Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Create Realistic Imagery with the Canon PowerShot A1000IS

By Matt Ryan

The Canon PowerShot A1000IS is your standard point-and-shoot camera with features that make it more step-up from a beginner camera. Its compactness makes it easy to carry with you anywhere you go. The integration of a phenomenal lens provides consumers with an image quality much higher than that expected of an intermediate camera. All of the features, which Canon is known for, have been integrated into the A1000IS with a few bonuses.

This 10-megapixel camera produces high quality images, which is made possible - partially - by the 4x optical zoom lens with focal lengths of 35-140mm. This type of lens would generally be found on a bulkier model, yet Canon was able to implement it while keeping the body small enough to slide into your pocket.

Consumers will find many familiar features, on the A1000IS, such as an optical viewfinder, DIGIC III, numerous shooting modes, Face Detection, Auto Red Eye Correction, and handful more. The A1000IS has a 2.5-inch TFT LCD display that allows you to view the scenes you capture - instantly - in a lively manner. The camera also has optical image stabilizer, which lessens, and tries to eliminate, blur caused by camera shake.

Canon has implemented a total of 17 different shooting modes on the A1000IS; some of which are night scene, portrait, landscape, indoor, and even foliage. You can effortlessly take pictures without having to focus on manual settings like ISO and exposure, by setting the camera to easy mode. Another mode is ISO 3200. This mode allows you to take pictures in darker settings without having to use flash - this is perfect for performances and other events where flash would be disturbing.

The DIGIC III image processor not only helps with power management, but also is the brains behind the operation of vivid imagery. Face detection technology would not provide such precise settings - focus, exposure, flash - without it. Power management features allow you to continue taking pictures longer than many other cameras would allow. The Red Eye Reduction has improved with DIGIC III, as the camera works to remove red eye prior to storing the image.

Face detection - obviously - provides for some great features. The A1000 has yet another that works with the face detection technology. Consumers can select one face, in a frame, by click the Face Selector Button. This tells the camera to focus on only this face, and it will follow the subject as he or she moves in the frame. (This is perfect for those group settings where you want to focus on one particular person - not the entire group.)

Motion detection technology is another great feature in the A1000IS. When this feature is enabled, it will detect the speed at which moving objects, in the frame, are moving. Then it will adjust all appropriate settings for provide for the most optimal result. There is no need for you to worry about manually adjusting settings at all.

Upon purchasing a PowerShot A1000IS, you will receive two AA batteries, SD memory card (32MB), wrist strap, USB cable, AV cable, and the necessary software. There is no need to make additional purchases to begin using your new camera. The wrist strap will be needed as there is no longer a rubberized grip on the camera; if you hand gets sweaty it could easily slip away.

The PowerShot A1000IS is a durable camera that produces high quality images. For those of you who like a little flare, the camera comes in blue, purple, brown, or silver. For only $149, you can start capturing nearly flawless images today. - 16651

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