Getting started with your new camera (PowerShot N)
Article ID: ART143810 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Getting started with your new camera (PowerShot N)


Follow the below steps to get started with your new camera.

Charging the Battery

Insert the included battery into the camera for charging. Be sure to charge the battery initially, because the camera is not sold with the battery charged.

1. Slide the cover and open it .

2. While pressing the battery lock in the direction of the arrow, insert the battery as shown and push it in until it clicks into the locked position.
If you insert the battery facing the wrong way, it cannot be locked into the correct position. Always confirm that the battery is facing the right way and locks when inserted.

3. Lower the cover and hold it down as you slide it, until it clicks into the closed position .

4. With the camera turned off, open the <DIGITAL> terminal cover (. With the smaller plug of the included interface cable in the orientation shown, insert the plug fully into the camera terminal ().

5. Insert the larger plug of the interface cable into the included compact power adapter.

6. Charge the battery.
CA-DC30: Flip out the plug and plug the compact power adapter into a power outlet.

CA-DC30E: Plug the power cord into the compact power adapter, and then plug the other end into a power outlet.

Charging begins and the USB charge lamp lights up.
The lamp turns off when charging finishes.

To protect the battery and keep it in optimal condition, do not charge it continuously for more than 24 hours.
  • You can view images even while the battery is charging, by turning the camera on and entering Playback mode. However, you cannot shoot while the battery is charging. Also note that the camera cannot be used unless the battery is in it.
  • Charged batteries gradually lose their charge, even when they are not used. Charge the battery on (or immediately before) the day of use.
  • The compact power adapter can be used in areas with 100 240 V AC power (50/60 Hz). For power outlets in a different format, use a commercially available adapter for the plug. Never use an electrical transformer designed for traveling, which may damage the battery.

Inserting the Memory Card

Insert a memory card (sold separately).

1. After opening the screen (), slide the cover open and up .

2. Insert the memory card.
  • Insert the memory card facing as shown until it clicks into the locked position.
  • Make sure the memory card is facing the right way when you insert it. Inserting memory cards facing the wrong way may damage the camera.

3. Close the cover.
Lower the cover and hold it down as you slide it, until it clicks into the closed position .

Setting the Date and Time

Set the current date and time correctly as follows if the [Date/Time] screen is displayed when you turn the camera on. Information you specify this way is recorded in image properties when you shoot, and it is used when you manage images by shooting date or print images showing the date.

1. Press the power button to turn the camera on.
The [Date/Time] screen is displayed.

2. Set the date and time.

Touch the option to configure, and then touch [ ] [ ] to specify the date and time.
Touch [Next].

3. Set the home time zone.

Touch [ ] [ ] to choose your home time zone.

4. Touch [OK] when finished. After a confirmation message, the setting screen is no longer displayed.

Shooting Still Images

1. Set the mode switch to <>.

2. Touch [AUTO].

  • Touch [ ] [ ] or quickly drag left or right on the screen, and then touch [AUTO] to choose it.

  • To confirm your choice, touch [OK].

Aim the camera at the subject. The camera will make a slight clicking noise as it determines the scene.
  • Icons representing the scene and image stabilization mode are displayed in the upper right of the screen.
  • Frames displayed around any detected subjects indicate that they are in focus.

3. Compose the shot.
To zoom in and enlarge the subject, turn the zoom ring toward (telephoto), and to zoom away from the subject, turn it toward (wide angle).

4. Focus.
Press the shutter ring lightly, halfway down. The camera beeps twice after focusing, and AF frames are displayed to indicate image areas in focus.

5. Shoot.
Press the shutter ring all the way down.
  • As the camera shoots, a shutter sound is played, and in low-light conditions, the flash fires automatically.
Keep the camera still until the shutter sound ends.
  • Your shot is only displayed until the camera is ready to shoot again.

If you set the mode switch to [ ] in step 1, you can shoot multiple still images with effects for each shot (Creative Shot mode)

This concludes the guide to getting started with your new camera.