Canon Powershot A710 IS Digital Camera Review. Фотоаппарат canon a710


PowerShot A710 IS

Type of Camera

Type

Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 6x Optical / 4x Digital / 24x Combined Zoom with Image Stabilizer (IS) System

Image Capture Device

Type

7.1 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 7.1 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 7.1 Megapixels

Lens

Focal Length

5.8-34.8mm f/2.8-4.8 (35mm film equivalent: 35-210mm)

Focusing Range

Normal: 1.8 ft./55cm-infinity Macro: 0.39 in.-1.8 ft./1-55cm (WIDE)

Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus

Viewfinders

Optical Viewfinder

Real-image optical zoom viewfinder

LCD Monitor

2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD

LCD Pixels

Approx. 115,000 pixels

Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture

f/2.8 (W) - f/4.8 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/2000 sec. (settable in Tv and M)

Exposure Control

Sensitivity

Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800 equivalent

Light Metering Method

Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot** Metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame

Exposure Control Method

Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual

Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance

White Balance Control

Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater), Custom

Flash

Built-in Flash

Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Auto w/ Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On w/Slow Synchro, Flash Off

Flash Range

Normal: 1.8-11.0 ft./55cm-3.5m (W), 1.8-8.2 ft./55cm-2.5m (T) Macro: 1-1.8 ft./30-55cm (W-M) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)

Recycling Time

10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.0V)

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes

Auto; Creative: P, Av, Tv, M; Image: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie

Photo Effects

My ColorsVivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color

Self Timer

Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom

Wireless Control

Not available

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 1.7 fps

Image Storage

Storage Media

SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1

Image Recording Format

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))

JPEG Compression Mode

Normal, Fine, SuperFine

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 640 x 480 (Small), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 3,072 x 1,728 (Widescreen)Movie: 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 1GB or 1 hour for each file size, 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)

Number of Recordable Images

Time of Recordable Movies

Movie data

Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFineStorage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Auto Play, Resume Playback Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes

Still Image: single image, all images Movie: part of movie, all of movie

Interfaces

Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)

Other

Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

Power Supply

1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2)3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800 Still Image: approx. 100 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 360 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)* Approx. 420 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 600 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)

* LCD monitor on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Power Source

1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2)3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800

Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 100 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 360 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)*

Playback Time

Approx. 420 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 600 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)

* LCD monitor on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature

32-104°F/0-40°C

Operating Humidity

10-90%

Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.84 x 2.62 x 1.62 in. / 97.5 x 66.5 x 41.2mm

Weight

Approx. 7.41 oz. / 210g (camera body only)

25 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian)All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice. Canon, PowerShot and DIGIC are registered trademarks, and SELPHY and PIXMA are trademarks, of Canon Inc. in the United States and may also be registered trademarks or trademarks in other countries. Microsoft, Windows and the Windows logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Mac is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. All other products and brand names are registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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Canon PowerShot A710 IS Digital Camera Review

With a 6x optical zoom and a 7.1Mp resolution the A710 IS offers a crowd-pleasing combination of features at a pocket-pleasing price. Duncan Evans reports.

While everyone usually casts admiring glances at the Ixus range, or compliments the SLRs and the G-series for their power and functionality, the A-series of budget cameras have been steadily improving. The A710 IS might be inexpensive, but it has plenty to offer the cost-conscious compact owner.

Specifications
  • 7.1 Megapixels
  • 6x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer
  • DIGIC II and iSAPS
  • 9-point AiAF and FlexiZone AF/AE
  • 20 shooting modes and My Colours
  • 2.5" LCD screen
  • Safety Zoom
  • High-speed ISO800
  • 30fps VGA and 60fps QVGA movies
  • Wide range of accessories

A reasonably high resolution and 6x optical zoom place the A710 IS at the top end of the budget compact ranges offered by Canon, Nikon, Samsung and Fuji. It offers a bit of everything, aiming to be an all-rounder.

Modes and features Like it's sibling, the A640, the A710 IS uses similar controls and specification, making upgrading across the Canon compact range particularly pain-free. For this camera, there are a host of functions, packed into it's relatively small footprint. The top of the body hosts the standard zoom rocker/fire button, a recessed on/off button and the mode dial. This has plenty of photographic control with P, A, Tv and M modes, plus a truly Auto mode. Portrait, Landscapes and Night Portrait scene modes have been pulled out of the Scene mode setting as they are the most commonly used anyway. This is sound thinking, but does denude the Scene mode selections, like the loggers have been in chopping. What's left is Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Colour Accent (for tinting), Colour Swap, Night Snapshot and Kids & Pets. No thumbnails to illustrate what they are, but this isn't really required, and the menus and option changes are actioned in a smooth and pleasing way. The actual mode dial is strongly knurled so it can't be accidentally knocked into a new setting.

The zoom takes about four to five seconds to go from wide angle to telephoto, which isn't that fast, and it goes in steps as well so accurate framing isn't easy. The Image stabilisation is relatively effective though, enabling shots to be taken at slightly longer exposures hand held. It isn't a cure-all panacea for low light level photography, but it does help.

You'll still be forced to up the ISO if it gets dingy, especially when using the zoom, and this covers 80, 100, 200, 400 and 800. That's not a great range and other compacts offer up to ISO1600.

On the back of the camera there's a 2.5” LCD and an optical viewfinder, the latter of which is about as much use as the one on the A640. The LCD monitor only has 115k pixels, which isn't a lot for screen that size. The control buttons and joypad are much the same as the A640, just more squashed in. Three buttons cover rarely accessed features like the basic configuration, the display options, and direct printing. The other covers Exposure Compensation, once again, a relatively limited +/- 2EV. Pressing up on the joypad activates the flash which has a red-eye mode. Pressing down sets the focus to Manual, Macro or Autofocus. Happily, when in manual mode, the centre of the screen is magnified and a measurement scale appears, making it easier to get the subject into focus. As the camera can focus down to just 1cm, it makes it ideal for macro work.

Pressing the Function Set button in the middle of the joypad activates the features menu and is used to set selections on that. Here is the useful stuff like White Balance options, ISO range, Metering mode (Spot, Centre weighted, Zone), resolution and compression, flash adjustment and colour profiling. The resolution and compression options are all centred around how the camera saves JPEG files, but at the highest 7Mp res and quality you can expect to get a paltry four shots on the miserly 16Mb SD card that's supplied.

