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Canon Powershot A570 IS
Canon Powershot A570 IS

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon Powershot A3100 IS.

Canon Powershot A570 IS

Editor's Review

This was a great camera in its time, but getting old. Check out a more recent PowerShot, like the A3000. Here's what we had to say about the A570 when it was released in March 2007.

The second camera in Canon's Powershot A-series to feature optical image stabilization, the A570 IS follows on the heels of last year's very successful A710 IS. Autocorrecting for hand movement, this image stabilization system greatly reduces jitter and blur in long zoom photos. In addition, the A570 IS brings a couple of Canon's innovations to the A-series for the first time. First, face detection technology, which allows the camera's autofocus system to latch onto a subject's face and keep it in focus no matter where the subject moves. Second is ISO 1600 shooting, greatly helped by the new DIGIC III processor. Though these are significant advances in technology, overall the A570 isn't much of a leap over the A710. For instance, while it features the same great 7.1 megapixel sensor, its lens manages only an average-for-its-class 4x optical zoom compared to the A710's above average 6x optical. It does add some interesting new movie modes and a scene mode or two, but this isn't really enough to push it into truly new territory. While it turns out impressive photos, the A570 IS is ultimately a minor upgrade to a great camera.


  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 4x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Auto focus, auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 80-1600
  • Movie mode, with sound
  • 2.5" LCD display (115,000px)
  • Secure Digital Card Storage (16mb SD card included)
  • JPEG file format
  • 2 AA Batteries
  • Part Number: 1773B001
  • UPC: 013803078442
  • Release Date: Mar 01, 2007

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Canon Powershot A570 IS Reviews

Canon Powershot A570 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery issue (Daniel — 09/15/2010)
I brought my A570 IS 3 years ago and since then I tried many types of rechargeable batteries (Sanyo 2700mAh, GP2500mAh, Uniross2300mAh, Panasonic 2200mAh, etc.) together with an Ansmann PowerLine4 charger. With all of them I cannot take more than 30-40 pictures. Now I use only alkaline batteries, because it seems that it last longer (around 60-70 pictures). I used the toothpick solution, I cleaned up the contacts, but the problem remains. This type of camera has serious problems with the battery connectors. DO NOT BUY IT.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery and Time Problems (Peter B — 11/16/2009)

We have had this for two years; the battery life is terrible as everyone else notes also. We have tried rechargeable as well as most every brand of alkalines. After a few, 20-30 photos the low battery blinks or shuts down the camera. It also has about a 4-5 second lag between photos to charge the flash for the next one. I too am about ready to throw it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery problems (Dan Cook — 09/08/2009)

I have had my a570 for almost 3 years now. I love the pictures I get from it. However I'm just about to throw it in the trash. I have used just about evey type recharable battery I can find and the camera seems to eat them up after the first use. They rarely ever hold a proper charge after the first time. Nothing more frustrating then to fully charge your batteries before a trip and to have every single one of them fail when you go to use them. I see in this forum that all types have been tried and all recieve a fail at one point or another. It's obvious to me that the a570 is ruining recharable batteries. Thats the only reason I can figure out why every brand of batteries recieved a fail after the first use. Everyone here for the mostpart say whatever batteries are great...but I haven't heard what happens after they try to recharge them. Whatcha think?

  • 1.0 out of 5
Works great for the first year. (Trevor — 06/17/2009)

I have had two Canon now an both worked great for the first year took lots of good pictures but now the len won't come out when you turn it on. Took it to the repair shop same price to fix it as to buy a new one. I will not be buying a Canon again.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Died too soon (Bob Butler — 05/16/2009)

Worked wonderfully in all situations needed until all of a sudden it quit at a crucial moment. Subject showed up on screen but the camera would not take the picture. At top of the screen the message read that there was a memory error. I tried a new card w/ the same results. Both cards worked fine in an older A540 of ours. I notice the same happened w/ a user of the A590. Gotta be something in the genetics of that family. I'll spend more for a Canon from another family. But I really don't see why I need to fork over the price for a camera so soon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Abysmal battery life (W Sanders — 03/29/2009)

Takes good pictures, but battery life is abysmal. Camera shuts down after 30-40 pic with AA alkalines, 10 or less will fully charged MiMhs (which NMhs are still > 1.3V/cell.)

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery Problem (M Joshua Paul — 11/12/2008)

I have purchased A 570 IS camera, Battery low indication was showing in the beginning, i have purchased Sanyo 2700, then it was working fine, but that was only for 2 months, again same prob started, just to check whether it a camera fault or not, i have used durocell batteries, that was working fine, so it is confirm that there is no camera fault. But we cant keep on purchasing the durocell batteries, if we purchase rechargable batteries, they are not working more than 2 months.

