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I didn't have a massive budget when looking to buy a new camera and luckily Argos has this camera for only about £70 when I got it. Canon are, in my opinion, a pretty reliable brand with a good reputation for digital cameras.
I bought the camera for an adventure holiday and it performed well in capturing both photos and videos, I believe I stored about 1000 photos on a 4GB memory card so I was pleased with that. The camera is really simple to use, I had it ready to go as soon as it was out of the box. It doesn't require any prior skill or knowledge, essentially you pick your subject and click.
The camera does have a number of options and 'advanced' settings though these are not entirely necessary and your photos will turn out just fine in most cases if you don't know or don't want to use the settings. For example you can change your light settings to options like: pets, fireworks, outdoors, night time etc. These help to capture movement and details better depending on your surroundings. The camera also has a timer feature so you can get group shots and various options for flash which can be a little slow unfortunately.
The camera also takes videos with sound which was a pleasant surprise for the price as the quality is reasonable.
You can transfer photos easily from the camera to your PC via a cable which is included or by just popping the memory card into the reader if your computer is equipped with one. You don't need any extra software to view and save your pictures which is handy.
Admittedly the camera is not the most attractive model, it's chunky and bulky but the screen is a good size. There are several models available now in a variety of colours that are much more compact but for the price of the Powershot I can't really complain. Also, the canon is very sturdy and durable. Like I mentioned, I took it on an adventure holiday where It was bounced around in my backpack, taken on hikes and some fairly bumpy forms of transportation. It came out scratched and battered but still works just fine so it's not a camera you have to be particularly delicate.
I'd recommend this camera if you are an amateur photographer looking for a reliable and easy to use camera for a good price. Would be ideal for family snaps.
For quite a number of years from the launch of the A400 way back in 2004, Canon's PowerShot A4xx cameras bobbled along quietly in much the same way at the bottom of the company's range of digital compacts, with compact yet rather brick-like bodies and not that many features (by Canon standards, though still more than many other manufacturers could offer) producing decent if not outstanding photos, good colour and excellent value for money.
2008's A470 marked the ultimate evolution of this approach; for the A480 that followed the design was substantially altered, but the A470 doesn't look that different at all from the cameras that preceded it. Indeed, for the purposes of this review I dug up my old A410 and put the two side by side, and you'd be quite hard pressed to tell which was which at a glance. The flash has moved to the corner as opposed to the middle, and the optical viewfinder is gone (no great loss, really) but the family resemblance is very strong indeed.
Concentrating on the A470 now, this is not really a camera that you would call handsome. There's a coloured strip across the middle (mine is blue; you could also have dark grey, red or green) which adds some slight interest to what is otherwise a rather dull front view, but the excitement pretty much stops there. As with all the models in this range, the lens is right over to the left (as you're taking a photo) which does unbalance the camera somewhat; although not that heavy on paper this does feel a little bit unwieldy at times, its front-to-back bulk probably not helping there.
On the back of the camera there's a 2.5-inch LCD screen, which these days is nothing special in terms of size. It's nice and bright, though, and doesn't get too grainy unless light levels are very low. There's a little bit of lag, but not enough to bother most people; this isn't a camera for fast-moving sports photography in any case. There's a small and rather fiddly mode dial, which I found a bit overly stiff too, though as it only has five settings (review, auto, manual, scene and movie) you probably won't need to move it much in any case.
All the other buttons are squashed into the bottom right hand corner, and they do feel rather cramped unless you have small fingers (which I don't!) though it's rare that I press the wrong one by mistake. The most controversial space-saving technique, which is a carry-over from earlier A4xx models, is the doubling up of the up/down buttons on the four-way controller as the zoom controls. I don't much like this, and would have preferred a collar around the shutter button as is the case on a number of other PowerShots.
Build quality is acceptable without being brilliant, and there is just the suspicion that this camera was built down to a price to some extent. The all-plastic body is not all that stiff and does creak a little, though with the exception of a slightly sharp-edged four-way controller it feels smoothly enough put together, and you don't feel that it's going to fall apart from day-to-day knocks and scuffs. The LCD has proved itself to be pretty robust in everyday use, which is both pleasing and important as it protrudes from the back slightly.
