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Canon PowerShot A610

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Canon PowerShot A610

Editor's Review

Canon introduces a modern update on the popular PowerShot A95, but can it live up to the legend? The Canon PowerShot A610 wants to be your new favorite camera, offering the features and style of the PowerShot A95 plus some extra perks. The A610 has boosted the optical zoom up to 4x and Canon's advanced DIGIC II image processing promises improved photo quality. Only time will tell if this model can live up to the A95 legacy.


  • 5 megapixels
  • 4x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 50-400
  • JPEG file format
  • 4 "AA" batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2005

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Canon PowerShot A610 Reviews

Canon PowerShot A610 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great Until LCD died! (John Doe — 05/22/2009)

Great camera untill the LCD started taking black pictures. This is a known problem with several other Canon models and Canon repairs those for free but not the A610. What a rip! No more Canon for me.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Wonderful till it died (Jamie — 03/31/2009)

This camera was great, easy to use, wonderful pictures and then it recently started taking just black pictures. a little searching online revealed that a bunch of these cameras sold roughly around december 2005, which mine was, are having this issue. Canon refuses to admit it's a problem and won't cover the repair. I won't buy another canon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Blank Screen (Luke Elburn — 02/05/2009)

Took great photos for the time it worked, then one morning it just started taking blank photos. Canon wouldnt hear this is a common problem and offered a refurb to purchase or pay $150 to fix it. What happened to products that last?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera and value. (John — 01/15/2009)

After 2 1/2 years still works as good as the day i purchased it.Great camera excellent photo's.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Black screen, no pictures (Tom — 11/01/2008)

After 2 years of wonderfull pictures, the LCD screen is black and it wont take pictures. Its a common problem on this model. Canon wont acknowledge there is a problem with this model, and wants $115 just to look at it. Never again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Black LCD (Janet Bastiaanse — 07/18/2008)

I loved this camera until the LCD went black right before an important event. I can view pictures I have taken in the past but it doesn't seem to take any new pictures. Don't think I'll get another one after reading that this seems to be a common problem with this camera. I was looking at a newer model of the same camera but think I'll pass on it for some other manufacturer.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Black screen after two years of use (Robert Guo — 05/24/2008)

This camera will go black screen after one and half to two and half years of use, depending on how frequently you use it. You will have to pay at least $100 plus shipping to get it fixed. Even then, it can go black again. Canon is irresponsible for selling this disposable camera as a normal one. This raise the serious question of whether the latest model of Canon also suffers from this problem. I will never buy a Canon again.

  • 4.0 out of 5
very good until... (nilu — 04/29/2008)

I loved this camera and completely satisfied with it until after 2 years and 3 months using it, the lens gear box worn out. To fix it I had to spend half of its price. I don't know if it was just my luck or is a common problem for this model.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Its worth (Utkarsh — 04/16/2008)

Hi all,
I am using A610 from past 2yrs and never faced any problem as such. Battery managment is gr8. All shooting modes are simply gr8.

  • 1.0 out of 5
CCD Failure (Chris — 03/05/2008)

CCD failure after a year and a half, my screen is blank not black though. Never buying a cannon again, since I've also reserached they are not fixing this.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Same problem as everyone else---CCD failure. (Pat Markey — 02/02/2008)

It looks like I'm having the same issues as everyone else. Black screen, but logo shows at startup. Unable to take any more pics, even without using the screen. Apparently Canon isn't standing behind its product, according to all the feedback I've seen. I resfues to pay $150+ to fix a camera when I can buy a new one (better one) for less than that. I liked the camera before it quit. Now I will have to buy another one, and I guarantee it won't say "Canon" on the front. Probably Fuji or Sony instead. The reason I ranked it "Bad" and not "Terrible" is because I was satified with its performance for the 2 years I owned it, but VERY disappointed in the lack of concern by Canon with regard to the problem. They know there's a problem (having offered to recall other cameras for the same problem) but refuse to offer recourse for the PowerShot A610, Very sad, indeed.

  • 1.0 out of 5
CCD Fault But Canon won't add to list of models recalled (Asif Ahmad — 01/13/2008)

After taking great pictures the camera went black. All the symptoms of the fault Canon has admitted for other models affected by faulty CCD. This was after exposure to a warm and humid country visit. Service centre on web just gives you the brush off as the camera is not on the recall list. The authorised repairer in the United Kingdom says they can't repair for free unless Canon accepts it is their liability. I won't rest until Canon step up and live up to their reputation and repair my camera as a manufacturing fault. I will file a claim in court if all else fails. So if you have experienced the screen going blank then respond on this forum and I will collate all cases for Canon to see. Pity as the camera when it was working was the envy of all who saw the results.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Outdoor Use Only (zombieCat — 12/22/2007)

The Canon A610 is a fantastic camera if you only take outdoor photos. In the two years I've owned it, I've been unable to capture more than a handful of indoor pictures that I would consider very good. Some have been fair, most have been extremely poor. Even using red-eye-reduction, about 95% of flash pictures have horrific red-eye. Most pictures have a VERY noticeable yellow/orange tint to them. The silhouette effect, where the subject is brightly lit, with the background unrecognizable, is the norm. If the subject moves at all, you get blur. I've tried all the various shooting styles, and while there are differences, they are all just different versions of poor pictures. For outdoor pictures, again, it's takes fabulous pictures. If you want to capture that birthday party or the kids' school program—forget it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
can't get no satisfaction (robert curry — 11/06/2007)

Less than 18 months use and the monitor is black, did not realize I was purchasing a disposable camera. Contacted canon canada and could get no satisfaction. Informed them about all the other canon customers with the same problem. They told me it did not pertain to my camera .It' a load of bull. I do not recommend this camera or this company to anyone thinking of purchasing a piece of equipment. They are not very customer orientated.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Blank Screen (Julia — 11/03/2007)

I have had this camera almost two years and all of a sudden my camera won't take any pictures. It has a black screen that only will show the icons. I was told it would cost at least 99 dollars to fix when I mail it in to canon and will recieve it in 10 business days. Before that it was great though.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best value! (Krishna — 10/31/2007)

this was sometime back when 5 mp was the in thing..
the best part i like about it is the swivel screen which is available only in canon cameras..frankly for photographic enthusiast its a gr8 feature..allows u take images frm different angles....if i would say its an ideal camera for beginners and pros too..
if the zoom would have been a little more...definitely would be an add on....