Build and handling The body is quite small in terms of length, but it has a slightly chunky feel and weighs in at a lightweight 210g. It's a mix of a metal front piece and plastic, but it all feel very solid and pleasing to hold. The hand grip is small, but angular and provides good grip. In fact, all the buttons and controls have a solid feel and good feedback, giving the camera a quality feel to it that its price belies. The lens surrounding also comes with a cover that can be removed to enable a wide angle and telephoto lens accessory to be added.

Flash options It can be connected to the Canon high power flash unit HF-DC1, or it can use the built in unit. This is fairly weak with a range of just 3.5m at ISO100, but then on a compact like this it's going to be used to illuminate people at fairly close range. The flash options are neat though because it means you can use it with +/-2 EV to overexpose, or use as subtle fill-flash instead of the usual flattening blast of light.

PerformanceStartup time is fairly speedy considering it has a 6x zoom to unfurl. It takes around three seconds from pressing the on button to being able to shoot. Aperture range is a standard f/2-8-f/8, and while the fastest shutter speed at 1/2000sec may not be spectacular it will cope with most situations. What's better is that it can do a long exposure up to 15secs. Focussing is quite fast, usually taking only a second to lock onto something, even if it's dark, when the red spotting beam then comes into play.

When using the zoom images are reasonably sharp at the telephoto end, though they tend to distort at the wide angle end. Like the A640, shadow areas, in pictures with high contrast, tend to show noise and images are fairly bitty in general. The detail level in telephoto shots is admirable though. There's colour fringing on transitions from dark objects to light areas, with a blue tinge when it does light-dark and a red one on dark-light transitions. Image quality therefore, is okay, but not great. The A710 IS also tends to renders red a little more brightly than reality, but this also means that skin tones come out nice and healthy, so if you anticipate taking pictures of the family with the camera, then it will work out well.

There's some colour fringing on this shot, but not a lot and although -2EV was required to hold the sky, adjusting the Levels afterwards brought the ground back up. There's noise in the shadow areas and the grass is a bit sludgy. Using the 6x optical zoom, the image stabilisation helps keep a shot on a murky day in focus. There is good sharpness here on the telephoto end, and while there is colour fringing on the main verticals of the bridge, it isn't too bad.
There's some noise in the shadow areas but the tones are generally consistent and healthy looking. The AWB has added a blue cast from the natural light, but curiously this isn't as significant as on the A640 test shot. Red and cyan are brighter than they should be, but this will result in healthy skin tones and bluer skies. The mixtures are all pretty accurate and orange and yellow are fine. A better outcome than the A640.
While flash tends to flatten images, it can also be more flattering than shooting in natural light that's angled. Here, it fills in the shadow areas and while this does make it a little flat, it's retain the skin colour well and given a more pleasing result. Exposure compensation was used to ensure the church itself came out well. The sky was a mercilous, overpowering grey. The colours of the 10th century Saxon tower have been rendered very well considering the dull light.

Noise testsThe ISO80 test is nice and clean, as is ISO100. Artefacts start to appear at ISO200 and the image is slightly darker, but this is of no concern. At ISO400 the noise suddenly becomes much more apparent and the shade of red is darker, but not appreciably. ISO800 is more noisy, and is very noticeable, but at least the sharpness is not affected.

ISO80 test ISO100 test
ISO200 test ISO400 test
ISO800 test

VerdictThe A710 IS offers something of a middle ground in terms of functionality. The 6x optical zoom is nice, but it's not a really telling feature, just good to have, and the image stabilisation works well with it. The resolution is good, but other in this kind of price range are now offering slightly more at 8Mp. Then again, for a compact, 7Mp is plenty and more is just overkill. The camera does offer a good deal of photographic control, even though the image quality is little better than average, and it only shoots sRGB as well.

However, it handles very well, and it's small and pocket sized, starts up reasonably quickly and can be used in situations where an unobtrusive camera is required. For portraits, the various flash options are all good, enabling pleasing results with a little effort.

While there isn't one single USP of the 710 that will have you racing for the shops, it's the combination of good handling, a raft of useful features and flexibility that makes it a worthy purchase.

Plus points:7Mp resolution2.5” LCDGood controlsLots of colour modes6x optical zoom1cm macro mode

Negative points: Only sRGBNot great range of exposure compensationImages bitty

FEATURES:HANDLING:PERFORMANCE:OVERALL:

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Canon PowerShot A710 IS Dijital Kamera İncelemeleri Tanıtım

Canon PowerShot A710 IS dijital kamera incelemesi : Canon yeni ürünler tanıttığında genellikle bu geniş bir ürün yelpazesi şeklinde oluyor ve bu tanıtımlarda bir seriyi neredeyse baştanbaşa bir kerede yeniliyor. Yeni ürünlerde bazen marjinal yeniliklere rastlarken bazen de gerçekten köklü yenilikler görüyoruz. Canon PowerShot A710 IS dijital kamera, dünyanın en büyük dijital görüntüleme etkinliği olan Photokina 2006 fuarından hemen önce A700 modelinin devamı olarak tanıtılmıştı. Canon A710 IS dijital fotoğraf makinesinin bir milyon piksel daha fazla çözünürlüğü, geliştirilmiş bir LCD ekranı ve görüntü sabitleme özelliği bulunuyor. Özellikle cihazın bu son özelliği son derece dikkate değer ve ilgi çekici bir gelişme.

Canon A710 IS - Optik görüntü sabitleyici Canon PowerShot A710 IS dijital kamera Canon’un A-serisindeki ürünleri arasında optik görüntü sabitleyici özelliğine sahip olan ilk kompakt model. Pentax’ın aksine, Canon’un görüntü sabitleme sisteminde görüntü algılayıcı sabit duruyor ve kompozisyonda hareket eden nesnelerin etkileri ve görüntüde bulanıklığa neden olan etmenler objektif bünyesinde gideriliyor. Cihaz bünyesindeki bir jiroskop bu hareketleri ölçümleyerek elde ettiği bilgileri saniyede 4000 sinyal hız ile özel bir işlemciye gönderiyor. Bilgiler bu işlemciye ulaştıklarında, kullanıcının elinden kaynaklanan istenmeyen hareketlerle kameradan kaynaklanan kullanılabilir hareketler olarak bir ayrıma tabi tutuluyor. Ardından işlemci objektif üzerindeki bir elemanı yönlendirerek gerekli düzeltmeleri gerçekleştiriyor. Kameranın görüntü sabitleyici sistemi kompozisyondaki nesnelerin hareketlerini değil sadece kullanıcı hareketlerinden kaynaklanan titremeleri düzeltiyor. Bu yüzden kompozisyondaki hareketli nesneleri sabit şekilde fotoğraflayabilmek için daha yüksek bir enstantane değeri kullanmalı ve ISO değerini 800’e yükseltmelisiniz.

