Canon PowerShot A

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The Canon PowerShot A is a series of digital cameras released by Canon. The A-series is Canon's budget line of cameras, although its feature set has varied as cameras have ranged from low-end point-and-shoot cameras to high-end prosumer cameras capable of rivaling Canon's flagship G-series.

Models[edit]

The series began with the A5 series, which was a very basic point-and-shoot camera line. The Axx series that followed offered full manual control (on most models) in a fairly bulky body. The A100/200/3xx/4xx series cameras are stripped-down with very little manual controls. The Axx series has branched off into the A5xx (replaced by the A1xxx series), A6xx, and A7xx series (the latter replaced by the A2xxx series). A-series camera are generally powered by 2 AA batteries.

Model Release
date
Sensor
resolution, size, type
Lens (35 mm equiv)
zoom, aperture
Image processor LCD screen
size, pixels
Memory Size
W×H×D
(mm)
Weight
(body, g)
Photo Notes
A5 series
A5 April 1998 MP
1024 × 768
1/3" CCD
35 mm 2" fixed CF 105 × 68 × 33 240 [1]
A5 zoom October 1998 28–70 mm (2.5×)
f/2.6–4.0
103 × 68 × 37 260 Zoom capability[2]
A50 April 1999 1 MP
1280 × 960
1/2.7" CCD
[3]
Axx series
A10 May 2001 1.3 MP
1/2.7"
35–105 mm (3×) 1.5" fixed CF 110.3 × 71.0 × 37.6 250 All-new body design
A20 2.0 MP
1/2.7"
A30 March 2002 1.3 MP
1/2.7"
A40 2.0 MP
1/2.7"
Canon Powershot A40.jpg
A60 March 2003 101.0 × 64.0 × 31.5 215 A60.jpg Smaller and lighter. The Canon PowerShot A60 and A70 cameras were the first digital camera models in their class to feature aperture and shutter priority, and full manual modes.
A70 3.2 MP
1/2.7"
Canon PowerShot A70 (side view).JPG
A80 October 2003 4.0 MP
1/1.8"
38–114 mm (3×) 1.5" vari-angle 103.1 × 64.4 × 34.7 250 Canon PowerShot A80.jpg Added vari-angle LCD
A75 March 2004 3.2 MP
1/2.7"
35–105 mm (3×) 1.8" fixed 101.0 × 64.0 × 31.5 200 Power Shot A75 2.jpg Print/Share button, redesigned grip
A85 September 2004 4.0 MP
1/2.7"
A95 5.0 MP
1/1.8"
38–114 mm (3×) 1.8" vari-angle 103.1 × 64.4 × 34.7 250 Canon powershot a95.jpg Update of A80
Model Release
date
Sensor
resolution, size, type
Lens (35 mm equiv)
zoom, aperture
Image processor LCD screen
size, pixels
Memory Size
W×H×D
(mm)
Weight
(body, g)
Photo Notes
A100/200/3xx/4xx Series
A100 April 2002 1.2 MP
1280 × 960
1/2.7"
39 mm
f/2.8
1.5" CF 110 × 58 × 36.6 175 New low-end series with different body shape, no optical zoom,[4]
A200 June 2002 2.0 MP
1600 × 1200
1/3.2"
1.5" Canon PowerShot A200.jpg [5]
A300 April 2003 3 2 MP
2048 × 1536
1/2.7"
33 mm
f/3.6
Canon powershot a300 5mm camera.png New sliding lens cover,[6]
A310 March 2004 Canon PowerShot A310, front.jpg Print/Share button,[7]
A400 September 2004 3.2 MP
1/3.2"
45–100 mm (2.2×) SD 107.0 × 53.4 × 36.8 165 Canon PowerShot A400 front 02.jpg Optical zoom
A410 September 2005 41–131 mm (3.2×) DIGIC II 103 × 51.8 × 40.3 150 First A4xx with DIGIC II
