Recording with the A50 can be done in one of three modes:
In Program mode you can select Single (default) or Continuous picture
taking modes using the button on top next to the dial. If you use the
Continuous setting the image size is set to Small and you can take up to
15 pictures by keeping the shutter button depressed.
The A50 is like its big brother the Pro 70, it does not output video
in record mode. You can not use an external TV monitor
as a viewfinder when doing macros on a copy stand or
when using the camera in a studio environment.
Playback has two modes; Play Mode and Multi Mode. Play Mode is for single
picture playback and/or slideshows.
The Canon A50 is a great "pocket-sized" megapixel camera. It's small size allows it to be easily stowed in your coat pocket and carried along at all times. The classy (sexy?) aluminum body and automatic closing lens barrier makes it highly durable and able to withstand the rigors of day to day useage without worry.
The image quality is excellent, colors are very lifelike but the overall saturation is a bit heavy. The 28-70mm zoom lens lets you get indoor flash shots easily, even when dealing with limited space or large groups of people. Outdoors you can zoom from wideangle panorama to almost telephoto position whenever necessary. And speaking of panoramas, the Stitch Assist mode of the A50 is going to help a lot of folks create better panorama shots -- or maybe their first panorama.
The A50 is equipped with Canon's excellent TTL autofocusing system that includes an outboard light-assisted focusing aid to insure accurate focusing even in dimly lit conditions. The A50 shines when shooting sans the flash in low light conditions. You can switch down to 640x480 size and the camera will boost the sensitivity up to ISO 400.
As simple as any Point-n-Shoot camera, the A50 in Automatic mode lets you just pick the camera up and shoot! Indoors or outdoors it sets itself to take the best possible picture with no user intervention necessary. Want or need more control? Not a problem just switch it to Program mode and override the automatic exposure system or the white balance whenever it is required. For the really creative photographer try using the Slow Synchro flash mode with your next night shot.
The A50 uses CompactFlash memory cards so there's no problem of running short on picture storage capacity. Large (64-96MB) cards are now readily available. I used a 64MB Lexar CF card in the A50 and it let me shoot about 194 pictures in Large/Fine mode (over 500 in Small/Fine mode). Using Lexar's new JumpShot CF cards with builtin USB connectivity, the A50 will be able to download even faster for both PC and iMac users.
For an average retail of $500 the Canon A50 offers a good value to
consumers. I would recommend buying the optional rechargeable battery,
charger and DC power coupler kit for another $100 to really finish the
package. Most people will think you are using a Canon Elph film
camera until you turn it around and show them their picture on the LCD
screen. Without reservation I can recommend this camera to anyone who
needs a pocket-sized megapixel, it's a winner!
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