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Canon's PowerShot A100 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon announces PowerShot A100!
By Dave Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, February 22, 2002 - 10:00 EST)

New model brings some interesting features to entry-level digital...

Canon Inc. has today announced its new ultra-compact PowerShot A100 digital camera. An entry level unit with 1.2 megapixel imager and 39mm fixed focal length lens, the A100 has some features not often seen at this level - such as multi-point autofocus, user-selectable ISO ratings from 64 to 400, and a relatively speedy 2.5 frames-per-second burst-mode at full resolution. Pricing and availability information for the Canon PowerShot A100 have not yet been announced, but full specifications for the camera are in our database for comparison with other products, and highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Canon PowerShot A100
Canon's PowerShot A100 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Model Number: A100
Camera Format: Ultra Compact
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 1.2 megapixel (effective)
Image Resolution: 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480
Lens
Focal Length (effective): 39mm (fixed focal length)
Digital Zoom: 3.2x continuous
Auto Focus: Yes (3-Point AF)
Manual Focus: Yes (2 settings)
Aperture Range: f/2.8
Display
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Inverted Galilean type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.5 inch, 117600 pixel)
Exposure
ISO Settings: Auto (64 - 150), 64, 100, 150, 200, 400
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 1 - 1/2000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Modes: Evaluative
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer: Unknown
Flash
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto w/ red-eye reduction, On, Off, Slow Sync
Flash Range Description: 6.7 feet (2.1 meters) @ ISO 100
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash Type-I
Memory Included: Unknown
File Formats: JPEG, AVI (QuickTime)
More Information
Weight: 160 g; 5.6 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 110 x 58 x 37mm; 4.3 x 2.3 x 1.4in
Notes & Features: Pixels are 3.5 microns square. Lens has 5 elements in 5 groups (one aspherical element).

Autofocus uses 3 automatically selected AF points, or user can lock AF to center point only. Has two manual focus settings - Macro or Landscape (Infinity). Effects modes are Vivid (saturation boosted), Neutral (saturation reduced), Sepia, Black & White, Low Sharpening (in-camera sharpening reduced). Burst-mode rate of 2.5 frames/second requires LCD to be turned off. Flash sync is 1/30 and faster in normal mode, all speeds in slow-synchro mode. Supports direct printing to Canon CP-10 and CP-100 printers.

Record battery life claimed at 380 images without LCD or 100 with LCD for alkalines, 630 images without LCD or 210 with for NiMH. Playback battery life claimed at 90 minutes with Alkaline or 120 minutes with NiMH batteries.

Bundled with IFC-300 PCU USB cable. Optional accessories include AC Adapter Kit ACK 800 (includes AC adapter CA-PS800).
 

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