Digital Compact Cameras

PowerShot A70

Digital Camera

PowerShot A70 [A] [E] [J]
MarketedMarch 2003

The 3.2-megapixel PowerShot A70 which replace the A40 and A30 models, respectively, released in March 2002, offer simple operation and high cost-performance with image quality and features to match high-end models.

Incorporating a high-powered 3x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm format) and offering enhanced image resolution, the PowerShot A70 features smaller light-guide flash and lens-barrel designs to realize considerable size and weight savings compared with the previous models.

Moreover, the PowerShot A70 further enhance utility with control buttons arranged in a convenient cross configuration, and a single mode switch that enables users to alternate quickly between shooting and replay modes.

The PowerShot A70 operates on four AA-size batteries, which are inexpensive and more readily available than other battery types, making their replacement more economical and convenient.

Camera effective pixels : Approx. 3.2 million
Image sensor : 1/2.7" CCD (Total number of pixels: approx. 3.3 million)
Lens : 5.4 (W) - 16.2 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 35 - 105 mm)
F 2.8 (W) - 4.8 (T)
Digital tele-converter : Maximum approx. 3.2x (Maximum approx. 9.6x with
optical zoom)
Optical viewfinder : Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD monitor : 1.5", TFT color LCD, approx. 118,000 dots, picture
Autofocus method : TTL Autofocus
5-point AiAF/1-point AF
1-point AF: center
Focusing Range :
Normal : 46 cm (1.5 ft.) - infinity
Macro : 5 - 46 cm (2.0 in. - 1.5 ft.) (W)/
26 - 46 cm (10 in. - 1.5 ft.) (T)
Shutter : Mechanical + electronic
Shutter speed : 15 - 1/2000 sec.
* 15 - 1.3 sec. in Shutter-priority AE mode or manual mode only
* Noise reduction processing on speeds slower than 1.3 sec.
Light metering system : Evaluative metering (linked to focusing point)/ Center-weighted average metering/ Spot metering
Exposure control : Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE or Manual exposure
Exposure compensation : ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity : AUTO/ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
White balance : TTL auto/preset (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H) or Custom white balance
Flash : Auto, On, Off
Red-eye reduction On: Red-eye reduction auto/Redeye
reduction On/Flash Off
Red-eye reduction Off: On/Off
Flash range :
Normal : 46 cm - 4.2 m (1.5 - 14 ft.) (W),
46 cm - 2.5 m (1.5 - 8.2 ft.) (T)
Macro : 26 - 46cm (10 in. - 1.5 ft.) (W/T)
Shooting modes : Auto
Creative zone: Program, Shutter Speed Priority,
Aperture Priority and Manual
Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Fast
Shutter, Slow Shutter, Stitch Assist and Movie
Continuous shooting : Approx. 2.2 images/sec.
(Large/Fine mode, LCD monitor off)
Self-timer : Shoots after approx. 2 sec. or approx.10 sec.
PC-connected shooting : Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program -RemoteCaptureEis included in the camera kit.)
Recording media : CompactFlash card (Type I)
File format : Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF-compliant
Image recording format :
Still images : Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movies : AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG, Audio data:
WAVE [monaural])
Compression : Superfine/ Fine/ Normal
Number of recording pixels :
Still Images: Large : 2048 x 1536 pixels
Medium1: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Medium2: 1024 x 768 pixels
Small : 640 x 480 pixels
Movies** : 640 x 480 pixels (Approx. 30 sec.)**
320 x 240 pixels (Approx. 3 min.)**
160 x 120 pixels (Approx. 3 min.)**
** Approx. 15 frames/second
** This is the maximum recording time per movie clip for the optional
Canon FC-256MH CF card (not sold in some regions).
** The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting
Replay modes : Single image replay/index replay (9 thumbnails)/ zoomed view (LCD monitor zooms images up to maximum of approx. 10x)/ auto play / sound memos (up to 60 sec.) / Image output to Card Photo Printer CP-100/CP-10 and Bubble Jet Printer with the direct print function
My Camera Settings (Customizing) : The Start-up Image, Start-up Sound, Shutter Sound, Operation Sound and Selftimer Sound can be customized using the following methods.
  1. Using the images and sounds recorded on the camera.
  2. Using downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
Interface : Universal Serial Bus (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol])
Audio/Video Output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source :
  1. Four AA alkaline batteries (included)
  2. Four AA rechargeable NiMH batteries (optional)
  3. AC Adapter Kit ACK600 (optional)
Operating temperatures : 0 - 40 degrees C (32 - 104 degrees F)
Operating humidity : 10 - 90 %
Dimensions (w x h x d) : 101.0 x 64.0 x 31.5 mm (4.0 x 2.5 x 1.2 in.)
excluding protrusions
Weight : Approx. 215 g (7.6 oz.)
(excluding batteries and CF card))