Canon PowerShot A710IS - 6x optik zum objektif Canon PowerShot A710 IS dijital fotoğraf makinesi tıpkı A700 modelinde olduğu gibi 6x optik zum objektife sahip. Objektifin odak uzaklık değerleri 35-210mm (35mm fotoğrafçılık eşdeğeri) aralığında. Bu değerler oldukça iyi ancak yüksek telefoto değerlerindeki çekimlerde görüntü sabitleyici özelliğini kullanmak kesinlikle gerekli hale geliyor. A710 IS dijital kameranın geniş açı ve telefoto çekim yeteneği objektifine takılabilen konvertörler ile arttırılabiliyor. Canon’un A-serisi dijital kameraları her zaman için bol aksesuar desteği sunmuş ve başlangıç seviyesi fotoğrafseverlere uygun fiyat ve esnek çekim özellikleri sağlayarak (EOS) bir dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesine geçişleri için olası bir adım oluşturmuşlardır.

Canon PowerShot A710 IS - 2.5 inç LCD ekran Cihazın etkileyici özelliklerinden bir diğeri de arka yüzündeki geliştirilmiş yeni LCD ekran. LCD ekranlar gelişmelerini sürekli sürdürmekte ve Canon A710 kameranın LCD ekranı da sunduğu geniş görüş açısı ve 2.5 inç (6.35 cm) büyüklüğü ile bu gelişmelerden payını almış. Bu alandaki farklar kâğıt üzerinde pek o kadar büyük ve dikkat çekici olmamakla beraber, A710 IS dijital kamerayı önceki modellerden biri ile yan yana koyduğunuzda LCD ekranlarda ne kadar büyük bir yol alınmış olduğunu hemen fark ediyorsunuz. Artık fotoğraflarınızı her türlü ışık şartında çekebiliyorsunuz. LCD ekranın sağladığı geniş görüş açısı, sabit olmasının getirdiği dezavantajları da iyi kötü ortadan kaldırmış oluyor. “İyi kötü” ifadesini kullanıyoruz çünkü geniş görüş açısı sunsa da sabit LCD ekran ile sınırlı bir esneklik elde ediliyor.

Canon A710 IS - CCD görüntü algılayıcı & DIGIC II işlemci Kameranın görüntü algılayıcısının çözünürlüğü bir miktar arttırılmış. CCD görüntü algılayıcı artık 6 milyon yerine 7 milyon piksel çözünürlüğe sahip. Yüksek miktarda olmayan aradaki bu fark çok dikkat çekici de değil. Görüntü algılayıcıda elde edilen bilgiler DIGIC II görüntü işlemci sayesinde fotoğraf haline getiriliyor. Bu işlemci oldukça yaygın bir özellik haline gelmiş durumda ve hala şaşırtıcı sonuçlar üretiyor. Hiç şüphesiz ki Canon PowerShot A710 kameradan sonraki modeller ilk defa Canon G7 kamerada kullanılmış olan yeni DIGIC III işlemci ile donatılı olacaktır.

Canon PowerShot A710 IS incelemesi Canon’un A-serisi modelleri gerçekten hayranlık uyandıran ürünler. Bu serideki ürünler, ortalama seviyedeki kullanıcılara yönelik gerçek manada kompakt modellerle, G serisinde olduğu gibi deneyimli kullanıcılara yönelik kompakt modeller arasında yer alıyorlar. Canon PowerShot A710 IS dijital fotoğraf makinesi üst seviye modellerde bulunması gereken unsurlara sahip bir ürün. Birçok ayarını kendinize göre yapabildiğiniz A710 IS dijital kameranın bir optik vizörü dahi mevcut. Tüm bunlar bu kameranın geniş bir kullanıcı kitlesi için ideal bir model olmasını sağlıyor. A-serisinin gözde modeli olan Canon PowerShot A710 IS dijital fotoğraf makinesini tüm detaylarıyla sizler için test edip inceledik. Canon PowerShot A710 IS dijital kamera incelememizin detaylarını ilerleyen sayfalarda bulabilirsiniz.

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Canon PowerShot A710 IS Review

The PowerShot A710 IS ($399) has landed at the top of Canon's A-series lineup. The A710 is based on the A700 (surprise surprise), with its two big new features being optical image stabilization and a higher resolution sensor. Other features on the camera include a 2.5" LCD display, full manual controls, support for conversion lenses, and a VGA movie mode.

If you're confused about all the A-series models out there, you're not alone. Since it's my job to help people buy the right camera, I put together the chart below, which compares the various cameras:

Feature PowerShot A530 PowerShot A540 PowerShot A630 PowerShot A640 PowerShot A710 IS
Street price (at time of posting) $185 $247 $284 $385 $393
Resolution 5.0 MP 6.0 MP 8.0 MP 10.0 MP 7.1 MP
Optical zoom 4X 4X 4X 4X 6X
Lens max. aperture F2.6 - F5.5 F2.6 - F5.5 F2.8 - F4.1 F2.8 - F4.1 F2.8 - F4.8
Focal length (35 mm equiv.) 35 - 140 mm 35 - 140 mm 35 - 140 mm 35 - 140 mm 35 - 210 mm
Image stabilization No No No No Yes
LCD size 1.8" 2.5" 2.5" 2.5" 2.5"
Rotating LCD? No No Yes Yes No
Manual focus point selection No No Yes Yes Yes
Supports conversion lenses? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supports underwater case? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supports Remote Capture No No No Yes No
Battery used AA (2) AA (2) AA (4) AA (4) AA (2)
Battery life with 2500 mAh batteries (CIPA standard) 360 shots 360 shots 500 shots 500 shots 360 shots

Hope that helps!

Is the A710 a good choice for those who want something in-between a compact and ultra zoom camera? Find out right now!

What's in the Box?

