Features & Controls
The slim PowerShot A2600 offers a telescoping zoom lens with a modest magnification of 5X. Its wide angle of 28mm (35mm equivalent) is a plus for shooting wide vistas or a broad area is tight quarters. The lens zooms in and out smoothly and quickly, and you can use it during video recording (a good feature to have), while some basic cameras only use digital zoom during video recording, which degrades the video quality. At wide angle, where the lens is at its best, optical distortion at the edges and corners is not obvious or very noticeable.
But the lens appears to have some optical challenges. The image quality of wide-angle landscape shots illustrates this: The sharpness of details is noticeably fuzzier when zoomed in midway, and even more so at full 5X zoom. If I had seen these shots without knowing, I might guess that the camera had used digital zoom. (See images IMG_0180 through 0182 on the Samples page.)
Where this lens performs best is up close. Macro shots turned out nicely for the most part - the lens can focus as close as 1.2 inch, which will get you very close to small subjects. I also liked how the lens created depth of field in macro mode (see IMG_0049 on the Samples page).
- 5.0 (W) - 25.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 140 (T) mm)
- Normal: 1.2 in. (3cm) - infinity (W), 3.9 ft. (1.2m) - infinity (T)
- Macro: 1.2 in. - 1.6 ft. (3-50cm) (W) Macro: 1.2 in. - 2.0 ft. (3-60cm) (W)
- TTL Autofocus
- Slow Synchro
- 1.6 - 9.8 ft. (W), 3.9 - 6.6 ft. (T)
- 10 seconds or less (Battery Voltage: 3.7V)
- 3-inch TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
- Approx. 230,000 dots
- Approx. 100%
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