About the Canon PowerShot A470
The Canon A470 makes it easy to capture beautiful 7.1-megapixel photos. You can rely on fully automatic shooting, or experiment with exposure settings for more creative shots. This camera even has a second shutter button for comfortable vertical shooting. Just turn the camera upright to snap photos of your favorite people head-to-toe, or a picture of the Eiffel Tower at the ideal orientation.
Capture smiles and surprised expressions in crisp detail at your child's next birthday party. The A470 uses enhanced face detection to focus on your birthday star, for clear photos with natural skin tones. And shoot blur-free pictures of party games a motion detection feature evaluates movement and automatically sets sensitivity to compensate for kids at play.
Canon includes a 32-megabyte memory card that holds about 9 photos or 22 seconds of video at top resolution add higher-capacity SD cards for more picture and video storage.
- 7.1-megapixel effective recording
- 3.4X optical zoom (4X digital/14X total zoom)
- 2-1/2" LCD screen
- 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-132mm
- top JPEG resolution: 3072 x 2304
- 16:9 widescreen photo mode (3072 x 1728)
- DIGIC III processor for fast camera response and detailed photos
- shutter speed: 15 - 1/2,000 seconds
- second shutter button for vertical shooting
- face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
- motion detection calculates subject movement and sets sensitivity to reduce blur
- variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings, with a high sensitivity setting for better low-light shooting
- custom white balance settings
- 11 scene modes, including Sunset, Snow, and Aquarium
- macro focus for subjects as close as 2" and super macro for subjects as close as .39"
- movie mode with audio (up to 30 frames per second)
- Print/Share button for easy downloading to computer or printing to compatible photo printer (not included)
- built-in flash
- compatible with PictBridge-enabled printers
- high-speed USB interface
- audio/video output for connection to a TV
- accepts SD/SDHC memory cards and MultiMediaCard/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus Card
- 4-3/16"W x 2-3/16"H x 1-5/8"D
- weight: 5.8 oz. (without battery and media)
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- 32MB SD card (holds about 9 images at top resolution)
- 2 "AA" alkaline batteries
- audio/video/USB cables
- wrist strap
- software CD-ROM (PC and Mac®)
- MFR # 2503B001
What's in the box:
- Digital camera with silver body and gray accent
- 32MB SD-Card
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 48" 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" 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)
- Wrist strap
- Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk CD-ROM Ver. 34.0
- Getting Started booklet (English)
- Getting Started booklet (Spanish)
- Warranty Card
- On-line product registration sheet
- Canon Customer Support sheet
- "Stop!" note attached to USB cable
More details on the Canon PowerShot A470
Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||2.5"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||38-132mm|
SD Card |
|Sensor Size||1/2.5" CCD|
|Highest Resolution||3072 x 2304|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||6.88|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot A470 has a fixed 2.5" TFT, color, 115,000 pixel LCD monitor with approximately 100% picture coverage on the back panel. The high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light applications. When shooting in dark conditions, the camera automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject.
Note: This camera does not feature a viewfinder.
DIGIC III Image Processor: The PowerShot A470 features the DIGIC III Image Processor. The DIGIC III chip gives you superior image quality, faster image writing to the SD card, more efficiency to extend battery life, and higher definition for the LCD monitor.
iSAPS Technology: The iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology uses an internal database of thousands of photographs to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.
Face Detection Technology: The DIGIC III chip includes Face Detection Auto Focus/Auto Exposure technology. Face Detection finds all the faces in the frame and sets the most suitable focus point. Exposure and flash are controlled to ensure proper illumination of both the faces and the overall scene, eliminating the common problem of overexposed faces. The PowerShot A470 also offer Face Detection WB (White Balance) which allows the camera to concentrate upon faces when calculating white balance for the best possible skin tones. In addition the digital camera features Face Select and Track which lets you highlight one face among several in a scene, and the camera will then concentrate on that one person, even as they move around the scene.
