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Canon PowerShot A570IS 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (OLD MODEL)
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- 7.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
- DIGIC III Image Processor with improved Face Detection technology and Red-eye Correction
- Clear, high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD for easy on-camera viewing
- ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto to reduce image blur and expand low-light shooting capability
- Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.7 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||115,000|
|Display Size||2.5 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||7.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC card|
|Flash Modes Description||auto, Flash off, manual, Red-eye reduction|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|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, 1600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2|
|Included Components||Canon digital camera - 2 AA-size Alkaline|
|Item Dimensions||2.52 x 1.69 x 3.54 inches|
|Item Display Weight||41.6 ounces|
|Item Weight||0.47 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|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||3,072|
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||7.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||1/2.5|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||AA (2) batteries (NiMH recommended)|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480 @ 60/30/15 fps, 320 x 240 @ 60/30/15 fps|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
CL) Canon A570 IS digital camera
From the Manufacturer
Even when the kids cant sit still and the light is less than ideal, the amazing, the PowerShot A570 IS lets you capture lifes special moments -- perfectly. Optical Image Stabilizer Technology keeps images crisp even when youre zoomed way in. The ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings reduce blur when the lights are down low. Plus, the A570 IS is packed with easy-to-use creative and convenient features youll love.
PowerShot A570IS Highlights
DIGIC III Image Processor 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 persons 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 cameras 2.5-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether youre shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the cameras menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.
ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto The PowerShot A570 IS features new ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater flexibility for shooting.
A variety of movie-making options With a highly flexible movie mode, you can create the movie thats 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 A570 IS also supports the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed standard, so youll enjoy the fastest possible data transfer speeds when using a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible computer.
Shooting Modes Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions.
- Auto The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
- P Program Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
- Av Aperture-priority You define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
- Tv Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canons noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
- 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 wont miss those special shots.
- Stitch Assist Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
- 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.
- Underwater Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect.(Note: Optional Waterproof Case WP-DC12 required for shooting any underwater images)
Get new batteries anywhere Power on the go with two AA-size batteries. You dont 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 Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with Canon CP and Selphy Compact Photo Printers. The PowerShot A570 IS's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the A570 IS 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. Assortedpaper types let you create mini or credit card size labels. You can even take select Compact Photo Printers to a party or an outdoor picnic using an optional rechargeable battery.
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Top Customer Reviews
This year, with Canon's release of the A570IS, I decided to upgrade, driven by the addition of optical image stabilization (IS). While the IS is impressive, I was surprised by other improvements that Canon has made. Image noise levels are significantly lower and more controlled for higher ISO captures. The Digic III processor seems to make more intelligent decisions about lighting and flash exposure, especially when its face recognition is engaged. Add a dramatically better quality LCD screen, slightly higher 7.1MP resolution, improved case, and support of high capacity SD cards, and I doubt I'll need to upgrade any time soon.
Like the A540, the A570IS is for me a perfect balance of size, speed, and photo quality. The A570IS is the same physical size as the A540. It's small enough to fit in a coat pocket or small belt case yet uses 2 AA batteries.
Like the A540, overall processing speed is very fast unless you're taking flash pictures (and then you should expect about 4-6 seconds between flashes depending on battery level and what flash strength the camera selected). Note that flash time is significantly better with high-capacity rechargeable NiMh batteries than with standard AAs. And, unlike some other cameras I have tried, the speed of the user interface (especially during playback) is very fast.
Picture quality in general is excellent, even in low light situations. Noise at higher ISO is significantly more controlled than the A540, perhaps a benefit of the new 7.1MP CCD and the Digic III image processor. According to the documentation, noise reduction is applied at slow shutter speeds of 1.3 seconds or greater, and this can slightly slow down shot-to-shot time. There is no option to disable or adjust the noise processing, but in my experience the results are very good. When noise reduction is applied, there is a slight loss of detail compared to the A540, but the results are noticeably better on the A570IS with its built-in noise reduction than post-processing noise on pictures taken with the A540.
In my own head-to-head comparisons between the A570IS and A540, the A570IS has better light metering and noticeably sharper detail on indoor shots without a flash (especially when image stabilization is engaged). The A570IS does favor slightly higher ISO in auto modes than the A540, giving generally better results without a flash. However, when taking close-up pictures with a flash, the A570IS doesn't seem to select anything lower then ISO 200, sometimes requiring a manual ISO override in Program mode.
The A570IS offers a new ISO 1600 mode, but I'm not quite sold on it. Without a tripod, under low light conditions, ISO 1600 does offer the opportunity for blur-free photographs not possible with ISO 800. But the level of noise and artifacts from the noise processing don't give a very usable picture.
