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PowerShot A460

PowerShot A460

PowerShot A460

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Marketed March 2007

PowerShot A460 succeeds the A430, released in March 2006, as the new entry-level model in the A-series lineup. In addition to incorporating Canon’s acclaimed DIGIC II image-processing engine and a 4x optical zoom lens (35mm film equivalent: 35-152 mm; f/2.8-f/5.8), the camera features a 5.0-megapixel CCD sensor and a 2.0-inch LCD screen, besting the 4.0-megapixel sensor and 1.8-inch LCD screen of its predecessor, to deliver superb image quality, fast performance, and excellent battery life.

Canon’s new PowerShot A460 boasts a number of advanced capture and playback features, including a newly added Slide Show function that gives users a choice of three special effects for image playback; a Super Macro setting, which allows users to shoot from as close as 1 cm from the subject; and eight Special Scene modes.

Type of Camera
Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 4x Optical/4x Digital/16x Combined Zoom
Image Capture Device
Type 5.0 Megapixel, 1/3.0 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 5.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 Megapixels
Focal Length 5.4-21.6mm f/2.8-5.8 (35mm film equivalent: 38-152mm)
Digital Zoom 4x
Focusing Range Normal: 1.5 ft./47cm-infinity
Macro: 2.0 in.-1.5 ft./5-47cm (WIDE), 9.8 in.-1.5 ft./25-47cm (TELE)
Super Macro: 0.39-2.0 in./1-5cm (WIDE)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus
Viewfinder & Monitor
Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.0 TFT color LCD
Approx. 86,000 dots
LCD Coverage 100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 (W) – f/5.8 (T)
Shutter Speed 15-1/2000 sec.
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400 equivalent
(Standard Output Sensitivity. Recommended Exposure Index)
Light Metering Method Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot*

* Metering frame is fixed to the center

Exposure Control Method Program AE
Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Control Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
Built-in Flash Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Auto w/ Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range Normal: 1.5-9.8 ft./47cm-3.0m (W), 1.5-6.6 ft./47cm-2.0m (T)
Macro: 1.0-1.5 ft./30-47cm (W/T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time 10 sec. or less (battery voltage = 3.0V)
Flash Exposure Compensation N/A
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes Auto, Camera M, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Super Macro, Movie
Photo Effects Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom
Self-Timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control N/A
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.5 fps
Image Storage
Storage Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, Multimedia Card
File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Data Type Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels Still Image: 640 x 480 (Small), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 2), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 1), 2,592 x 1,944 (Large), 2,592 x 1,456 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 (10 fps) / 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 1GB or 1 hour for each file size, 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)
Number of Recordable Images
  File Size MMC-16MB / SDC-128M / SDC-512MSH
Small/N 84KB 138 / 1,118 / 4,317
Small/F 150KB 88 / 711 / 2,747
Small/SF 249KB 56 / 460 / 1,777
Medium2/N 278KB 50 / 411 / 1,590
Medium2/F 558KB 26 / 217 / 839
Medium2/SF 1,002KB 14 / 121 / 471
Medium1/N 445KB 33 / 269 / 1,041
  File Size MMC-16MB / SDC-128M / SDC-512MSH
Medium1/F 893KB 16 / 136 / 529
Medium1/SF 1,602KB 9 / 76 / 295
Large/N 695KB 21 / 173 / 671
Large/F 1,395KB 10 / 87 / 339
Large/SF 2,503KB 5 / 49 / 190
Widescreen/N 519KB 28 / 229 / 888
Widescreen/F 1,038KB 14 / 118 / 457
Widescreen/SF 1,890KB 7 / 64 / 251
Time of Recordable Movies
  File Size MMC-16MB / SDC-128M / SDC-512MSH
Movie/Low 660KB/sec. 22 sec. / 181 sec. / 702 sec.
Movie/High 660KB/sec. 23 sec. / 190 sec. / 736 sec.
Movie/Compact 120KB/sec. 107 sec. / 869 sec. / 3,357 sec.
Note: N=Normal; F=Fine; SF=SuperFine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon’s standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.
Playback Specifications
Playback Modes File Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Rotate, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Auto Play
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback
Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Computer Interface USB (mini-B jack)
Video Out NTSC/PAL
Audio Out Monaural
Other Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera’s USB cable
Power Supply
Power Source 1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2)
3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800
Shooting Capacity Still Image: approx. 120 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 400 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)*
Playback Time Approx. 540 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 660 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)*

* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Physical Specifications
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.17 x 2.04 x 1.58 in./106.0 x 51.8 x 40.2 mm
Weight Approx. 5.82 oz. / 165 g (camera body only)