|Canon PowerShot A95 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, announces its latest high performance compact digital still camera, the PowerShot A95 – the new A-series flagship. Replacing the highly regarded PowerShot A80, the PowerShot A95 builds on the success of its predecessor and features an increased sensor size of 5.0 Megapixels, and the addition of FlexiZone AF/AE, a larger 1.8" vari-angle LCD and VGA movie mode. Now including 8 special scene presets, the A95 has a total of 21 shooting modes – more than any other Canon digital camera.
The A95 includes many features found in Canon’s higher end S and G series cameras, offering users flexibility and creative control. It incorporates Canon’s advanced DIGIC and iSAPS technologies and 9-point AiAF for outstanding image quality and ease of use, as well as a 3x optical zoom with f/2.8 aperture. A complete range of accessories, including wide and tele-converters and waterproof case, enables photographic exploration. The camera also features a Print/Share button, PictBridge printing as well as ID photo and movie print.
More pixels, more options
The 5.0 Megapixel CCD sensor enables the A95 to provide superb image quality, suitable for high quality photo prints up to A3 size. The 21 shooting modes, ranging from fully Auto to Manual, offer users total control for complete creativity, or can simplify things to ensure great looking photos in tricky situations. Along with all the fully manual, Program and Aperture/Shutter speed priority modes expected in an advanced digital camera, the A95 includes a custom mode for storing preferred camera settings. A special scene mode includes 8 settings for Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Kids & Pets and Night Snapshot. Movie clips up to 3 minutes are also possible with sound recording, playback and even editing all in the camera. VGA quality movies can now be recorded.
High-level optics and performance
The high quality, f/2.8 Canon lens has a precision 3x optical zoom 38mm-114mm (35mm equivalent) to give users the flexibility to compose the shot they want. The purpose built DIGIC processor integrates all image processing algorithms onto a single chip to deliver fast write times, minimal shutter lag, optimal image definition and consistently precise and natural color reproduction. iSAPS, an in-built photographer's assistant, analyses composition factors such as zoom position and luminosity in order to predict the type of photo being taken. This results in faster auto-focusing, more accurate auto-exposure and precise auto white balance.
9-point AiAF provides fast, accurate focusing even when subjects are not centered. An Intelligent Orientation Sensor allows the AF frame to be weighted differently for horizontal and vertical shooting, further increasing the accuracy of exposure and auto white balance, and saving time when reviewing photos. For the first time in an A-series camera, FlexiZone AF/AE has been introduced. This feature, which can be found in the PowerShot Pro series, allows scrolling around the frame's Auto Focus areas to select the desired subject, for which exposure is weighted accordingly.
A complete range of accessories is available to extend the capabilities of the camera and enable users to explore their photographic skills. A dedicated waterproof case – submersible to 40m – is available (optional), complete with anti-fog double glass and flash light diffusion plate. Both the optional wide converter lens (0.7x) and tele-converter lens (1.75x) increase framing options and extend the camera’s effective focal length range. An optional close-up lens is also available for macro photography.
The camera features Canon's Print/Share button, which illuminates when a successful connection is made between the camera's USB port and a PictBridge compatible printer or Windows PC. Pushing the button when lit will initiate a print of the currently displayed image (based on the default PictBridge or Direct Printer settings of the printer) or an automatic transfer of images to the PC. When connected to a Canon compact photo printer, the camera/printer combination allows for 'movie-prints' (sequential frames of a movie clip printed as thumbnails on a single card) and photo IDs (passport style ID photographs).
Direct Photo Printers
For desktop large-format printing, try one of the Direct Photo Printers which allow you to print directly in one of two ways: plug the compatible PowerShot camera into the Direct Photo Printer using the supplied cable, or simply insert a memory card with supplied adapter. You can also connect the printer to your computer for more options. Print high resolution borderless images in post card size or 8.5"x 11" size within minutes.
Free membership is included to Canon's online Canon iMAGE Gateway, with 100 Megabytes of free storage space for online album storing and sharing. Users can upload favorite images and now movies to the site and then direct friends and family to individually secure online 'albums'.
Software supplied includes browsing and printing software ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) and ImageBrowser (Mac). Other software includes PhotoStitch, plus photo and movie manipulation software ArcSoft PhotoImpression and VideoImpression.
What's in the box:
Canon A95, 4 AA batteries, 32 MB CompactFlash memory card, wrist strap, AV cable, USB cable, CD software, instruction manual, warranty/registration card.
