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Canon PowerShot A710 IS
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Canon PowerShot A710 IS

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We've given the A710 IS a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The A710IS has been replaced by numerous A-series models. Check out the A2100IS for a good alternative. Here's what we first wrote about the A70 when it came out:

The A710 IS is Canon's first point-and-shoot to offer image stabilization, for reducing jitters and blur in deep zoom photos. When Canon debuted the A700, the 6x optical zoom was a new frontier for point-and-shoot cameras. It was very popular, but it wasn't quite perfect. Though not as susceptible to shaking and jittering as smaller, less sturdy cameras, the A700's larger-than-average zoom still could have used some support. Well, with the A710 IS, Canon has done just that, bringing back the popular feature set and design fo the A700, while adding advanced image stabilization technology. The IS, the fantastic 7.1 megapixel sensor and ability to take 16:9, wide-aspect still photos, make the A710 IS a truly superior camera for casual users looking for some easy-to-use power.

Specifications

  • 7.1 megapixels
  • 6x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Image Stabilization
  • Auto focus, auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 80-800
  • Movie mode, with sound
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital storage (16MB SD card included)
  • JPEG file format
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Part Number: 1286B001
  • UPC: 013803071122
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2006

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Canon PowerShot A710 IS Reviews

Canon PowerShot A710 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
memory card locked (joholondon — 08/26/2009)

Great camera except for this obviously overdone built in obsolescence feature: the 'memory card error' 'card locked' message. Pins aren't bent, have tried another memory card - no joy. Now I'll miss out on photos at my son's 6th and daughter's 3rd birthday. Good job Canon.

  • 5.0 out of 5
You can stop flying time - take the picture. (Karl Krousky — 03/01/2009)

with 2 aa lithium disposable batteries and 2GB memory card
you can be on the beach, in rain forest, in mountains, among friends, with your family, sailing, dancing, flying - you can with little effort and some knowledge of the camara always take a excellent pictures. One trouble - you will, sooner or later fall in love with this little marvel - with a number of program you want explore. That little all capable Monster.

  • 2.0 out of 5
A710 poor indoors (Otto — 08/26/2008)

My friend sold me this Canon A710 1 weeks ago ahead of a wedding I just attended. I was torn between the Panasonic LZ7 and Canon A710 as it seemed the LZ7 had sharper indoor pictures. Well most of the wedding photos indoors zoomed without flash are all blurred a major disappointment! I got suckered at $125 and my friend won't even take it back! The IS feature and "manual" control is just a scam that all the other cameras have anyway. I can't say for sure this is a problem of the camera or whether the photos would blur with any camera indoors on zoom. It just seems I'd rather not own any camera than one for a few bucks less that doesn't even have clear pictures! Outside the photos are better but notice as you zoom on PC it gets very granular, unlike the old 2MP Canon I have from 2003. I feel like buying another camera just to compare out of stubbornness.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon A710is (Leroy Trio — 05/14/2008)

Bought in Australia as a impulse buy. Brilliant camera with more features than you can shake a stick at. I have even used the movie mode at kids parties with good results and they don't know your filming them because it doesn't look like a video camera. It has anti shake which is a lifesaver when the light starts to go. The lcd screen is huge.

Only downsides are viewfinder doesn't show all the captured image and the flash recycling times are really slow.

totally recommended.

  • 5.0 out of 5
First digital camera and extemely pleased ! (Rosalba M. Saunders — 01/28/2008)

I bought this camera after reading many reviews and this one seemed to suit me and my requirements bes.. I am so very happy with almost every aspect. It is my constant companion and hardly ever disappoints me. Very easy to use and handle. The optical zoom is excellent but even the digital zoom quality surprises me! Sometimes I even use it as binoculars when I can't see something in the distance...it's that strong ! Crazy!
But takes great pictures in low light. Takes great pictures with NO light. The flash fills in a complete room even in pitch dark and takes an indoor photo as if it were 12 noon. Excellent color.
Image stabilization - no blurry pictures ! Great for boaters .
Bright, Easy to see photos on 2 1/2" LCD.
It is a great, easy to use camera accomplishing the task at hand---great pictures 99.9% of the time.

My only 2 negatives: Doesn't zoom in as you take videos...don't know if this is a digital camera limitaion or just on this one...
And the other difficulty is just working with the Manual setting and trying to figure out how to adjust the f-stop and aperture settings...but when you get it, the pics come out great.

