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Canon PowerShot A50

Canon's "Digital ELPHs" goes megapixel plus - great picture quality, superb portability!

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Review First Posted: 7/10/1999

1280x960 resolution

Compact, rugged case

2.5x Optical Zoom Lens

Great low-light ability (up to ISO400)

Panorama support, including 2x2 matrix!

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Major Features

  • 1.3 Megapixel CCD sensor delivering 1280 x 960 or 640x480 pixel resolution
  • 2.0 inch color LCD for preview and review of images before and after capture, as well as an optical viewfinder for framing and capturing images
  • Zoom lens with focal lengths from 4.3 mm/F2.6 to 10.8 mm/F4.0 (35 mm equivalent: 28 - 70 mm)
  • Through-The-Lens (TTL) autofocus
  • ISO 100 equivalent; ISO 400 in low-light at low resolution setting
  • 1/6 to 1/750 second shutter speed; 2 to 1/750 second shutter speed with Slow Shutter or Night Scene setting
  • Auto focus from 20 inches (51 cm) to infinity
  • Macro mode allows capture of subjects from 6.7 inches to 20 inches (17 to 51 cm)
  • Three recording modes to optimize image capture: Single, Continuous, and Self-Timer
  • Continuous mode allows for rapid image capture in succession
  • Five image-quality settings for capture from 640 x 480 pixels with normal JPEG compression to 1280 x 960 pixels with no compression (CCD RAW)Built-in flash with four settings: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On, and Flash Off modes
  • Flash range from 6.7 inches to 8 feet (telephoto), or 6.7 inches to 11.5 feet (wide-angle) (17 cm to 2.5/3.5 meters, respectively)
  • Five available white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, and Tungsten
  • Metering range: 2 EV to 16.5 EV
  • Exposure compensation from -2 EV to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
  • Images captured in standard JPEG or proprietary Canon (CRW) uncompressed format
  • 8 MB CF card supplied with camera
  • Transfer of images to PC via RS-232C serial port
  • Auto Power-Off setting to conserve battery power
  • Very compact, easy-to-handle design
  • Uses 2CR5 lithium batteries or optional NB-5H battery pack

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