The A570IS raises the bar with optical image stabilization, which only works when the camera is held horizontally. One of the biggest limitations of consumer digital cameras is the need to hold the camera steady to get a clear shot. At higher zooms and in night shots this problem can be compounded. I've taken a number of shots with and without IS, and it is useful but not a "magic bullet" for poor shots. Small details like far-away signs at night become clear when the IS is engaged. You can set the IS to run continuously during preview, only when the shutter is released (slightly lower battery drain), only on vertical movement (better for objects that are moving horizontally), or disabled (I have yet to find a reason to do so). And, unlike many cameras I've seen, the IS works in video capture mode.
Like the A540, the A570IS offers full manual controls. With the A570IS, Canon adds two more modes (Kids & Pets and Indoor) to the mode selector wheel (instead of having to find them on the Special Scene menu). The A570IS also adds a new Aquarium scene mode, while removing the useless Color Swap and Color Accent modes. Canon has also removed the "My Camera" customization menu (for changing the startup picture and various sounds) which I never used on my A540.
Although I never expected to use it, the movie mode is excellent. It's still not a replacement for a dedicated camcorder. But I have used it on a number of occasions to capture audio and video when a picture just won't do. Standard movie mode is 640x480 (VGA) quality at 30fps, but you can raise the capture to 60 fps at 320x240, or lower it to 15fps at 160x120. The A570 can now capture video up to 1 hour or 4GB whichever comes first. Video files are very large (around 1.9MB/second at 30fps) but they compress extremely well with QuickTime Pro's MPEG4 codec.
With the A570IS, Canon also addressed some of my minor complaints about the A540. Most notably, the LCD screen is much higher quality and higher resolution. The case plastics seem more solid, the small rubber door covering the USB - A/V - power ports pivots open from the side not the top, and the handle area no longer has a chrome insert which had a tendency to fall off. The ring that covers the conversion lens adapter mount has a chrome trim, making the camera more attractive but at least on my A570IS it is more difficult to remove than the A540.
Once again, I looked at the Canon A710IS which offers a 6x optical zoom, but has the same 7.1MP sensor, optical image stabilization and user interface with the older Digic II image processor. In the end, after trying both cameras in the store, I again settled on the A570IS. The A710IS is noticeably larger (about 0.25 inches wider and slightly taller), and the more complicated lens takes longer to startup and to zoom. Both cameras have a limited number of stops in their zoom range, but this is noticeable on the 6x of the A710IS where it is not noticeable in the 4x of the A570IS. For me, the larger size wasn't worth the extra zoom. And the benefits of Digic III are impressive.
In summary, Canon A570IS Pros:
- 7.1 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom
- ISO 80 to 1600
- optical image stabilization for higher ISO or zoom, even during video capture
- optical viewfinder for shooting with the LCD off
- full manual controls (shutter priority, appeture priority, full manual)
- preset and custom white balance control
- outstanding photo quality, even in relatively low light (good color balance, very low noise at higher ISOs, almost non-existent chromatic aberation)
- Digic III processor offers face detection, makes more intelligent decisions on exposure, and flash levels
- very good results from built-in noise reduction for slow shutter speeds of 1.3 seconds or greater
- very fast startup and shot-to-shot speed (flash not withstanding)
- excellent and speedy auto-focus even in low light (although the AF assist light can slow this down)
- orientation sensor recognizes if you have rotated the camera to take a shot
- flash adjusts angle based on wide-telephoto zoom
- built-in red eye reduction during playback lets you select an area to remove red eye and save as new or overwrite the existing image
- surprisingly usable movie mode
- outstanding user interface: options are well laid out and easy to locate, very well thought-out record and playback options
- extremely fast user interface and playback performance, even zooming in on photos
- high resolution LCD screen
- well built case, very comfortable grip
- uses SD cards and supports high-capacity SDHC (takes advantage of high-speed SD)
- uses 2 AA batteries (at least 2500 mAh NiMh rechargeable recommended)
- very good battery life (approx 400 shots on 2 rechargeable NiMh AA, with the display on)
- replaceable lithium battery protects settings when changing batteries
- supports optional high-power flash, conversion lenses and underwater case
Cons (to me, all very minor):
- flash recharge time is acceptable but not great (4 - 6 seconds between shots using NiMh batteries)
- preview display blanks while flash recharges
- Auto ISO for indoor flash close-up pictures doesn't seem to select below ISO 200; you can force ISO 100 in Program or manual modes
- ISO 1600 is of questionable real-world use because of noise and artifacts from noise reduction
- noise reduction cannot be adjusted or disabled
- it is possible to insert the SD card upside down and you don't realize until you try to close the cover (would be easy to break the cover if you force this)
- the markings for the battery orientation are difficult to read
- no RAW image support, but you can select from 3 different compression ratios for image quality
- bundled 16MB card is useless - buy a 2GB card
1) make sure you do a low-level format before you use your SD card in this camera, even if you had formatted it for another Canon camera. It makes a significant difference in shot-to-shot speed
2) always use high-capacity (2500 mAh or greater) NiMh rechargeable batteries - the flash recharge time is much improved (though still 4-6 seconds)
3) for indoor flash close-up shots, may need to override ISO to 100 for better quality
4) for outdoor shots in bright sun, setting exposure -2/3 gives better control of bright areas
5) if you use the conversion lens adapter, don't plan on using the built-in flash which is partially obscured by the adapter. I haven't tried it, but would expect the external flash to not have this problem.
