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Canon PowerShot A530 5MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

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  • 5.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 4x optical zoom; 1.8-inch LCD display
  • ISO 800 shooting; widescreen (16:9) stills recording
  • DIGIC II and iSAPS for fast, precise results; VGA-quality movie mode with sound
  • Powered by 2 AA-size batteries; stores images on SD memory cards (16 MB card included)
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Video Capability
  • DC in Jack

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.7 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000EMU888
  • Item model number: 1119B001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,309 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 21, 2006

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Canon makes an affordable, high-quality 5.0-megapixel digital camera a reality with the PowerShot A530. Fast, powerful, and impressively compact, the A530 delivers beautiful images and high performance. Best of all, this camera retains all the easy-to-use accessibility that has made the PowerShot A Series so popular.

Powerful specs, amazing value
Step up to 5.0 megapixels of imaging power and a genuine Canon 4x optical zoom--it's all within your reach with the PowerShot A530. You'll see the difference 5 megapixels of resolution make when you crop images and make enlargements that are true-to-life and filled with rich detail. With a 4x optical zoom, you're ready to capture a broad range of shots. Snapshots, landscapes, and everything in between are rendered with the clear, bright quality of genuine Canon optics.

Make your camera your companion
The PowerShot A530 packs all its imaging power into a body so lightweight and compact, you'll take it everywhere. And for times when a camera is indispensable, you'll be glad you have one that doesn't weigh you down.

Canon innovation enhances your experience
The PowerShot A530 features a new ISO 800 setting that reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations when shooting with high shutter speeds, giving you greater flexibility for shooting.

Advanced imaging technology improves every photo

DIGIC II Image Processor
Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor is designed to improve processing speed and image quality, so DIGIC II provides markedly faster startup, autofocus, and playback, plus it assures that every image is more colorfully vibrant.

iSAPS Technology
iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC II Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Shoot and view wide images
The PowerShot A530 includes a 16:9 widescreen resolution option, producing images and film clips that are perfect for your widescreen TV or computer monitor.

Capture the moment in any situation
The PowerShot A530 enables you to record VGA (640 x 480) at 10 frames per second (fps) or QVGA (320 x 240) movies at 20 fps with sound. Also, with Compact Movie Mode, you can shoot QQVGA (160 x 120) at 15 fps. Now digital zoom is available when you are recording a movie. With an additional 17 shooting modes, including the settings in Special Scene mode, you can produce breathtaking pictures even when shooting conditions are tough.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions

  • Auto: The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
  • P Program: Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
  • Manual: The ultimate in creative control, you set ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance.
  • Portrait: The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."
  • Landscape: For front-to-back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture.
  • Foliage: Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
  • Movie: Shoot in VGA (10 fps), QVGA (20 fps) or QQVGA (15 fps for up to 3 minutes).
  • Snow: Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unatural bluish tint.
  • Beach: Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
  • Fireworks: Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
  • Indoor: Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors.
  • Kids and Pets: Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
  • Night Scene: For impressive sunset or nightlife shots, the camera properly exposes the background and uses slow-sync flash for the subject.
  • Night Snapshot: Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.
  • Color Accent: Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
  • Color Swap: Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
  • Digital Macro: Shoot larger-than-life close-ups with one-button simplicity.
  • Stitch Assist: Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
  • My Colors
         Vivid: Yield vibrant shots with dramatic high-contrast.
  • Neutral: Produce images of subtle, elegant tonality.
  • Sepia: Recreate the look of vintage photographs.
  • Black and White: Deliver enhanced clarity--especially useful when shooting text.
  • Positive Film: Combine "Vivid Blue," "Vivid Green," and "Vivid Red" to achieve a positive film effect.
  • Lighter Skin Tone: Make your subjects' skin tones lighter.
  • Darker Skin Tone: Darken skin tones a shade.
  • Custom Color: Finely adjust brightness and vividness, and set your preferred balance of blue, green, red, and skin colors.

