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Canon PowerShot A450, A460 & A550

Jan 18, 2007 at 12:10 GMT

Canon has today announced three new models in their affordable PowerShot A range. Slotting in at the entry-level, the PowerShot A450 and A460 replace the previous A420 and A430. Both sport 5.0 megapixel sensors and 3.2x / 4x zooms respectively. The A550 meanwhile enters the mid-range to supersede the A530, and offers a little more both in terms of features and control as well as increasing the pixel count to 7.1 million.

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Press Release:

Canon emphasises ease with three new PowerShot models

Amstelveen , The Netherlands, 18 January, 2007: Canon today updates its bestselling PowerShot range with three affordable new models – the PowerShot A450, PowerShot A460 and PowerShot A550. Replacing the PowerShot A420 and PowerShot A430 respectively, the entry-level PowerShot A450 and PowerShot A460 add improved specifications while retaining the point-and-shoot simplicity of their predecessors. The 7.1 Megapixel PowerShot A550 replaces the PowerShot A530 and incorporates several new design features for enhanced ease of use. Remarkably compact and lightweight, all three cameras offer the superb build quality found throughout the PowerShot range.

Availability

PowerShot A550 available February 2007
PowerShot A460 available February 2007
PowerShot A450 availability TBC (varies dependent on region)

Features at a glance:

PowerShot A460/PowerShot A450

PowerShot A550

With the appeal of digital expanding beyond the traditional age bracket, the three new PowerShot models are positioned to meet an increasing demand for no-fuss cameras that every member of the family can pick up and use – from kids to grandparents.

 “For novice photographers and first time digital camera buyers, simplicity of use is a crucial factor,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “These new additions to the PowerShot range illustrate that affordable, snapshot photography need not mean a compromise on quality.”

Ease of Use

The three cameras have been designed with ease of use firmly in mind. Key controls and buttons are intuitively positioned for fast, fingertip access. A selectable Grid Line Display on the LCDs helps with shot composition, while the 2.0” screen size makes it easy for family members to view photos together without connecting to a PC. Conveniently powered by AA batteries, the cameras offer impressive battery life with up to 11 hours playback on a single charge (with Canon NB-3AH batteries).

A wide range of shooting modes cover most family and social situations, allowing users to shoot without having to worry about camera settings. The PowerShot A550 simplifies shooting even further by bringing the most commonly used Special Scene modes – such as Night Snapshot and Kids & Pets – out of the menu system and onto the camera’s Shooting Mode dial. My Colors allows users to apply photo effects direct from the camera while shooting, with options including Sepia and Black & White.

All three cameras feature a Movie mode for VGA quality clips with audio of up to 60 minutes in length or 1GB file size (whichever is reached first)*. Movies and photos can be viewed on a TV via the AV out connection.

Direct printing

All cameras are PictBridge compliant for instant direct printing to compatible printers. Users can also print ID photos and still images from movies when connected to a SELPHY CP series printer. The handy Print/Share button on each camera allows one-touch printing and hassle-free uploads to Windows or Macintosh systems. The cameras’ menu systems now feature support for Ukrainian and Romanian, bringing the total number of supported languages to 25.

*Depending on memory card speed and capacity

Canon PowerShot A450 & A460 specifications

 

Powershot A450

Powershot A460
Sensor

• 1/3" Type CCD
• 5.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 2592 x 1944
• 2592 x 1456
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480

Movie clips • 640 x 480, 10 fps (L)
• 320 x 240, 30 fps (M)
• 160 x 120, 15 fps (S)
• Up to 1GB or 1 hour (L/M), up to 3 min (S)
File formats

• Still: JPEG compression (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system
• Movie: AVI [Motion JPEG compression]
• Sound: WAVE (monaural)