Motion Detection Technology: This sophisticated feature works in the background to instantly evaluate how fast your subject is moving. Then it automatically selects and sets the optimal exposure and ISO settings to keep everything looking sharp and clear. So whether you're shooting a bride walking down the aisle, a ballet recital or even a child's soccer game, you can relax and shoot with confidence knowing you've got the picture you intended.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.5" CCD image sensor with approximately 7.4-million total pixels and 7.1-million effective pixels giving your shots added depth and detail.
Recording Media: The PowerShot A470 records images on SD (Secure Digital), SDHC memory card, MMC (MultiMedia Card), MMCplus card, or HD MMCplus card. A 32 MB MultiMedia Card is included.
Image Recording Format: The camera records still images or moving images with monaural audio. Still images are recorded in JPEG format and movies are recorded in AVI format (Image data: Motion JPEG, Audio data: WAV).
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 (3072 x 2304 pixels), Medium 1 (2592 x 1944 pixels), Medium 2 (2048 x 1536 pixels), Medium 3 (1600 x 1200 pixels), Small (640 x 480 pixels), Date Stamp (1600 x 1200 pixels), and Widescreen (3072 x 1728 pixels). For each resolution (except Date Stamp which is fixed at Fine), you can set the compression to Superfine, Fine, or Normal. Movies can be shot with the following resolutions: Standard (640 x 480 pixels/20 frames per sec in Standard or Long Play mode and 320 x 240 pixels/30 sec), or Compact (160 x 120 pixels/15 frames per sec).
Zoom: The PowerShot A470 features a 3.4x optical zoom and a 14x digital zoom when shooting still images or video-clips The digital camera allows you to adjust the Zoom between 4 settings.
- Standard: enables shooting at zoom factors of up to 14x with digital and optical zooms combined at a focal length of 38mm to 528mm
- Off: enables shooting without digital zoom with a focal length of 38mm to 132mm
- 1.5x: digital zoom is fixed at the select zoom factor of 1.5x for a focal length of 57mm to 198mm enabling faster shutter speed and less chance of camera shake
- 1.9x: digital zoom is fixed at the select zoom factor of 1.9x for a focal length of 72.2mm to 251mm enabling faster shutter speed and less chance of camera shake
Note: The digital zoom cannot be used in Date Stamp or Widescreen modes.
Safety Zoom: Based on the number of recording pixels set, the Safety Zoom feature calculates the maximum zoom factor beyond which image quality will begin to deteriorate. The digital zoom will then pause at this zoom factor for a moment until you want to zoom even closer.
|Safety Zoom Factor|
|Large (3072 x 2304)||3.4x optical|
|Medium 1 (2592 x 1944),||4.0x digital|
|Medium 2 (2048 x 1536)||5.1x digital|
|Medium 3 (1600 x 1200)||6.5x digital|
|Small (640 x 480)||14x digital|
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. The approximate interval is 1.9 shots per second.
AutoFocus Modes: The camera utilizes TTL (through-the-lens) automatic focusing with three focusing methods:
- Face Detect: camera automatically detects the position of a face and uses the data to set the focus and exposure while shooting
- AiAF: camera automatically selects between 9 AF frames to focus on according to the shooting conditions
- Center: camera fixes the AF frame at the center; this is recommended when the target subject is at the center of the composition
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:
- Infinity: Use this mode when the distance from the end of the lens to the subject is 9.8' or greater.
- Macro: Use this mode to shoot close-ups of flowers or small items. You can shoot an image area of 2.1" x 1.6" at a minimum focusing distance of 2.0" when the camera's zoom is set to its wide-angle setting. You can shoot an image area of 3.0" x 2.2" at a minimum focusing distance of 9.8" when the camera's zoom is set to its telephoto setting.
