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Old Jul 20, 2004, 6:16 AM   #1
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Canon has announced it's A85 - details here: http://www.canon.co.jp/Imaging/psa85/components-e.html. It is primarily viewed by them as a replacement for the A75. But, I'm sure glad I purchased my A80 a month ago - especially for $299! The A85 has a 640/480 movie feature, 1.8" LCD and 6 special scene modes (ala Nikon's approach), BUT it gives up the rotating LCD and the 2 Custom modes - critical features, I've found, of the A80. Everything else appears the same. Not a step up - sideways perhaps, maybe even backwards, IMHO.....

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Old Jul 20, 2004, 7:56 AM   #2
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AsCanon says... this is an upgradeto the A75 - NOT the A80. So they haven't "given up" the swivel LCD or custom modes, because they're not on the A75 to start with.

A step up for A75 owners perhaps, but I won't be swapping my A80 anytime yet !

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Old Jul 20, 2004, 3:11 PM   #3
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Good point, Rose. That's a subtlety I hadn't noticed at first. Also, and importantly, the CCD size (1/2.7") is like the A75, not the A80, which has a 1/1.8" CCD. So, we may be getting a true A80 replacement sometime in the future.

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Old Jul 20, 2004, 4:10 PM   #4
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my guess:

Canon Powershot A90
5 megapixel (2560x1920) 1/1.8" CCD
28mm to 140mm (5x) lens
Custom 1, 2, and 3 modes
640x480 15fps 60 second movie clips, also 320x240 30fps 5 minute clips
large: 2560x1920
medium large: 2048x1536
medium: 1600x1200
medium small: 1024x768
small: 640x480
compression: tiff, superfine, fine, normal
includes 64MB CF
price: $399 USD

what else might it have?
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Old Jul 20, 2004, 4:24 PM   #5
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"640x480 15fps 60 second movie clips, also 320x240 30fps 5 minute clips"

it would be better if Canon removes the time limit for movie recording, just as other brands (like Sony), have done for quite some time now...


in reply to the topic...the model "A85" will create confusion, i think it should've been called A76 or A77 cause there really no major upgrade except for 2
-4mpixel
-slightly better digital zoom (which i do not normally use)

and its not an upgrade to A80, no swivelling LCD, no custom mode C1 and C2

anyway, i just recently purchased a Canon A75 and im a little bit upset that theres a newer model now.
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In regards to an A80 update....What about an LCD with more than just 67,000 pixels and/or an lcd backlighting or brightening capability?
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Hmm honestly it doesnt even seem like much of a step up from the A75. Wow 60 sec movie clips instead of 30 and 4 MP instead of 3.2. Hmm seems like they should call it the A76 since its barely better then the A75. I wonder why they are upgrading the A75 already?
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It's doubtful that TIFF would be a compression option. Canon doesn't offer that on the $8,000 1Ds or any other digital SLR, much less a consumer level "A" series digicam. Maybe RAW though.
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