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Canon PowerShot A630 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

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  • 8-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 4x optical zoom; 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD display
  • ISO range up to ISO 800 for less blur in low light while hand-holding
  • 3:2 guide masks LCD to display 4 x 6-inch print size; 16:9 format option for still images
  • Stores images on SD cards; powered by 4 AA-size batteries
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 1288B001
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 8 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 4 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.9 inches ; 8.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HAOVC6
  • Item model number: 1288B001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,880 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Replacing the highly popular PowerShot A620, the PowerShot A630 features a rotating 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD, 4x optical zoom lens, and a vast array of creative shooting modes.

The PowerShot A630 packs a vast array of advanced features into a remarkably compact space:

  • 8.0 megapixels
  • 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD screen and real-image optical viewfinder
  • 4x optical zoom
  • DIGIC II, iSAPS, 9-Point AiAF, FlexiZone AF/AE
  • Digital teleconverter and Safety Zoom
  • 21 shooting modes
Quality control
The 8.0-megapixel sensor allows for creative cropping while providing enough detail for large, high-quality prints. A new Safety Zoom takes advantage of the camera's high resolution to offer extra zoom magnification without affecting image quality--up to 16x zoom when shooting Small size images. Users can also activate the Digital Teleconverter to add extra telephoto reach on all shots, similar to adding a teleconverter lens to the camera.

The 4x optical zoom lens achieves a 35-140mm focal length (35mm equivalent) while allowing the camera to maintain a compact size. The lens construction incorporates 8 elements in 7 groupings, including two aspherical elements to maximize sharpness across the whole image. With a maximum aperture range of f2.8 (wide) to f4.1 (telephoto), the lens is remarkably bright at the telephoto end.

ISO 800 mode improves results when shooting in low-light settings and enables flash-free photography indoors. The camera's High ISO Auto setting prioritizes fast shutter speeds by automatically using the higher range of ISO sensitivities, reducing the risk of unwanted image blur.

Improved LCD and playback
A larger 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD screen enables accurate framing from unusual angles, such as those encountered when using the 1-centimeter (.4-inch) Macro mode. The enhanced user interface (UI) retains a selectable Grid Line display to assist with rule-of-thirds compositions, while users can also enable a new 3:2 ratio overlay during shooting to view the printable area for standard photo prints. Playback is enhanced with an overexposure warning feature, which indicates overexposed areas in captured images.

Flexible shooting
The PowerShot A630 offers users a range of versatile features for creative photography. A choice of 21 shooting modes includes Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, and full Manual modes for complete exposure control. A Second Curtain Sync function allows for creative flash exposures, such as light trails. Artistic photo effects can be applied in-camera during and after shooting with My Colors.

Filming is also possible at a high standard--VGA quality movies can be captured with sound at a smooth 30 frames per second (fps). The AV-out connection and supplied cable allows for full screen playback on a TV.

Full range of accessories
A comprehensive range of optional lenses and accessories includes wide (0.7x) and telephoto (1.75x) converter lenses. The optional High Power Flash offers further flexibility for night time photography, while an optional waterproof case allows full control at depths of up to 40 meters. (Accessories are not included and must be purchased separately.)

Technologies Explained
DIGIC II
Canon's purpose-built DIGIC II (DIGital Imaging Core) image processor links all primary camera functions for maximum efficiency. DIGIC II processes signals at high speeds, resulting in outstanding responsiveness, rapid autofocus, and extended continuous shooting ability. Advanced image processing algorithms deliver superb image detail and color reproduction with accurate white balance and minimal noise. DIGIC II operates efficiently to extend battery life, for longer shooting on a single charge.

iSAPS
iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) automatically optimizes key camera settings before every shot. Each scene is analyzed and cross-referenced against Photographic Space--a vast in-camera library of photographic data. This enables the camera to make optimal adjustments to autoexposure, autofocus, and auto white balance before image capture occurs.

9-Point AiAF
Canon's 9-point AiAF (Artificial Intelligence Autofocus) automatically scans and selects subjects from a set of nine focusing areas across the scene. This ensures accurately focused images even when subjects are not in the center of the frame.

