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Canon PowerShot A560 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

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  • 7.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
  • DIGIC III Image Processor; Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction
  • High-resolution 2.5-inch LCD for easy on-camera viewing
  • 14 Shooting Modes, including 6 Special Scene Modes
  • Four movie modes including 30 fps VGA and 60 fps Fast Frame Rate
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 1774B001
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 7.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 4 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.5 x 1.7 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000NK3NBA
  • Item model number: 1774B001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,021 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The PowerShot A560 gives you the freedom to shoot high resolution images you can enlarge, crop and print -- big. With its 7.1-megapixel CCD, the camera records every detail -- like a baby’s delicate curls -- in razor-sharp, astonishingly clear, natural color that will make every picture something to cherish. And the A560 is equipped with a high-quality Canon 4x optical zoom lens that brings you in close at the touch of a button. So you can capture special moments like a child’s first homerun with clarity and brilliance --even if you’re sitting in the bleachers.

PowerShot A560 Highlights

DIGIC III Image Processor With DIGIC III, you get images of superior quality, the camera functions at top efficiency and battery life is significantly enhanced. What’s more, DIGIC III enables Canon’s newly improved Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the Shutter button halfway down, and the PowerShot A560 automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. To keep every face looking bright and natural -- without scary red eyes -- the camera controls exposure settings and flash, so every shot is just what you were shooting for.

DIGIC III features Face Detection AF/AE, which finds multiple faces in the frame and sets the most suitable focus point, when the shutter button is pressed halfway. And an additional new feature, Face Detection FE adjusts the flash, based on a person’s face on the screen. Exposure and flash are controlled to ensure proper illumination of both the faces and the overall scene, eliminating the common problem of darkened or overexposed faces.

Red-eye Correction detects and automatically corrects red-eye during playback for both regular and flash photography. In unusual cases where red-eye is not automatically detected, it can easily be corrected manually during playback mode from the LCD screen.

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 III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Clear, high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD for easy on-camera viewing The camera’s 2.5-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera’s menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

Shooting Modes With 14 Shooting Modes, including 6 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

  • Auto The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
  • 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.
  • Night Snapshot Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.
  • Indoor Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors.
  • Kids & Pets Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won’t miss those special shots.
  • Movie Shoot in VGA and QVGA (30 fps/15 fps for up to 1 hour or 4GB), Fast Frame Rate (60 fps for up to 1 minute) or QQVGA (15 fps for up to 3 minutes).
Special Scene Modes
  • Night Scene For impressive sunset or nightlife shots, the camera properly exposes the background and uses slow-sync flash for the subject.
  • Foliage Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
  • Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
  • Beach Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
  • Fireworks Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
  • Aquarium Achieve proper flash-free exposure and natural hues at indoor aquariums. A variety of movie-making options.

A variety of movie-making options Four movie modes including 30 fps VGA and 60 fps Fast Frame Rate. With a highly flexible movie mode, you can create the movie that’s perfect for any application. Select from VGA (640 x 480 pixels) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), with frame rates of 30 fps and 15 fps for recording up to 1 hour or 4GB. Also Fast Frame Rate (QVGA; 320 x 240 pixels) recording at 60 fps for up to 1 minute, and Compact Movie Mode (QQVGA; 160 x 120 pixels) recording at 15 fps for up to 3 minutes. The PowerShot A560 also supports the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed standard, so you’ll enjoy the fastest possible data transfer speeds when using a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible computer.

Get new batteries anywhere Power on the go with two AA-size batteries. You don’t need to worry about running out or recharging batteries. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally.

The complete print solution The PowerShot A560's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the A560 Digital Elph 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).

Print your own ID photos in 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon Selphy Compact Photo Printer.

For desktop large-format printing, try one of the Direct Photo Printers that allow you to print without a computer in one of two ways: plug your compatible PowerShot camera into the Direct Photo Printer using the supplied USB interface cable, or simply insert a memory card into the supplied adapter. You can also connect the printer to your computer for more options. Print high-resolution, borderless images as postcards or 8.5 x 11-inch sheets within minutes.

Compact Photo Printers let you produce versatile, fun 4 x 6-inch postcards, 4 x 8-inch wide greeting cards or credit card size prints in just two easy steps: connect and press/print. Control the printer right from your camera's LCD screen. You get durable, dye-sublimated prints quickly with or without borders.

