Canon Powershot A4000 IS: Small and Light with 8x Optical Zoom

| April 14, 2012

Canon Powershot A4000 IS in black front

Canon has now released the Canon Powershot A4000 IS compact camera, the first A series Powershot to feature an 8x optical zoom lens, providing a field of view from 28mm wide-angle to 224mm telephoto in 35mm equivalent terms, ideal for taking landscape or sceneic shots or for zooming in on someone for a more candid shot.

The lens incorporates Canon’s optical image stabilizer technology to help prevent the effects of potential camera shake and provide sharper images when shooting handheld under lower light conditions or at the upper end of the telephoto zoom range.

With a 16MP sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor, the Canon Powershot A4000 IS provides plenty of resolution for printing larger sized prints and delivers responsive performance. Users can choose to select from one of the user-friendly scene modes, or simply leave the camera in Auto and let the camera do the work. The Canon A4000 IS also offers the ability to record 720p HD movies with sound at the touch of a button. Manual override for standard camera settings (WB, ISO etc.) offers some creative control.

The PowerShot A4000 IS camera is available now in a choice of colours to suit individual preferences including; black, silver, blue, red and pink for an estimated retail price of $219.99

Canon Powershot A4000 IS in red back view

Canon Powershot A4000 IS Major Features:

The 8x Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 28–224mm) in the PowerShot A4000 IS digital camera is the most powerful ever seen in Canon’s A-Series. It gives you an expanded range of potential images from a single location, which is ideal for sporting events and other occasions when your shooting stance is fixed, or times when moving in too close might disrupt the action you’re trying to capture.

Optical Image Stabilizer: Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical, providing excellent image quality in many difficult shooting situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers.

High Resolution, Highly Advanced Performance: With the camera’s 16.0 Megapixels of resolution, your images are rich and clear, with textures and tiny details faithfully reproduced even at the long end of the big 8x Optical Zoom. This high level of resolution is ideal for creating the largest prints, and allows you the flexibility to blow up and crop any section of an image to express your creativity. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor powers the camera’s advanced systems and features, ensuring fast, reliable performance with low battery consumption.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor: Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor has ushered in a new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, HD video and Face Detection Self-timer.

A Smarter Camera Means Better Photos: Photographers of all levels appreciate a camera – especially a go-anywhere compact digital – that takes the hassle out of capturing beautiful images. The PowerShot A4000 IS digital camera gives you Smart AUTO – sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture when shooting still images. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.

Canon Powershot A4000 IS in blue

Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes: Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.

  • Program: The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions.
  • Live View Control: Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.
  • Portrait: Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background.
  • Face Self-timer: The camera waits for a face to enter the frame before releasing the shutter.
  • Low Light: For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly lit situations.
  • Fisheye Effect: Now you can get the fisheye effect – a classic photographic distortion – without a fisheye lens.
  • Miniature Effect: Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.
  • Toy Camera Effect: Simulates photos taken with “toy” or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
  • Monochrome: Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
  • Super Vivid: Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colours.
  • Poster Effect: Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one colour, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
  • Snow: Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
  • Fireworks: Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
  • Long Shutter: Use to blur moving subjects for artistic effect, ideal for urban night photography.
  • Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting–so you can capture images in quiet areas.
  • iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.

Gorgeous HD Video From Your Still Camera: You can shoot high definition video anytime, anywhere right from the pocket-sized A4000 IS. With a simple push of the dedicated movie button, you’ll be able to instantly record every moment in motion. 720p HD video is smooth, vivid, and beautifully lifelike, making it an ideal way to capture special memories. In addition to being able to shoot 720p HD video at 25 frames per second, the PowerShot A4000 IS can also shoot 640 x 480 VGA video at 30* frames per second.

Dedicated Movie Button for Easy Video Capture: It’s never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. To make shooting video as natural as snapping pictures, the PowerShot A4000 IS has a dedicated movie button. No need to plan ahead, no need to search through menus on the LCD screen; when you feel a moment would be best captured in 720p HD, simply press the button and recording begins. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want.

iFrame: With the PowerShot A4000 IS digital camera, you can also shoot video in the Apple® iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions.

