Canon Powershot A400, A85 and A95Canon recently announced a number of new digicams including the A400, A85 and A95. Along with the S70 and G6 these models now span the range from a $180 3MP P&S (A400) to a $700 7MP high end model (G6). Rather than describe each camera in detail, I'll first let you read a copy of the Canon press release for the A400, A85 and A95. It highlights most of the important feature so the camera. There's a separate page here on the Powershot G6
Below the press release I've constructed a table to compare the features and specifications of all 5 cameras so you can see them side by side.
The following material is taken from the official Canon press release:
PowerShot A400 Digital CameraAvailable in September for an estimated street price of $179.99*, this fun new entry-level model is made for people who enjoy simple, easy digital camera functionality. Intended to make a graceful impression while retaining a light and contemporary design, the new 3.2-megapixel PowerShot A400 digital camera comes in four exclusive, fun colors: Silver, Sky Blue, Lime Green and Sunset Gold. These lively and unique colors help create a personal style that stands out in a crowd.
The new PowerShot A400 digital camera features a 2.2x Optical/3.2x Digital/7.0x combined zoom lens. The camera's extraordinarily fast shutter release with the Quick Shot function and Special Scene Modes enhances picture taking in special situations, including Portrait; Night Scene; Foliage; Snow; Beach; Fireworks; Underwater; and Indoor. These features enable first-time digital camera users to capture, print and share high quality, clear images.
The PowerShot A400 digital camera is the first A-series model to use SD media, a
miniature memory card format that helps to make the camera body smaller and lighter. In
fact, the camera is 11 percent smaller than its predecessor, the single-focal length
PowerShot A310 digital camera. Designed with first-time digital camera buyers in mind, the
new model strategically positions all the control buttons on the top and rear of the
camera so consumers can use one hand to operate it. The PowerShot A400 comes equipped with
a USB cable, 16MB SD Memory Card and two AA Alkaline batteries.
The PowerShot A85 Digital Camera
As a replacement for last year's popular PowerShot A70 model the best selling digital camera in the U.S in 2003, according to NPD Group, Inc. the PowerShot A85 camera sports 13 shooting modes including Special Scene Modes for spectacular shots in special situations, including Kids & Pets and Underwater modes for capturing fun vacation memories or weekend family get togethers.
The PowerShot A95 Digital Camera
The highly advanced 5 Megapixel digital camera features a new larger 1.8"
vari-angled LCD monitor for easier image preview and review as well as FlexiZone AF/AE for
off-center subjects. The PowerShot A95 digital camera offers users 14 easy-to-use Shooting
Modes, including Special Scene Modes that will help create exceptional images.
Print/Share...At the Touch of a Button
For quick and easy printing of high-quality images, Canon's CP printers offer the perfect option. In just 85 seconds***, consumers have printed photos right in their hands for sharing with friends and family. New to the line of Compact Photo Printers is the ability to print on 4" x 8" paper-ideal for family holiday photos or to announce the arrival of a new baby.
Other printing enhancements found in each new model include:
The DIGIC Difference
A400, A85, A95, S70 and G6 Comparison
Below is a table comparing the features and specifications of the Canon Powershot A400, Canon Powershot A85, Canon Powershot A95 along with the Canon Powershot S70 and Canon Powershot G6.
As you can see, the A400 is low cost P&S with a 3MP sensor and limited manual control (no aperture or shutter priority modes for example). A step up to the A85 gives you more control, an boost to 4MP, a wider angle zoom and a larger LCD. Moving to the A95 you now get a larger sensor as well as 5MP and a fold out flip and swivel LCD.
The S70 moves up to 7MP and comes with a Li-ion battery and charger, while the G6 is also 7MP and includes a battery and charger, but unlike the S70 it has a fold out tilt and swivel 2" LCD as well as a hot shoe for an external flash, and a longer and faster lens. An adapter for mounting 58mm filters on the G6 lens is also available. The S70 has the advantage of being smaller and more "pocketable", while the G6 has more features. Both the S70 and G6 are capable of storing images in the RAW format, while the A-series cameras only store in JPEG format. For an explanation of RAW see the article here RAW, TIFF and JPEG - what they are and when to use them
Which one you pick depends on how much you want to spend, but you can't really go wrong with any of these models. Canon has been a market leader in digicams and the predecessors of these new models have all been best sellers.
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