Review of digital camera Canon PowerShot A410

Canon Corporation is one of the few manufacturers that has cameras in its lineup from cheap amateur to expensive professional. It is not always possible for her to maintain the reputation of a super-quality brand, but in general, many have already been able to appreciate the good quality of the models of this world-famous company.

The camera we will be reviewing today marks the beginning of Canon's line of cameras. It belongs to the budget series, its price fluctuates around $125. Primarily intended for those who already want to receive digital photos, but are not yet ready to allocate more significant budgets for the purchase.

It is clear that one should not expect any fantastic features from cameras of this price range, and in terms of quality, everything is not so clear from model to model. This means that even in this seemingly not very strong segment, the competition is very strong. On top of that, Samsung with its sub-$200 camera players is throwing up some problems. In terms of functionality, the camera we are considering is very close to the Olympus FE-120, but the latter has more than twice the sensor resolution.

And what is the main thing for the layman? The button you need to press to take a photo! And the price is attractive! What else is needed for happiness?

In a few minutes, we will see what the flagship of the photo industry is going to please us with.

Appearance and ergonomics

The camera looks rather unusual by today's standards. First of all, its width (40 mm) catches the eye, and the rest of the dimensions are not at all small (length - 103 mm, height - 52 mm). The weight of the camera is 195 grams. You can't call it pocket. Despite the fact that the case is made of plastic, there are a lot of details stylized as metal. What is only worth the front silver panel, on which branded inscriptions flaunt.

For the sake of fairness, it should be noted that there are two design modifications, they differ only in combinations of gray and silver.

On the front panel there is a rather traditional set: a flash, an autofocus assist lamp, an optical viewfinder window, a retractable lens. The lens frame is metal, the tube itself is plastic.

On the top side there are two buttons: shutter release and on / off. The shutter release is of medium hardness, the camera does not shudder when pressed. In this case, this is very important, since the lens is related to the far edge, relative to the button itself, so if you press too hard, there is a high probability of blurring the pictures.

All other controls are located on the back panel. We can say that everything is in order with the mode dial: it rotates easily, and the positions are fixed quite tolerably. There are only five sectors on it, although the symbols of the second and third are similar, and it is not entirely clear intuitively which one means what.

There are comments on the location of the remaining elements. It would be logical to place the Set button set aside in the middle of the joystick, and the joystick itself, which also controls zooming (there is no separate zoom button), is somewhat out of the concept of comfortable device control. While zooming, it is better to hold the camera with both hands due to the fact that its balance does not contribute to a secure fit in the palm of your hand at this moment.

The camera display is small, only one and a half inches. It is located under a protective glass (not as solid as, for example, the Olympus SP 700, but still). Brightness is frankly not enough for him. Even on a cloudy day, you have to look closely at it when framing. This moment is especially critical for panoramic shooting, when it is necessary to monitor the alignment of parts.

An alternative to the electronic viewfinder is the optical viewfinder. It is large enough for comfortable use. In the case when the main will be of little use, you can resort to its help. There are no additional marks inside the viewfinder.

Unlike the PowerShot A610, the rubber cover on the DC IN and USB jacks stays firmly in place. The cover for the battery pack and memory card slot is located on the side of the handle. It has a special sensor that turns off the power of the camera if it is opened (it’s a pity that the lens remains extended at the same time), it is mounted on a metal rod, but the plastic holder itself causes concern.

The socket for attaching to a tripod is plastic. Of particular interest is the plastic insert located on the left side at the base. Its purpose is not described anywhere, and in case it performs purely technical functions, what was the point of making it so noticeable?

The producers took care of the Russian-speaking audience. The box contains a quick start guide. A more detailed version is available in electronic form on disk.

The camera menu also has Russian localization.

Electronics and components

Before proceeding directly to the consideration of the technical characteristics of the model, it is necessary to clarify that this budget option will obviously differ from more expensive cameras, you should not expect outstanding characteristics from it.

Sensor. The physical size of the sensor is only 1/3.2 inches. This is less than usual (1/2.5). The resolution is only 3.2 million effective pixels. Against the background of today's "photomonsters" the above characteristics look very modest. However, given the ratio of the size and number of photocells, it can be assumed that this is the optimal balance, since an increase in their number will lead to a decrease in the size of each, and this will inevitably have a negative effect on noise.

The sensitivity range also looks modest: ISO 50, 100, 200.

Optics. 5.4 - 17.3mm zoom lens (35mm film equivalent range: 41 - 131mm). Here we should note the weak performance in the wide-angle position. Obviously, the lens was calculated for 1/2.5-inch matrices, and taking into account the fact that the active sensor is smaller, the focal values ​​shift upwards.

