Canon Powershot A200 Review

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Review posted 6/13/02

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Designed as an easy-to-use, entry-level digital camera, the new PowerShot A200 combines a 2- megapixel CCD chip with several advanced camera features to create high-quality digital photos at an affordable price. In addition, by connecting directly to Canon's CP-100 dye-sublimation printer, first-time users of digital cameras can make high-quality color prints without the complexity of a computer. The A200 can also be used as an underwater camera when used with its optional waterproof housing to depths of up to 100 feet. The PowerShot A200 will be available at authorized Canon retailers nationwide in July,2002 and have a suggested retail price of $ 299.

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
Bundled with a suite of programs enabling image management, editing, compositing and printing, the PowerShot A200 is compatible with a wide range of Mac and PC computers, including support for Windows XP and Mac OS X. The camera comes equipped with Apple QuickTime 5.0, Canon RemoteCapture 2.5, and PhotoStitch 3.1 for both Macintosh and Windows, as well as Canon ZoomBrowser EX 3.4, PhotoRecord 1.4 and WIA and TWAIN drivers for Windows, plus ImageBrowser 2.3 and a Photoshop-compatible plug-in for the Mac. When using ZoomBrowser EX 3.4 or ImageBrowser 2.3, users can take advantage of new and improved features for auto layout printing, self-running full-screen slide shows, and automated preparation of images for use as e-mail attachments.

Additional software includes USB Mounter 1.6 and the CP-10 printer driver.

PowerShot A200 Features

  • 2.0 Megapixel CCD for images up to 1600 x 1200 pixels.
  • 5mm (39mm) F2.8 optical lens, 4x digital zoom
  • 1.5-inch TFT color LCD, approx. 120,000 pixels
  • 3-point AiAF system with single-point center focus and focus lock
  • Low-light focus assist illuminator
  • Exposure modes: Auto/ manual/ stitch assist/ movie
  • Motion video @ 20fps, 320x240 9 secs or 160x120 30 secs
  • White balance options: Auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H
  • Shutter speeds from 1 second to 1/2000 second
  • Evaluative linked to focus point
  • ISO settings: 50, 100, 200, 400 and Auto (50-150)
  • Photo Effects: Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, B&W
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Red-eye reduction auto, Forced on, Red-eye on, forced off and slow-synchro
  • 2x-10x enlarged playback function with scrolling
  • Direct Print to the CP-100 and CP-10 printers
  • CompactFlash Type I storage
  • USB connectivity
  • Powered by standard AA type batteries
  • Optional wide angle, telephoto and closeup lenses
  • Small (4.3 x 2.3 x 1.4 in.) and lightweight (6.2 oz)

Canon Powershot A200

Waterproof Case WP-DC400
You can use this case to take underwater shots at depth of up to 30 meters (100 feet). And of course it's also ideal for taking worry-free pictures in the rain, at the beach or while boating.

Canon Powershot A200

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.

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Canon Powershot A200

Canon Powershot A200

Canon Powershot A200

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Canon Powershot A200

Canon Powershot A200

The PowerShot A200 and a standard CD for size comparison.

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PowerShot A200 Specifications

Camera effective pixels : Approx. 2 million
Image sensor : 1/3.2-inch diagonal; 4.48mm (w) x 3.36mm (h) CCD
Approx. 2.1 million gross pixels
Pixel Size : 2.75 microns square
Lens :
(35 mm film equivalent: 39 mm)
F 2.8
Digital Zoom : Maximum 4.0x
Optical Viewfinder : Inverted Galilean finder
LCD monitor : 1.5-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 120,000 pixels
Autofocus : TTL 3-point AiAF system (or user-selectable Center AF point)
Focus lock possible
Focusing Range :
(from tip of the lens barrel)
Normal : 7.9 inches / 20cm to infinity
Macro : 2 inches(5cm) to 7.9 inches(20cm)
Special focus settings : Macro
Landscape(17 ft./5m~infinity)
Shutter Speed : 1 sec. to 1/2000 sec.
Light Metering Method : Evaluative metering (linked to focusing point)
Exposure Control : Program AE (Auto and Program modes only)
Exposure Compensation : ± 2 EV in 1/3 steps
Sensitivity : ISO 50/ 100/ 200/ 400 equivalent(user set) and Auto*
*Camera automatically adjusts sensitivity in the range of ISO 50 to ISO 150 equivalent.
White Balance : TTL auto/ preset (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H)
Flash : Auto/ Red-eye reduction auto/ on/ off/ slow-synchro
Flash :
Max. : 6.7 ft / 2m (at ISO 100)
Recyle : about 10 sec's or less
Flash sync speeds : 1/30 and faster (normal flash modes); 1 second and faster in Slow Sync mode
Slow-sync flash w/ balanced fill : Possible with flash in Slow Sync mode; set on LCD monitor via push-button
Shooting Modes : Auto/ manual/ stitch assist/ movie
Continuous Shooting : Approx. 2 images/sec (Large/ Fine mode, LCD monitor on)
Approx. 3 images/ sec (Large/ Fine mode, LCD monitor off)
Self-Timer : Shoots after approx. 10 sec.
PC Connected Shooting : Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program RemoteCapture is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media : CompactFlashTM card (Type I)
File Format : Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF compliant
Image Recording Format :
Still Images : JPEG (Exif 2.2 also called "Exif Print")
Movies : AVI (Image Data : Motion JPEG)
Compression : Superfine/ fine/ normal
Number of Recording Pixels :
Still Images :
Large : 1600 x 1200 pixels
Medium : 1024 x 768 pixels
Small : 640 x 480 pixels
Movies :
320 x 240 pixels (Max.~ 9 sec.)
160 x 120 pixels (Max.~ 30 sec.)
Approx 20 frames / sec.
Replay Modes : Single image replay/ index replay (9 thumbnails)/ zoomed view (LCD monitor zooms images up to 10x)/ auto play/ printing with Card Photo Printer CP-100 or CP-10 (Direct Print Function)
Interface :
USB 1.1(mini-B)
Power Source :
Two AA alkaline batteries (included)
Two AA rechargeable NiMH batteries (optional)
Compact AC Adapter Kit CA-PS800 (optional)
Operating Temperatures : 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity : 10 - 90 %
(W x H x D) :
110 x 58 x 36.6 mm
(4.3 x 2.3 x 1.4 in.) (excluding protrusions)
Weight : Approx. 175 g (6.2 oz.)
(excluding batteries and CF card)
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

Canon A200 Package Contents

Canon Powershot A200

  • 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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