Canon has today announced the new two megapixel, fixed lens PowerShot A200. This compact, lightweight entry level digital camera is relatively high on features and yet will be low priced. The A200 is based on the same body and overall design as the 1.3 megapixel A100 which was introduced at PMA this year. Features include selectable ISO sensitivity (ISO 50 - 400), highlighted AiAF focus points, movie clip recording, an AF assist beam and nine combinations of image size / quality. The A200 is powered by two AA batteries and stores its images on a Type I Compact Flash card.

First Look: Note we do have this camera in house, unfortunately it arrived yesterday afternoon and the weather here in London has probably been the worst it has all year. Although I won't be reviewing the A200 I will post a quick First Look as soon as time permits.

Press Release (Canon Europe):

Canon Introduces the PowerShot A200 - raising the standard of entry-level digital cameras

Amstelveen, 6 June 2002- Today sees the launch of the Canon PowerShot A200, a new 2.0 Megapixel digital still camera with direct print capabilities.

The PowerShot A200 enhances Canon's entry-level line-up of Digital Still Cameras, and is the clear choice for consumers wanting the very best image quality from a first digital camera.

"The PowerShot A200 embodies Canon's Philosophy of offering affordable digital photography to everyone." Says Mr Komatsuzaki, Executive Vice President, Canon Consumer Imaging. "This camera is the perfect example of superb Canon quality at an excellent price point."

With its 2.0 Megapixel CCD sensor, and ultra-bright f2.8 autofocus lens, the PowerShot A200, takes great photos with vibrant colours and sharp details in any situation. In addition, the 4 x digital zoom ensures perfect positioning of the subject in the frame.

Taking advantage of Canon's pioneering technology, the PowerShot A200 simply connects to Canon's innovative "Direct Print" printers for effortless photos.

Card Photo Printers CP-100 and CP-10 are the easiest way to get superb photo prints from a Canon digital camera in no time at all. By simply connecting the digital camera to the direct printer by means of a dedicated cable and selecting an image, a perfect print of up to 10 x 15cm* can be delivered and passed around in just over 80 seconds. No PC required.

Packed with Canon's innovative technology, this camera is capable of capturing outstandingly smooth movie clips at 20 fps. The PowerShot A200 also features the latest 3 point intelligent focussing system AiAF, which ensures that the subject is always in focus therefore guaranteeing perfect exposure.

The PowerShot A200 makes for easy connectivity between camera and computer USB ports, offering a new way to enjoy the world of digital imaging. Canon's software suite for PC/Mac includes user-friendly Canon ZoomBrowser EX, PhotoStitch and PhotoRecord.

The PowerShot A200 supports Exif Print.

Canon PowerShot A200 Specifications

Sensor 1/3.2" 2.1 million pixel CCD
Colour filter array Primary (GRGB)
Effective pixels 2.0 million
Image sizes • 1600 x 1200
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Lens • 39 mm equiv. fixed, F2.8
• 5 elements in 5 groups
Digital zoom 4.0x
Focusing 3-point AiAF / Single Centre Point
Focus range • Normal: 20 cm - Infinity
• Macro: 5 cm - 20 cm
• Landscape: 5 m - Infinity
Exposure Auto
Exposure compensation +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Metering Evaluative (linked to AF point)
White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent High

Shutter speed 1 - 2000 sec (noise reduction for 1/6 sec or slower)
ISO • Auto (50 - 150)
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Viewfinder Optical
LCD 1.5" TFT
Flash Internal, range: 20 cm - 2 m
Flash modes On, Off, Auto, Red-eye reduction Auto, Slow Sync
File format EXIF 2.2 (Exif Print)
Movie clips • 320 x 240 (max 9 sec) 20 fps
• 160 x 120 (max 26 sec) 20 fps
Continuous shooting 2.0 fps
Stitch Assist mode Yes
Shooting modes • Auto
• Manual
• Stitch Assist
• Movie
Photo effects • Vivid
• Neutral
• Low Sharpening
• Sepia
• Black & White
Direct Printing Yes, Canon CP-10 / CP-100
Self Timer 10 secs
Connections USB (1.1)
Storage Compact Flash Type I
Power 2 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
Dimensions 110 x 58 x 37 mm (4.3 x 2.3 x 1.4 in)
Weight (no battery) 175 g (6.2 oz)