by R. K. Bloom

Canon PowerShot S60

Canon PowerShot S60

Most manufacturers of digital photography are trying to keep the design of its products in the most recognizable form. This is done first, so as not to lose old fans, and secondly, to convince potential users that it is a combination of design features (be it “break in” scheme, or “hiding” under the automatic lens shutters) to best for the photographer.

However, from a certain point it becomes clear that some designs are better than others, although they are not memorable “highlights” look. Therefore, the range of virtually every major manufacturer has a couple of options, very much resembling the camera competitors.

For example, a camera with so-called “cap-breaker” can be called a classic. Cameras of this design on the front panel has a sliding plate, which is located under the shaft of the lens, “pupil” telescopic viewfinder and, in some cases, the flash. When the displacement of the side plates are shorted together and the inclusion of a camera.

This solution has several advantages. First, the lens off the camera is always protected by a large enough and strong detail – as well as other nodes located under the lid. Second, include a camera, moving the cap, very comfortable, even with one hand. In addition, the user does not have to guess that if he pressed the button and the switch is turned, if he was going to include a camera in the dark. Thirdly, the cap is turned on the camera to the left of the front panel and increases in the thickness of the shell the place, which, in turn, provides more secure retention of the camera.

First, the switch cover appeared in 1979 – its film cameras were equipped with a series of “XA” firm Olympus, immediately won popularity. Achieved even greater success Camera Series “Mju” of the same company, the proposed market in 1991. Finally, the digital version of the camera with a cover-breaker was introduced in the Olympus 1998 – it was the C-900 Zoom. Later, successful design used by other manufacturers of digital photography, but the most well-known corporations in no hurry to use “foreign” design.

In particular, the group first Canon digital camera with a cover-breaker introduced only in 2001. Models PowerShot S30 and PowerShot S40 appeared simultaneously and each differed only resolution (2272×1704 and 2048×1536 with S40 in S30), and a touch of silver body (bluish with a yellow S40 and S30).

The other characteristics were identical. For example, in both chambers by sliding a lid was placed swivel autofocus zoom lens (30-105 mm, f / 2,8-f / 4,9), similar to that used in the camera Canon Digital IXUS 300.

The metal case of new products was larger (112x58x42 mm) and heavier (323 grams) of most previous models of the digital Canon, but at the expense of lesser height and rounded edges fairly easily into a pocket.

The cameras were positioned as an intermediary between the semi-G2, and ultra-compact Digital IXUS 300. For this new model is equipped with many features, among which mention should be made manual focus, white balance setting according to the standard, as well as priority modes (shutter speed and on the diaphragm), and manual exposure.

There were special programs for recording (“portrait”, “Landscape”, “night”), switching metering (matrix, spot and center-weighted) and the noise reduction system that automatically turns on when the “long” exposure.

For the crop used as a telescopic viewfinder and an LCD display with a diagonal of 4.5 cm frames can be stored on CompactFlash Type II modules in JPEG and RAW, TIFF format support was absent. To communicate with a computer port used by USB, rechargeable lithium battery power supply provided. A year later came PowerShot S45, S40 are represented, with some modifications. Autofocus zoom lens remained unchanged. Above it is still located in Light AF, which, unlike the previous model, the mode used mnogozonovom not 3, and 9 control points. Preserved manual focus mode, in addition, there was an analogue of bracketing in manual focusing. In this mode, the camera takes three shots, with the first frame was shot when focusing at a distance slightly less than the distance shooting, the second – by a distance slightly greater, and the third – the normal distance shooting. Such a “fork” allow partially compensate for errors in focusing.

Matrix resolution (2272×1704) and its sensitivity (ISO 50-400) remain the same. Preserved noise reduction system, but still there was no search function “open the stuck” pixels. Service functions are the same, with the addition of the plot “sport.” The camera can store two values ??of the reference white point. Personnel remained on the module, CompactFlash Type II, his slot is located on the bottom of the camera next to the bay of lithium-ion batteries, they shut the overall cap. In the left pane under the rubber cap and placed video port USB. Weight and size characteristics of the camera have not changed.

In 2003, the S45 model was fitted pyatimegapikselnoy (2592×1944) sensor and was named the PowerShot S50. In addition to increased resolution in the number of changes were possible to manually select the reference point mnogozonovogo autofocus, flash adjustment of pulse duration, as well as support for the FAT32 file system for high-capacity CompactFlash modules. Other features largely remain the same. For the U.S., the camera was produced in black, for Europe – in silver.