Product Description

Canon PowerShot A560 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I gave this as a gift and it is excellent. The pictures are sharp, excellent and easy to carry always. They continue to make Powershot series and keep getting better. Read more ›
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However, if you want to take photos against the sunlight, they come somewhat…Either way, this was a easy to use and great camera for anybody looking for a point and shoot. Read more ›
It replaced a canon 3.2 mp i bought a long time ago. This one is much better on batteries and very easy to use. In fact, i'm bidding on a used one now on ebay to send to my… Read more ›
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Takes sharp, clear pics and I like the 10 second timer. Haven't used the motion mode but is very easy for me with auto settings Read more ›
I can't tell a difference between the pictures we're…For general convenience/ease of use, good picture quality, and very cheap price, this model is well worth considering. Read more ›
previewing the picture is a breeze and deleting a picture you don't want is as easy as pushing a button. the menus are fairly intuitive and easy to maneuver. i haven't… Read more ›
I can't believe the zoom capabilities. I have a 3 yr old daughter, so the kids and pets function is a great feature for me. We took the camera on a trip to FL, and the… Read more ›
My husband and I love this camera. There are a ton of options and features, it is very easy to operate and most importantly it takes great pictures. A great camera for the… Read more ›
The manual feature is really great if you want to play around,…It's got some fun filtering features to make your photos have an effect without putting in very much effort. Read more ›
thank you was what I was looking for thank you so much ! price was great too Read more ›
In this style of compact camera, Nikon only had one choice and it was way more than I…I found the Canon on Amazon and decided to give it try because the price was so good. Read more ›
The price is great, and I've used Canon cameras for years. This is simply a very fine choice for a small, yet quality, digital P&S. Read more ›
I like and frequent [...] for excellent reviews, I like to read other end-user…I have always choosen the Canon so far for a good balance of price/quality/performance. E… Read more ›
This was my first buy as a digital camera. Honestly speaking I bought only because it was well priced and available only for a reasonable frice giving 4X optical zoom. Read more ›
It has some neat features such as scene settings to use at the beach, fireworks, aquarium…It is a feature packed camera that a kid can manage and it was a great price too! Read more ›
The small size makes it handy to fit in pockets or packs where space is a premium. The large LCD is wonderful along with picture quality. Read more ›
There are some things I like about it - it's much faster at everything, and the gigantic LCD is really nice. BUT... I put rechargeable batteries into it and it literally… Read more ›
It is fairly small and light, so it is easy to carry around, but it feels good in the hand. The LCD is bright and clear. The kids like to use the movie function to make… Read more ›
Sure it is a large screen for the camera size, but the noise detracts alot from the image. On my old Fuji, the screen is flawless. I dont get it. Read more ›
My old P&S would suck up 4 AAs (The A560 uses 2 AAs) in less than an hour of shooting. The LCD screen is HUGE. This camera is definitely a keeper. Read more ›
Personally I find that the extra size helps take a little better picture because it gives you a…It has a nice sized screen and face detection technology seems to work OK. Read more ›
On the normal indoor setting it has taken good pictures time after time. The video feature works well and the sound is good. Read more ›
I can take video clips of long durations, 2. the image stablizing feature is very good for shooting video, 3. it takes good video without the need of additional lighting… Read more ›
I bought this nice little camera for my young shutterbug daughter. It is easy to use and takes nice pictures (and videos!). She has managed to fill a 2GB card in a week,… Read more ›
The is a wonderful camera. Clear pictures and video. The dial feature makes the selection easy and using features in manual mode are also easy. Read more ›
I am pleased with all the presettings and the menus are intuitive and easy to use. Plus the video feature will be wonderful when I travel to Italy this Spring! My only… Read more ›
I'm in love with my PS560. It takes great pictures and video. The "other" smaller camera doesn't even compare. Read more ›
I took the A560 with me on its "maiden voyage" to NYC and snapped…The pictures were bright and colorful on the viewfinder, but when I got home I discovered two things. O… Read more ›
The bright colors of a brookie are difficult to credibly capture anywhere; but shooting against a backdrop of white, bright snow with little time to make adjustments is a… Read more ›