The maximum aperture is f/2.8 - f/5.1. The design consists of 7 elements in 6 groups.

Macro capabilities are good. The minimum focusing distance is 15mm. Given that we are dealing with a budget model, the performance is generally excellent.

Focus. The camera has an exclusively automatic focus mode (TTL). The system can work in intelligent AiAF mode with five points or in ordinary mode - 1-point autofocus (with a fixed center).

Shutter. Mechanical and electronic. Provides shutter speeds from the range of 1 - 1/2000 sec. For shutter speeds of 1/6 - 1 sec, the noise reduction function is used. You can't turn it off. There is no manual mode for setting exposure parameters.

The range itself looks quite attractive. Particularly pleased with the presence of short shutter speeds required in bright light. As for the long ones, for such a camera it is not entirely advisable to expand this range. Not every buyer of a budget model is ready to spend money on a tripod, and noise at slow shutter speeds is much more noticeable.

Display. 1.5-inch P-Si TFT with a resolution of about 120,000 pixels. Brightness adjustable in 15 steps. We have already talked about the quality of the display itself. As for the technical parameters as such, this is a long time ago. Even high resolution doesn't help much. New items have gone far ahead both in terms of image display quality and size. Actually, there is already a replacement for this camera - A430.

Flash. The built-in flash is located A GOOD PRICE HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI AT BUSANZA very well. By the way, Canon also produces an external flash for amateur models, which is attached to cameras using a special bracket.

At wide angle, the effective working distance is 0.47 - 3.0 m, at telephoto it is 2.0 m.

Memory. The camera supports SD/MMC memory cards. There is no internal memory for pictures. The kit comes with a 16 MB MMC card.

Data transfer. The disease of all Canon cameras - the lack of support for the USB Mass Storage standard - did not bypass this model either. The camera is not recognized as a disk, but as a separate pluggable device. You can access the snapshots using Internet Explorer (this is true for Windows XP SP3).

Food. Two sources of energy are possible. These are two AA batteries or a power adapter.

Functionality

The main role in the camera is played by automation. The disc contains a fully automatic mode, automatic with the ability to set a number of parameters manually, the "scene" mode (portrait, night shooting, children and animals, shooting indoors, foliage, snow, beach, fireworks), video recording and viewing.

I was pleased with the ability to set the ISO manually, it was nice to find the ability to adjust the white balance on a sheet of paper.

Exposure compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments is not available in all modes, but is included in the list of functions.

It should be noted that the continuous shooting mode is in no way inferior to that implemented in older Canon models. At full resolution, the camera produces 2.4 frames per second. The indicator is very decent, not only for an amateur camera. True, with the flash turned on, the rate of fire of the A610/620 cannot be achieved.

The lag shooting modes are exactly the same as those of the above-mentioned older models. As noted earlier, options with a two- and ten-second delay are possible. There is also interval shooting, the maximum burst length is 10 frames, the interval is 30 seconds.

The My Colors mode (8 settings) was discussed in detail in the A610 review. In the case of the A410, there is no manual color management. Everything else remains the same: color highlighting, color enhancement, color replacement. For a camera of this class, a very advanced functional set. Plus, in the normal shooting mode, you can tone the pictures, increase or decrease the brightness, and reduce the sharpness.

As far as video recording capabilities are concerned, here those who were inspired by the previous possibilities will be disappointed. Dry numbers are as follows: 640x480 (10 fps), 320x240 (20 fps). Sound is not recorded. Video data is stored in Motion JPEG format. This means that the videos will take up quite a lot of space on the card. One is limited to three minutes.

The "My Colors" mode is also duplicated for videos, however, despite this, the combination of parameters suggests that the video mode is frankly weak.

Shooting and image quality

Sensor. The small matrix makes quite a lot of noise. If we compare the noise with the A610, its ISO 400 noise level is comparable to the ISO 100 of the camera we tested. This is especially noticeable when comparing the red, green and blue channels separately. As you can see, you need to pay for higher quality, respectively.

The minimum sensitivity, ISO 50, is more usable. At ISO 200, the noise picture looks depressing. This is especially noticeable in night shots.

Here it is also necessary to note the lack of dynamic range of the sensor. Often in the pictures, the light areas are crossed. The camera pays more attention to the study of shadows.

Optics. For a budget model, the lens is pretty good. At wide angle, barrel distortion and vignetting are noticeable at the edges. At medium and telephoto, the picture is close to ideal.