The A470 is a nicely responsive camera. When you press the power button, it comes on at once and is ready to shoot very quickly, though as with pretty much all PowerShots it's much slower if you're using flash. I wouldn't call the flash recycle time disastrous, certainly not by Canon's mediocre standards in this regard, but it's not what you'd call blazingly quick. If you're shooting in good light without flash, though, you should find this quite a fast camera for its class; it's reassuring to know that you're unlikely to miss the shot of a lifetime while the camera umms and errs about your last photo!
Despite its small size, the lens is pretty good. You get a 3.4x optical zoom (38mm to 114mm equivalent) which though nothing startling in this day and age is fine for most purposes, even if I'd personally have preferred a little more wide angle at the near end. It zips in and out smoothly enough, and reasonably quietly though not silently. The lens is not particularly fast, though, even by the standards of budget compacts: a widest aperture of f/3.0 at wide-angle and f/5.8 at full zoom is not exactly world-beating. Still, the little plastic cover that automatically covers the lens when not in use doesn't seem to stick, which was a recurring problem with some older Canons.
In auto mode, this is a real "point and shoot" camera, with nearly all the settings decided automatically. The A470 generally makes a decent fist of this, though it does seem to err on the side of fast shutter speed and select a rather higher ISO (and thus produce a rather noisier photo) than I'd really like. However, when you think that most people would rather get a grainy but sharp shot than one with perfectly smooth colours but badly blurred, this probably does make sense. You don't get to change much in the menus, but at least the icons are clear and restful to the eye.
Set the camera to "manual", and you get a bit more control, though this is a far cry from being the full manual that some other PowerShots give you. You can set ISO from 80 up to 1600 (though the top setting really is for absolute emergencies only, as it's really distractingly noisy), exposure compensation, white balance (including a manual WB setting), and "My Colors" [sic]. This last allows you to set such modes as "Vivid" or "Sepia", as well (in a semi-hidden extra menu) to set contrast, sharpness and saturation, a basic but welcome degree of control.
Canon seem to like these semi-hidden menus, as that's also how you get to the "Long Shutter" (1s-15s) mode, which for some reason is reached by pressing the "Menu" button while in the exposure compensation menu; and also the "Supermacro" mode. Standard macro can be set by pressing left on the four-way pad, but to get supermacro you have to go through the on-screen menus; don't ask me why. It's worth using, though, as minimum focus distance is a highly impressive 1cm, and though not blocking light to the lens can be a problem at that range, sharpness does seem to be retained.
The movie mode on A-series PowerShots has often been well behind the times, and the A470's, although not the worst of its contemporaries' video capabilities, is certainly nothing to write home about either. At VGA resolution (640x480) the best it can manage is 20 fps; to get a smooth 30 fps you have to drop down to 320x240. You might have more fun with the continuous mode, which takes ordinary (full-size) photos at just under 2 frames per second, which is really quite good going for a low-cost camera such as this one. As you'd expect, there's a self-timer, but it's one which you can customise to wait a certain number of seconds and take a specified number of shots.
Whether you consider scene modes and so on to be gimmicks or not, there's no denying that a lot of people like them, so it's hardly surprising that Canon added some nice features to this model. You get the now pretty much standard Face Detection, which generally works well but which I wouldn't want to bet my life on, and also Motion Detection. This isn't as impressive as it sounds, simply bumping up the ISO and exposure if your subject is moving. It works as far as it goes, but don't expect miracles. You get a pretty standard selection of scene modes (Foliage, Snow, Kids&Pets etc), with Aquarium about the only unusual one.
I've been pretty pleased with the results from this camera, with one exception, which is this: noise. The A470 isn't great on that score even in comparison with other budget models, and while I doubt it's going to bother most people who either look at their photos on a screen or print them out up to about A5 size, this isn't really the best camera for anything larger than that. A4 prints should look fine from a reasonable distance, but after that a little smudginess does begin to show in fine-detail areas such as hair. Don't let that put you off, though, since the rest is good news: colours are bright and, well, colourful - and you can turn down the saturation if you think they've gone too far - and photos generally look attractive and inviting.