    The complete print solution
    The PowerShot A530's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the A530 to a Canon CP, SELPHY, or PIXMA Photo Printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh). (Printers not included--must be purchased separately.)

    What's in the Box
    PowerShot A530 body, AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2), MultiMediaCard MMC-16M, Wrist Strap WS-800, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, AV Cable AVC-DC300

  • Product Description

    Canon a530 powershot dig cam

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    Customer Reviews

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    The picture quality is decent, and it's easily portable. It takes rechargeable AA batteries, which for me is a requirement. Read more ›
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    She is not very tech savvy and this was her first digital camera. It's very easy to use, compact and the pictures are great. Read more ›
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    However I'm lazy in learning all the functions it has it was easy for me to take pictures and…The quality of pictures is great especially when they are made outdoor. Read more ›
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    Bought it for my 9 yo who was begging for a camera, solid, easy to use, hard to break. Don't need more than 5 MP on a small point and shoot, very well made. Read more ›
    the only good thing about this camera is that it is easy to use and cheap. Read more ›
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    Perfect for departmental use and occaisional travel. Use of 2AA batteries makes it easy to power just about anywhere in the world. Read more ›
    Not a professional model and it is a bit slow between pictures. But other than that great resolution and the features are easy to manage. Read more ›
    I am only a casual photographer, so the fact that it makes it easy to take good pictures…I think that the menus are well thought-out and a lot of fun to play around with. Read more ›
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    This camera is my first digital and I am…The features are great and the shooting modes help you capture the photo you want....All and all a great product and great price! Read more ›
    Anyone can pick up this camera and use it but if you want really really good…So far, the picture quality has been great, close-up shots with macro mode are amazing. I'm… Read more ›
    I had a great experience with amazon. The price was great,I received the product exactly when they said I would. I tell everyone I come across that if they need something… Read more ›
    A great product and a great value. I would recommend this product to family and friends, will continue to purchase products from canon. Read more ›
    I miss the a/v video connectors this model had, but I got the benefit of rechargeable battery on the new model that now I own. this camera is still good for an amateur… Read more ›
    Unbelievable product and value. Bought this camera back in October with no expectations that any great things could happen with such a cheap camers. Read more ›
    The camera is easy to use, light weight and take very good pictures, The price is right too. Read more ›
    Ease of use and intuitive design make for simple yet exquisite results. All this and more at a comparatively reasonable Amazon price! Read more ›
    It's fast and responsive and the menus are easy to navigate. The 4x zoom is a nice bonus as many cameras in this range have only a 3x. It autorotates pictures taken… Read more ›
    There's a ton of included software, most of which I will never use, but it's nice…The micro zoom is nice for shooting close-ups of flowers and smaller, detailed subjects. Read more ›
    This camera takes high definition shots that look great . The zoom is good enough to get detailed shots of alligators in the water or birds in trees. It is simple to us and… Read more ›
    Zoom is easy to work. Button to take picture is centered in zoom dial. Read more ›
    I first got this camera Christmas 2006…It has good zoom, plenty of features to choose from (I personally prefer program), and best of all, it has very good picture quality. Read more ›
    The stitch feature is easy to use, and the included software is great. I have taken some amazing manual zoom pictures with my camera. The LCD screen is on the small side,… Read more ›
    I would have to say the video quality is good. If you're outdoors and have planty of light you'll be happy with the video. Read more ›
    The color accent feature is very addictive. It does not gobble up batteries like many other cameras do and the video quality is good too. On the whole I would definitely… Read more ›
    Easy to use, easy to download images, great for smal video. Read more ›