Review of digital camera Canon PowerShot A410

Canon Corporation is one of the few manufacturers that has cameras in its lineup from cheap amateur to expensive professional. It is not always possible for her to maintain the reputation of a super-quality brand, but in general, many have already been able to appreciate the good quality of the models of this world-famous company.

The camera we will be reviewing today marks the beginning of Canon's line of cameras. It belongs to the budget series, its price fluctuates around $125. Primarily intended for those who already want to receive digital photos, but are not yet ready to allocate more significant budgets for the purchase.

It is clear that one should not expect any fantastic features from cameras of this price range, and in terms of quality, everything is not so clear from model to model. This means that even in this seemingly not very strong segment, the competition is very strong. On top of that, Samsung with its sub-$200 camera players is throwing up some problems. In terms of functionality, the camera we are considering is very close to the Olympus FE-120, but the latter has more than twice the sensor resolution.

And what is the main thing for the layman? The button you need to press to take a photo! And the price is attractive! What else is needed for happiness?

In a few minutes, we will see what the flagship of the photo industry is going to please us with.

Appearance and ergonomics

The camera looks rather unusual by today's standards. First of all, its width (40 mm) catches the eye, and the rest of the dimensions are not at all small (length - 103 mm, height - 52 mm). The weight of the camera is 195 grams. You can't call it pocket. Despite the fact that the case is made of plastic, there are a lot of details stylized as metal. What is only worth the front silver panel, on which branded inscriptions flaunt.

For the sake of fairness, it should be noted that there are two design modifications, they differ only in combinations of gray and silver.

On the front panel there is a rather traditional set: a flash, an autofocus assist lamp, an optical viewfinder window, a retractable lens. The lens frame is metal, the tube itself is plastic.

On the top side there are two buttons: shutter release and on / off. The shutter release is medium hard, the camera does not shudder when pressed. In this case, this is very important, since the lens is related to the far edge, relative to the button itself, so if you press too hard, there is a high probability of blurring the pictures.

All other controls are located on the back panel. We can say that everything is in order with the mode dial: it rotates easily, and the positions are fixed quite tolerably. There are only five sectors on it, although the symbols of the second and third are similar, and it is not entirely clear intuitively which one means what.

There are comments on the location of the remaining elements. It would be logical to place the Set button set aside in the middle of the joystick, and the joystick itself, which also controls zooming (there is no separate zoom button), is somewhat out of the concept of comfortable device control. While zooming, it is better to hold the camera with both hands due to the fact that its balance does not contribute to a secure fit in the palm of your hand at this moment.

The camera display is small, only one and a half inches. It is located under a protective glass (not as solid as, for example, the Olympus SP 700, but still). Brightness is frankly not enough for him. Even on a cloudy day, you have to look closely at it when framing. This moment is especially critical for panoramic shooting, when it is necessary to monitor the alignment of parts.

An alternative to the electronic viewfinder is the optical viewfinder. It is large enough for comfortable use. In the case when the main will be of little use, you can resort to its help. There are no additional marks inside the viewfinder.

Unlike the PowerShot A610, the rubber cover on the DC IN and USB jacks stays firmly in place. The cover for the battery pack and memory card slot is located on the side of the handle. It has a special sensor that turns off the power of the camera if it is opened (it’s a pity that the lens remains extended at the same time), it is mounted on a metal rod, but the plastic holder itself causes concern.

The socket for attaching to a tripod is plastic. Of particular interest is the plastic insert located on the left side at the base. Its purpose is not described anywhere, and in case it performs purely technical functions, what was the point of making it so noticeable?

The producers took care of the Russian-speaking audience. The box contains a quick start guide. A more detailed version is available in electronic form on disk.

The camera menu also has Russian localization.

Electronics and components

Before proceeding directly to the consideration of the technical characteristics of the model, it is necessary to clarify that this budget option will obviously differ from more expensive cameras, you should not expect outstanding characteristics from it.

Sensor. The physical size of the sensor is only 1/3.2 inches. This is less than usual (1/2.5). The resolution is only 3.2 million effective pixels. Against the background of today's "photomonsters" the above characteristics look very modest. However, given the ratio of the size and number of photocells, it can be assumed that this is the optimal balance, since an increase in their number will lead to a decrease in the size of each, and this will inevitably have a negative effect on noise.

The sensitivity range also looks modest: ISO 50, 100, 200.

Optics. 5.4 - 17.3mm zoom lens (35mm film equivalent range: 41 - 131mm). Here we should note the weak performance in the wide-angle position. Obviously, the lens was calculated for 1/2.5-inch matrices, and taking into account the fact that the active sensor is smaller, the focal values ​​shift upwards.