See the Image On a Big Screen: The PowerShot A4000 IS digital camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear and bright picture. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

Canon Powershot A4000 IS compact camera in red

A Steady Image Is a Beautiful Image: The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image.

  • Normal: Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
  • Panning: Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
  • Macro (Hybrid): Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
  • Dynamic: Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
  • Powered: Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
  • Tripod: When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

Help You Won’t Need Help to Find: The PowerShot A4000 IS digital camera is designed to be fun and easy to use, even for beginners. A new Help Button on the camera’s exterior brings up the help menu any time you need it, right on the LCD screen. From here, you can scroll through a variety of topics that answer your questions with clear explanations, offer helpful shooting advice, and show you diagrams highlighting the position of any buttons you’ll need.

More Ways to Get Creative: Scene Modes are fun, easy ways to give your shots a distinctly artistic feel without the need for any extra lenses and filters. Super Vivid heightens and saturates colours for eye-popping intensity. Poster Effect eliminates gradations between colours for an illustrative feel. Miniature Effect enhances perspective in a scene, blurring the top and bottom to make it look as if it were created with miniature models. You can also make a quirky portrait using the Fisheye Effect or add a beautiful single-tone effect with Monochrome. Toy Camera Effect simulates a vintage look as it capturing the photo using a “toy” or pinhole camera.

Charge Up and Go!: The Canon PowerShot A4000 IS digital camera uses a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. This compact, powerful battery helps make it a lightweight and slim camera. Charge-up is quick and easy, so the PowerShot A4000 IS will be ready and waiting for those special moments.

A Colour Just Right for You: While the classic black camera will always be right for a lot of photographers, Canon recognizes that others will long for colours that express their individuality. Accordingly, the PowerShot A4000 IS digital camera is offered in a range of hues from subtle to vibrant, fun to chic. Take your pick from black, silver, blue, red, and pink.

Canon Powershot A4000 IS in silverCanon Powershot A4000 IS Press Release:

Canon Press Release: Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce six PowerShot A-series digital cameras with improved operability that produce outstanding images and feature a high-quality, stylish re-design in a variety of fashionable colours. Canon’s PowerShot A-series models have been instrumental for entry-level users in learning the joys of photography and these new models continue this tradition with features such as 16-megapixel sensor, 720p HD video capture and a 28mm wide-angle lens to capture images of large groups at a family function or of a child on the playground.

PowerShot A-series models are known not only for producing high-image quality but also being easy to use as well. For the first time in a PowerShot A-series model, the A4000 IS, A3400 IS and A2400 IS models will feature Intelligent IS so the camera automatically selects the most effective image stabilization mode ensuring users always capture the best results. In addition, all of the models announced today will have the Smart AUTO feature with 32 shooting modes that selects the appropriate camera setting based on the users shooting environment.  Additionally, for the first time in a PowerShot camera, each model will have a Help button to provide an explanation of various shooting modes to help the user along the way.

“The new additions to Canon’s new PowerShot A-series lineup will provide entry-level users with many options to unlock their creativity and capture high-quality images at a budget-friendly price,” said Ian Macfarlane, Senior Vice-President of Sales and Service Operations, Canon Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA.

PowerShot A4000 IS and PowerShot A3400 IS Cameras

The Canon PowerShot A4000 IS and PowerShot A3400 IS cameras will each have a Genuine Canon Lens with Optical Image Stabilization allowing users to capture up-close details and wide landscapes.  For the PowerShot A4000 IS camera, there will be an impressive 8x-Optical Zoom lens, the longest to date for a PowerShot A-series model, and the PowerShot A3400 IS camera will have a 5x-Optical Zoom.  In addition, both cameras will have a 3-inch LCD screen; however, the PowerShot A3400 camera’s screen will be Touch Panel, another first for a PowerShot A-series model, with Touch Focus and Touch Shutter shooting modes for enhanced camera operation. The PowerShot A4000 IS camera is scheduled to be available in February in black, silver, blue, red and pink for an estimated retail price of $219.99. The PowerShot A3400 IS camera is scheduled to be available in March in black, silver, red and gold for an estimated retail price of $189.99.