    I would have to say the video quality is good. If you're outdoors and have planty of light you'll be happy with the video. Indoors or lower light situations not so much. Read more ›
    I can do a lot more with the camera than I have done so far, like take videos, but for now, the ease of use, especially hooking it up to my printer and/or my computer is a… Read more ›
    This camera takes excellent pictures and is very…I also love the video feature and the viewfinder--neither of which are standard on a lot of cameras in this price range. Read more ›
    Outdoors, it's a great camera -- great zoom for a compact, good viewfinder for when the sun washes out the display, and continuous…Resolution and color are quite good. Read more ›
    The Camera is easy to use and takes very good pictures. The pictures I have taken outside have been great with very vivid colors that really "jump out" at you, very nice. Th… Read more ›
    This camera takes great outdoor pics, with good color and resolution. I don't have to do much (if any) photoshopping on those. Read more ›
    The exposure is right on. I have tried editing a few photos, and cannot make them any better by editing brightness, contrast,saturation,and color. Read more ›
    There's an easy-to-read chart of icons in the manual and if you can't figure out the icon from a chart that shows…The macro produces crisp pictures with excellent color. Read more ›
    Better get a big memory card, too. The silly settings like "color swap" and "fireworks" are fun to play with. My only complaint is it is slow to recover between shots, so… Read more ›
    It was not too expensive and was a lot easier to travel with then a regular 35mm. The shot look real good and the flash is good for the house parties he went to. The only… Read more ›
    I have a simple 200watt soft light and the flash…Turning off the flash is even easier - it's just one button to push and I can't fathom why anyone can't figure that out. Read more ›
    Amateurs must buy this one,, good and clear pictures, no charging hassle and fast focus... bright flash too Read more ›
    If you want small,…The Canon A6xx series (which use 4 AA batteries instead of 2) are quite a bit bulkier than the A530/A540, but they also have good flash recharge times. Read more ›
    Replaced memory card that came with the camera with a 1GB card and we still are shooting away! Easy to use software and small size is great for travel! We took it to… Read more ›
    - A nice sized 1.8 inch LCD screen, and 5MP resolution. Seriously, you don't need any more to for regular sized prints. Read more ›
    I'm very happy with this camera. The video feature comes out to a nice size on my 15 inch screen, it covers about 1/3 of the screen. The pictures are nice, too, and cover… Read more ›
    Not happy with the size/shape. It cannot be easily carried by putting it in our pocket. Read more ›
    based on…However it is easy to hold the camera to shoot pictures without shaking, and the digital display is good enough i guess for a first time camera for my son. I… Read more ›
    I use it with the viewfinder unless I am doing an important shot where composition counts. Then the LED display is perfect. You can even see it clearly in the daytime. Read more ›
    Although it has an optical viewfinder, the LCD is bright and clear even in sunlight for composing a shot. Read more ›
    Combo of…The viewfinder, though not exactly accurate, is positioned well and functions decently when the LCD is not convenient-- you can always crop off the extra later. Read more ›
    They are great little…I have had battery life issues with the NiMH batteries I use in them - I am not sure if it is the camera draining them quickly or the battery quality. Read more ›
    Very good battery life I shot +100 pictures using flash and lots of zoom and the rechargeable batteries (NiMH 2500 mA) still had enough juice for another +100 pictures on… Read more ›
    - Amazing battery-life (a pair of Energizer lithiums lasted me about 800 shots with LCD) Read more ›
    I love this camera. It's durable, easy to use, fits in my purse, and does everything I need it to to do. I've even dropped it a few times and it still works fine. Read more ›
    well this camera is fantastic , i absolutly love it , very easy to use , really compact , it fits and my smaller bag, it's reat if this is just first camera timers. Read more ›
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    338 of 344 people found the following review helpful By Jpesci on April 18, 2006
    The Canon A530 is an amazing camera for the price or anyone on a slightly tighter budget. The first thing that surprised me about it was how small it was; at only 3.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches high, it fits easily into your pocket, and serves well as a travel companion.