The maximum aperture is f/2.8 - f/5.1. The design consists of 7 elements in 6 groups.

Macro capabilities are good. The minimum focusing distance is 15mm. Given that we are dealing with a budget model, the performance is generally excellent.

Focus. The camera has an exclusively automatic focus mode (TTL). The system can work in intelligent AiAF mode with five points or in ordinary mode - 1-point autofocus (with a fixed center).

Shutter. Mechanical and electronic. Provides shutter speeds from the range of 1 - 1/2000 sec. For shutter speeds of 1/6 - 1 sec, the noise reduction function is used. You can't turn it off. There is no manual mode for setting exposure parameters.

The range itself looks quite attractive. Particularly pleased with the presence of short shutter speeds required in bright light. As for the long ones, for such a camera it is not entirely advisable to expand this range. Not every buyer of a budget model is ready to spend money on a tripod, and noise at slow shutter speeds is much more noticeable.

Display. 1.5-inch P-Si TFT with a resolution of about 120,000 pixels. Brightness adjustable in 15 steps. We have already talked about the quality of the display itself. As for the technical parameters as such, this is a long time ago. Even high resolution doesn't help much. New items have gone far ahead both in terms of image display quality and size. Actually, there is already a replacement for this camera - A430.

Flash. The built-in flash is located A GOOD PRICE HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI AT BUSANZA very well. By the way, Canon also produces an external flash for amateur models, which is attached to cameras using a special bracket.

At wide angle, the effective working distance is 0.47 - 3.0 m, at telephoto it is 2.0 m.

Memory. The camera supports SD/MMC memory cards. There is no internal memory for pictures. The kit comes with a 16 MB MMC card.

Data transfer. The disease of all Canon cameras - the lack of support for the USB Mass Storage standard - did not bypass this model either. The camera is not recognized as a disk, but as a separate pluggable device. You can access the snapshots using Internet Explorer (this is true for Windows XP SP3).

Food. Two sources of energy are possible. These are two AA batteries or a power adapter.

Functionality

The main role in the camera is played by automation. The disc contains a fully automatic mode, automatic with the ability to set a number of parameters manually, the "scene" mode (portrait, night shooting, children and animals, shooting indoors, foliage, snow, beach, fireworks), video recording and viewing.

I was pleased with the ability to set the ISO manually, it was nice to find the ability to adjust the white balance on a sheet of paper.

Exposure compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments is not available in all modes, but is included in the list of functions.

It should be noted that the continuous shooting mode is in no way inferior to that implemented in older Canon models. At full resolution, the camera produces 2.4 frames per second. The indicator is very decent, not only for an amateur camera. True, with the flash turned on, the rate of fire of the A610/620 cannot be achieved.

The lag shooting modes are exactly the same as those of the above-mentioned older models. As noted earlier, options with a two- and ten-second delay are possible. There is also interval shooting, the maximum burst length is 10 frames, the interval is 30 seconds.

The My Colors mode (8 settings) was discussed in detail in the A610 review. In the case of the A410, there is no manual color management. Everything else remains the same: color highlighting, color enhancement, color replacement. For a camera of this class, a very advanced functional set. Plus, in the normal shooting mode, you can tone the pictures, increase or decrease the brightness, and reduce the sharpness.

As far as video recording capabilities are concerned, here those who were inspired by the previous possibilities will be disappointed. Dry numbers are as follows: 640x480 (10 fps), 320x240 (20 fps). Sound is not recorded. Video data is stored in Motion JPEG format. This means that the videos will take up quite a lot of space on the card. One is limited to three minutes.

The "My Colors" mode is also duplicated for videos, however, despite this, the combination of parameters suggests that the video mode is frankly weak.

Shooting and image quality

Sensor. The small matrix makes quite a lot of noise. If we compare the noise with the A610, its ISO 400 noise level is comparable to the ISO 100 of the camera we tested. This is especially noticeable when comparing the red, green and blue channels separately. As you can see, you need to pay for higher quality, respectively.

The minimum sensitivity, ISO 50, is more usable. At ISO 200, the noise picture looks depressing. This is especially noticeable in night shots.

Here it is also necessary to note the lack of dynamic range of the sensor. Often in the pictures, the light areas are crossed. The camera pays more attention to the study of shadows.

Optics. For a budget model, the lens is pretty good. At wide angle, barrel distortion and vignetting are noticeable at the edges. At medium and telephoto, the picture is close to ideal.

Review of digital camera Canon PowerShot A410

Canon Corporation is one of the few manufacturers that has cameras in its lineup from cheap amateur to expensive professional. It is not always possible for her to maintain the reputation of a super-quality brand, but in general, many have already been able to appreciate the good quality of the models of this world-famous company.

