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Setup Menu

Common to both Record and Play modes is the setup menu (second tab on the menus). You can easily switch between tabs by pressing the JUMP (macro) button.

Enables or disables the sounding of a beep used for menus, selecting options, confirming focus and shutter release.

Two brightness levels are available for the LCD. Switching to the brighter setting gave the LCD about the same brightness as the G1's at the normal setting.

Playback volume controls the volume of sound played back for movie clips. There is no voice annotation mode on the G1. In record mode this setting controls the volume of the fake shutter release sound (nice - sarcasm).

Auto Power Down controls the power down of the camera, when enabled the camera will automatically power down after three (3) minutes of inactivity to a "stand by" state where it can be woken with the press of the shutter release.

Set the internal camera clock along with display date format:


Format the CF card, displays current card usage (so you don't accidentally format the card full of images) and requires a selection of "OK" before it begins. It's worth noting that this performs the equivalent of a "Quick Format" under Windows / DOS, simply wiping the FAT & Directory table without actually reformatting all blocks on the device.

Select the menu language:
English Italiano
Deutsch Norsk
Francais Svenska
Nederlands Espanol
Dansk Chinese
Suomi Japanese

There's now just one G2 made for all markets, thus the extended language selection which also includes Chinese!
Shortcut - pressing SET and JUMP together will jump to the Language menu (when in MENU mode).

Allows selection of output video system, useful for display on different TV systems.

Playback menu

Pressing the MENU button while in playback mode displays the play menu over the current image (a black image has been used here for clarity).

Enters single frame protect mode, much the same as single frame delete mode the key icon is displayed in the top left corner of the display, you can use the left and right arrows to scroll through images and just press SET to protect/unprotect (set the file attribute to read-only) an image. Press MENU to return to the playback menu.

Enters rotate mode (same operational style as delete / protect). Rotates an image by 90 degrees at a time (clockwise). It's worth noting that the JPEG file itself is not rotated but rather the orientation is stored in the JPEG header, this is only recognized correctly by Canon's own TWAIN driver.

Erases all images on the CF card (or current folder). Does not erase protected images. Requires an OK confirmation to an OK / Cancel prompt.

Begins a slide show of all or selected images, you can select images from slide show mode and place them into one of three show groups, each image can be shown for between 3 and 30 seconds (or manually move to the next image using the remote control).

Images are shown with the current display settings (information overlaid or not).


A DPOF compatible print order / number of copies tool which marks images for printing using a compatible DPOF printer / photo finishing booth.

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G2 was my first digital, which produced thousands of excellent pictures.
I wanted an SLR again so bought a Rebel T1i in 2010.
Later wanted a smaller camera, tried out a Canon SD1200 but poor usability and very poor image quality. I bought a Nikon S6200 which takes very good pictures, but suffers the ills of a small, cheap camera.
June 2014 I didn't want to pack my SLR to Europe, so after researching I chose a Powershot G16 over a Fuji X20 and Panasonic ZS40. VERY pleased with the G16!
Now to Dec 2014. Bought a Canon EF 24-105 L IS USM for my Rebel. Looks impressive, but after a day taking pictures and comparing results, the G16 is so good, in fact, for outdoors, side by side image quality in many cases is as good or better than the Rebel! Maybe my Rebel is getting tired?
IMO, unless photography is your living, the only benefit of a SLR is the picture taking experience (which is significant) and to show off your fancy camera and lenses. Otherwise, a high end compact is sufficient.