you can define the for how long the lens are open to allow night shots without flash. you can control de iso and it captures very vivid colors. Read more ›
Clear sharp images, good color, easy to use, tele is adequate for most users, small enough to fit into purse or pocket. On the down side the mode can be accidentally turned… Read more ›
But it has what counts - the most-used settings up front on the dial, excellent color representation, the least flash-fallout of any I tried, and exceptional quality even… Read more ›
Well, what can you say? 7.1 megapixels aren't worth squat unless the sensor is built tight and the images are collected with good color, focus, and clarity. Overall I'd say… Read more ›
The model was highly rated by a well known consumer rating magazine and it lived up to all my…The lens extends and retracts quickly, the 4X optical zoom works well. The… Read more ›
Nice size camera equipped with tons of features, the optical zoom is really great. The accompanying disk is easy to install and printing is as easy as pie. Read more ›
Also, anything that I used the zoom for came out fuzzy and poor quality. The pictures not taken with the zoom were very good. I am returning this today and will pay more… Read more ›
Cheap batteries will NOT last long in this or any digital cameras. I personally have no complaints it has a beautiful quality nice zoom. You can't get more bang for you buck. Read more ›
We were surprised at how well it captures details, and the colors are rich. It has a decent zoom. The video comes out well for a "snapshot" camera. Read more ›
This is a usable camera with a nice zoom feature and impressive battery life. Read more ›
The price is good, value is good... battery life is good... this camera just is a good buy for the money. the pics are clear, clean... and crisp. Read more ›
You can also get a cheap set of AA Ni-MH batteries and carry a spare set just in case. The battery life is great. Where this camera falls a little short is in the case… Read more ›
The shutter speed is slow and it won't take photos of moving objects (i.e., my husband and son in a…Plus the battery life is terrible and rechargable don't last very long. Read more ›
Targus DCCP00 Small Camera Case fits perfectly and has handy strap or…Sony Quick Battery Charger with 4 AA Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries works well with this camera as well. Read more ›
I bought this camera back in August 07 and used it very heavily for three days at a music festival. The camera had great battery life! But recently, I've discovered that… Read more ›
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The PROS are numerous, but some things to focus on are the vivid color option, macro mode, and white balance. I think one thing I have used the most is the VIVID COLOR… Read more ›
Got this a few months ago,…The face focusing technology is cool (a little creepy how the box follows faces) and ensures that your focus is on the person and not an object. Read more ›
1) Manual Mode -- This setting doesn't do a ton, as the Canon still uses…For a high quality manual focus camera, be prepared to spend something in the $300 and up range. Read more ›
Canon has done a great job of sticking to the easy to use interface I've gotten very used to. The images have all turned out great and the focus time is almost instant. Grea… Read more ›
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I guess that happens because the camera needs a higher exposure…In the other hand, pictures taken under good light are very well focused and with no discernable pixelation. Read more ›
I bought this for my…Almost more than I play with my digi Rebel...Great camera, compact in size, easy to use, wonderful pictures in any setting...You can't go wrong! Read more ›
This camera was easy to use. The screen was good size for viewing recently taken pictures. I would recommend this camera. Read more ›
It's lightweight but still feels like…The panel on the back is great, clear, nice large size, using it just comes naturally and I had worried how natural that would feel. Read more ›
In minutes I was taking my first pictures. I certainly needed photo-editing software to improve brightness, contrast, size, etc. Read more ›
This…It is reasonably priced; takes great pictures; is simple to use; and is the perfect size for keeping in my backpack so I can take pictures whenever and wherever! Read more ›
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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By citywulf on October 18, 2007
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Although my "big" camera is a Canon, I went through several cameras before finding this wonderful gem. I was very fond of my seriously outdated Nikon Coolpix, so I tried a new one - every shot was blurry, and I have a very steady hand (years of taking low-light and no-flash shots). I moved on to a Panasonic due to the many features, including awesome 6x zoom and a very handy "backlight" option. But the noise, even on as little as ISO 200, was unacceptable. Took a shot at the GE850 with even more features, but found a harsh flash and odd color.