FlexiZone AF/AE
FlexiZone AF/AE lets users manually select the focus point from almost any point in the frame by moving the autofocus window in the viewfinder. Exposure can be linked to the focus point to ensure that the chosen subject is accurately focused and the scene correctly exposed.

Digital Teleconverter and Safety Zoom
Similar to placing an accessory lens on the front of the camera, Canon's Digital Teleconverter adds a constant digital zoom to every shot (1.6x/2.0x). While optical converter lenses cause a reduction in aperture and consequently require a slower shutter speed, the Digital Teleconverter maintains aperture size, reducing the risk of image blur.

Safety Zoom protects the image from interpolation at high levels of digital zoom, allowing users to extend zoom magnification without sacrificing image quality.

What's in the box
PowerShot A630 body, AA-size Alkaline battery x 4, MultiMediaCard-16M, wrist strap WS-200, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, AV cable AVC-DC300

Product Description

Replacing the highly popular PowerShot A620, the PowerShot A630 features a rotating 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD, 4x optical zoom lens, and a vast array of creative shooting modes. The PowerShot A630 packs a vast array of advanced features into a remarkably compact space

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It still works fine. The pictures are great. Although it's a little bulky compared to other new cameras, this is still my favorite camera to use whenever I go for a trip or… Read more ›
Annoying to miss some good shots. The quality of the photos is very good for a P&S, but the top left gets way too blurry. It's fine if there is a non detailed background… Read more ›
Pictures are crystal clear. Typical easy off load by cord or memory card of pictures and videos to any computer or photo program. Read more ›
They think it is some pro model. The picture quality is great and the features available make it very versitile. Video is also very good. Read more ›
After much anguish i picked the a630. it is awesome. the 4X zoom is fine with 8mp, i can use digital zoom(ie crop out part of the picture)and the quality is still incredible. Read more ›
Just point and shoot. Speed between pictures is good and the camera is easy to use. Glad we bought it. Read more ›
Light weight and easy to carry around. Very simple and easy to use. Read more ›
Has an optical viewfinder, too, an increasingly rarity among digital cameras…Takes great photos, too, easy to use, has lots of options, and doesn't eat up AA batteries. G… Read more ›
Hummingbirds are not too easy to capture but I've had some great shots of swallows on the wing and…I like that it is so easy to use even for a technology challenged granny. Read more ›
this thing is easy to use takes good pictures , uses easily obtainable AA batteries. I would give it 5 stars easily except the date /Time stamp will not work Read more ›
Arrived ahead of schedule and in great condition. This little camera takes unbelievable pictures and is quite easy to operate Read more ›
We took amazing pictures for our wedding and travels and we are very pleased with it. It's easy to use although a little bulky. Read more ›
Canon A630 is best of the best. Manual exposure controls are very easy to use and it has an attractive design. Read more ›
The Canon A630 is a professional like camera that is made for the use of both amateurs and…It comes with a host of features and is relatively easy to get used to using. I… Read more ›
My favorite thing about this camera is all of the customization features for…I also find it really easy to use these features, which is nice for click-and-go situations. Read more ›
Of course, the manual has been written by an…Obviously somebody has assumed that all those features are well known by the user and certainly do not need expounding on. E… Read more ›
It is so easy to handle. I am not an expert photographer - the "auto" mode works well for me. This camera can be used to take good videos too. Read more ›
This camera has a ton of features, is easy to use and takes great pictures. The only drawback, and the single reason I returned it, is because it's rather larger for point… Read more ›
I think I…The flip screen is GREAT, you can take a photo & be in it at the same time, all while knowing the pic will be good because you can see it while your taking it. Read more ›
Great large pictures…The large flipout screen is great for taking pictures when you put the camera on a tripod or want to take a night shot and need to set the camera down. Read more ›
This camera is great! The large flip screen is very useful if photographing near the ground, over head, or for photographing yourself. Ergonomically excellent for a person… Read more ›
The Macro shot ability of the 630 is incredible, the large view screen is sweet and the ability to flip the screen out for different bizarre angles is more of a plus than… Read more ›
The picture quality is good and there are many other options/settings that we have yet to investigate and try. The flip screen is amazing. The two things that I would even… Read more ›
* The flip open/hide screen is great too. By not using the screen (which is the normal condition when I shoot) it saves battery life. Read more ›
Perfect camera for eveyday use. simple and the price is right I have owned this camera for a while and still works great Read more ›
All in all, get it for a reallyreally good price and you should be happy. :) Read more ›
You are probably happy too early. It is not a good value because the A610 is really a disposable camera disguised as a good value buy. This can be true for A630 again. Read more ›
There are features on this model which sometimes get in the way & are all too easy to set unintentionally, I am speaking…The Picture quality is beyond decent for the price. Read more ›
Two of my friends have the identical camera, but paid more for it in a retail store. It's a great camera at a great price! Read more ›
Product came in a timely manner, at a great price--and was exactly what was promised. Read more ›
Get a tripod if you are shooting in low light, those are the ones that come out blurry for me. Video is sharp, but you can see how much I move ;-) Someone earlier wanted a… Read more ›
I will say I have some very nice pictures with this camera when using the manual modes (and…The video is nice and looks pretty good when hooked up to a standard CRT TV. I… Read more ›
