Canon Powershot A650 IS Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 12 megapixels
  • 6x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Lens-shift image stabilization
  • JPEG file format
  • Movie mode with sound
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 80-1600
  • 2.5-inch swivel LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory storage (32MB card included)
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Release Date: 2007-09-15
  • Final Grade: 78 3.9 Star Rating: Recommended

3.9 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon Powershot A650 IS
12 megapixels; 6x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom; Lens-shift image stabilization; JPEG file format; Movie mode with sound; Auto and manual focus; Auto and manual exposure; ISO 80-1600; 2.5-inch swivel LCD display; Secure Digital memory storage (32MB card included); 4 AA batteries
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Check out the more recent A3000IS. Here's what we wrote about the A650 when it first came out:

If you've spent any time bouncing around DCHQ, you'll know that we've been tremendous fans of the Canon A640. It's a great camera, so great in fact, that we never thought much about how it could be made better. Lucky for us, Canon was thinking about that, and the A650 IS is their answer. Naturally, they've increased the number of megapixels, chasing the 12MP trend as they should. What's really got us excited however, is the introduction of image stabilization and an above-average 6x optical zoom! The 'A' series cameras are great, with simple automatic settings for novice users and full manual controls for those who want to experiment. The A650 IS is a camera you can grow into, and provides a lot of photographic potential in a small point-and-shoot package.

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