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Canon PowerShot A620 Review
Canon PowerShot A620 dijital fotoğraf makinesi Canon’un pazarda büyük bir pay sahibi olduğu herkes tarafından bilinen bir gerçek. Bunda firmanın dijital kamera ürünlerinin payı da oldukça büyük. Ürünlerinde sürekli yenilikler sunan Canon’un yeni teknolojileri ve iyi düşünülmüş konseptleri son derece etkileyici. Canon PowerShot A620 dijital kamera da Canon’un dijital fotoğrafçılık alanında yıllar süren deneyimleri kullanıcıların hizmetine sunan bir model. PowerShot A serisi modeller oldukça başarılı bir ürün serisi ve Canon A620 modeli de bu başarıyı sürdüren bir ürün.
Canon PowerShot A620 - 7 megapiksel Canon PowerShot A620 kaliteli ve işlevsel performansıyla dikkat çekiyor. Cihazın 7 megapiksel çözünürlüğe ve esnek çekim sağlayan zum objektife sahip olması kullanıcının mükemmel fotoğraflar çekmesine olanak tanıyor. Buna 2 inç büyüklüğündeki katlanabilir ve döner özellikli LCD ekran da eklendiğinde cihazın kullanıcı dostu konsepti etkileyici bir hal alıyor.
Canon A620 - Görüntü kalitesi & ISO Ürünün her özelliği kaliteli. Cihazın gövdesi ve elde edilen fotoğraflar mükemmel kalitede. Fotoğraflarda bazen sıcak renkler hakim olsa da canlı renkler ve zengin detaylar dikkat çekiyor. Otomatik beyaz ayarı çoğu şartlarda tatminkar sonuçlar elde edilmesine yeterli olmasına rağmen kullanıcı manuel beyaz ayarı seçeneği ile dilediği ayarı da yapabiliyor. ISO 200 değeri dahil noise görülmüyor ancak ISO 400 ve yukarısı değerlerde noise beliriyor. Cihazın kullanımı ile ilgili eleştiri getirilecek herhangi bir nokta yok, menü üzerinde tüm işlemler hızlı ve kolay bir şekilde gerçekleştirilebiliyor.
Canon PowerShot A620 kamera - Optik vizör Cihazla ilgili eleştiri getirilebilecek noktalar da mevcut. Örneğin Canon A620’nin optik vizörü son derece ufak boyutlarda. Optik vizör görüntülenen alanın geniş açıda %78 ve telede ise %80 oranlık kısmını çekime yansıtıyor. Durum böyle olunca optik vizörün kaldırılması ve yerine daha büyük ölçülerde bir LCD ekran tasarlanmış olması daha iyi olurdu diye düşünüyoruz. Dahili flaş özellikle zumlu çekimlerde iyi bir performans sergilerken geniş açı çekimlerde yetersiz kalıyor. Flaşlı çekimlerde fotoğrafların yetersiz pozlandığı dikkat çekiyor.
Canon A620 - Güçlü bir ürün Yukarıda belirttiğimiz olumsuz noktalar cihazın olumlu noktaları göz önüne alındığında gölgede kalıyor. Canon PowerShot A620 dijital fotoğraf makinesi mükemmel görüntü kalitesi ile oldukça güçlü bir model olarak dikkat çekiyor. Cihaz amatör ve ileri seviye kullanıcılar arasında geniş bir kesime hitap edecek özellikler sergiliyor. Kolay kullanım ön plana çıkarılarak tasarlanmış olan A620 yaratıcı çekimler yapmak isteyen fotoğraf severlerin de önünü tıkamıyor ve çeşitli ayar seçenekleri sunuyor.
Canon PowerShot A620 - Mükemmel bir amatör kamera Canon PowerShot A620 ile fotoğraf çekmek keyifli bir işlem haline geliyor. Canon’un ürünü geliştirmiş olması A620 modelinin benzerleri arasında zirveye tırmanacak özelliklere sahip olması sağlamış. Canon’un durdurulamaz başarısının devam edeceği görülüyor. Canon PowerShot A620 dijital fotoğraf makinesi başlangıç ve ötesi seviyelerde kullanıcıların gözdesi olabilecek bir ürün.Canon PowerShot A620 - Secure Digital bellek kartı Saniyede 2 kareye yaklaşan çekim hızı ile Canon PowerShot A620 dijital fotoğraf makinesine bir hız canavarı demek mümkün değil. Ancak cihaz hareketli çekimleri seri bir şekilde yapmaya olanak tanıyor. Eğer hızlı bir bellek kartı kullanırsanız sürekli bu hızda çekim yaparak bellek kartı kapasitesi elverdiğince çekim yapabiliyorsunuz. Standart özellilere sahip bir bellek kartının bu desteği vermesi imkansız. Bu yüzden cihazın sunduğu maksimum hızları sürekli kullanabilmek için hızlı bir bellek kartı satın almanızı öneriyoruz.
