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Canon PowerShot A410 announced - Canon to release replacement for PowerShot A400
The PowerShot A410 now includes Canons renowned DIGIC II processing - the same technology found in Canons EOS-1 professional range digital SLR cameras. The DIGIC II 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 colour reproduction. The introduction of DIGIC II accounts for up to a 40 per-cent improvement in auto focus times, while start-up and response times are also significantly improved. It also provides the user with smooth, continuous shooting 2.5 frames per second. The PowerShot A410 is smaller and more robust than its predecessor, the A400, and its longer optical zoom of 3.2 x (41mm - 131mm equivalent) allows the users extra reach. The increased maximum aperture provides more options when shooting in low light. 5 point AiAF auto focus analyses the composition of the shot and focuses the camera accordingly, keeping even off-centre subjects sharply in focus. Super Macro mode allows focus on subjects as close as 1.5 cm from the lens.
Users can take photographs using the optical viewfinder or the 1.5 inch LCD monitor. The monitor is adjustable up to 15 levels of brightness, and the user interface has been improved to make the camera even simpler to use. To take full advantage of the cameras zoom range, the A410s flash has been repositioned, ensuring that there are no dark shadows in images when they are recorded with the lens fully extended. The flash covers a range of up to three metres.
Users can choose to display gridlines to help frame shots and keep horizons level. The addition of My Colours allows enhanced, in-camera digital effects, such as Colour Swap, to be used during shooting. This feature was previously only available when using PC software post-capture.
The PowerShot A410 also allows users to capture up to three minutes of high quality movie clips, supporting VGA (640 x 480) and QVGA (320 x 240) quality at 10 and 20 frames per second respectively. A Compact Mode is provided for producing clips suitable for email without the problem of unwieldy file sizes.
The A410 can print photo quality images up to A4 size. When used in combination with Canons new Compact Photo Printer SELPHY CP510 and Canons Ink and Paper Set (KP-108IP), prints can be produced for just 22 pence each. Printing via SELPHY CP Compact Photo Printers also allows the user to print handy ID Photo prints and movie prints.
When connected to the latest range of PictBridge compatible PIXMA printers image enhancement is possible, with functions including Noise Reduction and Vivid Photo as well as the new Face Brightener feature. The camera also features a Print/Share button for easy printing of images without having to connect to a PC.
The A410 comes bundled with the following Canon Software:
1) ZoomBrowser EX 5.5, PhotoRecord 2.2 (Windows), ImageBrowser 5.5 (Macintosh) - for easy image download, storage and retrieval, as well as management of image layout and printing
2) PhotoStitch 3.1 - creates stunning panoramas and can be used with Windows and Macintosh
3) PhotoStudio - the photo manipulation software by ArcSoft
Purchasers of the A410 are also eligible for membership of Canon Image Gateway, where they can upload images and customise their camera settings.
The bundled software supports Windows 98 (SE), ME, 2000 (SP4), XP (SP1/3) and Macintosh OS X v10.2-v10.3. The A410 supports PTP for driverless transfer to supported Windows XP or Macintosh OS X.
The A410 comes complete with a 16Mb MultiMediaCard for image storage and is also compatible with SD cards. It is supplied with 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries and can be used with Canon rechargeable NiMH Batteries. An optional charger kit, CBK4-200, is available consisting of 4 x AA rechargeable NiMH batteries and a charger. Other optional extras include an AC Adapter kit for power from mains electricity (ACK800), a High-Power flash (HF-DC1) as well as the DCC-400 soft case.
The Canon Powershot A410 is available now here