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Canon PowerShot A530 5MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (OLD MODEL)
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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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.1 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||77,000|
|Display Size||1.8 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||5 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||800|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/MMC card|
|Flash Modes Description||auto, Flash off, manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||AiAF TTL 9-point or center|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.52 x 1.69 x 3.54 inches|
|Item Weight||0.49 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.6 - F5.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||140 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,592|
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||5 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||2.15 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||AA (2) batteries (NiMH recommended)|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 320 x 240, 20/10 fps|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Canon a530 powershot dig cam
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 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.
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions
Vivid: Yield vibrant shots with dramatic high-contrast.
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
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Top Customer Reviews
Software for transfer to computer is excellent and pretty intuitive, but do read the manual for the transfer software. Cables and all that included.
It takes AA batteries, which was the next-most-important criterion for me. AA batteries are easy to find anywhere, and they don't cost an arm and a leg. AAs do add weight, but this was a small matter to me bcs I didn't want to be tethered to a battery charger for proprietary batteries.
Also, another deal-maker was a viewfinder. This camera has one (in addition to the screen on the back).
Zoom is easy to work. Button to take picture is centered in zoom dial. Easy to manage both with the same hand.
Buy an extra memory card (the one that comes with it holds about 8 pix!). The camera takes a garden-variety memory card, not a proprietary one (cf.: Fuji).
Buy the case. Front pocket holds 2 extra AAs. Good, strong velcro on flap.
I couldn't be happier with this camera. I can even take decent pix with it. I wish the "refresh time" were shorter, but you can't get everything in one camera at this price point! And this is about the only negative I can think of. While 5 seconds to refresh seems long....aren't we all spoiled with instantaneous-ness of the world these days?!...5 seconds is not that bad!
Great camera. I shopped this purchase very long and very thoroughly (many places, many brands, many types), and this one was hands-down the best for my needs and honoring my deal-makers. Don't hesitate to get this camera. mb
UPDATE, 2011: Turn off the flash entirely and choose smallest length of time spent in "view" mode (where you look to see what you just took) for faster refresh. Still not as fast as I'd like it, but it's an improvement!
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.
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.
Takes AA's, and only two
Fast start-up and operation
Fully manual mode, useful P mode
ISO up to 800
Great picture quality
Great menu system
Lots of options
Can't beat the price
Spotty auto-focus (can tend to hunt quite a bit indoors)
Flash recycle time slow (because of only two AA's, but it's not that big of a deal)
Occasional lens flare inside with flash
Overall though, if you're looking for a cheap camera, I think this one is tough to beat. 5 MPs give you quite a bit of detail; if you think you need more than that, think twice, because you probably don't. Excellent picture quality from this camera and it has a great feature set, especially for its price. If you want something smaller or a little fancier try the Canon SD series; however, be prepared to spend more. At this price range, this is an obvious winner.