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Canon PowerShot A700


Canon PowerShot A700
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Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Canon PowerShot A700 is a new model in the PowerShot A series lineup and is equipped with a 6x optical zoom, which covers a 35mm film equivalent focal length ranging from 35 mm (Wide Angle) to 210 mm (Telephoto). It also has a real-image optical viewfinder that works with the 6x zoom.

The Canon A700 adds ISO 800 to allow the use of a faster shutter speed when shooting in low-light situations. Also, "High ISO Auto", which automatically increases the ISO speed setting beyond the selectable settings when needed, has been added to the ISO speed position.

Movies can be recorded VGA (640 x 480 pixels) at a full 30 fps and can be taken continuously until the clip size reaches 1GB or the clip length reaches 1 hour. Macro mode allows you to shoot a subject when the distance from the front of the lens to the subject is 1 cm (0.39 in.). It has a 2.5-inch Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) with backlighting with lower power consumption and high brightness.

Various accessories sold separately, such as conversion lenses, are available. In addition, the High-Power Flash HF-DC1 (sold separately) that extends the range of flash shooting is available.

The Canon PowerShot A700 has full exposure flexibility and is feature-packed. It will grow with you as you learn more about digital photography.

Canon PowerShot A700
QuickFact™ Sheet
Canon PowerShot A700Home Page
Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 6.0 million
Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx 6.2 million)
Lens 5.8 (W) - 34.8 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 35 - 210 mm)
f/2.8 (W) - f/4.8 (T)
Optical Zoom 6x
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 24x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.5-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 115,000 pixels (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System TTL autofocus
AF lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing frame: 9-point (AiAF) / 1-point (AF)*
* Fixed to center or FlexiZone AF
Shooting Distance
(From the front of the lens)
Normal: 55 cm (1.8 ft.) - infinity
Macro: 1 - 55 cm (0.4 in. - 1.8 ft.)(W)
Manual focus: 1 cm (0.4 in.) - infinity (W)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 15 - 1/2000 sec.
* The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode.
* Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot*
* Fixed to center or linked to the AF frame
Exposure Compensation ±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed Auto*, High ISO Auto*, ISO 80/100/200/400/800 equivalent
* Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Custom
Built-in Flash Auto*, on*, off
* Red-eye reduction is available.
FE Lock and flash output settings are available.
Flash Range Normal: 55 cm - 3.5 m (1.8 - 11 ft.) (W)
55 cm - 2.5 m (1.8 - 8.2 ft.) (T)
Macro: 30 - 55 cm (12 in. - 1.8 ft.) (W/T)

(When ISO speed is set to AUTO)


Flash Exposure Compensation

± 2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Modes


Creative zone: Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual

Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Special Scene*1, Stitch Assist and Movie*2
*1: Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Color Swap and Color Accent.
*2: Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, Color Accent and Color Swap.

Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.0 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
Recording Media SD memory card/MultiMediaCard
* This camera has been tasted with memory cards through 2 GB. Use of all memory cards cannot be guaranteed.
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type

Still images: Exif 2.2(JPEG)*1, Sound Memo: WAVE (monaural)

Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))

Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels (Still Images) Large: 2816 x 2112 pixels
Middle 1: 2272 x 1704 pixels
Middle 2: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Small: 640 x 480 pixels
Postcard Date Imprint Mode: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Widescreen: 2816 x 1584 pixels
Number of Recording Pixels (Movies) Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap:
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full* (can record up to a maximum of 1GB at one time)**
Fast Frame Rate:
320 x 240 pixels (60 frames/sec.)
Max. Clip Length at one time: 1 minute
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
Max. Clip Length at one time: 3 minutes
* Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC-512MSH recommended).
** Even if the clip size has not reached 1 GB, recording will stop at the moment the clip length reaches 1 hour. Depending on the volume and data writing speed of the memory card, recording may stop before reaching 1 hour or before the recorded data volume has reached 1 GB.
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Jump (it is possible to jump to every tenth or hundredth image, to the first image of each shooting date, to the first image in each folder, or to movies. In index playback mode, it displays 9 images at once.), Sound memos (up to 1 min.), Auto Play or Movie (edit/slow motion play back possible).
Direct Print PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
My Camera Settings Start-up image, start-up sound, operation sound, self-timer sound, and shutter sound.
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B), PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol)
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source 2 AA-size alkaline batteries
2 AA-size rechargeable NiMH batteries NB4-300 (sold separately)
AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (sold separately)
Operating Temperature 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 - 90 %
Included Accessories - Memory Card (16MB)
- AA-size Alkaline Batteries (x2)
- Wrist Strap WS-200
- AV Cable AVC-DC300
- USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Digital Camera Solution Disk (CD-ROM)
- User Guides
Dimensions (W x H x D, excluding protrusions) 94.5 x 66.5 x 43.4 mm (3.72 x 2.62 x 1.71 in.) (excluding protrusions)
Weight (camera body only) Approx. 200 g (7.05 oz.) (camera body only)
MSRP US$349.99 / CDN $550

*1: This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called "Exif Print"). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.

All data is based on Canon's standard testing methods.

Subject to change without notice.

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