Definitely like the size and shape...bigger than the slippery little ELF, and so doesn't feel like it's going to crash and burn when grappling with a photo..has a good grip.

Definitely like the AA rechargeable batteries...they have a pretty long life and if you buy a 2 GB photo chip, you can get 1,000 pictures in hi-res. and up to 2, 000 pics in lower resolution.

One of my favorite features is the AudioVisual Cable that makes showing friends and family your pictures on the TV a snap ! They love it and are impressed to see pictures immediately in large format. I always keep my AV cable in my little camera bag
I had 2 cousins who bought the same camera when they saw what it could do..and have one friend considering it for her next purchase.

I know you'll love it !

  • 3.0 out of 5
Low light concert type events (Charlie Webb — 12/11/2007)

I agree with most reviews I have read. I really get annoyed with nightclub type photos, persay taking photos of a band is the pits. You get a good shot and it takes at times 10 to 15 seconds before you can get the nest shot. Now you go outside and the camera will get ready for the next shot in rapid time. I think the lag time is terrible for low light situations. Other than, I like the camera for the most part. And yes, I have tried the faster cards, and no change in those type areas are improved. I am open for suggestions..

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best at its price (UZAIR — 11/03/2007)

Pros:
1-Image stabilization....no blurry pictures even if u have tremors.
2-6X Optical zoom plus even the pictures at digital zoom are excellent.
3-Big, sharp LCD especially useful if u r taking close shots .
4-Battery life is good.
Cons:
1-No carrying pouch included in the box.

SUMMARY:
INCLUDES BOTH AUTOMATIC SETTINGS FOR BEGINERS AND MANUAL FOR A PROFESSIONAL.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I'm in love with this camera already (DeborahT — 07/07/2007)

My Canon PowerShot A710 IS camera arrived today and I couldn't be happier. There are several points I will make for anyone interested in finding a camera with many features with a user-friendly interface:
1. There are captions that appear when an icon is highlighted to remind the user of its function
2. The hardware design is simple and easy to use
3. The software design is simple and easy to use
4. It takes wonderful pictures indoors without flash
5. There are advanced features so I am not likely to out-grow it

  • 4.0 out of 5
I got what I had expected. (Bharat — 06/10/2007)

As I had researched a lot before purchasing A710 IS I knew pros and cons before actually using it. My decision to go for it was due to (in the order of priority):

1. Possibility of manual control.
2. 6X optical zoom.
3. Reasonably compact for 6X optical zoom camera.
4. Reasonable price.
5. Well known brand.
6. 7 Megapixels

Of course, it would have been better if:

1. There was no limit of 1GB for video recording.
2. The video format was more compact version. Around eight minutes with 1GB is too short!
3. Optical zoom was possible for video recording.
4. Flash recycling time was shorter.
5. Body parts were more metal than cheap feeling plastic.
6. The package included rechargeable battery and charger.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Memory card error (Kimberley Coker — 05/01/2007)

I bought the Canon A710IS at Christmas and am loving the results apart from the latest " Memory Card Error - card locked ! " message which appeared one week and 600 photos in a Vietnam holiday. In other reviews I see the Canon S400 has a memory card error too. Does anyone have advise on how to retrieve my once-in-a-lifetime snaps ?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to use! Beautiful pictures! (Linda Williams — 05/01/2007)

I spent hours looking for a digital to "replace" my 35mm. We had purchased two other digitals in the past. Neither as easy to use as the Canon PowerShot A710. Love the black and white option! Love the Image Stablization! We have three children...taking pictures of them requires image stablization! Love the lcd screen! Overall, an excellent camera. Very glad I chose this one.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good Point & Shoot with Extras (pirategal — 03/07/2007)

After reviewing cameras for hours both in stores and online, I chose the A710 IS. I upgraded from a Sony Cybershot 5MP. I have taken about 200 pictures in different settings using my Sony and the Canon for comparison. My biggest complaint with my Sony was poor image quality with indoor shots. The Canon does much better. Overall, I have been satisfied with the colors and picture quality. I chose the Canon over a few others because it is small enough to put in your pocket yet it does have a few advanced options like aperture priority, shutter priority, and exchangeable lenses. I have not played with these but my dad teaches photography classes and he says having them is a "good thing." I noticed that the reviews stated that flash recharge time was slow. It is VERY SLOW (usually 5-10 seconds compared to 3-6 for the Sony). Otherwise I have been happy with the results and would recommend the camera for people who love to point and shoot but aspire to learn more about advanced settings in the future.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A700IS is everything I could every want in a camera. (Camera guy — 03/06/2007)

Awesome camera! Loads of features! Takes great photos! Need I say more?

