How to Set the Self Timer on a Canon PowerShot

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While there are many different models of Canon PowerShot digital cameras, setting the self-timer is similar on all models with a toggle pad. The toggle pad has a round “FUNC SET” button in the centre. Press the toggle pad on the top, bottom and sides to access various camera features.

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    Set the camera on a flat surface and compose your subject in the viewfinder.

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    Press the camera shutter down halfway to focus on your subject.

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    Press the bottom button on your camera’s toggle pad. If you look closely, you will see the self-timer symbol on this side of the toggle pad. The time symbol looks like a small stopwatch with the number 10 on it.

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    Use the top and bottom buttons of the toggle pad to scroll through the time delay selections in the camera’s LCD monitor. You can select between a 10, 15 or 20-second delay.

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    Press the shutter down fully to start the self-timer. The camera lamp begins to blink and the camera plays a self-timer sound.

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    Move into position for the picture. You will know the camera is about to take the picture when the lamp blinks faster and the sound speed increases.

Tips and warnings

  • You can adjust the self-timer volume in the settings of the camera.
  • Prepare the surface you are going to set the camera on before beginning.

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