512MB kapasiteli bellek kartı ile çekim sayıları Çözünürlük 3072 x 2304 - Superfine - JPEG - 156 adet fotoğraf - 3045 KB Çözünürlük 3072 x 2304 - Normal - JPEG - 251 adet fotoğraf - 1897 KB Çözünürlük 3072 x 2304 - basic - JPEG - 520 adet fotoğraf - 902KB Çözünürlük 2592 x 1944 - Superfine - JPEG - 190 adet fotoğraf - 2503KB Çözünürlük 2592 x 1944 - Normal - JPEG - 339 adet fotoğraf - 1395 KB Çözünürlük 2592 x 1944 - Basic - JPEG - 671 adet fotoğraf - 695KB Çözünürlük 2048 x 1536 - Superfine - JPEG - 295 adet fotoğraf - 1602KB Çözünürlük 2048 x 1536 - Normal - JPEG - 529 adet fotoğraf - 893KB Çözünürlük 2048 x 1536 - Basic - JPEG - 1041 adet fotoğraf - 445KB Çözünürlük 1600 x 1200 - Superfine - JPEG - 471 adet fotoğraf - 1002KB Çözünürlük 1600 x 1200 - Normal - JPEG - 839 adet fotoğraf - 558KB Çözünürlük 1600 x 1200 - Basic - JPEG - 1590 adet fotoğraf - 316KB Çözünürlük 640 x 480 - Superfine - JPEG - 1777 adet fotoğraf - 249KB Çözünürlük 640 x 480 - Normal - JPEG - 2747 adet fotoğraf - 150KB Çözünürlük 640 x 480 - Basic - JPEG - 4317 adet fotoğraf - 84KB Video Çözünürlük 640 x 480 - 30 kare/saniye - 4 dk 9 sn Video Çözünürlük 640 x 480 - 15 kare/saniye - 8 dk 14 sn Video Çözünürlük 320 x 240 - 30 kare/saniye - 11 dk 42 sn Video Çözünürlük 320 x 240 - 15 kare/saniye - 22 dk 53 sn Video Çözünürlük 320 x 240 - 60 kare/saniye - 5 dk 59 sn Video Çözünürlük 160 x 120 - 15 kare/saniye - 55 dk 57 sn
Canon PowerShot A620 Dijital Kamera İncelemeleri AyarlarCanon PowerShot A620 - Beyaz ayarı Canon A620 genel olarak otomatik beyaz ayarında çekim yapılmasına rağmen değişik ışık şartlarına sahip ortamlarda daha iyi sonuçlar almak için beyaz ayarı seçenekleri de mevcut. Otomatik beyaz ayarını yetersiz kaldığı durumlarda manuel beyaz ayarı yapmak da mümkün ancak genel kullanıcı kesiminin bu konuya fazla kafa yormadığı da bilinmekte. Üretici firmaların otomatik beyaz ayarı fonksiyonunu daha yetenekli hale getirmelerini ve kullanıcıları beyaz ayarı ile uğraşmaktan kurtarmalarını ümit ediyoruz. Cihazın otomatik beyaz ayarı genel olarak oldukça iyi sonuçlar veriyor. Görüntülerde genel olarak sıcak renk tonu hakim olmakla beraber sonuçlar tatmin edici. Bununla beraber bazen hafif bir pozlama telafisi (+0.7EV) yapıldığında daha iyi fotoğraflar elde ediliyor.
Canon PowerShot A620 - Net fotoğraflar Canon PowerShot A620 dijital kamera mükemmel netlikte fotoğraflar sunuyor. Fotoğraflar son derece net ve detaylar açıkça izlenebiliyor. Görüntülere yakından bakıldığında baskıda noise olması beklenen durumlarda dahi mükemmel sonuçlara şahit olduk. Görüntüler çok yakınlaştırıldığında noise göze çarpıyor ancak bu derece yakınlaştırma işlemi sıradışı bir durum. Ve tabii görüntüler ekranda farklı baskıda farklı sonuçlar veriyor. Sonuç olarak Canon A620 ile çekilmiş fotoğrafların baskılarında mükemmel görüntüler elde ediliyor.
