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Canon PowerShot A430

alaTest has collected and analyzed 634 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and portability are generally positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the energy efficiency and memory. Views about the storage and flash are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A430 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A430


Megapixels: 4, Maximum Resolution: 2272 x 1704 pixels, Included Memory Amount: 16 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, ...

Very good picture quality. Solid performance. No shutter lag.

Poor video quality. Mediocre recycle time.

The inexpensive Canon PowerShot A430 is a very nice, portable, compact digital camera that takes very good pictures.

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Canon PowerShot A430 (Silver)


Solid features and performance; inexpensive; decent optical viewfinder for a point-and-shoot.

Disappointing photo quality; tiny screen.

The Canon PowerShot A430 is a decent, dirt-cheap camera with nice features, but the photos could look better.

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Canon Powershot A430


The PowerShot A430 digital camera is geared towards the entry-level photographer, it's functional as well as intuitive for a beginning photographer. The A430 features a 4.0 megapixel CCD image sensor, 4x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 39-156mm (


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Canon Powershot A430


For a very low entry fee, the Canon PowerShot A430 lets novice users enjoy the benefits of Canon imaging technology. The A430 has a surprisingly solid build, with image quality to match. The 4.0-megapixel CCD captures excellent images, able to make...

Vibrant, appealing color ; bright without looking overdone ; Good skin tones ; Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting well ; Manual white balance option, very unusual in an entry-level camera ; Better than average exposure accuracy ; Good...

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Canon PowerShot A430 Digital Camera Review


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...

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Canon PowerShot A430


Another entry-level camera of interest is the Canon PowerShot A430 which has 4 megapixels, 4x optical zoom, a 1.8 inch LCD and simple operation. Ready for more about this entry-level camera which has more zoom power than anyone else? Very well, let's go.

4x zoom lens; more telephoto power ; Good battery life ; Good LCD visibility ; Unlimited, fast continuous shooting ; Fast performance ; Great 1 cm macro mode with optional digital zoom ; Very good image quality with low noise until ISO 200; extremely...

Small, low resolution LCD ; Weaker flash; red-eye ; Autofocus could be faster; AF is lagging behind competition ; Lame" movie mode in 2006; VGA at a choppy 10 FPS, limited to 1 GB

The affordable Canon PowerShot A430 is the successor to last year's A410. Featuring 4 megapixels, a bigger 4x zoom lens, 1.8 inch LCD and great performance, this camera is a competitive one.

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Canon PowerShot A430 Digital 4-Megapixel Camera Review


I liked the last year's 3.2-Megapixel Canon PowerShot A410 and decided to get an updated version - 4-Megapixel Canon PowerShot A430. I bought my A430 for $144. The prices went down since then and you can get an A430 for less than $135. Can you get good...

I highly recommend the Canon PowerShot A430 if you need an inexpensive yet capable compact camera that produces very good photos with print sizes of up 8x10 inches, has 4x optical zoom and uses two AA batteries. It is easy to use. But if you need more...

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A430 (ichiu, 29 Mar 07)


Excellent little camera for the money. For $130, you get a basic 4mp camera with 4X optical zoom, plus your basic VGA movie mode, exposure compensation, macro/landscape mode. Controls are simple and easy to use. Image quality is great for outdoors....

No problems so far (knock on wood)

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"Pretty Good"


I have had this camera for a long long time and it has been great. The macro is really good and lets you get up close to anything. The camera is really sturdy and easy to use. The 4x zoom lets you get in just that little bit closer.

Photo Quality, Lots of features, good view finder, extra zoom

Features are abit gimiky

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Canon PowerShot A430 (silver)


I picked a blue face for my camera because yes there was options!! I bought this about a week ago. Best digital camera I ever tested or owned. Only con is the video but this is not a video camera right! Video is just an added feature. I am sticking...

Awesome photo quality! Small, sleek, easy controls, zoom, flash, shiny, Colour choices

Mediocre video quality when moving camera or objects moving in image

Product Specifications

The PowerShot A430 is a cost-effective camera that features advanced Charge Coupled Device (CCD) and zoom setting. This camera is equipped with an approximately 4.0-million camera effective pixel Charge Coupled Device (CCD), and with DIGIC II; higher resolution and high-speed processing were achieved. This camera is equipped with the 4x optical zoom lens, which covers a 35mm film equivalent focal length ranging from 39 mm (Wide Angle) to 156 mm (Telephoto) and f/2.8 (Wide Angle) - f/5.8 (Telephoto) aperture. Super Macro in the "Manual" mode allows you to shoot a subject when the distance from the front of the lens to the subject is in the range of 1 to 5 cm (0.39 to 2.0 in.) when shooting. By revising the operability of the previous My Colors mode, Color Accent mode and Color Swap mode that transform colors when shooting have been added to the shooting mode. The "My Colors" and "Photo Effect" modes have been combined into the new "My Colors" in the FUNC. menu and are used to change the look and feel of the pictures when shooting. The recording pixels now include a "Widescreen" feature that has the same aspect ratio as 16:9 widescreen TVs for shooting wide images. Also, this camera can take QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) movies at 30 frames per second. This camera is equipped with an upgraded 1.8-inch Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), ISO 400 setting, Intelligent Orientation Sensor, 9-point AiAF system, microphone, speaker, A/V OUT (Audio/Video output) Terminal and My Camera Settings. This camera is equipped with a "Print/Share" button. This button lets you easily print your images by connecting the camera directly to a direct print compatible printer. When the camera is connected to a computer (Windows / Mac OS X), pressing the Print/Share button lets you easily download images directly from the camera to the computer.

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Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.8
Max Focal Length:21.6mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:3.6
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Color Accent / Color Swap / Darker Skin Tone / Lighter Skin Tone / My Colors / Neutral / Positive / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical