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Canon's PowerShot A200 digital camera. Copyright © 2002, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. Canon announces PowerShot A200 digital camera!
(Thursday, June 6, 2002 - 01:00 EDT)

New model features 2 megapixel resolution, fixed focal-length lens...

Canon has today announced a new digital camera for the American market, the PowerShot A200. The A200 has a compact design with built-in (rotary-style) sliding lens cover over a 39mm-equivalent fixed focal-length lens. The 2.0 megapixel CCD imager gives JPEG images up to 1600 x 1200 pixels, in three different quality levels. Images are stored on Type-I CompactFlash cards, and power comes from 2 AA batteries.

Pricing and availability have not yet been revealed, however full specifications for the camera courtesy of Canon follow:

Canon PowerShot A200
Imaging Sensor
Resolution Approximately 2.0 million effective pixels
Recording Pixels 1600 x 1200
Sensor Type Interline CCD, with primary RGB filtration
Sensor Size 1/3.2-inch diagonal; 4.48mm (w) x 3.38mm (h)
Pixel Size 2.75 microns square
Focal Length 5mm ƒ2.8 (equivalent to 39mm in 35mm film format)
Zoom ratio no optical zooming / 4x digital zoom
Optical construction 5 elements in 5 groups (one Aspherical element)
Closest focusing distance 7.9 inches / 20cm (normal shooting)
2 inches / 5cm (macro mode)
Autofocus Three-point TTL system (or user-selectable Center AF point)
Special focus settings
  • Macro
  • Landscape (sharp focus 17 feet / 5m ~ infinity)
Image Recording
JPEG image recording 8-bit JPEG; Three compression settings (“Super Fine”, “Fine”, “Normal”)
RAW file recording none
Data recording format DCF (Design rule for Camera File system); DPOF v. 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format)
Reduced resolution options 1024 x 768 (Medium)
640 x 480 (Small)
Storage media CompactFlash cards, Type I only
Shooting Controls
Exposure modes Program AE only
Photo Effects settings

Allows user to make adjustments on a shot-by-shot basis

  • Vivid color (added saturation)
  • Neutral color (reduced color intensity)
  • Sepia (produces a brownish sepia-toned appearance)
  • Black & White
  • Low Sharpening (reduced level of in-camera sharpening)
Metering Evaluative (linked to active AF point)
Exposure compensation +/- up to 2 stops, 1.3-stop increments
ISO sensitivity
  • Auto (automatically adjusted from ISO 50 ~ 150)
  • ISO 50, 100, 200, and 400 settings (user-set)
Shutter speed range 1 second ~ 1/2,000
White Balance

Two options available:

  • TTL auto white balance (determined by camera)
  • Pre-set white balance (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H)
Continuous shooting speed up to 2 fps in Large/Fine mode; requires LCD monitor be turned off
Shutter release time lag approx. 0.08 seconds (when shutter button fully pressed from half-way point of its travel)
Viewfinder & LCD
Optical viewfinder Inverted Galilean design; approx. 80% coverage
LCD monitor Can be used as viewfinder during shooting, or for image review
LCD size 1.5 inches / 38mm diagonal
LCD resolution 117,600 effective pixels (490 x 240)
LCD coverage 100%
Special features Enlarged playback (2x ~ 10x)
Digital zoom Continuous, up to 4x possible (400x300 pixel resolution at maximum digital zoom)
Movie mode
  • 320 x 240 (QVGA); up to 9 seconds in duration (no sound recording)
  • 160 x 120 (Q2VGA); up to 26 seconds duration (no sound recording)
Movie framing rate 20fps
Movie playback On camera’s LCD monitor, or within Mac/Windows PC using Apple QuickTime™ software (v. 4.1 or higher required)
Movie file format .AVI
Built-in flash yes; automatic firing, auto w/ red-eye reduction, flash ON, flash OFF, Slow Sync
Maximum distance 6.7 ft / 2.1m (at ISO 100)
Recycle time approx. 10 seconds or less
Compatible E-TTL accessory Speedlite none
Flash sync speeds 1/30 and faster (normal flash modes); 1 second and faster in Slow Sync mode
Slow-sync flash with balanced fill Possible with flash in Slow Sync mode; set on LCD monitor via push-button
Computer Interface
Direct-connection to computer USB; via dedicated Canon USB cable IFC-300 PCU (supplied w/ camera)
Direct printing
Direct printing, without computer Compatible with Canon CP-10 and CP-100 printers
(printer driver is built into camera; menu appears on camera’s LCD monitor)
  • (two) AA-size alkaline batteries
  • (two) AA-size Ni-MH rechargeable batteries
Shooting capacity, alkaline AAs LCD off - approx. 300 images; LCD on - approx. 90 images (@ 73° F / 23° C)
Shooting capacity, Ni-MH AAs LCD off - approx. 550 images; LCD on - approx. 200 images
(with Canon NB-1AH batteries, same temperatures as above )
LCD playback time Alkaline AAs - approx. 90 minutes; Ni-MH AAs - approx. 120 minutes
AC adapter Optional AC Adapter Kit ACK 800; includes AC adapter CA-PS800
Body & Dimensions
Body colors (front & top): Gray metallic finish
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.3 x 2.3 x 1.4 inches (110 x 58 x 36.6mm)
Weight (w/o battery or CF card) 5.64 oz. (160g)
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Source: Canon U.S.A. Inc.

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