Exasperated with the point-and-shoot market, I finally returned to Canon and decided on the 560. I couldn't be happier! It may not have the highest optical zoom, or the most formats (it makes up for the lack of 3:2 with an overlay that allows you to compose a shot within a 3:2 grid, excellent!), or the most modes (although several of the modes on other brands are so specialized - silly even - that they are worthless). But it has what counts - the most-used settings up front on the dial, excellent color representation, the least flash-fallout of any I tried, and exceptional quality even without image stabilization. And unlike the GE, the face recognition works on pets :) This camera does have a Manual setting that allows customized white balance, metering, color options, and exposure compensation.

I will not be trading this one in!
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By P. McGuire on August 29, 2007
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I've had various point and shoots over the last 5 years (mostly Canon and Olympus). After selling my old Olympus SP-350 - I purchased a Canon Rebel XT (DSLR). However, I do a lot of family shoots (birthdays, events, etc...) and didn't want to lug a DSLR around just to take some shots for the grandparents. So I got this little camera. So far, I am *VERY* impressed with it. The Canon A560 takes amazing photos and the number of features are crazy (compared to my past Point and Shoots). Like any other P&S it is a little slow when using the flash - but a LOT faster than my previous P&S. I have taken over 50 photos (about 4 hours worth) and I'm on the original AA batteries that came with the camera!!! My old P&S would suck up 4 AAs (The A560 uses 2 AAs) in less than an hour of shooting. The LCD screen is HUGE. This camera is definitely a keeper. Would recommend this to anyone.

My sister bought this exact camera and loves it.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Cap'n Stoob on December 2, 2007
This camera is a good compromise in price between the next level up and the lowest level of camera. However, the imaging chip is the same 1/2.5 CCD as can be found in any other comparable camera. The main difference is apparently in the DIGIC III chip, which processes the images to make them look good. Canon has a reputation for solid photography, so I chose this camera to take good photos without having to think a lot about them.

Image Quality: Good

This camera, in the ISO 80 and 100 range, takes great photos. In daylight and bright indoor light, it's nice. At ISO 200, some noise pops up and that's due to the tiny image sensor. ISO 400 and above are super noisy. All in all, a decent performance. However, the color misses a bit of saturation and this can easily be fixed by post-processing.

Build Quality:

Cheap and plasticky. The zoom rocker is hard to control in fine steps. The buttons are well-placed and easy to push.

Hand Feel:

This camera is a delight to hold, even for people with larger hands. It has the battery compartment on the right side, so you can really get a hand on it. Wonderful!


100% awesome. It uses cheap SD cards and AA batteries. This means that you will ALWAYS be able to find batteries in a pinch. The importance of this cannot be underestimated! You can also get a cheap set of AA Ni-MH batteries and carry a spare set just in case. The battery life is great. Where this camera falls a little short is in the case department. The grip is nice for the hand, but this won't fit slimline bags, at all!

Big Flaws:

The camera's BIGGEST flaw and the major reason for losing 2 stars. The screen quality has to be seen to be believed.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jay Vessels on July 16, 2007
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I bought this camera as a birthday present for my wife. She wanted a point-and-shoot digital camera, and the A560 fit the bill.

The good: Big screen -- it's huge compared to many, and very clear. It's easy to use -- easy to use and understand controls, the zoom is in a great place, and the camera is shaped such that it was easy to hold and shoot. It takes 2 "AA" batteries, which is great since they're available everywhere in a pinch, and rechargeable batteries are cheap. Most importantly, the pictures look great.

The downsides: The camera's battery life is okay, but not outstanding, which is probably to be expected in AA batteries. The camera does not come with a case, though Amazon will sell you a Canon case (which I bought) for under $10 at the time of writing. It comes with a memory card, but it's so small that I think they shouldn't bother. In low light, it was pretty slow to autofocus. Once I learn more about the camera, I may be able to get around this. The only average battery life and included accessories (or lack thereof) kept it from getting 5 stars. Both are easy to remedy -- carry spare batteries if you're doing heavy shooting, and buy a case and card(s).

As an aside, while the camera comes with a CD for Windows and Mac, it's not necessary to install the software. I use Debian Linux at home, and even though it's not listed as supported in the manual, I had no trouble retrieving pictures from the camera.

I would definitely buy this again.
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