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Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

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

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Item # 280A2400S

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Taking pictures with the Canon Powershot A2400 IS is fun and easy. But if you ever have questions, the camera is ready to help. Just press the "?" button on the back and you can get shooting advice, find out which buttons do what functions, and get your camera questions answered, right on the LCD screen. The camera also helps keep your handheld shots steady with optical image stabilization, for blur-free results.


Wouldn't it be nice if every camera was this easy to use?

Taking pictures with the Canon Powershot A2400 IS is fun and easy. But if you ever have questions, the camera is ready to help. Just press the "?" button on the back and you can get shooting advice, find out which buttons do what functions, and get your camera questions answered, right on the LCD screen. The camera also helps keep your handheld shots steady with optical image stabilization, for blur-free results.

The A2400 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. In fact, it's so smart that it can automatically take a picture when your subject smiles or winks, or when you get out from behind the tripod and enter the frame. And if you decide that the moment calls for motion video instead, you can switch to HD video mode by pressing the dedicated movie button.


  • 16-megapixel effective recording
  • 5X optical zoom (4X digital/20X total zoom)
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 28-140mm
  • 2-11/16" LCD screen
Special Features:
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution) with dedicated movie button
  • DIGIC 4 image processor for advanced face detection, red-eye correction, and better contrast in your photos
  • help button for answers to your photo questions and shooting advice
  • 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:
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable lithium ion battery (NB-11L)
  • battery charger
  • USB cable
  • wrist strap

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (silver)
  • NB-11L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/680mAh/2.5Wh) with plastic terminal cover installed
  • CB-2LD battery charger (4.2V/0.41A)
  • Wrist strap
  • 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 105.0
  • Getting Started booklet (English)
  • Getting Started booklet (Spanish)
  • Warranty card
  • Online Product Registration info
  • Canon Printer promo card

Canon PowerShot A2400 IS Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

It comes in PINK!

Ryan from Newburgh, NY on 1/16/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got this as a Christmas gift for my little sister. She loves photography , and anything that has to do with taking pictures. I was planning on getting her a more advanced camera like the DLR's however I was on a budget. But considering that I she opened it and after using all Christmas day she was very happy with how it performed. I like that it came in pink for her too, Canon makes it much easier to pick a gift for little sisters. Overall this camera has great features for the price, a very crisp picture, and also nicely small and compact.

Pros: Quality, Nice features.

Cons: None


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Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 2.7"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-140mm
Optical Zoom 5x
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
Sensor Size 1/2.3" CCD
Megapixels 16
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4608 x 3456
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 3-3/4
Height (inches) 2-1/4
Depth (inches) 0-7/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 4.44
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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

Recording Features

LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot A2400 IS has a 2.7" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 230,000 pixels 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 16.6-million total pixels, and 16.0-million effective pixels. The A2400 IS 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 AUTO: The A2400 IS features Smart AUTO, a sophisticated technology that automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the subject and background. Based upon the analyzed scene, one of 32 predefined settings is chosen for the photo when it is taken. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects, such as animals and vehicles.

Optics: The A2400 IS has a 5x optical zoom lens with a 5.0-25.0mm 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.

Intelligent IS: The A2400 IS features Intelligent Image Stabilization (Intelligent IS) to help compensate for camera shake, resulting in clear, blur-free photos. For still images, Intelligent IS chooses the best shake correction method for the shooting situation (Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid), and Tripod IS modes). For video, the camera chooses from Dynamic, Powered, Macro, and Tripod IS modes.

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), and SDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher). Still images are recorded in JPEG format, and the movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (2 channel monaural). No memory card is included with the camera, nor is there any internal memory in the camera.

Still Image Resolution/Compression: The A2400 IS can record still images 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 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, 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 30 minutes for HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 6 or higher memory cards are recommended.

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 modes, the rate increases to 2.8 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), 3.9' to infinity (T)
  • Macro: 1.2" to 2' (wide)

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

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 A2400 IS has a built-in flash with a range of 1.6' to 9.8' in Wide Angle and 3.3' 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.

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.

Grid Lines: Grid lines can be displayed on the screen, dividing the monitor into 9 areas, for checking the subject's horizontal and vertical alignment.

Self-Timer: The A2400 IS 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.

Jump Display: To locate images on the memory card, you can jump by a specific number of images or method. You can set the camera to jump to images shot on a specific date, jump 10 or 100 images at a time, jump to first image, or jump to movies only.

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

  • Simple Information: screen includes basic information about the image
  • Detailed Information: screen includes a histogram display as well as detailed information about the settings used when the image was captured.
  • No Information: screen shows photo only without information display.

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.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot A2400 IS is powered by the NB-11L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LD 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-DC90 AC adapter kit. The typical performance of the NB-11L battery is as follows:

  • Number of shots: approx. 190
  • Movie Recording Time: approx. 50 minutes typical, 1 hr 30 minutes continuous
  • Playback Time: approx. 4 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/A/V 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. Through the same connection, you can connect the camera to a TV or video monitor (composite video, monaural audio) with the optional AVC-DC400 A/V cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.

Supplied Software

Included Software: The PowerShot A2400 IS comes with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.105.0 CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:

  • ImageBrowser EX 1.0:
    • Import images and change camera settings
    • Manage images: view, search, and organize
    • Print and edit images
    • Update to the latest software version with auto update function
  • CameraWindow DC 8.7: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
  • PhotoStitch 3.1/3.2: use to merge still images to make panoramas
  • User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide

Compatible Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Windows Vista (SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP 3)
  • Mac OS X v10.6

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