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Canon updates PowerShot A-Series

updated 11:40 am EST, Tue February 21, 2006

Canon PowerShot A-Series

Canon will expand its PowerShot A-Series digital cameras this March. The six-megapixel A700 ($350) and A540 ($300), the five-megapixel A530 ($230), and the four-megapixel A430 ($180) will have additional advanced, enhanced features. Among the featured enhancements on the PowerShot A540 and A700 digital cameras is a new six-megapixel image sensor that together with Canon's proprietary DIGIC II image processor helps to reduce "noise" for better image quality and achieves ISO equivalent speed ratings ranging from 80 to 800. The entry-level PowerShot A430 model offers higher resolution--replacing the 3.2 megapixel A410--and delivers an improved optical zoom as well as other features enhancements.

PowerShot A700 Digital Camera
imagepop2A new addition to the line-up of PowerShot A-Series, the PowerShot A700 model features six-megapixel resolution together with a retractable 6x 35-210mm optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent). The A700 model incorporates 22 shooting modes, rangin from fully automatic to fully manual; it is also compatible with optional wide angle and telephoto lens converters, as well as a close-up lens and a wireless flash unit.

The A700 model offers ISO equivalent speed ratings ranging from 80 to 800 with less noise at ISO 400 than previous PowerShot models, according to Canon. The camera also features a large 2.5-inch 115,000-pixel LCD color monitor, making it "easier than ever" to review captured images and do limited in-camera image editing and retouching such as a new Face Brightener function to help compensate for backlit images.

PowerShot A540 Digital Camera

Except for its retractable 4x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 35-140mm (35mm equivalent), the PowerShot A540 digital camera is virtually identical to the PowerShot A700 model, featuring six-megapixel resolution and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. It also accepts Canon's optional wide- and tele- converter lenses as well as a close-up lens and wireless flash. An optional waterproof housing system (with a depth rating of 40m/130 feet) is available expressly for the PowerShot A540 camera for underwater photo enthusiasts, SCUBA divers and snorkelers.

PowerShot A530 Digital Camera

Replacing the PowerShot A510 digital camera, the new PowerShot A530 model features a five-megapixel CCD image sensor, the faster 80-800 ISO equivalent speed setting range and the same 4x retractable optical zoom lens with a focal length of 35-140mm (35mm equivalent) as the PowerShot A540 model. The PowerShot A530 digital camera features a 1.8-inch 115,000-pixel LCD screen.

PowerShot A430 Digital Cameraimagepop1

The line's entry-level PowerShot A430 digital camera has a four-megapixel CCD image sensor and a 4x optical zoom (compared with the A410 digital camera's 3.2 megapixel resolution and 3.2x optical zoom). Its movie mode also includes sound and maintains an ISO equivalent setting range of 50 to 400. The camera comes equipped with a 1.8-inch LCD screen.

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