Canon showed PC Week a couple of new additions to its digital camera line-up last week.
Touted as the digital equivalent of its much-acclaimed IXUS APS machine, the PowerShot A5 features the same styling and form factor as its sibling.
About the size of a cigarette packet and weighing 250g, the PowerShot A5 offers a maximum image resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and features a f2.5 aperture lens. The machine features both a traditional optical viewfinder and an integral 2in LCD monitor. It has a variable shutter speed of anything between 1/8' to 1/500'.
The camera ships with an 8Mb CompactFlash memory card which can store up to 89 pictures. The rechargeable NiMH battery offers up to 400 shots, assuming an average of 255 shots will use the built-in flash. The camera comes with software which allows users to store PowerPoint slides alongside images on the memory card, allowing them to deliver presentations directly from the camera.
The PowerShot A5 is available now, priced at #600.
Scheduled for release in September is the even more exciting PowerShot Pro 70 digital camera, which will boast a built-in 28-70 zoom lens - a first for Canon's digital range. Although, like all digital cameras, the Pro 70 will still have a fixed aperture, it is expected to deliver a range of new features to appeal to professional users, not least of which will be the extra high image resolution. The Pro 70 is expected to cost #999 on release.
Canon: 0121 680 8062.
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