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Canon PowerShot A2200

14.1-megapixel digital camera with 4X optical zoom (Black)

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Slim, quick — and smart
This camera is slim enough to fit in your pocket, quick enough to capture the moment — and smart enough to figure out the right settings for every situation so you get the best shot. The Canon A2200 is so smart that it will automatically take a picture if someone smiles, winks or gets into the frame. You'll never miss a vital photo ever again.

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Slim, quick — and smart
This camera is slim enough to fit in your pocket, quick enough to capture the moment — and smart enough to figure out the right settings for every situation so you get the best shot. The Canon A2200 is so smart that it will automatically take a picture if someone smiles, winks or gets into the frame. You'll never miss a vital photo ever again.

Be discreet
If you've ever wanted to snap a photo during a very quiet moment — your child reading an essay in front of the auditorium, or the bride and groom taking their vows — but didn't want to disturb the silence, then discreet mode is for you. It'll turn off the flash, AF assist beam and sound so no one will lose their concentration or be disturbed while you take pictures.

Get funky
Taking pictures should be fun. And if you're tired of the same old, same old, try a few creative filters like Fisheye, Miniature or Monochrome. You'll see everything in a whole new way. And if you decide that photos just can't capture the moment, you can switch to HD movie mode and take a video clip instead.


  • 14.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 4X optical zoom (4X digital/16X total zoom)
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 28-112mm
  • 2-11/16" LCD screen
Special Features:
  • 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
  • face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
  • motion detection calculates subject movement and sets sensitivity to reduce blur
  • 32 scene modes, including Beach, Snow, and Kids & Pets
  • macro mode for close-ups of subjects as close as 1.2"
Connections and Dimensions:

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (black)
  • NB-8L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/740mAh) with plastic terminal cover installed
  • CB-2LA battery charger
  • Wrist strap
  • 51" A/V cable (AVC-DC300) with 3.5mm miniplug on one end and composite video/monaural audio RCA plugs on the other end
  • 4' USB cable with in-line noise filter (IFC-400PCU) with Type A USB on one end and Mini-USB 2.0 on the other end
  • Digital Camera Solution Disk Version 79.0 JE
  • Getting Started booklet (English)
  • Warranty card

Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 2.7"
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-112mm
Optical Zoom 4x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure No
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output No
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Effective Megapixel Count 14.1
Total Megapixels 14.5
Image Stabilization None
Highest Resolution 4320 x 3240
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 3-11/16
Height (inches) 2-5/16
Depth (inches) 0-15/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 4.76
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

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

Recording Features

LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot A2200 has a 2.7" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 230,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The LCD display's brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels. The LCD display also features a Night Display feature that 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.

Image Sensor/Processor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with 14.5-million total pixels, and 14.1-million effective pixels. The A2200 uses the DIGIC 4 processor to give you clear photos with accurate colors and less noise.

Face Detection Technology: The DIGIC 4 chip'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.

Smart Shutter: Smart Shutter technology automatically takes a picture a short time after the camera detects a specific change in the scene. There are three Smart Shutter functions:

  • 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.
  • Smile Self-Timer: The Smile Self-Timer captures smiles by tracking your subject's face and automatically releases the shutter as smiles are detected.
  • Wink Self-Timer: The Wink Self-Timer lets you set the camera in a "shooting standby" mode after the shot is composed. When a designated person in the frame winks, the camera takes a picture, two seconds after the wink is detected.

Optics: The A2200 has a 4x optical zoom lens with a 5.0-20.0mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 28-112mm).

Zoom: In addition to the 4x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 16x.

Digital Teleconverter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.7x or 2.1x through the use of the Digital Teleconverter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 47.6-190mm when using the 1.7x digital teleconverter, and 58.8-235mm with the 2.1x teleconverter. The digital zoom and digital teleconverter cannot be used simultaneously.

Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD Memory Cards (2GB or less), SDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), SDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher), MultiMediaCards, MMCplus Cards, and HC MMCplus Cards. Still images are recorded in JPEG format, and the movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo). No memory card is included with the camera, nor is there any internal memory in the camera.

