Color Accent desaturates every color but one in an image, so you have a black and white picture with just one color. But perched on a bike seat, I was happy to be relieved of the option, frankly. With its included USB cable, you can copy your images from your SD/MMC memory card to a Mac or PC, or print directly to a PictBridge printer. You can have green skies or red oceans, for example. This completes the process of connecting the camera to the computer. There are smaller digicams but the A430 is ruggedly built, and at just $180 list (and $125 retail), it makes Canon quality available at a very affordable price.
Its design bucks the trend toward cameras as jewelry. It’s more like sculpture. I liked the big shutter button. The modest price also makes the A430 an interesting candidate for the young photographer. It takes nice pictures with an Auto mode that’s nearly infallible, so you can concentrate on composing your image, zooming in or out, and waiting for the right moment. Just the right thing for someone new to photography, no matter their age. Here is what the lens error (E18 error on Canon) looks like. And plenty of low-end digicams would like to hide behind their LCD and never come out! Canon lens error is usually reported as E18 error.
And if you ever find yourself stranded on a desert island with weak batteries, you only have to go down to the Seven-Eleven to get a fresh set. Finally, those AA batteries are a feature in themselves. A set of four NiMH rechargeables, using two for backup, will last for years. Though it doesn’t have the manual control that some of the other A-series cameras boast, there are 14 exposure modes to get creative with, as well as Stitch-Assist mode for capturing panoramas, a Movie mode, and a Continuous mode for capturing up to 2.3 frames per second. The lens will get stuck in the extended position, and refuse to move either to focus the lens or to retract when powered off. In some cases, the lens might extend or retract to a certain amount, but not fully.