While being smaller and more robust, the A410 has a longer optical zoom of 3.2
x (41-131mm equivalent) allowing the user extra reach. The increased maximum
aperture provides more options when shooting in low light. 5-point AiAF auto
focus analyses the composition of the shot and focuses the camera accordingly,
keeping even off-center subjects sharply in focus. Super Macro mode allows
focus on subjects as close as 1.5 centimeters from the lens.
Users can take photographs using the optical viewfinder or the 1.5-inch LCD
monitor. The monitor is adjustable up to 15 levels of brightness, and the user
interface has been improved to make the camera even more simple to use. 22
language settings can be displayed.
To take full advantage of the camera's zoom range, the A410's flash has been
repositioned, ensuring that there are no dark shadows in images when they are
recorded with the lens fully extended. The flash covers a range of up to 3
The A410 has 14 shooting modes to select from, including 8 pre-set Special
Scene modes to help achieve great results in tricky lighting conditions. These
modes include Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids and Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Beach,
Snow, and Fireworks. To assist photographers with composition, a gridline
display can be selected, which helps with framing shots and keeping horizons
level. The addition of My Colors allows the operator to use enhanced,
in-camera digital effects, such as Color Swap, while shooting. Previously,
this level of image enhancement was only possible after downloading to a PC,
and using specialised software.
The A410 also allows users to capture high quality movie clips. It supports
VGA (640 x 480) and QVGA (320 x 240) quality at 10 and 20 frames per second
respectively. Up to 3 minutes of footage can be captured. A Compact Mode is
provided for producing clips suitable for e-mail without the problem of
unwieldy file sizes.
At 3.2 megapixels, the A410 can print photo quality images up to A4 size. When
used in combination with Canon's new Compact Photo Printer Selphy CP510 and
Canon's Ink and Paper Set (KP-108IP), prints can be produced very
inexpensively. Printing via Selphy CP Compact Photo Printers also allows the
user to print handy ID Photo prints and movie prints.
When connected to the latest range of PictBridge compatible PIXMA printers,
image enhancement is possible with functions including Noise Reduction and
Vivid Photo as well as the new Face Brightener feature.
Printing of images without having to connect to a PC is also made simpler via
the Print/Share button.
The A410 comes bundled with the following Canon software:
ZoomBrowser EX 5.5,
PhotoRecord 2.2 (Windows), ImageBrowser 5.5 (Macintosh): For easy image download,
storage and retrieval, as well as management of image layout and printing.
Creates stunning panoramas and
can be used with Windows and Macintosh.
PhotoStudio: The photo manipulation software by
Purchasers of the A410 are eligible for membership of Canon iMAGE Gateway ,
where they can upload images and customise their camera settings.
The bundled software supports Windows 98 (SE), ME, 2000 (SP4), XP (SP1/3) and
Macintosh OS X v10.2-v10.3. The A410 supports PTP for driverless transfer to
supported Windows XP or Macintosh OS X.
What's in the box
PowerShot A410 body, two AA-size Alkaline batteries, 16 MB MultiMediaCard
MMC-16M, wrist strap WS-800, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface
Easy to use yet loaded with features, this Canon digital camera is equipped
with everything you need to take fantastic pictures quickly and easily.
Includes a Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading plus ID
Photo Print and Movie Print with Canon CP and SELPHY Photo Printers.
I'd gladly pay more for this, but won't complain!, September 29, 2005
Reviewer: Ghengis SD
This is a superb camera at an unbelievable price. The camera body is very
attractive, it's light and portable, and the controls are very easy and
intuitive to use. 3.2MP is more than enough for very high quality prints,
though I did add a 512k card. Don't get all caught up with worrying about
3mp vs 5mp vs 7mp unless you plan to print lots of poster size images. Now
I can take and store 400 pictures on one battery charge with the LCD on.
Simply amazing technology.
I compared all kinds of cameras under $500, and this one not only does
everything I need, but it's very affordable. This will keep me happy for
many years to come. Now what to do with all the $$$ I saved...
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