Product Watch: Ultra Light Weight Digital Camera
That Is Also Light On Your Wallet!
Canon PowerShot A50
A50 is billed by its manufacturer as the smallest and lightest digital
zoom lens-equiped megapixel digital camera. Weighing in a 9.2 oz and
sized at 4.1 x 2. 2.7 x 1.5 inches, they might be right. It is small
enough to fit in your shirt pocket.
The camera features a sturdy brushed aluminum metal body and is equipped
with a sharp 4.3 - 10.8mm Ff/2.6 - 4.0 retractable zoom lens (this would
be the equiuivalent of of a 28 - 70 mm 35mm standard camera).The camera
also has a built-in flash, an optical view finderfinder ,a 2 inch LCD
monitor for image preview and playback., auto white balance with manual
override, and video out so that you can view images on your television.
The cameras's 1/2.7- inch , 1.31 million pixel CCD sensor can create
high-resolution images up to 1280 x 960 pixels. You can also take images
at 640 x 480 which allows more images to be recorded on a single CompactFlash
memory card and is an ideal resolution for Web work.
The PowerShot auto-focuses in about 1 second using through the lens
focusing. Images are processed in the camera's hardware giving a time
between shots of about 4 seconds.
At either resolution you have a choice of two JPEG compression settings:
Fine Mode (approximately 7.5:1) for high quality images and Normal Mode
(approximately 14:1) for maximum storage. There is also a "CCD
Raw" mode that allows for images to be stored at the maximum resolution
with no compression - for those times when you want to get as close
a copy of the original subject matter as possible. In this mode you
will be able to take only a few images using the included storage card.
The camera allows for tagging individual images with print instructions
(such as quantity and size) using the camera's LCD monitor.
A recent MacUser UK
review of this camera gave the PowerShot A50, 4 1/2 mice out of
a possible 5 and said this about the camera:
"The PowerShot A50 is an excellent package which achieves what
it sets out to do in some style. It's easy and enjoyable to use, and
its size and weight makes it very portable. It's not the cheapest camera
around, nor does it offer the highest resolution, but it's a mid-range
package with hard-to-beat performance - and at a reasonable price"
The PowerShot A50 has a retail price of $349.00
Not satisfied? Visit the PowerShot
Features & System Requirements
pixel, 1/2.7-inch charge coupled device (CCD).
bits x 3 colors (10-bit signal processing).
x 960 pixels (Large), 640 x 480 pixels (Small).
to ISO 100-400 (ISO400 in Small Mode and low light only).
Fine, CCD Raw.
between CIFF (Camera Image File Format) and Design Rule for Camera
Design Rule for Camera File System: EXIF 2.1
N=Normal F=Fine CCD RAW=Non-compressed
capacity varies depending on the scene or subjects. This
data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions.
These numbers are the values in the Auto or Program modes.
In the Stitch Assist mode there is a possibility that the
shooting capacity will be slightly lower than in the Full
Auto or Program Mode.
Program, Flash, Self-Timer, Macro, Continuous (1 fps) and Stitch
Single Image, Multi Images (9 thumbnails) and Slide Show.
Image, All Images.
CF and Video out (NTSC).
f/2.6-f/4.0 zoom lens (Equivalent to 28-70mm in 35mm format).
sec. (Slow Shutter OFF), 2-1/750 sec. (Slow Shutter ON)
(Through The Lens) AF.
in/50cm to infinity (Normal), 6.7 in/17cm to 19.7 in/50cm (Macro).
evaluative metering using the CCD output. Range: EV2-16.5;
Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 1/3 step increments.
Flash Range: Wide: 0.6 to 11.5 ft. (0.17-3.5m); Tele: 0.6 to 8.2
image zoom type, approx. 80% coverage.
inch / 5.1 cm low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color
battery (2CR5), optional NiMH (NB-5H) battery or AC.
(W x H x D):
x 2.7 x 1.5 in. / 103 x 68 x 37.3mm.
9.2 oz./260 g (without battery and CF card).
Macintosh Serial Interface Cable IFC-100MC
PC Serial Interface Cable IFC-100PC
Wrist Strap 8 WS-100PC
8MB CompactFlash Card FC-8M
Powershot A50 Solution CD-ROM
Lithium Battery 2CR5
Supply Kit DK110 (Consists of Compact Power Adapter CA-PS100, DC
Coupler DR-100A, and Battery Pack NB-5H)
Digital Printer CD-200
Soft Case SC-100
8MB CompactFlash Card with PCMCIA Adapter FC-8M
Additional Battery Pack NB-5H
Hardware: Power Macintosh
OS: Mac OS 7.5.3 or higher version with
QuickTime 2.1 or higher version
CPU: Power PC
RAM: 32 MB or more
Free Hard Disk Space - Plug in Module 2.4: 15 MB or more; Time Tunnel
1.6: 25 MB or more; PhotoStitch 2.3: 30 MB or more; SlideShowMaker
1.3: 20 MB or more
Monitor: 640 x 480 pixels, 256 colors or more (1,024 x 768 pixels,
millions of colors recommended)
- Mutimedia and Presentation Software Reviews
- Graphics Programs Reviews
- Digital Camera Reviews
- All Online Macintosh Hardware and Software Reviews
For Free Macintosh Hardware