The PowerShot A710 has an average bundle. Inside the box, you'll find:

  • The 7.1 effective Megapixel PowerShot A710 IS camera
  • 16MB Secure Digital card
  • Two AA alkaline batteries
  • Wrist strap
  • USB cable
  • A/V cable
  • CD-ROM featuring Canon Digital Camera Solution, Apple QuickTime, and drivers
  • 32 page basic manual + 137 page advanced manual (both printed)

Canon includes a 16MB memory card along with the A710, which is quite small for a 7MP camera (it holds just four photos at the highest quality setting). That means that you'll need to buy a memory card, which drives up the initial purchase price of the camera a bit. The A710 uses Secure Digital cards, including the new high capacity SDHC cards that are just now becoming available. I'd recommend picking up a 512MB card along with the camera. Buying a high speed card (50X or higher) is a good idea, as it does impact camera performance.

Like its predecessor (along with most of the other A-series cameras) the A710 uses two AA batteries. The alkalines that come in the box will quickly find their way into the trash, so you'll want to pick up a four pack of NiMH rechargeables plus a fast charger right away. Once you've got those installed, here's what kind of battery life you'll get out of the camera:

Camera Battery life, LCD on (CIPA standard) Battery used
Canon PowerShot A630/A640 500 shots 2500 mAh NiMH
Canon PowerShot A700 400 shots 2500 mAh NiMH
Canon PowerShot A710 IS * 360 shots 2500 mAh NiMH
Fuji FinePix F650 150 shots NP-40
Kodak EasyShare C875 250 shots Unknown NiMH
Nikon Coolpix L5 * 250 shots 2000 mAh NiMH
Olympus Stylus 750 * 190 shots LI-42B
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 * 390 shots Unknown NiMH
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 * 250 shots CGA-S007
Samsung Digimax L85 300 shots ** SLB-1237

* Has image stabilization ** Number not obtained using the CIPA standard

Battery life numbers are provided by the manufacturer

As you can see, adding image stabilization reduced the battery life by about 10% on the A710 when compared to its predecessor. Even at this new, lower number, it's still above average compared to other cameras in this class.

As you may know, I'm a big fan of cameras that use AA batteries. They're cheaper than their proprietary counterparts, and you can buy off-the-shelf batteries when your rechargeables die.

As you can see, there's a built-in lens cover on the A710 IS, so there's no clumsy lens cap to worry about.

Like all cameras in the PowerShot A-series, the A710 has plenty of optional accessories. They include:

Accessory Model # Price Why you want it
Wide-angle lens WC-DC58N From $119 Brings the wide end of the lens down by 0.7X to 24.5 mm; requires conversion lens adapter
Telephoto lens TC-DC58N From $93 Boosts focal range by 1.75X to a whopping 368 mm; requires conversion lens adapter
Close-up lens 250D (58 mm) From $72 Lets you shoot close-ups between 18 and 25 cm away, even at the telephoto end of the lens; requires conversion lens adapter
Conversion lens adapter LA-DC58G $22 Required for conversion lenses; threaded for 58 mm accessories as well
External slave flash HF-DC1 From $85 Boosts flash range and reduces redeye; since it's a slave flash, the DC1 fires when the onboard flash does
Waterproof case WP-DC6 From $168 Take your camera up to 40 meters underwater
AC adapter ACK800 From $31 Power the camera without wasting your batteries
Rechargeable battery kit CBK4-300 From $37 Includes four 2500 mAh batteries and a charger

That's quite a selection for a fairly low-priced camera!

ImageBrowser (Mac OS X)

Canon includes version 29 of their Digital Camera Solution software package with the PowerShot A710. The main applications are the ImageBrowser/ZoomBrowser "twins" that come with all PowerShot models. ImageBrowser is for the Mac, while ZoomBrowser is for Windows PCs. The Mac version is not Universal (Intel native). The A710 does not support Remote Capture, either.

After you download photos via the CameraWindow application, you'll end up with the screen above, which has a standard-issue thumbnail view. Photos can be organized, printed, and e-mailed from this screen.

Double-click on a thumbnail and you'll bring up the edit window. Editing functions include trimming, redeye removal, and the ability to adjust levels, color, brightness, sharpness, and the tone curve.

ImageBrowser - MovieEdit Task (Mac OS X)

The MovieEdit task lets you take your movie clips, add effects and transitions, and then save the results as a single movie.

PhotoStitch (Mac OS X)

A separate program known as PhotoStitch is used to put the photos you took in the Stitch Assist mode into one giant panorama. The interface is simple, the process takes minutes, and the results are impressive, as you can see.

The A710's documentation comes in several parts. You get a basic manual to get you up and running, and an advanced manual for more complex camera features. There's also a separate manual for the bundled software. While the manuals aren't what I'd call pleasure reading, they will answer any question that may come up about the camera.

Look and Feel

The PowerShot A710 is basically a sleeker version of the A700 that came before it. The body is made of a mix of metal and plastic, and it feels pretty solid. There's a decent-sized grip for your right hand, and the important controls are within easy reach of your fingers.

Now, here's a look at how the A710 compares with some of the competition in terms of size and weight:

Camera Dimensions (W x H x D, excluding protrusions) Volume (bulk) Mass (empty)
Canon PowerShot A630 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.9 in. 21.2 cu in. 245 g
Canon PowerShot A700 3.7 x 2.6 x 1.7 in. 16.4 cu in. 200 g
Canon PowerShot A710 IS 3.8 x 2.6 x 1.6 in. 15.8 cu in. 210 g
Fujifilm FinePix F650 4.1 x 2.4 x 1.2 in. 11.8 cu in. 170 g
Kodak EasyShare C875 3.6 x 2.5 x 1.4 in. 12.6 cu in. 177 g
Nikon Coolpix L5 3.6 x 2.4 x 1.8 in. 15.6 cu in. 170 g
Olympus FE-200 3.9 x 2.4 x 1.1 in. 10.3 cu in. 155 g
Olympus Stylus 750 3.8 x 2.1 x 1.0 in. 8 cu in. 120 g
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 3.9 x 2.4 x 1.8 in. 16.8 cu in. 186 g
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.6 in. 16.2 cu in. 234 g
Samsung Digimax L85 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.1 in. 11.8 cu in. 190 g

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Canon PowerShot A710 IS – description

Canon PowerShot A710 IS - point and shoot camera

The elegant A710 IS is fully equipped to help busy families capture and hold onto special memories. You'll get up on the stage and down on the field with a powerful 6x optical zoom, and Canon's Image Stabilizer Technology will keep your images clear and sharp at every point in the zoom - even in low light. Excellent 7.1 megapixel resolution, easy high-tech operability and a load of creative shooting modes will keep the fun - and great images - coming.