The A630 also takes 4 AA batteries. The video quality is great for a digital camera. On the "standard" setting it is easy to make good movies to put on DVD. Read more ›
I also got a set of rechargeable batteries and a 2G memory card (i have filled twice in two weeks) the video is very nice..the speed is great for this price of cameras.… Read more ›
Wish it was smaller but then again the size is due to the batteries (AA) which last surprising…Videos are amazing - clear video and audio - sorry I didn't buy it sooner Read more ›
Zooming in on flying birds was disappointing. But having the option to take short snip-its of video is a great feature to have. I haven't used the "compact" video feature… Read more ›
The most I've seem besides this was 3.5x. It also has a 16x optical zoom, which is nice, but shouldn't be confused with digital. Read more ›
I sat midway up in the stands and was able to capture some excellent batting pics of Griffey Jr. However, when the zoom is in full effect the camera must be held completely… Read more ›
The quality of…The zoom is so good that on one of the pics clicked on a really cloudy evening I could read the lience plate of a truck that was about 50 yards away. I… Read more ›
The zoom is also fantastic - I used the 16x to photograph some trees in the distance, and it showed a squirrel on one of the branches that couldn't be seen with the naked… Read more ›
The swiveling lens is great for off-angle shots (e.g. over head, around corner in tight situation like…The 4X zoom is nice; I like 12X, but 4X is perfect for most folks. Read more ›
General, controls are well thought out and easy to use. The zoom is nice and smooth. Read more ›
The LCD continues to work in dim light also instead of going blank. Battery life is very good using 2000MAH AA rechargeables. The tilt/swivel LCD display is very handy when… Read more ›
The quality of the pictures are excellent even up to 16x zoom. It takes great pictures in any light, the battery life is great. I have nothing negative to say about this… Read more ›
also, i got a rechargable docking battery charger made by energizer that allows you to charge 8 batteries in 2 removable "pods" so you can always be prepared--battery life… Read more ›
No problem with exchange from where I got it. Battery life is excellent with plain old alkaline, but get rechargeables. Video mode is very nice and I love hooking it up to… Read more ›
I especially like the fact that this camera uses standard batteries. I'm using a decent set of rechargables and battery life has been quite good. Read more ›
*The effects are quite flexible, and i loved experimenting with…My favorite is probably the portrait setting, although the color swap and color accent are really cool too. Read more ›
Caught some quick action shots clearly...was great. Realistic color is improved and I am enjoying this part. Scenery pictures come out great. Read more ›
White balance is…You can take shots under flourescent, incandescent, tungsten (photofloods) and the color rendition is terrific, even if you use the "auto" white balance. Read more ›
Pictures are sharp. Colors are vivid and true. I am a point and click person...this camera is just the ticket. Read more ›
The LCD is really good and I love the fact that it folds out for use and folds away to protect it from being scratched. The sharpness and color are great. I really… Read more ›
What an incredible camera for the price. When I show my pictures to people they cannot believe the vivid colors that it produces. This camera is simply awesome....and as… Read more ›
The swivel LCD can be very useful although it's left showing like a normal camera most the time. The flash pics are well-balanced and look natural on most all exposures. The… Read more ›
I like the option of complete manual operation, but also appreciate…The flash is stronger than the A70's, so I'm looking forward to using it underground on caving trips. Read more ›
The built in…The flash is more powerful than ever - as is the computer in auto setting - fastest setting yet - with fewer 'hunting' delays in low light situations. Read more ›
It is a little heavier and bulkier…The A630 does take an SD card where the A95 took a Compact Flash card..so you can't use your old memory...but SD's aren't that expensive. Read more ›
I…It is only now succumbing to cave dust after about 30 different caves [that destroyed my solid state flash after about 10 caves], but it still takes great pictures for now. Read more ›
However, that red eye reduction was a flash as bright as the flash itself (rather than a dull lamp) so I used to tell people to wait for the 2nd flash before getting out of… Read more ›
I've gotten some great photographs. The size is perfect for back-pack hiking. My husband bough a smaller camera that just ran out of batteries fast. Read more ›
This one definitely has substance. I think the weight and size are perfect. My last camera had 4MP and I can sure tell a difference in the pictures taken with this one. Read more ›
- Excellent battery life - AA size is easy to get and keep for emergencies Read more ›
too bad they stopped making this model - easy to use and takes…It's also a nice size -not so small you have to hold it with a couple of fingers, it fits in the hand nicely. Read more ›
Everyone is soooo jealous when I swivel the screen. It is perfect size FOR US but my sister said, OMG thats huge! Have had no problems, bought the rechargeable batteries… Read more ›
I'm amazed at how far technology has come since my last camera. This is an 8 mega pixel camera with great zoom in a great size for a great price! Read more ›
Whether you are a first time buyer or not, this camera is excellent! It is comfortable to hold, and won't slip out of your hand. Read more ›
The viewer does a fine job showing you the…I even try some video shots and those come up very nice too for such a compact camera and it is so easy to hold your hand onto. Read more ›
The only adjustments I used were varying degrees of zoom, flash on or off, and closeup on or off -- and all these are easy to manage…The camera is compact and easy to hold. Read more ›
For general purpose photography and ease-of-use, you can't go wrong with this camera. It is not slim but it is very comfortable to hold and operate. Highly recommended,… Read more ›
It came with a 16MB memory card so i had to upgrade that. i dont have any problem transferring the pictures to my computer.the body is nice and easy to hold for any size… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

