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Canon PowerShot A700
Canon PowerShot A700
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Canon PowerShot A700

C
We've given the A700 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Canon A700 delves deeply into your shots with a powerful 6x optical zoom, making it yet another exciting triumph for the Canon 'A' series. Just read the reviews and see how much users enjoy this camera. Canon's A series of point-and-shoot cameras is a mish mash of low-end beginners cameras and high-end stunners like the A95 and the A620. The A700 shouldn't get lost in the shuffle of other A series cameras, as its 6 megapixel sensor and relatively large zoom make for high-quality photographs without much hassle. The A700 lines up with the superlative A620 as one of Canon's most attractive mainstream models.

Concerned about crisp and stable images? Check out the all-new Canon A710 IS, which maintains the same 6x optical zoom, but adds a 7.1 megapixel sensor and Image Stabilization, to prevent blurry, shaky photos.

Specifications

  • 6 megapixels
  • 6x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • auto focus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO 80-800 (High ISO auto)
  • movie mode w/sound
  • 2 AA batteries
  • 2.5 inch LCD
  • SD/MMC card storage (16MB included)
  • Part Number: 1100B001
  • UPC: 8714574971483
  • Release Date: Feb 24, 2006

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Canon PowerShot A700 Reviews

Canon PowerShot A700 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Just Toss the Old one out (Donnita Gardiner — 04/18/2008)

I had a really hard decision on what camera I wanted to get, till I puchased this one , it's great for picking up long distances and makes the clearest pictures ever. You don't own one you need to !!! You will be EXTREMELY happy with your purchase. I LOVE MINE !!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Best camera ever - 'til the warranty runs out. (Donna — 08/30/2007)

I would have written a 5-star review two months ago, but now that I have joined the growing community of Canon camera buyers that have experienced "E18" and "E16" errors right after the warranty runs out, I am beyond frustration.

I need this camera for my work but nobody can tell me what the E16 error means. My dream camera is toast.

Google "Canon" and "E16" or "E18" before you buy.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Does it all! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Best learned by trying the 20 different modes. Gave up on the manual. My first digital camera and I couldn't have done better. Has all the good features and in a mid-price range! Auto mode as many have said works great, but composing with the manual mode is fun also. Computer software works great. A lot of bang for the buck and I don't think you can go wrong.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Just What I Wanted (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had pretty much given up on digital photography. I had gone back to little disposables after 2 cheap digitals, figuring they were all terrible and couldn��t afford a good one. I couldn��t print any of the pictures without spending hours editing them in Adobe PS before printing. I decided to give it one more try after reading as many reviews as I could find about the Canon A700. I wasn��t disappointed. It��s perfect! After a little practice I can work the zoom and take the shot with one hand if needed. It��s quick and the shot doesn��t pick up my sometimes shaky hand. The large LCD screen makes it easy to see what��s going on without having to refocus your eyes for a tiny screen. The recharge after flash does take a bit longer than some but not a problem for my use. To be honest I can��t tell you what all the features do since auto, zoom and shoot are all I��ve ever needed. The colors are wonderful. I don��t notice any off colors as I did with other cameras I��ve used. Pictures need no color editing before printing. Battery life is much longer than I expected after reading some reviews. I have a lot more to learn about it and I must agree with the reviewer that says the instruction book leaves something to be desired. Perhaps if one is educated in ��photo jargon�� the book would make more sense. It��s not the best but I��m still learning. The camera even without knowing all its secrets is amazing. If you��re a recreational photographer and need something easy and quick, but still precise I highly recommend this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Excellent color & controls, BUT bad zoom design (Jim Spickard — 06/30/2006)

This is a very fine camera, in everything EXCEPT build quality. Like many of the early Canon point-and-shoots, its zoom lens attracts grit. The seals don't seal out anything. I'd only had it a week, but had to return it for non-warranty repair. Canon excludes grit as "misuse". It think it's a design flaw.
Other than that, I appreciate the color, the ease of use, the big screen, and exposure-compensation button, etc. But I can't recommend buying one until Canon fixes the problem with seals.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I think I'll love it. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had this camera for a week now, and I'm very pleased with it. It's my second digital camera, after an Olympus Camedia 2040 that I've used for several years. I was looking for a small camera with a viewfinder, 5-8 megapixels, a good zoom, manual overrides, and AA batteries for travel. This camera has it all.

The Pros (in addition to the above):
- Great looking point-and-shoot photos indoors and out, generally excellent color and saturation. As noted in reviews, in high-contrast situations, Canon by default allows overexposure of highlights to maintain detail in darker areas. If you have other preferences, it's easy to change.
- Reasonably intuitive menu system
- Video mode that takes real videos (VGA 640x480 @ 30 frames/sec)
- 6X zoom — great for this size of camera
- Ability to adjust flash strength
- Extremely close macro mode
- Accepts large, fast SD cards (I've tested 2MG 150X).
- Good grip. Feels very solid in your hand. Can operate just about everything with one hand (better for right-handed people).
- The LCD is nice and big while still leaving room for controls.
- Color accent and color swap modes are fun, though I don't know what I'd really use them for.
- Add-on lenses and flash available

The Cons:
- Some green tones a little off. Grass is fine, but a green metallic bike turned out blue no matter what setting I used. Not a big issue unless you require this accuracy.
- The manual is on thin paper and a little hard to read.
- There's a lot of noise at low light levels. I noticed this with Canons when buying a video camera last year. Still, I'm quite happy with the photos. Indoor photos with a mixture of daylight and incandescent light were very pleasing and didn't need a flash. Software is available that can clean up the noise if necessary.
- No image stabilization
- Flash is slow to recharge

I got at semi-hard-shell case to protect the LCD better than a nylon case (www.ritzcamera.com HS7).

