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Canon PowerShot A630

8-megapixel digital camera

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Item #: 280PSA630
 

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by Dave Bar
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.

Capture life's most important moments with Canon's PowerShot A630. This remarkable camera uses an 8-megapixel image sensor, a 4X optical zoom lens, and a wide range of highly flexible shooting controls to give you beautiful photos with outstanding detail. Canon's advanced image processor permits speedy picture-taking, so you're less likely to miss that perfect shot. Plus, it improves color accuracy for scenery and faces that are glowingly lifelike.

You don't need to be an expert to get great results with the A630. Along with easy automatic shooting, you get special scene modes that help you take great photos in tricky conditions. Macro mode lets you snap sharp pictures of your subject from as close as half an inch. Use the high-sensitivity mode to snap photos in low-light environments, such as concerts or plays, without using the built-in flash. And when you're feeling inspired, you can experiment with manual control of sensitivity, exposure, and white balance.

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The A630 also comes equipped with some very cool extras. A handy 2-1/2" LCD panel flips out to the side and swivels for easier shooting from difficult angles and better self-portraits. The widescreen photo mode lets you capture panoramic images for screen-filling slide shows on your HDTV or computer monitor. Canon includes a 16-megabyte memory card that'll hold about four photos at the cam's top resolution — pick up a higher-capacity SD™ card for more picture storage. And you're sure to appreciate Canon's lighted Print & Share button that makes saving, transferring, and printing photos very straightforward. Basically, it's a great camera for a beginner with a good eye, or an expert who wants a capable take-along digicam.

Highlights:

  • 8-megapixel effective recording
  • 2-1/2" flip-out Vari-Angle color LCD screen
  • 4X optical/4X digital/16X total zoom
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 35-140mm
  • optical viewfinder
  • top JPEG resolution: 3264 x 2448
  • 16:9 widescreen photo mode (3264 x 1832)
  • movie mode offers up to 30-frame-per-second video with sound (640 x 480)
  • DIGIC II image processor for accurate color and fast camera response
  • 10 special scene modes including Night Snapshot, Fireworks, Kids & Pets, Foliage, Beach, Snow, Color Accent, and Color Swap
  • My Colors custom color settings
  • 9-point AiAF autofocus (with selectable 1-point autofocus mode)
  • manual control of aperture and shutter speed
  • adjustable sensitivity (film speed equivalent) settings
  • high-sensitivity mode for better low-light shooting
  • white balance settings
  • shutter speed: 15-1/2,500 seconds
  • built-in flash
  • PictBridge-compatible for direct photo printing
  • Canon Direct Print technology
  • lighted Print/Share button
  • high-speed USB interface
  • Exif Print 2.2 compliant
  • NTSC/PAL audio/video output for connection to a TV
  • accepts MultiMediaCard®, standard Secure Digital® memory cards and SD High Capacity (SDHC™) cards 4GB and greater
  • 4-5/16"W x 2-5/8"H x 1-15/16"D
  • weight (without battery and media): 8.64 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • 16MB MultiMediaCard (holds about four images at the highest picture quality setting)
  • 4 "AA" alkaline batteries
  • wrist strap
  • audio/video and USB cables
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac®)

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size 2.5"
Adjustable-angle LCD ---
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen ---
Waterproof ---
GPS-enabled ---
Lens 35mm Equivalent 35-140mm
Optical Zoom 4x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output ---
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD Card
Image
Effective Megapixel Count 8e+006
Total Megapixels 8.3e+007
Image Stabilization None
Highest Resolution 3264 x 2448
HD Video Recording ---
Dimensions
Width (inches) 4-9/16
Height (inches) 2-11/16
Depth (inches) 1-15/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) Not Given
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Digital camera
  • MMC-16M 16MB MultiMedia Card
  • 4 "AA" batteries
  • 48" IFC-400PCU USB cable with in-line noise filter (USB type A connector on one end and a male mini-USB-Ver 2.0 on the other)
  • 49" AVC-DC300 A/V cable with in-line noise filter (right-angle minijack stereo connector on one end and a mono RCA audio connector and RCA composite video connector on the other)
  • Nylon wrist strap
  • Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk CD-ROM Ver. 29.0
  • Advanced camera User Guide
  • Basic camera User Guide
  • Software Starter Guide
  • Direct Print User Guide (English/Spanish)
  • System Map
  • Warranty card
  • Canon Customer Support information
  • Information for Windows XP and Mac OS X users
  • Online product registration card
  • Note to install driver software before connecting camera to computer

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Features
Input and Output Notes
Supplied Software
Specifications

Features

LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot A630 uses a large 2.5 inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor with wide viewing angle for easier on-camera viewing. The high resolution screen offers a crisp and clear picture to make shooting, playback and menu functions especially convenient. The vari-angle design lets you swivel the LCD monitor 180 degrees to the front of the camera and display a mirror image or a non-reversed image so you can shoot from just about any position. The LCD monitor also feature a Night Display function for easy viewing in low light.