This is a fairly cheap camera to run, since it uses both SD (or SDHC) cards and AA batteries. At the highest quality settings - which, frankly, you might as well keep set all the time - you can get a little over 300 photos on a 1 GB card, which is about what I'd expect from a 7mp camera. As always with AA-powered models, I advise you in the strongest terms to use high-capacity NiMH rechargeables; the cost of a couple of sets of those and a charger will be recouped very quickly, and they last longer than alkalines anyway. Also, use a card reader rather than direct USB cable connection; the latter does drain the batteries quite a bit.
In a nutshell, then, the PowerShot A470 would make quite a good choice as a snapshot camera for someone who was looking for bright, colourful photos and a camera that was easy to use without sacrificing user input entirely. It's let down a little bit by so-so ergonomics, especially that zoom control, but unless you have particularly large hands I don't think that's a killer. You might still find it lurking in camera or electronics shops' end-of-line deals, and it's fairly common on eBay (where there is an official Canon Outlet), but don't pay silly money: £30 is about right for the camera alone.
I started eyeing up digital cameras when I realised I was never taking any photos as my husband insisted on using his big bulky inherited camera, and was quite posessive with it, and also quite picky over what he captured in a photo, whereas I like to just go snap happy! So I did the usual argos catalogue flick, had a look at various places online, and eventually went back to good old Argos, and decided this was the one for me. It was a decent price, and had some great features listed next to it, unlike the other cameras in the same price range, and with Canon you know you are getting something good at least as they are a reputable manufacturer of cameras. These things do help!
I purchased it in store, and got a good deal on it which gave me a half price 4GB memory card when purchased at the same time, and also redeemed some Nectar points which knocked a bit more off! I bought it a few weeks before having my baby boy, and got the hang of it really quickly, the functions are really easy to use, so it wasn't long before hubby played with it and decided we were taking mine to the hospital instead of his!
My only criticism is the teeny memoy card that comes with it, all I can say is what a blummin good job it was that I had bought a bigger memory card at the time, as it certainly didn't last long taking photos & videos of a new baby! So, be warned - a bigger memory card is pretty much necessary to be able to enjoy this camera to the full.
I found this camera to be one of the simplest to use. It really is a 'point and shoot' camera with very little knowledge needed to get started. It comes with batteries, instructions a usb cable to connect to the computer and upload pictures, as well as a disc to enable this function and also an av cable. As a person who previously has been known for chopping heads of in photographs - I was amazed how my pictures turned out. The face detection aspect works really well. It has a video function too which amused my 9 year old for several hours and resulted in lots of fun on Christmas day. It does come with a 32Mb sd card (memory) although I would recommend the purchase of another memory card of at least 4 Gb as the 32 Mb has a very limited capture of about ten photographs before uploading to computer hardrive/printer or deleting them. I would thoroughly recommend this as a first time or replacement digital camera.
We bought this camera as a family use camera approx 18 months ago.It takes very good quality photos in most conditions, as long as settings have been altered to accomodate. The settings were easy to use and in normal mode when on auto - our 9 year old daughter could take a decent shot. The zoom was good and allowed some nice images to be captured, even from a distance. The video recording facility was also of a good standard, and came in handy for those moments without a camcorder. After using this camera at a family function, my grandfather also went and bought the same model. He has also found it easy to use, although he doesn't use all the settings. The only downfall was that after 18 months use it was accidently dropped and the camera would not work again. The lens came off it's cogs and the memory card failed to be recognised. Therefore we had to but a new replacement.
Canon Powershot A470
7.1 megapixels camera, 3.4 x optical zoom, Face Detection, Red Eye Correction, Motion Detection Technology, ISO up to 1600, Special Scene Mode, 0.4'' Macro and Movie VGA.
What is included in the pack bought from Argos.
Batteries x 2,
Memory Card 32MB SD Card,
interface cable IFC-400PCU,
AV Cable AVC-DC300,
Canon Digital Camera Solution disk,
Canon Digital Camera Manuals Disk and
I like that the camera takes 2 x AA batteries as can always pack extra batteries in bag whenever I need to take it for longer shoots, i.e. week/weekend break. Handy to be able to change batteries in the middle of shooting pics when battery is drained, not like some cameras where you need to recharge and electricity may not be available.