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great with Kids (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I needed a faster camera, to apture my fast crawling baby... I love this camera, and it is supereasy, and fun!!!! :)

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

I owned a Canon A610 for about 6 months or so, before I upgraded to the new model. I paid $325 for shipping and everything.I loved my a610. Features such as the ability to make black/white photos on the camera, color swap and color accent sold me. Used in conjunction with manual foces you can make some really awsome photos. So I knew I wanted the same version if I got a new camera. When I started working with my a700 I realized I made the right choice. Canon took the a610/20 and perfected it. They blended a lot of the features together. I recommend for anyone, as an affordable all-around great camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
A700 - the goods and the bads (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Got the A700 before it was available in the stores - just 4 days before my China trip. But it was easy to use - especially for a first time digital camera user. The 6X was a real boon in such a light weight, pocketable camera. Instant focusing, no noticeable shutter lag - except on flash - and a slow flash recovery, it seemed. Great to edit on the 2.5 LCD but IMPOSSIBLE to see in day light - absolutely needed that little optical viewfinder - even tho it showed only a fraction of the hoped-for shot. It's packed with "extras" which I've yet to learn but the basics were very easy to master. POINT AND SHOOT on "auto". Zip Zap! I learned the hard way what "format" means: 2 GBs of China pics:
GONE! Wish Canon would put warning signs up all over the place - including in the "basics" directions in addition to the "advanced" booklet.
So far, only weakness may be the over exposure in bright areas on "auto". Will take some practice to balance out the light and shadows. Also, I soon learned the advantages of the swivel LCD. I took a lot of "blind shots" around corners, over crowds - a swivel would have been great - the A700's LCD is large but stationary. I soon got in the habit of taking MANY shots and "blipping" them as I went along - learning more in the process. I based my choice on the reviews of the A610 and A620 and figured the added 6X would just improve on those previous models. Having had no other digitalis I can only guess this camera is a sweetheart. I do love it. I like the larger size, the weight - not too light or too heavy, I like the "feel", a nicely fitting "grip" around the battery compartment, and I LOVE it's quickness - a high priority for me. I took many pictures through the window of a bouncing bus. It's amazing what the A700 captured under challenging conditions. REALLY fast action! If I had more experience with digitals I may have given it 5 stars but the overly bright areas, the slow flash recovery and, especially, the un-viewable LCD were minor drawbacks for me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A solid performer (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Though my existing A70 still provided excellent photos, I often found that I needed more zoom. Then I spotted the A700. Not much different in size or weight from my old A70, the much larger 2.5 in screen allows me to move through menus quickly and easily. The 6x optical zoom doubles the power of the old A70 (and most other compact point and shoot cameras) and does this with an optical viewfinder (which are getting harder to find on newer cameras). I was interested in trying out the ISO 800 mode and it works exactly as expected. Granted, the photos are grainier than at ISO 400, but there are a number of times when ISO 400 does not have the sensitivity and the flash does not reach. My plans are to use ISO 800 only when needed. It will be better to come away with a slightly soft and grainy shot then to come away with no photo at all. My only complaint is that I have to remember hold the camera properly so that I don't accidentally bump a menu switch when shooting. And finally, if 6Megs sounds like overkill for the size of photos you normally print, you can operate the camera in a 4Meg mode. The prints are still sharp and well exposed. And the amount of memory that can be saved is impressive.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great First Digital Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I recently received my camera, which I purchased from butterfly photo, for only $304.00. I was very pleased to find that the LCD was so clear and large in size. This is my first digital camera. I have owned a Minolta 35mm SLR for many years. I have been researching digital cameras over the last year and this was the first one that met all my expectations: Large LCD 2.5 in, SLR curved handle (the grip), quick and easy to change functions, a view finder, 6 mp and an extended zoom (6x). The Cannon A700 has all these features and it priced competitively. I have been very please with the look, feel, and technical features of this camera. I would recommend it for any first time buyer.
I leave for Europe in 4 weeks and I can�t wait to use it. I think it is really compact and will cover the range of pictures I want to take whether they are close up or far away landscapes.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Quality pictures (Tim — 04/07/2006)

the quality of the camera is outstanding, I havent had time to go through all the stuff on it yet because it has a ton of fetures, great great quallty

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Value for the Price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been extremely pleased with this camera. It is a nice small size, has a large 2.5" LCD, and takes great pics. I am upgrading from an older Olympus and have been really pleased with the results. I found this camera to be very easy to use and figure out. I purchased online at www.buydig.com ($324 shipped, it is $310 now)and was very happy with the timeliness and quality of their shipping. This is the third camera that I have purchased from them, never any problems. It is a fun camera, and I found it to be pretty small for a 6X Optical zoom. I am using the 2500 mAhr NiMH rechargeable batteries and haven't killed the first set yet. Using a 2GB SD memory card gives me over 700 pics at the highest resolution and quality settings. Very Pleased

  • 5.0 out of 5
So far no regrets yet (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Canon PowerShot A700 is my 4th digital camera. The first three were Nikon Coolpix, Fuji and Sony DSC-W1. Have owned this camera for almost 2 weeks now and have been impressed with it performance.
I had 4 requirements when researching for my next camera: AA sized batteries; sharp macro function; powerful optical zoom and anti-shake mechanism.
Canon PowerShot A700 came pretty close to meeting all of them.
I use my camera a lot for photographing orchids and other flowers. My Sony produces slightly sharper colours than the Canon PowerShot A700 but the combination of a 6X optical zoom and a powerful "1 cm Macro" more than compansates for my needs. Aperture and Shutter priority plus full manual mode puts this camera one class above other "pocket-size" digital cameras.

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