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Canon PowerShot A710 IS - description in other languages

Canon PowerShot A710 IS - basics

Sensor resolutionSensor typeAspect ratio of sensorRemote Control Self-timer Connectivity
7.1 megapixels
CCD
4:3
no
yes
USB2
The number of photographs you can take without additional charging (based on CIPA tests): 360

Canon PowerShot A710 IS - exposure, ISO, focus, flash

Manual exposure modeShutter priority modeAperture priority modeShutter speedExposure compensation Noise reduction ISO rangeManual ISO settings Continuous shooting (JPG)Manual focus Auto focus (AF) lock AF assist lamp Built-in flash Flash accessory shoe
Fully automatic exposure (AE) is supported.
yes
yes
yes
Bulb (B) - this shutter speed mode isn't supported
1/2000 - 15 s
yes, 1/3 EV steps
The exposure lock is supported.
yes
80-800
is possible
max. 2 photographs per second
is supported
is supported
yes
White balance manual setting is supported.
yes
yes

Canon PowerShot A710 IS - optics, lens and viewfinder

Optical stabilization LensDigital zoomOptical zoomLens speedLens focal length(35 mm equivalent)
is possible
Canon
max 4x
max 6x
2.8 - 4.8
35 - 210 mm

Canon PowerShot A710 IS - video

Sound recording Resolution x-axisResolution y-axisFPSVideo output
yes
640 pixels
480 pixels
30
PAL, NTSC

Canon PowerShot A710 IS - storage, lcd

Memory cardsPhotographs resolutionPhotographs formatSaving as JPEG+RAW LCD resolutionLCD sizeTwist LCD Histogram
Secure digital, Multi Media Card
(L)3072 x 2304, (M1)2592 x 1944, (M2)2048 x 1536, (M3)1600 x 1200, (S)640 x 480, (W) 3072 x 1728, (Tisk data pohlednice) 1600 x 1200. pixels
jpeg
isn't supported
115000 pixels
6.25 cm
no
yes

Canon PowerShot A710 IS - physical

SizeWeight
97.5 x 66 x 41 milimeters
210 grams

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Canon Powershot A710 IS Digital Camera Review

Canon’s new Powershot A710 IS digital camera – The Mini Gee delivers 

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A few years back Canon’s design team responded to a major challenge; create a basic, inexpensive, easy to use, high performance digital camera that would appeal to a broad market demographic.   The result was Canon’s “A” series; a group of digicams that adopted features and technology from Canon’s upscale “S” and “G” series models and packaged them in a practical and rather dowdy uni-body.  “A” series digital cameras have provided very good performance, superb ergonomics, best-in-class functionality and usability, tough as nails durability, and reliably excellent image quality since the introduction of the groundbreaking little A20 in 2001.  The new A710 IS is the first “A” model to feature optical image stabilization (OIS). 

NUTS & BOLTS

Viewfinder/LCD

The A710 IS’s tunnel style coupled real-image optical viewfinder is sharp, fairly bright, and imminently useable – but it is a little squinty and only covers a bit more than eighty percent of the image frame. There’s no diopter adjustment for eyeglasses wearers.

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The A710 IS’s 2.5" low-resolution (115,000 pixels) TFT LCD screen is a bit grainy, but it is relatively sharp, bright, hue (color) correct, and fluid. It automatically boosts gain in dim/low light and provides a very useful playback histogram display that converts the image area into a graphic readout of the tonal distribution in captured images. 

Zoom

The A710 IS features an f2.8-f4.8/5.8mm-34.8mm (35-210mm 35mm equivalent) all glass 6X zoom. When the camera is powered up the lens extends automatically and when the camera is powered down the zoom is fully retracted into the camera body and a built in iris style lens cover closes to protect it.

The A710 IS’s zoom exhibits moderate barrel distortion (straight lines bow out from the center) at the wide-angle end of the zoom range, but there is no visible pin cushioning (straight lines bow in toward the center) at the telephoto end of the zoom.  There is some very minor softness in the corners, but no visible vignetting (dark corners).  Chromatic aberration (purple fringing) is well controlled, but visible in high contrast color transition areas. The A710 IS’s zoom is relatively fast and fairly quiet.

(view medium image) (view large image) This shot demonstrates the A710 IS’s impressive macro capabilities

Auto Focus (AF)

The A710 IS features the same dependable TTL Contrast Detection 9 focus point AiAF (Advanced intelligent Auto Focus) system as Canon’s other digicams. In all automatic exposure modes the camera defaults to the AiAF system which analyzes the scene in front of the camera and then calculates camera to subject distance to determine which of the 9 AF points is closest to the primary subject and then automatically locks focus on that AF point (closest subject priority), even when the subject is not centered in the viewfinder. Users can also turn off the AiAF and default to the center focus point for classic portraits or traditional landscapes. In aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual mode, the A710 IS utilizes Canon’s proprietary Flexizone AF which defaults to the center focus point or permits users to manually shift that AF point around the central two thirds of the frame for maximum compositional control.

The A710 IS also provides auto focus bracketing (AFB). With a single push of the shutter button, the camera captures three exposures in rapid succession marginally shifting the focus for each (one just slightly in front of the optimum focus point, one at the optimum focus distance, and one just slightly behind the optimum focus point), virtually guaranteeing at least one correctly focused image, even in tricky lighting. The focus distance interval can be adjusted, allowing for exact spacing and precise focus no matter what sort of image is being shot.  The A710 IS’s auto focus is very fast and consistently accurate, essentially real time with pre-focusing and almost instantaneous from scratch.

Manual Focus (MF)

The A710 IS permits users to turn off the AF system and focus manually. The A710 IS’s MF mode utilizes a fairly standard distance/scale (stepped scale focusing) method.  It is not very quick or particularly easy to use, but it does provide users with a bit more control when critical focusing is important. In MF mode focus is adjusted incrementally (using the up/down buttons on the compass switch).  The camera superimposes a distance scale on the LCD screen for focusing accuracy and the center of the image is enlarged as an aid to determining precise focus.

