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Canon PowerShot A50


Cannon's PowerShot 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.

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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

Tel: 800-848-4123

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Features & System Requirements

Image Capture Device: 1,310,000 pixel, 1/2.7-inch charge coupled device (CCD).
Color Depth: 8 bits x 3 colors (10-bit signal processing).
Resolution: 1,280 x 960 pixels (Large), 640 x 480 pixels (Small).
Sensitivity: Equivalent to ISO 100-400 (ISO400 in Small Mode and low light only).
Image Quality Modes: Normal, Fine, CCD Raw.
File Formats: Switchable between CIFF (Camera Image File Format) and Design Rule for Camera File System.
Recording Formats: CIFF: JFIF
Design Rule for Camera File System: EXIF 2.1
Recording Media: CompactFlash™ (CF) card.
Image Storage Capacity:
  Small/N Small/F Large/N Large/F CCD RAW
File Size 65KB 120KB 170KB 320KB 1561KB
FC-4M 52 30 21 11 2
FC-8M 106 61 43 23 4
FC-15M 200 116 81 44 9
FC-30M 446 251 179 96 19
FC-48M 670 378 269 144 30
Note: N=Normal F=Fine CCD RAW=Non-compressed

Storage 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.

Shooting Modes: Auto, Program, Flash, Self-Timer, Macro, Continuous (1 fps) and Stitch Assist.
Playback Modes: QuickReview, Single Image, Multi Images (9 thumbnails) and Slide Show.
Erase Modes: Single Image, All Images.
Interfaces: Serial, CF and Video out (NTSC).
Lens: 4.3-10.8mm, f/2.6-f/4.0 zoom lens (Equivalent to 28-70mm in 35mm format).
Shutter Speed: 1/6-1/750 sec. (Slow Shutter OFF), 2-1/750 sec. (Slow Shutter ON)
Auto Focus: TTL (Through The Lens) AF.
Focus Range: 19.2 in/50cm to infinity (Normal), 6.7 in/17cm to 19.7 in/50cm (Macro).
Exposure Control: TTL 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 ft. (0.17-2.5m).
White Balance Control: Automatic, Manual.
Optical Viewfinder: Real image zoom type, approx. 80% coverage.
Magnifications: 0.3x (Wide)-0.75x (Tele).
LCD Viewfinder: 2 inch / 5.1 cm low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color monitor.
Power Sources: Lithium battery (2CR5), optional NiMH (NB-5H) battery or AC.
(W x H x D):
4.1 x 2.7 x 1.5 in. / 103 x 68 x 37.3mm.
Weight: Approx. 9.2 oz./260 g (without battery and CF card).
Supplied Accessories: Video Cable BC-100
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
Optional Accessories: Power 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
Computer System Requirements
A50 Mac Requirements: system requirements.
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)

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