1. The camera itself works very well. The controls are intuitive and there are lots and lots of creative choices, though I suspect the creative mode has more options than most people will use. The program mode is very nice, it's great to be able to set ISO as well as aperture and speed, and the manual focus is helpful. I took photos of my son's musical performance from the back of a large, dark auditorium with the ISO set at 800 and 1600, no flash, digital zoom, program mode, and the photos were fairly usable. Sure there was visible noise, but who can expect perfection with digital zoom at those high "film speeds?"
2. Yes, the battery warning goes on. I don't like it, and that's probably why Canon is selling this camera for this price. However, for $130 I can ignore it. Actually, I just mute all the needless sounds and use the power saving functions to reduce battery use. I use rechargeable Energizers, so batteries aren't costing me a fortune, and they last for 150 pictures or so. That's fine. Just carry a set of spares in your pocket.
3. The size and weight of the camera are very nice...it's not much bigger than my little Nikon Coolpix 5600, which still works great after four hard years, by the way.
4. Now the software. Canon's website doesn't work right, so I had to go to [...] to download updates. Get the update to Zoombrowser. It's a useful one. Now here's the thing: When I first explored Zoombroser I loved it, since I'm a user of the simple stuff on Adobe Photoshop Elements. I was hoping Zoombrowser would do all the stuff I needed ...until I got to the "Trim" function, which is the "crop" function. If you want to crop to a certain size, you have to be in "advanced." But the software is difficult for cropping to a certain size, like 5x7 or 8x10. If you like math you can see that the preset 3:2 and 2:3 ratios are for a 6x4 or 4x6 photo. But there's no exact preset ratio for 5x7s or 8x10s.
Then, after a half hour of math to crop to the size you want, you go to print. Guess what! You can only print a full page print, not one with borders, not an 8x10, not a 5x7, not a 4x6...only a whopping, ink draining full page print. Come on Canon...you can do better than that. The rest of the editing functions are terrific, but the trim and print shortcomings make ZoomBrowser EX less useful. I like its organizing ability a lot, except...it only organized .jpegs (perhaps RAW and TIFF but I don't have a camera that produces those). Sooo, if I have Photoshopped photos saved as .pdf - which I do because I have been using photoshop - they don't show up in ZoomBrowser. Darn.
5. The email function in ZoomBrowser EX is great. You can easily set the size of attachments and tell the size of your total attachment. I'll use that function a lot.
6. In order to print photos the size I want on 8 x 11.5 paper, I have to save the photo, then open it again in the software that came with my little Nikon because it allows me to put precise borders on the prints. It would be great if the Canon software did that.
7. In conclusion: It's a good little camera for the price. If you only use the very common but lossy .jpeg format that this camera uses (as do all digital cameras as a minimum), then you're fine with the included Zoombrowser software, unless you want precise cropping and printing. For me, I'll use the included Canon ZoomBrowser for most touching up except printing, and use Zoombrowser to see what camera settings I used and to organize my photos. The email sending function in Zoombrower works very well also.
Postscript: After about three months, I still like the camera OK. I'd reduce my evaluation to three stars, however. I've noticed a few more shortcomings. The low resolution of the screen make it hard to tell if the scene is in focus, or to evaluate the quality of the photo you have taken. This makes the potentially very helpful manual focus mode not very helpful at all, since you can't tell if you are in focus due to the low resolution mentioned above. It's a great idea, but Canon blew it.
If the Canon engineers read this stuff, I hope they will think about putt ing Nikon's Best Shot Selector mode in their cameras. It's a great tool that takes up to 10 continuous exposures of the subject, and then the software selects the most in-focus exposure. It is great when photographing flowers moving in the wind (which they nearly always do) or when it's hard to tell if the subject is in focus (like when the screen has low resolution). I can do a similar thing with the Canon by using the Continuous Shooting mode while in Micro, but you have to select the best photo yourself later. It's better than nothing.