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

The A710 IS’s optical image stabilization system automatically compensates for camera movement by gyroscopically shifting lens elements to counter the effects of shaky hands.  OIS allows photographers to shoot at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would have been possible without OIS.  For example, if a shutter speed of 1/500th of a second is required to avoid the effects of camera shake (without OIS) a digicam with OIS can capture a reasonably sharp image of the same subject, everything else being equal, at 1/60th of a second.  OIS provides an especially important benefit when shooting handheld outdoors in good light at full telephoto – where even the slightest camera movement is magnified exponentially.  Image stabilization can also be very helpful when shooting indoors – where higher shutter speeds may not be possible or would result in dark images with poor shadow/highlight detail. In addition, image stabilization combined with higher sensitivity settings dramatically increases exposure options in low/natural light and dimly lit indoor venues where flash is prohibited.  The A710 IS provides three IS modes: Continuous (IS is on full time), ‘Shoot only’ (IS is only activated when the picture is taken) and Panning (IS only stabilizes up and down motion) for horizontally panned exposures.  Full-time IS dramatically shortens battery life – the shoot only mode uses much less battery power.

(view medium image) (view large image) OIS on (shoot only mode) at maximum telephoto

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Flash

The A710 IS’s built-in multi mode flash is a fairly standard unit. Flash options include: Auto (fires when needed), On (fill flash), Red-Eye Reduction, and off. Canon claims maximum flash range is just over 11 feet, but real-world (effective) flash range is about 8-10 feet. The A710 IS also provides limited flash compensation capability via the flash output setting (low, medium, or high). There’s no hot shoe for external flash units, but Canon’s optional HF-DC1 auto (slave) flash unit extends coverage down to 28mm and maximum flash range to about 30 feet.

Like virtually all compact digicams the A710 IS’s weak built-in flash is positioned too close to and on essentially the same axis as the lens, so redeye is going to be an ongoing problem.  A710 IS users can generally defeat redeye by disabling the flash and turning on the IS system – three extra stops (slower shutter speed) should cover most lighting situations and naturally lit portraits always look better than harshly lit flash portraits.  The built-in flash is basically useless in tight (closer than 12 inches) macro shooting. Recycle time for the A710 IS’s built-in flash (with fresh batteries) is between 5 and 7 seconds – and that’s pretty slow.

Memory Media

The A710 IS saves images to Secure Digital (or MMC) memory media.  Canon includes a 16MB starter SD card.  A710 IS purchasers should factor the price of a much larger SD card (512MB minimum) into their final cost calculations. 

Image File Format(s)

JPEG

Connectivity

USB 2.0 High Speed, A/V out, and DC in

Power

The A710 IS, like its predecessor, is powered by two (2) alkaline, NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride), or lithium AA cells. I used the A710 IS heavily for almost a month under a variety of conditions mostly in Auto or Program mode with shoot only IS always engaged. The optical viewfinder was used almost exclusively for composition and the LCD screen was used primarily for review. The A710 IS is (according to Canon) good for 360 shots with full time LCD use and up to 900 shots using the optical viewfinder – when high capacity rechargeable NiMH AA’s are loaded. The A710 IS’s power management is remarkably good.  I got 71 exposures with the included alkalines before they bit the dust and while I didn’t keep precise track of the exposures captured with a pair of 2300 mAh NiMH rechargeable AA batteries, I never ran out of juice.

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EXPOSURE

The A710 IS recycles the versatile, effective, and remarkably simple auto exposure system that’s made “A” series digicams so popular with consumers. Exposure options include Auto (Point and Shoot mode), Program (Auto exposure with user input), Aperture Priority mode, Shutter Priority mode, and full manual mode. Shooters can also opt for the A710 IS’s Scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, and Stitch Assist/panorama plus Special (SCN) Scene modes including Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, and Underwater). Canon’s exclusive iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology produces consistently very good to excellent exposures in all scene modes. The camera instantly matches the scene in front of the lens with an on-board database of known scene types and just before the image is recorded, compares that information with the specific scene’s subject distance, white balance, contrast, dynamic range, lighting, and color and then automatically optimizes all exposure parameters (aperture, shutter speed, white balance, sensitivity, etc.) for the specific image type selected.

(view medium image) (view large image) This grab shot of a couple street musicians presented no difficulty for the A710 IS (Program mode, shoot only IS, and optical viewfinder)

Movie Mode

A710 IS users can record video clips (with mono audio) at 640×480 @ 30 fps with duration limited to 1GB (about 8 minutes). The A710 IS can also record up to 60 seconds of fast frame rate QVGA (60 fps) video clips and several lower resolution video options. Consumers seeking more comprehensive video options should check out the (DIGIC III equipped) SD800 IS, SD900, and G7 which permit recording up to 4GB/1 hour video clips. The A710 IS provides a voice-notation mode that allows users to add audio notes (up to 60 seconds). 

Metering

The A710 IS’s default evaluative metering system is consistently accurate in all but the most difficult lighting, but there is a very slight tendency toward over-exposure. Like all Canon digicams, the A710 IS’s evaluative/default metering system is calibrated to preserve shadow detail at the expense of highlight detail.  That built-in exposure bias results in occasional clipping (burnt out highlights).  Newbie photographers won’t have to worry about metering, as long as they stay in Auto or Program mode and more experienced photographers can opt for either Spot metering or Center-weighted Averaging metering for more demanding/creative compositions. When Spot metering is enabled, the metering spot can be set to the center of the frame or linked to the active Flexizone AF point, allowing the photographer to meter on the spot location that coincides with the most important element of the composition (like the eyes in a head and shoulders portrait) and link the camera’s AF system to that same spot — a very useful option.

White Balance (WB)

The A710 IS provides both beginners and experienced users with an adequate selection of white balance options. WB settings include TTL Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, and a custom WB (manual) mode.  The custom WB (manual) mode allows more experienced shooters to use a white card (or white wall or ceiling) to insure accurate color by adjusting WB to match ambient lighting. In good outdoor lighting the A710 IS’s auto white balance setting works almost perfectly – colors are hue accurate and slightly oversaturated. Indoors or in dimmer lighting the A710 IS’s Auto WB setting is a bit less accurate – colors flatten out noticeably and hue (color accuracy) is occasionally a bit “off” – Auto WB exposures captured under incandescent (tungsten) lighting show a warm slightly orangish color cast.