  • 5.0 out of 5
Superb straight out of the box (BIA — 01/27/2007)

I use a 300D as my main camera and did use an Ixus digital that has given faithful service as a pocketable camera for 6 years un till I found I was not using it enough to justify replacing the batteries (expensive). Hence the 710is. Reasons - fairly small so fits in a shirt pocket, AA batteries so they won't spoil through lack of camera use, high pixel rating, 6X zoom, image stabalisation and finally price @ £200.
Bought at lunch time and by the evening I had as good a set of picture as I have ever had. Found it easy to use, all controls and settings easy to find and play with. Batteries no problem as I was shooting in near zero temperatures and had two more sets keeping warm in my pocket. IS was a great help photographing in extremely high winds even at full zoom (some shots would not have been possible with the 300D) and when I was shivering with cold.
As a second serious camera this is my reccomenadation. I know it has a few quirks like slow flash recycle, so has any camera but on picture quality, ease of use, and image stability, this camera was easy to use straight from the box. I read the manual to check on a few points I couldn't work out for myself, but it is all second nature now. Buy it and play with it and I am sure you will enjoy your photography.

  • 4.0 out of 5
canon A710is digicam (hal seitz — 01/21/2007)

unfortunitely i purchased a canon A700 last summer- it had some clitches, and i got some pretty awful results along w/ mistakingly erasing all the pictures on the disc ,not once but twice. both times done a darkened theater where i could not see any of the controls..advice: bring a pocket flash lite along if goin to shoot in darkened areas. memorizing the controls is not easy when you can not see the camera prompts clearly..tha tbeing said, i also got some excellent photos.well balanced color wise with nice saturation.. i got the yen to improve upon the situation, when i saw the new A710 is released by canon basically as a replacement for the A700.. with three major changes ,otherwise the same layout and configuratrions as the A700-slightly heavier,same feel - the improvements are substancial — 1. Image stabilization (IS) added.2. 1.1 more pixels up from 6 to 7.1 and lastly a bewtter coordinated flash. less light more flash , more light less flash. no guarentees against "white out" of close by subjects, but a little less harsh and a little more forgiving. am positive canon added other subtile improvements w/o making a big deal out of it. They go out of their way not to make owners of discontinued for newer model products,feel no malcontent.. I now have both cameras ,using the older A700 as a back up for the new A710is— this is easy to do. if you buy the auxiliary lenses and tube to put them on the nifity little digicam, you will find these auxiliary items fit both cameras. in my case that is what swung me to the A710 is .. Olympus uses auxiliary lenses for their SD -350 ,but neglected any olympus owner who wanted to upgrade to their newer SD 510 model. differant size thread for both camera auxiliary optical products..NOT NICE olympus...canon seems to have more comman sense or at least are more in tune w/ their audiences.In conclusion- The A710is is versatile,easy to grip,but still laden w/ bugs a novice user is apt to trigger, just the same as its predicessor the A 700.. using care in the menu options goes a long way towards producing better photos and less stress..

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic for novice (Mari Koponen — 01/16/2007)

I've owned a 1.3 olympus for 3 years now and finally upgraded to the Olypmus A710 IS. This is a great user friendly camera with outstanding prints! I highly recommend the Olympus brand. I tried other digital cameras and had trouble with their menus and obtaining a clear picture. With the Olympus's image stabilization I have not gotten one bad photo. I have also had fantastic luck without using the IS! The body has a wonderful hand grip compared to most. Great product!

  • 2.0 out of 5
What a shame (Bill — 01/04/2007)

This camera has so much potential. If you only take outdoor pictures, this camera is outstanding. However, you will not be happy with indoor shots which require a flash. The red eye reduction does not really work and some pictures are grainy. I just returned the camera today.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera for the price (Ken — 12/28/2006)

We upgraded from the Kodak Easy Share with a 3.1 mp. The Canon A710 IS takes amazing photos. The picture quality is crystal clear. I saw some complaints about the time elapse for the flash, I dont see it as much of a problem with our camera. The cycle flash is about 5 seconds which is completely fine for what we use this camera for. The image stabilization works great, our Kodak didn't have that luxury and the picture quality was not as good as the Canon. I did a ton of research on the cameras and this is the first purchase I have made in electronics that I am extremely happy with.

