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Canon PowerShot A2600

16-megapixel digital camera with 5X optical zoom (Red)

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Our take on the Canon PowerShot A2600

by David Brown
Canon

Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

Pocket-sized point-and-shoot for ultra-portable photo and video

You can only take great photos when you have your camera with you. That's the beauty of the Canon PowerShot A2600 — it's so small you'll be able to take it everywhere. This ultra-compact point-and-shoot is easy to keep in your pocket and easy to use. The wide-angle lens helps you fit more into the frame, while the 20X combined optical and digital zoom is great for close-ups. Canon's Smart AUTO mode optimizes the PowerShot A2600's settings for your shooting conditions. There's even a help button to offer shooting tips and explain features like face detection and scene modes.

You don't have to have your camcorder standing by to capture those great moments on video. The PowerShot A2600's movie mode lets you record HD video anytime as easily as still photos. Just press the dedicated movie button, and you're immediately preserving your child's first bike ride or your cat's hilarious antics for posterity. 

Highlights:

    Specifications:
    • 16-megapixel effective recording
    • 5X optical zoom (4X digital zoom, 20X combined zoom)
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    • 3" LCD screen
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 28-140mm
    Special Features:
    • digital image stabilization minimizes blur
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
    • DIGIC 4 image processor for advanced face detection, red-eye correction, and better contrast in your photos
    • ECO mode allows power-saving for getting more shots from your charged battery
    • help button for answers to your photo questions and shooting advice
    • Smart AUTO mode adjusts camera settings based on 32 preset shooting situations
    Connections and Dimensions:
    Supplied Accessories:
    • rechargeable lithium ion battery
    • battery charger
    • wrist strap
     

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size
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    3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD
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    No
    Wi-Fi
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    No
    Touchscreen
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    No
    Waterproof
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    No
    GPS-enabled
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    No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent
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    28-140mm
    Optical Zoom
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    5x
    Digital Zoom
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    4x
    Filter Diameter
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    N/A
    Manual Focusing
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    No
    Manual Exposure
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    No
    Built-in Flash
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    Yes
    HDMI Output
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    No
    Memory
    Internal Memory
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    None
    Memory Media
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    SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Image
    Effective Megapixel Count
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    16
    Total Megapixels
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    16.6
    Image Stabilization
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    Digital
    Highest Resolution
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    4608 x 3456
    HD Video Recording
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    1280 x 720
    Dimensions
    Width (inches)
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    3-7/8
    Height (inches)
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    2-5/16
    Depth (inches)
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    0-13/16
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
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    4.76
    Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    • Digital camera (red)
    • NB-11L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6 V/680 mAh)
    • CB-2LF Battery charger (4.2 V/0.41A)
    • Wrist strap
    • Warranty card
    • Getting Started sheet (English)
    • Getting Started sheet (Spanish)
    • Canon Customer Support sheet
    • Canon printer brochure

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    Features
    Playback, Editing and Print Functions
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Software

    Recording Features

    LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot A2600 has a 3.0" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 230,000 pixels with approximately 100% picture coverage. The Night Display feature automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject in dark conditions.

    Image Sensor/Processor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with     16.6-million total pixels, and 16.0-million effective pixels. The A2600 uses the DIGIC 4 processor to give you clear photos with accurate colors and less noise.

    Face Detection Technology: The camera's Face Detection Technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash, and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

    Face Self-Timer: The Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces, and makes the appropriate adjustments. When the Face Detection Self-Timer is set, the camera waits for the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. The camera will shoot, two seconds after the new face is detected.

    Optics: The A2600 has a 5x optical zoom lens with a 5-25mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 28-140mm).

    Zoom: In addition to the 5x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 20x. The focal length when using the optical zoom and digital zoom together is approximately 28-560mm.

    Recording Media: The camera records still images or movies with monaural audio on SD Memory Cards (2GB or less), SDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), and SDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher). The camera does not have internal memory, nor does it include an SD card, so you will be required to obtain a memory card before recording.

    Still Image Resolution/Compression: The A2600 can record still images in JPEG format in 5 different resolutions: Large (4608 x 3456), Medium 1 (3264 x 2448), Medium 2 (1600 x 1200), Small (640 x 480), and Widescreen (4608 x 2592).

    Movies: Movies can be recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM 2 channel monaural) in High Definition at 1280 x 720 (25 fps). You can also shoot in Standard Definition at 640 x 480 pixels (30 fps). Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes.

    Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. You can shoot continuously at approximately 0.8 image per second in Program Mode. In the Low Light mode, the rate increases to 2.9 shots per second.

    AutoFocus Frame Modes: The camera utilizes TTL (through-the-lens) automatic focusing with three focusing methods:

    • Face AiAF: The camera automatically detects the position of a face and uses the data to set the focus, exposure (evaluative metering only) and white balance (auto).
    • Tracking AF: After choosing a subject to focus on, the camera tracks the subject throughout the frame as long as the shutter button is pressed halfway.
    • Center: A single AF frame in the center of the frame is used.

