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PowerShot A400

PowerShot A400

PowerShot A400

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Marketed September 2004

The PowerShot A400, which replaces the entry-level PowerShot A310 released in March 2004, incorporates a high-resolution 1/3.2″ 3.2-megapixel CCD sensor and, in response to user demands, a 2.2x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 45-100 mm in the 35 mm format), enabling a broader range of shooting possibilities.

Though an entry-level model, the A400 offers users plenty of advanced shooting features, including a selection of eight Special Scene modes, and Canon’s Print/Share button* for enhanced photo-printing and file-transfer convenience. The camera also offers exceptional styling, adorned with a brush-finish aluminum front panel and available in four body-color variations: Silver, Blue, Green, and Orange.

*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. 3.2 million
Image Sensor 1/3.2″ CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 3.3 million)
Lens 5.9 (W) – 13.2 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 45 (W) – 100 (T) mm), f 3.8
Digital Zoom Up to approx. 3.2x (Up to approx. 7x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 1.5″. TFT color LCD, approx. 115,000 dots
AF System TTL autofocus
Focus lock available
Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (center)
Shooting Distance
(from the front of the lens)
Normal AF 47 cm (1.5 ft.) – infinity (W / T)
Macro AF 5 – 47 cm (2.0 in. – 1.5 ft.) (W) /
30 – 47 cm (1.0 – 1.5 ft.) (T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 1 – 1/1500 sec.
1 – 1/8 sec. shutter speeds are available in manual or stitch assist mode if the flash is off.
Slow shutter speeds of 1/6 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Light Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (center)
Exposure Control System Program AE
Exposure Compensation ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H) or Custom
Built-in Flash Auto*, on*, off

*Red-eye reduction available

Flash Range Normal:47 cm – 2.0 m (1.5 – 6.6 ft.) (W/T)
Macro:30 – 47 cm (1.0 – 1.5 ft.) (W/T)
(ISO speed set to Auto)
Shooting Modes Auto/Manual/Stitch assist/Special Scene Mode (Portrait, Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor)/Movie
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.3 images/sec.
(Large/Fine mode, LCD monitor off)
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay
PC-controlled Shooting Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media SD memory card
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Image Recording Format Still images Exif 2.2 (JPEG)*
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 : 2048 x 1536 pixels
Medium1: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Medium2: 1024 x 768 pixels
Small : 640 x 480 pixels
Movies : 640 x 480 pixels, 10 frames/sec. (30 sec.)*
320 x 240 pixels, 15 frames/sec. (3 min.)*
160 x 120 pixels, 15 frames/sec. (3 min.)*
The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting.

*Maximum recording time per movie clip when using the separately sold SDC-128M SD card (not sold in some regions).

Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 2-10x in LCD monitor), Auto play or Sound memos (up to 60 sec.).
Direct Print Canon Direct Print/Bubble Jet Direct/PictBridge compatible
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 Two AA-size alkaline batteries (included in the camera kit)
Two AA-size rechargeable NiMH batteries NB-2AH (sold separately)
AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (sold separately)
Operating Temperature 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 – 90 %
(W x H x D)
107.0 x 53.4 x 36.8 mm (4.2 x 2.1 x 1.4 in.) (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 165 g (5.8 oz.) (camera body only)