The camera is good value for money as images are far superior that some cameras of similar types. I compare it to my other camera of near similar price and description Hitachi HDC-1061E. The Canon's 7 megapixels image quality is far superior to Hitachi's which is 10 megapixels, but Canon performs well especially in dark lighting due ability to select ISO up to 1600.
There are also good scene selections, I counted 9 different scenes you can select, have not tried them all out, with regards to scenes, I often used auto setting.
Easy to download images on to PC, have not used the CD Roms that came in the box but editing photos with picture editing software, i.e. Adobe Photoshop and Picasa is easy to do.
The user guides are easy to follow.
Playback is also easy. The buttons on the back of the camera are easy to navigate, Func set is also OK button.
The movie setting also looks good, sound for movie cannot be heard from the camera, but sound can be heard when device connected to TV or when file is downloaded to PC. The movie zoom setting can be adjusted during taking movie, but cannot zoom when viewing movie.
I have had this camera for over one year and have been satisfied with its performance, however, I had DROPPED it recently. Since then there is a blue line which shows near the middle of the camera LCD screen when taking and viewing pictures and when pictures are viewed on PC.
Not sure which part of the camera is damaged as no outward evidence of damage, just when pictures are viewed on camera LCD screen and on PC there is a blue line in the pictures and movies.
Cameras get damaged when they are dropped.
Am now thinking of buying Canon Powershot D10 (underwater camera), I like to stick with Canon.
Upon first glance of the Canon Power Shot A470, quite a few people will draw the line and just rule out any possibility of getting it as a camera. Which is understandable to a certain degree, because the camera is somewhat of an eye catcher due to its chunky and almost odd colour scheme.
The shape of the camera itself is easy to grip and use, it is ergonomically designed in terms of ease of use, however the finish is does not do the camera any justice. Some people might find the camera's finish similar to those found on generic products, which is important to some people.
The camera does not have any build in memory capacity, however a 32 megabyte memory card is included. Non rechargeable alkaline batteries are provided with the camera, but you will need to purchase either NI-CD or NI-MH rechargeable batteries separate if you wish to use them.
You would also want to choose a nickel-metal hydride cell rechargeable battery with a higher nimh if you are a heavy user. On the other hand, it is also fine to use disposable batteries if you don't like charging them. When using both rechargeable and non rechargeable batteries, the battery stamina of the camera was quite good providing quite a high number of shots because needing to be replaced.
The Macro mode is quite impressive for a camera of this size, with clear details and sharpness. In total there are 5 white balance modes settings, which can be used to fine tune how the colour of the photos captured would appear under a range of lighting conditions.
When taking photos with flash it is almost unavoidable that the colour accuracy will be a bit inaccurate if the photo was taken in daylight. Therefore the white balance setting is a useful tool to try to correct this issue, especially if you don't plan on spending time on it afterwards using an image editing software.
The camera has a 7.1 megapixel resolution, which is higher than the average but considerably lower than the higher ones. The camera has a 38mm to 132mm zoom range which is adequate for most regular photographs.
There are 6 different ISO settings ranging from 80 to 1600 which allows you to change it dependent on the shooting conditions. For those that prefer auto/default settings but still want to get the perfect shot, there are 10 individual scenes modes which can be used to almost instantly optimize the camera for most shots.
There is a 0.5 second delay of capturing the photo once you press the shuttle button, the camera is capable of taking a photo every one and a half seconds until either the battery runs out or the memory card becomes full, whichever occurs first.
The display screen is reasonably good, however you do get a slight reflection when using the camera in bright conditions, which means it is a bit annoying to use. It takes the camera 2.3 seconds to turn on, which means you can keep the camera off and still be confident that it will be ready in time.
I dont have much luck with Digital cameras. I can only afford budget cameras and they all seem to break on me fairly quickly. True to form, I brought this camera from Argos for my birthday in March and a day later it broke, the lens was jammed. Luckily, Argos were happy to exchange it and I've had no problems with the replacement camera since then.
