Digital Compact Cameras

PowerShot A620

Digital Camera

PowerShot A620 [A] [E] [J]
MarketedOctober 2005

Canon's PowerShot A620, which offers full manual operation, replaces the A95 released in September 2004 as the flagship models of the PowerShot A-series.

The PowerShot A620 boasts a number of improvements to deliver enhanced usability, starting with a boosted zoom range from 3x to 4x (equivalent to 35-140 mm in the 35 mm format). The cameras' Vari-Angle LCD monitors, which can easily be rotated through a horizontal arc of 180 degrees and a vertical arc of 270 degrees for easy framing, have been enlarged from 1.8" to 2.0" making them easier to see when framing or confirming shots.

With the incorporation of Canon's DIGIC II image engine, the PowerShot A620 demonstrates high responsiveness with significantly shorter start-up times. AF response time is reduced by 60 percent compared with previous models thanks to improvement of the image data reading method and speeding up the movement of the lens mechanism. Lower power consumption enables 2.5 times the number of images that can be captured between battery charges compared with the A95. Moreover, this model offer high-response writing of images to an SD card or MultiMediaCard, and include a Hi-Speed 2.0 USB interface, enabling high-speed transfer of image data to a PC.

Advanced users can enjoy the freedom of full manual control, while novice users can progressively develop their abilities with the help of 20 shooting modes, including Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, My Colors and Special Scene. Additionally, Canon's PowerShot A620 boasts the series' first 7.1-megapixel CCD sensor to deliver exceptional image quality.

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 7.1 million
Image Sensor 1/1.8" CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 7.4 million)
Lens 7.3 (W) - 29.2 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 35 - 140 mm)
f/2.8 (W) - f/4.1 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 16x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.0", TFT color LCD, approx. 115,000 dots
AF System TTL autofocus
AF lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing frame: 9-point (AiAF) / 1-point (AF)
(1-point focusing frame: any position is available)
Shooting Distance (from the front of the lens)
Normal AF 45 cm (18 in.) - infinity
Macro AF 1 - 45 cm (0.4 - 18 in.)(W)
25 - 45 cm (9.8 - 18 in.)(T)
Manual focus 1 cm (0.4 in.) - infinity (W)
25 cm (9.8 in.) - infinity (T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 15 - 1/2500 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 (Center/AF point)
Exposure Compensation ±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments, Safety Shift is available
Sensitivity Auto*, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
* Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.
White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Underwater) or custom
Built-in Flash Auto*, on*, off
* Red-eye reduction is available.
FE Lock, Slow synchro/2nd-curtain flash and flash output settings are available.
Flash Range
Normal 45 cm - 4.2 m (18 in. - 14 ft.) (W)
45 cm - 3.0 m (18 in. - 10 ft.) (T)
Macro 25 cm - 45 cm (9.8 in. - 18 in.) (W/T)
(When sensitivity is set to AUTO.)
Flash Exposure Compensation ± 2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes Auto
Creative zone Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Custom
Image zone Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Special Scene*, My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie**
* Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks and Underwater.
** Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, My Colors.
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.9 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
PC-controlled Shooting Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media SD memory card/MultiMediaCard
* This camera has been tasted with SD memory cards through 2 GB. All memory card functions cannot be guaranteed.
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type
Still images Exif 2.2(JPEG)*
Movies AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
* 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.
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels
(Still images)
Large : 3072 x 2304 pixels
Medium 1 : 2592 x 1944 pixels
Medium 2 : 2048 x 1536 pixels
Medium 3 : 1600 x 1200 pixels
Small : 640 x 480 pixels
Postcard Date Imprint Mode : 1600 x 1200 pixels
Number of Recording Pixels
(Movies)
Standard,
My Colors
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 1 GB at one time).
* Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC-512MSH recommended).
Fast Frame Rate 320 x 240 pixels (60 frames/sec.)
(can record for 1 min.)
Compact 160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
(can record for 3 min.)
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Jump (jumps to every tenth or handredth image, to the first image of those sharing a certain shooting date or to movies. In index playback mode, it displays 9 images at once.), Sound memos (up to 60 sec.), 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 AA-size alkaline batteries (included in camera kit)
AA-size rechargeable NiMH batteries NB4-200 (sold separately)
AC Adapter Kit ACK600 (sold separately)
Operating Temperature 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating humidity 10 - 90 %
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
104.8 x 66.0 x 49.1 mm (4.13 x 2.60 x 1.93 in.)
(excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 235 g (8.29 oz.) (camera body only)