Sensor: 1/1.8" Type CCD, 5 million effective pixels
Image sizes: 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
File formats: Still: JPEG (Exif 2.2); Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG); Sound: WAV (monaural) up to 60 seconds per image
Movie clips: 640 x 480 at 10fps up to 30 seconds; 320 x 240 at 15fps up to three minutes; 160 x 120 at 15fps up to three minutes
Focal length: 38 to 114 millimeters (35mm equivalent)
Optical zoom: 3x
Digital zoom: 4.1x
Focus: TTL, 9-point AiAF, 1-point AF (any position or fixed center)
Focus distance: Macro: 5 centimeters
Shooting modes: Auto, Manual, Shutter priority, Program AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, Stitch Assist, Movie
Shooting effects: Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White
Special Scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Fast Shutter, Slow Shutter, Foliage, Party, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater
Metering: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot (center or linked to focusing frame)
Sensitivity equivalent: Auto, ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400
Exposure compensation: -2.0 to +2.0 EV, 0.3 EV steps
Shutter speed: 15 to 1/2000 second, Noise reduction for shutter speeds slower than 1.3 sec and more available in Manual and Shutter priority AE modes
White balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
LCD monitor: 1.8-inch vari-angle TFT LCD 118,000 pixels
Self-timer: 2 or 10 seconds
Continuous shooting: High Speed at approx. 2.0 fps ( for up to 14 images), Normal at approx. 1.5 fps ( for up to 17 images)
Flash: Auto, manual, on/of, red-eye reduction, Flash range: 45cm - 4.4m (W) 2.5m (T)
Print compliance: DPOF Version 1.1 compliant, Canon Photo Printers, Canon Pixma printers supporting PictBridge, PictBridge
Connectivity: USB, AV out
Power: 4 AA batteries (alkaline or NiMH)
Storage: Compact Flash Type I, 32 MB card supplied
Width: 3.9 inches
Height: 2.5 inches
Depth: 1.4 inches
Weight: 8.2 ounces
What's in the box: Canon A95, 4 AA batteries, 32 MB CompactFlash memory card, wrist strap, AV cable, USB cable, CD software, instruction manual, warranty/registration card
Warranty: 1 year, limited
great camera, March 27, 2005
Reviewer: Brandy (Lincoln, NE) - See all my reviews
I got this camera a couple of months ago and I am very pleased with it. The quality of the photos is nice for the price. It's not terribly small or lightweight but that wasn't a major concern for me.
I love the rotatable LCD. It's nice to be able to take pictures of me and my son together when no one else is around!
This camera also takes videos, something that I wasn't aware of when I purchsed it. The videos include sound and you can make one for as long as you like so long as you have a large enough memory card. This has been a great feature for me to send videos to my son's father who is currently deployed in Iraq.
My one recommendation if you buy this camera is that you get rechargeable batteries. It only took me a couple of weeks to go through a set of normal batteries and my rechargeable ones have lasted much longer and are still going strong.
I definitely suggest checking out other online vendors of these cameras as I got mine for a lot cheaper on another site.
Incredible!!!!, March 27, 2005
Reviewer: Mariano J. Bacigalupi "MB" - See all my reviews
The best digital camera that I have ever used and I had many Olympus cameras that are way bellow the image quality of this digital camera. Pictures are incredible, life like and very colorful. The only bad picture that this camera produces was at night where there where street light and it tried to take a picture of the moon. The light compensation was bad but considering that I was taking the picture without a tripod it was really good. It has a feature for every type of lighting, and you can also choose to go fully manual and change everything at your hearts content even the focus can done manually. You can by al lens if you want more zoom but it cost almost as much as the camera so I don't really recommend to buy the lens, specially because the zoom that it gives its not that much. The amount of megapixes is the perfect one because it's over 3MP that is more or less the quality of the film cameras and is does not produce pictures that are too big for any memory card lick the 7MP cameras. The choice of form factor for the memory card is perfect because is one of the cheapest and its one of the type of flash cards that can have more memory. Overall its the best mid range digital camera that you can find on the market and the price is fare considering all of the features that the camera has, the software that it comes with and the fact that you can rotate the screen close it so it can be protected by the camera not the other way round.
CANON Delivers, March 23, 2005
Reviewer: RTFromNC "rtfromnc" (Charlotte, NC United States) - See all my reviews
I had various film cameras and digital cameras. This one is newest addition and my first 5 MP Digital. As with my experience, my hunch is right that I can trust Canon. Excellent picture quality and ease of operation and handling. I like camera of this size in hand. Overall, I am highly satisfied with this product.
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