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Canon Powershot A620 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
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- 7-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
- 2.0-inch vari-angle LCD display; 4x optical zoom
- Shoot high-quality movies at up to 60 frames per second
- DIG!C II Image Processor for faster processing, vibrant colors, and excellent image quality
- 20 shooting modes including My Color settings for customization while shooting
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||1.9 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||115,000|
|Display Size||2 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/MMC card|
|Flash Type||Built-in flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Canon High Power Flash (slave)|
|Focus Description||AiAF TTL 9-point|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.6 x 1.93 x 4.13 inches|
|Item Weight||0.63 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F4.1|
|Maximum Focal Length||140 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2500 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,072|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||7.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||1/1.8|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||0.7 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended)|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 30/15fps, 320 x 240, 60/30/15 fps, 160 x 120 15 fps, audio|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||2 in||3 in||2 in||1.8 in||2.5 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.93 x 4.13 x 2.6 in||6.3 x 5.4 x 2.2 in||2.99 x 4.45 x 3.07 in||2.99 x 4.45 x 3.07 in||3.07 x 4.61 x 3.15 in||1.41 x 2.51 x 4.32 in|
|Item Weight||0.63 lb||—||1.12 lbs||1.11 lbs||1.21 lbs||0.54 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||7.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||6 megapixels||5 megapixels||8 megapixels||20.3 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 30/15fps, 320 x 240, 60/30/15 fps, 160 x 120 15 fps, audio||1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels||640 x 480, 15/30 fps, 320 x 240 15/30/60 fps||640 x 480, 15/30 fps with stereo audio, unlimited||640 x 480, @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 60/30fps||1920 x 1280 (59.94 fps / 29.97 fps)|
There are 7 wonders in the world. Here's another. You've never seen anything quite like the PowerShot A620. Loaded with features, this high-performance camera has a 7.1 Megapixel CCD to give you magnificent pictures at a price that will amaze you. And it's easy to use. Everything about this superb camera has been designed for your picture-taking pleasure. And that makes it fun! It uses AA batteries so you can use this camera all around the world because the AA battery is available virtually anywhere. PictBridge and DirectPrint mean you can print images without using a computer. If you do have a computer, it transfers images via USB to Windows PC and Macintosh computer models. Another nice feature gives you the ability of taking still pictures as well as movies. They can also be viewed directly from the camera to a TV. Easy to use, the A620 is truly wonderful. Built-in Multimode Electronic-Flash Self Timer PictBridge and DirectPrint modes 2 VariAngle LCD screen with menu display in up to 22 selectable languages / Real-image optical viewfinder Flexible playback and erase modes Compression modes - Still Image - Exif 2.2 (JPEG) / Movie - AVI (Image - Motion JPEG; Audio - WAVE (Monaural)) Unit Dimensions - 4.13 x 2.60 x 1.93 inch /104.8 x 66.0 x 49.1mm / Weight - 8.29 oz./235g (camera body only) Uses 4 AA batteries (alkaline included). We suggest buying optional rechargeable batteries
From the Manufacturer
With 7.1 megapixels, the A620 incorporates a host of high-end features normally reserved for G-series PowerShots. The DIGIC II processor drives a fast, responsive performance, and--in combination with the camera's 4x optical zoom lenses--delivers superior image quality. A wide range of manual, automatic, and special scene modes offer flexibility, creative control, and simplicity when required.
The camera also features a 2.0-inch vari-angle LCD, My Colors, and a macro mode that allows photographers to get as close as 1 centimeter. VGA movies at 30 frames per second can be created. A complete range of optional accessories, including wide and tele-converters and waterproof case, extends shooting flexibility. (Accessories not included--must be purchased separately.) A comprehensive software suite is provided as standard. The A620 is equipped with a Print/Share button, PictBridge printing, as well as ID Photo Print and Movie Print. USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connections provide for high-speed transfer of image data.
Improved resolution, zoom, and image quality
Replacing the popular PowerShot A95, the new camera has been given a serious performance boost. The A620 features a 7.1-megapixel CCD sensor, delivering image quality suitable for detailed photo-quality prints up to 15 x 20 inches and allowing substantial cropping without loss of print quality.