    Pros:

    - Amazing image quality for a camera in this price range

    - Excellent clarity in macro mode

    - ISO 800 is useful to have when taking night shots without a tripod or flash

    - My colors settings are useful and surprisingly intricate; you can set a custom setting for levels in red, green, and blue individually, as well as contrast, sharpness, saturation, and skin tone

    - Color accent and swap are nice features for the creative type, and are often more accurate than I had expected

    - Stitch assist mode automatically locks exposure compensation and aperture to make panoramas easier and consistent (I would really recommend a tripod when doing this to keep the camera level, though. Stitch assist software isn't perfect)

    - Widescreen 16:9 framing is a nice feature (not to be confused with true widescreen, but automatically frames and crops in 16:9 ratio)

    - 4x optical zoom works very well

    - Extremely fast start-up time (about one second)

    - Excellent auto-focus features

    - Amazing battery-life (a pair of Energizer lithiums lasted me about 800 shots with LCD)

    Cons:

    - Only two aperture settings per zoom level in manual mode. ex. f/2.6 and f/5.
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    162 of 167 people found the following review helpful By Floyd Turbo on May 8, 2006
    I don't want to trash the reviewer from Florida, but reading the manual will take care of all of your problems. The flower icon is for the Macro setting. There's an easy-to-read chart of icons in the manual and if you can't figure out the icon from a chart that shows all of the icons it's no wonder that you found an actual written manual too complex. The macro produces crisp pictures with excellent color.

    I also use this to take pictures for eBay and it works wonderfully and needs no additional lighting. I have a simple 200watt soft light and the flash doesn't go off when I shoot items. Turning off the flash is even easier - it's just one button to push and I can't fathom why anyone can't figure that out.

    The ISO 800 setting is much better than on the previous PowerShots, but still isn't perfect. However, this is a point-and-shoot camera and is adaquate for almost all needs if you remember that. I shot some wonderful pictures in a dark concert hall and got excellent clarity on about 80% of the pictures - the rest had some slight blurring.

    I enjoyed the various settings, especially the stitching, and found them all easy to use and useful. The videos are of pretty decent quality as well, though it's not a video camera.

    For the price, this is an excellent camera for everyday use and special occasions.
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    41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By G. Cory on August 29, 2006
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    Before purchased the Cannon A530, I compared it with several other 5MP cameras.(Kodak, Sony, Nikon, Polaroid, HP, Vivitar). I chose the A530 for several reasons: 1- The number of shooting modes (over 17), 2- It uses two inexpensive AA batteries rather that more expensive Lithium, or other specialty batteries, 3- The new ISO 800 setting which reduces camera shake, 4- The White Balance Control (Auto, preset for Cloudy, Tungsten, & Flourescent, and the 4X Optical zoom lens, and 5- The Post Card Size and the Date Imprint.

    I takes excellent clear pictures. The color is very true. The exposure is right on. I have tried editing a few photos, and cannot make them any better by editing brightness, contrast,saturation,and color.

    Although it has an optical viewfinder, the LCD is bright and clear even in sunlight for composing a shot.

    It is on the verge of being too bulky, but Cannon has other smaller models with similar features (at a higher price). I am very happy with this camera and haven't wished I had chosen a different camera.
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    29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Linda D. Pinder on May 13, 2006
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    I thought this Canon deserved more than an average of 3.5 stars, so I'm adding my comments.

    I bought the A530 for my daughter when it became available on Amazon. She had taken photos, with her three-year-old Sony 5MP, of her roses in macro mode. Most of the photos were out of focus. The Sony just seemed to have trouble focusing on the right subject in macro mode. I have found that Canon cameras take excellent photos, especially in macro mode, and the A530 has not disappointed. She (and I) have taken many sharply focused photos of flowers, up close.

    LIKES: Very good quality, features, and price. Sharp and colorful photos. Easy to use, small and lightweight. Improved over the A520 with 5MP instead of 4MP and MUCH faster performance.

    DISLIKES: Canon's decrease of LCD pixel resolution per inch on the lastest models - A430, A530, A540. A disappointment, but only a small annoyance.

    ADDED NOTE: Daylight photos are always better over indoor flash shots, whenever possible, with any camera.
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