|Canon A410 - Secure Digital memory card
Canon has clearly opted for the Secure Digital memory card. With the exception of the digital reflex cameras that have made the plunge into the CompactFlash size cards, the remaining Canon PowerShot and Digital IXUS cameras support the Secure Digital memory card. The Canon A410 is quite fast when it comes to processing the images. When shooting a series of images, the user can capture images sequentially in the highest resolution and quality until the memory card is full. This all can be done with a speed of approximately 2.5 images per second, an impressive feature for an entry-level digital camera. With single images the camera has a speed of 1.8 seconds per captured image.
Considering 128MB storage capacity:
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG - Super fine - 76 images
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 132 images
Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 269 images
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG - Super fine - 121 images
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 217 images
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 411 images
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels - JPEG - Super fine - 211 images
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 372 images
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 652 images
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - JPEG - Super fine - 460 images
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 711 images
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 1118 images
Video - 640 x 480 pixels - 10 fps - 3 min 10 sec
Video - 320 x 240 pixels - 20 fps - 4 min 29 sec
Video - 160 x 120 pixels - 15 fps - 14 min 29 sec
|SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD memory card
The user has the choice between a Secure Digital (SC) and a MultiMedia memory card. The first is the one most commonly found, a card that should even be looked at as a world standard. Consequently, this card is available in several types, varying in brand, speed and storage capacity. One does not require a fast card. A standard SD card in combination with the Canon PowerShot A410 offers a good speed when writing and reading data. When testing cameras, I always use an SD card with a rather special characteristic. This card, a SanDisk Ultra II Plus SD is faster than the standard SD card, but has another unique feature. The remarkable thing about this SD card is that it can be "snapped" in half, freeing a USB interface. This enables you to insert the Ultra II Plus SD card directly from your camera in a free USB port without the need for any wiring.
Canon A410 - 2200mAh batteries
The Canon A410 uses 2 AA size batteries. Even though two alkaline batteries are standard delivered, it is recommended to purchase a good (quick) charger with 2200mAh batteries, or even higher if you can. The camera is low in energy consumption, in fact even very much so when the display isn't often used. The advantage of the AA batteries, regardless of whether they are rechargeable, is that they can be purchased on virtually every street corner, no matter where you travel! In all probability, it is the use of the DIGIC II processor that enables the camera to be as economical as it is. With this camera you can rest assured it will take more than your average share of time before power-related issues occur. Even in the worst case scenario, you should count on approximately 3 hours of capacity (with fully charged 2200 NiMH batteries) and this will increase considerably if you decide to work without display and don't mind resorting to the optical viewfinder. The standard AA alkaline batteries will suffice for approximately 80 images and are without a doubt handy to slip into your pocket as reserves!