  • 1.0 out of 5
Blank Screen (Brenda — 10/11/2007)

My screen went blank. I get an error E16.I've had the camera less than a year and it was great until it all went blank! I'm done with Canon.

  • 1.0 out of 5
no screen (robert curry — 09/23/2007)

This camera could have been one of the best i have ever owned, the features are great,pictures are great,BUT if the screen is b lank, it's no good. Canon says the chip problem doesn't prtain to my camera . They have lost a customer. A camera should last longer than 18 months

  • 2.0 out of 5
Loved it until... (Debra Rosenblatt — 09/02/2007)

I've had this camera just under 2 years and absolutely loved it until the screen went totally black. I don't remember ever hitting it or dropping it. For the cost to repair (probably around $170), I'm just going to get a new camera. I'm very disappointed as I was very excited about this camera and its features initially.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor customer care (Robert Graham — 08/30/2007)

I was very happy with the camera but after 11 months the screen went black, everything worked except the LCD,
Canon want to charge 255 euro to fix it even though it is within the guarantee.
It got a knock within 2 weeks of buying it but it worked fine until now, 11 months later.

I have always bought canon but never again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great, WHEN IT WORKED! (Kathy — 08/16/2007)

Several months after purchasing the camera ($300-400), the LCD would occassionally freeze up in mid-shot (the picture would get fuzzy and freeze on the display and it wouldn't take any more shots, or allow you to switch to the View mode, without taking out the batteries and turning it on again...sometimes I had to do this several few times) At that time, since it occurred only occassionally, I thought it was the batteries and would just recharge them. Then the problem seemed to go away for a few months... Until this summer (at my daughter's first birthday party, which I don't have any photos of!). Only now, it doesn't just freeze up...I have a camera with a black screen that can't take pictures at all... I can only view what is currently on the camera. I didn't contact Canon since it appears from other reviews that after the one-year warranty they only offer to fix it for 30% of the cost of a new camera! A disposable camera for $300+ that was never dropped, never got wet, and was well-kept is terrible; I wouldn't recommend purchasing it.

As a side note: There does seem to be some correlation between the warm weather and the camera disfunctioning, but I'm not living in an extreme climate (and I have AC).

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera! (Tina — 08/11/2007)

Takes beautiful pictures. Have had NO trouble at all except for the software meshing with "Vista". Not as user friendly as the HP digitals, but I'd still buy another Cannon! Lots of special features for the pro.

  • 4.0 out of 5
frustrated owner (Lee — 07/31/2007)

I love the quality of the pictures and the ease of use, but I too have been having problems with the E16 error. No one seems to know what it is. Sometimes the camera will start working again, but this last time the error message appeared, none of the old tricks worked. It's out of commission and looks like it will be about a $130 repair. Not happy.

  • 1.0 out of 5
lasted one year! (John — 07/12/2007)

Never drop, never rained on, never crush, hardly used. paid 300.00+ at Target still works just LCD wont let you do any thing but preview the last picture. Not setting or delete. DONT BUY CANON MADE IN CHINA!!!! CANON WAS LIKE WERE SORRY $107.00 to Repair.

  • 1.0 out of 5
guaranteed to die (david parakavic — 07/07/2007)

At the age of " just past warranty" the famous E16 error code appeared. Look it up on google. Its common and uncorrected by cannon. It means that it will cost you as much to fix it as you paid for it. I regret selling of my old S L R. Buy something real cheep and throw it away when it breaks. Wellcome to modern america.

  • 5.0 out of 5
AN ALLROUNDER (ajmal — 05/12/2007)

if any one is looking for an allrounder digital camera ,A 610 is the choice.i am using it from the past excellant picture quality,proper coolor saturation,good shadow,higling detiis.good movie mode.good battery can learn professional photography by using Av,Tv,P,M modes.
thinks lacking is image stabilization,and average low light perfomance.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Power Supply Not Operating - 2nd Repair Needed! (Nancy Firlik — 04/05/2007)

This is the second time I will have to send my camera back to the factory service center in less than 6 weeks. I kept getting "change batteries" after I do changed the batteries, and even after placing BRAND NEW BATTERIES in the camera. My service statement from the factory service center stated that "the pcb assembly was inoperative so that the power supply did not operate properly."
Now I wonder if the factory center put in a defective part!
I have always had a Canon, but this problem is one that will make me say "NEVER AGAIN!"

  • 4.0 out of 5
powershot a610 (Emon Misra — 04/04/2007)

This is good. very clear picture.

  • 4.0 out of 5
A610 (Rex.A.F — 01/18/2007)

performance is very good

  • 4.0 out of 5
camerra overall is excellent (anna — 01/05/2007)

this camers is awsome it has alot of features and works great overall. But there is one problem the battery life is not too long and it runs out too often for me. This camera so far is the best camera ever and I love it, i recommend it to everyone out there. The price is affordable and is worth it! so buy it...

