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Canon Powershot S60


First Look posted 05/14/04
Conclusion and samples posted 6/14/04


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The 5-Megapixel PowerShot S60 camera is equipped with a redesigned 3.6x zoom lens that goes from a wide-angle focal length of 28mm to a telephoto of 100mm (35mm film equivalent). This new lens features an Ultra high refractive index, which makes it thin and compact. The Ultra high refractive index Aspherical (UA) lens allows for a 28mm wide angle zoom while increasing image quality and slimming the body of the camera for a sleek design.

Armed with a faster start up time, the S60 sports a variety of enhanced features that make it stand out from the crowd. Notably, the macro function allows photographers to shoot a subject from as close as 1.6 inch. The optional Tele-converter extends the focal length to 200mm. In order to increase the amount of photographs users can capture, Canon developed a new high-capacity Li-ion battery, the NB-2LH model, which offers approximately 26% more capacity than the previous lithium-ion battery.

Advanced features include a full range of exposure modes; Program AE with Shift, Shutter speed-priority, Aperture-priority, Full Manual, AE Bracketing and a host of pre-programmed "Image Zone" modes. A 9-Point AiAF autofocus system with manual focus option, nine White Balance settings including Underwater, three selectable metering modes, multi-mode flash with selectable Second-Curtain sync modes and an improved VGA Movie Mode that captures clips up to 30 secs. in length (320x240 or 160x120 up to 3 minutes).

Canon Powershot S60

The S60 provides users with a simple and effective way of creating very high-quality prints without the need for a computer. The camera can be directly connected to one of Canon's optional Card Photo Printers (CP-100, CP-200, CP-300), Bubble Jet Direct Photo Printers or any PictBridge compatible printer.

The S60 features an optional underwater housing, WP-DC40. Designed for capturing fabulous underwater photos while snorkeling, in the pool, or to protect the camera while boating or on the beach, the housing will be available in June 2004 for an estimated street price of $240US. To capture the best underwater shots the S60 includes a new “underwater” preset for the white balance. This sets the camera to the correct white balance for underwater shooting so users can capture the most accurate colors possible.



Powershot S60 Features:

  • 5-megapixel CCD with RGB primary color filters
  • Image sizes of 2592x1944, 1600x1200, 1024x768 and 640x480
  • JPEG compressed and Canon raw image format
  • Canon 3.6x wide angle zoom lens (28-100mm in 35mm format)
  • Macro close-up focus to 2 inches
  • 1.8-inch color LCD viewfinder/monitor
  • ISO settings of Auto, 50, 100, 200 or 400
  • Shutter speeds from 15 secs to 1/2000
  • Noise reduction for 1.3 sec or longer time exposures
  • Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority and Manual.
  • Image Zone modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Fast Shutter, Slow Shutter, Stitch Assist and Movie.
  • Movie with sound: 640x480 up to 30 secs., (320x240 or 160x120 up to 3 minutes)
  • Exposure Metering: Center-Weighted Average, Spot, and Evaluative
  • Manual focus with distance readout, the focusing point area is enlarged while focusing.
  • 9-point Flexizone autofocus with AF-assist illuminator
  • User-selectable exposure compensation, flash exposure compensation, auto exposure bracketing and white balance
  • Playback histogram function with over-exposure warning
  • CompactFlash Type II slot compatible with Microdrives
  • Canon NB-2LH lithium rechargeable battery pack
  • PictBridge USB direct-print compatible

The PowerShot S60 comes bundled with battery pack NB-2LH and charger CB-2LT, USB cable and 32 MB Compact Flash card. Optional accessories include a waterproof case WP-DC40, Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC10, 2.0x Tele-converter TC-DC10 and Wireless Controller WL-DC100.





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Canon Powershot S60

Canon Powershot S60

Canon Powershot S60

Canon Powershot S60

Canon Powershot S60

Canon Powershot S60

Canon Powershot S60



Canon Powershot S60

The Powershot S60 compared in size to a CD.







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Canon Powershot S60 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 5 million
Image Sensor 1/1.8-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx 5.3 million)
Lens

5.8 (W) - 20.7 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 - 100 mm)
f/2.8 (W) - f/5.3 (T)

Digital Zoom Approx. 4.1x (Up to approx. 15x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
Picture coverage approx. 80%
LCD Monitor 1.8-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System TTL autofocus
AF lock and Manual focus are available
9-point (AiAF)/1-point (AF)
1-point AF: Any position is available
Shooting Distance
(from the front of the lens)
Normal AF: 44 cm (1.4 ft.) - infinity (W/T)
Manual focus: 4 cm (1.6 in.) - infinity (W)/
30 cm (1.0 ft.) - infinity (T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 15 - 1/2000 sec.
1.3 sec. or slower shutter speeds are available in Shutter-speed priority mode or Manual mode. Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Light Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center or AF-point)
Exposure Control System Program AE, Shutter-speed priority AE, Aperture-priority AE or Manual exposure control.
AE lock is available.
Exposure Compensation ± 2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) is available.
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash or Underwater) or custom
Built-in Flash Auto*, on*, off
* Red-eye reduction is available.
Flash Range

55 cm to 4.2 m (1.8 ft. to 14 ft.) (W),
55 cm to 2.0 m (1.8 ft. to 6.6 ft.) (T)
(When sensitivity is set to ISO 100 equivalent.)

Flash Exposure Compensation ± 2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments, FE lock, Slow synchro and 1st-curtain/2nd-curtain flash are available.
Shooting Modes
Auto  
Creative zone: Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Custom
Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Fast shutter, Slow shutter. Stitch assist and Movie
Continuous Shooting High-Speed continuous shooting: Approx. 2.0 shots/sec.
Standard continuous shooting: Approx. 1.5 shots/sec.
(Large/Fine mode with LCD monitor off)
Interval Shooting Shooting interval: approx. 1 - 60 min. (1-min. increments)
Number of shots: 2 - 100 shots (Maximum number of shots varies according to CF card capacity.)
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay
Wireless Control Shooting and playback are available (wireless controller is sold separately).
When shooting, image is captured instantly/approx. 2-sec./approx. 10-sec. after shutter button is pressed.
PC-controlled Shooting Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media CompactFlashTM (CF) card (Type I and Type II)
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Image Recording Format
Still images: JPEG (Exif 2.2)*1/RAW
Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels
Still images:
Large: 2592 x 1944 pixels
Medium 1: 2048 x 1536 pixels
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Small: 640 x 480 pixels
Movies:
640 x 480 pixels (30 sec.)*
320 x 240 pixels (3 min.)*
160 x 120 pixels (3 min.)*
* The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting.
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor), Sound memos (recording/playback up to 60 sec.) or Slide show
Direct Print Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible, and PictBridge compliant
My Camera Settings The start-up image, start-up sound, shutter sound, operation sound and self-timer sound can be customized using the following methods:
1. Using the images and sounds recorded on the camera.
2. Using downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
Interface USB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol])
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source
1. NB-2LH 7.4v 720mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery charger CB-2LT included
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK 700 (sold separately)
3. Car Battery Charger Kit CBC-NB2 (sold separately)
Operating Temperature 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 - 90 %
Dimensions 114.0 x 56.5 x 38.8 mm (4.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 in.) (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 230 g (8.1 oz.) (camera body only)


The Powershot S60 kit includes:


  • Powershot S60 Body
  • Wrist Strap WS-300
  • Battery Pack NB-2L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LT
  • CompactFlash Card FC-32M (32MB)
  • AV Cable AVC-DC300
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution (CD-ROM)
  • ArcSoft Camera Suite (CD-ROM)








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