A420 February 2006 4.0 MP
1/3"
39–125 mm (3.2×) 1.8" Mostly sold in Europe, not in the U.S.
A430 38–152 mm (4.0×) Canon power shot a430IMG 2608.jpg Mostly sold in the U.S.; first A4xx with microphone.
A450 February 2007 5.0 MP
2592 × 1944
1/3" CCD
38–122 mm (3.2×)
f/2.8–5.1
2.0"
86,000
SD, SDHC, MMC 106 × 52 × 40 165 Canon A450 front.jpg [8]
A460 March 2007 38–152 mm (4.0×)
f/2.8–5.8
A470 January 2008 7.1 MP
3072 × 2304
1/2.5" CCD
38–132 mm (3.4×)
f/3.0–5.8
DIGIC III 2.5"
115,000
SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 105 × 55 × 41 165 [9]
A480 March 2009 10.0 MP
3648 × 2736
1/2.3" CCD
37–122 mm (3.3×)
f/3.0–5.8
92 × 62 × 31 140 Canon PowerShot A480 selfshot.jpg [10]
A490 February 2010 10.0 MP
3648 × 2736
1/2.3" CCD
SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 94 × 62 × 31 135 Powershot A490.jpg Face Detection AiAF / 5 point; Less Scene modes than in 495[11]
A495 Canon Powershot A495.JPG Face Detection AiAF / 9 point; Additional 3 Scene modes (same as in A490 and FaceSelf-Timer, Super Vivid, Poster Effect)[11]
A5xx series
A510 March 2005 3.2 MP
2048 × 1536
1/2.5" CCD
35–140 mm (4×)
f/2.6–5.5
1.8"
115,000
SD 91 × 64 × 38 180 Canon PowerShot A510 - 2.JPG New smaller, lighter body; replaced A75[12]
A520 4.0 MP
2272 × 1704
1/2.5" CCD
Canon PowerShot A520 front 01.jpg New smaller, lighter body; replaced A75[13]
A530 February 2006 5.0 MP
2592 × 1944
1/2.5" CCD
DIGIC II 1,8"
77,000
90 × 64 × 43 170 Canon PowerShot A530.JPG [14] Began trend of lower-end A5xx dropping conversion lenses and reducing manual modes,
higher-end A5xx model still had conversion lens support and full manual modes
DIGIC II
A540 6.0 MP
2816 × 2112
1/2.5" CCD
2.5"
85,000
90 × 64 × 43 180 A540 thumbnail.jpg [15] Began trend of lower-end A5xx dropping conversion lenses and reducing manual modes,
higher-end A5xx model still had conversion lens support and full manual modes
DIGIC II
A550 March 2007 7.1 MP
3072 × 2304
1/2.5" CCD
2.0"
86,000
SD, SDHC, MMC 91 × 64 × 43 160 Low-end model[8]
A560 DIGIC III 2.5"
115,000
91 × 64 × 43 165 Canon A560 camera.jpg Mid-range model, also lacks conversion lens support and full manual modes[16]
A570 IS 90 × 64 × 43 175 Optical Image Stabilization, full manual control and compatibility with add-on lenses added[16]
A580 January 2008 8.0 MP
3264 × 2448
1/2.5" CCD
SD,SDHC,
MMC,MMC+,
HC MMC+
94 × 65 × 41 175 Low-end model, lacks conversion lens support and full manual modes[9]
A590 IS Canon PowerShot A590 IS.jpg Added Motion Detection Technology, Automatic Red-Eye Correction, has full manual mode.[9]
Model Release
date
Sensor
resolution, size, type
Lens (35 mm equiv)
zoom, aperture
Image processor LCD screen
size, pixels
Memory Size
W×H×D
(mm)
Weight
(body, g)
Photo Notes
A6xx series
A610 October 2005 5.0 MP
2592 × 1944
1/1.8" CCD
35–140 mm (4×)
f/2.8–4.1
DIGIC II 2.0" vari-angle
115,000
SD, MMC 105 × 66 × 49 235 Canon Powershot A610.JPG Replaced A95[17]