Optical Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the camera has a "real image" optical zoom viewfinder. The viewfinder can be used to conserve the power by turning the LCD monitor off while shooting.

Note: The viewfinder has a field of vision that is typically smaller than the actual shooting image. You should use the LCD monitor for extreme close-ups.

Recording Media: The PowerShot A630 records images on SD (Secure Digital) or MMC (MultiMedia Card). A 16 MB MultiMedia Card is included.

Image Recording Format: The camera records still images or moving images. The Still images are recorded in JPEG format, and movies are recorded in AVI format (Image data: Motion JPEG).

DIGIC II Imaging Processor: The PowerShot A630 features the DIGIC II Imaging Processor, designed to improve processing speed and image quality. DIGIC II provides markedly faster startup, autofocus and playback, plus it assures that every image is more colorfully vibrant.

iSAPS: iSAPS Technology is an original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC II Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/1.8-inch CCD image sensor with approximately 8.3-million total pixels and 8.0-million effective pixels.

Image Resolution/Compression: You can change the resolution and compression settings to suit the purpose of the image you're about to shoot. You can choose from the following resolutions: Large (3264x2448 pixels), Medium 1 (2592x1944 pixels), Medium 2 (2048x1536 pixels) Medium 3 (1600x1200 pixels), Small (640x480 pixels), Postcard (1600x1200 pixels), and Widescreen (3264x1832 pixels). For each resolution (except Postcard which is fixed at Fine), you can set the compression to Superfine, Fine, or Normal. Movies can be shot with the following resolutions: Standard (640x480 or 320x240 pixels, 30 or 15 frames/sec), Color Accent and Color Swap (320x240 pixels, 30 or 15 frames/sec), or Compact (160x120 pixels, 15 frames/sec).

Digital Zoom: Along with the 4x optical zoom the camera features a 4x digital zoom give you 16x total zoom capability.

Lens Cap: The A630 has a built-in lens cap, it opens when you turn the camera on and closes when the camera is turned off.

Auto Focusing: The PowerShot A630 utilizes a 9-point AiAF auto focus or a 1-point center auto focus. Artificial Intelligence autofocus (AiAF) uses a broad metering field to calculate the focal distance with high precision, it delivers a crisp focus even when the photographic subject is slightly off-center. You can turn off the AiAF and use the center AF frame for focusing on a specific part of a subject.

ISO 800: The PowerShot A630 features a new ISO 800 setting that reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations with high shutter speeds, giving you greater flexibility for shooting.

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 on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

AF-assist Beam: The AF-assist beam will sometimes emit when the shutter button is pressed halfway to assist focusing in certain conditions, i.e. dark conditions. The AF-assist beam can be turned off. If animals are your subject, turn off the beam when shooting in the dark to avoid startling them.

Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges:

  • Normal AF: 1.5" to infinity
  • Macro AF: 0.39" to 18" (wide), 9.8" to 18" (telephoto)
  • Manual Focus: 0.39" to infinity (wide), 9.8" to infinity (telephoto)

Auto Rotate Function: The PowerShot A630's Auto Rotate function uses an Intelligent Orientation Sensor to sense whether your images were shot horizontally or vertically. It then adjusts AF, AE, and white balance accordingly and your images will be automatically rotated to the right position for viewing during playback.

Power Saving Function: In Shooting Mode the power will automatically turn off approximately 3 minutes after the last function is accessed (time adjustable for the LCD). In Playback Mode the power will automatically turn off approximately 5 minutes after the last function is accessed. While connected to a printer, the power will automatically turn off approximately 5 minutes after the last camera function is accessed.

Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during Auto Play or while the camera is connected to a computer.

Shooting Modes: In addition to the automatic setting, the PowerShot A630 offers several different shooting modes arranged in the following zones:

  • Image Zone:

    • Portrait: Subject appears sharp and the background blurs

    • Landscape: Shoot spacious landscape scenes

    • Night Scene: Capture subject against the backdrop of an evening sky or night scene

    • Special Scene: Choose one of the following scene settings:

      • Night Snapshot: Shooting subjects against the backdrop of an evening sky or night scene without using a tripod to reduce camera shake

      • Kids & Pets: Appropriate for shooting moving subjects such as children and pets

      • Indoor: Prevents camera shake and maintains the subject's true color when shooting under fluorescent or tungsten lighting

      • Foliage: Shooting beautiful images with flowers, leaves, or trees

      • Snow: Shooting scenes such as snowy mountains, while preventing dark subjects and bluish backgrounds

      • Beach: For scenes by the sea, prevents dark subjects and enhances the blue of the sea

