Record menu

Pressing the MENU button while in one of the record modes displays the record menu over the live preview image. This is another change from last year's Digital IXUS, the menu system on the 300 has been refined and simplified (as now both exposure compensation and white balance are accessible from a button on the outside case of the camera). In each of the captures below each menu option has been opened (for clarity) by pressing SET with the option (top row of icons) selected.


Selects the image output resolution:

L 1600 x 1200 (CCD native res.)
M 1024 x 768
S 640 x 480


Select the JPEG compression level:
Super-Fine (5 bpp)
Fine (3 bpp)
Normal (2 bpp)


Controls the display of a review image after taking the shot:

Off (No review after taking shot)
2 seconds
10 seconds

File No. Reset

Controls the file naming system used:


The camera uses a running number to name the files (IMG_xxxx.JPG), when set to On this number is reset when a blank card is inserted into the camera (or the card is formatted).


Controls menu and control confirmation sounds:


Format CF card

Formats (erase all content) CF card, note the display of current use and total space:



Enters the record setup menu (described below), displays a summary of current settings.

Record Setup Menu

Auto Power Down

Controls the power-saving automatic power down of the camera:


Set Date/Time

Set the internal date and time of the camera as well as the date display format.

Video System

Sets the output mode of the video out port on the camera:

NTSC (US / Japan)
PAL (Rest of world)

Video System

Sets the menu language for the camera (European model):

• English
• Deutsch
• Francais
• Nederlands
• Dansk
• Suomi
• Italiano
• Norsk
• Svenska
• Espanol

Play Menu

The play menu is slightly different than the record menu in that it appears as six simple icons displayed over the current image.

Single Erase Enters single erase mode, in this mode you can browse and delete images by using the left and right arrows to select and SET to delete.
Erase All Erases all images on the Compact Flash card (except for those which have been protected).
Protect Protects / Unprotects the current image, this sets the files read-only attribute on or off.
Rotate Allows you to rotate the current image by 90 degrees at a time, this rotation is only flagged in the EXIF header of the JPEG file, the final image itself is not rotated.
Auto play Allows you to run a slideshow of images on the card, each image is displayed for three seconds, pressing SET pauses the playback, pressing MENU cancels it.
DPOF print order Allows you to select images for printing on a DPOF compatible printer (note that the IXUS 300 supports direct printing, that is the connection of a compatible printer; Canon CP-10; directly via the digital I/O port). This option generates a DPOF print order compatible text file on the Compact Flash card.