Even though camera is good, but there is a battery problem, for the whole life we have to keep on purchasing the batteries.
Now i shifted to sony camera, they are giving rechargable battery along with the camera, like a mobile we can charge, and it is working fine since 8 months.

I personally recommend not to buy canon camera, it is not one time investement, we have to keep on buying the batteries, highly expensive even after purchase of the camera.


  • 4.0 out of 5
Battery problem solved (sanjay lunia — 08/18/2008)

The camera is very good with a terrible battery life ,but now the problem is solved, use uniross 2500 mah batteries to solve your problem,switch off urs camera lcd and use viewfinder instead.battery usuage is strongly recomended.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Personal experience with A570IS (Erik Hermann — 07/13/2008)

I had a less talented compact digital camera for about a year and stepped up to this Canon last year. I,ve gotten to travel a bit in this part of the country (So.Cal) as well as Parts of Nevada and Arizona and have taken some excellent outdoor pictures that have made it onto TV 4 times as the best weather pics of the day, a great camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Marvelous Picture Quality (mrsuyyagh — 04/28/2008)

I have bought this camera from Smartbuy-Jordan for 205 JD's (300 $), (price too high! I know but the prices here in Jordan are three times those in the western world while our yearly income is less than 7000$, that's how it has always been!) However, once I used the Panasonic batteries that came with it, it showed the battery indicator after 9 shots and it shut down, I used other alkaline batteries and the same problem came up after 25 shots and 2 minutes of video, initially I thought the camera was faulty until I bought Energizer rechargeables 2500mAH and I have so far used it for capturing 200 shots and still no battery indicator issue. I think the problem is fixed. Besides this, everything is marvelous, the high picture quality, natural colours, easy to use, compact, IS and manual mode are of a great advantage. I recommend buying it and using rechargeables, you won't be wasting your money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent (Denny — 12/31/2007)

I have to say this is one of the best digital cameras that I have ever used. I love the night shots from it. Was really surprised with them. Now for battery issue that I have heard about. I am using the first two batteries that I purchased which are "Energizer Lithium" and I have taken over a 100 pictures and they are still strong. Or I just got lucky and got a good set of batteries. I have rechargable ones too but I have not gotten to them as of yet. It is an easy camera to use and the pictures are great.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A excellent camera (Denny — 12/31/2007)

I purchased my camera right after Thanksgiving to have in time for Christmas. I have taken about 75 pictures, on the first of batteries and they are still charged. I do have rechargeable batteries for it, but have not use them.

As for the pictures, I was surprised that turn out so excellent. Took one at a birthday party with just the candles giving off the light, and I couldn't have asked for another picture. Use the night setting for that picture. I don't know all the ins and outs with it yet, but I having fun learning.

All I have to say, it is a good value for the money. Now go have fun taking pictures and for the memories...

  • 3.0 out of 5
canon the best (sanjay lunia — 12/30/2007)

Iam pretty satisfied with the camera performance after using it for 2 months and i greatly advice others to buy one in such price range , but i am not satisfied with its battery life.i have used duracell removable batteries and after clicking just 10 snaps, low battery indicator signal glows and camera power off. i am uncertain whether it is a manufacturing defect or the camera has poor battery standards.please advice me.

  • 4.0 out of 5
CANON A-570IS is great camera but I expected more. (Kishor Toppo — 11/20/2007)

This is a great camera among this price range. I Have been using this Camera since 4 months, I have taken more than 1000 snaps and movie clips. I created about 10 Home video, Birthday CD, SVCD. Is has Excellent high quality still picture, Optical Zoom is good. video is good but opitical zoom does not work only digital zoom works, which creates noisey clips. Macro is good (5 cms wide), I expected more about (1 or 2 cms wide). LCD id overall good (2.5"). For the new user it is a very good camera. Just click and shoot with automatic mode. Even 4-5 years child can easily use this camera. There are a lots of manual fuctions for creativity snaps.

I expected more with this camera:-

1. Optical Zoom should be at least more than 6X zoom.
2. Macro should be 1-2 cms wide.
3. Optical zoom should be work during movies shooting.
4. LCD resolution should more and at least 3" wide.

Though it is a great camera among 7.1 MP family. or campare to other brand. My expectation is beyond the existing price range.