Canon PowerShot A620 kamera - ISO ayarları Canon A620 dijital kameranın noise oranlarına baktığımızda düşük ISO değerlerinin hiç noise üretmediğini ve ancak ISO 400 değerinden sonra noise’a rastlandığını gördük. Bu değerlerde çekilen fotoğraflarda küçük detayların kaybolduğunu ve görüntülerin derinliğinin azaldığını gözlemledik. Test sırasında çektiğimiz fotoğrafları baskı aldığımızda ise ISO 400 değerindeki görüntülerin sonuçlarında herhangi bir problemle karşılaşmadık. Bu da, yukarıda belirttiğimiz gibi, ekran ve baskı ile elde edilen sonuçların farklı olduğunu bir kez daha gösteriyor. Canon PowerShot A620 ile çekilmiş fotoğraflarda ISO 400 değerine kadar baskıda problem yaşamıyorsunuz. Fotoğraflar canlı renklere, mükemmel netliğe ve görüntünün en ışık alan aşırı kontrastlı bölümlerinde dahi detay zenginliğine sahip.Canon PowerShot A620 - 34-140mm zum objektif Canon A620’nin objektifi ilgin bir odak mesafesine sahip. Başlangıç seviyesi kullanıcılar için 35 - 140mm odak mesafesi tüm çekimlerin yapılmasına olanak tanıması açısından oldukça ilginç. Geniş açı değeri 28mm olsaydı çekim kalitesi daha mükemmel olurdu ancak böyle bir durumda da cihazın fiyatı gereksiz yere yükselmiş olurdu. Geniş açıda çekilen fotoğraf köşelerde bir miktar distorsiyon olmakla beraber oldukça iyi bir kalite sergiliyor. Rakip modellerle kıyaslandığında çok kötü olmayan bu distorsiyon seviyesinin iyileştirilmesi gerektiğini düşünüyoruz. Biraz zum yapıldığında ise bu distorsiyon ortadan kalkıyor. Renk sapmaları için de aynı şey geçerli. Geniş açıda göze çarpan renk sapmalarına tele’de rastlanmıyor. Canon A620 dijital kamera optik zumun yanısıra dijital zum özelliğine de sahip. Dijital zum ile birlikte cihazın toplam zum oranı 16x değerine ulaşıyor. Dijital zum kullanıldığında doğal olarak çözünürlük kalitesi düşüyor ve noise göze hale geliyor. Gerekli durumlarda dijital zum yararlı bir özellik ancak fotoğrafların baskı kalitesi açısından optik zumun kullanılmasını tavsiye ediyoruz.
Canon PowerShot A620 - Renkler İncelememiz sırasında Canon PowerShot A620 dijital kameranın netlik ve optik performansını yanısıra renk sunum kalitesini de ele aldık. Renkler canlı ancak biraz abartılı bir seviyede. Ancak bu durum Canon A620 gibi modellerde oldukça yaygın bir durum. Amatör kullanıcılar zengin kontrasta ve renk sıcaklığına sahip fotoğrafları daha çok tercih ediyorlar. Görüntülerde kırmızı ve mavi rengin daha baskın olması sonucunda renk sıcaklığı biraz yüksek fotoğraflar elde ediliyor. Fotoğraflardaki ten renklerinin tonu oldukça iyi seviyede. Gökyüzü fotoğrafları oldukça canlı, parlak ve aşırıya kaçılmamış bir seviye sunuyor. Genel olarak bakıldığında, cihazın sunduğu renk kalitesinin oldukça iyi olduğunu, görüntülerin kontrast ve renk sıcaklıklarının iyi seviyede olduğunu ve bunun da kaliteli baskılar anlamında geldiğini söyleyebiliriz.
Canon PowerShot A620 dijital fotoğraf makinesi Canon PowerShot A620 dijital kamera yetenekli bir cihaz. PowerShot bir kameradan beklenen tüm özelliklere sahip. Fiyat olarak uygun olmasının yanısıra geniş ayar seçeneklerine, işlev zenginliğine ve mükemmel optik kalitesine sahip bir model. Cihaz bu özellileriyle, kullanıcının gelecekte dijital refleks kamera kullanmasının da yolunu açan bir model. Canon uygun fiyata mükemmel bir dijital fotoğraf makinesi sunuyor.
Canon PowerShot A620 Review | Digital Camera Resource Page
The Canon PowerShot A620 is the long-awaited update to the very popular PowerShot A95 (see our review). The 7.1 Megapixel A620 ($399), along with its 5.0 Megapixel sibling (the A610, $299) have a host of improvements over the A95, including:
- Higher resolution (A620 only, 7.1MP versus 5.0MP)
- 4X optical zoom lens (versus 3X on the A95)
- Larger rotating LCD display (2.0" versus 1.8")
- DIGIC II image processor
- Improved movie, continuous shooting modes
- Uses SD/MMC cards instead of CompactFlash
- 25% better battery life
- USB 2.0 High Speed support
The PowerShot A95 (and the A80 before it) were huge sellers for Canon. Is the PowerShot A620 a worthy successor? Find out in our review!
What's in the Box?
