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Canon PowerShot A10 1.3MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

3.7 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • 1.2 megapixel sensor creates 1280 x 960 images for prints at sizes up to 5 x 7
  • 3x optical plus 2.5x digital zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 8 MB CompactFlash memory card holds 24 images at default resolution
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses 4 AA batteries, included

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Canon's new consumer-oriented digital camera, the A10, is a great 1.2-megapixel point-and-shoot. The 3x optical zoom lens includes an aspherical element to help reduce distortion and provide clarity. The built-in flash provides red-eye reduction, fill, night, auto, and off modes. While aimed at the consumer crowd, the A10 also features exposure compensation controls between +/- 2 EV in one-third increments. Additionally, there are several white-balance settings to choose from to help in most shooting situations.

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Product Dimensions 1.5 x 4.3 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 9.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B00005AYLL
Item model number 6865A001
Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
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3.7 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #49,229 in Camera & Photo
#4,910 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com April 20, 2001

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By S. Wachi on February 2, 2002
This camera is a joy to use. It has a solid feel to it, with the grip housing the CF card and 4AA batteries - the weight is just right for casual shooting (common CCDs take longer exposure time than regular films, so jittering is an issue with smaller cameras).
The camera looks well built, and has a mature, understated, and attractive design to it. (Everything on it has a purpose, like a dot near the flash to prevent flash from being covered by a finger; even the bezel around the zoom lens, which screws off to reveal a lens adapter socket!) None of the components (especially the battery/CF compartment) looks or feels flimsy - all the switches operate smoothly. The case has no jagged edges and sensible rectangular shape, so it'll fit in your pocket confortably. LCD is bright, colorful, and large enough. Viewfinder is, well, useable, but you won't be using this unless you want to save battery.
Zooming is a little slow, but this is not an issue with this price tag.
It is very robust. AA NiMH rechargeables, while not included, are cheap, reliable, long-lasting, and very easy to replace (you can just have a set of cheap alkaline battery as a spare). Don't get Ni-Cd - it's useless.
I've dropped the camera once already, but to my amazement, everything works perfectly.
Picture quality is great. It is more than adequate for most of the purposes - and it is great to experiment on shots before you commit to shooting with film. This will allow me to refine my composition skills. I do recommend getting 128MB CF card ($40-50 nowadays), which will definitely last you a good day or two, with 177 to1417 (high to low resolution) shots!
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After spending a bucket of money on my 35mm camera for development, I decided to bite the bullet and go digital. We have a number of digital cameras in our department including an Olympus 3MegaPixel and an Agfa 1.2MegaPixel. When using images for high quality printing the 3MPix was great, but the 1.2MPix produced wonderful screen images, more than adequate for web page and small printed sections (@300dpi you get 4"x3"). I wasn't going to be printing pics so I considered 1.2MPix enough for me.
Looking around at the various reviews it was obvious that Canon had put a lot of work into image compression speed, data transfer rate, and battery life. Combined with Canon's excellent quality optics ... well, this is the one I had to have.
I rushed out and bought a 256Meg compact flash card, for the long tours I occasionally do. I've taken 550 images in the first two weeks and I'm on the second set of batteries, the camera reports it can hold another 150 more! I could double that if I increased the image compression to "normal" mode. The image quality is just wonderful ~ 1280x960, bigger than my screen.
Only gripe is the view finder that you look through has a hard time showing the boundaries of the image, just a matter of getting used to it. Sure, I could use the LCD display to take the image (and I do on some close ups) but it drains batteries. Doing a wide mix of display use and flash, the supplied alkaline batteries lasted 260 shots ~ way beyond the Olympus and Agfa achieved.
And with zero development cost, I've done heaps of photographic experimenting that I would never have even considered with a 35mm just because of the cost of film and development.
So, YES, I highly recommend this camera. Also get some NiMH batteries and a charger, a dinky camera bag, and a big compact flash card (maybe 256Meg was a bit too much, 64Meg or 128Meg would have done the job nicely).
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I did a lot of searching on the internet at all types of digicams and reviews just like this one. This camera didn't have a single bad review from any websites that I could find. And I wrote down every feature a digicam can have and checked off features for every camera I looked at. This camera had the most features, the best reviews, and a great price tag. I now own the camera and only after a few days, I've realized I made the perfect choice because it offers so much and is so easy to use. I think every digicam out there should have the dial on it because it makes it so easy to sue...and a lot of cameras do have this feature. The quality of the pictures is all I was worried about because its only 1.3 megapixels...well, I'm VERY impressed with the image quality!!! all my shots are very clear and crisp. As for anything negative, only that the batteries seem to run out fast, but I think it may just be the batteries because I got some cheapy rechargeables that came with my camera carrying case. Also, I recomend getting a 32 or 64 MB card with the camera becuase the 8MB gets you about 20-25 pictures on high resolution.
This camera is a must get camera in the price range its in, I seriously doubt any other camera can compare to this one in the price range around (dollar amount).
One last comment, I can't believe how easy the camera AND software are to use....the software does almost everything by itself and the camera is so easy to use that it makes taking pictures perfectly so much fun!!
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