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Canon's PowerShot A30 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon announces PowerShot A30!
By Dave Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, February 22, 2002 - 10:00 EST)

Positioned in between the just-announced A100 and A40 cameras, this one has an optical zoom...

Canon Inc. has today announced its new ultra-compact PowerShot A30 digital camera. Laying in between the PowerShot A100 and A40 in terms of specifications, the A30 builds on the former with a 3x optical zoom lens, real-image optical zoom viewfinder instead of an inverted galilean type, spot metering, 15-second long exposures and double the flash range. As might be expected though, this does make the camera somewhat larger and more power-hungry than its younger sibling though - the A30 takes 4 AA batteries instead of two, and is just outside what we'd classify being an "ultra-compact" model. Pricing and availability information for the Canon PowerShot A30 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 A30
Canon's PowerShot A30 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: A30
Camera Format: Compact
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 1.2 megapixel (effective)
Image Resolution: 1280x960, 1024x768, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 35 - 105mm (3x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 2x continuous
Auto Focus: Yes (3-Point AF)
Manual Focus: Yes (3 settings)
Aperture Range: f/2.8 - 4.8
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real-image Optical Zoom type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.5 inch, 117600 pixel)
ISO Settings: Auto (50, 100), 50, 100, 200, 400
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 15 - 1/1500 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Modes: Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer: Unknown
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto w/ red-eye reduction, On, Off, Slow Sync
Flash Range Description: 14 feet / 4.2 meters (wide); 8.3 feet / 2.5 meters (tele)
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash Type-I
Memory Included: Unknown
File Formats: JPEG, AVI (QuickTime MotionJPEG)
More Information
Weight: 250 g; 8.7 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 110 x 71 x 38mm; 4.3 x 2.8 x 1.5in
Notes & Features: Pixel size is 4.1 microns. Lens has 9 elements in 7 groups including one aspheric element.

Autofocus uses 3 automatically selected AF points, or user can lock AF to center point only. Has three manual focus settings - Macro, Landscape (Infinity) or Snap (5.0 - 8.3 feet, 1.5 - 2.5 meters). 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 always fires at full power when in manual exposure mode. 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 500 images without LCD or 200 with LCD for alkalines, 1000 images without LCD or 350 with for NiMH. Playback battery life claimed at 240 minutes with either Alkaline or NiMH batteries.

Bundled with IFC-300 PCU USB cable. Optional accessories include 24.5mm WC-DC52 wide-angle and 252mm TC-DC52 telephoto lenses, AC Adapter Kit ACK 600 (includes AC adapter CA-PS500).

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