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Canon PowerShot A60
Canon PowerShot A60

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Canon PowerShot A60

Editor's Review

The Canon PowerShot A60 is a great choice for photographers who don't need to print large images. With the exception of its 2-megapixel resolution, the A60 is virtually identical to the very popular Canon A70 -- both cameras excel at fully-automatic operation, yet offer a wide range of manual features for more experienced owners.


  • 2.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/2.5x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format only
  • ISO range 50-400
  • 4 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • UPC: 00013803025071
  • Release Date: Jul 29, 2003

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Canon PowerShot A60 Reviews

Canon PowerShot A60 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Expensive tat! (C.Seal — 08/21/2008)

High battery consumption, heavy to carry. Within a few months the lens shutter had jammed, the camera had problems switching on even with new batteries, constantly telling me to change the battery pack -and now it does not show the image on the LCD screen, and takes blank pictures! Cost me £200 new, and was a complete waste of money- fit for the bin!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Doesn't cut it (Lauren — 02/20/2008)

After having it for about 6 months, this camera started having a lot of problems. Now, I only use it when I feel like I absolutely need to take a picture of something, because it is a hassle otherwise. The zoom makes loud clunking noises and it's ability to take video is bad. Even when I purchased new batteries and a new battery charger, the camera will die within minutes of me putting in new fully charged batteries. This is not a good purchase.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Good pictures/short life (Chance Germany — 09/22/2006)

Camera suited me fine for the first year while it worked. I had to return it for a broken (defect) shutter. Bestbuy gave me another. So, I bought my girlfriend one just like it. Sucker. About a month after I bought hers, mine crapped out. Then a few months later hers went to. Junk.

  • 1.0 out of 5
POS (J Addison — 08/18/2006)

Every little electronic feature on this camera worked fine, with the exception of taking pictures. The LCD displayed everything except what was in the view finder, and took great pictures of featureless blackness. I took a couple of pictures when I got it to test it, put it away for a year, and it never worked again. I was able to disassemble it with a hammer, which is the only enjoyment I ever got from it. No more Canon's for me.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Have 2 dead ones (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The A60 looked like a great camera for the kids, so I bought 2 of them for each of two kids. Both died within 2 years. Other than the disappointing lifespan, they were great. I have an S50 myself, and am reasonably satisfied with it, I rely on a piece of scotch tape to hold the case together where a seam was opening up.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon A60, The Perfect Paper Weight (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned 5 Canon Digital Cameras. I purchased the Canon A60 in 2003. Within 6 months, the camera started malfunctioning, in the way of error codes, jammed aperture lens cover, blacked out / wavy lined LCD viewfinder. I need a camera, so I bought another A60. So I called Canon, sent the camera in and over a month later, I get it back. It worked great for 2 months, once again�� error codes, etc. I call Canon again, they say they will expedite the process, sent the camera in and over a month later, I get it back. It worked great for 2 months, once again�� error codes, etc, however now it is out of warranty! Thanks! Meanwhile the second camera is still working fine after a full year! One year and two weeks is when it started malfunctioning, in the way of blacked out / wavy lined LCD viewfinder. Thanks! So I buy a Canon A70, thinking that Canon might have learned from their mistakes. Nope! One year is when it started malfunctioning, in the way of error codes & blacked out / wavy lined LCD viewfinder. I still use it, I just whack it really good right before I need to use it! My 2 Canon A90s work just fine. Thanks Canon!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Cannon SD 550 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've Just recently purchased a Cannon Power Shot SD 550 Digtal ELPH. It's a big name and even bigger selection of cool functions. This thing boasts 7.1 megapixels 3x optical zoom and the 2.5 LCD. What I really thought was neat was the movie features. It came with 32 MB memory card however I quickly upgraded to the 1 GB for about $50. Now it will record in movie mode for about an hour in standard mode with the resolution set to (320x240)and the frame rate at 15 frames/sec. Resolution and frame rate can be set higher of course up to 60 frames/sec and (640x480) in movie mode. Compact 3 minute clips (good for e-mail attachments) can also be taken 3 minutes at a time about 2 hours total. These are just a handfull of the things it will do. Overall it seemed to be a great buy for around $400.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Abnormal dots appear on the LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm from philippines and I had bad experience with my A60 canon camera. I bought the camera last november 2003 in japan, at first it was a good expirience using it. But after a few months I noticed some abnormality when I took some pictures, sometimes good and sometimes not so good. when I used the camera for a long time e.g. capturing images and reviewing it, the batterry gets hotter and I think that is normal but the abnormal side is that the next time I took some shots abnormal dots appears on the LCD.. Last november of this year, I power-on the camera and I saw the LCD filled white color and when I try to press the capture button the camera was still capturing but the image is purely black. I called up cannon marketing here in the philippines and they told to me that the problem was the CCD and they will replaced it for free and I hope i will get my camera very soon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Never had a problem, sharp images! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I haven't taken the time to explore everything that is possible with this simple camera but I wanted to submit a review just to say that I LOVE this camera. I got it 1.5 years ago when it was more popular, now everyone feels the need to buy 5 megapixel etc. but anyone who sees the photos I have taken with this camera is impressed, and does not believe that it is only 2.0 megapixels - the images are very sharp and the color is great. The only problem I have is the flash seems a little too strong at times, but usually doesn't look as bad when I see the picture full size. This camera is great and since it's so cheap now, just go out and get it already!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Wavy lines in LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My camera has worked great until recently. I've owned my Powershot A60 for 2 years and it is starting to get wavy lines in the LCD. I've read reviews on this happing to the A80. You have to hit the camera on the bottom to get the display to work.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good all around camera!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Good resolution, good colors, lowest noise, sharp pictures. Excellent battery life (I use AA rechargables) So many features...!

