Canon Powershot A200 Review
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The PowerShot A200 is a 2.0 megapixel, single-focal length autofocus camera incorporating several advanced camera features including Movie mode, Photo Effects, Direct Print capabilities using Canon's CP-100 dye-sub printer, and magnified playback up to 10x for precise image confirmation. It is designed to make digital photography as easy as point-and-shoot.
The PowerShot A200 also incorporates a number of high-end features including the popular Photo Effects mode originally introduced in the highly advanced PowerShot G2 camera. A low sharpening mode has been added to the Vivid, Neutral, Sepia and Black-and-White modes for a total of five separate effects for greater creativity.
The shutter speed range of the A200 is among the widest in its class with a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000 second. Combining this speed with the lens's f/5.6 minimum aperture setting makes the A200 ideal for daylight photography and fast-moving objects. Alternatively, when the one-second slow shutter speed is combined with the camera's f/2.8 maximum aperture and optional ISO 400 setting, photos taken in low light conditions can be captured easily.
The PowerShot A200 can record movies in QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) and Q2VGA (160 x 120 pixels) at 20 frames per second. Up to 9 seconds of continuous recording is possible in QVGA, and up to 30 seconds in the Q2VGA format.
Additional features offered with the PowerShot A200 include 3-point AiAF focusing; magnified playback to easily confirm critical focus, high-speed continuous shooting at 2.5 fps, 4.0X digital zoom capability, built-in flash with four flash modes and RGB primary color filters. The A200 uses two AA-size batteries and is compatible with CompactFlash Type I removable media.
Image Management Software
Additional software includes USB Mounter 1.6 and the CP-10 printer driver.
PowerShot A200 Features
Waterproof Case WP-DC400
The Canon PowerShot A200 has a suggested retail price of $299 (available July, 2002) and the Card Photo Printer CP-100 is $349 (currently available). The CP-10 Card Printer has been available since 2001 at a suggested list of $299. See our review on the CP-10 Card Printer.
The PowerShot A200 and a standard CD for size comparison.
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PowerShot A200 Specifications
Canon A200 Package Contents
- Digital Camera
- Wrist Strap
- AA Alkaline Battery (x2)
- CompactFlashTM Card FC-8M
- USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU
- Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
- Camera User Guide
- Software Starter Guide
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