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August 24, 2006: Three new models, featuring 7.1-megapixel, 8-megapixel and 10-megapixel resolution, have been added to Canon’s PowerShot A-series range of compact digital still cameras.

Top of the range is the A640 model, which replaces the PowerShot A620 and features a 10-megapixel, 7.18 x 5.32mm CCD plus a 4x optical zoom lens with focal lengths equivalent to 35-140mm in 35mm format. Weighing only 245 grams (without batteries and memory card), the A640 is powered by AA batteries and stores images on an SD memory card. The new camera is SDHC compatible, allowing it to use the latest high-capacity cards.

Other features include a 2.5-inch vari-angle monitor, DiG!C II image processing, a mode dial with full auto, P, A, S and M shooting modes and a Custom mode setting, 22 scene pre-sets and My Colours picture adjustment facilities.

The A 640’s 9-point AiAF system focuses to 45 cm in normal shooting mode or down to 1 cm in Macro mode and the built-in flash covers from 45 cm to 4.2 metres for normal shooting or from 25-45 cm in Macro mode. A new feature is Safety Zoom, which makes use of the image resolution to offer an extended digital zoom with picture quality assurance. The camera also includes a 3:2 aspect ratio shooting guide for framing shots that will be printed on 15 x 10 cm paper.

Sister model to the A640 is the PowerShot A630, which replaces the PowerShot A610. The main difference between the A630 and A640 models is sensor resolution. Although both sensors have the same physical dimensions, the resolution of the A630 is 8-megapixels. The A640 is expected to sell for $599, while the A630 has an RRP of $499. Otherwise the cameras are identical. Both models go on sale next month.


The new PowerShot A710IS is the first A-series camera to offer lens-shift image stabilisation with a 6x optical zoom lens. The lens covers a focal length range equivalent to 35-210mm in 35mm format and the camera is equipped with a 5.76 x 4.29mm CCD sensor with 7.1-megapixel resolution (effective). The A710IS sports a fixed 2.5-inch LCD monitor and SD card slot. It weighs only 210 grams (without batteries and card) and uses AA batteries.

The new cameras are all PictBridge enabled and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. They are supplied with Canon’s imaging software suite and can be fitted out with tele and wide extender lenses, high-power flash units and waterproof housings. For full details, visit