Finally, in the summer of 2004 appeared PowerShot S60 – the first camera series, the appearance is markedly different from its predecessors (although the resolution remained the same as that of the S50 – 2592×1944).

The first changes were the characteristics of weight and size – the device has become wider, but its depth and height decreased (114x56x39 mm), in addition, he “threw the weight” of 30 grams. Also changed the look of the front panel, but what the governing bodies of the rear panel just changed drastically.

PowerShot S60, like its predecessors, the great in the hand. And, picking up off camera, you can not believe this, since the shell seems to be too narrow. However, it should just slide the lid-switch, the left-hand side of the camera acquires the required “complete”, providing a sturdy hold. It is promoted as a decorative ledge on the cover of the switch and the curly-bulge in the upper right corner of the rear panel.

Ergonomic features of the body is not degraded portability PowerShot S60 – due to the rounded corners and no protruding parts the camera can be easily put in a pocket – though, given the rather big size camera, a pocket should be quite large.

As with previous models, the PowerShot S60 in the “stowed” position, the switch cover completely covers the lens just mine, “the pupil” telescopic viewfinder and autofocus light bulb – the flash is closed in less than half. Well seen powerful sling swivel strap, strap, which is located on the left side – thanks to the rounded shape sling swivel does not cling to clothes.

In addition to appearance, PowerShot S60 is most different from its predecessor, S50, its optical system: autofocus zoom lens has acquired a large multiplicity (3.6X), and with a shift in the wide range – 28-100 mm in 35mm equivalent (previously – 35-105 mm). At the same time decreased slightly in the aperture telephoto range – f/2.8-f5.3 (previously – f/2.8-f4.9), however, to date, these characteristics can be met and at the multiplicity of objectives.

When you turn on the camera (that is, when moving the lid-side switch), the lens extends from the housing front, and to perform this operation takes only two seconds – at the end of the range PowerShot S60 is ready to shoot. The design of the rolling stock “trunk” of the lens looks different from previous models in the series – it does not consist of two, and three members of each other partitions.

It should be noted that the autofocus is sometimes not able to put on the sharpness of the lens. However, the camera will be honest to admit it, and it is much better than a deliberate “mistake” – a series of cameras indicates that the lens is focused, but the picture will be blurred.

Design flash PowerShot S60 has not changed: as in other series cameras, located in the upper right corner of the front of the radiator is “flattened” – he extended in width at low altitude. The flash is removed from the optical axis of the lens, thereby reducing the risk of “red eye” in the frame. Under the flash is the remote sensor and a microphone for recording voice memos to still images, or “audio” clips.

“Pupil” telescopic viewfinder is noticeably larger, and backlight auto-focus -

significantly less than previous cameras “S”-series. The lamp serves several functions – in addition to highlighting the autofocus, its light causes constriction of the pupils photographed people, which prevents color of their eyes in the photographs in red. In addition, the light bulb is used as an indicator of the self-timer shooting.

Flash meets the requirements of the pulsed light source compact camera – for example, provides illumination of objects deleted by 4 m (wide-angle lens mode) or 2 m (telephoto), and even allows you to adjust the length of the light pulse (range of + / – 2 EV in 1/3 EV, where EV – ekspochislo).

However, the PowerShot S60, as with most consumer-grade digital cameras Canon, there is a “family feature” – when shooting indoors, incandescent lighting, the pictures are not natural, “warm”.

The upper panel of the camera changed compared with the previous models – the microphone had disappeared (now on the front panel) and the zoom lens control lever (moved to the rear panel). At the site were: the left side of the panel – speaker (used for listening to voice comments to the staff and the “tracks” video), on the right side – the shutter button and mode switch.

The switch as in the previous series cameras, you can set one of 13 positions – “exposure program”, “aperture priority”, “shutter priority”, “Manual Exposure”, “user settings”, “video”, “panorama photography” “Auto Exposure” as well as one of the five stories – “Portrait” “Landscape”, “Night,” “shutter speed” and “long exposure”. Switch is located fairly close to the edge of the top panel that allows you to manage your thumb holding the camera arm.

The right side of the bottom of the tripod mount is located. It is metallic, so you can rely on its durability, but its location can not be called a success – on the one hand, it does not lie on the optical axis of the lens, which can cause difficulties when shooting panoramas, on the other hand, the nest is too close to the edge of the panel, so using a miniature camera tripod for macro may lose balance and fall. However, it provides free access to the memory module and the battery cover which is also located on the bottom, so when a long shot no problem with replacing the power supply and memory card.