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Canon PowerShot A70 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
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- 3.2 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
- 3x optical zoom and 3.2x digital zoom (9.6x total)
- Up to 3 minutes of video with sound; manual, aperture and shutter priority exposure modes
- Compatible with CompactFlash Type I cards; 16 MB card included
- Powered by 4 AA batteries (alkalines included); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.2 fps|
|Effective Still Resolution||3.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash (Type I)|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||AiAF TTL 5-point|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.52 x 1.26 x 3.98 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.3 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.69 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 Year Parts/Labor|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F4.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,048 Pixels|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,048|
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||3.2 MP|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Removable Memory||CompactFlash Type I or II|
|Resolution modes||2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480|
|Shipping Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended)|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 30 secs, 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 3 mins|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||1.5 in||2.7 in||2 in||5 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.26 x 3.98 x 2.52 in||3.67 x 1.05 x 2.37 in||1.93 x 4.13 x 2.6 in||3.7 x 0.9 x 2.1 in|
|Item Weight||0.69 lb||4.16 ounces||0.63 lb||4.4 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||3.2 megapixels||16 megapixels||7.1 megapixels||12 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 30 secs, 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 3 mins||1280 x 720 pixels||640 x 480, 30/15fps, 320 x 240, 60/30/15 fps, 160 x 120 15 fps, audio||1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (29.97 fps)|
|Viewfinder||Optical (tunnel)||LCD||Optical||fixed LCD|
High design meets advanced functionality in this Canon PowerShot A70 Digital Camera. The A70 looks sleek with a metallic handgrip and aluminum front cover. The 3.2 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom and 3.2 digital zoom (9.6x total) assure great looking pictures. Features: MPEG movie mode with up to 3 minutes of video with sound, manual, aperture and shutter priority exposure modes, 16 MB memory card, Compact Flash Type I compatibility, 5-point auto focus, digital imaging core for excellent color rendition, 1.5" transreflective LCD monitor, built-in flash with auto, on, off, manual, and red-eye reduction modes, multiple shot modes, USB drivers for Windows and Mac, USB and AV cables, wrist strap and an ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM.
Featuring a high-tech design with aluminum front cover and metallic handgrip, the Canon PowerShot A70 combines a sense of both the modern and the traditional. Despite its entry-level designation in Canon's digital lineup, the 3.2-megapixel PowerShot A70 is a surprisingly advanced model with a higher resolution than its counterpart A60 model and more manual features than you'll find on most digital point-and-shoots.
Optics and Resolution
The PowerShot A70 features a 3.2-megapixel sensor that can capture images up to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, producing print enlargements up to 11 by 14 inches. It's also equipped with a 3x optical zoom lens (35-105mm, f/2.8-4.8) to cover a wide selection of photographic opportunities, as well as a 3.2x digital zoom. The PowerShot A70 also features Canon's five-point AiAF (Artificial intelligence Auto Focus) system for focusing accuracy, shutter speeds of 15 to 1/2,000 second, and fast sequence shooting at a rate of 2.2 frames per second (fps).
Shoot up to three minutes of MPEG video at resolutions up to 320 x 240 pixels with sound, editing controls, and VCR-like playback. You can also shoot video at up to VGA resolution (640 x 480) for 30 seconds. The camera can also attach voice memos or sound files of up to 60 seconds to each image.
Offering a wider scope for photographic experimentation, Canon has also included manual, aperture priority, and shutter priority exposure modes. These modes are supported by a metering system that boasts evaluative, center-weighted average and spot options. Canon's DIGIC (DIGital Imaging Core) processor ensures excellent color rendition and white balance for every shot, as well as super-fast auto focusing, noise-free imaging, and advanced flash exposure performance.
Other features include:
- 1.5-inch TFT (transreflective) LCD monitor.
- Built-in flash with auto, on, off, manual, and red-eye reduction modes.
- Shot modes include manual, portrait, landscape, night scene, stitch assist, and more.
Storage and Transfer
Images and video are stored on CompactFlash memory cards (Type I only) and the included 16 MB card holds approximately 16 images at the Large/Fine setting. Files can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.
Canon has introduced a series of printers designed to work directly with its lineup of digital cameras. Using these printers, no computer is required--simply connect the camera to the printer and start printing. Printers include Canon's bubble jet direct printers S830D and S530D, and card photo printer CP-100. Of course, photos from your camera can also be printed on any home computer system with an inkjet printer, sent off for online processing, or simply enjoyed on your computer screen.
Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by four AA batteries (alkalines included; rechargeable NiMH batteries recommended). It measures 4.0 by 2.5 by 1.3 inches and weighs 7.6 ounces (without batteries). This package includes the PowerShot A70 digital camera, 16 MB CompactFlash card, four AA batteries, USB and AV cables, wrist strap, and ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.
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my advice? READ THE MANUAL if you ever plan on doing more than pointing and shooting. even if you don't, read it anyway! this camera has a great feature set and you'd be wasting your hard earned money if you don't check it out. also, as always, spring for a bigger compact flash card (at least 128MB), rechargable batteries and a case. protect your investment!
* takes excellent 3MP photos (color is cool and images are sharp). isn't this what digital photography is all about?
* advanced features are great! it's a great point and shoot camera, but also has tons of advanced features for those wanting more control; white balance, shutter speed, aperature, ISO, and many, many more!
* movie feature is kinda cool. with sound, too!
* fairly small and feels comfortable in your hand. controls are where they should be.
* menu is easy to understand.
* battery life seems to be pretty good (i use rechargables).
* LCD on back of camera scratches very easily. don't remove the protective cover, or buy one on ebay. people actually sell these things. :)
* LCD gets a pink hue to it when i am in daylight, taking photos. the LCD is hard to see in daylight. try using the viewfinder. though the optical viewfinder isn't exactly what you'll see when you transfer to your 'puter, but it's close enough.
* time between photos could be better.
overall, a SUPER camera! i just hope i don't get the dreaded "E18" error!
well, it's off to the factory already for repairs. it's been a little over a month since i bought the A70 and it's already got problems. pink streaking on the LCD and although it doesn't show up in the pictures, it does show up on the video. i am so scared of sending this thing to the canon factory to be worked on 'cause i have heard so many stories about their horrible customer service. oh well, here goes...
Compared to many low cost cameras today, even those with higher megapixels, it still takes better pictures because it has a good lens. It doesn't do HD though.
This camera still uses AA batteries, which I prefer as I use AA for many other items than just the camera. It will take about 100 flash photos per set or 500+ without flash. I use these rechargeables Tenergy Centura AA Low Self-Discharge LSD NiMH Rechargeable Batteries, 1 Card 4xAA. For diving use, one set works per dive.
This camera has optional shutter speeds of up to 15 seconds, which I like to use with streams and other pictures involving water. The speed has its highest shutter speed at 1/2000 of a second, which I haven't yet had success with, but will have fun playing with (it needs to be really bright for this). I haven't yet played with the aperture, but it seems like it will be fun to play with as well.
If you are wondering if you need 3 MP (A70), consider what you want to do with the pictures. I would recommend a 3 MP if you want to do some cropping or want to blow up pictures greater than 5x7. I simply use my A60 just for 4x6 and looking at pictures on my computer, which it does an excellent job of.
I would recommend getting either a 128 or a 256 Mb compactflash card (cards used in these cameras) in addition to this camera (runs between $40 and $70), because the camera only comes with a 16 Mb card, which holds about 15-20 pictures. I personally prefer Lexar's 12x or higher cards. Get rechargable batteries!!! Amazon's prices seems to be the cheapest for both cameras and compactflash cards (or within a couple bucks of other places).
I would highly recommend either the Powershot A60 or A70 to anyone that wants a digital camera because of the versatility offered.
I have now had my Powershot A60 for over two years, and it is still functioning despite the serious abuse I have dealt to it. The camera has been dropped numerous times and has also taken a tumble down a 20 foot rocky steep hill (I thought it was a goner after that one). It has endured backpacking, rock climbing, and general outdoor adventures with me, and although its casing shows many scraps, dents, and scratches, the camera's functionality is beyond all of my expectations. The only problems that have developed is that the LCD seems to be dying slowly and about 20% of in-door poorly lit shots turn out grainy and have horizontal lines (all of which occurred after that major tumble, so I expect that is the cause); that is, 80% of in-door shots still look great. At the prices you can find this camera at around the internet, it is an awesome intro and general use digital camera, and with the low price, you can even pick one up for your kid (since it is now so cheap -- look elsewhere than Amazon). Anyways, I am looking to pick up a second one of these for the inevitable event that I completely destroy this sturdy camera.
Also, in its 2 years of use, I can honestly say that I have not found a single time where I truly needed more than my 2 MP to get a great shot. I have taken this camera to the Canadian Rockies, to the Western Caribean, and all over the western US, and of all of the pictures I have, I don't see a true need for a higher megapixel than 3 MP (mine is 2 MP) or zoom (3x), unless you need a camera for your profession.