The PowerShot A620 has an average bundle. Inside the box, you'll find:
- The 7.1 effective Megapixel Canon PowerShot A620 camera
- 32MB Secure Digital memory card
- Four alkaline AA batteries
- Wrist strap
- USB cable
- A/V cable
- CD-ROM featuring Canon Digital Camera Solutions, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, and drivers
- 24 page basic manual + 137 page advanced manual + software and direct print manuals (all printed)
Canon puts a 32MB SD card in the box with the A620, which is the size typically included with cameras these days. Unfortunately that size is too small, so a larger card is a must. I'd recommend a 512MB card as a good starter size. While the camera supports both SD and MMC cards, SD cards are recommended. The A620 takes advantage of high speed SD cards, so it's worth paying a little more for those (60X or faster, preferably).
The PowerShot A620 uses four AA batteries, and Canon gives you alkaline cells in the box. These will quickly end up in the trash, so do yourself a favor and buy a four-pack of NiMH rechargeables (2300 mAh or better) plus a fast charger. Here's how the A620 compares to some other cameras in its class in terms of battery life:
There were a few other cameras I wanted to put on that list, but certain manufacturers (cough, Olympus) don't like to publish battery life info for their products! Anyhow, the A620 trounces the competition, as you can see.
There's a built-in lens cover on the A620 so there is no lens cap to worry about.
The PowerShot A620 supports more accessories than most cameras in this class. Here's the full list:
Not bad, eh? Conversion lenses, an underwater case, and more!
ImageBrowser (Mac OS X)
Canon includes version 26 of their very good Digital Camera Solutions software with the PowerShot A620. Included in this package are ZoomBrowser (for Windows)/ImageBrowser (for Mac), PhotoStitch (for making panoramic photos), plus TWAIN and WIA drivers for Windows. Zoom/ImageBrowser can be used for downloading images from your camera, basic editing of your photos, and photo printing.
The RemoteCapture feature in the Browser software lets you control the A620 right from your Mac or PC. Just plug in the USB connection and the software does the rest. You can change any setting that's available on the camera using the software, and photos are saved on your hard drive instead of the memory card. Do note that the RemoteCapture feature is not available on the "lesser" PowerShot A610.
ArcSoft PhotoStudio 4.3 for Mac OS X
Also included is ArcSoft PhotoStudio (v 4.3 for Mac, v5.5 for Windows), which is kind of like a "light" version of Adobe Photoshop. It's not bad, though I miss all the bells and whistles of the newer PhotoImpression software that's available these days (which Canon used to include).
Canon has retooled their manuals a bit on their most recent cameras. There's a basic manual which will get you up and shooting quickly. For more details you can open up the advanced manual, which should answer any question you might have. There are also separate manuals for the software and direct printing (PictBridge). While the manuals are complete, they could be a little more user friendly.
Look and Feel
The PowerShot A620 is a midsized camera made of a mix of plastic and metal. Build quality is very good, and noticeably better than the A510/520 twins. The camera fits well in your hand, with a large right hand grip. The A620 can be operated with just one hand.
Now, here's a look at how the A620 compares with other cameras in its class in terms of size and weight:
The A620 is actually larger than its predecessor, the A95. In fact, it's larger and heavier than everything in this class. I don't mind, though, it makes the camera feel more solid, more "upscale", if you will. The A620 is indeed too big to fit in a typical pocket, but it's still easy enough to carry around in a purse or bag.
Okay of that, let's start our tour of the A620 now.
As was the case with the A510 and A520, the A610/620 twins lens got a boost in this model year, from 3X on the A95 to 4X today. The focal length of this F2.8-F4.1 lens is 7.3 - 29.2 mm, which is equivalent to 35 - 140 mm. While the lens itself is not threaded, by purchasing the conversion lens adapter mentioned earlier you can attach conversion lenses and 58 mm filters. To attach any of those just press that button to the lower-right of the lens, remove the plastic ring, and then attach the lens adapter and lens/filter.
To the upper-right of the lens you'll find the A620's built-in flash. While the A510/520 have a "zoom flash" feature, the A610/620 do not. The working range of this flash is decent: 0.45 - 4.2 m at wide-angle and 0.45 - 3.0 m at telephoto (both at Auto ISO). While there's no hot shoe for flash sync port on the A620, you can attach Canon's external slave flash via the tripod mount, which provides more flash power and less redeye than the built-in flash.
To the left of the flash is the optical viewfinder, with the AF-assist lamp to the left of that. The AF-assist lamp, which helps the camera focus in low light conditions, is also used as the visual countdown for the self-timer.
Like the A80 and A95 before it, the PowerShot A620 features a flip-out, rotating LCD display. Unlike those two models, the A620's LCD is 2 inches in size. The resolution is exactly the same as on the old models: 115,000 pixels. Outdoor visibility is decent, and low light visibility is great. When light levels drop the screen "gains up" automatically so you can still see your subject. Canon has implemented this feature very well.