- Super Macro: You can shoot an area of 0.67" x 0.51" at a focusing distance as close as 0.39" from the end of the lens to the subject (minimum focusing distance) at maximum wide angle. With digital zoom set at its maximum zoom factor (approximately 4.0x), you can shoot an area 0.17" x 0.13".
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.
Shooting Modes: In addition to the automatic setting, the PowerShot A470 offers several different shooting modes that you can choose from using the camera's easy to use Mode Dial.
Manual Mode: You can manually set the cameras exposure compensation, ISO setting, white balance and color mode.
Auto Mode: The camera automatically sets exposure, shutter speed, white balance and color mode.
Scene Mode: The camera's built-in Scene Modes allow you to shoot with the most appropriate settings for the scene.
Portrait: Softens the background to accentuate your subject
Landscape: Optimized for shooting landscape scenes which contain both near and far subjects
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
- Sunset: Allows you to shoot sunsets in vivid colors
- 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
- Aquarium: Select the optimal ISO speed, white balance, and color balance to capture fish and other items in an indoor aquarium
Movie: Shoots a movie when you press the shutter button. You can choose from the following movie modes.
Standard: Max recording time 1 hour or 4 GB
Compact: Small file size for e-mail, max clip length 3 minutes
Slow Shutter Speed: You can set the shutter speed to a slow setting to make dark subject appear brighter.
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.
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: Sets the exposure to suit the subject at the center of the composition
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
- Custom: Allows you to manually set the white balance and store the settings
Flash Modes: You can choose from the following flash modes:
- Auto: The flash fires automatically as required by the light level
Flash On: The flash fires with every shot
Flash Off: The flash will not fire
Red-Eye Reduction: Automatically searches for and corrects red eyes in the image when the flash fires.
Red-Eye Lamp: Red-eye reduction lamp lights orange before the flash fires. This function reduces the chance of reflect light making eyes appear red when the flash fires.
Slow Synchro: The flash time is adjust to slow shutter speeds. This reduces the chance that only the background will appear dark when a nigh scene or an interior shot is taken. The use of a tripod is recommended to prevent blurring.
My Colors: Using My Colors you can easily change colors in an image when it's taken. 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
- Custom Color: Adjust the contrast/sharpness/color saturation
- My Colors Off: records normally with this setting
ISO Speed: Raise the ISO speed to reduce the effect of camera shake, setting options are 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto and HI Auto.
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.
Auto Category: If you set Auto Category to "On", images are automatically sorted into preset categories as they are recorded. The preset categories include - People, Scenery and Events.
Display Overlay: You can display vertical and horizontal grid lines, a 3:2 print area guide or both on the LCD monitor while shooting to help check the position of your subject.
Histogram Function: The histogram is a graph that allows you to judge the brightness of the image. The greater the bias toward the left in the graph, the darker the image. The greater the bias toward the right, the brighter the image. This features helps you set your exposure compensation.
Menu Languages: The camera allows you to select from a wide variety of menu languages, including - English, Spanish, French, German.
Lens Cap: The PowerShot A470 has a built-in electronic lens cap, it opens when you turn the camera on and closes when the camera is turned off.
Auto Rotate: The camera is equipped with an intelligent Orientation sensor that detect the orientation of an image shot with the camera held vertically and automatically rotates the image to the correct orientation when viewing it on the LCD monitor.
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.
Intelligent Playback: When playing back your images on the camera the last recorded image will display first. If you have played back images between shooting sessions however, the last image viewed will display - this is called Resume Playback. If the memory card has been switched or the images on the memory card have been edited with a computer, the newest image on the memory card appear.
Auto Play (Slide Show): You can view images on the memory card one-by-one with the Auto Play function. Each image will display in the LCD monitor for approximately 3 seconds. You can select the transition effect displayed when switching between images.
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. Movie-clips cannot be played in the index playback mode.
Jump Images: When you have a lot of images recorded onto a memory card, you can use the Jump feature to speed up your search for the image you want to view. You can choose from the following Jump functions.