Here are the specifications of the camera:
3.4 x optical zoom.
4 x digital zoom.
Large 2.5in LCD screen for easy viewing and sharing.
High ISO auto anti-blur solution.
Face detection - 9 faces.
Continuous shooting, 1.9 fps.
Red eye reduction.
Memory card supplied SD.
Move capture with sound.
15 scene modes.
Weight 165 grams.
Size (H)10.48, (W)5.51, (W)4.07cm.
It was priced at £49.98 on the Argos website but prices vary and I've seen the camera priced from anything between £50 to £120 so look around before you decide where to buy.
This is definetley a good budget digital camera. It has all the basic features which a digital camera should have and is relativley easy to use although it did take me a while to work out how to delete photos!
It is quite chunky compared to other models of camera I've had in the past. This is an obvious disadvantage in some ways (which I will go into later) but can also be seen as an advantage because this makes it easy hold and so your not likely to drop it easily. Also the fact that is so bulky and wide mean that the buttons are big and easy to press. In keeping with this, the screen is also large and therefore it's easy to view the pictures you hace taken and show them to friends.
One feature I particulary like is the face-detecting autofocus and autoexposure. I've never had this feature on digital cameras I've used in the past, mainly because it seems to be a feature you often see on more expensive models. So to find this feature on a budget camera was a welcome bonus. My friend who borrowed my camera was also impressed with this feature and commented on who useful it was when taking photos.
There is also settings to control white balance and exposure settings even in the macro mode. I personally don't adjust these settings as I only use my camera for basic photo taking. However, it is an impressive and useful for feature for those who need it.
The coloured panels on the front of the camera do not hide the fact the camera design is quite bulky and unattractive. I often take it on nights out with me and struggle to fit the camera in my clutch bag due to it's size. There are far sleeker camera models out there and if style and design is an issue for you, this probably isn't the best camera to buy.
The picture quality is generaly impressive but in low light it can be noticeably poor. However, this isn't a problem exclusive to this camera, it's a common problem amongst the cheaper cameras.
The memory card supplied is awful. I'd only taken about 6 photos before it began to get full. I found it irritating that they advertise the fact that the camera comes with an SD memory card but it's so poor that it may as well not come with one at all as your going to have to buy a replacement memory card yorself anyway. I had to replace the memory card and batteries supplied, which were also poor, before I could even use the camera.
Great value for money. There are better cameras out there but this is one of the best in it's price range and has some excellent bonus features.
You don't need to pay a lot to get a pretty good digital camera. Solid budget models are becoming less expensive and offering better performance every year. The Canon PowerShot A470 is one of the best examples of this trend. With a price tag less than £150, it produces surprisingly good pictures. It isn't the prettiest camera available and it doesn't have any flashy features, but for the price, it's hard to beat.
Canon tries to give the A470 a much-needed injection of style by offering four color choices: gray, blue, red, and orange. Unfortunately, colorful accents can't hide the camera's chunky, unattractive design measuring almost 4 inches long, 2 inches thick, and more than an inch and a half wide. At 7.6 ounces with an SD card and two AA batteries, it also weighs in as one of the heftiest budget cameras available. On the bright side, the camera's large body makes it easy to grip and hold, and its wide design leaves room for large, simple controls that even bigger thumbs can comfortably manipulate.
The camera's 38-to-132mm-equivalent, f/3.0-5.8 lens offers a slightly longer than usual reach, but offers a narrower field of view than most snapshot cameras' 35mm-equivalent-or-wider lenses. A 2.5-inch, 115,000-pixel screen is the only method of framing your shot, and can be difficult to use on sunny days. It features the standard handful of scene preset modes, plus a movie mode that can record QVGA (320x240) movies at 30 frames per second, or VGA (640x480) movies at a slower-than-usual 20fps. Finally, the A470 includes face-detecting autofocus and autoexposure, an increasingly popular feature that's still a bit surprising to find on such an inexpensive model.
For the money, the Canon PowerShot A470 is a great digital camera. It doesn't work very well in low light, but that's a flaw shared by most snapshot cameras in general. If you want to spend as little cash as possible for a decent camera, the PowerShot A470 is one of the best choices currently available.