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Canon PowerShot A460 5.0MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Silver)

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  • 5.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 4x optical zoom; 2.0-inch LCD display
  • 16:9 Widescreen mode for full-screen viewing on widescreen TVs and computer monitors
  • DIGIC II Image Processor with iSAPS Technology for superior image quality, fast operation, and low power consumption.
  • Stores images on SD, SDHC, or MMC memory cards (16MB MMC card included); powered by 2 AA-size batteries (2 alkaline batteries included)
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Color Silver Blue Silver Blue
Optical Zoom 4 x 12 x 8 x 10 x
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) fixed LCD None None
Optical Sensor Resolution 5 MP 20 MP 16 MP 20 MP
Display Size 2 inches 2.7 inches 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Image Stabilization N Y Y Y
Includes External Memory Y N N N
Dimensions 2.05 inches x 4.17 inches x 1.57 inches 2.2 inches x 6.3 inches x 5.5 inches 2.13 inches x 3.74 inches x 0.87 inches 2.24 inches x 3.74 inches x 0.94 inches
Item Weight 0.47 pounds 0.7 pounds 0.28 pounds 0.31 pounds
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Canon Powershot A460 Dig Camera

From the Manufacturer

The stylish PowerShot A460 offers the high-performance features and high-quality design that make great pictures possible even if this is your very first digital camera. Equipped with 5.0 megapixels of resolution, a 4x optical zoom, and many of Canon's most popular shooting features, this is a camera designed to make digital photography simple, fun, and rewarding--from the moment you take it out of the box.

Take memorable pictures easily
The PowerShot A460's 5.0 megapixels of resolution give every shot added depth and dimension. You'll notice the fine details and ravishing colors. The sharpness and clarity of your enlargements will also astound you. Plus, the 4x optical zoom lens makes it simple to shoot close-ups, scenery and anything else with the brilliance and flawless clarity that have built Canon's reputation worldwide. To make shooting and playback convenient and easy, there's a big, clear 2.0-inch LCD screen.

Easy to operate for beautiful photos
This is the digital camera that takes care of you, so you never have to worry about anything. Just turn the simple Mode Dial and instantly you can handle any shooting condition. Choose from Auto for most situations, Manual when you're feeling creative, Movie, or Special Scene for superb shots in Night, Snow, Indoor or Beach settings, among others.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions.

The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.

The ultimate in creative control, you set ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance.

Super Macro
The camera trims the image center and digitally zooms to create beautiful enlarged close-ups.

Shoot in VGA (10 fps), QVGA (30 fps) or QQVGA (15 fps for up to 3 minutes).

Special Scene Modes
The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."

Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.

Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.

Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.

Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.

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.

Night Snapshot
Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.

Advanced imaging technology improves every photo
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
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.

Enjoy wide-screen shooting
Now you can experience the full impact of every image you shoot. PowerShot A460 is equipped with a 16:9 widescreen option that lets you shoot still photos and movies in a format that's specially made for viewing on widescreen television sets or your computer monitor. Imagine the possibilities: you can entertain friends and family with shows of your own photography or host your own movie nights. It's a great way to give everyone a whole new perspective on your creativity.

Get new batteries anywhere
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.

What's in the box
Canon PowerShot A460 body, AA-size alkaline battery (x 2), MultiMediaCard MMC-16M, wrist strap WS-800, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, AV cable AVC-DC300

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.2 x 1.6 x 2 inches
Item Weight 7.5 ounces
Shipping Weight 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number 1778B001
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #20,332 in Camera & Photo
#2,223 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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I bought this camera (Canon A460) as a second camera and was looking for a pocket-sized, compact, digital camera that had zoom and video capabilities, took AA batteries and priced reasonably cheap [...] The Canon Powershot A460 is all that.

