Sunday, September 9, 2007

Canon A560 test -- Self-made sandwich

Don't know too much about the digital cameras, but I do seriously need to change my old Canon A75. It has been working fine until recently it starts to drain the battery really fast and refuse to power up with rechargeable batteries (low voltage 1.2V as opposed to alkalines' 1.5V). Last night whlie I was taking pictures on  my monitor, I had 4 fresh alkalines (2 SONY+2 Energizer), the camera only yields 44 shots without flashes before it refuses to start up... I'm desperately to need the pictures for my Playstation 3 review project, that's why I finally made a purchase... Turns out the new A560 (on sale after a $30 price break this week) does take rechargeable batteries, I've taken 10 shots so far.
Here is a spec sheet for it:
Format Compact
Price (street) US$179
Also known as
Release Status
Click for help Max resolution 3072 x 2304
Click for help Low resolution 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Click for help Image ratio w:h 4:3, 3:2
Click for help Effective pixels 7.1 million
Click for help Sensor photo detectors 7.1 million
Click for help Sensor size 1/2.5 "
Click for help Sensor type CCD
Click for help Colour filter array RGB
Click for help Sensor manufacturer Unknown
Click for help ISO rating Auto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Click for help Zoom wide (W) 35 mm
Click for help Zoom tele (T) 140 mm (4 x)
Click for help Digital zoom Yes, 4x
Click for help Image stabilization No
Click for help Auto Focus Yes
Click for help Manual Focus Yes
Click for help Auto focus type AiAF TTL 9-point or center
Click for help Normal focus range 45 cm
Click for help Macro focus range 5 cm
Click for help White balance override 5 positions plus manual
Click for help Aperture range F2.6 - F5.5
Click for help Min shutter 15 sec
Click for help Max shutter 1/2000 sec
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash guide no. 2.2 m (7.2 ft) 2 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Manual (Red Eye, Slow Sync)
Click for help Exposure compensation -2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Click for help Metering Evaluative, Center Weighted, Spot
Click for help Aperture priority No
Click for help Shutter priority No
Click for help Focal length multiplier
Lens thread No
Click for help Continuous Drive Yes, 1.7 fps, unlimited
Movie Clips Yes, 640 x 480 @ 30/15 fps, 320 x 240 @ 60/30/15 fps
Remote control No
Self-timer 2 or 10 sec
Click for help Timelapse recording No
Orientation sensor Yes
Click for help Storage types SD/SDHC card
Click for help Storage included 16 MB SD card
Click for help Uncompressed format No
Click for help Compressed format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Click for help Quality Levels Super-Fine, Fine, Normal
Click for help Viewfinder Optical
Click for help LCD 2.5 "
Click for help LCD Pixels 115,000
Click for help Video out Yes
Click for help USB Yes, 2.0
Click for help Firewire (IEEE 1394) No
Click for help Battery / Charger No
Click for help Battery AA (2) batteries (NiMH recommended)
Weight (inc. batteries) 205 g (7.2 oz)
Dimensions 91 x 64 x 43 mm (3.6 x 2.5 x 1.7 in)
Resolution Chart
Here's my short review:
The body:
The upgrade from a 1.5 in LCD to a 2.5 in is huge, and the 2.5in LCD is a lot brighter. The camera only uses 2 batteries these days which is a lot lighter than the A75 using 4 batteries. The battery and the memory compartment have been moved together, I think it's a bad design for those who use a card reader. The tripod mount hole has been moved to the left whereas the A75 is right in the middle. The connectors have been moved up to the middle on the left side of the body so that the external power connector can be together with the USB and AV connector.
The function:
Menus are about the same, but since it's a 7.1MP camera, it takes less pictures on a high setting... The cool thing is the image stablization, I have intentionally shaked my hands while taking a picture, but the picture comes out not very blurry like the A75.
The picture:
Color is vivid, pictures seem to have less noise than the A75. No other observations so far...
So here are my sample pictures with everything auto... My overcooked self-made sandwich...
First picture with flash on
71670355.jpg picture by linkai8424
Second with flash off and hand shaking...
56cece70.jpg picture by linkai8424
Speaking of the sandwich, it takes about 15min to make, and I have pretty much enjoying making and thus eating it. The ingrediants are wheat bread, roast beef, american cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, jalapeño, the sauses are Mustard and Mayonnaise. The proceduare is putting the non vegatable altogether first, sent to the oven @350°F for about 8 min(I overcooked it for more than 2min today while playing with the camera...) After heating, put all the vegatables in, that's it.

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