The camera we will be reviewing today marks the beginning of Canon's line of cameras. It belongs to the budget series, its price fluctuates around $125. Primarily intended for those who already want to receive digital photos, but are not yet ready to allocate more significant budgets for the purchase.

It is clear that one should not expect any fantastic features from cameras of this price range, and in terms of quality, everything is not so clear from model to model. This means that even in this seemingly not very strong segment, the competition is very strong. On top of all that, Samsung, with its sub-$200 camera players, is throwing up some problems. In terms of functionality, the camera we are considering is very close to the Olympus FE-120, however, the latter has more than twice the sensor resolution.

And what is the main thing for the layman? The button you need to press to take a photo! And the price is attractive! What else is needed for happiness?

In a few minutes, we will see what the flagship of the photo industry is going to please us with.

Appearance and ergonomics

The camera looks rather unusual by today's standards. First of all, its width (40 mm) catches the eye, and the rest of the dimensions are not at all small (length - 103 mm, height - 52 mm). The weight of the camera is 195 grams. You can't call it pocket. Despite the fact that the case is made of plastic, there are a lot of details stylized as metal. What is only worth the front silver panel, on which branded inscriptions flaunt.

For the sake of fairness, it should be noted that there are two design modifications, they differ only in combinations of gray and silver.

On the front panel there is a rather traditional set: a flash, an autofocus assist lamp, an optical viewfinder window, a retractable lens. The frame of the lens is metal, the tube itself is plastic.

On the top side there are two buttons: shutter release and on / off. The shutter release is of medium hardness, the camera does not shudder when pressed. In this case, this is very important, since the lens is related to the far edge, relative to the button itself, so if you press too hard, there is a high probability of blurring the pictures.

All other controls are located on the back panel. We can say that everything is in order with the mode dial: it rotates easily, and the positions are fixed quite tolerably. There are only five sectors on it, although the symbols of the second and third are similar, and it is not entirely clear intuitively which one means what.

There are comments on the location of the remaining elements. It would be logical to place the Set button set aside in the middle of the joystick, and the joystick itself, which also controls zooming (there is no separate zoom button), is somewhat out of the concept of comfortable device control. While zooming, it is better to hold the camera with both hands due to the fact that its balance does not contribute to a secure fit in the palm of your hand at this moment.

The camera display is small, only one and a half inches. It is located under a protective glass (not as solid as, for example, the Olympus SP 700, but still). Brightness is frankly not enough for him. Even on a cloudy day, you have to look closely at it when framing. This moment is especially critical for panoramic shooting, when it is necessary to monitor the alignment of parts.

An alternative to the electronic viewfinder is the optical viewfinder. It is large enough for comfortable use. In the case when the main will be of little use, you can resort to its help. There are no additional marks inside the viewfinder.

Unlike the PowerShot A610, the rubber cover on the DC IN and USB jacks stays firmly in place. The cover for the battery pack and memory card slot is located on the side of the handle. It has a special sensor that turns off the power of the camera if it is opened (it’s a pity that the lens remains extended at the same time), it is mounted on a metal rod, but the plastic holder itself causes concern.

The socket for attaching to a tripod is plastic. Of particular interest is the plastic insert located on the left side at the base. Its purpose is not described anywhere, and in case it performs purely technical functions, what was the point of making it so noticeable?

The producers took care of the Russian-speaking audience. The box contains a quick start guide. A more detailed version is available electronically on disk.

The camera menu also has Russian localization.

Electronics and components

Before proceeding directly to the consideration of the technical characteristics of the model, it is necessary to clarify that this budget option will obviously differ from more expensive cameras, you should not expect outstanding characteristics from it.

Sensor. The physical size of the sensor is only 1/3.2 inches. This is less than usual (1/2.5). The resolution is only 3.2 million effective pixels. Against the background of today's "photomonsters" the above characteristics look very modest. However, given the ratio of the size and number of photocells, it can be assumed that this is the optimal balance, since an increase in their number will lead to a decrease in the size of each, and this will inevitably have a negative effect on noise.

The sensitivity range also looks modest: ISO 50, 100, 200.

Optics. 5.4 - 17.3mm zoom lens (35mm film equivalent range: 41 - 131mm). Here we should note the weak performance in the wide-angle position. Obviously, the lens was calculated for 1/2.5-inch matrices, and taking into account the fact that the active sensor is smaller, the focal values ​​shift upwards.

The maximum aperture is f/2.8 - f/5.1. The design consists of 7 elements in 6 groups.

