Canon Powershot A430 Review

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Canon Powershot A430

Features & Controls

Canon Powershot A430

The A430 features a 4X (39-156mm in the 35mm format) f/2.8-5.8 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in shutter closes to completely protect the lens.

An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. The focusing range is:

  • Normal AF: 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)

In low light conditions the focus-assist lamp helps to illuminate the subject for accurate focusing.

The built in flash offers Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction On or Auto. The flash range in Normal mode is from 47 cm - 3.0 m (W)/47 cm - 2.0 m (T) (1.5 - 9.8 ft. (W)/1.5 - 6.6 ft. (T)). In Macro mode the coverage is from 30 - 47 cm (11.8 in. - 1.5 ft.) (W/T). (When ISO speed is set to AUTO.)

Canon Powershot A430

Compact and elegantly designed, the optional High-Power Flash HF-DC1 complements your PowerShot perfectly and requires no accessory shoe. With a strong light output (guide number 59 ft.) and wide angular field (28mm), it delivers proper illumination up to approximately 30 feet and in all zoom positions. The flash fires in synchronization with the main flash, and output is adjusted accurately and automatically. A "Manual" mode prevents others from firing your flash.

Canon Powershot A430

You can frame your pictures with the color LCD or to save precious battery power you can use the optical finder. This is a coupled viewfinder with approx. 80% to 85% coverage. It has no dioptric adjustment. Next to the finder are two LEDs that indicate the flash and focus status.

Canon Powershot A430

The A430 features a 1.8-inch LCD for framing, review and menu operations.

Controls on the back: The Mode Dial with positions for Review, Auto Record, Manual Record, Scene (8 modes) and Movie. The DISPlay button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of data displayed on it. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback, the FUNC/SET button accepts menu selections, In record mode you press "Up" to zoom the lens to telephoto, press "Down" to zoom to wide angle. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu screens, and the FUNCtion button gives you access to many settings (Exposure compensation, white balance, ISO, Color effects, image quality and image size.) The Print/Share button speeds and simplifies printing to Direct Print and PictBridge compliant printers, as well as transferring images.

Canon Powershot A430

On the top you'll find the On/Off button and the shutter release.

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The I/O ports: The DIGITAL port connects USB 2.0 to the computer for downloading. It also allows for Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer, Canon Card Photo Printer or Bubblejet Direct photo printers.

DC INput jack for an optional AC power supply.

A-V output for television (NTSC or PAL).

Canon Powershot A430

The Powershot A430 is equipped with a Secure Digital card slot and comes with a Canon 16MB MMC card. It can handle most SD or MMC cards up to 2GB.

Storage Capacity of 16MB Card

2272 x 1704 pixels
(Superfine) 7
(Fine) 13
(Normal) 26
(Medium 1)
1600 x 1200 pixels
(Superfine) 14
(Fine) 26
(Normal) 50
(Medium 2)
1024 x 768 pixels
(Superfine) 25
(Fine) 45
(Normal) 80
640 x 480 pixels
(Superfine) 56
(Fine) 88
(Normal) 138
(Postcard Print Mode)
1600 x 1200 pixels
(Fine) 26
2272 x 1280 pixels
(Superfine) 9
(Fine) 17
(Normal) 34
: Continuous shooting at a consistent interval (smooth continuous shooting) is possible until the memory card is full. This reflects standard shooting criteria established by Canon. Actual results may vary according to the subject and shooting conditions.

Canon Powershot A430

The A430 is powered by two standard AA-type batteries, alkaline, NiMH (nickel metal hydride), or lithium cells. Canon claims with AA Alkaline batteries you can capture approx. 90 shots (LCD on), 600 shots (LCD off). With NB-3AH NiMH cells Canon claims approx. 360 shots with the LCD screen on and approx. 1000 shots with the LCD off. Battery tests according to CIPA standards.

Check out our NiMH rechargeable battery page for more info on NiMH battery types.

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