The precision Canon zoom lens in this new camera follows the design and construction of G-series lenses, with eight elements in seven groups, and incorporating two aspherical elements. The upgrade to a 4x optical zoom provides a 35-140mm focal length (35mm equivalent). With a maximum aperture range of f2.8 (W) to f4.1 (T), the lens is impressively bright at the telephoto end. In addition, focusing performance in low light has improved by up to 2 stops, resulting in greater freedom when shooting in dim conditions.
The lenses' spectral characteristics have been optimized specifically for the configuration of the lens and sensor, providing accurate colors and significantly reducing the chromatic aberrations (such as purple fringing) often found with lower quality lenses.
Advanced processing and focusing
The addition of Canon's advanced DIGIC II image processor results in a faster and more responsive camera that delivers improved image quality. Focusing time has been cut by around 60%, and shutter lag is negligible at no more than 0.1 seconds. Smooth continuous shooting is now available at approximately 1.9 frames per second. With DIGIC II's superior assessment of white balance, color rendition accuracy is increased.
The new PowerShot still features Canon's 9-point AiAF for fast, accurate focusing even when subjects are not centerd. FlexiZone AF/AE allows free scrolling anywhere within the frame's auto focus area to select the desired subject, for which exposure is weighted accordingly. Manual focus selection is also available.
A larger 2.0-inch vari-angle LCD offers users great versatility in composing shots from awkward angles, such as from ground or waist level, above the head, and when shooting self portraits. The selectable grid line display helps with composition and levelling horizons.
The A620 incorporates a total of 20 shooting modes, including full Manual mode, a Custom mode for allocating preferred shooting settings, and a shutter speed priority mode, with shutter speeds ranging from 15 seconds to 1/2500 second. Eight scene modes--such as Night Snapshot, Snow, and Underwater--maximize results in a variety of shooting situations. The Stitch Assist mode facilitates shooting pictures for panoramas, which can be joined together easily with the supplied PhotoStitch software. My Colors--located on the mode dial--allows the expansion of creativity in digital photography. Special effects, such as Color Swap or Custom Color, which allows users to select their preferred color balance for any given shot, can be performed in-camera and viewed on the LCD while shooting stills and movies. These effects could previously only be achieved using PC software after shooting.
High-quality movies are selectable from VGA (30/15 frames per second), QVGA (30/15 frames per second), Fast Frame Rate (for slow motion replays in camera), and Compact Mode (for clips that are ideal for e-mailing).
When used in combination with Canon's new Compact Photo Printer Selphy CP510 and Canon's Ink and Paper Set (KP-108IP), prints can be produced very inexpensively. Printing via Selphy CP Compact Photo Printers also allows the user to print handy ID photo prints and movie prints.
When connected to the latest range of PictBridge compatible PIXMA printers, image enhancement is possible with functions such as Noise Reduction and Vivid Photo, as well as the new Face Brightener feature. Also new is Captured Info print, which prints shooting data such as shutter speed, aperture and shooting mode within the photo border.
Printing images without having to connect to a PC is kept simple with the Print/Share button, which also acts as an easy upload button for Windows XP and Mac OS X.
The new cameras come bundled with a comprehensive software suite, including Canon's browsing and printing software ZoomBrowser EX 5.5 (Windows) and ImageBrowser 5.5 (Mac), easy printing software PhotoRecord 2.2 and PhotoStitch 3.1 for creating stunning panoramas. Also included is the photo manipulation software, ArcSoft PhotoStudio.
Purchasers of the cameras are eligible for membership of Canon iMAGE Gateway , which offers 100 MB of online space for uploading and sharing images, and supports My Camera, which allows users to further customise their camera settings.
Supported operating systems are Windows 98 (SE), Me, 2000 (SP4), XP (SP1/2) and Mac OS X v10.2-v10.3. The cameras support PTP for driverless transfer to supported Windows XP or Mac OS X.
What's in the box
PowerShot A620 body, four AA-size Alkaline batteries, 32 MB SD memory card SDC-32M, wrist strap WS-200, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, audio-video cable AVC-DC300
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I'd accidentally given mine away a couple months ago. Went online to see the price was now $699! Then found a used one through Amazon in perfect shape for $100! In my pocket it goes!
