The zoom lens control is built around the shutter button. Below that is the Drive
button to select either the continuous mode or the selftimer/remote control mode.
Around the Mode Dial is the Power switch, it turns the camera on in either Record or
The Mode Dial has positions for:
- Manual - you set both the shutter speed and aperture
- AV (Aperture priority) - the camera automatically selects
a shutter speed to match the aperture you set. Aperture settings available are:
F2.0, F2.2, F2.5, F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0
- TV (Shutter priority) - camera automatically
selects an aperture setting to match the shutter
speed you set. Available shutter speeds are:
1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200,
1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20,
1/15, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8, 1,
1.3, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 15 seconds
- Program AE - camera automatically set the shutter speed and aperture
settings like AUTO but the user can change many options like white balance,
exposure compensation, saturation, sharpness and more.
- AUTO - camera sets everything automatically, this is "point and shoot" mode
The pre-programmed "Image Zone" modes include:
- Pan Focus - When you need the fastest "grab" shot possible, sets lens to
wideangle for greatest depth of field (25 inches to infinity)
- Portrait - Sets a large aperture value to have a minimum depth of field
so your subject is sharp but the background gets blurred.
- Landscape - Sets the focus to infinity and uses a small aperture
- Night Scene - Uses slow shutter speed (tripod recommended) to capture
night backgrounds and synchronizes
the flash to illuminate foreground subjects
- Color Effects - Vivid, Neutral, B&W or Sepia tone
- Stitch Assist - The user will be aided by the LCD when creating multi-image
panorama pictures. Five types of assistance are available:
- Horizontal - left to right
- Horizontal - right to left
- Vertical - top to bottom
- Vertical - bottom to top
- Clockwise starting at top left.
Onscreen view of Stitch Assist mode
- Movie - capture full motion video and sound clips up to 30 seconds in length
at 320 x 240 resolution at a rate of 15fps or up to 120 secs at 160 x 120 resolution.
The data LCD located on the top displays the major camera settings at a glance.
Shown here with a shutter speed of 1/60 and an aperture of F2.0, Medium/SuperFine
image setting, single exposure mode, self-timer / remote
activated, flash set to On, battery level is full, 486 shots remaining and white balance
set to Auto.
Depending on the operational mode other icons are displayed on either the
monochrome data display or the color LCD for the various programmed AE modes,
drive modes, spot metering, exposure compensation, flash exposure compensation,
AE lock, manual focus, digital zoom and raw mode.
Across the top is the Spot Metering button, Macro focus mode button (acts as the Jump
buton in Play mode), Menu button enables onscreen menu system, 4-way controller lets you
navigate menu screens, the SET button accepts selections. When in Record mode the SET
button is used to change the Focus Point (more on this on page 4).
The "Star" button is used to pre-calculate and lock the exposure. In Play mode this is
the single image Delete button.
The middle button cycles through the four onscreen exposure adjustment
modes: Push it once for Exposure Compensation, again for White
Balance, again for Flash Compensation and again for the Auto Exposure
Bracket offset. The DISPLAY button controls the color LCD and the amount of data that
is overlayed on it.
The I/O ports are also on the left side:
The DIGITAL connector is for the USB data port cable.
The DC IN port is for the battery charger/AC power supply.
The A/V OUT handles both the audio and video (NTSC or PAL, selectable).
On the right side is the Compact Flash Type II card slot. The G2 is supplied with a 32MB
CF card and can use any Type I or II solid state flash memory card or one of the IBM Microdrives.
The G2 is powered by a BP-511 lithium rechargeable battery pack.
A fully charged battery is good for approximately 260 images when using the LCD or up to
800 images when you use only the optical viewfinder. Or a playback time of
approximately 160 minutes.
A 90% charge takes 80 minutes and a full charge is reached in another two hours.
The included CA-560 battery charger is also an AC power adapter. The battery is charged
while it is in the camera but cannot be charged when the camera is turned on.
There is an optional external battery charger and car (12VDC) power cord available.
The Canon BP-511 batteries are excellent but there are several alternative
batteries available from third-party sources that are direct replacements. They are
less expensive and more powerful, one is the Lenmar LIC-511 and the other is the
ACDelco AC-511 with a 1500mAH capacity. You'll find them at the
The supplied WL-DC100 infrared remote controller can be used up to approximately
5m (16.4 ft) directly in front of the camera to shoot or control playback. In record
mode it can trip the shutter (two seconds after pushing - due to autofocus and
exposure calculation), control the zoom lens and toggle the overlay information
displays shown onscreen. In Playback mode it can display the next or previous
image, play and replay movies, enable zoomed playback and pan around the
magnified view and toggle the various onscreen data overlays.