  • 1.0 out of 5
610 Ford [fix or repair daily] (Sam Kalbaugh — 12/24/2006)

Even though I take excellent care of my 610, it has malfunctioned twice and had to be sent to factory for repairs. Good picture quality, but the reliability of this camera causes me to rate as "Do Not Buy"

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best camera I have ever owned (Diana McCarty — 11/21/2006)

This camera is the greatest. The quality is super.
Easy to use. I got it for Christmas 2005 and we have used it at several church functions and tran ferred over to powerpoint, and everyone always wants to know what kind of camera it is because it takes such good pictures. I would say if you want to go digital, this is the best for your money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
If you can find one, buy it!!! (don newman — 11/08/2006)

I live in Thailand and purchased this camera prior to a trip to Angkor Wat. I have used Nikon film cameras for years and was a little dubious about taking only a digital, so I took a Nikon F75 as well. I never used the Nikon! The 610 did everything that I could expect from the Nikon with out the bulk and expense of film and processing. What a camera! Since then I have taken 100's of pictures, indoors, outdoors, day and night, bad weather, macro, and 99+% of the pictures were all that one could ask for. The few bad ones were usually my fault. The little access door is more rugged than it appears and the strap interference is a minor problem but otherwise this is the perfect camera for probably 95% of the photo enthusiasts out there. It has more functions than virtually any camera near it's price, but if you just want to put it on auto and fire away, you won't be disappointed. A real winner and why Canon discontinued it is a mystery to me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
best (rrr — 11/06/2006)


  • 5.0 out of 5
The best in her category (Manuel Gonz����lez Guzm����n — 10/28/2006)

After my analog Canon AE1, and my digital Sony DSC-P72, this option of camera is the better in the category; is the perfect combination between a manual and automatic machine, I think that the Canon PowerShot A610 is a really profesional camera for every manual functions. Here in Colombia her price is little high maybe for the importation but is ok. Attention with the cover of USB, A/V and AC connection look like a fragil, for the rest it's a perfect camera.
Manu. Bogota - Colombia

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Camera (Cody — 09/22/2006)

Hey everyone,

I have owned this camera for 6 months now and it has held up good. I have taken well over 3,500 pictures with it and usually they turn out well. It is not very good with sports pictures, the lights in a gym seem to mess it up a little bit, but you can get it to work if you really try. One problem that I have had with it is that about 2 months after I got it the lens cover on the front started sticking, so I have to tap it with my finger to get it to open, but no big deal. Overall I would say to get one of the newer versions of this camera, unless your on a budget.

  • 5.0 out of 5
just great!! (Joana — 08/30/2006)

i had a HP photosmart 735 that was awfull!!
i did some net research and the Canon Poweshot A610 was my only choice!! and its been great more then 700 pictures taken and they always look great!! and the baterry life spand it's awesome!!!
Works much better then some 7.0 megapixels cameras!!
it's my semi professional best friend =D

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera, just one gripe (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am not going into details since there are tons of reviews here about how excellent this camera is because it IS an excellent camera. Good pictures, good features, good size and weight for my taste (I don't like smallish cameras), very good video quality.

About the flimsy USB cover, I agree it is very flimsy and the strap anchor point interferes with it. However, since I don't use the camera for transferring pictures and use a memory card reader instead, I don't even need to open that cover.

My only gripe with this camera is the horrible hissing sound that is very noticeable in movie mode. I hope Canon would come up with some sort if firmware update to correct this if it is not caused by hardware.

Apart from this and the fact that video files are huge, this camera is perfect for me. Not a camera for beginners - too many features to choose from.

  • 5.0 out of 5
FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a truely perfect camera, not too bulky, not to tiny - just the right fit, feel, and finish. You know you are holding something special, and it looks great too. Ok, enough on the cosmetics. Pics are spectacular in all shooting modes. Easy to use. The main function knob is strong with clear graphics - not flimsy like on similiarly priced Kodaks. One complaint: the manual is too small. I struggle to read and interpret symbols. Please Canon ...I'm going nuts reading your manual...I need a magnifying glass!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Picture Perfect (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera for my wife in May of this year as she was planning a trip to NYC to spend 3 weeks with the Grandchildren. She took many great pictures of them. It fit the bill very nicely. We were both really pleased in not only the picture quality, but the swing out variable angle LCD feature. The battery life is great and the power up and shot to shot time is quick. We both think it is a terrific camera and delivers beyond expectations. It does a fine job exposing correctly in different lighting conditions The flash delivers just the right amount indoors. The color and detail accuracy is right on. We love the grab and go convenience of the A610. Its size and bulk is just right, not too big and not to lightweight. One more thing to mention is I was very surprise to get what this camera delivers at the price of just over $200.00.
We are very satisfied......

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great it while you can (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this as a replacement for a ageing Kodak digicam that was a very simple point and shoot. I wanted something that would give me the levels of control over subject matter associated with a DSLR but without the bulk or expense.

The camera constantly amazes me with its abilities. It really is an astonishingly good piece of equipment at an amazing price.

Only gripes have been the limited ISO capabilities (400 is the max and is quite noisy) and the limited aperture range......oh and the stupid anchor point for the wrist strap.

I'll probably get around to buying a DSLR one of these days but in the meantime this fullfills all expectations and more. I just can't understand why Canon have discontinued its manufacture without a direct replacement.

  • 5.0 out of 5
My Experience with A610 and Canon Service (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased my A610 in November 2005 as a replacement for my Canon A60 digital camera. I've owned two Canon digital cameras (S10 and A60) prior to upgrading to the A610. My experience with all three cameras has been very good. For my taste, Canon cameras have achieved a near-perfect balance of features and image quality. My A60 turned out spectacular photos; the A610 is a decent upgrade in features and still turns out perfect photos one after the other. My previous Canon cameras were essentially trouble-free; however, the A610 only lasted five months before experiencing an internal failure that required it to be returned for warranty service. More on that in a bit.

