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PowerShot A470

PowerShot A470

PowerShot A470

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Marketed March 2008

Replacing the A460 launched in March 2007, the Canon PowerShot A470 is an entry-level model in the PowerShot series. Featuring an upgraded image processor, from the DIGIC II used in previous models to DIGIC III, as well as a high-resolution 7.1-megapixel CCD sensor and 3.4x optical zoom lens, the A470 achieves improved image quality and functionality. In addition, the model offers greater ease of use with its convenient, slim body design and an enlarged 2.5-inch LCD monitor. Moreover, the PowerShot A470 comes with a full set of shooting functions including such special shooting modes as the Super Macro mode, which allows users to take photographs of subjects as close as only 1 cm away, and the newly added Aquarium and Sunset modes.

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 7.1 million
Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch type CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 7.4 million pixels)
Lens 6.3 (W)–21.6 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 38 (W)–132 (T) mm)
f/3.0 (W)–f/5.8 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 14x in combination with the optical zoom)
LCD Monitor 2.5-inch type, TFT color LCD, approx. 115,000 dots (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System TTL autofocus
Focusing frame: Face Detect*
** /AiAF (9-points)/Center

* AF frame can be moved and fixed to specified face.
** If no face is detected, AiAF (9-points) is used.

Focusing Range (From the front of the lens) Normal: 47 cm (1.5 ft.)–infinity
Macro: 5–47 cm (W) (2.0 in.–1.5 ft. (W)), 25–47 cm (T) (9.8 in.–1.5 ft.(T))
Super Macro: 1–10 cm (W) (0.4–3.9 in. (W))
Infinity: 3 m (9.8 ft.)–infinity
Kids&Pets: 1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity
Shutter Mechanical shutter and electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/60–1/2000 sec.
15–1/2000 sec. (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Metering System Evaluative* /Center-weighted average or Spot**

* Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AF.
** Fixed to center.

Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed (Standard Output Sensitivity, Recommended Exposure Index) Auto* , High ISO Auto** , ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600

* Camera automatically sets the optimal speed according to shooting mode and subject brightness.
** Camera automatically sets the optimal speed according to shooting mode, subject brightness and subject movement. However, the ISO speed is set relatively higher than Auto.

White Balance Auto* , Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

* The colors of faces are evaluated in Face Detect AF.

Built-in Flash Auto, On, Off
Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AF.
Built-in Flash Range 30 cm–3.0 m (12 in.–9.8 ft.) (W)/30 cm–2.0 m (12 in.–6.6 ft.) (T)
Brightness of image periphery may reduce depending on shooting distance.
Shooting Modes Auto, Manual*1, Super Macro*2, Special Scene*3 and Movie*4

*1 Long shutter mode available
*2 Selectable in Manual mode
*3 Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks and Aquarium
*4 Standard and Compact

Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.9 shots/sec.
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
Recording Media SD memory card/SDHC memory card/MultiMediaCard/MMCplus card/HC MMCplus card
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type Still images: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)*
Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
Sound Memo: 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
・ Medium 1: 2592 x 1944 pixels
・ Medium 2: 2048 x 1536 pixels
・ Medium 3, Date Stamp: 1600 x 1200 pixels
・ Small: 640 x 480 pixels
・ Widescreen: 3072 x 1728 pixels

・ Standard:
640 x 480 pixels (20 frames/sec.)
640 x 480 pixels (20 frames/sec. LP)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full* (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB at one time** )
・ Compact: (can record for 3 min.)
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)

* Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC- 512 MSH recommended).
** Even if the file size has not reached 4 GB, the recording is stopped when the recording time reaches one hour. Depending on memory card capacity and data write speed, recording may stop before the file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches one hour.

Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 images), Magnified (approx. 2-10x), Resume Playback, My Category, Jump, Movie (slow motion playback possible), Rotate, Slide Show, Red-Eye Correction, Resize, Sound memos (recording and playing back possible up to 1min.), Protect.
Direct Print PictBridge compliant, Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
Interface USB (mini-B) Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Communication Settings MTP, PTP
Power Source 2 AA-size alkaline batteries
2 AA-size NiMH batteries NB4-300 (sold separately)
AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (sold separately)
Operating Temperatures 0–40°C (32–104°F) (0–35°C (32–95°F) when NB-3AH is used.)
Operating Humidity 10–90%
Dimensions (excluding protrusions) 104.8 x 55.1 x 40.7 mm (4.1 x 2.2 x 1.6 in.)
Weight (camera body only) Approx. 165 g (5.8 oz.)
Sample Images1
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