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When we were burgled my camera was taken so I had the chance of going out and buying a new one. I looked at many different models in the shops, and then came across the Canon Powershot A620.
What first attracted me to this camera was the size of it - it was small enough to put in your bag, but it had enough substance to actually grip. It is shaped so that your hand has something to hold.
The camera is 7.1 mega pixels and in my opinion takes fantastic photos for that. Certainly more than enough pixels for anything I will ever do, that's for sure.
The buttons on the back of the camera are a pretty standard Canon setup - very easy to use, clear instructions which are displayed on the screen.
The 2 inch screen is a very good size for the size of camera, and also has the benefit of turning in all directions, so that you can take a picture of yourself and see what you are taking on the screen!
The camera has a great zoom feature which enables you to zoom in to 16x so from a great distance you can take pictures in great detail. I do find that the photos tend to be a bit grainy if you use the zoom over about 4 but all in all the pictures are still good enough.
The camera takes an SD memory card and connects easily to your computer using a USB cable so that you can transfer your pictures.
The camera also has the benefit of a videocamera which is also fantastic quality.
I did find that this camera eats batteries unless you get really expensive Duracell ones, so at first it was costing me a great deal to keep the camera running, but now I have discovered this flaw I only buy the expensive ones and they last a long time.
As and when I need to I would definitely buy another Powershot and would highly recommend them to anybody looking for a small, convenient, easy to use camera for their holiday snaps or bigger projects.
I only sold this camera because my wife won a Canon S80 and I kept S80 because of wider lens view.Photographic quality is truly superb and anyone from child to uninformed adult could not possibly have problems taking excellent pictures with it.The swivel screen is a very useful tool to have and I truly do miss it.You can take real low level shots with it without being a contortionist as all you do is swing screen out and look straight down,ideal for an oldie like me.
Exposure is almost always spot on and will rarely let you down except in the most demanding situation.Is a solid,well made camera and should give years of service if treated properly.Plenty of adjustments in camera for when you feel more confident with it.For example,change colour tones from vivid to natural to sepia and b&w.Anyone looking for a very good camera that all the family can get to grips with and take superb pictures can`t do much better than to buy this.Also if you like macro photography then this has a sensational macro mode that will give you top quality close-ups of flowers,insect etc. in vivid and very sharp detail.
This is a very very good camera, the price for what you get is incredible, a 7.1 mega pixel camera with 4X optical zoom for around 200 pounds is a bargain.
The rotating screen is great, allows for easy self portraits and sneaky shots over a wall or round a corner, however, the screen is a little small.
The main problem I would say this camera has is that it doesnt feel very sturdy, it feels plastic, cheap and a bit fragile although this does make it quite light so I suppose its down to personal oppinion.
I find that even though it is not huge its just too big to fit in a jacket pocket without it digging into your ribs.
All in all this is a great little camera, the shots I have taken with it are great and for the price I couldnt ask for anything more really.
My First impression of this camera the size and weight as its not as slim lined and light as other cameras of this type. For start the dimensions are 2.6" x 4.1" x 2.0" (66 x 105 x 49 mm) very similar to that of a 35mm camera from the late 90s early 2000s and weight is around 8.3 oz. (235 g). The weight issue is partly due to the camera being powered by four standard AA batteries. Although weight is not always a bad thing as I find it can help to reduce camera shake whilst taking pictures without a tripod. Weight and size aside this battle ship grey camera is well set out and looks good too. The A620 actually feels at home in your hands as it has an Integrated grip witch gives for extra comfort and a steadier grip whilst taking those all important photos. Another important feature to mention is the 2inch vary angle screen witch can twist and rotate to the front of the camera so you can shoot from almost any angle, and with the built in image orientation sensor your images will always appear the correct way up. The button lay out is very accessible and within constant reach of your fingers and thumbs. A jog wheel on the top of the camera located just behind the handgrip is used to change your photo modes (portrait, landscape ect) this is within easy reach of your right thumb so no awkward fumbling to find buttons. Just relax and capture that moment by depressing the shutter button witch is located on the top right above the hand grip.
The cannon A620 boasts a massive 7.1 mega pixels capable of (3072 x 2304 ) max resolution and a 4x Optical Zoom. On top of this it has full manual exposure controls; auto, program, and scene modes for snap shooting; and a tv quality (640 x 480) video mode. This is an extremely versatile camera that let you shoot with amazing precision. The crisp detail and brilliant true-to-life colour is simply amazing and with the 4x Optical Zoom lens you get in close to intimately capture lifes small, magical moments.
Take the perfect picture every time with some of A620s preset modes. Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), My Colours, Stitch Assist. Theres something for every photographer and every shooting situation.. After all, some days you might just want to point and shoot other days, you might feel more enthused about manual controls. There is also a fast shooting mode witch allows photos to be taken at up to two frames per second good for those all important action shots.
The cameras performance level is high enough to take full advantage of super-high-speed SD memory cards as well. I currently own a 1Gb card this allows me to store around 500 images at a resolution of 2048 x 1536. I take the majority of pictures at this resolution as they still come out perfect to the eye and any increase in resolution or picture quality will reduce the amount of images capable of being stored. The a620 connects to your pc through a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Interface for Fast Downloads. A620 also supports the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed standard, so youll enjoy the highest possible data transfer speeds when using a USB 2.0 compatible computer.