First, the A610 provides great features at an unbeatable price. It includes the full range of auto and manual exposure controls, an excellent movie mode, and a swivel LCD screen that comes in handy more than you'd think. The Canon Digic II processor is superfast in focusing and exposure lock which helps you snap quick photos with little shutter lag. My previous Canons were noticeably slower to lock on and take the picture. The A610 provides you full control over every aspect of picture control (ISO, white balance, flash intensity, just to name a few). While the AUTO setting is the easiest to use for most people, I prefer the "P" setting that allows me to select a few custom settings to tweak the exposures to my preferences. Plus, this camera goes for a couple months on a single set of rechargeable AA batteries. All this in a nicely built metal/plastic body that has a good handgrip but that's not too bulky.

Now about my A610 failure. After five months of routine use (and no mishandling or drops of any kind) the camera suddenly stopped taking pictures. It powered up fine and could playback previous photos on the memory card but it couldn't take new pictures. When in the "shooting" mode, the LCD was blank except for the menu icons. When I snapped a picture, the camera took only black pictures (no image at all). I tried all of the troubleshooting steps but to no avail. At this point I knew that the camera had an internal failure and so I called Canon Factory Service. They were courteous and after a few questions they recommended I return it for warranty repair which would take 7-10 days turnaround. When asked if they would repair my exact camera (I asked twice) I was assured that my serial number camera would be repaired and returned to me. I was suspicious of this since most companies prefer to send you a replacement (or refurbished) unit because it's quicker and cheaper for them to process. Either way, their website includes a simple Repair Request form that you can fill out and print to send along with your camera. All Canon digital cameras go to either Chicago or New Jersey for service; mine was sent to Chicago. I packaged up the camera as instructed (camera only, no memory card, no batteries, no strap) and sent it off.

Within five days I received a notification email and a snail mail letter that confirmed receipt of my camera for repair. Pretty good. In addition, I was able to track my repair status on their website. Within the following three days, the status said my camera was repaired. One day later I received an email with the FedEx airbill number that indicated my camera was on its way to me. Sure enough, the package arrived on time —the whole repair process from my shipment to their return took under two weeks. Very good, in my opinion.

When I opened the box, I found an A610 camera, my original shipping documents, and a repair order that stated that the servicing technician had recommended a "replacement" instead of a repair for my camera. Sure enough, the A610 sent back to me was a different serial number than my original camera. Just as I suspected would be the case. Well, at least they didn't disappoint but I do wish that Canon Service would have told me that up front instead of leading me to believe that my camera would be repaired. This may not be a problem for most people (since we really just want a working camera) but when it comes time to upgrade, I like to re-sell my old camera along with the original box, manuals, and accessories. Now with my new replacement camera, the serial number on my old box and the replacement camera don't match and so I'll have to explain this. To Canon's credit, the replacement camera they sent me was in perfect condition and appeared brand new (even had the stickers on it) and works perfectly. However, I believe that technically this camera is "refurbished" because Canon marks a small dot next to the serial number on the bottom of the camera. I have seen this before and it flags to Canon Service that this camera is a refurb if it is ever returned in the future (different warranty applies). Overall, the warranty process is what I expected and for all practical purposes, it is the best one could hope for.

Bottom line: Great camera. Should you need service, it's likely that you won't get your original camera back but you'll be sent a replacement "refurb" instead. This is common practice for consumer electronics and in the end, is probably the only way a company that sells millions of cameras can possibly turnaround warranty service in a reasonable amount of time. It is simply too expensive to disassemble, troubleshoot, and repair each and every camera that is returned under warranty (especially when the original camera only cost $200!). That's life in the electronics age where we demand maximum value for the lowest possible price.

For me, Canon stood by their product and returned a perfect working replacement. This makes a great product even better.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pictures (& video) underwater! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I usually take 2 cameras on my annual Scuba vacation, a Canon 35mm and a Sea&Sea 35mm underwater. I haven't been happy with either and decided to step into a digital land camera and just skip the underwater. I was surprised to find the well reviewed camera for about $250 with an available underwater housing for a reasonable price. There was very little information on the housing but I took the plunge and got it and took them on my Cozumel dive trip. I was very impressed with both the camera and housing. The pictures were significantly better than my 35mm and it was the first time I used digital/underwater. I was even more surprised by the Movie mode underwater, which allowed me to shoot short clips. Definitely worth every penny!

  • 4.0 out of 5
so far so good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Most users are pleased with this camera, so i will just summarise what i see as its pros and cons:


1. Twisty LCD is very useful.
2. SD cards meant i did not have to spend more on new card system (Sony take note!)
3. AA type batteries ditto (i use NMH rechargeables). Battery life is very good even with flash. Downside on this is that it is heavier than average compact, and it does use 4 rather than 2. Always have a spare set, as camera gives no warning, just dies when the batteries are exhausted.


1. Zoom is very noisy and lens is not particulary good: pictures are quite soft at the high end of the zoom.
2. LCD display is the worst i have ever had: unreadable except in dark or indoors. useless in daylight. It has less pixels than my 3 yr old kodak. clearly canon economised here.
3. Strangely the camera will not work in My Colors when the lcd is closed. It works in all the other programs: perhaps this is a fault with mine?

  • 1.0 out of 5
Never canon again (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

New camera and lens cover jammed,i send it to repair, i don`t know when i get it back.
There is no control check in china.
Never canon again,that`s for sure.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera-Recommended (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I did about 3 months research before buying canon 610. Totally satisfied. Highly recommendaed. Only downside is cable port cover is made of cheap plastic like material. However, this was not a big selection criteria for me. nice clear pictures. recommended.