If you're new to digital cameras you may be wondering why anyone would want a rotating LCD. Well, here's why: it allows you to take pictures over people in front of you. It allows for ground-level shots of kids and pets. And finally, it allows for self-portraits since the screen can rotate all the way around until it's facing you. The LCD can also be in the "normal position" (see below) or closed altogether.
Here's the LCD in the traditional position. Above it is the camera's optical viewfinder, which is average-sized. As you can see, it lacks a diopter correction knob, which is used to focus what you're looking at.
To the lower-right of the viewfinder is the mode switch, which selects between playback and record mode. Below that you'll find buttons for exposure compensation (-2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV increments) + delete photo as well as Print/Share.
Direct Transfer menu
Pressing the Print/Share button does two things. When connected to a PictBridge-enabled photo printer, you can make prints right from the camera. If you hook into a Mac or PC, you'll be able to transfer photos and even select your computer's desktop picture, all right from the camera.
Below those two buttons is the four-way controller, which is used for menu navigation, setting manual controls, and also:
- Up - Flash setting (Auto, flash on, flash off) + Rotate photo
- Down - Focus mode (Auto, macro, manual)
- Center - Function + Set
The manual focus feature lets you use the four-way controller to select a focus distance. A guide showing the focus distance is displayed on the top of the LCD, and the center of the frame is enlarged so you can make sure that everything is sharp.
Pressing the center button in the four-way controller opens up the Function menu, which has the following options:
- ISO (Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400)
- White balance (Auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H, underwater, custom) - see below
- Drive (Single-shot, continuous, self-timer) - see below
- Photo effect (Off, vivid, neutral, low sharpening, sepia, black & white)
- My Colors (Positive film, lighter skin tone, darker skin tone, vivid blue, vivid green, vivid red, color accent, color swap) - only available when mode dial is set to My Colors; see below for more
- Flash exposure compensation (-2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV increments)
- Flash output (1/3, 2/3, FULL) - only available in "M" mode
- Metering mode (Evaluative, center-weighted, spot)
- Compression (see chart later in review)
- Resolution (see chart later in review)
The PowerShot A620 has a full set of manual controls, including a custom white balance function. This lets you use a white or gray card as a reference so you can get perfect color even under the most unusual lighting conditions.
The A620 has the same unlimited continuous shooting mode as Canon's other DIGIC II equipped cameras. With a high speed SD card you can keep taking photos at about 1.9 frames/second until the card is full, which is quite good. There's just a slight "pause" on the LCD between shots, but you should still be able to track a moving subject using it.
The custom self-timer feature allows you to choose the number of photos taken (1 to 10) as well as the delay between shots (0 to 30 seconds).
The photo effects are quick and dirty ways to change the color or sharpness of your photos. For more fun there's the My Colors feature which I'll describe below.
Using the My Colors "Color Swap" feature
The My Colors feature lets you do all kinds of fun stuff right on your camera. In case you go overboard the camera will save the original image for you (if you like). Here's everything you can do with this feature, using some examples from my past reviews.
The positive film option will make colors (more specifically, red, blue, and green) more vivid. You can also intensify each of those colors individually by selecting the appropriate menu options. The two skin tone options should be self-explanatory.
|Normal shot||Color accent using the green color on The Body Shop sign (Examples from the SD500)|
The color accent feature will turn your image to black and white, except for the color which you've selected (see above). To select the color you point the camera at the color you want to sample and then press the four-way controller. You can fine tune the selected color by pressing up/down on the four-way controller, but it didn't make a huge different in my testing. For this option as well as the next two, the camera gives you a preview of what it's about to do before you take the photo.
You can see what I did here using the Color Swap feature (example from the SD400)
The color swap feature does just as it sounds: you can exchange one color for another. Want to see how your car looks in red? Well, select your car's color first and then find something red, and the rest is history.
The custom color option lets you adjust the intensity of reds, greens, blues, and skin tones.
I've finally finished telling you about everything the four-way controller can do, so now I can mention the two final buttons on the back of the A620. They are for Display (toggles what is shown on the LCD) and for entering the Menu system.
There's more to see on the top of the PowerShot A620. The first things to see include the power button and the mode dial. The mode dial is packed full of options, and here they are:
As you can see, the A620 has full manual exposure control. I should also mention that the camera has a Program Shift feature in the program, aperture priority, and shutter priority modes. To activate this you must first prefocus on your subject, then press the exposure compensation button. You can then scroll through various shutter speed/aperture combinations using the four-way controller.
The custom mode lets you save all your favorite camera settings to a spot right on the mode dial -- a pretty high end feature for a $399 camera.
