Canon PowerShot A430 – Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Canon PoweShot A430 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 4.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 4x Optical Zoom lens (39 – 156mm equivalent), a 1.8″ LCD screen, measures4.1 x 2.0 x 1.6″ (103.0 x 51.8 x 40.2mm), weighs 5.6 oz (160.0 g), and it’s running on 2 x AA Alkaline, NiMH Batteries. Canon PoweShot A420 will be available in stores from march 2006 with an estimated retail price of $179.00 USD.

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Canon PowerShot A430 Latest Price

>> REVIEWS (last update: 08.07.06)

ComputerActive reviewed the Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote;
Good Points: Cheap price, Good array of features for a budget device, Easy to operate and very responsive. Bad Points: Four megapixels is the minimum acceptable standard these days, Small LCD screen, No rechargeable battery. Verdict: The Canon PowerShot A430 is perfect for the undemanding beginner or younger family member. More experienced users should look to the IXUS range for better build, functionality and design..”

DPInterface reviewed the Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote;
“In my real-world tests, the image quality was quite good. The colors on the outdoor image photos I captured were vibrant and sharp. When shooting tree branches against a bright sky, the images showed just a bit of purple fringing…The PowerShot A430 is a very good buy, but at 4MP and 4x optical zoom, it doesn’t quite catch up with the 5MP, 5x optical zoom of the HP Photosmart R817. Still, at this price, it’s a hard camera to beat.”

CamerasUK reviewed the Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote;
“The Powershot A430 proves that you do not need to spend lots and lots of money to buy a digital camera capable of taking a good shot. This camera produced a set of test shots that were head and shoulders above those produced by a number of far more expensive cameras. Looking through my test shots there is not a single photo that I would single out as not being up to standard. In fact there are some surprisingly good shots in the set. The sharpness of each picture is retained towards the edges. This is an area where other cameras struggle. All in all this is very impressive. “

PCMag reviewed the Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote;
“In my real-world tests, the image quality was quite good. The colors on the outdoor image photos I captured were vibrant and sharp. When shooting tree branches against a bright sky, the images showed just a bit of purple fringing…The PowerShot A430 is a very good buy, but at 4MP and 4x optical zoom, it doesn’t quite catch up with the 5MP, 5x optical zoom of the HP Photosmart R817. Still, at this price, it’s a hard camera to beat.”

CNET reviewed the Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote;
“Image quality is decent on the A430, but colors tend to run oversaturated and cool; using the manual white balance yields the most neutral result. There’s a fair amount of fringing, and noise is a nuisance on this camera, with speckles appearing in shots taken at sensitivities as low as ISO 200. The noise tends to be even enough to pass off as artsy film grain, but it’s still irritating at higher ISO settings.”

Popular Photography reviewed the Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote;
“The A430 is a very compact and ergonomic unit. The camera’s brushed metal construction feels very comfortable in your hand and the various control buttons are well placed throughout the body and easily accessed by your fingertips. One negative, however, the zoom button is located on the back of the camera so it takes a little getting used to when you are using the viewfinder to frame your shot and trying to zoom….
All in all, the Powershot A430 has a host of features to suit a consumer looking at making the leap to digital photography. It’s compact, easy to use and has a 4x optical zoom. In addition, Canon has added some of the latest features normally found on some of their higher end models making it one very efficient camera.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote;
“The overall image quality is excellent for such an affordably priced camera. In fact it sometimes rivals that of more expensive cameras with similar resolution. You can choose from several image sizes (Large: 2272 x 1704, Middle 1: 1600 x 1200, Middle 2: 1024 x 768, Small: 640 x 480, Wide: 2272 x 1280, and Postcard Date Imprint Mode: 1600 x 1200.) And, the quality is also selectable between Normal, Fine and SuperFine. The better the quality the less compression of the image. More compression may equal a smaller file size, but you will see a difference in you images. We’ve found that the most popular settings are either the default Large Fine mode or Large SuperFine, which is what we used. Either of these modes will produce awesome pictures and beautiful prints.”

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 28.03.06)

- Canon PowerShot A430 sample photos @ Steve’sDigicams

>> PRESS RELEASE

The line’s entry-level PowerShot A430 digital camera has a four-megapixel CCD image sensor and a 4x optical zoom (compared with the A410 digital camera’s 3.2 megapixel resolution and 3.2x optical zoom). Its movie mode also includes sound and maintains an ISO equivalent setting range of 50 to 400. Equipped with a 1.8-inch LCD screen, the PowerShot A430 digital camera will also be available in March at an estimated selling price of $179.99.

DIGIC II Image Processing Technology- Hi-Speed USB 2.0

True to the PowerShot tradition, the A-series cameras have many of the latest advances in Canon technology including the proprietary DIGIC II imaging processor. The processor enhances picture definition, vibrancy, and quality, while helping increase the speed of the cameras’ startup, autofocus, shutter response, playback, and image processing speed while reducing power consumption by 35 percent compared to the original DIGIC chip. Consumers benefit from accelerated image transfer speed (when used with a USB 2.0 compatible computer, printer, or other peripheral), thanks to the inclusion of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port(3). The USB 2.0 port is backwards compatible (at no increased speed) with computers featuring standard USB 1.1 connections.

New Features and Special Effects

All of the new models offer a new widescreen 16:9 ratio resolution setting that facilitates creating panoramic-style prints. Additionally, all PowerShot models support 23 languages (now including Thai and Arabic). The new cameras have an improved direct printing function that permits greater flexibility in print settings, including a face brightener setting for backlit photos.

Canon also enhanced the ‘My Colors’ mode found in the new PowerShot line. Where previously, users could only enable ‘My Colors’ while shooting, the current iteration permits captured images to be retouched as well, without the need for special software applications or tools. Available My Color playback modes include Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, and Vivid Red; lighter and darker skin tones, as well as options for creating black & white, sepia, neutral and positive film effects. A color accent setting turns all colors but the one selected by the user to monochrome and the color swap mode enables users to alter specific colors in an image by sampling another color from the same image or any other image on the camera’s memory card. So, ‘My Colors’ provides PowerShot users with an incredible range of creative photo effects that can be accessed directly in the camera with no need for post-processing in a computer.

Direct Print

Like all PowerShot digital cameras, these newest additions to the A-series work seamlessly with Canon’s petite SELPHY Compact Photo Printers – an essential PowerShot accessory. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a SELPHY printer – such as the SELPHY CP510 and CP710 models. Press the lighted Print/Share button, and within seconds(4), images emerge. Presto! It is that simple. Canon’s SELPHY Compact Photo Printers are PictBridge compatible. They work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras and offer excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera. At 28 cents-per-print(5), printing photos directly from a digital camera is both easy and affordable.

Canon will debut it latest PowerShot A-series digital cameras in its booth (#3509) during the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) exhibit in Orlando, Fla., from February 26th – March 1st, 2006.


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