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Canon Powershot A410

Review posted 10/10/2005

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The PowerShot A410 digital camera is geared towards the entry-level photographer, it's functional as well as intuitive for a beginning photographer. The A410 features a 3.2 megapixel CCD image sensor, 3.2x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 41-131mm (35mm film equivalent), smooth continuous shooting up to 2.5 fps for the entire capacity of the SD or MMC memory card and a 1.5-inch LCD screen.

The PowerShot A410 digital camera comes equipped with eight Special Scene modes, including Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach and Fireworks and five Photo Effect modes, including Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, and Black & White. What's more, the PowerShot A410 digital camera is capable of recording VGA movies for those times when a still picture just won't properly record the moment.

Named for their use of AA batteries, Canonís A-series digital cameras offer easy-to-use, high quality features to consumers looking to capture, save and share meaningful memories, personal milestones and family functions. The PowerShot A410 digital camera uses only two AA batteries, yet captures up to 400 shots according to CIPA standards with the LCD screen on when using rechargeable NiMH batteries.

The PowerShot A410 has many of the latest advances in Canon technology including the proprietary DIGIC II imaging processor. The processor enhances picture definition, vibrancy and quality, while helping increase the speed of the camerasí startup, autofocus, shutter response, playback and image processing speed and reducing power consumption by 35% compared to the original DIGIC chip. Image transfer speed is accelerated (when used with a USB 2.0 compatible computer, printer or other peripheral), thanks to the inclusion of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port. The USB 2.0 port is backwards compatible (at no increased speed) with computers featuring standard USB 1.1 connections .

Like all PowerShot digital cameras, the A410 works seamlessly with Canonís petite SELPHY Compact Photo Printers such as the SELPHY CP510, CP710 and CP600 models Ė press the lighted Print/Share button, and within 58 seconds, images emerge. At 28 cents-per-print , printing photos directly from a digital camera is both easy and affordable.

Powershot A410 Features:

  • 3.2 Megapixel CCD imager and 3.2x optical zoom lens
  • 1.5" color LCD display and optical viewfinder
  • Advanced TTL AiAF 5-point autofocus system with focus-assist lamp
  • Program AE automatic, 8 Scene and a Manual exposure mode
  • Movie mode w/out sound 640x480/320x240 up to 3 minutes
  • Continuous shooting at 2.5 fps to the capacity of the memory card
  • Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot metering
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets or Custom
  • Photo Effects: Low Sharpening, Vivid Color, Neutral, Sepia and B&W
  • Shutter speeds of 1 to 1/2000 second
  • Selectable ISO settings from 50 to 200
  • Runs on two standard AA type batteries
  • Direct print and PictBridge Compliant
  • High-speed USB 2.0 connectivity for PC and Mac
  • Secure Digital/MMC card storage, 16MB MMC supplied

The PowerShot A410 Kit includes the latest versions of ZoomBrowser EX, ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch and PhotoRecord, as well as ArcSoft PhotoStudio, Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, Wrist Strap WS-800, two AA alkaline batteries, and a multimedia card MMC-16M. The PowerShot A410 will be available in September for an estimated price of $149.99.

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Canon Powershot A410

Canon Powershot A410

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Canon Powershot A410

Canon Powershot A410

Canon Powershot A410

The A410 compared to a standard CD disc.

Canon Powershot A410

The Powershot SD30 and the Powershot A410

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PowerShot A410 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 3.2 million
Image Sensor 1/3.2-inch type CCD
(Total number of pixels: Approx 3.3 million)

5.4 (W) - 17.3 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 41 - 131 mm)
f/2.8 (W) - f/5.1 (T)

Digital Zoom Approx. 3.2x (Up to approx. 10x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 1.5-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 120,000 pixels (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System TTL autofocus
Focusing frame: 5-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)
Shooting Distance
(From the front of the lens)
Normal: 47 cm (1.5 ft.) - infinity
Macro: 5 - 47 cm (W)/25 - 47 cm (T)
(2.0 in. - 1.5 ft. (W)/9.8 in. - 1.5 ft. (T))
Super Macro: 1.5 - 5 cm (W) (0.6 in. - 2.0 in) (W)
Infinity: 3.0 m (9.8 ft.) - infinity
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds
1 - 1/2000 sec.
The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode. Slow shutter speeds of 1/6 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (fixed to center)
Exposure Compensation ±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed Auto*, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
* Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.
White Balance Auto, pre-set (available settings: Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H) or custom
Built-in Flash Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, flash on with red-eye reduction, flash on, flash off, slow synchro
Flash Range
Normal: 47 cm - 3.0 m (W)/47 cm - 2.0 m (T) (1.5 - 9.8 ft. (W)/1.5 - 6.6 ft. (T))
Macro: 30 - 47 cm (11.8 in. - 1.5 ft.) (W/T)
(When ISO speed is set to AUTO.)
Shooting Modes
Still images: Auto, Manual, Super macro*1, My Colors*1, Special Scene*2, Stitch assist*1
Movies: Standard, Compact, My Colors
*1 Selectable in Manual mode
*2 Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks
Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.5 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
Recording Media SD memory card, MultiMediaCard
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type
Still images: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)*1
Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG)
* Audio data : Not available
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels (Still Images)
Large: 2048 x 1536 pixels
Medium 1: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Medium 2: 1024 x 768 pixels
Small: 640 x 480 pixels
Postcard Date Imprint Mode: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Number of recording pixels (Movies)
Standard, My Colors:
640 x 480 pixels (10 frames/sec.)
320 x 240 pixels (20 frames/sec.)
Max. Clip Length at one time: 3 minutes
Compact: (can record for 3 min.)
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
Max. Clip Length at one time: 3 minutes
Playback Modes Single, Index (9 thumbnail images),
Magnified (approx. 10x (max.)) in LCD monitor,
Auto Play or Movie.
Direct Print PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
Interface USB (mini-B)
PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol)
Power Source
1. Two AA alkaline batteries (included in the camera kit)
2. Two AA rechargeable NiMH batteries (NB-2AH) (sold separately)
3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (sold separately)
Operating Temperature 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 - 90 %
Dimensions 103 x 51.8 x 40.3 mm (4.1 x 2.0 x 1.6 in.)
(excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 150 g (5.3 oz.) (camera body only)
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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