Macro capabilities are good. The minimum focusing distance is 15mm. Given that we are dealing with a budget model, the performance is generally excellent.

Focus. The camera has an exclusively automatic focus mode (TTL). The system can work in intelligent AiAF mode with five points or in ordinary mode - 1-point autofocus (with a fixed center).

Shutter. Mechanical and electronic. Provides shutter speeds from the range of 1 - 1/2000 sec. For shutter speeds of 1/6 - 1 sec, the noise reduction function is used. You can't turn it off. There is no manual mode for setting exposure parameters.

The range itself looks quite attractive. Particularly pleased with the presence of short shutter speeds required in bright light. As for the long ones, for such a camera it is not entirely advisable to expand this range. Not every buyer of a budget model is ready to spend money on a tripod, and noise at slow shutter speeds is much more noticeable.

Display. 1.5-inch P-Si TFT with a resolution of about 120,000 pixels. Brightness adjustable in 15 steps. We have already talked about the quality of the display itself. As for the technical parameters as such, this is a long time ago. Even high resolution doesn't help much. New items have gone far ahead both in terms of image display quality and size. Actually, there is already a replacement for this camera - A430.

Flash. The built-in flash is located A GOOD PRICE HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI AT BUSANZA very well. By the way, Canon also produces an external flash for amateur models, which is attached to cameras using a special bracket.

At wide angle, the effective working distance is 0.47 - 3.0 m, at telephoto it is 2.0 m.

Memory. The camera supports SD/MMC memory cards. There is no internal memory for pictures. The kit comes with a 16 MB MMC card.

Data transfer. The disease of all Canon cameras - the lack of support for the USB Mass Storage standard - did not bypass this model either. The camera is not recognized as a disk, but as a separate pluggable device. You can access the snapshots using Internet Explorer (this is true for Windows XP SP3).

Food. Two sources of energy are possible. These are two AA batteries or a power adapter.

Functionality

The main role in the camera is played by automation. The disc contains a fully automatic mode, automatic with the ability to set a number of parameters manually, the "scene" mode (portrait, night shooting, children and animals, shooting indoors, foliage, snow, beach, fireworks), video recording and viewing.

I was pleased with the ability to set the ISO manually, it was nice to find the ability to adjust the white balance on a sheet of paper.

Exposure compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments is not available in all modes, but is included in the list of functions.

It should be noted that the continuous shooting mode is in no way inferior to that implemented in older Canon models. At full resolution, the camera produces 2.4 frames per second. The indicator is very decent, not only for an amateur camera. True, with the flash turned on, the rate of fire of the A610/620 cannot be achieved.

The lag shooting modes are exactly the same as those of the above-mentioned older models. As noted earlier, options with a two- and ten-second delay are possible. There is also interval shooting, the maximum burst length is 10 frames, the interval is 30 seconds.

The My Colors mode (8 settings) was discussed in detail in the A610 review. In the case of the A410, there is no manual color management. Everything else remains the same: color highlighting, color enhancement, color replacement. For a camera of this class, a very advanced functional set. Plus, in the normal shooting mode, you can tone the pictures, increase or decrease the brightness, and reduce the sharpness.

As far as video recording capabilities are concerned, here those who were inspired by the previous possibilities will be disappointed. Dry numbers are as follows: 640x480 (10 fps), 320x240 (20 fps). Sound is not recorded. Video data is stored in Motion JPEG format. This means that the videos will take up quite a lot of space on the card. One is limited to three minutes.

The "My Colors" mode is also duplicated for videos, however, despite this, the combination of parameters suggests that the video mode is frankly weak.

Shooting and image quality

Sensor. The small matrix makes quite a lot of noise. If we compare the noise with the A610, its ISO 400 noise level is comparable to the ISO 100 of the camera we tested. This is especially noticeable when comparing the red, green and blue channels separately. As you can see, you need to pay for higher quality, respectively.

The minimum sensitivity, ISO 50, is more usable. At ISO 200, the noise picture looks depressing. This is especially noticeable in night shots.

Here it is also necessary to note the lack of dynamic range of the sensor. Often in the pictures, the light areas are crossed. The camera pays more attention to the study of shadows.

Optics. For a budget model, the lens is pretty good. At wide angle, barrel distortion and vignetting are noticeable at the edges. At medium and telephoto, the picture is close to ideal.

Review of digital camera Canon PowerShot A410

Canon Corporation is one of the few manufacturers that has cameras in its lineup from cheap amateur to expensive professional. It is not always possible for her to maintain the reputation of a super-quality brand, but in general, many have already been able to appreciate the good quality of the models of this world-famous company.

