Canon A430 Overview
by Mike Pasini
Review posted: 06/28/06
The Canon PowerShot A430 is another in the company’s long line of well-built digital cameras in both the film and digital camera markets. Canon is well-known for its high-quality optics, technical innovations, and aggressive product development. The 4.0-megapixel Canon A430 redefines the entry level model in Canon’s A Series (for AA battery models).
It replaces the A410, bumping the resolution from 3.2 megapixels to 4.0 megapixels, enlarging the LCD from 1.5 to 1.8 inches, increasing the optical zoom from 3x to 4x, adding sound to Movie mode, returning the body style options to four different color panels and retaining the DIGIC II processor. There are smaller digicams but the A430 is ruggedly built, and at just $180 list (and $125 retail), it makes Canon quality available at a very affordable price. Keep reading to find out more!
There was a time when the low end of the PowerShot A-series really defined the word “low-end.” That’s no longer true with the latest low-cost Canon PowerShots. We were fairly blown away by the quality and utility of the PowerShot A410, and the A430 looks like an incremental upgrade following in those footsteps.
With a 4x optical zoom, a 4-megapixel sensor, and the lightest weight of the A-series lineup, the Canon PowerShot A430 is ready to go wherever you like. Though it doesn’t have the manual control that some of the other A-series cameras boast, there are 14 exposure modes to get creative with, as well as Stitch-Assist mode for capturing panoramas, a Movie mode, and a Continuous mode for capturing up to 2.3 frames per second.
Its ISO ranges from 64 to 400, great for fine shots in bright light, or for handling the significantly lower light found indoors. Its movie mode can capture 640×480 pixel movies at 10 frames per second, or a far smoother 320×240 at 30 frames per second, impressive for a camera at this price point. With its included USB cable, you can copy your images from your SD/MMC memory card to a Mac or PC, or print directly to a PictBridge printer.
The Canon PowerShot A430 is chock-full of more advanced features, including a spot metering mode, custom white balance, audio recording, and special color modes, like black and white, sepia, and positive film (to emulate the vibrant colors of slide film). Yet it uses the most versatile of power sources: two AA batteries, alkaline or NiMH rechargeable. If you’re looking to travel light on a budget and still bring home great pictures, the A430 looks promising.