Sensitivity (ISO)

The A710 IS provides an excellent range of sensitivity options including Auto, High ISO Auto, and user selectable settings for 80,100, 200, 400, and 800 ISO.  The tiny high pixel density sensors found in most digicams generate more image noise than larger less crowded sensors, like those found in dSLRs. Built-in noise reduction (NR) blurs away the worst of image noise, but it also blurs away image detail (check hair in portraits, pet fur in snapshots, and foliage in scenics) – so digicam designers must balance managing visible noise with preserving fine detail.  Canon’s approach to noise reduction is to preserve detail first and eliminate noise second so Canon digicam images “look” a bit softer than those produced by the digicams of some other OEMs.  Canon images can be sharpened, post exposure, with preserved detail intact – but once detail is lost (via NR) it can’t be recovered.

Images shot at ISO 80 looked best, with extremely low noise levels – ISO 100 images are identical to those shot at ISO 80, there is no discernible difference.  At the ISO 200 setting noise levels begin to rise a bit, but the images are still very good to excellent. ISO 400 images are noticeably noisy, but still usable (up to 5×7 inches) with lots of detail. ISO 800 images were better than expected, but way too noisy and a little soft.

(view medium image) (view large image) This ISO 400 image was shot indoors under mixed artificial lighting and heavy-overcast early evening daylight. There is some minor color shift (reds are a bit flat and cooler than they should be) in addition to the overall graininess and noticeable chromatic aberration (purple fringing). 

In-Camera Image Adjustment

In-camera image adjustment options are often overlooked by casual digicam purchasers, but more advanced shooters know the ability to make subtle color/contrast/sharpness adjustments “in-camera” is an effective way to overcome minor exposure problems. A710 IS users can tweak contrast, hue (color), saturation (color intensity), and sharpening.  The A710’s "My Colors" mode provides several creative color options: Positive Film (mimics slide film color, saturation, and contrast), Neutral Film (mimics print film color, saturation, and contrast), Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Color accent (shifts images to B&W, except for one user selected color), color swap (allows users to switch one color for another), custom color (users can adjust color balance for red, green, blue, and skin tones +/-2 arbitrary steps in 1 step increments), and Photo effects (vivid or neutral color saturation, low sharpening, sepia, and B&W).

Very light or very dark subjects can trick light metering systems into underexposing or overexposing images. The A710 IS’s exposure compensation function allows users to subtly adjust exposure parameters over a 4 EV range (+/-2 EV in 1/3 EV increments) to compensate for difficult lighting and subject/background reflectance/non-reflectance problems or to compensate for environmental exposure variables (by quickly and easily lightening or darkening images).

CONTROLS, DESIGN, ENGINEERING, & ERGONOMICS

The A710 IS is a very traditional looking little camera, a bit larger, smoother edged, and slightly less chunky than the A700 it replaces.  It features a polycarbonate body shell (with a nice handgrip) over a metal alloy frame. "A" series Canon’s are well known for their practical control layouts and the A710 IS doesn’t deviate from that winning formula – controls are logically placed and all shooting functions are easily accessed (the most commonly changed functions are accessed directly via the FUNC menu).

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Though it lacks the really long zoom of Canon’s superb S3 IS, the fashionable pocketability of Canon’s diminutive SD900, and the near pro performance of the new G7 – the Canon Powershot A710 IS is one of the most impressive general use digital cameras introduced recently and easily the most remarkable “A” series digicam introduced to date.  Experienced photographers will have no problem using the A710 IS right out of the box – beginners should be able to shoot consistently decent images after a short familiarization run with the camera and a quick scan of the user’s manual.

Technical Specifications

  • Resolution: 7 Megapixels (3072 x 2304)
  • Viewfinders: 2.5” LCD screen and Real Image coupled optical viewfinder
  • Zoom: f2.8-f4.8/5.8mm-34.8mm (35-210mm 35mm equivalent) all glass 6X zoom
  • Auto Focus: 9 AF point AiAF
  • Manual Focus: Yes
  • Flash: Built-in Multi-mode
  • Exposure: Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual mode, and Movie mode
  • Metering: Evaluative, Center-weighted, & Spot
  • Exposure compensation: Yes +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV increments
  • White balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, & Custom
  • Sensitivity: Auto, Hi ISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, & 800 ISO 
  • Image Storage Media: SD/MMC
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0HS, AV/out, & DC in
  • Power: 2 AA batteries
  • MSRP – $399.99
  • Street Price Range – $279.00 – $399.00 (average “street” price should stabilize somewhere between $250.00 and $300.00 by late Spring or early Summer)

Included

16MB SD card, 2 AA Alkaline batteries, wrist strap, USB & A/V cables, software CD’s, printed manuals.

Optional

Canon Battery charger and rechargeable AA NiMH batteries, AC Adapter, Lens Adapter (permits the use of 58mm filters and accessories), supplemental lenses (wide, macro, & Tele), Waterproof case, HF-DC1 slave flash, and soft camera case.

PERFORMANCE

Image Quality

The A710 IS’s dynamic range is impressive for a P&S compact digicam and image quality is dependably very good to excellent.  Images (with IS engaged) are reasonably sharp, and contrast is balanced – with highlights and shadow detail preserved nicely.  Colors are hue accurate, bold, and slightly over saturated, but never garish. Noise management is very good at ISO 80/100 and better than average across the rest of the A710 IS’s sensitivity range.  Image quality faults include a slight tendency toward over exposure, some highlight clipping, and minor chromatic aberration (purple fringing) in high contrast color transition areas – minor chroma noise (blotching) is visible in brightly lit scenes with lots of sky.  Shutter Lag/Timing

The A710 IS is a very quick digital camera, equal to or faster than any other camera in its class and faster than some more expensive digicams. Start up time is under two seconds, which is pretty snappy for a digicam that must extend a 6X zoom. Shutter lag is basically a non-issue with the optical viewfinder, but using the LCD screen as a viewfinder will add just enough lag (when shooting action) to require the shooter to anticipate the peak moment by about a quarter of a second.  The zoom needs about 3.0 – 3.5 seconds to travel from the widest setting to the maximum telephoto setting. AF lag is typically less than one second in good light and shutter fire is essentially "real time" with pre-focus. Shot-to-shot times are also noticeably better than average (1.5 –2.0 seconds), but if the flash is used shot to shot times extend to 8-10 seconds. Write to card times are very quick (less than 1 second for a 7 megapixel Super Fine JPEG) even when using a standard SD card – hi-speed cards will lower write to card times slightly.

(view medium image) (view large image) This action shot demonstrates the A710 IS’s ability to capture the decisive moment – (program mode, shoot only IS, and optical viewfinder).

