Canon PowerShot A430 announced|
(Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 06:00 EST)
There was a time when the low end of the PowerShot A-series really defined the word "low-end." That's no longer true with the latest low-cost Canon PowerShots. We were fairly blown away by the quality and utility of the PowerShot A410, and the A430 looks like an incremental upgrade that will follow in its footsteps.
With a 4x optical zoom, a 4 megapixel sensor, and the lightest weight of the A-series lineup, the Canon PowerShot A430 is ready to go wherever you like.
Though it doesn't quite have the manual control that some of the other A-series cameras do, there are fourteen modes to get creative with, as well as stitch-assist mode for capturing panoramas, a movie mode, and a continuous mode for capturing up to 2.3 frames per second.
Its ISO ranges from 64 to 400, great for fine shots in bright light, or for handling the significantly lower light found indoors. Its movie mode can capture 640x480 pixel movies at 10 frames per second, or a far smoother 320x240 at 30 frames per second, impressive for a camera at this price point.
With its included USB cable, you can copy your images from your SD/MMC memory card to a Mac or PC, or print directly to a PictBridge printer.
The Canon PowerShot A430 is chock-full of more advanced features, including a spot metering mode, custom white balance, audio recording, and special color modes, like black and white, sepia, and positive film (to emulate the vibrant colors of slide film). Yet it uses the most versatile of power sources: 2 AA batteries, alkaline or NiMH rechargeable. If you're looking to travel light on a budget and still bring home great pictures, the A430 looks promising.
|Canon PowerShot A430|
|Dimensions||4.1 x 2.0 x 1.6"|
103.0 x 51.8 x 40.2mm
|Sensor Type||1/3.0 CCD|
|Image Dimensions||2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)|
2272 x 1280 (2.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
|Image Quality||3 levels|
|Image Preview / Review|
|Lens Type||Canon Zoom Lens|
4x optical zoom
|Focal Length||5.4 - 21.6mm (actual)|
39 - 156mm (35mm equivalent)
|Aperture Range||f/2.8 (wide) / f/5.8 (tele)|
|Focusing Range||Normal: 19" - infinity (47 cm - infinity)|
Macro: 2.0" - 19" (5 cm - 47 cm)
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400|
|Shutter Speed||15 - 1/2000 second|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments|
|White Balance||Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom, Manual|
|Movie Format||AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio|
640x4 80 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
|File System||Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)|
|Video||Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable|
|Battery Type||Alkaline, NiMH|
|Battery Form Factor||2 x AA|
|Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant||Yes|
|Tripod Mount||Yes, Plastic|