The PowerShot A50 continues the tradition started by the PowerShot A5, Canon's first, palm-sized digital camera housed in a classy, duralumin shell. Canon first upgraded the A5 to the A5 Zoom by adding a high-quality 2.5x zoom lens. This time they've added a 1.3-Megapixel CCD imager and vastly improved the processing firmware.
Pictures can be captured in 1280 x 960 pixels in Fine or Normal JPG compressed format or in Canon's proprietary raw CCD uncompressed format. Other cameras store uncompressed images in TIF format which occupy about 4Mb of memory as opposed to Canon's raw format which only requires 1.5Mb of memory. You can also select 640 x 480 pixel images in Fine or Normal JPG if your images are only going to be used on the computer or TV screen or for small web pictures.
Jump to the Canon A50 specifications.
The 2.5x zoom lens is also quite "fast" with an aperture of f2.6 in
wideangle position. This coupled along with the camera's ability to
increase the ISO speed to 400 lets you get more natural looking available
light shots where most digicams would require a flash.
The A50 is also equipped with Canon's light-assisted autofocus and can
focus accurately even in dimly-lit conditions.
Don't forget to flip the safety latch on the battery door after you
change a battery or else the camera won't work. The engineers designed
it this way to make sure that the user securely locked the battery door.
They mention this in the manual but who reads those things ???
|PowerShot A50 Specifications|
*All data is based on Canon's standard testing methods.
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