The camera we will be reviewing today marks the beginning of Canon's line of cameras. It belongs to the budget series, its price fluctuates around $125. Primarily intended for those who already want to receive digital photos, but are not yet ready to allocate more significant budgets for the purchase.

It is clear that one should not expect any fantastic features from cameras of this price range, and in terms of quality, everything is not so clear from model to model. This means that even in this seemingly not very strong segment, the competition is very strong. On top of that, Samsung with its sub-$200 camera players is throwing up some problems. In terms of functionality, the camera we are considering is very close to the Olympus FE-120, but the latter has more than twice the sensor resolution.

And what is the main thing for the layman? The button you need to press to take a photo! And the price is attractive! What else is needed for happiness?

In a few minutes, we will see what the flagship of the photo industry is going to please us with.

Appearance and ergonomics

The camera looks rather unusual by today's standards. First of all, its width (40 mm) catches the eye, and the rest of the dimensions are not at all small (length - 103 mm, height - 52 mm). The weight of the camera is 195 grams. You can't call it pocket. Despite the fact that the case is made of plastic, there are a lot of details stylized as metal. What is only worth the front silver panel, on which branded inscriptions flaunt.

For the sake of fairness, it should be noted that there are two design modifications, they differ only in combinations of gray and silver.

On the front panel there is a rather traditional set: a flash, an autofocus assist lamp, an optical viewfinder window, a retractable lens. The frame of the lens is metal, the tube itself is plastic.

On the top side there are two buttons: shutter release and on / off. The shutter release is of medium hardness, the camera does not shudder when pressed. In this case, this is very important, since the lens is related to the far edge, relative to the button itself, so if you press too hard, there is a high probability of blurring the pictures.

All other controls are located on the back panel. We can say that everything is in order with the mode dial: it rotates easily, and the positions are fixed quite tolerably. There are only five sectors on it, although the symbols of the second and third are similar, and it is not entirely clear intuitively which one means what.

There are comments on the location of the remaining elements. It would be logical to place the Set button set aside in the middle of the joystick, and the joystick itself, which also controls zooming (there is no separate zoom button), is somewhat out of the concept of comfortable device control. While zooming, it is better to hold the camera with both hands due to the fact that its balance does not contribute to a secure fit in the palm of your hand at this moment.

The camera display is small, only one and a half inches. It is located under a protective glass (not as solid as, for example, the Olympus SP 700, but still). Brightness is frankly not enough for him. Even on a cloudy day, you have to look closely at it when framing. This moment is especially critical for panoramic shooting, when it is necessary to monitor the alignment of parts.

An alternative to the electronic viewfinder is the optical viewfinder. It is large enough for comfortable use. In the case when the main will be of little use, you can resort to its help. There are no additional marks inside the viewfinder.

Unlike the PowerShot A610, the rubber cover on the DC IN and USB jacks stays firmly in place. The cover for the battery pack and memory card slot is located on the side of the handle. It has a special sensor that turns off the power of the camera if it is opened (it’s a pity that the lens remains extended at the same time), it is mounted on a metal rod, but the plastic holder itself causes concern.

The socket for attaching to a tripod is plastic. Of particular interest is the plastic insert located on the left side at the base. Its purpose is not described anywhere, and in case it performs purely technical functions, what was the point of making it so noticeable?

The producers took care of the Russian-speaking audience. The box contains a quick start guide. A more detailed version is available electronically on disk.

The camera menu also has Russian localization.

Electronics and components

Before proceeding directly to the consideration of the technical characteristics of the model, it is necessary to clarify that this budget option will obviously differ from more expensive cameras, you should not expect outstanding characteristics from it.

Sensor. The physical size of the sensor is only 1/3.2 inches. This is less than usual (1/2.5). The resolution is only 3.2 million effective pixels. Against the background of today's "photomonsters" the above characteristics look very modest. However, given the ratio of the size and number of photocells, it can be assumed that this is the optimal balance, since an increase in their number will lead to a decrease in the size of each, and this will inevitably have a negative effect on noise.

The sensitivity range also looks modest: ISO 50, 100, 200.

Optics. 5.4 - 17.3mm zoom lens (35mm film equivalent range: 41 - 131mm). Here we should note the weak performance in the wide-angle position. Obviously, the lens was calculated for 1/2.5-inch matrices, and taking into account the fact that the active sensor is smaller, the focal values ​​shift upwards.

The maximum aperture is f/2.8 - f/5.1. The design consists of 7 elements in 6 groups.

