Canon unveils PowerShot A530|
(Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 06:00 EST)
At the low end of the camera models announced by Canon prior to the Spring 2006 PMA show, the PowerShot A530 comes in just above the entry-level A410 model. Despite it's low-end positioning though, the Canon A530 packs a lot of capability, with resolution and features that would have counted as a high end model just a couple of years ago.
The Canon A530 combines a five-megapixel sensor with a 4x (35-140mm equivalent) optical zoom lens to deliver plenty of resolution and detail, with an ISO light-sensitivity range from 80 to 800. A 1.8" rear-panel LCD is smaller than those found in higher-end cameras these days, but nonetheless has enough resolution to offer a clear view of your images. A real-image optical viewfinder helps conserve power when the LCD isn't needed. Like most of the company's midrange models, the Canon A530 offers a wide range of exposure modes, from fully automatic to fully manual, with a healthy assortment of scene modes in between, and a "My Colors" menu that offers special effects such as Vivid and Neutral, Light or Dark skin, and Custom color adjustments.
The Canon PowerShot A530 also offers a range of metering modes, including evaluative, center-weighted, and even spot metering. In its continuous shooting mode, the Canon A530 is rated at 2.1 frames/second, a good speed for a modestly-priced camera. Its movie mode does give up a bit relative to higher-end models though, limited to 10 frames/second at 640x480 pixels or 20 frames at 320x240 pixel resolution.
Following a growing trend, the Canon PowerShot A530 stores its images on SD memory cards, which is rapidly becoming the dominant memory card format for digital cameras. A USB 2.0 High-Speed computer connection provides for speedy downloads, fast enough that most users will find no need for a separate card reader.
All in all, the Canon A530 promises to be another strong-selling model in the popular PowerShot line, well suited for both novice and intermediate photographers, a great camera to get started with, but also well-suited to situations where users of varying skill levels need to share the same camera.
|Canon PowerShot A530|
|Dimensions||3.6 x 2.5 x 1.7"|
90.4 x 64.0 x 43.2mm
|Sensor Type||1/2.5 CCD|
5.00 megapixels (effective)
|Image Dimensions||2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)|
2592 x 1456 (3.8 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
|Image Quality||3 levels|
|Image Preview / Review|
|Lens Type||4x optical zoom|
|Focal Length||5.8 - 23.2mm (actual)|
35 - 140mm (35mm equivalent)
|Aperture Range||f/2.6 (wide) / f/5.5 (tele)|
|Focusing Range||Normal: 18" - infinity (45 cm - infinity)|
Macro: 2.0" - 18" (5 cm - 45 cm)
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800|
|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|
|Scene Modes||Portrait, Landscape, NightScene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Indoor, Kids& Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, ColorSwap, MyColors , Stitch Assist, Movie|
|Movie Format||640x480 and 320x240|
Max. frame-rate: 0 frames per second
|File System||Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)|
|Video||Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable|
|Computer||USB 2.0 High Speed|
|Battery Type||Alkaline, NiMH|
|Battery Form Factor||2 x AA|
|Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant||Yes|
|Tripod Mount||Yes, Plastic|