Canon Powershot A410 3.2MP Digital Camera with 3.2X Optical Zoom (Old Model)
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- 3.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 10 x 14-inch prints
- 3.2x optical zoom; lightweight, compact body
- Fast autofocus and 14 shooting modes, including Special Scene Mode
- DIG!C II Image Processor for faster processing, vibrant colors, and excellent image quality
- Powered by 2 AA-size batteries; stores images on SD memory cards (256 MB card included)
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Setup was easy and without hassle. There is a basic and an advanced manual and the basic one is all you should need to look at to get started taking pictures, even if you are not familiar with digital cameras. You can read the advanced manual later when you are ready to try other features of the camera.
The display is small, but still easy to read (and I am legally blind with 20/200 vision.) In playback mode you can zoom to 10x to check the quality and clarity of your pictures. Menu and setting text is sharp and easy to read. Some of the icons are a bit small, but when you change a non-text setting, like the flash, the icon is briefly shown larger before shrinking and moving to the corner of the screen.
There are 4 resolutions and with each you can choose either Super Fine, Fine or Normal. The Super Fine setting is the best quality and Normal allows you to take more pictures. The resolution sizes and the average number of pictures you can take with the included 16MB card are: (2048x1536 SF=9, F=16, N=33), (1600x1200 SF=14, F=26, N=50), (1024x768 SF=25, F=45, N=80) and (640x480 SF=56, F=88, N=138.) There is also a 1600x1200 postcard mode which includes the ability to embed a time/date stamp on the picture.
In addition to the 3.2 optical zoom, there is a 3.2(approximate) digital zoom. Digital zoom is off by default so you have to turn it on. When its on you can zoom to 10x. The first 3.2x of the zoom is optical, then the zoom pauses for a second and the rest up to 10x is digital. The 3.2x digital zoom is also available in the macro mode which doesn't have optical zoom.
There are several pre-defined modes for taking pictures in daylight, night, etc. And there are also some interesting effects available. One that I like is color swap which lets you substitute one color with another. It can for example let you change the color of your carpeting while leaving everything else (of different colors) the same. It works pretty well, though sometimes shades of colors like brown and red are treated the same.
There are 3 video modes to choose from. None have audio. The modes are: 640 x 480 x 10 fps, 320 x 240 x 20 fps and 160 x 120 x 15 fps. In the 640 x 480 mode you can zoom digitally to 2x while recording. Approximate recording times with the 16MB card are 640x480: 23 seconds, 320x240: 33 seconds and 160x120: 1 minute 47 seconds. With a larger memory card you can record videos up to 3 minutes in length.
For the most part, the default settings were right for the photos I take. I have found that changing the ISO setting from the default of 50 to "Auto" takes pictures which have more accurate lighting. I also use the White Balance Evaluation for some pictures. See the example (with the Furby) that I posted to see comparison pictures taken with and without white balance. Usually White Balance is not needed, but for some photos it makes a big difference.
Some cautions and cons:
You should put the camera in playback mode when it is turned off. If not and you accidently turn it on the lens will try to extend, even if in the packaging. I saw no mention of this in the manual, but discovered it myself the first time I was putting the camera away. There did not appear to be any permanent harm, however the camera did beep when it couldn't fully extend the lens.
As others have mentioned, the highest ISO speed setting is 200, which makes it difficult to take pictures in low light conditions without the flash and without a tripod (or very steady hands!)
Battery usage does seem a bit fast, especially when the camera is connected to the computer. The manual suggests getting the AC adapter for when connecting the camera to the computer which I may do. The first time I get the low battery warning on a set of batteries has always been just after having the camera connected to the computer.
The included 16MB memory card is probably too small for most people, especially if you want to take videos. But memory cards are relatively cheap, so get a 128 or 256 MB card and you can take plenty of pictures and videos.
The Canon Powershot A410 is a user-friendly camera (I shot my first pictures, loaded them into my computer, and printed them without opening the manual), and it's only slightly larger than either my tiny Cybershot or my wife's Canon Elph SD110. It easily fits in a pants, or even shirt, pocket and is so light as to make weight a negligible factor. I considered the Canon A430 with a 4 megapixel lens until I noticed that it's a bulkier, slightly heavier camera. With the A410 you're getting a precision instrument that's practically Elph-sized. I also looked at the Canon A520, which is essentially a miniaturized version of the 400 series. The problem is that the A520 is appreciably thicker than the A410 (translating into bulging pockets). Also, the shrinking of the camera body in other areas apparently required sacrificing the newer, more efficient Digic II processor that's a feature of the A410. Contrary to the testimonials of others, loading pictures into iPhoto (with the most recent OSX) required installation of Canon's included software.
As for megapixels, the 3.2 lens is just as sharp as the 4 lens. Compare 8X10 photos shot by the two lenses and there is no difference. The 4 megapixel lens becomes a factor only if you decide to go for enlargements much beyond 8X10 or to blow up selected portions of a photo.
I compared all kinds of cameras under $500, and this one not only does everything I need, but it's very affordable. This will keep me happy for many years to come. Now what to do with all the $$$ I saved...