Still Image Resolution/Compression: The A2200 can record still images in 5 different resolutions: Large (4320 x 3240), Medium 1 (3072 x 2304), Medium 2 (1600 x 1200), Small (640 x 480), and Widescreen (4320 x 2432). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Fine or Normal. The estimated number of still images that can be recorded on SDHC Memory Cards is as follows:

Still Image
Resolution and Aspect Ratio
Compression SDHC Memory Card Size
4 GB 16 GB
4320 x 3240
Fine 1058 4334
Normal 2194 8985
Medium 1
3072 x 2304
Fine 1978 8101
Normal 4022 16473
Medium 2
1600 x 1200
Fine 6352 26010
Normal 12069 49420
640 x 480
Fine 20116 82367
Normal 30174 123550
4320 x 2432
Fine 1403 5746
Normal 2873 11766

Movies: Movies can be shot in High Definition at 1280 x 720 at 30 fps with monaural audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels or 320 x 240 pixels, with a frame rate of 30 frames per second and monaural audio. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 10 minutes for HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 4 or higher memory cards are recommended. The estimated length of movies that can be recorded on SDHC Memory Cards is as follows:

Movie Quality 4 GB 16 GB
1280 x 720, 30 fps 22 min 5 sec 1 hr 30 min 30 sec
640 x 480, 30 fps 50 min 17 sec 3 hrs 25 min 54 sec
320 x 240, 30 fps 3 hr 2 min 52 sec 12 hrs 28 min 47 sec

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 0.9 image per second in Program Mode. In the Blur Reduction and Low Light modes, the rate increases to 2.7 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). When the camera is pointed at subjects, a white frame appears on the face the camera judges to be the main subject, and up to 2 gray frames will appear on other faces.
  • Tracking AF: You can choose the subject you want to focus on and shoot. Once the subject is selected, the camera will continue to track the subject within a certain range even when the subject moves.
  • 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):

  • Normal: 1.2" to infinity (W), 2.6' to infinity (T)
  • Macro: 1.2" to 1.6' (wide)

Shooting Modes: Using the mode dial on the top, you can switch between the following shooting modes:

  • Program AE: The camera sets both the aperture value and shutter speed, and you can choose the settings for various functions to suit your preferences. The focusing range in this mode is 2"-infinity (W), and 2.6'-infinity (T).
  • Live View Control (LIVE): You can easily change the brightness, color, and tone to match your preferences when shooting.
  • Smart Auto: The camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene, detect and focus on faces, and set the color and brightness to optimal levels.
  • Easy: The Easy mode allows beginners to take worry-free photos. Operational instructions are displayed on the LCD screen, while the camera is set so that only certain buttons and the zoom lever are functional.
  • Scene: Select from the following, according to the scene or effects desired: Blur Reduction, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, and Fireworks.
  • Creative Filters: Allows you to add various effects to images when shooting: Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-eye Lens, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, and Monochrome.
  • Discreet Mode: In this mode, camera sounds are muted, and the flash and AF assist beam are disabled. Use for taking pictures in areas where you are reluctant, or not allowed, to disrupt the setting with noise or flash.
  • Movies: Record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition. You can record in Standard Mode or with Miniature Effect.
    • Miniature Effect: By effectively blurring upper and lower portions of the scene and slightly speeding up the playback speed, normal movies are made to look like moving miniature models. One minute clips are recorded and played back at 5x, 10x, or 20x normal speed.

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: the camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions
  • Daylight: for recording outdoors on a bright day
  • Cloudy: for recording under overcast, shady or twilight skies
  • Tungsten: for recording under tungsten and bulb-type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting
  • Fluorescent: for recording under warm-white, cool-white or warm-white (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting
  • Fluorescent H: for recording under 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: The PowerShot A2200 has a built-in flash with a range of 1' to 13' in Wide Angle and 1.6' to 6.6' in Telephoto. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), 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. As with Exposure Compensation, you can adjust the Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments when using the flash.

ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 80, 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.

My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded:

  • Vivid: Emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in bold colors
  • Neutral: Tones down the contrast and color saturation to record neutral hues
  • Sepia: Records images in sepia tones
  • B/W: Records images in black and white
  • Custom Color: Lets you adjust the contrast, sharpness, or saturation settings or the color balance between red, green, blue, and skin tones
  • My Colors Off: Records with no effect

Display Overlay: You can customize the display with the following overlays:

  • Grid Lines: Displays gridlines dividing the monitor into 9 areas, allowing you to check the subject's horizontal and vertical alignment
  • 3:2 Guide: Gray bars appear on the top and bottom of the screen, indicating which areas will not print with printing on paper with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
  • Both: Both grid lines and the 3:2 guide appear.

Self-Timer: The A2200 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 rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.

Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include:

  • Favorites: tag images as favorites and view, protect, or erase only those
  • Date: view images shot on a specific date
  • Category: categorize images as people, scenery, or events, or assign to custom categories
  • Type: filter by still images or movies
  • Number of Images: allows you to jump over 10 or 100 images at a time

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.
  • Focus Check: magnifies the area of a recorded image that was inside the AF frame so you can check the focus.

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/Direct Print: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand, or a Canon printer that supports the Direct Print function. 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.

Exif Print (Exif 2.3): The Canon PowerShot A2200 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 photo printers or at participating photo labs.

DPOF Transfer Order: You can use the camera to specify settings for images that you wish to download 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.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot A2200 is powered by the NB-8L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LA battery charger. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC60 AC adapter kit. The typical performance of the battery is as follows:

Battery Approximate Number of Recorded Images Approximate
Playback Time
280 images 6 hours

Date/Time Battery: The camera has a built-in backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for about three weeks after the battery pack has been removed. The date/time battery can be charged in about 4 hours, even if the camera is not turned on, using the optional AC adapter kit.

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

  • Auto Power Down During Shooting: The screen will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake" the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn 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

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 the supplied USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer.

A/V Output: The camera has a 3.5mm mini-jack A/V output. You can connect the camera to a TV or video monitor (composite video, monaural audio) with the supplied AVC-DC300 A/V cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.

Supplied Software

Included Software: The PowerShot A2200 comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.79.0 JE CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:

  • Canon Utilities:
    • Windows:
      • ZoomBrowser EX 6.7: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
      • CameraWindow DC 8.4: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
      • PhotoStitch 3.1: use to merge still images to make panoramas
    • Macintosh:
      • ImageBrowser 6.7: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
      • CameraWindow DC 8.4: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
      • PhotoStitch 3.2: use to merge still images to make panoramas
  • User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide

Minimum System Requirements:

  Windows Macintosh
Operating System

Windows 7
Windows Vista (Service Pack 1 and 2)
Windows XP (SP 3)

Mac OS X (v10.5-v10.6)

Computer Model

OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports

OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports

CPU Still Images: Pentium 1.3 GHz or higher
Movies: Core2 Duo 1.66 GHz or higher
Still Images: Intel Processor
Movies: Core Duo 1.66 GHz or higher
RAM Windows 7 (64-bit): 2 GB or more
Windows 7 (32-bit)/Windows Vista 64-bit/32-bit): 1 GB or more
Windows XP: 512 MB or more (still images), 1 GB or more (movies)
Mac OS X v10.6: 1 GB or more
Mac OS X v10.5: 512 MB or more (still images), 1 GB or more (movies)



Free Hard Disk Space    ZoomBrowser EX: 200 MB or more
   CameraWindow: 150 MB or more
   Movie Uploader for YouTube: 30 MB or more
   PhotoStitch: 40 MB or more
   ImageBrowser: 250 MB or more
   CameraWindow: 150 MB or more
   Movie Uploader for YouTube: 30 MB or more
   PhotoStitch: 50 MB or more

1,024 x 768 pixels or higher

1,024 x 768 pixels or higher

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