It's small enough to fit into your palm and fits into the front pants pocket easily and is light enough that the camera is not really noticeable after a few minutes. It seems to me that Canon designed it to be carried without a camera case because there is a lens shield that pulls into place to cover the lens whenever it is powered off. (The lens retracts into the camera body when it is powered off, and the lens cover pulls into place automatically). The body is well rounded with no sharp edges anywhere that might catch parts of clothing. The LCD screen is exposed but I pasted one of those see-thru LCD screen plastic protectors (sticky on one side) on it to protect it from scratches. All the camera's openings are well protected by covers. The only cover that I thought had a little more play than it should was the battery cover.

The camera powers up extremely quickly. You can focus with either the viewfinder or the LCD screen. One thing that surprised me was that when using the viewfinder, there is no information shown on the viewfinder other than a green light to indicate that the camera is in focus or a blinking orange light to indicate it is not. The LCD mode shows a lot more info (eg, ISO speed, current resolution, etc). But, I guess it makes sense since this is a camera that is meant to be simple, and what could be simpler than knowing when something is in focus or not. That's pretty much all the info that's needed. (Switching to the viewfinder will conserve battery power).
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I'll only mention things that I didn't pick up or remember from the other reviews I've read. I also own a 4.0MP Canon A520, so it was easy to choose the same great zoom lens.

The A460 does not have the auto-rotate feature to save photos in the appropriate portrait or landscape modes. The battery and SD card are accessed through a common door, which doesn't have quite the snap and tight fit of the A520's smaller separate doors. The handshake symbol also tends to show up often when taking indoor pictures with the flash disabled - something I don't even think about with the A520. The zoom buttons were actually more intuitive to use than I expected. But I do prefer the SET button in the center of the joypad on the A520, as I tend to forget to reach down and to the left for the SET button on the A460.

But I'm nit-picking here. Otherwise, it's a great point-and-shoot camera, with a great zoom lens, and at a great price.
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I've used a Canon G3 for about 4 years, and have always been pleased with the image quality. I've tested the A460 against it in several situations and can report that:

-it's faster - the powerup and shot to shot speed are excellent.

-it's easy to learn and use.

-it focuses better and quicker in macro mode.

-The flash works well and quickly, and creates reasonably pleasing light in a variety of circumstances.

-The images in sunlight or reasonably bright cloudy circumstances are fine.

BUT - the images at lower light, without flash, are unusably noisy - a major drawback for me as my intended use is to take a small light camera with me on my evening walks and jogs. If low-light photos aren't important to you, it's a fine choice.
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We bought this camera for our grand daughter who is turning 15 in July. She took 200 pictures with it the first week...loves it. Video is subpar, but expected with a camera this price. It can handle up to a 2gig SD card, so she has lots of room for the cruise her grandma is taking her on this summer. If we had to do it again, we would probably move up a notch, to get better video. But in her case, as fast as video eats memory, maybe we did the right thing after all. Bottom line, it's great for the money, and Amazon's price beat almost everyone else out.
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This is my first digital camera. It can be used on fully automatic settings, fully manual, or a combination of auto and manual. It's very versatile that way. I didn't read the user manuals that came with it, I just started using it. It took me about an hour of shooting and two sets of batteries to figure out all the different options and features it has. So I'd say the controls are pretty easy to learn and understand.

It's pretty easy on batteries, as long as you don't use the flash. I put some cheaper Rayovac alkaline batteries (size AA) in it after the first set went dead and the camera has no problem with them. The flash drains the batteries quickly though - I didn't count the number of photos, but I probably only got 20 or 30 flash photos before the "low battery" warning started blinking. But the warning comes early - you can take another 15 or so photos after the low battery warning pops up. I don't know how many it'll take without the flash, but it's a lot more than when you're using the flash.

The upside is that this camera is VERY sensitive to light, so it hardly even needs a flash. Frankly, as on most compact cameras, the flash sucks. It's too bright and flattens images. But if you have decent lighting indoors, the thing is so light sensitive it takes good photos without the flash. I suppose you'd need the flash if you were taking photos inside someplace dark, like a pub or bar, but in places like houses where there are usually plenty of lights on, it does great without a flash.

It'll record up to an hour of video on a 1G SD card, which is great, because it also has a mic that works perfectly so you get good audio too.

The photos are great - crystal clear and sharp.
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