What I like about the A-620:
1. Uses good ol' "AA" NIMH batteries. I hate proprietary power packs that you can usually only buy mail order or from camera stores at three or four times the cost of a set of AA's.
2. Fully point-and-shoot if I just want snapshots or my wife is using the camera (she is a techno-phobe who fears complexity in any gadget). But when I need to be more specific about settings, or the lighting is poor, the camera has full manual exposure and manual focus controls. In normal daylight conditions, Program mode takes very nice pictures. For conditions where I need a lot of depth-of-field, I can use Aperture priority at f7.1 or f8.
3. VGA movie mode. Excellent video quality for this camera's price point. The audio quality isn't great - get a real camcorder if you want good sound - but for underwater use audio was irrevelant since I added my own separate music track in post-production. The finished video DVD from my Cozumel dive trip was incredibly good; I would have had to spend many thousands of dollars on professional gear to get any substantial increase in quality of the video image.
4. Available waterproof housing for under $175, good to 130' for recreational scuba diving.
5. Build quality very good (except for the I/O compartment door), camera's control dial and buttons have a nice feel to them.
6. Reliable image quality. Camera rarely makes auto focus or exposure errors in the automatic modes.
What I don't like about the A-620:
Actually, there is little to complain about. For this camera's very low retail price, it has tremendous capabilities, especially when U/W capability is your primary concern. It would have been near perfect if it had the following features: RAW image output, 28 mm wide angle instead of 35mm.
My main gripes: The lens zoom has only 9 discrete steps; I wish there were more steps or better yet a stepless zoom.
The lens can not be zoomed while shooting video. According to Canon, the reason for locking the zoom in video mode is to not have the zoom motor's noise on the audio track. For underwater video, this would not be a problem since there is no ambient sound to be recorded anyway (the camera is in a sealed housing). IMO, the video zoom lockout should be something that the user can enable or disable as a menu choice.
Summary: Outstanding value for a compact, the A-620 offers a really nice suite of features, very good image quality, and with the addition of the WP-DC90 housing for $160US, it is one of the BEST (maybe THE best) underwater camera systems available for ameteur use. Keep in mind that even a teaspoonfull of salt water leaking through a microscopic defect in a housing seal will usually destroy a digital camera. With the A-620, you lose a $225 camera. With a DSLR, say a Canon D-20, you lose a camera body and lens worth maybe $1800. And as any scuba diver will tell you, there are two types of underwater photographers: those who have already lost a camera to a housing leak, and those who are waiting for their turn to lose one. I highly recommend the A-620 and WP-DC90 housing. Even for use on dry land, the A-620 is a really nice small camera that fits in a jacket pocket. Most photographers that have advanced past the novice level may find the 4x zoom range too limiting, in which case the super-zoom cameras may be more appealing (many brands and models available).
For regular use, I will probably replace my aging Minolta 7I with a Fuji S-9000, which is similar in many ways - it uses Compact Flash cards, AA batteries, and has a manual zoom ring. I will then reserve the A-620 for u/w use on dive trips. NOTE: The WP-DC90 housing is specifically fitted for the A-620 and does not fit any other camera.
1. Very occasional auto-focus errors even in full daylight, but only perhaps 1 in 200 shots (0.5%). By contrast, my Minolta DImage 7I produces auto focus errors on about 15% of shots.
2. The cover for the I/O ports is a soft plastic and doesn't firmly snap into place, it is frequently flopping loose and I suppose it will eventually break off completely.
3. The power button is too exposed and it is too easy for it to get pressed by other objects in a camera bag. This could cause damage to the lens or the motor drive that extends it if the camera is tightly fitted in the bag and the lens can not freely extend. This problem can be avoided by storing the camera with the play/record switch in "play" position, or of course by removing the batteries (not very convienient).
4. Camera flash has pretty good power output for a compact, but produces lots of red-eye in photos of people or family pets (esprcially cats). The in-camera red-eye reduction feature doesn't seem to help much. I guess red-eye can be removed by most PP utilities.
I consider these problems to be MINOR and they should not be construed as a reason to avoid this camera. At it's current street price of $225, it is an outstanding value (I paid $350 in October 2005). I have shot about 2500 stills and four hours of video clips and have been completely satisfied.