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PowerShot S70

PowerShot S70

PowerShot S70

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Marketed September 2004

The PowerShot S70 features the same newly developed 1/1.8″ 7.1-megapixel CCD sensor as the G6 to enable highly detailed images of up to 3,072 x 2,304 pixels.

Joining the PowerShot range one rank above the S60 released in June, the PowerShot S70 incorporates the same 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom lens as the S60, which, realizing a zoom range equivalent to 28-100 mm in the 35 mm format, permits users the flexibility to shoot everything from sweeping landscapes to close-up portraits. Featuring a glass-molded Ultra-high refractive index Aspherical (UA) lens, which boasts the world’s highest refractive index, the lens unit realizes a slim, more compact design and a corresponding reduction in the thickness and weight of the camera. Combined with the S70’s 7.1-megapixel CCD sensor, the UA lens also realizes exceptional image quality.

Advanced shooting features include macro photography as close as 4 cm, a top shutter speed of 1/2000 of a second, an “Underwater” white balance preset, VGA (640 x 480 pixels) movie-clip recording and, when shooting in the RAW format, the ability to select the resolution of the JPEG preview image that is simultaneously saved with the RAW file. Moreover, a camera start-up time of just 2.3 seconds and a large-capacity battery ensure that no photo opportunity is lost.

Simplifying photo printing and image file transfers, the PowerShot S70 includes a one-touch Print/Share button*. Once the button lights blue, the camera is ready to print directly from Canon’s range of Direct Print-enabled photo printers or other PictBridge-compatible printers, or to download images directly to a Windows® PC. The camera’s functionality is further extended by a full range of optional accessories, which includes a Tele Converter and a Waterproof Case that enables underwater photography at depths up to 40 meters.

Constructed of durable aluminum-magnesium alloy, the PowerShot S70 features an elegant dark-gray and black two-tone color scheme for a sophisticated appearance that is in keeping with its high-end performance specifications. The model’s functional design also features a large zoom lever on the rear of the camera, and a round control pad with the “SET” button located in the center for effortless control.

* The Print/Share button functions with Canon’s Direct Print-enabled inkjet and CP-series compact photo printers as well as any printer compatible with the PictBridge standard

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 7.1 million
Image Sensor 1/1.8″ CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx 7.4 million)
Lens 5.8 (W) – 20.7 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 – 100 mm)
f/2.8 (W) – f/5.3 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.1x (Up to approx. 15x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
Picture coverage approx. 80%
LCD Monitor 1.8″, TFT color LCD, approx. 118,000 dots (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System TTL autofocus
AF lock and Manual focus are available
9-point (AiAF)/1-point (AF)
1-point AF: Any position is available
Shooting Distance
(from the front of the lens)
Normal AF : 44 cm (1.4 ft.) – infinity (W/T)
Macro AF : 4 cm (1.6 in.) – 44 cm (1.4 ft.) (W)/30 cm (1.0 ft.) – 44 cm (1.4 ft.) (T)
Manual focus : 4 cm (1.6 in.) – infinity (W)/30 cm (1.0 ft.) – infinity (T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 15 – 1/2000 sec.
1.3 sec. or slower shutter speeds are available in Shutter-speed priority mode or Manual mode. Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Light Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center/AF-point-linked)
Exposure Control System Program AE, Shutter-speed priority AE, Aperture-priority AE or Manual exposure control.
AE lock and Safety Shift are available.
Exposure Compensation ± 2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) is available.
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash or Underwater) or custom
Built-in Flash Auto*, on*, off
* Red-eye reduction is available.
Flash Range 55 cm to 4.2 m (1.8 ft. to 14 ft.) (W),
55 cm to 2.0 m (1.8 ft. to 6.6 ft.) (T)
(When sensitivity is set to ISO 100 equivalent.)
Flash Exposure Compensation ± 2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments, FE lock, Slow synchro and 1st-curtain/2nd-curtain flash are available.
Shooting Modes Creative zone : Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Custom
Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Fast shutter, Slow shutter. Stitch assist and Movie
Continuous Shooting High-Speed continuous shooting: Approx. 2.0 images/sec.
Standard continuous shooting: Approx. 1.2 shots/sec.
(Large/Fine mode with LCD monitor off)
Interval Shooting Shooting interval: approx. 1 – 60 min. (1-min. increments)
Number of shots: 2 – 100 shots (Maximum number of shots varies according to CF card capacity.)
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay
Wireless Control Shooting and playback are available (wireless controller is sold separately).
When shooting, image is captured instantly/approx. 2-sec./approx. 10-sec. after shutter button is pressed.
PC-controlled Shooting Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media CompactFlash™ (CF) card (Type I and Type II)
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Image Recording Format Still images Exif 2.2 (JPEG)*/RAW
Movies AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
*This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera’s image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels Still Images: Large: 3072 x 2304 pixels
Medium1: 2592 x 1944 pixels
Medium2: 2048 x 1536 pixels
Medium3: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Small : 640 x 480 pixels
Movies : 640 x 480 pixels (30 sec.)*
320 x 240 pixels (3 min.)*
160 x 120 pixels (3 min.)*
*The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting.
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 2-10x in LCD monitor), Sound memos (recording/playback up to 60 sec.) or Slide show
Direct Print Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible, and PictBridge compliant
My Camera Settings The start-up image, start-up sound, shutter sound, operation sound and self-timer sound can be customized using the following methods:
  1. Using the images and sounds recorded on the camera.
  2. Using downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
Interface USB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol])
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source
  1. Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (type: NB-2LH) (included in the camera kit)
  2. AC Adapter Kit ACK 700 (sold separately)
  3. Car Battery Charger Kit CBC-NB2 (sold separately)
Operating Temperature 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 – 90 %
Dimensions (w x h x d) 114.0 x 56.5 x 38.8 mm (4.5 x 2.2 x 1.5 in.)
(excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 230 g (8.1 oz.) (camera body only)