooting effect. Landscapes, is used to shoot landscapes with both far and near subjects. Night Snapshot, allows the photographer to take pictures of people in dark settings. Kids & Pets, is ideal for shooting subjects that move around. Indoor, prevents camera shake and maintains the subjects true color despite fluorescent lighting. SCN is for special scenes such as: night scene, foliage, snow, beach, fireworks, and aquarium. Movie allows the photographer to shoot a movie when they press the shutter button. Manual, allows you to choose your own settings such as exposure, white balance, etc.

Adjust Flash

Image of the back of the camera with controls and preview window

On the LCD screen side of the camera you can adjust the flash by pressing the lightning bolt symbol. Pressing the Flash button once while display the lightning bolt symbol and an A. This meant that the flash will fire automatically depending on the setting. Pressing the Flash button again will display the lightning bolt symbol alone. This means that the flash will fire everytime. Pressing the flash button again will show the lightning bolt symbol with a “No” circle surrounding it, this means that the flash will be turned off.

Shoot Close Up

Image of the controls to the right of the preview window on the camera

In order to shoot extremely close subjects, such as flowers or small items you can turn on the macro feature. To do so, you simply press the Macro button (flower), located to the left of the Flash button. Press the Macro button once to turn it on and twice to turn it off.

View Pictures

To view pictures on your camera press the Play/Camera button on the top left side. Pressing this button once will display the last taken picture. Use the Macro and Flash buttons to scroll through the images in Playback mode. To return shooting, press the Play/Camera button again.

Delete Images

To delete images you must first enter Playback mode as described above. When you are viewing the picture that you would like to delete, press the button at the bottom of the options circle, above the blue trashcan. When you press this delete button a delete confirmation screen will appear. To delete the picture press the center Function Set button to confirm.

Transfer Images to Your Computer

Image of the location of the USB image transfer port

To transfer images from the camera to a computer you must first locate the USB port. On the side of the camera there is a DC In, Digital A/V Out flap. Move this to the side and insert the provided USB cable into the USB port. Then connect your camera to your computer.

Change the Batteries

Image of the location of the batteries and SD card

On the bottom of the camera is the battery and memory card compartment. First, you must slide the Card/Battery Open switch down, then you should gently slide the compartment door out and it should easily open. The camera takes 2 standard AA batteries. After replacing the batteries simply push the compartment door back down and gently slide it back into place.

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