To the right of the mode dial is the speaker. Above that you'll find the shutter release button, which has the zoom controller wrapped around it. The zoom controller moves the lens from wide-angle to telephoto in about 1.6 seconds. I counted nine steps throughout the 4X zoom range. The camera doesn't show any kind of "zoom meter" on the LCD, which can be helpful.
Nothing to see here.
Over on the other side of the A620 are the I/O ports and SD/MMC card slot.
The I/O ports, which are under a rubber cover, include DC-in (for optional AC adapter), A/V out, and USB. The A620 supports the USB 2.0 High Speed protocol for fast transfers to your Mac or PC.
The memory card slot is protected by a plastic cover of average quality.
Our tour ends with a look at the bottom of the camera. Here you'll find a plastic tripod mount and well as the battery compartment. The batteries (four AAs) are covered by a fairly sturdy plastic door with a locking mechanism.
Using the Canon PowerShot A620
The PowerShot A620 has a very quick startup time of just 1.2 seconds. That's great for a camera with an extending lens.
No live histogram on the A620; the S80 has one though!
The A620 has above average focusing performance, with typical focus times of around 0.2 - 0.4 seconds when the shutter release is halfway pressed. At the telephoto end of things focusing takes a bit longer, but it's still pretty snappy. Low light focusing was very good thanks to the camera's AF-assist lamp.
I did not find shutter lag to be a problem, even at the slower shutter speeds at which it can occur.
Shot-to-shot speed was excellent on the A620, with a delay of about a second before you can take another picture, assuming you've turned the post-shot review feature off.
You can delete a picture as it's being saved to the memory card by pressing the delete photo button.
Now, here's a look at the image size and quality choices available on the camera:
It's worth mentioning that there is a special "postcard" resolution (1600 x 1200) which is what you'll need to use if you want to print the date on your photos. You cannot do it at any other resolution.
The A620 does not support the RAW or TIFF image format.
Images are named IMG_xxxx.JPG, where x = 0001 - 9999. The file numbering is maintained even if you replace and/or format memory cards.
Now, onto the menus!
The PowerShot A620 uses Canon's standard 2005 menu system. It's easy to use and very responsive. Do note that some of these options aren't available in some of the automatic shooting modes. With that in mind, here's the complete list of options in the record menu:
- AF frame (AiAF, center, FlexiZone) - see below
- Flash sync (1st, 2nd curtain)
- Slow synchro (on/off)
- Redeye reduction (on/off)
- Spot AE point (Center, AF point) - what area the camera meters
- Safety shift (on/off) - lets the camera adjust the shutter speed or aperture automatically in Tv/Av mode to ensure proper exposure
- MF-point zoom (on/off) - enlarges the center of the frame in manual focus mode
- AF-assist beam (on/off)
- Digital zoom (on/off) - it's best to keep this turned off
- Review (Off, 2-10 sec holds) - post-shot review; the hold feature will keep the image on the LCD until you press a button
- Save original (on/off) - whether an unaltered image is also saved while using the My Colors feature
- Reverse display (on/off) - whether image on the LCD is flipped when the LCD is facing the subject
- Grid lines (on/off) - puts a 3 x 3 grid on the LCD to help you compose your photos
- Date stamp (Off, date, date & time) - print the date and/or time on your photos; only works with the image size set to postcard (1600 x 1200)
- Save settings - saves the current settings to the "C" spot on the mode dial
Before we continue I want to explain those AF frame options. AiAF is your typical multi-point focusing system, and the A620 can choose from nine of them. The center AF frame mode does just as it sounds -- it focuses on the center of the frame. The FlexiZone feature lets you use the four-way controller to select the area on the frame on which to focus. You can move the cursor pretty much anywhere, save for a margin around the edges of the frame. This feature comes in handy while the camera is on a tripod.
There is also a setup menu on the A620, so let's take a look at that now. Here's what you'll find in the setup menu:
- Mute (on/off) - turn off those annoying beep sounds!
- Startup volume (Off, 1-5)
- Operation volume (Off, 1-5)
- Self-timer volume (Off, 1-5)
- Shutter volume (Off, 1-5)
- Playback volume (Off, 1-5)
- Power saving
- Auto power down (on/off)
- Display off (10, 20, 30 sec, 1-3 min)
- Date/time (set)
- Card format
- File number reset (on/off) - maintain file numbering
- Auto rotate (on/off)
- Distance units (m/cm, ft/in)
- Language (way too many to list)
- Video system (NTSC, PAL)
- All reset
In addition to those menus there's also a My Camera menu, which lets you really customize things. There are some built-in themes on the camera and there are even more included with the Canon software. There's even a chimp theme!
Well enough about menus, let's do photo tests now.
The A620 did a great job with our usual macro test subject. Colors are quite saturated and the subject is nice and sharp. There's a "smooth" look to things here, not grainy at all.
