Canon Powershot A400 Review
Features and Controls
The 9-point AiAF focusing system (or user-selectable Center AF point) works
from 1.5 ft. (47cm) to infinity in normal mode and in Macro its focus range
is 2.0 in. (5cm) to 1.5 ft. (47cm.) It also features a built-in focus assist
The built in flash has modes for Auto, Forced On, and Forced Off. Red-eye
reduction can be enabled or disabled via the Rec. mode menu. The working
range is Normal: 47 cm - 2.0 m (1.5 - 6.6 ft.) and Macro: 30 cm - 47 cm (1.0
- 1.5 ft.) when the ISO sensitivity is set to Auto.
The real-image zoom optical viewfinder shows approximately 80% - 85% of the
captured image. There is no diopter adjustment. The two LEDs on the right
indicate focus, flash, and image processing status.
Controls on the back: DISPlay button toggles the color LCD OFF/ON and also
controls the amount of data overlayed on the screen. The FUNCtion button
gives you access to options for selecting the exposure compensation, white
balance, image size, quality, ISO speed and color effects. In playback mode
it is the image delete button. The rocker switch controls the zoom, and in
playback mode it magnifies the image up to 10x or calls up the index screen.
The Mode switch changes the camera from PlayBack, Record, SCN, and movie
modes. The MENU button calls up or dismisses the onscreen menu system in both
record and playback modes. The 4-way selector allows you to navigate the menu
options, pressing "Up" changes the metering mode, "Right" toggles the flash,
"Down" controls the drive mode, and "Left" changes the focus mode. The Set
button accepts selections. The Print/Share button allows you to quickly and
easily print and transfer images.
On top is the shutter release and power button. You can also see the camera's
built-in speaker for playing back audio in-camera.
The PowerShot A400 is equipped with a SD card slot and is compatible with any
size Secure Digital. The camera ships with a 16MB SD card. Simply press the
card "in" to eject the it. Shown here with a spacious and speedy SanDisk
Ultra II 512MB SD card.
The I/O ports include the DIGITAL (USB 1.1 compatible) port for connection to
the host computer's USB port or to a PictBridge compatible printer. An
optional AC adapter, Canon CA-PS800, can be connected to the DC IN port. And
a Audio/Video out port for connecting to a TV set (NTSC or PAL selectable.)
Power is supplied by two AA-type batteries. The batteries are housed under the same door as the SD card. Canon supplies a set of alkaline batteries, but I highly recommend the use of high-capacity NiMH rechargeables which are more environmentally friendly, last longer, and save you money.
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