  • 5.0 out of 5
READ THE REVIEWS PEOPLE! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I consider myself very picky and want the very best for my money. This is by far the best camera you will get for the dollar amount. This really is too cheap for this camera... shhh don't tell the sellers that! No, really... most comparable cameras only have 3X optical. That is not enough when your child is out on the field at their tee ball game. This will zoom right on them perfectly! This goes up to 16X digital and I was like... I would never use that because the image quality would be so horrible. It's not! I research the lens on cameras because I wanted quality too. You get this with canon and nothing else is sacrificed to get it either. So many options I can't even speak of. After 5 months, I still find neat features that really come in handy. I recorded a video with of lightning outside and then went back and played it in slow motion on the camera... let me tell you that this brought out the weather man in me that I didn't know I had! It was really neat. I think that the only bad reviews is the ones that are defective. This could be done in shipping though so you cant blame the camera! I would buy another if mine broke today even if I had more money to spend on one! Ok, I better shut up and let you buy it now!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I need information on getting a camera fixed. I acidentally hit the camera that was in a camera case with the door of my car. The camera is fine but the inside part where you see the picture is cracked. It can still take good picture but I need to know if that can be fixed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Camera in 5MP category (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera 2 weeks back. This is not my first canon purchase, i have canon A75. This is good camera, with its LCD screen coming out which makes life easier when u take pics sometimes when u cant see anything on LCD screen or see blackness on screen. U can Rotate screen 2 direction, it rotates 180 in one direction n virtually 360 in other. Picture clarity is Awesome. Even U can shoot movie with good quality and u can zoom in or out during shooting which u cant do in earlier cameras. U have freedom of 21 modes to shoot. U can personalise setting. Overall for $200 , 5 mp camera and most imp. ITs CANON!

  • 4.0 out of 5
overall excellent camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i bought this camera after going through many related sites in need was 1.should be a 5 pixel camera.,2.should have minimum 3*optical zoom.,3.macro should be as close as possible.,4.should have movie recording option.,5.minimum 2"LCD screen.

after surfing for 2 weeks i found Canon A-610 is my far, with gods grace its excellent.

Adv: excellent picture quality,excellent autofocus,good macro mode,superb video,so many functions{even professionals can choose this}.

DisAdv: heavy camera.,LCD screen should be little more bigger.

Suggestions:If canon can make A-610 weight 230gr after placing batteries and a 2.5" LCD screen, i am 100% sure that this camera will be the Number 1 camera in the world.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best for the price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

For those unfortunate folks who gave this consumer model camera only a 1 or 2 star review I have to say that you just got really, really unlucky and were shipped the rare, faulty unit. This camera is an excellent choice for the money.

Here's my own pros and cons for the Canon A610 after a couple of months of use.

As with many Canon digitals, the image is a wee bit soft. I suspect the Canon engineers deliberately made it this way. In taking photos of people, skin tones are smooth and thus every pore and blemish does NOT stand out in high relief. The softness works. In taking pics of scenery where crispy-clear sharpness is desired, then one may want to take the image into a photo editing program like Photshop Elements to crisp it up a bit if it's that important.

some PROS:
Good battery life considering the size of the LCD monitor. Spend another 40 bucks on the MAHA C204W battery charger and you'll be good for years to come.
Movie mode (this why I bought this camera) is excellant. With the 1 GB memory card I can record 44 minutes of continuous, sharp 320x240, 15fps movies with audio. The LCD monitor flips around to the front so I can hold the camera out at arms length and see myself whenever I wish to take movies of myself walking & talking.
Easy download to your computer via USB cable (included).. well, I could go on and on about the positive side to this camera, but the negatives need to be known as well before you decide.
-As stated above, the "rubbery" covering on the USB panel is chinzy and doesn't close easily (the wrist strap is always in the way.) It's a minor iritation.
- Too many "bells and whistles" for the average consumer of which I am one. At least half of the functions on this camera I'll never use. (just set it on "P" and shoot!) I've learned the basics of 98% of all my picture taking, but for all the rest (there's a lot!) I'm still studying the manual. Be prepared to sit for a few evenings of studying and experimenting on where all the function buttons are and what they do.
The 4X zoom is nothing to write home about. I would have been happier with an 8 or 10X zoom..
The only thing that seriously disappointed me was the movie mode sound track. The audio is not perfectly clean and has minor "crackles" and a slight hiss that I can hear when no one is talking in my movies. But for the $280 price tag, I can't complain too much. My wife says she can't hear anything wrong with the sound at all.

In spite of these cons, I will still give this camera a 5-star rating. For the price, you won't find better.

  • 5.0 out of 5
BEST DIGITAL IN PRICE RANGE (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera had many more features than my previous camera. This was great! I am a photo freak. I can not stand bad pictures and haven't had any with this camera. I am big into the manual settings that are available with this camera. You can set just about anything possible. The lighting is great no dark pictures here. I would recommend this camera to anyone.

  • 4.0 out of 5
no remote shooting capability (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

While the A610 takes great pictures and has an excellent user interface, for some reason the remote shooting function that comes with the packaged software, and that is commonly available on some cheaper Canon models and on the A620, is not enabled on this camera. This function would have allowed the camera to take pictures from and save directly to a USB connected computer. Why they decided to exclude this function I don't know, but seems like a glaring omission on what would otherwise be a great software/hardware package.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The only way I can describe it is "Versatile" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera for about four weeks now and I am still trying out its many features. So many program modes plus manual mode plus aperture and shutter priority. How many ways could one take a picture? With this camera you could tweak so many variables and get slightly different pictures — you choose what looks best for you.
This camera replaces a Powershot A60 and boy, what an upgrade! The A60 was a great camera and my family and I loved it! It was easy to use yet versatile enough for experimentation. Unfortunately, our A60 suffered from the bad CCD syndrome. This replacement however, raises the bar on performance and quality.
Great camera, and my family fully agrees with me!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Everything in one small package! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I didn't realise my previous camera was so bad until it died and I was forced to buy a new one! I did my research and kept coming back to this camera. (My first Canon.) I could have gone for the 620 but I don't ever use that high of a resolution for my photos anyway and 5 megapixels is ample for the kind of stuff I do.