- Jump 10 Images: jumps over 10 images at a time
- Jump 100 Images: jumps over 100 images at a time
- Shot Date: jumps to the first image of each shooting date
- Movie: jumps to a movie
- Folder: jumps to the first image of each folder
- People: jumps to images from the People category
- Scenery: jumps to images from the Scenery category
- Events: jumps to images from the Events category
- Category 1-3: jumps to images from each category
- To Do: jumps to images from the To Do category
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.
Movie Playback: In addition to normal playback of your video clips the camera features slow-motion, fast-forward, rewind and frame-by-frame playback.
Volume Adjustment: You can turn "on" or "off" the sound of the camera. When the Sound is activated you can adjust the volume levels of the Start-Up, Operation, Self-Timer, Shutter, and Playback functions.
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.
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 form working.
Resizing Images: You can save images a lower recording pixel than the original image. You can change high resolution images to 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480 or 320 x 240.
Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.
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. The Print & Share feature is compatible with Canon CP, SELPHY or PIXMA photo printers as well as any PictBridge compatible photo printer.
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.
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.
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.
Exif Print (Exif 2.2): The Canon PowerShot A470 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.
Power Requirements: The PowerShot A470 comes with 2 "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 ACK800 AC Adapter kit.
|Battery Performance|| |
Number of Images
AA Alkaline Batteries (supplied)
|Approximately 150 images||Approximately 6 hours|
AA NiMH Batteries (optional)
|Approximately 400 images||Approximately 8 hours|
Power Saving Functions: This camera is equipped with a power saving function, which can automatically turn off the power or LCD monitor.
- Auto Power Down: the camera power turns off approximately 3 minutes after the last record control is accessed on the camera or 5 minutes after the last playback control is accessed on the camera
- Display Off: the LCD monitor automatically turns off after the specified period of time if not control is access on the camera regardless of the Auto Power Down setting; pressing any button other than the power button or change the camera orientation to turn the LCD monitor back on
Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer
Digital Terminal: The PowerShot A470 has a USB 2.0 Hi-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: The camera features a 3.15 V DC input for optional AC power adapter (ACK800, sold separately).
Included Software: The PowerShot A470 comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver. 34.0 CD-ROM. It contains the following programs.
- ZoomBrowser EX 6.1 (Windows): downloads, displays, organizes and edits your recorded images
- ImageBrowser 6.1 (MAC): downloads, displays, organizes and edits your recorded images
- TWAIN Driver 6.9: driver for Canon brand cameras
- PhotoStitch 3.1: use to merge still images to make panoramas
Minimum System Requirements:
|Operating System |
|Windows 2000 (SP 4), Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vistas||Mac OS X (v10.3-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||Windows 2000/Window XP:
Pentium 500 MHz or higher |
Windows Vista: Pentium 1.3 GHz or higher
|Power PC G3/G4/G5 or Intel Processor|
|RAM||Windows 2000/XP: 256 MB
or more |
Windows Vista: 512 MB or more
|256 MB or more|
|Free Hard Disk Space|| || |
|Display||1,024 x 768 pixels/High Color (16 bit) or better||1,024 x 768 pixels/32,000 Colors or better|
Estimated Image Capacity of memory cards:
|Resolution||Compression||Memory Card Size|
| 32MB SD-Card |
| SDC-128MB |
| SDC-512MSH |
| Large |
3072 x 2304
| Medium 1 |
2592 x 1944
| Medium 2 |
2048 x 1536
| Medium 3 |
1600 x 1200
| Small |
640 x 480
| Postcard |
1600 x 1200
| Widescreen |
3072 x 1728
|Movies|| Standard: 640 x 480 |
1 minutes |
6 minutes |
| Standard: 640 x 480 |
20 frames/sec LP
3 minutes |
12 minutes |
| Standard: 320 x 240 |
3 minutes |
11 minutes |
| Compact: 160 x 120 |
3 minute |
14 minutes |
55 minutes |