You can get very close to your subject in macro mode on the PowerShot A620. At wide-angle the minimum focus distance is just 1 cm, while that number jumps to 25 cm at the telephoto end of the lens.
The A620 did a nice job with the night shot as well. The camera took in plenty of light (perhaps a bit too much, which is my fault) with impressive sharpness. Noise levels are a bit higher than I would've liked, but then again this is a camera with a 1/1.8" sensor and lots of pixels. Purple fringing was not a major problem here.
Want to see how the A620 performed at high ISO sensitivities? Using that same night shot, here's a comparison:
The ISO 100 shot is pretty close to the one taken at ISO 50 and is still very usable. Details start getting destroyed at ISO 200, but I think you could probably squeeze a 4 6 inch print out of that photo. Things look pretty nasty at ISO 400 and I don't believe that you'll get even a small print out of that one (even with noise reduction software).
There's mild to moderate barrel distortion at the wide end of the A620's lens. While I saw no evidence of vignetting (dark corners) or blurry edges in the test chart, I did see a bit of blurriness around the edges of a few of my real world photos.
Ugh, redeye. I was disappointed to see how the A620 did in this department. While your results will vary, there's a good chance that you'll have at least some redeye problems with this camera. Picking up that external slave flash may not be a bad idea if you have a lot of redeye problems.
Overall, the PowerShot A620's photo quality is excellent. Photos were well exposed, sharp, and colorful. Noise levels were very reasonable at ISO 50 (which is what you'll want to use in most cases), and purple fringing was not a problem.
Ultimately you need to evaluate the A620's photo quality with your own eyes. Take a look at our photo gallery, print the photos if possible, and then decide if the A620's photos meet your expectations!
The PowerShot A620 has a very good movie mode. You can record video at 640 x 480 (30 frames/second) with sound until either your memory card is full or the file size reaches 1GB. It takes about eight minutes to hit the 1GB file size, so at that point the recording will end (remember, the file size limit is per movie). For longer movies you can either reduce the frame rate to 15 frames/second or lower the resolution to 320 x 240 (which supports both frame rates). A "compact" movie mode is also available, recording at 160 x 120 (15 frames/second) for up to three minutes.
The A620 also offers a unique "Fast Frame Rate" mode, which lets you record up to 1 minute of 320 x 240 video at a whopping 60 frames/second. This is great for videos of fast moving subjects.
The My Colors and Photo Effects features mentioned earlier can be used in movie mode as well. A movie editing feature lets you trim unwanted footage off the beginning or end of a clip.
You cannot use the optical zoom during filming. The digital zoom is available if you desire.
Movies are saved in AVI format, using the M-JPEG codec.
Here's a very exciting sample movie for you:
Click to play movie (14.2 MB, 640 x 480, 30 fps, AVI format) Can't view it? Download QuickTime.
The PowerShot A620 has the standard Canon playback mode. Basic features including slideshows, image protection and rotation, DPOF print marking, thumbnail mode, and voice captions. A "jump" feature lets you move ahead or back 10 photos at a time. The camera is PictBridge-enabled for direct printing to a compatible photo printer.
Also available is the "zoom and scroll" feature, which lets you enlarge the picture up to 10X, and then scroll around in the zoomed-in area. It's nice and fast thanks to the camera's DIGIC II processor.
By default the A620 doesn't tell you much about your photos, but press the Display button and you'll get a screen full of useful information -- including a histogram.
The camera moves from one image to the next instantly.
How Does it Compare?
The Canon PowerShot A620 is a very competent midsized camera that's a good fit for both beginners and enthusiasts, and it gets my highest recommendation. With both automatic and manual shooting modes, very good movie and continuous shooting features, and expandability, the A620 is a lot of camera for under $400.
The A620 is a midsized camera made of a mixture of plastic and metal. It feels very solid considering its low price, and I found it easy to hold. The A620 is one of very few lower priced cameras to offer a flip-out, rotating LCD display, and the one here is 2 inches in size (up from 1.8" on the A95). Images on the screen are sharp, motion is fluid, and low light visibility is top-notch.
The PowerShot A620 features a 4X optical zoom lens, which is higher than what most of the competition offers. In addition, you can add conversion lenses and filters quite easily. An external slave flash is also available. As far as shooting features go, the A620 has virtually everything you can imagine. If it's automatic modes you're after, you'll find numerous scene modes as well as a panorama helper. Enthusiasts will appreciate the full manual controls on the camera, ranging from shutter speed and aperture to focus and white balance. There's also a custom spot on the mode dial to which you can store your favorite camera settings. Like Canon's other recent cameras, the A620 sports the unique My Colors feature.
