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I had this camera a few years ago and still own it now, yet it is only used when I don't want to break my other camera! Whilst it is a good, sturdy camera and takes brilliant photos, there are other functions which are not available, which would be useful: the main being that there is no sound or audio capture. This means that while it can shoot video, there is no sound on it, which is rather annoying. Also, the time it takes to take another photo straight after could be improved, sometimes it takes ages.
The only other flaw that I could see is that it is rather old fashioned and chunky now. It is quite heavy and there are many digital cameras on the market now that could be a quarter of this size.
Overall, it's a good camera and has served me well after being dropped countless times but it is not recommended for people who want a modern, multifunction camera.
I seem to have had this camera forever.It has been everywhere with me.Its totally battered but still takes first class pics.Good colour quality,easy to use.Metal casing which I like.Its not the lightest camera but was built to last.Night time flash,great pics.If I had to find any fault it would be the time it takes to reset the flash.You can't take continual flash 'to catch the moment' without a wait.I'm sticking to Canon for my new camera though.Why fix something thats not broken!I think Canon do great cameras and I've had plenty of other makes that don't match up to theirs.
PowerShot A420 is equipped with an approximately 4.0 million camera effective pixel Charge Coupled Device (CCD), and with DIGIC II, higher resolution and high-speed processing were achieved.
This camera is equipped with the 3.2x optical zoom lens, which covers a 35mm film equivalent focal length ranging from 39 mm (Wide Angle) to 125 mm (Telephoto) and f/2.8 (Wide Angle) - f/5.1 (Telephoto) aperture.
This camera is equipped with an upgraded 1.8-inch Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and up to ISO 400 can be selected in the shooting mode. The recording pixels now include a "Widescreen" feature that has the same aspect ratio as 16:9 widescreen TVs for shooting wide images. This camera can take QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) movies at 30 frames per second.
Super Macro in the "Manual" mode allows you to shoot a subject when the distance from the front of the lens to the subject is in the range of 1 to 5 cm (0.39 to 2.0 in.) when shooting.
By revising the operability of the previous My Colors mode, Color Accent mode and Color Swap mode that transform colors when shooting have been added to the shooting mode. The My Colors and Photo Effect modes have been combined into the new "My Colors" in the FUNC. menu and are used to change the look and feel of the pictures when shooting.
This camera is equipped with a "Print/Share" button. This button lets you easily print your images by connecting the camera directly to a direct print compatible printer. When the camera is connected to a computer (Windows /Mac OS X), pressing the Print/Share button lets you easily download images directly from the camera to the computer. A new "Print Menu" including all the menus for printing has improved camera operations for such functions as direct printing.