The new Canon G1X is a ripoff! If a camera is complicated enough to need a 250 page manual, it deserves
to have a manual included, or at the very least as an accessory. When I complained to Canon, I got the following reply:
"Unfortunately hard copy manuals are no longer being produced. Canon is committed to the world community and the belief that we are building a better world for future generations. In an effort to be a more green company, and better protect our enviornment, Canon no longer offers the small printed manuals with our Power Shot cameras. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."
You can also save the PDF files to your computer to view. You may also consider saving the file to a CD or thumb drive to have printed at your local print shop.
This policy is nuts. It's not green for them to print one, but they tell me to take the CD down to the local print shop and print one. The only thing "green" about printing it myself is the dollars that the printing will cost. What kind of marketing is this-- $800 for a compact camera and you can't even buy a manual.