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The PowerShot A sits at the top powershoh Canon’s A-series–a lineup distinguished by cameras that are fairly compact, relatively inexpensive mabual equipped with a robust set of exposure controls. The A is no exception: With exposure controls that range from full-automatic, snap-shot simplicity to full-manual creativity, the A is a good choice cann a family with widely differing photography skills.

Given its low price and breadth of features, it should also be attractive to budding shooters on tight budgets who want to advance their photographic skills. But the A’s improvements are far more than skin deep, starting out pkwershot its 7. Both cameras are distinguished by their fold-out LCD panels, but the A’s is 2 inches, versus the A95’s 1. Though that may not sound like much of a difference, it’s quite noticeable when you look at the screens side-by-side.

For anyone who loves photography, the fold-out screen is worth the cost it adds to the camera. Rotate it out and down, and you can get better shots in crowds by holding the camera over your head mqnual looking up at the LCD. For shy subjects, you can rotate the LCD up and hold the camera at waist level, when most subjects do not think you are actually taking shots.

And if you love to have yourself in the shot, facing the LCD forward lets you make sure you have not accidently left out half of your head from the photo.

Calling the A compact would be a kindness. Though the mid-range A and A saw a reduction in size, the higher end of the A-Series seems to get a bit larger with each generation. The large right-handed grip adds a lot to the camera’s size–necessary to accommodate the camera’s four AA batteries that give it such excellent battery life. It makes the A too big to fit in anything smaller than a coat pocket or small carry bag, but it does give your hand a solid purchase on the camera and pushes the shutter release and zoom control well out in front, where your trigger finger comfortably rests.

Every new generation of camera brings a few ergonomic changes–some for the better, some not. The A mode dial is one example of an improvement. It’s higher and more textured than the dial on the A95, which gives your thumb a better purchase when changing modes.

Canon also spread the display, menu, exposure compensation, and transfer buttons further apart, making for more accurate use of the controls when you are in a hurry. Not an improvement, but still one of the better features in Canon’s digital cameras is the Function button, which now resides in the center of the four-way thumb buttons.

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Pressing the Function button pops up a concise, well-organized menu of key exposure controls on the A’s LCD screen. It lets you adapt to changing scenes and lighting conditions quickly and intuitively.

It’s a bit more cumbersome to quickly go back and review photos than with the quick-review button you find on most modern digital cameras. With the A, the zoom range jumped from the A95’s 3X to 4X. The A focal length starts at the 35mm film equivalent of 35mm–a basic wide-angle length, and it can accept wide-angle and telephoto accessory lenses–almost unheard of in a camera in this price range.

Portrait, Night Scene, and Landscape all make automatic camera adjustments to optimize settings for specific shooting conditions. The Portrait mode uses a large aperture setting to focus on the subject, while maintaining an out-of-focus background. Landscape mode slows the shutter speed and maximizes depth of field with a small aperture setting. Night Scene mode illuminates your subject with flash and uses a slow shutter speed to evenly expose powerahot background. The Stitch-Assist mode is Canon’s answer to panorama shooting, in which you capture multiple, horizontal, overlapping images.

They are then “stitched” together on a powdrshot using Canon’s bundled software package or cano image editing software. Proper overlap is critical for a successful panorama, and in the A you accomplish this by lining up a portion of the image framed in the LCD with a sort of ghost image from the previously recorded shot. It works well in moderate light, but the ghost image can be hard to see in full sunlight.


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Movie mode in cano A is significantly better than uswr predecessor’s. You are no longer limited to second clips at by pixels and only 10 frames per second. You can now shoot at by at 30fps until you run out of room on your memory card if you purchase a high-speed SD card – we used a Kingston x SD card to test the camera with. The higher frame rate should produce better movies when you’re shooting fast action. Like most digital cameras, the A doesn’t let you use the optical zoom while recording a movie; however, you can use the digital zoom.

Canon’s bundled photo powerxhot is an adequate, if basic, package for managing, downloading, and editing your photos. It poershot have one interesting utility called Remote Shooting, which, when you connect your camera to a computer via its USB cable, lets you change the camera’s settings from a window on the computer as well as let you press a virtual shutter button.

The images are then immediately transferred to the computer. It would be a handy feature for photographers who do indoor macro shooting. Canon’s documentation for the A and A is relatively well-organized and comprehensive. There is a basic user guide to get you started, quickly, and a more detailed book that covers all of the a20 many functions. The only knock is that the descriptions for some of the more esoteric features are a little cryptic. And we really dislike having information spread out between two separate manuals.

Eleven special scene modes. Power supplied by four AA batteries or optional AC adapter. Special Features Audio notes with still images Stitch-Assist mode for panoramic shots My Color mode for color adjustment Color swap mode Custom Setting mode for saving frequently used settings.

