Canon PowerShot A400

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Canon PowerShot A400

The PowerShot A400 has all the quality expected from a Canon, with a price to make you smile. A choice of four fun colors and technology to produce gr...

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Review of "Canon PowerShot A400"

published 18/08/2005 | honey31
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Pro Compact and easy to use
Cons Didn't come with a case
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"Lovely camera"

This is my first digital camera and I've had it for a couple of months now. I'm really happy with the quality of the pictures and of how easy it is to use.

It is a lovely, compact camera with menus that are easy to navigate.
The instruction manual is detailed but easy to understand and not bogged down with lots of technical terms.

It came with a usb lead to connect to the computer and also a lead which we can connect straight to the tv and also a small memory card. Unfortunately it didn't come with a case but I have bought one separately.

I would recommend this camera for anyone thinking of making the first move into the digital world. I am still amazed at the quality of the pictures in comparison to our old APS camera.

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  • annie48 published 19/08/2005
    Welcome to Ciao! How much did you pay? annie
  • DarkMark published 19/08/2005
    hello and welcome, slick looking camera <Darkmark
  • ray52 published 18/08/2005
    Hi and a warm welcome to ciao. Some good info there in your first, well-written review, although a little short. I hope you enjoy the ciao experience, as I do. Ray
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Product Information : Canon PowerShot A400

Manufacturer's product description

The PowerShot A400 has all the quality expected from a Canon, with a price to make you smile. A choice of four fun colors and technology to produce great results make this camera a joy to use. From the Canon Visionary Technologies that deliver great shot after shot to the easy access special scene modes, everything about the PowerShot A400 is designed to make photography simple. A camera that takes the hard work out of super results, leaving you to focus on capturing the right moment. And with 3.2 Megapixels, you'll be delighted at the detail and quality of your digital images and photo prints. A Canon high-performance lens ensures outstanding image quality from one corner of the picture to the other. Its 2.2x optical zoom is great for closing in on the action, while the macro close-up function lets you focus on objects as little as 5cm away. A 9-point AiAF auto-focus system keeps subjects in focus - even when they are not centered in the frame. A special scene mode gives access to 8 clever presets for excellent results in tricky conditions: Portrait, Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, and Indoor. Special effects include Sepia, Black & White and Vivid Color. The PowerShot A400 takes up to 3-minute movie clips, (up to 30 seconds at VGA quality) complete with sound recording, fun playback and in-camera editing on the 1.5" LCD screen. You can even connect your camera to the TV to share the best moments with family and friends. Get beautiful prints instantly without a PC, with any Canon Direct Print or PictBridge compatible printer. Simply connect your camera to the printer, hit the Print/Share button and you'll have a photo in your hands within seconds. The button also simplifies uploading to any Windows PC. When connected to a Canon Compact Photo Printer, the PowerShot A400 allows you to create handy ID photo prints.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon PowerShot A400 - digital camera, Canon PowerShot A400 - digital camera - with SELPHY CP400, Canon PowerShot A400 - digital camera - with Canon CP-400

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Lens System: 2.2 x zoom lens - 5.9 - 13.2 mm - f/3.8

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 47 cm

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom

Display: LCD display - 1.5"

Supported Battery: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Colour: Spring green, Silver, Sunset gold, Sky blue, Lime green

Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.7 cm x 3.7 cm x 5.4 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

Bundled with: Canon SELPHY CP400 Compact Photo Printer, Canon CP-400 Compact Photo Printer

General

MPN: 9688A007AA, 9686A009, 9686A007, 9689A007AA, 9689A007, 9686A003, 9686A008, 9687A008, 9689A008, 9688A008, 9687A009, 9686A033AA, 9689A001, 9687A001, 9686A001, 9686A034, 9688A009

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Spring green, Silver, Sunset gold, Sky blue, Lime green

Sensor Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 3,300,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 3,200,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/3.2"

Optical Zoom: 2.2 x

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Bundled with: Canon SELPHY CP400 Compact Photo Printer, Canon CP-400 Compact Photo Printer

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, stitch assist, beach/snow, fireworks, night scene, Underwater, indoor, foliage

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Vivid

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (daylight)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 1 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 2.2 x zoom lens - 5.9 - 13.2 mm - f/3.8

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 45 - 100mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 47 cm

Macro Focus Range: 5-47cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 7 groups / 9 elements

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 2 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.3 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, built-in speaker, auto power save, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, AE lock, AF lock

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom

Display

Type: 1.5" LCD display

Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft VideoImpression, Canon ImageBrowser, Canon PhotoRecord

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS X, Apple Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2

Peripheral Devices: USB port, SVGA monitor, CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details: MacOS 9.0 - 9.2 - PowerPC - 64 MB - 120 MB ¦ MacOS X - PowerPC - 128 MB - 120 MB ¦ Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME - 150 MHz - 64 MB - 200 MB ¦ Windows XP - 300 MHz - 128 MB - 200 MB

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable

Battery

Battery Type: AA

Details: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card

Included Memory Card: 16 MB SD

Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 8 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 15 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 30 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 13 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 24 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 46 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 23 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 41 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 : 73 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 51 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 80 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 126 - with 16MB card

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 10 fps - 30 sec - max clip duration &brvbar; AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration &brvbar; AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration &brvbar; AVI - 640 x 480 - 10 fps - 20sec - with 16MB card &brvbar; AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 40 sec - with 16MB card &brvbar; AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 98 sec - with 16MB card

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 10.7 cm

Depth: 3.7 cm

Height: 5.4 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

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