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Canon Powershot A610 5MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (OLD MODEL)
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- 5-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
- 2.0-inch vari-angle LCD display; 4x optical zoom
- Shoot high-quality movies at up to 60 frames per second
- 20 shooting modes including My Color settings for customization while shooting
- Powered by 4 AA-size batteries; stores images on SD memory cards (16 MB card included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.4 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, 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|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|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||2,592|
|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||2.6 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||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.93 x 4.13 x 2.6 in||5.5 x 6.3 x 2.2 in||1.41 x 2.51 x 4.32 in||4.3 x 1.6 x 2.5 in||1.38 x 4.45 x 2.6 in||4.1 x 3.4 x 2.7 in|
|Item Weight||0.63 lb||5.89 ounces||0.54 lb||0.66 lb||0.59 lb||0.72 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||5 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||20.3 megapixels||20.3 megapixels||20.3 megapixels||12 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||1920 x 1280 (59.94 fps / 29.97 fps)||—||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1280 x 720, 640 x 480|
|Viewfinder||Optical||fixed LCD||fixed LCD||flexible LCD||None||fixed LCD|
Here's something to smile about! The surprising PowerShot A610 offers many features you'd expect to find only on higher end models. For example, there's a 5.0 Megapixel CCD that lets you print large, richly detailed prints. Just as importantly, this camera is equipped with a complete range of advanced functions that make shooting relaxed and simple - whether you're a novice or a pro. 2.0 inch TFT color LCD (vari-angle) (22 language display menus) + Real-Image optical viewfinder Built-in Multimode Electronic-Flash Up to 2.4 fps continuous shooting Self Timer Image Compression - Still Image - Exif 2.2 (JPEG) / Movie - AVI (Image - Motion JPEG; Audio - WAVE (Monaural)) USB 2.0 interface for data transfer to PC or Macintosh NTSC / PAL TV output modes Shooting Capacity based on power source using CIPA ratings - Still Image - approx. 350 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 500 shots (AA-size NiMH Battery) / Playback Time - Approx. 960 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 960 min. (AA-size NiMH Battery) - Actual number varies on LCD use and other factors that may consume more power PictBridge and Canon DirectPrint for printing images without requiring the use of a computer Unit Dimensions -. 13 x 2.60 x 1.93 in./104.8 x 66.0 x 49.1mm / Weight 8.29 oz./235g (camera body only)
From the Manufacturer
With 5.0 megapixels, the A610 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 A610 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 A610 features a 5.0-megapixel CCD sensor, delivering image quality suitable for detailed photo-quality prints up to 13 x 17 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 2.4 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 A610 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 A610 body, four AA-size Alkaline batteries, 16 MB SD memory card SDC-16M, wrist strap WS-200, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, audio-video cable AVC-DC300
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UPDATE: I'm still lovin' my camera! It took a while to learn how to operate all the functions, but it's been fun! The pictures are clear! I can't imagine not having a camera that didn't have the swivel screen. I just purchased a tripod and can now swivel the screen around and set the timer to see exactly where I need to stand to be sure we're all in the shot! It's so nice that my husband wants one for himself!
For a camera introduced in 2005 lacking modern features like SDHC/XC compatibility, ISO above 400, HD Video, Image Stability, 10+ MP sized photos the A610 still has its uses.
The primary reason I bought the A610 in the first place is the vari-angle LCD and was cheap for $90 at the time. That vari-angle LCD has helped me shoot at odd angles accurately though not out in bright sunlight. Other features like the Optical Viewfinder, and 58mm bayonet mount for adapters/filters/lenses were also key for me to getting the A610. Pretty rare for me to find such features altogether especially on modern Pocket Point&Shoot cameras especially the Canon A-series with Digic IV/V processors.
Minor gripe it's terrible in low-light conditions with or without flash especially with fast subjects typical of digital cameras with small CCD sensors and outdated processors.
In the case of problems with the camera i'm probably lucky never to have gotten the blank black screen or CCD failures since 2009.
The only major problem I had with it was the stuck lens shutter which only opens halfway when on. Later remedied by permanently prying off the shutter.
As of September 2012 I still use the A610 as my everyday carry Point&Shoot Camera. Sidenote longsince upgraded to bridge(Canon S5is) and DSLR(Canon 60D).
With the discovery that it's capable to use Canon Hack Development Kit's custom firmware it will stay till it no longer functions. Because of CHDK it's capable of shooting in RAW format(.dng.cr2). Can do HDR photography, Infinite Timelapse Photography, etc... things that higher end P&S cameras can do.
Not recommended for Long Exposure Night Photography due to the small CCD.
The real beauty of this camera is the adjustable viewing screen. For those of us with bifocals or trifocals, the large screen and the ability to twist the display so I can see it through my bifocals without twisting my head up funny is worth every cent. I enjoy taking photos again!
My only concerns are that the unit is not as sturdy as I would like. As the other reviewers have mentioned, the covers to the batteries and the cable connections are flimsy, but if you're careful with them, it should be fine. Also, the dial on the top that sets the scene selection gets "bumped" to other settings with little effort. I was also disappointed that the mounting for the tripod is plastic...one twist too many and it will probably crack, so be careful.
We found that to avoid blurry photos, just disable the digital zoom and only use the optical zoom. We took over 400 pictures with the camera and the only shot that was blurry was with digital zoom. I even took shots from moving cars and the results were excellent.
We were shooting the largest-richest format of photos available on the camera and noticed that after repeated uploading and deleting of photos that the time between shots was taking a little longer. We used the memory card reformat option on the camera and the speed returned. Buy yourself a fast, good quality memory card (I use a SanDisk Ultra II 512MB) along with the camera and you shouldn't have any problems.