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Canon PowerShot A85


Canon PowerShot A85

Category: Beginner Amateur

The Canon PowerShot A85 improves on the PowerShot A75 it replaces with 4 megapixels resolution, otherwise it remains a feature-packed, yet easy to use, compact digital camera. Set it on Auto and let the Canon optics and electronics do the rest. Want to make sure that the camera grows with you as you learn more about photography? The A85 has Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, 12 scene modes, and full Manual mode for total creative control.

Just like the A75, maximum aperture is a standard F2.8 and shutter speed ranges from 15-1/2,000 sec., permitting capturing night scenes as well as freezing fast action shots. The 105mm equivalent focal length is perfect for portrait photography: the 3x optical zoom allows you to stand back and still fill the frame with a person's face. Or, come in as close as 2 in. to your subject for real close macro shots. Plus, shoot expansive panorama shots using the Stitch-Assist feature.

The Canon PowerShot A85 is our recommended entry level digital camera for someone just starting out in photography. Not only can you immediately start using it out of the box as an automatic point-and-shoot digital camera, but it is feature-packed and will grow with you as you learn more about photography.

Canon PowerShot A85
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Canon PowerShot A85 Home PageHome Page
  Image Sensor 4.0 effective megapixels
1/2.7 in. CCD
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 5.4 – 16.2mm (35 – 105mm, 35mm equivalent)  
  Aperture F2.8 – F8.0 (W), F4.8 – F8.0 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 5 cm / 2 in.  
  Auto Focus TTL autofocus;
AF lock and Manual focus are available.
Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (center)
  Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2000 sec.
15 - 1.3 sec. or slower shutter speeds are available in Shutter-speed priority mode or Manual mode.
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction
  Exposure Control Program AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Manual  
  Shooting Modes Auto
Creative zone: Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual
Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Fast shutter, Slow shutter, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater and Indoor), Stitch assist and Movie;
Movie (30 sec. of 640x480, 3 min. of 320x240) with sound;
Continuous Shooring: Approx. 1.5 shots/sec.
(Large/Fine mode, LCD monitor off)
  Exposure Compensation ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot  
  White Balance Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), or Custom White Balance  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom  
  LCD 1.8-inch TFT color LCD, approx. 118,000 pixels; 100% coverage  
  ISO Sensitivity AUTO; ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 equivalent  
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I  
  Battery AA-size alkaline batteries (included in the camera kit)
AA-size rechargeable NiMH batteries (sold separately)
AC Adapter Kit ACK600 (sold separately)
  Included Accessories
32MB CF Card
4 AA Alkaline Batteries
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Strap (Wrist)
Software CD-ROMs (Digital Camera Solution, ArcSoft Camera Suite)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 101.0 x 64.0 x 31.5mm /
4.0 x 2.5 x 1.2 in.
(Excluding grip, lens and protrusions)
  Weight (Camera body only) 200g / 7.1 oz.  
  MSRP US$249.99 / CAD$338  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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PowerShot A85:

Recommended Accessories:

  • Soft Case
  • Battery Charger Kit
  • Second set of 4 rechargeable NiMH batteries
  • 256MB CF Card
  • AC Adapter
  • Tele Converter Lens (2.4x, 35mm film equivalent: 252mm)
  • Underwater Marine Case (if you're into underwater photography)

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