  • 5.0 out of 5
This camera has it's OWN class! (William Turner — 12/28/2006)

A camera truely in a class of it's own, especially at the price tag avaliable. Not only is it's image quality comparable to cameras hundreds of dollars more, but the fact that it has the full manual controls you'd expect from an 800 dollar camera is unbelievable. With 6x optical zoom, and the ability to add an additional telephoto lens making it an ultra zoom, you simply cannot find a camera of similar size and zoom ability. Add to that the image stabilized lens, and you suddenly have a camera that can take photos of the quality that normally would require a tripod. Now that's unbelievable, I mean if it didn't have the manual controls, it would be so so, but this is truely a camera that can be exploited for the best pictures around (at this price range). I totally recommend reading the review at dcresource.com. Look at their sample photos, and then look at the same subjects with other cameras. This baby speaks for itself!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Red-Eye/LCD Resolution & Blue light streaks (Bev Sinclair — 12/28/2006)

I have two Olympus digital cameras (Evolt 500 and an old C-3030) and have had excellent pictures from these cameras. I used my son's 5 megapixel Olympus compact when I went to Europe a couple of years ago and took alot of pictures of relatives using the flash indoors etc. with NO
RED-EYE. Well last month I decided I needed to get a smaller camera to use when I didn't want to use my EVOT 500 and read the reviews. The A710 IS had good reviews and I liked the IS and the 6X features so being open-minded I bought it. It is a great camera for outdoors and I love the 6X Zoom. My X-mas pictures inside are a Red-Eye Nightmare (people and pets)with the Red-Eye Feature ON. My friend (A Canon Owner and Groupie)told me she solves her red-eye problem by making sure to tell the people not to look at the camera. I should have used my Olympus cause I would never have to include "don't look at the camera" as part of my picture taking vocabulary!! Also in certain lighting the LCD screen has blue vetical streaks that are very distracting and annowing. In general the LCD resolution is below average and I had to reposition the camera several times to get it clear. Maybe I got a lemmon but with these problems I took it back to the store yesterday. I will say that the picture quality other than the problem of the RED-EYEs was good, especially outdoors.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good one (Rames — 12/24/2006)

Hi,

I am using this camera for the past one week. It is good to see the Image Stabilization. My friend has A700 which does not have IS. More than that!... instead of 6 MP, 7.1 is a gift!.. anyway.. its a good camera!.. Up to now no problem... Battery life is acceptable range!..

  • 3.0 out of 5
it has its good points (dave sabine — 12/23/2006)

in many circumstances this cameral is excellent and those points have been fully described by others. I have been very disappointed in the recycle time for the flash and the reluctance for the shutter to function in low light. It is almost as the camera has a mind of its own and takes the picture when it feels like it. Forget candid shots, you need to coach people to be patient and wait for the camera to take its picture. In sunlight don't bother looking at the backscreen,nothing can be seen. Thank goodness for the optical viewfinder even though it is only an approximation of the actual picture you will take.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Works fine with my Mac (radioman — 12/09/2006)

Not sure what the other poster was referring to. the Canon software works fine with my Mac, however I rarely use the Canon software because I have other programs that I prefer. I am unable to speak to the complaints about flash as I never use flash - one of the reasons I purchased this camera is its ability to photo in low light - the shutter speed preferred mode is outstanding for night street scenes, etc. Images are tack sharp, and yes the OIS works beautifully. Like most digicams, noise is unacceptable above 200 ISO. Great buy for the money. Would love to see Canon add more wide to the zoom - say a 28mm equivalent, and also a rotating LCD - then you would have the perfect point and shoot ! Recommended without hesitation.

  • 2.0 out of 5
faulty equipment right out of the box. (Curtis Cooperman — 12/07/2006)

The software in the box with this camera corrupted 400 of my images in a photo folder in my Mac. I have never had anything corrupted in any Mac computer I have had until I installed their software with the Canon A710 IS. I spent a good two hours with CANON tech who said they never heard of this... I sent images of my photo files that were corrupted... I'm afraid to use this camera... why are they selling a camera with faulty software? How can a consumer send a message to Canon we will not stand for faulty equipment right out of the box.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon A710IS is quite a package (Rich Watson — 12/05/2006)

I like the 6x optical. With the strong optical, and also digital zoom, I can read the small print on a CD disk clear across the room. This camera allows you to "zoom in" on the photo on the LCD itself (after you snap the picture). What I mean is that you can MAGNIFY little parts of the photo, and scroll around.

