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Since my daughter dropped my previous camera on the floor, I'd been looking for a replacement, and was lucky enough to get the Canon A720 as a gift. I fancy myself as a bit of a photographer, but to be realistic and honest, I'm kind of average. The technicalities go somewhat over my head, so really need something I can just point and shoot. And this camera really fits the bill.
For simple shots....vacation stuff, scenery, still life, animals etc, its absolutely perfect, and I've already taken some wonderful pics without having to know too much about shutter speeds and suchlike.
So for the amateur snapper, this is really ideal. Its not expensive, and takes very good pictures, with a quite impressive zoom option for a small camera.
A few things though to highlight....
I haven't mastered night shots - although that could be down to me.
And taking a snap of anything moving at speed will come out blurred.
But I think that's standard for all similar cameras on the market.
The memory card supplied with it only holds a handful of pics max, so anyone buying this will need something larger. Plus, I'd recommend getting rechargeable batteries...
But on the whole, its perfect for someone wanting to take nice pictures without having to spend huge amounts of money.
I have owned this camera for about 6 months now and never ceased to be amazed at its photographic capabilities. Ok its not a speed machine, you could not go to F1 races and expect to capture the action, well, what do you expect for about £130.00. some reviewers on that huge River web-site seem to. If all you are after is chilled day out taking quality photos this is the one to buy. I have taken pictures in low light, never any problems with focus. No problems as yet with camera shake. I always use on 80 iso so that is big deal for me, quality anti-shake on a camera.
A great deal of my pictures have been printed off at A4 size and believe me, they do look absolutely stunning. I have seen on some cheap cameras terrible "water colour" effect shown in trees and shrubs etc. I am sure you know what I mean. There is none of that evident in the photographs I have taken so far.
The lens zoom is not of course in the superzoom class but to me 210mm is quite adequate. I think in fact that may help to cut out or reduce purple fringing. I cannot really complain about this camera, would have liked single shot to shot times to be a bit quicker, but if you set it on continuous drive it does help of course. Can fire away until card is full I do think.
I borrowed this camera from a friend as my Canon A95 went for repair. As this camera came 2-3 years after A95, I was expecting lot of progress made in terms of features etc. But looks like Canon is delibarately moving away from compact camera market where it ruled with powershot series.
The camera is bulky without any reason. It doesn't feel very solid and gives flimsy plastic box feeling. It is one of those ugly looking camera in the market. I miss that metal brush finishing and solid feeling of A95 along with the swivel screen.
But things are not all that bad. It is still a very descent camera and takes better quality pictures than most of the compacts around. The image quality is great and colors are very natural, as you expect from Canon. The image stabilization works very well and always gives you sharp image. There are usual manual controls and lots of scene mode (around 19 modes I think) found in other Powershots, which makes them very good compact cameras. The 6x zoom is excellent and auto focus is very quick even using full zoom. The movie mode is good but not great at 640x480 30fps.
With such advance Powershot, I would expect following features:
- HD Movie Mode
- Better look and solid feel and more compact like Lumix TZ5
- Better screen resolution and swivel LCD
But this is very good package overall and good value for money. Excellent camera if you don't mind its size and looks.
This is a wonderful camera for amateurs. It has got lot of nice features. The quality of the picture is really great. One can zoom to minute details of the shot without quality degradation. There are many settings like portrait, landscape, night scene etc. But the night scene is not very effective relatively and the battery life is only for around 65 shots. There is also a provision for taking video. With all this it is Light and compact and has a elegant look
It's a point and shoot, but not as we know it...
Yes, it has all the standard point and shoot features but it also has
- a reasonable (not fantastic) optical viewfinder
- aperture priority, speed priority, manual, program and auto modes in addition to the by now standard pre-set scene modes
- a decent stabilisation system to ward off camera shake.
You can even get add-on lenses for this little beauty, though for me that would negate its really value as something you can hang off your belt and forget about until you want to take a picture.
It really does seem to have gone a long way towards being reasonably compact and light but also capable of being used creatively. Mind you, the flash doesn't have great reach.
You can find them on the internet for less than £115, though you'll spend another £15 on a fast 1GB card to replace the laughable 16MB cardlet that comes with it, and then another £15 to get the Canon pouch for it. You'll probably want to get some NiMH batteries (2x AA) and charger as well if you don't already have some.
But then you're done. It's light on the wallet, light in the hand, light on batteries and punches well beyond its weight.
The PowerShot A720 IS is the quintessential A Series camera in a popular line that matches high-end image quality with fun, easy-to-use features that deliver excellent cost performance. Top-notch specifications include 8.0-megapixel resolution and a long 6x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer Technology for sharp images throughout the zoom range. Canon's DIGIC III Image Processor offers advanced Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction for fantastic images. Even expand your creative possibilities with wide-angle and telephoto converter lenses.