Lens • 5.4-17.3 mm (38-122 35 mm equiv) 3.2x optical zoom
• F 2.8-5.1
• 5.4-21.6 mm (38-152 35 mm equiv) 4.0x optical zoom
• F 2.8-5.8
Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus • TTL
• AF lock when shutter release held half-way
AF area modes • 5-point AiAF
• 1-point AF (fixed centre)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • 1cm-∞
Metering • Evaluative
• Centre-weighted average
• Spot (centre)
ISO sensitivity • ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• Auto
Exposure compensation • +/- 2EV
• 1/3 EV increments
Exposure bracketing No
Shutter speed 15 - 1/2000 sec
Modes • Auto
• Manual
• Super macro
• Movie
Scene modes • Portrait
• Night snapshot
• Kids & pets
• Indoor
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom
White balance fine tune No
Self timer 2 or 10 sec, custom
Continuous shooting Approx. 1.5 fps until memory card is full
Image parameters • Vivid
• Neutral
• Sepia
• Black & White
• Custom colour
Flash • Auto
• Forced on/off
• Slow sync
• Red-eye reduction
• 47cm-3.0m (wide) / 47cm-2.0m (tele) (auto ISO)
Viewfinder Real-image zoom optical viewfinder
LCD monitor • 2.0" P-Si TFT LCD
• 86,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
Connectivity • USB
• A/V output (PAL/NTSC switchable)
Print compliance • Exif print
• DCRF
• DPOF 1.1
• Pictbridge
Storage • SD/SDHC/MMC card
• 16 MB card supplied
Power • 2 x AA batteries (Alkaline or NiMH compatible, Alkalines supplied
• NiMH charger optional
Weight (no batt) 165g (5.8 oz)
Dimensions 106 x 51.8 x 40.2 mm (4.2 x 2.0 x 1.6 in)

Canon PowerShot A550 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 7.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3072x2304
• 3072x1728
• 2592x1944
• 2048x1536
• 1600x1200
• 640x480
Movie clips • 640x480, 30/15 fps (L)
• 320x240 ,60/30/15 fps (M)
• 160x120, 15 fps (S)
File formats

• Still: JPEG compression (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system
• Movie: AVI [Motion JPEG compression]
• Sound: WAVE (monaural)

Lens • 5.8-23.2mm (35-140 35 mm equiv) 4.0x optical zoom
• F2.6-5.5
Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom Up to 4x (1.5/1.9x with digital Tele-Converter)
Focus • TTL
• AF lock
AF area modes • 9-point AiAF
• 1-point AF (fixed centre)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • 5cm-∞
Metering • Evaluative
• Centre-weighted average
• Spot (centre)
ISO sensitivity • ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• Auto
• High-ISO auto
Exposure compensation • +/- 2EV
• 1/3EV increments
Exposure bracketing No
Shutter speed 15-1/2000 sec
Modes • Auto
• Manual
Scene modes • Portrait
• Landscape
• Night snapshot
• Indoor
• Kids & Pets
• Movie
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• Night scene
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom
White balance fine tune No
Self timer 2 or 10 sec, custom
Continuous shooting Approx. 1.4fps until memory card is full
Image parameters • Vivid
• Neutral
• Sepia
• Black & White
• Custom Colour
Flash • Auto
• Forced on/off
• Slow sync
• Red-eye reduction
• Flash exposure lock
• 45cm-3.5m (wide) / 45cm-2.2m (tele) (auto ISO)
Viewfinder Real-image zoom optical viewfinder
LCD monitor • 2.0" P-Si TFT LCD
• 86,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• A/V output (PAL/NTSC switchable)
Print compliance • Exif print
• DCRF
• DPOF 1.1
• Pictbridge
Storage • SD/SDHC/MMC card
• 16 MB card supplied
Power • 2 x AA batteries (Alkaline or NiMH compatible, Alkalines supplied
• NiMH charger optional
Weight (no batt) 160g (5.6 oz)
Dimensions 91.2 x 64.0 x 43.1mm (3.6 x 2.5 x 1.7 in)

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