If you can get one (even used, in good condition) buy it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Decent camera terrible cost for AC adapter. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am not an avid camera person or anything but I do own a Canon A60 digital camera. I thought I'd share some information just in case it hasn't been touched upon in any other reviews.
The information I would like to share is that Canon uses a unique DC-in on their digital cameras that is an uncommon 4.3V with a Canon specific size plug-in so that in order to take advantage of an AC adapter you must buy their specific AC adapter that runs around $70.
Kodak digital cameras on the other hand tend to have more common DC-in voltage requirements (3V,5V and 7V) with what appears to be a common size plug-in. Also the Kodak brand AC adapter that they sell runs only $30 regardless of voltage.
I was very upset to find out that Canon was so sinister as to make a Canon specific voltage requirement and Canon unique size plug-in for the DC-in. The only reason for this is so that their customers have to spend another $70 just for their unique special AC adapter. There is no other reason that a DC-in would be 4.3V with a unique size plug-in.
I am hitting all the Camera review websites to inform people of this problem. It is really a terrible thing to do to customers in my opinion.
This information would be very helpful to those who are just looking to buy a decent digital camera to take pictures once in awhile and for the common consumer who would not think to check something like the DC-in voltage requirement when making a purchase, only to be alarmed later of the fact that you can only use the $70 Canon specific AC adapter to take advantage of the DC-in.

Thank you

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
never owned a digital camera before and this one has been awesome. Remodeled our old house we use to have and have an entire library of the whole experience. we love it. hard to believe another camera can make better pictures.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Super point and shoot for $...uses compact flash !! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have had this camera for 6 months and it replaced 2 sony's (CD1000 and P30). This camera is easy to use and has advanced features for anyone that needs it. It takes good pictures in most situations. The flash tends to be too much inside, but the outdoor panoramic shots make up for it. I have (oops) dropped mine several times onto dirt and carpet and it just keeps going. The only 2 grips I have is: (1) Dirt behind the LCD cover. Don't ask me how but I got a peace of brown leaf under the cover and you can see it in front of the LCD. (2) It's a liitle thick. Battery life is unbelievable. I just changed to my 3rd set of batts IN SIX MONTHS of continuous use!!