If I was forced to say anything negative about this camera it would just be that the casing generally has a bit of a cheap and tinny feel to it. Am I being too picky? Yes - I probably am.

I agree with every comment previously mentioned in these reviews. A terrific camera and certainly a bargain for 300 Bucks or less.

  • 5.0 out of 5
thoroughly recommended (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera bought after reading many reviews. It has exceeded my expectation. Excellent picture quality and easy to use in auto mode. Have even taken some shots through a microscope

  • 1.0 out of 5
HORRIBLE! Two different cameras (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I received this camera as a birthday gift and immediatley had to send it back due to an E16 error code because it was defective. Two days ago I finally got the new one and now I can take a few pics but once I upload them to my computer the dang camera won't turn back on. The only way I can get it to work again is to take out the batteries, wait a while, put the batteries back in and then try again. I think I'm just going to return this one and get a different brand/make. Too bad, I really like the look of this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent camera. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Although I've only had the camera 4 days I am absolutely amazed with the clarity and ease of use. I'm not very computer literate but installing the software and using it is amazingly easy. My sister in law is a professional photographer and she is very impressed with the features and how user friendly it is. I researched a fair bit prior to purchasing and checked out lots of cameras, but I kept coming back to the A610. Definitely the best camera I've purchased.

  • 4.0 out of 5
A very good choice for point-and-shoot cameras (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera right from bestbuy because i needed one for the weekend i was going to spend with my family. We looked at different digital cameras but this one was fully loaded at the price. I also read reviews about this camera and the competitive Sony series. Overall this camera is a very good buy, takes great pictures, a good number of manual settings makes this one a good choice with people who migrated from a film camera to a digital one. The menu is easy to navigate, screen size is good enough. once you have the picture quality set you do not have to set them again even when the camera is shut off. The screen is swivel so you don't have to worry about scratching it, etc. Also the power up is pretty fast at least for me as i am not a professional photographer. Till date i have taken about 500 photos and all of them are excellent snaps.
But there are certain bad points as with all good cameras. First, the zoom lens makes a creaking sound when you zoom in and out. Its not a lot of noise but you can hear it. Now i am used to it specially after i have seen some of Sony also make the same noise. Secondly, at the far end of the zoom, the pictures are quite a bit shaky unless you have a tripod to stabilize the shaking. Also the picture quality gets poor.
Thirdly, it works on 4 AA batteries which are a little too much. I have a charger but with only four slots for batteries so if you are out then you are out. Fourthly, you cannot shoot more than 7 mins of video. I could only get about 5 mins of it on a 512mb card. I guess i would have to change the settings in order to get more.

But even with these bad points, this is a very good camera to buy as the above points are minor points and are just a matter of ones preferences. Definitely reccommend this one to buy.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wonderful Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera to replace my old Olympus C4000 and was pleasantly surprised. The camera is extremely easy to use, but still has a wide range of manual controls. Its fast, takes excellent pictures, and feels sturdy in your hand.


Excellent image quality
600+ shots on NiMh batteries
Decent video (mini DV is still WAY better)
Extremely fast. .5 sec start-up. 2.5 frames/sec
Extremely fast image transfer to PC- 1GB < 2min
Manual controls
Flip out LCD screen
Ergonomics - Everything is where it should be.
Size. It still feels like a camera in your hand.


Flimsy USB cover that is blocked by strap.
Loud zoom motor

  • 5.0 out of 5
Made A Great Choice Again (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My A610 was just deliverd today. Having owned a Canon A75 for several years with no problems whatsoever I decided to check out the Canon family once again as I was looking for the higher mega pixel for a wee bit better quality for larger photos and prints. This model is extremely similiar to my A75 so I did not hesitate snapping photos as soon as I removed it from the box after briefly glancing at the manuals and playing with a few of the bells and whistles which are slightly different but yet basically the same. Feels great in the hands even though it is slightly bigger than my A75 and the larger LCD screen is a plus.

Purchased a larger (256MB) memory card along with rechargeable batteries and a charger after being informed by the sales clerk that the battery life may not be as good with the A75 which seemed to go on forever. I guess time will tell after I get used to working with the A610 but so far I am glad to have made this choice.

On the down side I would have to say that I agree with some of the other negative reviews posted in that the cover that protects the USB connection is rather flimsy and was not very well engineered. I can also see where attaching the wrist strap will definitely interfere with the opening and closing of this flimsy cover but I can live without the use of the wrsit strap. Other than that I have yet to find anything else that I don't like about this particular model.

From what little I have observed thus far with a fair amount of practice shots the quality has been outstanding and I'm looking forward to taking some great photos with this camera.

I still use and have my A75 and with it now having a big brother like the A610 to keep it company I think I made a great choice once again. Thanks Canon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Buy in under $300 range (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought (2) Canon A610 Powershots for Christmas for my 19 and 21 year old children. Did a MAJOR amount of research and review reading, along with trying out a lot of the competitive products. Caught a special 2-day sale at Dell and got them each for $204 with freee shipping! OF course, I had to fully "test" them for functionality before giving them out, so I spent several hours with each one. Can honestly say that if anything, the A610 has too MANY features for the total novice. Ton's of programmability, ton's of user control and lots of preprogrammed settings. The only negatives have already been posted (cheap covers for the battery slot and USB port), pooorly written manuals, etc.). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Canon A610. In fact, If I could get anymore out of my "antique" Konica TC SLR than $10 on ebay, I would buy one for myself!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Display Issue (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Opened this camera on Christmas Eve. By the end of the evening, the display went dark, except for Stitch mode. Have to send it back. Not sure if I should get another.