Update: June 2008 I still love this camera and continue to use it frequently.
Update: May 2010 I still love this camera and see no reason to upgrade, it rocks! This baby has now been around the world and taken amazing shots everywhere, day and night.
Thank you Cannon! We need more companies like you instead of the usual cyclical consumption greedy bastard, engineered failure garbage that we usually get at WalMart.
I'm a Cannon fan for life because of this amazing camera.
Picture resolutions this camera can capture:
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
There are 3 Modes you can enable, 1) Superfine, 2) Fine, and 3) Normal. These settings change the JPEG compression. Superfine has little to no compression. And Normal will have the most compression. If you lower the setting to "Normal", you can decrease the file sizes and fit more pictures on your SD card and take more pictures.
This camera will show you the amount of pictures you can take at a particular setting. For example, with a 512MB SD card, at the highest resolution of 2048x1536 and set at "Superfine", it will take 302 pictures. At 2048x1536, and set at "Normal" it will take 1066 pictures. If you have used up half your card disk space, it will account for that and display the amount of pictures you can take.
It can capture movies/videos. They will not have sound though. Below are the dimensions:
640 x 480 at 10 FPS
320 x 240 at 20 FPS
FPS = Frames Per Second
The 320x240 videos look good and run a lot smoother because of the higher frames per second.
Also has common features like Macro, Supermacro, indoor/outdoor settings, etc.
I'll never buy another digital camera till this one breaks down. I use to think the megapixels of the camera meant it would take better pictures. However, that is incorrect. That only means it will take higher resolution pictures, which doesn't necessarily mean better pictures. If you do a lot of printing or print larger than 8.5 x 11, then megapixels would matter. I stopped caring about that since I rather have a camera just take quality pictures. If I were printing posters or something, I'd care.
It is fairly simply to use.
7/06/14 update: It has been almost 3 years since I bought this item used and it still works great. I purchased rechargeable batteries and haven't had to spend any money on regular batteries all that time. Pictures are still clear, video ability is great, holds at least 24-25 pictures before memory card is full (comparable to one disposable camera).
This was my first 'own camera' and I've had almost zero camera experience, so to find myself taking the most amazing photos and being able to edit/add text/e-mail them - well - WOW! I've been stunned by the results this camera has given, all within about a month of purchase.
The basic handbook had me taking quality 'normal' photo's within 24 hours and, using this handbook I've progressed into some fantastic close-up stuff, and some fun stuff too - get your spouse to dress up for the sepia shots and have a good laugh!!
I've had enormous fun learning with this camera - and I've got loads more to learn and I feel that some good camera work is now within my grasp. This has required a modicom of concentration and diligence, but it's paid off, and is precisely what I had hoped for.
I found the batteries that came with the camera were almost useless, but that your quality name-brand batteries give excellent life - also, if you plan on taking more than about 15 pics at a time, you will want a memory card.
Oh Yeah! I'm an 'old bird' of 53 years, so if I can do this, ANYONE can :o)
mostly over the a510:
·The video mode although choppy is still a few fps(frames per second) better than the a510.
·Auto white balancing occurs during video recording which the a510 doesn't have and it also allows you to zoom 2x while recording.
·Very fast menu navigation and picture viewing. A lot faster than the a510.
·Better shot to shot times(without flash) than the a510.
·Although it is still at USB 1.1 speed, this time Canon got it right with making the plug and play hardware standards compliant with Windows. Basically meaing when you plug the camera in your USB port, windows will show it as a drive letter allowing you to copy the pictures over to your computer without any additional software unlike the a510 which requires you to use Canon's own propietary software.
·Very slick rectangular design, curved edges, and a dark silver color, with all the buttons perfectly in the right place(if your right handed).
·Seems to conserve a lot less battery power than the a510 especially when recording videos witch the a510 would drain at.
·Battery life seems to just go on forever if you don't use the flash.
·Very sufficient manual controls for an entry level camera
·I found the a510 , although slower, to be slighty better in picture quality because of more manual control available and less purple fringing than the a410.
·The LCD is smaller, but because of the faster digic II processor you can quickly zoom-in and pan the pictures very very fast.
ONE OF THE BEST FEATURES:
Canon included a feature not found in many entry level cameras. It is a feature I use very often in different indoor to outdoor environments. It is the EVALUATE WHITE BALANCE. Just place the small rectangle in the LCD view on what is supposed to be white and hit set and the a410 automatically adjusts the picture respectively. This drastically improves pictures taken in indoor lowlight environments so much that you don't even have to use the flash in less than adequatly lit rooms. It also keeps the your white walls looking white and not yellow. This improves indoors and night shots but you should still consider putting the camera on a solid surface and set the timer to 3 secs in order to avoid any potential blurring from trembling hands. This feature also doesn't show 'natural' whites but it is still very much pleasant.
I purchased this camera new after discounts for $100 + tax + shipping and for the price difference, smooth operation, high performance, and convenience in hookup/operation compared to the a510 it outweighs the minimal picture quality difference.
By far the best entry level digital camera currently on the market.
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should have been spent on something else..sorry.