A Few Concerns

The A710 IS’s faults are remarkably few – the price is a bit high (especially for an “A” series digicam), red-eye will be an ongoing problem for informal/environmental/street portrait shooters, the on-board flash is a slow to re-cycle, the 6X zoom exhibits some noticeable corner softness, and there is some very minor chromatic aberration visible in high contrast color transition areas.  There is a slight but consistent tendency toward over-exposure in bright outdoor lighting in all Auto modes. 

Conclusion

The A710 IS retains everything that made the A700 a best buy digicam and adds the one element that was missing; optical image stabilization – making an already excellent digicam substantially better. I’ve used every “A” series Canon digicam since the A20 and I’ve enjoyed all of them for their winning combination of usability, practicality, functionality, dependability, durability, and excellent performance for price ratio.  The A710 IS is an almost ideal general use digital camera that will appeal to everyone from beginners and casual shooters to advanced amateurs and even pros looking for a dependable high-performance personal pocket camera. It’s like a mini S3 IS with a big dose of G7 attitude. The A710 IS is my hands-down favorite digital camera of 2006, and I predict consumers will buy this digicam in amazing numbers. 

Pros

7 megapixels, 2.5" LCD screen, 6X optical zoom, full manual controls, and AA batteries

Cons

Slow/weak flash, some corner softness, a slight tendency toward over exposure, and minor chromatic aberration (purple fringing)

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Canon Powershot A710 IS Review

Canon Powershot A710 IS Review

Review Date: October 28th 2006

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Introduction

The Canon Powershot A710 IS is a 7 megapixel compact digital camera with a 2.5 inch LCD screen and optical viewfinder. For the first time ever on a Canon A-Series compact, the A710 features image stabilizer technology to help combat camera-shake. Canon have also extended the optical zoom lens to 6x, giving an effective focal length of 35-210mm. Under the surface, the Canon Powershot A710 IS uses the same advanced DIGIC II processor as the company's digital SLR cameras for fast performance and image processing. There are 14 different scene modes on offer for beginners and more advanced Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority and Manual shooting modes for those who desire greater control. VGA movies at 30fps, a My Colors mode that allows special in-camera colour effects, and PictBridge, USB 2 and AA battery support complete the specification. So does the Canon Powershot A710 IS carry on the good name of previous A-Series Canon compacts? Read our latest review to find out.

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Features

The Canon Powershot A710 IS has a 7.1 megapixel, 1/2.5 inch CCD that delivers 6.0 effective megapixels. There are 3 image quality size settings available (Superfine, Fine and Normal) and 6 image size settings ((L)3072 x 2304, (M1)2592 x 1944, (M2)2048 x 1536, (M3)1600 x 1200, (S)640 x 480, (W) 3072 x 1728, (Postcard Date Imprint) 1600 x 1200) which are recorded as JPEGs. There are no RAW or TIFF formats. The camera's 6x optical zoom lens is equivalent to a 35-210mm lens on a 35mm format camera. There is also a 4x digital zoom should you feel the need to use it. It also features Canon's optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology to counteract camera shake with 3 different modes available (Continuous, Shooting and Panning). The camera is supplied with a 16Mb Secure Digital (SD) Card and also supports MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory cards.

The Canon Powershot A710 IS offers Auto, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE and Manual exposure modes plus 14 different scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Stitch Assist, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Color Accent, Color Swap). The maximum aperture is f2.8 (wide) – f4.8 (tele), and the shutter speed range is 15 secs. – 1/2000 sec. There are 5 ISO speeds ranging from 80 to 800 and an Auto option. There are 6 different White Balance presets to choose from (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater), plus Auto and Custom settings. The camera offers exposure compensation in ± 2 in 1/3 EV stops and an auto-exposure lock function which operates when the shutter button is pressed half-way. The Canon Powershot A710 IS offers 3 different auto-exposure metering options - Evaluative, Centre-weighted average and Spot (centre or linked to focusing frame).

The Canon Powershot A710 IS has a normal shooting mode, Self-timer (2 secs. 10 secs. or Custom) and a Continuous mode, which allows you take up to 1.7 frames/sec until the memory card is full. There are a number of different My Colors photo effects on offer (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Positive Film, Vivid Blue, Vivid Red, Vivid Green, Custom Color). The Macro setting allows you to focus on subjects that are as close as 1cm. The camera offers 2 auto-focusing systems - 9-point AiAF and 1-point AF (any position is available or fixed centre) and you can also manually select an auto-focus point using FlexiZone AF/AE. The built-in flash offers 5 different modes (Auto, On, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro and Off). The flash range is 55cm-3.5m (W) / 2.5m (T). Second Curtain Synchronisation, an AF assist beam, flash compensation of +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments and Flash Exposure Lock are all available. Noise reduction is automatically applied to exposures greater than 1.3 seconds.

To compose your images, you can use the LCD monitor or the optical viewfinder. The Canon Powershot A710 IS has a 2.5 inch colour TFT LCD monitor which has 115,000 pixels and which offers 100% scene coverage. The Canon Powershot A710 IS can record movies with sound at (L)640 x 480 at 30/15fps, (M)320 x 240 at 60/30/15fps and (S)160 x 120 at 15fps. Video is recorded in the AVI Motion JPEG format. The length of the video is limited to Up to 1GB or 1 hour (L and M, 30/15fps) or up to 1 minute (M, 60fps) or up to 3 minutes (S). You can also attach a 60 second or less sound clip to an image. A histogram is available in playback mode. The Canon Powershot A710 IS supports the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) and PictBridge printing standards, and it connects to a computer via USB 2.0.

The Canon Powershot A710 IS's dimensions are 97.5 (W) x 66.5 (D) x 41.2 (H) mm, and it weighs 210g without the battery and storage card fitted. The camera is powered by 2x AA Alkaline or NiMH batteries or an optional AC Adapter. There is a plastic tripod mount in the left corner of the bottom of the camera.

Finally, the standard box kit contains 2x AA Alkaline batteries, AV Cable, USB Cable, Wrist Strap, 16Mb SD Memory Card and a CD-ROM containing Canon software (ZoomBrowser EX, ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch, TWAIN Driver, ArcSoft PhotoStudio). Note that you can only store 5 images at the highest quality setting on the supplied 16Mb memory card. You will therefore need to invest in some more memory cards to store your images on.

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