Canon Powershot A470: No frills, entry level digital camera

I recently got a chance to review Canon Powershot A470 camera. This post carries some of my observations of this camera and also the specifications.

Canon Powershot A470 is a compact and easily portable entry level digital camera. Canon’s PowerShot series is known for its user-friendliness and good quality, and the PowerShot A470 upholds that reputation pretty well.

Canon Powershot A470

Canon Powershot A470

Powershot A470 is a 7.1 megapixel camera with 3.4x Optical Zoom. For those of you who are new to the term ” Optical Zoom” :

Optical zoom lenses actually move you closer to the subject of the photograph without sacrificing quality. The higher the optical zoom rating on a camera, the farther away you can be to take a photograph and still get a clear, close-up image. The concept of optical zoom essentially the same as the zoom on a film (non-digital) camera. Optical zoom is the number you want to pay close attention to–it’s the zoom that will give you the quality results you want.

Backside of Canon Powershot A470

Backside of Canon Powershot A470

The camera also has a 2.5inch LCD screen, though surprisingly, it doesn’t have a viewfinder. Another important feature which i found missing in it was Image Stabilization. Image stabilization (IS) is a family of techniques to increase the stability of an image.With still cameras, camera shake is particularly problematic at slow shutter speeds or with long focal length (telephoto) lenses.

Canon Powershot A470 comes with 14 preset scene modes for easy photo clicking. Its zoom operation is also smooth. Powershot A470 is powered by 2 AA size batteries. Though,its body casing is plastic, i found it good on the usability front. I liked the Canon A470’s user interface, and found operation simple and straightforward. Though, did find that a couple of more advanced camera settings, such as contrast and Long Shutter mode, were a little hard to find in the Function menu. However, once accustomed to the camera, finding these options is second nature.

Interestingly, the images shot from A470 were sharp at both wide angle and extreme telephoto ends. Priced at 7000 Indian Rupees, Canon Powershot A470 is a no frills camera for someone starting out in digital photography.

Below are the lists of Basic and advanced features alongwith all those items which come packed with Canon A470 Box.

Canon PowerShot A470 Basic Features:

  • 7.1-megapixel CCD (effective) delivers image resolutions as high as 3,072 x 2,304
  • 3.4x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 38-132mm
  • As much as 4x digital zoom
  • 2.5-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT LCD monitor
  • Auto and Program AE exposure modes
  • Shutter speeds from 1/2,000 to 15 seconds, depending on mode
  • Maximum aperture of f/3.0 – f/5.8, depending on zoom position
  • DIGIC III image processor
  • Built-in flash with six modes
  • SDHC/SD/MMC memory slot
  • Power from two AA-type batteries (two alkaline cells included)
  • USB 2.0 connection and cable
  • A/V cable for connection to television set
  • PictBridge compatible

Special Features of Canon Powershot A470

  • 14 preset Scene modes
  • Macro and Super Macro focus modes
  • Motion Detection technology for reducing blur
  • Face Detection technology
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Three metering modes
  • Adjustable ISO from 80 to 1,600 equivalents, plus Auto and High ISO Auto settings
  • Adjustable white balance with seven settings, including a manual option
  • Two- and 10-second self-timer modes
  • My Colors menu for creative color options

Canon Powershot A470 Box ( What all comes in the Box? )

  • PowerShot A470 digital camera
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • 2 AA alkaline batteries
  • AV cable AVC-DC300
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • 32MB MMC card
  • Software CD
  • Manuals

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Vaibhav Pandey