James's Camera Collection: Canon Powershot A530

Canon Powershot A530 Japan Other Canon Cameras 35mm cameras
Canon Powershot A530
Camera type: Digital
Approx. date of manufacture: 2006
Sensor Size: CCD 1/2.5"
Max Resolution: 2592x1944
Memory card: Compact Flash (CF)
Battery: NB-1L
Approx. original price: unknown
Approx. street value: very low

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.

I hesistate to list this one because it was dead when I got it. It was dropped by the previous owner and it now gives the dreaded "Lens error" when you turn it on, which means something's whacked out with the focus/zoom motors. Of course it costs more to repair than to replace, so that's it. It's now just a piece of industrial art.

I've been having a hard time thinking of what to write about it. Canon makes a lot of A-series Powershot cameras and makes small, incremental changes in successive models; there's nothing particularly noteworthy or special about this one. It is (was) a good camera, but it's a me-too camera in Canon's own line.

For more information: Canon Camera Museum

Camera manual: Orphan Cameras.com

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