PowerShot A2400 IS and PowerShot A2300 Cameras

The PowerShot A2400 IS and PowerShot A2300 cameras both feature a 5x-Optical Zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The PowerShot A2400 IS camera will also have Optical Image Stabilization and is scheduled to be available in March in black, silver, blue and pink for an estimated retail price of $169.99. The PowerShot A2300 camera is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $149.99 in black, silver, red and blue.

PowerShot A1300 and PowerShot A810 Cameras

For the more traditional camera user, the PowerShot A1300 camera comes equipped with an optical viewfinder adding to the versatility of this model. Additionally, both the PowerShot A1300 and PowerShot A810 cameras feature a 5x-Optical Zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD screen and use AA batteries allowing for easy replacement whether at home or on a family vacation.  The PowerShot A1300 camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $129.99, in black and silver. The PowerShot A810 camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $109.99, in black, silver and red.

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Canon Powershot A4000 IS black front

Canon Powershot A4000 IS Specifications:

Image Sensor Type1/2.3 type CCD
Effective PixelsApprox. 16.0M
Colour Filter TypePrimary Colour
ProcessorDIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Focal Length5.0 – 40.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 – 224 mm)
ZoomOptical 8x. Digital Approx. 4x. Combined Approx. 32x
Maximum f/numberf/3.0 – f/5.9
Construction8 elements in 7 groups
(1 double-sided aspherical lens, 1 single-sided aspherical UA lens, 1 single-sided aspherical lens)
Image StabilisationYes (lens shift-type), 4-stop. Intelligent IS
AF System TypeTTL
AF System/ PointsAiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
AF ModesSingle, Continuous (Auto mode only), Servo AF/AE, Tracking AF
AF Point SelectionSize (Normal, Small)
AF LockOn/Off Selectable
AF Assist BeamYes
Closest Focusing Distance1 cm (W) from front of lens in macro
Metering modesEvaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE LockOn/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ISO sensitivityAUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Speed1 – 1/2000 sec. (factory default)
15 – 1/2000 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)
White Balance SettingsAuto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight,
Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
LCD Monitor3-inch TFT, Approx. 230,000 dots
LCD CoverageApprox. 100%
LCD BrightnessAdjustable to one of five levels
ModesAuto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync SpeedYes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Flash Exposure CompensationFace Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure LockYes
Built-in Flash Range50 cm – 3.0 m (W) / 1.0 – 2.0 m (T)
External FlashCanon High Power Flash HF-DC1
Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
Shooting ModesSmart Auto (32 scenes detected), P, Live View Control, Portrait, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Light (4.0MP), Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Discreet
Modes in MovieP, Live View Control, Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Snow, Fireworks, iFrame Movie
Drive modesSingle, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous ShootingApprox. 0.8 shots/sec. (until memory card becomes full)
Image Size(L) 4608 x 3456, (M1) 3264 x 2448, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 4608 x 2592. Resize in playback (M2,
S, 320 x 240)
Movies(HD) 1280 x 720, 25 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Miniature Effect (HD (5, 2.5, 1.25 fps) or L (6, 3, 1.5 fps))
iFrame Movie (HD)
Movie Length(HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. (L) up to 4 GB or 1 hour
Still Image TypeJPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
MoviesMOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (2 channel monaural)]
Red-Eye CorrectionYes, during shooting and playback
Playback zoomApprox. 2x – 10x
Self TimerApprox. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu LanguagesEnglish, 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, Farsi, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian
ConnectionsHi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible) A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)
Memory CardSD, SDHC, SDXC
BatteriesRechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery lifeApprox. 175 shots
Approx. 240 min. playback
A/C Power SupplyOptional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC90
Dimensions (WxHxD)95.3 x 56.3 x 24.3 mm
WeightApprox. 145 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)

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