A620 7.1 MP
3072 × 2304
1/1.8" CCD
Canon Powershot A620 (3768102159).jpg
A630 September 2006 8.0 MP
3264 × 2448
1/1.8" CCD
2.5" vari-angle
115,000
SD, SDHC, MMC 109 × 66 × 49 245 Silver body color[18]
A640 10.0 MP
3648 × 2736
1/1.8" CCD
Canon a640.jpg Black body color[18]
A650 IS August 2007 12.1 MP
4000 × 3000
1/1.7" CCD
35–210 mm (6×)
f/2.8–4.8
DIGIC III SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 112 × 68 × 56 200 PowerShot A650 IS.jpg Added Image Stabilization, increased maximum CCD sensitivity to ISO 1600 and DIGIC III.[19]
A7xx series
A700 April 2006 6.0 MP
2816 × 2112
1/2.5" CCD
35–210 mm (6×)
f/2.8–4.8
DIGIC II 2.5"
115,000
SD, MMC 95 × 67 × 43 200 Canon PowerShot A700.jpg [20] Smaller, lighter body; Replaced A85
A710 IS September 2006 7.1 MP
3072 × 2304
1/2.5" CCD
SD, SDHC, MMC 98 × 67 × 41 210 A710 is.jpg Added Image Stabilization[21]
A720 IS August 2007 8.0 MP
3264 × 2448
1/2.5" CCD
DIGIC III SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 97 × 67 × 42 200 Powershot A720is.jpg Increased maximum CCD sensitivity to ISO 1600 and DIGIC III.[19][22]
A8xx series
A800 5 January 2011 10.0 MP
3648 x 2736
6.17 x 4.55 mm (1/2.3") CCD
37 – 122 mm (3.3×) 
f/3.0–5.8
DIGIC III 6.2 cm (2.5")
115,000
SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 94 × 61 × 31 mm 186 g Blank.jpg Powered by 2 AA batteries [23] Cheapest ever Canon Powershot (initial price $89).[24]
A810 7 February 2012 16.0 MP
4608 x 2592
6.17 x 4.55 mm (1/2.3") CCD
28 – 140 mm (5×) 
f/2.8–6.9
DIGIC 4 6.9 cm (2.7")
230,000
SD, SDHC, SDXC 94.7 x 61.3 x 29.8 mm 171 g Blank.jpg Adds 720p HD video [25]
Model Release
date
Sensor
resolution, size, type
Lens (35 mm equiv)
zoom, aperture
Image processor LCD screen
size, pixels
Memory Size
W×H×D
(mm)
Weight
(body, g)
Photo Notes
A1xxx Series
A1000 IS August 2008 10.0 MP
3648 × 2736
1/2.3" CCD
35–140 mm (4×)
f/2.7–5.6
DIGIC III 2.5"
115,000
SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 96 × 63 × 31 155 Canon PowerShot A1000 IS 2009 G1.jpg [26] Replaces A590 IS, new slimmer body design, no manual controls
A1100 IS March 2009 12.1 MP
4000 × 3000
1/2.3" CCD
DIGIC 4 [27]
A1200 March 2011 12.1 MP
4000 × 3000
1/2.3" CCD
28–112 mm (4×)
f/2.8–5.9
2.7”
230,000
SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 97.5 x 62.5 x 30.7 185 A canon a1200 camera.jpg Limited PTP Control, no UV Filter, no manual controls, can't refocus while recording video
A1300 February 2012 16.0 MP
4608 × 3456
1/2.3" CCD
28–140 mm (5×)
f/2.8–6.9
2.7”
230,000
SD, SDHC, SDXC 95 × 62 × 30 174 No image stabilization, no manual focus, no aperture/shutter priority, no manual exposure mode, etc.
A1400 2013 16.0 MP
4608 × 3456
1/2.3" CCD
28–140 mm (5×)
f/2.8–6.9
DIGIC 4 2.7”
230,000
SD, SDHC, SDXC 94.7 × 61.7 × 29.8 174 Adds ECO mode
A2xxx Series
A2000 IS August 2008 10.0 MP
3648 × 2736
1/2.3" CCD
36–216 mm (6×)
f/3.2–5.9
DIGIC III 3.0"
230,000
