James's Camera Collection: Canon Powershot A50

Canon Powershot A50 Japan Other Canon Cameras 35mm cameras
Canon Powershot A50
Camera type: Digital
Approx. dates of manufacture: 1999
Sensor Size: CCD 1/2.7"
Max Resolution: 1280x960
Memory card: Compact Flash (CF)
Battery: 2CR5
Approx. original price: $500
Approx. street value: $20

Canon makes several series of non-SLR digital cameras; each line of cameras begins with a letter-number designation. The A series is the entry-level tier; they're the least expensive but they also lag in features. The Sx00 Elph series is the most compact. The SX series is mid-tier—larger and more powerful. The G series is the top: it has a lot of the EOS features but lacks interchangable lenses.

Given to me by a friend who retired her old cameras. This is, I believe, Canon's third offering in the compact digital field—an updating of their A5 Zoom from the year prior. The main difference is the slightly better sensor resolution.

For more information: Canon Camera Museum

Camera manual: Orphan Cameras.com

Steve's Digicams has a nice review of this camera.

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