Macro capabilities are good. The minimum focusing distance is 15mm. Given that we are dealing with a budget model, the performance is generally excellent.

Focus. The camera has an exclusively automatic focus mode (TTL). The system can work in intelligent AiAF mode with five points or in ordinary mode - 1-point autofocus (with a fixed center).

Shutter. Mechanical and electronic. Provides shutter speeds from the range of 1 - 1/2000 sec. For shutter speeds of 1/6 - 1 sec, the noise reduction function is used. You can't turn it off. There is no manual mode for setting exposure parameters.

The range itself looks quite attractive. Particularly pleased with the presence of short shutter speeds required in bright light. As for the long ones, for such a camera it is not entirely advisable to expand this range. Not every buyer of a budget model is ready to spend money on a tripod, and noise at slow shutter speeds is much more noticeable.

Display. 1.5-inch P-Si TFT with a resolution of about 120,000 pixels. Brightness adjustable in 15 steps. We have already talked about the quality of the display itself. As for the technical parameters as such, this is a long time ago. Even high resolution doesn't help much. New items have gone far ahead both in terms of image display quality and size. Actually, there is already a replacement for this camera - A430.

Flash. The built-in flash is well positioned in A GOOD PRICE HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI AT BUSANZA. By the way, Canon also produces an external flash for amateur models, which is attached to cameras using a special bracket.

Flash. The built-in flash is located A GOOD PRICE HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI AT BUSANZA A GOOD PRICE HOUSE FOR SALE IN KIGALI AT BUSANZA very successfully. By the way, Canon also produces an external flash for amateur models, which is attached to cameras using a special bracket.

At wide angle, the effective working distance is 0.47 - 3.0 m, at telephoto it is 2.0 m.

Memory. The camera supports SD/MMC memory cards. There is no internal memory for pictures. The kit comes with a 16 MB MMC card.

Data transfer. The disease of all Canon cameras - the lack of support for the USB Mass Storage standard - did not bypass this model either. The camera is not recognized as a disk, but as a separate pluggable device. You can access the snapshots using Internet Explorer (this is true for Windows XP SP3).

Food. Two sources of energy are possible. These are two AA batteries or a power adapter.

Functionality

The main role in the camera is played by automation. The disc contains a fully automatic mode, automatic with the ability to set a number of parameters manually, the "scene" mode (portrait, night shooting, children and animals, shooting indoors, foliage, snow, beach, fireworks), video recording and viewing.

I was pleased with the ability to set the ISO manually, it was nice to find the ability to adjust the white balance on a sheet of paper.

Exposure compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3-stop increments is not available in all modes, but is included in the list of functions.

It should be noted that the continuous shooting mode is in no way inferior to that implemented in older Canon models. At full resolution, the camera produces 2.4 frames per second. The indicator is very decent, not only for an amateur camera. True, with the flash turned on, the rate of fire of the A610/620 cannot be achieved.

The lag shooting modes are exactly the same as those of the above-mentioned older models. As noted earlier, options with a two- and ten-second delay are possible. There is also interval shooting, the maximum burst length is 10 frames, the interval is 30 seconds.

The My Colors mode (8 settings) was discussed in detail in the A610 review. In the case of the A410, there is no manual color management. Everything else remains the same: color highlighting, color enhancement, color replacement. For a camera of this class, a very advanced functional set. Plus, in the normal shooting mode, you can tone the pictures, increase or decrease the brightness, and reduce the sharpness.

As far as video recording capabilities are concerned, here those who were inspired by the previous possibilities will be disappointed. Dry numbers are as follows: 640x480 (10 fps), 320x240 (20 fps). Sound is not recorded. Video data is stored in Motion JPEG format. This means that the videos will take up quite a lot of space on the card. One is limited to three minutes.

The "My Colors" mode is also duplicated for videos, however, despite this, the combination of parameters suggests that the video mode is frankly weak.

Shooting and image quality

Sensor. The small matrix makes quite a lot of noise. If we compare the noise with the A610, its ISO 400 noise level is comparable to the ISO 100 of the camera we tested. This is especially noticeable when comparing the red, green and blue channels separately. As you can see, you need to pay for higher quality, respectively.

The minimum sensitivity, ISO 50, is more usable. At ISO 200, the noise picture looks depressing. This is especially noticeable in night shots.

Here it is also necessary to note the lack of dynamic range of the sensor. Often in the pictures, the light areas are crossed. The camera pays more attention to the study of shadows.

Optics. For a budget model, the lens is pretty good. At wide angle, barrel distortion and vignetting are noticeable at the edges. At medium and telephoto, the picture is close to ideal.