Input and Output Notes
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.
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.
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.
The PowerShot A630 records
images on SD (Secure Digital) or MMC (MultiMedia Card). A 16 MB MultiMedia Card
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 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.
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
Digital Zoom: Along with the 4x optical
zoom the camera features a 4x digital zoom give you 16x total zoom capability.
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
- 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.
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.
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
Subject appears sharp and the
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:
Snapshot: Shooting subjects against the
backdrop of an evening sky or night scene without using a tripod to
reduce camera shake
Pets: Appropriate for shooting moving subjects such as children
Indoor: Prevents camera shake and maintains the subject's true color when
shooting under fluorescent or tungsten lighting
Shooting beautiful images with flowers, leaves, or trees
Shooting scenes such as snowy mountains, while preventing dark
subjects and bluish backgrounds
For scenes by the sea, prevents dark subjects and
enhances the blue of the sea
Underwater: Shoot underwater using the optional WP-DC2
Color Accent: Leave one color as is, change the rest to black and white
Color Swap: Change one specified color to another
Shoot a series of overlapping frames for merging
(stitching) into a large panoramic image using a computer
Shoot motion video
Standard: Max recording time 1 hour or 1 GB
Small file size for e-mail, max clip length 3 minutes
Leave one color as is, change the rest to black and white, max
recording time 1 hour or 1 GB
Change one specified color to another, max recording time 1 hour or
Program AE: The camera automatically sets the shutter
speed and aperture value to match the brightness of the subject
Speed-Priority AE: You set the shutter speed and the camera automatically selects an aperture
value to match the brightness of the subject
You set the aperture and the camera automatically selects a shutter
speed to match the brightness
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
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.
You can select from the following metering modes:
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
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
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)
Daylight fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent-type
(3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting
Renders natural color by reducing the bluish tone
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
- Jump to a movie
- Jump to the first image of each folder
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Minimum System Requirements:
| || Windows || Macintosh |
Operating System |
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 |
Pentium 500 MHz or higher ||
Power PC G3/G4/G5 |
98 SE/Me: 128 MB or more |
Windows 2000/XP: 256 MB or more
|256 MB or
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:
- Canon Utilities:
- ImageBrowser: 200 MB
- PhotoStitch: 40 MB
Display || 1,024 x 768 pixels/High Color (16
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
Estimated Image Capacity of memory cards:
| Resolution || Compression || Memory Card Size |
| 16MB |
| 128MB |
| 512MB |
| 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 |
| 7 seconds || 1 minute |
| 4 minutes |
| 640 x 480 |
| 15 seconds || 2 minutes |
| 8 minutes |
| 320 x 240 |
| 22 seconds || 3 minutes |
| 11 minutes |
| 320 x 240 |
| 43 seconds || 5 minutes |
| 22 minute |
| Compact || 1 minute |
| 14 minutes |
| 55 minutes |
Number of Images
| LCD Monitor On || LCD Monitor Off |
Alkaline Batteries (supplied)
| Approximately 350 images || Approximately 1200 images || Approximately 20 hours |
4 AA NiMH
| Approximately 500 images || Approximately 1500 images || Approximately 20 hours |