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PowerShot A40

PowerShot A Series


Type of Camera


Compact Digital Still Camera with Built-in Flash, 3x Optical Zoom Lens, and 2.5x Digital Zoom.

Image Capture Device


1/2.7 inch Charge-Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 2.1 million

Effective Pixels

2 million


Focal Length

7.1-21.3mm (35mm film equivalent: 35-105mm)

Digital Zoom

2.5x Digital Zoom (Maximum 7.5x digital zoom is available when combined with 3x optical zoom.)

Autofocus System

TTL AiAF (3 focusing points), TTL AF (center focusing point)


Optical Viewfinder

Real-image optical zoom viewfinder, approx. 80% coverage.

LCD Monitor

1.5 inch low temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD

Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture

f/2.8- f/4.8

Shutter Speed

15-1/1500 sec.

Exposure Control


Equivalent to ISO 50/100/200/400/ Auto (50-150), or user-set ISO 50, 100, 200, or 400

Light Metering Method

Evaluative Metering or Spot Metering

Exposure Control Method

Program AE or Manual exposure control

Exposure Compensation

+/- 2.0 EV in 1/3 step increments

White Balance

White Balance Control

TTL Auto White Balance, Pre-Set White Balance (Available Settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, or Fluorescent H).


Built-in Flash

Operation Modes: Auto/On/Off, Auto Red-Eye Reduction Auto/On, Slow-Sync.

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes

Full Auto, Program, Manual, Stitch Assist, Movie, Photo Effect (Vivid Color, Neutral Color, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White).

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 2.5 images/sec.

Image Storage

Storage Media

CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I

File Format

Design rule for Camera File system (DCF*1), EXIF v.2.2 compatible

Print Order Format

Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) Version 1.1

Image Recording Format

Still Image: JPEG Movie: AVI

JPEG Compression Mode

SuperFine, Fine or Normal

Number of Recording Pixels

Small: 640 x 480, Medium: 1,024 x 768, Large: 1,600 x 1,200, Movie: 320 x 240 or 160 x 120.

Number of Recordable Images

Image data

 These figures reflect standard shooting conditions established by Canon.
Actual totals and file sizes may vary according to the subject, shooting conditions and shooting mode.

Time of Recordable Movies

Movie data

 Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of CompactFlash Card. Individual clips are limited to 10 or 30 seconds. Above-written figures are measured under Canon's standard conditions and may vary depending on the scene, subjects or camera settings.

Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File

Single, Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnification (2x to 10x), or Slide Show

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes

Single Image, All Images


Computer Interface

Universal Serial Bus (USB)

Video Out

NTSC or PAL selectable

Audio Out



Direct connection to Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100 and CP-10 (no computer required)

Power Supply

4 AA-size Batteries (Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH), AC Adapter Kit ACK600

Power Source

4 AA-size Batteries (Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH), AC Adapter Kit ACK600

Physical Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D)

4.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 in. / 110 x 71 x 38 mm


8.8 oz. / 250g

Computer System Requirements

Mac Requirements

Hardware: Power Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac or iBook OS: Mac OS 8.6 through 9.1 (Please see our Mac OS X Compatibility Statement)CPU: Power PC Interface: USB: Cable connection via camera's USB port is limited to genuine Apple Computer brand models with a built-in USB interface (Power Macintosh NEW G3/G4, PowerBook G3, iMac, iBook).RAM: 20MB and over for application

PC Requirements

Hardware: IBM PC/AT compatible. OS: Windows 98 (including the Second Edition), Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP (Please see our Windows XP compatibility statement)CPU: Pentium 150 MHz and over Interface: USB: Cable connection via camera's USB port is limited to pre-installed Windows 98, Windows 2000 and pre-installed or upgraded Windows ME or Windows XP systems. RAM: 32MB or more (Windows 98)RAM: 64MB or more (Windows 2000/Windows ME)RAM: 128MB or more (Windows XP)

*1 DCF is an abbreviation of Design rule for Camera File system standardized by Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).

PowerShot A40 Kit

PowerShot A40 Kit PowerShot A40 Body Wrist Strap WS-200 USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM 4 AA-size Alkaline Batteries CompactFlash Card FC-8M AV Cable AVC-DC100 (not shown) ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM (not shown)

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