352 of 360 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Grant on September 7, 2006
This is one of those nice cameras that's so well done, it's easier to talk about what the camera ISN'T, rather than what it IS! This camera is not a small, shirt pocket camera, and might be a bit bigger than a woman would wish to carry in a purse. It's not a super-tele camera, but it does have a respectable, bit longer than average 4x optical zoom.

Using the camera, it has a good weight and feel for average sized hands. The use of AA batteries helps keep the cost down, and has it's own advantages, although some may prefer the longer life charges of Lithium-Ion batteries (I do). General, controls are well thought out and easy to use. The zoom is nice and smooth.

For those that prefer an optical viewfinder, Canon is probably the strongest supporter, and this is a better than average viewfinder, although it does not have a diopter adjustment. But you'll probably never use it with the tremendous 2.5" rotary screen. Yes, there are 3" screens on the market, but this dwarfs anything on a hinge! It is a great aid in composing photos at low, high, or other odd angles (photos you simply didn't take before).

Another feature that gets high praise is the flex-focus system. Today's AF cameras do a decent job, but occassionally, they just don't hit on the right focus point. With the flex system, you can determine which point to use. This is simply great for crowded rooms or nature photos where the subject may not be the closest item within the focusing areas.

Control for this price point is very good indeed. Multiple "scene" modes make it easy for the novice (ok, or sometimes lazy pro), while the semi-auto and manual modes give even experienced users all they need.

Simply put, this camera could have easily been priced $50 to $100 more. The only real competition is the A640, $100 more, 10 meg, and a bit more attractive black finish.
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244 of 250 people found the following review helpful By Frederick W. McManus on October 2, 2006
My first impression of the A630 was less than stellar. After a year plus squinting through the viewfinder of my Rebel XT, I was really looking forward to composing my shots in a big, beautiful LCD again. Unfortunately, the LCD on the A630 may be big, but it's not beautiful. It does a fine job helping you review what's already been captured and presenting menu options legibly, but a mediocre job of rendering what's coming through the lens. The color is inaccurate and interference frequently appeared on the screen when half-clicking to freeze the focus. It still beats a viewfinder for composing an image but, frankly, I'd rather have the smaller LCD on my daughter's A620.

Ultimately, though, picture quality is everything to me, and here the A630 excels. I took 60+ pictures on a recent trip to Door County, WI and not one of them was a clunker, including several taken in very tricky lighting situations. Shooting modes worked as advertised although, with good lighting, the auto mode produced identical results. Indoors, flash pictures were perfectly exposed and the flash had a surprisingly good range.

On average, and I know this is heresy, the A630 took better pictures than my Rebel XT, and I didn't feel the need to Photoshop a single one of them. If I cared more about the LCD, I would have given this camera a lower rating, but a lower rating would not have done justice to the quality of the images this camera produces.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By MaxVideo VINE VOICE on May 10, 2007
Let me preface this by saying I come from the "old school" of photography. I've use good-quality film SLR cameras for years, and have always hated digitals because of all the cumbersome controls and lack of good manual control of the camera (yes, even on digital SLRs).

This camera is quite an improvement. If you are just a point-and-shooter, you can take it out of the box, throw batteries and an SD card in it and just click away. But if you know what you are doing with a camera, there are good manual controls in here for you, too, and that's what I want to focus on.

If you need to take close-up shots of small models, insects, flowers, etc this is the camera for you. If you want something tiny and slim just for snapping pics on vacation, this is NOT the camera for you. It will do a superb job, but it's more than you need and therefore bulkier than you probably want.

It has shutter and aperture priority - the latter being the most important. You can manually stop down the lens anywhere from 2.6 to 8.0. It wish it would stop all the way down to, like f/22, but that's a lot to ask for a $200 digicam. In macro mode, it really truly can focus on things only 1 cm away from the lens, and the focus is still crisp - very impressive.

Put this thing on a tripod, put a good light on your subject, turn the flash OFF, use the built-in timer to avoid shaking the camera, and you'll get magazine-publishable photos, and that's no lie.

White balance is superb. You can take shots under flourescent, incandescent, tungsten (photofloods) and the color rendition is terrific, even if you use the "auto" white balance. But you can manually calibrate it if you really want to.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By T. Wright on December 6, 2006
I had been looking for a new digital camera for over a year. I finally made this my pick. At first I wasn't happy with the menus and settings. But after testing it for a few weeks, I'm very pleased with it.

The pictures are outstanding!! If you have never used a Canon digital(I hadn't) the menu settings and multiple picture settings can be overwhelming. Just set it to "auto" the pics come out great. Then you can slowly learn the various setting(if you want to). I'm a geek so I tested them all.

-It starts up within 2 seconds and the time between shots is just over 1 second(really).

-The flippable LCD screen is great, but, the quality of the image on the LCD is only fair. If this is important to you, this camera is not for you. It really doesn't matter to me, I prefer the optical view finder for 99% of my shots.

-There is NO information displayed in the optical view finder.

-Very comfortable in the hand.

-There is no battery meter (just tells you need to replace).

-A little larger and heavier than a "pocket" camera.

-It takes four AA batteries - which is great, can get them anywhere - no waiting for recharge.

-For a still camera it takes great videos.

I would recommend this camera. It's not perfect - but after much research, it was a good choice for the price range.

Also, I bought a 1GB memory card - so I don't have to work about running out of space.
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