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Canon PowerShot A430 review roundup
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Canon PowerShot A430 reviewsFast, affordable and feature packed, all within a pocket-sized body. The easy to use PowerShot A430 is the perfect camera for newcomers to digital photography. With a high resolution 4.0MP sensor and Canon 4x optical zoom lens the PowerShot A430 is capable of capturing images that will produce superb prints up to A4 size.

Review shop reviewed Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote:
"I highly recommend the Canon PowerShot A430 if you need an inexpensive yet capable compact camera that produces very good photos with print sizes of up 8x10 inches, has 4x optical zoom and uses two AA batteries. It is easy to use. But if you need more manual control or faster flash recharge times, check out the Canon A610 or Canon A620."
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Cameras.co.uk reviewed Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote:
"If I was looking for an entry level digital camera this is certainly one I would like to own. Picture quality is the most important factor of any digital camera and the Canon Powershot A430 clearly outperforms many much more expensive cameras in this area."
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Imaging Resource reviewed Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote:
"Featuring a 4.0-megapixel CCD, 4x optical zoom, automatic exposure control with a wide range of preset shooting modes, and a real bargain price, the PowerShot A430 does a great job of holding up Canon's sterling reputation at the low end of their line. Built on the same long-tested design as many A-series predecessors, the Canon A430 delivers a lot of features, great image quality, and tremendous value in a compact package designed for novices (no matter the age). I'd like to see it equipped with a (much) more accurate optical viewfinder, but other than that, what this camera does, it does very well. With an initial suggested retail price of just $179 (and widely available online for much less), the A430 is an especially good bargain for an all-around consumer model. Overall, a solid replacement for the previous A410 model, and one of the best cameras on the market in its price range."
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Sample images here

CNET reviewed 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. The Canon PowerShot A430 is a fine choice if you want just a simple, flexible snapshooter on the cheap. Its quick response time and useful features certainly give it an edge over other sub-$150 cameras. But disappointing image quality mars this otherwise solid budget shooter."
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PC Mag reviewed Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote:
"The A430's video capabilities let you capture 640-by-480 (or VGA) Motion JPEG video clips with audio to the capacity of the card, but only at 10 fps. This is better than the FinePix A500, which was only 320-by-240 and didn't have sound. Because of the slow 10-fps speed, the A430's test clips were very jerky, especially when panning. However, the color was good and picture was sharp. If you want the full 30 fps on your A430 video clips, you must set the camera to 320-by-240. And although you can zoom during video, it's only digital zoom, which degrades the quality of the footage."
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Stebe's Digicams reviewed Canon PowerShot A430 and wrote:
"Bottom line - like every "A" series model we've ever seen from Canon, the PowerShot A430 sets the standard for the entry-level consumer point-n-shoot market. Where else can you find outstanding 4-megapixel images, robust performance, and lots of easy to use exposure modes all for $179 or less? With the exception of its slow flash recharge time, I had no problems with this model. That said, I feel it will make a great choice for those taking their first plunge into the digital world. This really is an easy to use camera with high-end features, that is very affordable."
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Sample images here


Press release:

Fast, affordable and feature packed, all within a pocket-sized body. The easy to use PowerShot A430 is the perfect camera for newcomers to digital photography. With a high resolution 4.0MP sensor and Canon 4x optical zoom lens the PowerShot A430 is capable of capturing images that will produce superb prints up to A4 size. Boasting high speed start-up, fast autofocus, faster overall processing and superb image quality thanks to the revolutionary DiG!C II Imaging Processor, the PowerShot A430 will never miss a shot.

Canon's formula for amazing digital photos

- 4.0 Megapixel CCD delivers photo quality prints up to A4 size.
- Canon 4x retractable zoom lens (35mm equivalent 39mm-156mm).
- High speed start-up, fast autofocus, smooth continuous shooting, faster overall processing and superior image quality thanks to the revolutionary DiG!C II Imaging Processor.

Great results. Easy to use

- Pre-set scene modes for Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Color Accent and Color Swap.
- 'My Colors' modes including Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone and Custom Color allow users to customise colour preferences while shooting.
- New Widescreen recording mode supports viewing on widescreen TV's and printing widescreen images.
- High quality continuous movie recording and playback with sound for up to 1GB/1hour.
- USB plug and play computer connectivity with auto application loading software for trouble free transferring, printing and image storage.

Quality features

- Smooth continuous shooting at 2.3 shots per second.
- Super macro for close-up shooting from 1cm.
- Selectable 9-point AiAF and 1 point AF for precise focusing in any shooting conditions.
- 7 position white balance allows precise and customisable white balance calculation.
- Selectable sensitivity from ISO 64/100/200/400 equivalent - like having different ISO film loaded at once.

Canon connectivity

- Print/Share* Button allows 'one push' printing/downloading of images straight from the camera.
- Direct photo printing with Canon direct printers and other PictBridge compatible models.
- Supports Exif 2.2 tagging for Design Rule for Camera File System standard allowing superior print image processing.
- Canon's complete image management software suite for fast and easy download, display, email and printing of images, creating panoramic pictures and storage.
- Picture transfer protocol supports driver-less image transfer, viewing and deletion between camera and computer with newer operating systems. (Windows XP or Mac OS X v 10.2-10.4)


Standard accessories and software

- Wrist Strap WS-800,
- 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries,
- AC Cable
- AV Cable AVC-DC300
- 16MB Multi Media Card,
- USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Software Starter Guide
- Camera User Guide
- Direct Print User Guide
- Canon Digital Camera
- Solution Disc

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