    AF-Point Zoom: You can magnify the AF frame and check the focus. In Face Detect mode, the face selected as the main subject will appear magnified in the monitor. In Center mode, the contents of the center AF frame will appear magnified.

    Auto Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

    Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

    • Auto: 1.2" to infinity (W), 3.9' to infinity (T)
    • Normal: 2" to infinity (W), 3.9' to infinity (T)
    • Macro: 1.2" to 1.6' (wide)
    • Infinity: 9.8' to infinity (W/T)

    Shooting Modes: You can switch between the following shooting modes: Smart Auto, Program, Live View Control, Digital IS, Portrait, Face Self-timer, Low Light, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Snow, Fireworks, and Long Shutter.

    Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

    • Evaluative Light Metering: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
    • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center
    • Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder

    Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

    Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the focus and exposure separately to shoot. When the exposure is set, you can lock the setting, then compose the scene and shoot. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.

    White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, and Custom.

    Flash Modes: The PowerShot A2600 has a built-in flash with a range of 1.6' to 9.8' in Wide Angle and 3.9' to 6.6' in Telephoto. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), Slow Synchro, or Off (flash doesn't fire). In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken.

    ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

    Special Effects: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by applying special effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded. Effects include: Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, and Shooting in Monochrome (Black & White, Sepia, or Blue & White).

    Self-Timer: The A2600 utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

    Playback, Editing and Print Functions

    Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. You can set the playback time for each image, and the transition effects when switching between images. If desired, you can repeat the slide show automatically.

    Index Display: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode. You can view the index display by pressing the zoom button toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.

    Magnifying Images: Using the zoom button, you can magnify a photo up to 10x. Once zoomed in, you can use the "arrow" buttons to move around the displayed area.

    Playback Displays: You can choose from three types of displays:

    • Simple Information: screen includes basic information about the image
    • Detailed Information: screen include a histogram display as well as detailed information about the settings used when the image was captured.
    • No Information: screen includes only the image

    Red-Eye Correction: You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge, faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a new file, retaining the original image.

    Resizing Images: You can save images a lower recording pixel setting than the original image, saving the resized image as a separate file.

    Trimming: You can cut out a portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file.

    Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure. You can protect images by the image itself or select All Images.

    PictBridge: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon SELPHY compact photo printers and PIXMA inkjet photo printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The PowerShot A2600 is powered by the supplied NB-11L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack (3.6 Volts / 680mAh / 2.5Wh). A fully charged battery pack can provide power for up to approximately 220 shots (300 in Eco mode), 50 minutes of movie shooting time, or 5 hours of playback time. The NB-11L is charged in approximately 2 hours in the supplied CB-2LF battery charger.

    Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for approximately 3 weeks. The backup battery charges in approximately 4 hours while a charged main battery (NB-11L) is inserted, or the camera is connected to an external AC adapter.

    Optional AC Adapter Kit: You can power the camera using household AC power by plugging in the optional ACK-DC90 AC adapter Kit. This is helpful when the camera is connected to a printer or computer.

    Note: The adapter cannot be used to charge the camera battery.

    Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

    • Eco Mode During Shooting: The screen will darken when the camera is not used for approximately 2 seconds, and will turn off approximately 10 seconds later. After three minutes of inactivity, the camera will turn itself off.
    • Auto Power Down During Playback: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.
    Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    A/V Out / Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via an optional IFC-400PCU (or other 3rd party) USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer. You can also connect the camera to a TV (via composite video and monaural audio) using the optional AVC-DC400 A/V cable in the same terminal. The A/V output can be set to NTSC or PAL as needed.

    Software

    Downloadable Software: The PowerShot A2600 does not come with software in the box. Instead, the following software can be downloaded from the Canon website and installed on your computer:

    • ImageBrowser EX: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
    • CameraWindow: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
    • User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide

    Compatible Operating Systems: The software is compatible with the following operating systems:

    • Windows 8
    • Windows 7 (SP1)
    • Windows Vista (SP2)
    • Windows XP (SP3)
    • Mac OS X (v10.6, v10.7, v10.8)
     
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    Well, not for my own use!! Liked it so much , is become a gift for my close cousins first daughter who is turning 8 or 9 years old next month. Last lunch we met , my cousin said her daughter is liking cameras and is wanting one ,and , someday will be getting her a cheap one. So, when I got home, I got the idea, and presto, I looked at my favorite site and favorite people, and I found this great deal , I hope. its gonna be a lot for her to learn , but , my cousin, her mommy, can use this opportunity toi get closer toi her daughter while they learn the ropes of the camera functions together, and both should have some fun.I amsending it early so that she can make use of it before and on her Birthday! thanks Crutchfield.
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