DISAPPOINTMET: Just slightly larger than my Canon A520—-it's amazing how just a few extra millimeters add bulk to the pocket. But then I looked closely at a Canon A630 today, and that camera is so large I would consider it non-pocketable. So I don't think I ever want to get a camera any larger than the A710.

I like the ability to add a sound memo to a photo; you can go back to a photo that's in the camera, and record a message. Maybe other digicams do this, too? I don't know. But I do like the feature.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Its got everything ... (Juan Bourbon — 12/02/2006)

I spent 20 days researching cameras and finally picked up the 710 IS - had everything i needed 9and some more) - >6mp, Image stabilization, a viewfinder, AA batteries.
Ive spent two days just getting to know the camera - and i strikes me that this has everything. It gives you (if you want)control over eversingle parameter of photography. So at one level - you have (almost) no excuse for a bad photograph with this.
This is my first digital camera ever, and I still intend to keep my Nikon F55...
The flip side of the level of control you have is that - outside of the point & shoot modes - things get quite complicated quite quickly. I have spent about a day reading the manual - and the range of little dinky things to press (and buttons with multiple function buttons) is a bit bewildering, for someone used to a manual SLR ...

Nevertheless, this seems a great camera, solid to the feel too - and I am looking forward to growing to know it. At 330$, it seemed like great value for money too, compared to the competition. I guess in couple of weeks I might post a more detailed/knowledgable review too. Thanks everyone at digital cam HQ, for everything on the site that i used for all my research

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome All rounder (Abbas — 11/16/2006)

I have bought this camera and took on a trip to great ocean road and took more than 650 shots. All i can say i am amazed at the quality and the speed of this camera. Has decent battery life. i got more than 180 shots using the alkalines that came with the camera. and the 6x zoom and image stabilization is just awesome and the main feature that led me to buy this camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
slow (dave sabine — 11/09/2006)

Without writing an essay, the A710 has many good qualities (zoom, ease, image stabilization) but the cons are limiting if you are going to be taking indoor shots. The flash recycle is very long and the camera is frequently quite reluctant to take a shot. There is no such thing as a good candid shot except as pure luck for the camera will fiddle around for three or four seconds (or more) while it decides to respond to the shutter (and this is after the flash is ready to go). You can count on red eye for at least half of your photos to boot so there is no such thing as a non-processed shot. For outdoor shots with any amount of sunshine you can completely forget being able to see anything in the lcd screen. I read warnings of all of these problems but there so many glowing reviews I plunged ahead. I am now thinking of buying a Nikon 50 and relegating the A710 to backup mode and outdoor travel shots. I suspect some of the reviews that are sent in to these sites are written by friends of Canon.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera for pro-wannabe's but poor flash. (donO — 10/31/2006)

Hi, I bought the A710 IS 10 days ago and I'm mixed up in my opinion about it. On one hand it can do all the smart things and manual settings, that even would please a professional, on the other hand as a point and shoot camera it fails espacially in low light conditions where wide angle 35 mm and flash is used. The flash is very poor in wide angle situations, as the light is not spread to the whole area. You can see what I mean here: http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?page=8417&head=0

It seems however that canon wanted to make it possible to change almost every possible settings in this camera, so they even added the possibility to change the flash strength, and this would have been very good if the flash just didn't suffer this major spreading problem. Having said that, it is possible to make very good indoor pictures with or without the flash, if you use the manual settings and compensates for this fault i.e. by zooming in to the illuminated area, put down the flash strenght, and compensate for the low light by using, ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed, OIS settings.

It's very easy to change settings on the A710 and this is really positive. There are a lot of build in programs, and some of them are set quickly by turning the mode-selector wheel. I can really recoomend using some of these modes espacially aperture-priority. Some times it is better that you and not the camera's Auto-setting decides if there is enough light or not, and by adjusting aperture and ISO, the Camera will decide which fastest shutterspeed could be used with these settings.

About the batteries:
The supplied Business Alkalines did pretty well, but my used 1600 mAH AA NiMH batteries did very very poor, so I bought som new 2500mAH NiMH batteries, and they perform better - however not as good as Canon promise.

About the movie-Zoom.
It does not have optical movie zoom, but the digital movie zoom seems to be quite usefull, as long as you dont go all the way.