They have a similar shape and size, including a solid right-hand grip, plus a powesrhot optical zoom that covers the 35mm equivalent of 35mm to mm, the same shutter speed range, most of the same exposure controls. Though encased in a plastic shell, the A’s body looks sturdy and acnon and the large 2-inch LCD is attached to the camera body by a beefy hinge that should hold up to a lot of use. But that’s still light enough to easily carry in a small bag or large coat pocket.

The A is a bit larger than its predecessor: Fully-extended, the 4x optical zoom powersshot the camera’s depth by about 1. Surrounding the lens is a metal and plastic ring that covers the accessory lens mount.

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A small button on the lower right side as viewed from the front releases the ring. Add-on converter lenses offered by Canon include the.

Adding the tele-adapter boosts the A telephoto capability to a 35mm equivalent of a mm telephoto lens. Also on the A’s front panel are its microphone, small viewfinder window, fixed electronic flash, and a small window for the combination auto-focus assist beam, red-eye reduction lamp, and self-timer indicator. Looking at the A’s right side as viewed from the rear you’ll find a substantial-looking wrist strap lug, plus covers for the camera’s output connectors and the card slot. The top cover is a rubber square that you have to pry off with your fingernail.

Beneath it hides the USB 2. To gain access to the SD Card slot, you push the door toward the back of the camera with your thumb and then swing the door open. It’s easy enough to operate, but the small plastic tabs that hold poaershot door in place could be broken off if you are not careful.

The top of the A is dominated by the large, easily-operated mode dial and a large shutter button that is nicely placed at the front edge of the camera’s grip–right where your trigger finger naturally falls. The zoom control surrounds the shutter button; a ring with a substantial bump on its front edge, this arrangement makes it quick and easy to set your focal length powershkt snap your photo.

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The mode dial sits on the top panel’s back edge, right where your thumb wants to find it. The camera’s monaural speaker sits between the shutter release and the mode dial. The back of manhal camera is where the A and the A depart significantly. The latter’s most obvious feature is the 2-inch, hinged LCD–a real bonus on a camera in this price range. The LCD rotates out degrees, and also pivots degrees, letting you point the LCD up, down, toward the front of the camera for self-portraitsor spin it around so that it faces the back of the camera, protecting it from possible damage.


Four other buttons controlling the display, exposure value, Menu, and photo downloading surround the four-way. The wide hand grip gives the A a flat, stable bottom surface.

There is a standard tripod mount, plus a large door that covers the AA battery compartment. Battery doors can be an Achilles Heel for digital cameras, but this one looks durable. Camera Operation While the A’s user interface may seem slightly cryptic at first approach, it’s actually quite efficient. Most camera functions are controlled externally, and a few of the external control buttons serve multiple functions. When you do need to enter the LCD menu system, navigation is straightforward with only two main pages of options.

The A’s external controls cut down on the amount of time spent searching menu screens, and I particularly like the “Function” menu which became standard on Canon digital camera models in the model year.

Combined with the instruction manual, the A’s user interface shouldn’t take more than an hour to get comfortable with. In Record mode, the A’s LCD reports various exposure settings, including camera modes, the resolution and quality settings, number of available images, etc.

Half-pressing the Shutter button reports the aperture and shutter speed settings, in all modes except Manual. Aperture and shutter speed are displayed continuously in Manual mode, whether the Shutter button is pressed or not.

Pressing the Display button cycles through the available display modes, including the image with information, no display at all, and the image only. In Playback mode, the LCD reports the image series number, resolution and quality setting, file name, and the date and time of image capture.

Pressing the Display button once pulls up an enhanced information display, with a histogram for checking the exposure. A third press cancels the information overlay.

The telephoto side of the zoom toggle lets you zoom in on a portion of the image, while the wide-angle side backs you out again, and lets you step out to an “index” view of captured images, displayed as nine thumbnails at a time. Zooming out one step past the point at which the index display appears adds a “jump” bar to the bottom of the screen, letting you jump forward or back nine images at a time, rather than scrolling from each image to the next individually.

When you connect the Canon A to a PictBridge, Canon Direct Print, or Bubble Jet Direct-compatible printer, a new menu option is enabled, allowing easy print to a number of basic paper sizes, all without a computer.

A special icon appears in the upper left hand corner, with the word SET right next to it, telling you that to adjust settings, you should press the Set button.

You can select not only the size and type of paper, but you can also crop the pictures right in the camera. The screenshot at right is actually from a Canon SD, but the screens on the A are nearly identical.

Placed on the front edge of the right-hand grip and placed in the center of the zoom lever, this button sets focus and exposure when halfway pressed, and fires the shutter when fully pressed. Zoom Lever see image above: Operated by moving your finger slightly forward of the shutter button and rotating the small lever right or left, this smoothly-operating control sets both the optical and digital zoom while in record mode.

In playback mode, the wide setting displays a nine-image index display of all images on the memory card. Using the right and left keys of the four-way rocker button lets you rapidly jump through groups of nine shots.

Alternatively, the telephoto position enlarges the currently displayed image as much as 10x, so that you can check on fine details.