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Canon's PowerShot A530 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon unveils PowerShot A530
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(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
Canon's PowerShot A530 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Canon
Model Number A530
Dimensions 3.6 x 2.5 x 1.7"
90.4 x 64.0 x 43.2mm
Weight 170.0 g
5.9 oz
Image Capture
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
Viewfinder Yes
LCD 1.8"
Lens Type 4x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
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 Modes Manual
Metering Modes 16
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
Digital Zoom 4x
Movie Format 640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 0 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC
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
Product Bundle
Flash Memory 0.0MB
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes, Plastic
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Canon's PowerShot A530 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

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