Powershot A-50


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Powershot A-50
Manufacturer Canon
Page By cluck
Page Type Sep 16, 2002 / Sep 16, 2002
Object ID 476
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The camera features a sturdy brushed aluminum metal body and is equipped with a sharp 4.3 - 10.8mm Ff/2.6 - 4.0 retractable zoom lens (this would be the equiuivalent of of a 28 - 70 mm 35mm standard camera).The camera also has a built-in flash, an optical view finderfinder ,a 2 inch LCD monitor for image preview and playback., auto white balance with manual override, and video out so that you can view images on your television.

The cameras's 1/2.7- inch , 1.31 million pixel CCD sensor can create high-resolution images up to 1280 x 960 pixels. You can also take images at 640 x 480 which allows more images to be recorded on a single CompactFlash memory card and is an ideal resolution for Web work.

The PowerShot auto-focuses in about 1 second using through the lens focusing. Images are processed in the camera's hardware giving a time between shots of about 4 seconds.

At either resolution you have a choice of two JPEG compression settings: Fine Mode (approximately 7.5:1) for high quality images and Normal Mode (approximately 14:1) for maximum storage. There is also a "CCD Raw" mode that allows for images to be stored at the maximum resolution with no compression - for those times when you want to get as close a copy of the original subject matter as possible. In this mode you will be able to take only a few images using the included storage card.

The camera allows for tagging individual images with print instructions (such as quantity and size) using the camera's LCD monitor.


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cluck - Sep 16, 2002 7:17 pm - Voted 5/5

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I've owned one of these guys for 4 years and swear they're indestructable. I've dropped mine 15 feet from a cliff onto solid rock without the padded case and there was barely a scratch. Even more impressive (and stupid of me), I accidentally dropped it on a ridge and watched in horror as it tumbled wildly 600 feet down a steep headwall and accross a glacier. Too stubborn to leave it there, I rappelled down to retrieve it. The damage: a cracked battery cover (easily repaired with a rubber band).

This thing still takes great pics and except for some cryptic symbols on the control wheel is super-easy to use.

Only complaints are it's pretty hard on batteries (the expensive 6-volt lithium kind) and the control wheel design leads to accidentally turning itself on when you slide it into the case.

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