SD, SDHC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 102 × 64 × 32 185 [26] Replaces A720 IS, new slimmer body design, no viewfinder or manual controls
A2100 IS April 2009 12.1 MP
4000 × 3000
1/2.3" CCD
DIGIC 4 [27]
A2200 2011 14.1 MP
4320 × 3240
1/2.3" CCD
28–112 mm (4×)
f/2.8–5.9
DIGIC 4 2.7”
230,000
SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 93.2 x 57.2 x 23.6 135 Canon PowerShot A2200 HD.jpg No image stabilization, adds 720p HD video
A2300 2012 16.0 MP
4608 × 3456
1/2.3" CCD
28–140 mm (5×)
f/2.8–6.9
DIGIC 4 2.7”
230,000
SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 94.4 x 54.2 x 20.1 125 Canon PowerShot A2300.jpg
A2400 IS 2012 16.0 MP
4608 × 3456
1/2.3" CCD
28–140 mm (5×)
f/2.8–6.9
DIGIC 4 2.7”
230,000
SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 94.4 x 56.3 x 21.3 141 Adds optical image stabilization
A2500 2013 16.0 MP
4608 × 3456
1/2.3" CCD
28–140 mm (5×)
f/2.8–6.9
DIGIC 4 2.7”
230,000
SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 97.7 x 56.0 x 20.9 125 No image stabilization, adds ECO mode
A2600 2013 16.0 MP
4608 × 3456
1/2.3" CCD
28–140 mm (5×)
f/2.8–6.9
DIGIC 4 3.0”
230,000
SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 97.7 x 56.0 x 19.8 135 No image stabilization, adds ECO mode
A3xxx Series
A3000 IS February 2010 10.0 MP
3648 × 2736
1/2.3" CCD
35–140 mm (4×)
f/2.7–5.6
DIGIC III 2.7"
230,000
SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 97 × 58 × 28 125 [28] First A series model to use Lithium-ion battery
A3100 IS 12.1 MP
4000 × 3000
1/2.3" CCD
Canon PowerShot A3100 IS.JPG [28] First A series model to use Lithium-ion battery
A3200 IS 2011 14.1 MP
4320 × 3240
1/2.3" CCD
28–140 mm (5×)
f/2.8–5.9
DIGIC 4 95.1 × 56.7 × 24.3 149 Adds 720p HD video
A3300 IS 2011 16.0 MP
4608 × 3456
1/2.3" CCD
28–140 mm (5×)
f/2.8–5.9
DIGIC 4 3.0"
230,400
95.1 × 56.7 × 23.9 149 Adds 720p HD video [28] Advanced Smart AUTO feature-

[29]

A3400 IS 2012 16.0 MP
4608 × 3456
1/2.3" CCD
28–140 mm (5×)
f/2.8–6.9
DIGIC 4 3.0"
230,400 touch
SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 94.4 × 56.3 × 21.3 141 Adds touchscreen
A4xxx Series
A4000 IS 2012 16.0 MP
4608 × 3456
1/2.3" CCD
28–224 mm (8×)
f/3.0–5.9
DIGIC 4 3.0”
230,000
SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+ 95.3 x 56.3 x 24.3 145 8x optical zoom

Features[edit]

Software by Breezesys adds remote capture capability from a computer over the USB interface on early Canon PowerShot A models until around 2006. More recent models generally do not support remote capture.

Many models from the A450 to the A720 can run the CHDK firmware add-on adding features such as recording raw image files and remotely triggering the camera shutter using a USB cable.

Sample photographs[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  29. ^ Canon launches new Powershot A-series digital cameras

External links[edit]

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