  • 4.0 out of 5
It's a trooper (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As a marine traveling around iraq at the moment i can say this camera is doing a great job for me. this thing has been all over the place in my pocket with no case and still performs as good as the day i bought it. it is a little big for what it offers, and every now and then it gets wierd lines on the screen (not on the pics just screen). ive taken pretty good low light pictures with it. video is a plus too. if your not looking for anything fancy then this is a pretty good camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
one of the best camera right now (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After a long analysis i purchased canon a 610 2 days back. it costs 285 us dollars.

1. The picture quality is very good.
2. if u can use different modes ( indore , landscape etc) rather than auto it will give good result.
3. video quality is very good.
4. LCD screen is big enough and that flip technology is really useful compared to other brands
5. transferring of pictures to PC is very fast.
6. value for money :)


1. zooming of the lens is somewat noisy
2. the covering of usb port is made of elastic type plastic thing. that shud have been rigid. above the usb there is a clip for hanging the camera. but if you use that thing for handing purpose u will find it difficult to open the usb door cover bcoz the hanging twain will obstruct the cover.
3. covering for battery area is not so rigid.

performance wise this is one of the best camera with cheap price. but construction is not so great.

these are my observations in these two days. if i find more i will add.



  • 5.0 out of 5
Just Excellent - no problem with movies (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I expected a lot from this camera and it beat my expectations. The pictures are crisp, the white balance excellent. It's also fast. With the 1GB SD card I purchased I can record excellent quality movies for about 6-8 minutes total - they do need space.

The ZoomBrowser software does come bundled with Quicktime 6. That won't work with new version of iTunes. I was puzzled for a while. What I did was have the Canon installation run, cancel out the Quicktime 6 installation on the pop-up when it reports the existing new version on my PC. Everything else runs as normal. I don't have problems viewing or playing movies in the Zoom Browser and Quicktime 7.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfect pictures right out of the box (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was a bit skeptical about how good a picture this camera would take, but after reading all the reviews on it, the only bad thing I read was that one person complained about red eye... The only time I saw anything related to red eye was when I photographed my son while watching tv. When I zoomed in on the picture, I noticed that the red eye was in fact the reflection of the tv in his eyes!!

I am very happy with this camera thus far, but I would highly recommend watching for deals on rechargeable batteries and a bigger memory card. I paid 299 for it, because I had to have it before the holidays - otherwise if you don't mind the wait and paying shipping you can find it online for less. For the accessories, I'd recommend keeping an eye out on

  • 5.0 out of 5
Better Than Expected (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was looking for a camera that had AA batteries, manual capabilities, a good macro feature, and could record sound in the movie mode. I did quite a bit of reviewing reviews on various cameras, and it came down to the Canon A610. For the price, it had the best reviews. I must say it takes excellent shots, and the quality of the images and developed photos are amazing. Even after blowing up some of the images on the editor, the clarity is something else.

Based on the reviews I had read, I was expecting some things not to be perfect though. Some reviews stated the camera did not do well in low light. Wrong - In manual mode, you can take a picture of a candle in the night with this camera. Other reviews stated that it does not take instant photos and the delay is too great when you snap for an action picture. Not really, when shooting with the "red eye" off or without the flash, the delay is not even noticeable, and if you hold the click button down partially to set the focus, the snap is as instant as you click for a shot. Other reviews stated you could not use the zoom while recording a movie clip. This is not exactly true. The digital zoom works in the standard shooting mode. Some reviews stated that it did not have a live histogram, true it does not, but you can push the click button down part way, you get the F stop reading before shooting. And the Macro is as advertised. It is exceptional clear in any light at the specified ranges.

I had compared this camera with other cameras in the $200 to $500 price range at local retail stores, and found that the A610 showed clearer images and focusing on the LCD screen. It seems easy to use and handle.

I bought this camera online for $240 which included free shipping. I got a 512 MB SD memory card on sale for $30, a case for $9, and set of rechargeable batteries for $8. I had this camera already for 3 weeks and used it pretty much. We made Christmas cards with it, recorded our piano music with it, shot photos of our animals, and captured our first 10" snow storm this winter. I would not return this camera if given the chance.


  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Point-Shoot with lots of manual control (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Got this camera last week and have been taking more than thousands of pictures with it. Takes excellent pictures without much effort.

Was considering for quite some time before bought this. Now that I get it, my only regret is that I should have get it long ago.

Oh, a bit on the cons side: if you want to take smooth continuous shot, you need to get a high speed sd card. I was not aware of this before the purchase. Now thinking whether should get one more card.

  • 1.0 out of 5
viewfinder blank or lines in pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have nearly always had a problem with this camera and have missed many important celebrations because it simply wouldn't work or the pictures had many lines in them. My two sisters also have this problem to. We bought them at Best Buy in Phoenix. Very Bad.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best camera at this price, Exellent picture (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is the best camera within $300 range. Canon really continue to surprise us.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Heavy camera but WELL WORTH IT! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've just gone through 4 digital cameras, from the Olympus C 8080 to the Sony Cybershot 7.2 and this camera is the best of them all. I returned my Sony Cybershot 7.2 after trying this camera.

EXCELLENT day photos - GREAT Night shots with the flash or on Night Scene Mode- AWSOME stich program and even though this camera says 4X zoom, you can turn on the digital zoom and go 16X with PERFECT clarity (the screen shows blurry but the photos come out perfect)

The video is awsome since you can ZOOM in WHILE you're recording.

I think I'll ALWAYS buy Powershots now!

The camera is heavier but you cannot beat this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Another winner from Canon... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I reserched on the net for about a month to decide which camera to buy. Canon a95 won my final vote but guess what..Canon launched the a610, better processor(digic2),G series performance, amazing battery life, i had to go for the successor, Kudos to Canon to give this awesome camera at a great price.

