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.