The A620 performs very well for a lower priced camera. It starts up in just 1.2 seconds, it focuses quickly, and shutter lag was not a problem. Shot-to-shot and playback speeds were also very good. In low light situations the camera focused accurately thanks to its AF-assist lamp. The PowerShot A620 shines in other areas as well. Its movie and continuous shooting modes are very good, assuming that you're using a high speed SD card. With that you can record up to 1GB of continuous VGA video with sound, or keep taking photos at 1.9 frames/second until the memory card is full. If you use high power NiMH batteries the A620 beats all of the competition in terms of battery life -- too bad Canon doesn't include any with the camera!
Photo quality was excellent on the A620. Images were well-exposed with accurate colors, low noise levels, and minimal purple fringing. My only complaints in this area are with regard to the high redeye levels I observed, and the ISO 400 setting that isn't terribly useful (it's just too noisy).
I've pretty much slipped all of my complaints into the preceding paragraphs, which is great news for the A620. This is one of the best cameras in its class, offering something for just about everyone, from beginner to enthusiast. If you want a midsized camera that won't require a second mortgage, the PowerShot A620 is definitely worth a look.
What I liked:
- Excellent photo quality
- Full manual controls
- Flip-out, rotating LCD display; LCD visible in low light
- Impressive performance
- AF-assist lamp
- Very good movie and continuous shooting features (with appropriate memory card)
- Excellent battery life (with decent NiMH batteries)
- Support for conversion lenses and external slave flash
- Camera can be controller from your Mac or PC
- USB 2.0 High Speed support
- Unique My Colors feature
What I didn't care for:
- ISO 400 doesn't seem to be usable
- No rechargeable batteries included
- No diopter correction knob; plastic tripod mount
Some other cameras in this class worth considering include the Canon PowerShot A610 (a lower resolution, slightly stripped down version of the A620), Casio Exilim EX-P700, Fuji FinePix E550, HP Photosmart R817, Kodak EasyShare Z760, Nikon Coolpix L1, Olympus SP-350, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ2, and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7.
As always, I recommend a trip down to your local reseller to try out the PowerShot A620 and its competitors before you buy!
Photo GallerySee how the photos turned out in our gallery!
Feedback & Discussion
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Test of Canon A620 digital camera
All photos taken hand-held, central spot auto-focus, Aperture Priority, evaluative metering, 3072 X 2304 pixels (7.1 megapixels), fine jpg with a Canon A620 digital camera.No sharpening nor image processing done
Canon A620 at iso 50: widest field of view (35 mm equivalent), 1/640 second, f/2.8 (wide open)
Canon A620 at iso 100: greatest telephoto (140 mm equivalent), 1/250 second, f/4.1 (wide open for 140 mm)
Canon A620 at iso 400: greatest telephoto (140 mm equivalent), 1/1000 second, f/4.1 (wide open for 140 mm)
Canon A620 at iso 100: intermediate focal length (72 mm equivalent) and distance, 1/200 second, f/7.1
Same as photo above, but cropped
Canon A620 at iso 200 on a tripod: Full frame (no crop). Macro central spot auto-focus at longest focal length(140 mm --equivalent) with central focus point over the nose of Hamilton on a $10 bill. Tungsten illumination (color corrected in Photoshop with "Auto-Color"). No sharpening done, 1/50 second, f/5.
Seven shot panorama (9438 X 2759 pixels, 74.5 MB) in portrait mode at 71 mm focal length (35 mm equivalent). iso 50, 1/250 second, f/4.5 .The panorama was assembled with Canon's free PowerStitch software. No post-processing done.The resolution of a panorama is much higher than a single shot photo from a wide-angle lens and has less distortion because a longer focal length was used.
ComparisonCanon Digital Rebel XT versus A620.
Canon Digital Rebel XT -- 50 mm f/1.8 prime lensCanon Digital Rebel XT (350D) with Canon 50 mm f/1.8 prime lens (80 mm = 35 mm equivalent) at f/4.5. Central spot auto-focus, Parameter 1, iso100, Aperture Priority at f/4.5, evaluative metering, auto white balance.Post-processing: Auto-color in PSCS2
Canon A620 -- approximately same focal length as firstCanon A620 at about the same focal length as the 350D (80 mm = 35 mm equivalent) at f/4.5. Central spot auto-focus, default in-camera settings, iso100, Aperture Priority at f/4.5, evaluative metering, auto white balance.Post-processing: Auto-color in PSCS2
Canon Digital Rebel XT -- Canon EF 35-135 mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens.Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D) with Canon EF 35-135 zoom lens at 50 mm (80 mm = 35 mm equivalent) at f/4.5.Central spot auto-focus, Parameter 1, iso100, Aperture Priority at f/4.5, evaluative metering, auto white balance.Post-processing: Auto-color in PSCS2 (taken another day)
Crops: Digital Rebel XT versus A620(both shots at the same focal length and f/4.5)