  • 5.0 out of 5
great pictures, good price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When my beloved, compact Pentax Optio broke I found myself in the market for a new camera again.
My key concerns were - usability, picture quality, low shutter lag, and decent battery life. Bonus points if I could find a model that uses rechargeable batteries.
The flip-out LCD feature of my old camera had been extremely valued and I found myself missing it terribly when using other cameras while I continued my search.

I purchased an Olympus Verve for usability but the picture quality and battery life was so poor that I ended up returning it within days.
Having borrowed Canon cameras from family members, I was both aware that Canons are known for better optics, but also very wary of the terrible shutter lag that so often plagues the Canon cameras, particularly since my subjects are fast-moving children, but the A610 has made miles of progress with this problem, so much so that it hasn't been an issue at all. The picture quality is also noticeably better than the compact Canon model I'd been borrowing while I waited for this camera to arrive in the mail.
Friends who had the A95 (which this camera was supposed to replace) saw my images and went and upgraded and tell me that even from the last model the shutter lag issue has made great strides.

Overall, I've been very happy with this camera.
The image quality, even in difficult lighting scenarios such as low light or full sun, are fantastic, and the videos are sharper than the other cameras I've played with.

There are still quite a few of the programmable features I haven't yet figured out. I didn't like having to install the software just to view the pictures, but for a bundled-software package it's not terrible. I do wish I could find a way to disable having it come up every time I download images though.
The manuals for the camera have been a bit lacking for some of my questions about all of the hardware features as well.

The battery life has been surprisingly good - I had been sure there would be problems when I learned that it took AA size, but they have lasted very well and I invested in a rechargeable battery set and have been very happy with the results. I also bought a larger memory card - the tiny size of the card is one that is easily misplaced so it was better to invest in one with the most space on it rather than getting multiple smaller cards.

My biggest complaint about the camera is a silly usability issue with the industrial design of the camera which is only an issue if, like me, you like to use the wrist strap. For reasons I cannot fathom, they didn't think much about the placement of the wrist strap hook, leaving the loop of the strap right above the door to the USB connector which gets in the way every time you need to get the pictures out of the camera. The camera is also just big enough that it would likely be better suited for a neck-lanyard than a wrist loop, given that it barely fits in any pockets.

Other than this nit though, I've been really happy with the camera. And I am so glad to have the flip-out LCD again, because it comes in handy so often!

  • 5.0 out of 5
First rate camera for the money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought an A610 after my A95 was stolen (if you spot an A95 user with a black Carl Zeiss camera case...). A610 is slightly thinner but still solid heft; feels right in my hands. Bigger LCD easy to read in all light, menu options clear. The 4x zoom is much better than the 3x on A95 and it appears batteries last longer.
Couple of quibbles: The A610 has two manuals instead of one — very inconvenient. Also the USB outlet door seems very flimsy and repeatedly hangs up when wrist strap is attached. On the other hand, USB 2.0 downloads very fast into my 1.1 Mac.
Finally, this camera takes terrific, sharp pictures under most conditions, a perfect back-up unit for my job as newspaper reporter (ie, a good stealth camera for public meetings.)
Yes, I'd buy it again.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Incredible value for money. Exceptional pic quality!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera as a replacement of a Nikon Coolpix 5200 which I had bought last year and I had been disapointed with.
This camera is very fast for a point & shoot (P&S) thanks to DIGIC II and the accuracy of colors and exposure are amazing.
The detail of pictures is overwhelmingly better than my Nikon depite equal resolution (5MP).
Movie mode is very good @640*480 and 30fps and battery life.... What can I say... I just recharged my first set of batteries (4AA*2500mah) after three weeks of heavy usage.
I was looking for a P&S with exceptional picture quality, manual controls, speed, good video as we have a baby coming soon and want to avoid video cam. WE FOUND IT!!!
No doubt Canon A610 is the best 5MP P&S on the market for under $300.
P.S. As a reference, I would not consider myself an expert but am very picky with the optical quality of my pics. Decided to trade off size (bigger) in oder to get manual controls and better picture quality.
I read many digicam review pages and play with other people's cameras when given a chance.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Picture Quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera rocks !! very fast to great camera for the money,picture quality is awesome even in auto mode

  • 5.0 out of 5
SOO Awesome!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had a Canon A95 and wanted to upgrade to the A610 for the difference in the optical zoom worrying that it would no meet the same par as the A95's picture quality, but it DID!!! I am so happy!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera !!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is great. The functionality and ease of use is superb... Would definitely recommend this to a beginner or a pro...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Big step forward (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bit bigger than I expected - generally more in line with the S series cameras. Almost like getting a baby S for A series price. Head and shoulders over the A520 I just got rid of.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excels all expectations (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Excellent camera for money spent. Does macro from 1-2cm close. Digital manual focus, shutter speed and aperature control, and 4x optical zoom. I am a student and at this price, I couldn't go wrong. Really fast burst rate, thanks to the new Digic II processor and TONS of goodies.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Stunning Image Quality!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The large image chip(same size at the 7 mp ones) and large, quality lense(Same as the highly rated, expensive Canon G7) makes this most likely the best 5 mp camera on the market if image quality is most important to you. If you want a smaller camera, then I'd go for the Canon SD450. I am very happy with my camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Annoying Problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

One initial annoyance is that the software that comes with the camera (Zoom Browser) is incompatible with QuickTime version 7. In order to launch movies from within Zoom Browser, you have to use version 6 of Quick Time, but this would prevent you from using ITunes, which requires version 7 of QuickTime. If you use Version 7 of Quicktime, the only way to view movies is by clicking the movie's file name in Explorer and associating it with a different player, such as Windows Media. The problem with this is that you can't see what the movie is, you just have to know the file name.

I spent a half hour on the phone with customer support to get them to confirm the incompatibility of Quicktime v7 and Zoom Browser, and they have no plans for a patch.