      • Fireworks: Shooting fireworks

      • Underwater: Shoot underwater using the optional WP-DC2 waterproof case

      • Color Accent: Leave one color as is, change the rest to black and white

      • Color Swap: Change one specified color to another

    • Stitch Assist: Shoot a series of overlapping frames for merging (stitching) into a large panoramic image using a computer

    • Movie: Shoot motion video

      • Standard: Max recording time 1 hour or 1 GB

      • Compact: Small file size for e-mail, max clip length 3 minutes

      • Color Accent: Leave one color as is, change the rest to black and white, max recording time 1 hour or 1 GB

      • Color Swap: Change one specified color to another, max recording time 1 hour or 1 GB

  • Creative Zone:

    • Program AE: The camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture value to match the brightness of the subject

    • Shutter Speed-Priority AE: You set the shutter speed and the camera automatically selects an aperture value to match the brightness of the subject

    • Aperture-Priority AE: You set the aperture and the camera automatically selects a shutter speed to match the brightness

    • Manual Exposure: You can manually set the shutter speed and aperture to achieve a particular effect

Flash Modes: You can choose from the following flash modes:

  • Auto with Red-eye Reduction : The flash fires automatically as needed, the red-eye reduction lamp fires with each shot
  • Auto: The flash fires automatically as required by the light level
  • Flash On with Redeye Reduction: The red-eye reduction lamp and the flash always fire

  • Flash On: The flash fires with every shot

  • Flash Off: The flash will not fire

Flash Output Adjustment: You can adjust the flash output in three steps. If full flash washes out the subject, you can reduce the amount of flash output for better results.

My Colors: Using My Colors you can easily change colors in an image when it's taken. The PSA630 records both the altered and original picture simultaneously. My Colors offers several options:

  • Vivid: Emphasizes contrast and color saturation to record bold colors
  • Neutral: Tones down contrast and color saturation to record neutral hues
  • Sepia: Brownish tint
  • B/W: Black and white
  • Positive Film: Intensifies red, green, and blue
  • Lighter Skin Tone: Makes skin tones lighter
  • Darker Skin Tone: Makes skin tones darker
  • Custom Color: Adjust color balance between red, green, blue, and skin tones

Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use this mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully depressed. The interval depends upon shooting conditions and settings.

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

  • Evaluative 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 frame but places more weight on the subject at the center

  • Spot AE Point: Light measured in one spot, selectable between the center and the auto focus point

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-stop increments.

Histogram: You can display a histogram to show how bright your subject is, helping determine whether exposure compensation is necessary.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings:

  • Auto: Camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions

  • Daylight: Outdoors on a bright day

  • Cloudy: Overcast, shady, or twilight skies

  • Tungsten: Tungsten and bulb-type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting

  • Fluorescent: Warm-white, cool-white or warm-white (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting

  • Fluorescent H: Daylight fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting

  • Underwater: Renders natural color by reducing the bluish tone

  • Custom: Allows you to manually set the white balance and store the settings

ISO Speed: Raise the ISO speed to reduce the effect of camera shake, setting options are 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, and Auto.

Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD monitor for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. You can select the review time from 2 to 10 seconds. It will also display as long as you hold the shutter button down.

Self-Timer: The self-timer starts when the shutter button is pressed. The delay time can be set to 10 seconds, 2 seconds, or custom. In the custom mode the timer options are 0-10 seconds, 15 seconds, 20 seconds, and 30 seconds, and you can choose to take from 1 to 10 shots.

Postcard: You can take pictures optimal for printing postcards, a 3:2 aspect ratio is used in the Postcard mode to ensure the entire frame is printed. The default resolution is 1600 x 1200 and the compression setting is Fine. You can also imbed the date in the image if you like.

Editing Movies: The Edit function in the movie control panel enables you to cut unwanted portions of a movie clip.

Sound Memos: In playback mode you can attach sound memos up to 60 seconds to an image. The sound data is saved in WAV format.

Auto Play: You can view all images on the memory card one-by-one with the Auto Play function. Each image is displayed in the LCD monitor for approximately 3 seconds.

Index Playback: This feature allows you to view nine images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Jump Search: This is a handy function that allows you to jump over images to find the object of your search when you have a lot of recorded images on your memory card. There are five Jump search settings.

  • Jump 10 images at a time
  • Jump 100 images at a time
  • Jump to the first image of each shooting date
  • Jump to a movie
  • Jump  to the first image of each folder

Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in Single Image Playback mode, you can magnify the image up to 10x.

Rotating Images: You can rotate an image 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

Power Requirements: The PowerShot A630 comes with 4 "AA" alkaline batteries. You can also use Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK600 AC Adapter kit. While "AA"-sized Nickel-Cadmium batteries may be used, their performance is unreliable and their use is not recommended.