My conclusion:
If you want a point and shoot camera, stay away from Canon A710, as it's not good in Auto mode. But if you want to buy a low price camera, with all possible manual adjustments, and excellent features and specifications, this might be the one for you as you can "learn" how to act as an professional photographer on this camera. So for you low budget pro-wannabe's - go get it.

pros:
- All manual adjustments possible: Aperture, Shutterspeed, ISO, Manual Focus, White Balance, Flash Strength, metering (semi manual)
- Some very useful program-modes (but not the full auto program)
- 6 x zoom
- Optical Stabilizer (very useful)
- Good image quality
- Possible to take useful indoor pictures without flash
- pretty good movie mode
- Easy to use interface, even on manual settings

Cons:
- Poor flash light spreading (worst in 35 mm mode)
- Poor flash light recycle time (because of the batteries)
- The Full Auto program not reallly good
- Battery life not impressing
- only 10 secs Audio note taker (to attach to pictures)

  • 5.0 out of 5
after researching forever (travis popp — 10/24/2006)

I researched digitals for at least 20 hours and visited all my local camera shops more than once asking lots of questions. I wanted a small camera that took great photos. I almost purchased the olympus stylus 1000. a few different factors went into the decision but one definate feature that influenced me was the optical view finder! DO NOT PURCHASE A DIGITAL CAMERA WITHOUT A VIEWFINDER if you plan on taking outside photos. my first weekend i was golfing and couldn't see the LCD screen from the sun even when i shaded it with my hand. i was able to frame the photo thanks to the viewfinder. The canon A710 takes excellent quality photos even blown up and don't be afraid of rechargeable batteries. that was my only real concern with this camera. with high quality batteries you can get 300+ photos off two double AA and the package came with four so i always have spares in the camera bag. my only complaint with the camera is with the owners manual. it tells you how to access the many features the camera is capable of but doesn't explain how or why the features are there. it would have been great if the owners manual had useful tips throughout the manual. thats ok because one trip to the library and i found dozens of books on digital photography. you simply can't go wrong with the Canon A710

  • 4.0 out of 5
CANON POWER SHOT A710 IS<Great Camera>. (david feldman — 10/18/2006)

Tested under all conditions and with most of the
features: Macro<flash or non-flash shots are
excellent>. Camera is quick and easy to use.
Relatively low resolution lcd screen doesn't creat
a problem and is adequate.
Flash recycle time is rather slow due to two aa
batteries verses four. However, depending on the
distance of the shots, this is variable and at
close range recycles rather fast. Also, flash
exposure compensation has an effect on recycling
time.

All other speed measurements<shutter lag, rewrite
times, focusing, etc. are more than adequate and
make for a pleasant shooting experience.

Movie mode is very good! Background motor noise
exists but is muted and doesn't take away from the
joy of watching and listening to the videos.
I have a sandisk ultra2 card that is 1gb and
would recommend a high capacity and moderately high speed card such as thisCost me 35.00 with
the rebate.

Camera is compact and light weight<not puny and
fly weight>, which is good. Perfect realistic size and weight in my view.

Menu is diverse but intuitive and simple to use.
Access to all features are quick and non-irritating like so many other digicams are.

After owning Many digital cameras over the past six years, I am most pleased with this overall.

  • 2.0 out of 5
If you need the flash..be prepaired to wait and wait between pix (Jdoubleu — 10/15/2006)

I do not own this camera although it appeared to be a nice upgrade to the 700...and it is, for the most part. However, I do maybe 50% of my shots under a flash and this camera..unbelieveably takes 10 seconds to recharge for the next shot...NOT GOOD!! Was considering the purchase but after getting my hands on the camera in the store I have difinetly decided against the A710 IS. I dont have 10 seconds of my life to be waiting for a spanking new model to get ready for the next shot.