Kishor Toppo, New Delhi

  • 4.0 out of 5
canon G9 (leedas27 — 11/06/2007)

excellent clarity,user friendly,good optical zoom.
very good for intraoral pictures-that's why i bought it.And am not disappointed.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I dropped my old camera! (David H — 10/22/2007)

I used to have a Panasonic model LZ2, but I dropped it and damaged it. So I went searching for another camera and decided on the Canon A570, because I saw the good reviews on it. My first impressions are as follows:
1. It fits and feels really well in your hand.
2. The buttons all have a good feel and click with a purpose.
3. I know the power button is small, but I still get confused with it being the shutter button sometimes. I'm sure this won't be an issue as I get used to the operation.
4. I don't much care for the noisy zoom lens. In comparison the Panasonic I had was much more quiet.
5. I'm disappointed there is no internal memory. I thought this was pretty much standard. The free 16MB card is a joke.
6. The camera makes audible sounds which is cool, but they sound rather feable as if the camera is struggling to make these sounds.
7. I miss having the 6x optical zoom on my Panasonic vs. the 4x optical zoom on this one.
7. I like the ring release button so you can add other lenses. Although, I priced them and they are not cheap.
8. The camera despite some of the cons I mentioned seems like a really nice camera, but I can't help wonder about the newer Panasonic Lumix LZ7. It gets good reviews also.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it, try it (ALEY D — 09/12/2007)

It totally rocks!I was definitaly pleased with the quality,my pictures seem to come out proffessional and when I print them otu Im asked if they are proffessional!If you are looking for a good camera, take a look at the Canon A570.I have had my camera for 8 months and Its yet to fail me.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Value for money (Navin — 08/19/2007)

I have been using for 3 months, being a euro spec i found scene modes doesn't allow much manupulations as i did with my favourite A80 but Aquarium and foliage options give excellent colors, IS & FD is great, being high ISO cam low light has noise. Great overall camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera for the price (nexxus — 08/12/2007)

I've had this camera for less than a month and I must say that I am a very pleased customer. After reading the basic manual I was able to take crisp and clear shots. The color of the images taken with this camera is most life like and the quality of the pics exceeded my expectations even when taking pics in near complete darkness. The Canon PowerShot 570IS is the ideal camera for the average guy wanting to take great pics as well as the amateur to near professional photographer since it has just the right amount of both automatic and manual controls and for the price, you just can't go wrong. This camera has a lot of great features and modes to ensure that almost every pic you take is the perfect pic. I suggest you purchase a larger memory card and some cr-v3 batteries since you will be taking non-stop pic after pic after familiarising yourself with this great camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I can't believe how good it is (John — 07/11/2007)

This camera has more features than I know what to do with right now. I love the fact that it's a great point and shoot camera with almost no shutter delay(I have two young kids ages 1 & 3)so that I don't have to worry about missing a shot. The instructions that Cannon gives, are very easy to understand and makes it easy to explore more of the optional features. I don't like the flash recharge delay, but the quality of the pictures pays off in the end. It's also able to accommodate an external flash and other lenses too which I was not aware of until I started playing with it. I was origanally looking for a simple point and shoot camera, but I like the fact that I can do more if I want to later on. I had tried out a 710is and the first 15 shots I took had really bad red-eye even with the red-eye reduction feature on. The digic III processor really makes a difference. I highly recommend this cam for anyone that is a first time buyer/ease of use buyer but also wants options for later.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Worth the Money! (Charles — 07/02/2007)

The camera isn't as bad as Tom's report. If there's one thing I hate in a digital camera, it's over saturated, high contrast, too bright and too sharp pics; the mark of el cheapo digital cameras, trying to be something they are not.

This camera takes silky-smooth images, knocking on the back door of my Canon Digital Rebel.

Unremarkable above ISO 400 (expected). The camera shines, stopped-down a bit.

Flash charge times are too slow (perhaps "AA" high-current capable batteries are in order).

IS helps a bit, but nothing like my Canon IS lense(s)for the Rebel.

It's a great camera for the money. Well worth it.


  • 3.0 out of 5
Great camera until lens locked (Bob — 07/02/2007)

I was very happy with the camera until the lens froze on the forth day. I sent it back to NewEgg and another one has been sent. If the lens problems does not happen again I will buy more of the cameras for our school district.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Maybe it was just a dud I had (Tom Baker — 06/21/2007)

I was very disappointed with my new A570 and ended up returning it after 7 days. After all the rave reviews and good ratings, I was just not satisfied with the lack of sharpness or definition in the pictures. I tried both manual and automatic features in an attempt to improve performance. Finally I took a number of pictures side by side with 2 cameras and did a side by side unmarked photo comparison test afterwards with a few friends. Everybody picked the pictures that were taken with my old Kodak CX7530 point and shoot as best.
The movie feature in the A570 worked beautiful with remarkable video.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera with IS and 4x optical zoom in this price range. (Ashok — 06/17/2007)

It takes amazing pictures with good quality. Only problem with camera is flash recharge which takes longer time and you may loose some of the moments that you wanted to capture (May be problem sometime). Movie mode is also good. Overall good camera in this price range. I would recommend this camera to any one.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon A570 IS (mike — 04/20/2007)

Pros : Excellent color quality. Good macro.
Size: Extremely small.
Cons:Battery indicator flashes after certain time even with fully charged ni mh batteries in.

Overall great camera with wide aperture and flash recharge does not bother me.