Print & Share Button: A new dedicated Print & Share button right on the camera makes direct printing on a Canon Card Photo or Direct Photo Printer easier than ever. Enjoy a full range of print features, including ID Photo Print in 28 sizes, and a Movie Print function that lets you print multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Direct Print Function: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a CP-series printer that supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon Bubble Jet printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without ever having to hook it up to a computer.

Exif Print (Exif 2.2): The Canon PowerShot A630 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

DPOF Print Settings: On your memory card, you can select which image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all at once, on optional Canon direct print function compliant printers or at participating photo labs.

DPOF Transfer Order: You can use the camera to specify settings for images before transferring them to a computer. The settings used on the camera comply with the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standards. A maximum of 998 images can be selected per memory card, and are transferred in order from oldest to newest by shooting date.

My Camera Function: The start-up image, start-up sound, operation sounds, self-timer sound, and shutter sound can be customized with the My Camera function and edited on your computer using the software provided with the camera.

Optional Lens Compatibility: The camera supports use of the Wide Converter WC-DC58N and the Tele-converter TC-DC58N. Both are sold separately and require the Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58F.

Input and Output Notes

Digital Terminal: The PowerShot A630 has a USB 2.0 High Speed terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible printer via the supplied USB cable.

AV Output: The camera's mini-jack output allows you to connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the supplied audio/video cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.

DC IN. This input can be used for an optional AC adapter.

Supplied Software

Minimum System Requirements:

  Windows Macintosh
Operating System
(OS)
Windows 98 (SE), Me, 2000 (SP 4), XP (including SP 1 & 2) Mac OS X (v10.2-v10.4)
Computer Model OS should be pre-installed with built-in USB port OS should be pre-installed with built-in USB port
CPU Pentium 500 MHz or higher Power PC G3/G4/G5
RAM Windows 98 SE/Me: 128 MB or more
Windows 2000/XP:
256 MB or more
256 MB or more
Interface USB USB
Free Hard Disk Space
  • Canon Utilities:
    • ZoomBrowser EX: 200 MB
    • PhotoStitch: 40 MB
  • Canon Camera TWAIN Driver: 25 MB
  • Canon Camera WIA Driver: 25 MB
  • Canon Utilities:
    • ImageBrowser: 200 MB
    • PhotoStitch: 40 MB
Display 1,024 x 768 pixels/High Color (16 bit) or better 1,024 x 768 pixels/32,000 Colors or better
Notes
  • A CD-ROM drive is required to install the software
  • A sound card is required to play movie audio tracks
  • A CD-ROM drive is required to install the software
  • Macintosh software cannot be used on disks formatted in the UNIX File System (UFS)

Specifications

Estimated Image Capacity of memory cards:

Resolution Compression Memory Card Size
16MB
(supplied)
128MB
(optional)
512MB
(optional)
Large
3264 x 2448
Super Fine 4 35 139
Fine 7 59 231
Normal 14 123 479
Medium 1
2592 x 1944
Super Fine 5 49 190
Fine 10 87 339
Normal 21 173 671
Medium 2
2048 x 1536
Super Fine 9 76 295
Fine 16 136 529
Normal 33 269 1041
Small
640 x 480
Super Fine 56 460 1777
Fine 88 711 2747
Normal 138 1118 4317
Postcard
1600 x 1200
Fine 26 217 839
Widescreen
3264 x 1832
Super Fine 7 60 235
Fine 12 101 392
Normal 25 205 794
Movies

 

640 x 480
30 frames/sec
7 seconds 1 minute
4 seconds
4 minutes
9 seconds
640 x 480
15 frames/sec
15 seconds 2 minutes
7 seconds
8 minutes
14 seconds
320 x 240
30 frames/sec
22 seconds 3 minutes
1 seconds
11 minutes
42 seconds
320 x 240
15 frames/sec
43 seconds 5 minutes
55 seconds
22 minute
53 seconds
Compact 1 minute
47 seconds
14 minutes
29 seconds
55 minutes
57 seconds

Battery Performance:

 

Number of Images

Playback Time

LCD Monitor On LCD Monitor Off

4 AA Alkaline Batteries (supplied)

Approximately 350 images Approximately 1200 images Approximately 20 hours

4 AA NiMH Batteries (optional)

Approximately 500 images Approximately 1500 images Approximately 20 hours
 
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Canon PowerShot A630

Written By James, WV on Tuesday, January 30, 2007
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My wife & I love it......It is a great camera for the price! It does not seem to eat up the batteries like other digital cameras we have had in the past. Plenty of options, and pretty simple to use. The only problem I have found with it is: You cannot use the "MICRO" close up option while zooming, the object remains blurry. If you retract the lens back to the normal postion, it takes "INCREDIBLE" CLOSE UP shots! Definitely, MONEY WELL SPENT!
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