  • 5.0 out of 5
What a powerful addition to the A series range (John Harrington — 10/14/2006)

I traded in my A95 two weeks ago for the A710Is. I was always really pleased with the reults from the A95 but the zoom was only 3X and it suffered from quite noticeable blue fringing at high contrast edges such as trees etc. This is not the case with the 710. There is a very small amount but is very well controlled. Sharpness is excellent, as is detail. Much better than the A95 and when I compare identical shots there really is no comparison. the 710 wins hands down. The IS is very good but at 6X zoom you need to keep shutter speed at least 1/250. Even at 1/125 it is difficult to avoid a small amount of edge blur. The screen is excellent but a swivel would have been so much better! Flash output indoors is good but you have to set ISO to 200 or auto in program mode. The camera is conveniently lighter than the 6 series because it only needs 2 batteries. However, so far, battery life using Hama 2000mh batteries was not as good as I had hoped. I have now invested in Hama 2600mh and so far so good. All in all, an excellent camera. I print on an Epson R300 and prints are excellent. Good contrast and good definition. I toyed with waiting for a G7 but the price was looking a bit high and apart from 3 megapixels extra, there are virtually no other differences. Startup times is very good. Just over a second and yoyu can shoot and shutter lag has been virtually eliminated. I must say, so far I am delighted I changed from the A95. I also have a Nikon F80 film camera which gives great results but the A710IS often outperforms it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I agree with the previous reviewer- excellent (carolyn denenberg — 10/03/2006)

Everything about it is excellent. I like the 2.5 embedded screen. Like it better than the old small swivel one I had three years ago. Also it can be seen a little better in the sun than the old ones. The large icons that come forward and than retreat in the upper edge is great for us older people with aging eyes. Controls are much like the older Powershot series with more functions. There is an actual red battery that shows up when battery is low. Can not miss it. and the zoom shows on the LCD screen and turns color when you go into digital. Also it has a smoother, more precise zoom which shows the optical number after it zooms to where you want it. The canon computer software is also updated and shows anything you want about the picture on the computer. Even the autofix is much better than before. Easier for beginners than before.
Lighter because batteries reduced to two and easier to quickly install. AE lock and Flash lock exposure easier to use. Buttons are easier to find and use than before. Maybe I am used to using a digital camera. Large zoom and even digital zoom are very clear with image stabilizer. The image stabilizer can be set to continuous and always is turned on. I heard that is not so with other cameras.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Compact power! (Piter Visser — 09/19/2006)

I bought the A710 IS a week ago at Sydney airport and am already very enthusiastic about it. This is my 3rd camera I purchased this year, having owned an A610 (a colleague dropped it..) and a S2 IS (a friend bought it off me as he lives in a place with little choice of cameras). All Canons, as they have make excellent photos, have lots of manual control, use AA batteries and SD memory cards in stead of propriety cards like Sony (another brand I would not mind buying were it not for the cards).

Although of course I can't provide a durability report, I am very happy with the camera so far. I was looking for something compact (both the A610 and S2 use 4 AA batteries and are a bit bulky as a result) yet powerful. That means more than 4X zoom and around 7MP so I can blow up photos to A3 size without loosing too much quality. Although I will miss the S2's awesome 12X zoom, the A710 has a very nice 6X zoom going just that extra distance and beating most competitors in the process. It is stabilized too and to good effect: one of the first shots I took was of a ship at sea at full zoom, taken from a plane as it was heading to Amsterdam airport. It came out beautifully. You can use the zoom during shooting video as well, something the A610 can not but the S2 can. It is the same high quality video (640x480@30fps)though it is still limited to 1 GB. It records sound too of course. Photos are sharp and have pretty accurate colours, which I find important. A lot of brands oversaturate the colours making them look nicer than reality. Canon does not do that although you can change the settings if you do prefer it like that (vivid, neutral, B&W, Sepia, vivid blue, vivid green, vivid red and a few more).

A lovely 2.5" lcd screen (but not swivel!) and an optical viewfinder, which I much prefer above electronic ones. The menus are clear and a beginning photographer will be able to quickly use the camera and make great pictures with it. It does have heaps of manual controls as well: aperture priority, shutter speed priority and full manual. Those not keen on experimenting can use the large number of scene modes to handle just about every situation. It focuses really quickly and shot-to-shot speeds are good as well but the flash takes a few seconds to recharge, blacking out the screen in the process. You can take macro photos from 1cm distance, not bad indeed!

The camera is made of grey coloured metal and feels sturdy. It is not a super-compact but small enough to fit in many pockets. The controls are well placed and there are not too many of them. The batteries (2AA) and the memory card are behind the same solid feeling cover, but the ports are (still) behind a flimsy rubber one.

In short, the A710 IS is a powerful camera with 7MP sensor and a stabilized 6X optical zoom that delivers excellent photos but is compact enough to be taken with you anywhere at all times. I give it 4 1/2 stars, 5 if it had had a swivel screen. I doubt you will be disappointed by this one.

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