Canon Elph 2 Camera Instructions


The Canon Elph 2, released in 1999, was one of the first advanced photo system, point and shoot cameras, boasting the smallest zoom lens at that time. While today’s point and shoot cameras save images digitally onto SD cards, the Canon Elph 2 stores images on standard 35 millimeter film. The Canon Elph 2 has an accurate hybrid auto focus and three print formats; panoramic, wide-angle, and classical.

Prepping the Camera

  • Before shooting with the Canon Elph 2, you must prepare the camera. The Canon Elph 2 requires one CR2 lithium battery. Open the battery cover (located on the left side of the camera) by sliding it from front to back until it stops. Lift the cover and remove. Insert the CR2 lithium battery with the positive terminal pointing outward. Reattach the cover by clipping the front end of the battery compartment cover in place and pressing down on the back end. Slide the cover fully closed.

    The power switch on the Canon Elph 2 is located on the front of the camera in the top right corner. Press the power switch to "On." When the camera turns on, it automatically places you in the wide-angle zoom setting, and the flash will be set to auto flash.

Print Type and Zoom

  • The Canon Elph 2 provides three shooting modes; C (Classical), H (Wide-Angle), and P (Panoramic). The shooting mode dial is located at the top of the camera and can be adjusted at any time.

    Use the zoom lever, located on the top of the camera, to capture close-ups of your subjects. Turning the zoom lever clockwise zooms in, while turning the zoom lever counter clockwise zooms out.


  • Similar to today’s digital cameras, the Canon Elph 2 has a half-shutter setting to allow the camera to auto focus. When the Canon Elph 2 has fully focused, the green indicator light (located on the left of the viewfinder) will stay solid green. If the green indicator light blinks four times, it indicates you may be too close to your subject.

    The orange indicator light, which is located beneath the green indicator, will remain solid orange when the flash is fully charged. If the orange indicator light blinks four times, it indicates a stability or camera shake warning.

    When you are ready to take your picture, press the shutter button down fully.

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