Digital Compact Cameras

PowerShot A630

Digital Camera

PowerShot A630 [A] [E] [J]
MarketedSeptember 2006

The new PowerShot A640 and A630 succeed the A620 and A610, launched in October 2005, as the flagship models of the PowerShot A-series. The A640, while maintaining the exceptional imaging performance made possible by Canon's proprietary high-speed, high-precision DIGIC II image processing engine, incorporates a 10.0-megapixel CCD sensor-a first for Canon compact digital cameras-to satisfy users seeking the highest level of image quality. The A630, equipped with a high-resolution 8.0-megapixel CCD sensor, also achieves outstanding image quality. The cameras' high pixel counts allow users to create high-quality large-format prints of their favorite shots as well as crop images on a PC after shooting without sacrificing image quality.

Canon's new PowerShot A640 and A630 offer full manual operation and incorporate a vari-angle 2.5-inch LCD monitor, enlarged from 2.0 inches in their predecessors, for improved visibility during capture and playback. Moreover, the compact cameras feature ISO HI, a function that enables high-sensitivity shooting equivalent to ISO 800 to counteract the effects of camera shake and subject blur.

Type 1/1.8" CCD
Effective Pixels Approx.8.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
Type DIGIC II with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 7.3 - 29.2 mm (35mm equivalent 35-140 mm)
Zoom Optical 4x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-converter approx. 1.6x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom). Combined approx. 16x
Maximum f/number f/2.8-f/4.1
Construction 8 elements in 7 groups (2 aspherical elements)
Type TTL
AF System / Points 9-point AiAF, 1-point AF (Any position is available or fixed centre)
AF Point Selection Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 1cm
Metering Modes Evaluative, Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to focusing frame)
AE Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO Speed Equivalent AUTO, High ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800
Speed 15 - 1/2,000 sec
(Available shutter speeds vary depending on the shooting mode)
Type TTL
Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom
Viewfinder Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder
Monitor Vari-angle 2.5" P-Si TFT, approx. 115,000 dots
Coverage 100%
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 45cm - 4.2m (W) / 3m (T) (at ISO AUTO equivalent)
External Flash Canon's High Power Flash HF-DC1
Modes Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Stitch Assist, Movie, Special Scene (Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Color Accent, Color Swap)
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Positive Film, Vivid Blue, Vivid Red, Vivid Green, Custom Color)
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.7 fps (until memory card becomes full)
Image Size L) 3264 x 2448, (M1) 2592 x 1944, (M2) 2048 x 1536, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3264 x 1832, (Postcard Date Imprint) 1600 x 1200
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Movies (L)640 x 480, 30/15fps
(M)320 x 240, 30/15fps (S)160 x 120, 15fps
Movie Length Up to 1GB or 1 hour (L and M). Up to 3 min (S)
Still Image Type Exif 2.2 compliant, (JPEG compression) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG compression + WAVE (monaural)
Sound Files WAVE (monaural)
Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes
My Camera Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
Sound Memo Up to 60 sec per image
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x - 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian
Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B, PTP)
Other A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
Type Secure Digital (SD) Card or Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Card or MultiMediaCard (MMC),
16MB Memory card supplied
PC Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 SP4 / XP / XP SP1-2
Macintosh OS X v10.2 - 10.4
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch
Drivers TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)
Batteries 4x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries(NB4-200) (Alkalines supplied)
Battery Life Approx. 350 shots (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 500 shots (with optional Canon NB-2AH batteries)
Approx. 20 hours. playback (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 20 hours. playback (with Canon NB-2AH batteries)
AC Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter CA-PS500
Case Soft Case DCC-300
Waterproof / Weatherproof Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC8 , Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
Lenses Conversion Lens Adapter, LA-DC58F
Tele-Converter 1.75x TC-DC58N,
Wide converter 0.7x WC-DC58N
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300, AC Adapter Kit ACK600
Operating Environment 0 - 40 °C, 10 - 90% humidity
Dimensions 109.4 x 66.0 x 49.1mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight (body only) Approx. 245g
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