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Canon PowerShot A50

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 7/10/1999

Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Canon PowerShot A50


Model Name:

Canon PowerShot A50 
Model Number: A50 
Camera Format: Compact 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price: $499.00
Street Price:  
Price Update Date: 2007-02-27
Date Available:  
Remote Control: No 
Remote Control Type: n/a 
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Tripod Mount Material:  
Operating System:  
Weight: 10.2 oz (290 g)
Weight With Batteries? checked 
Size: 4.1 x 2.7 x 1.5 in.
(103 x 68 x 37 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 1280x960, 640x480
Movie Resolution:  
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 1.20
CCD Size (inches): 1/3 inch 
CCD Filter Type: CMYG 
CCD Manufacturer:  
Focal Length Multiplier:  
Movie Audio:  
Quality Levels:  
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28 - 70 mm
Zoom Ratio: 2.50x
Digital Zoom: No 
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type:  
Auto Focus Assist Light?  
Auto Focus Min Illum:  
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus: No 
Manual Focus Steps: n/a
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity
20.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 17 - 50 cm
6.9 - 20.4 in
Min Macro Area: 88 x 66 mm
3.5 x 2.6 in
Min Aperture: f/11.0
Max Aperture: f/2.6
Aperture Range Description: f/2.6 - f/4.0 (wide-tele), f/11 (all focal lengths) 
Aperture Step Size:  
Lens Thread:  
Lens Thread Type:  
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical VF Type: Real-image optical zoom 
Optical VF Accuracy: 79%
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD VF Accuracy: 95%
LCD Size (inches): 2.0
LCD Resolution:  
OLED Screen:  
Max Playback Zoom:  
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400
ISO Rating Max: 400
Number of White Balance Settings: 5
White Balance Settings:  
Manual White Balance: No 
Longest Shutter Time:  
Shortest Shutter Time:  
Exp Adj Range: 2.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size: 0.33 EV
Metering Modes: Matrix, Averaging 
Spot Metering: No 
Aperture Priority: No 
Shutter Priority: No 
Full Manual Exposure: No 
Self Timer: 10 seconds
Internal Flash: Yes 
No of Flash Modes: 4
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off 
Flash Guide Number (Meters):  
Flash Range Default ISO (meters): 3.5
Flash Range Description: 0.17-3.5m (0.6-11.5ft) Wide Angle, 0.17-2.5m (0.6-8.2 ft) telephoto 
No of Flash "Pops":  
Ext Flash: No 
Ext Flash Connection: n/a
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CompactFlash Type 1 
Other Memory Types:  
Memory Included (MB): 8.0
Uncompressed Format:  
CCD Raw Format: Yes 
Compressed Format: JPEG 
Movie File Format:  
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable:  
Video Usable as Viewfinder:  
External Connections: Serial
Other Connection:  
Included Software: Ulead PhotoImpact 4.0, PhotoStitch 2.1 (2.0 for Mac), TimeTunnel 2.2 (1.6 for Mac), Zoom Browser, Photoshop Plug-In 2.2 (Mac), TWAIN 2.2 
OS Compatibility: Win95, Win98, WinNT4.0, MacOS 7.5.3 or better 
Performance Timing
Startup Time: 5.800 seconds
Shutdown Time: 4.000 seconds
Play -> Record:  
Record -> Play (max res): 11.000 seconds
Record -> Play (min res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 1.000 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus:  
Shutter Lag, Prefocus: 0.200 seconds
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format:  
Cycle Time Max Res: 4.000 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res: 2.000 seconds
Buffer Frames, Max Res: 999
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec):  
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec):  
Movie Sec @ Max Res:  
Movie Sec @ Min Res:  
Download speed, KB/second: 4.70
Battery Form Factor: Custom 
Usable Battery Types: NiMH, Lithium (2CR5) 
Batteries Included: 1 x 2CR5 Lithium disposable
Battery Charger Included: No 
More Information
Notes & Features: Optional rechargeable battery/charger (list $100) really is a must-buy: Add this cost to the price of the camera! 
Review URL: Review
Test Shots URL: Test Shots
Photo Gallery URL:  
Device Forum URL: Forum
Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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