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Canon PowerShot A70 3 Megapixels and Smaller

4.48/5 (27 Reviews)


  • Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution3.2 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom3x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens35 - 105 mm
    Digital Zoom3.2x
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Focus Range18 in. to Infinity (w) / 10 in. to Infinity (t)
    Macro Focus Range2 - 18 in. (w) / 10 - 18 in. (t)
    Focal Length5.4 - 16.2 mm
    Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 2048 x 1536 • 1600 x 1200 • 1024 x 768
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA) • 640 x 480 (VGA) • 160 x 120
    Video Speed15 fps
    Max Movie Length180 Seconds
    Video FormatAVI
    Aperture Rangef4.8/f16.2 (w/t) - f2.8 (w)
    Shutter Speed15 - 1/2000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset)
    Frames Per Second2.2 Frames
    Memory TypeCompactFlash Card Type I • CompactFlash Card Type II
    Compression ModesFine • SuperFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG
    File Size (High Res.)1.56 MB (82 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.08 MB (about 1,600 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 50 • 100 • 200 • 400
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash
    ViewfinderOptical (Through-the-lens)
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size1.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution78,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery Type4 x AA Batteries
    Battery Life250 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Mp3 Built In
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Tripod MountWith Tripod Mount
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS 9 • Apple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows 98 • Microsoft Windows 98SE • Microsoft Windows ME • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Width3.98 in.
    Depth1.24 in.
    Height2.52 in.
    Weight0.47 lb.
    Warranty1 Year
    Exterior ColorSilver
    Included Accessories4 x AA Batteries • Software • USB Cable • Video Cable • Hand Strap • 16 MB Memory Card
    MPN000664198
    Product ID20691342

Product Description

  • Sensor: 3.2 megapixel CCD
  • Max resolution: 2048x1536 pixels
  • Lens: 5.4–6.2mm f/2.8-4.8 (35mm equiv: 35–105mm) w. 3.2x digital zoom
  • 5 selectable autofocus points
  • Exposure: Program AE w. Exposure compensation
  • Selectable white balance
  • ISO: auto/ ISO 50/ 100/ 200/ 400
  • Movie mode
  • Storage media: CompactFlash Type I
  • Interface: USB


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by frank2 a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: December 21, 2004

    Strengths:    uses std AA batteries, easy to use, durable, manual override controls, good multi-frame speed, cost vs. features is hard to beat.

    Weaknesses:    the control dial moves when taking it in and out of the case, it did have to go in for service because of the lens retract problem but Canon fixed it no charge

    Bottom Line:   
    It's a great camera for what bought it for. Throw it in a jersey pocket or backpack and it there when I need it. I've taken several thousand photos with it over the last couple years. It's light enough, easy to use, and the controls allow for different photo types.

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    Price Paid:    $299.00

    Purchased At:   Best Buy

    Similar Products Used:   Fuji



    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Las B a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: January 22, 2004

    Strengths:    Zoom
    Different settings when taking pictures, such as black and white, sephia.
    Battery life


    Weaknesses:    The memory card door and the battery door looks flimsy.

    Bottom Line:   
    We decided to buy this camera after a lot of research on the internet. Almost all the reviews were that this was a great camera and i've been pretty happy with it. It took great pictures and I loved the little video mode. Get a bigger memory card because the 16mb will do nothing.

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    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Office Max

    Similar Products Used:   Kodac DC3200



    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Richard a Expert

    Date Reviewed: January 15, 2004

    Strengths:    Features for the price

    Sharp lens

    Pretty solid for a "plasticam". It's not all metal as the ads would lead you to believe

    I love the fact that it takes AA batteries and that it seems not to be very battery-hungry. I'm using NiMH rechargeables and highly recommend them. Try the ones from Powerex


    Weaknesses:    The battery and CF card doors don't look like they're going to last very long

    It's a little on the heavy side due to the 4 AA batteries but that's just a tradeoff for getting the battery life and easily available replacements

    The crummy little 16mb card that comes with the camera is pretty much useless. Get yourself at 256mb and never look back

    Software is just so-so. Pretty much the same as all the others


    Bottom Line:   
    I've been using Nikon film SLRs for nearly 30 years but this is my first digital camera of any kind.

    After much research, I decided on this model due to its features and price.

    Although a Nikon user, I couldn't find anything from Nikon that offered as much as this Canon model did for anywhere near the price.

    I've had it about a month and taken several hundred shots. Given it's limitations, I have to say that I'm very satisfied with the results.

    The pictures are sharp enough to go to 8 1/2x11 although 5X7 is a lot sharper.

    While I don't plan on going entirely digital (at least not yet) I've given up shooting print film and using the Canon A70 as my basic point & shoot camera for family photos, etc.

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    Price Paid:    $275.00

    Purchased At:   B&H

    Similar Products Used:   First digital but was using an Olympus Stylus Epic 80



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Merle a Beginner

    Date Reviewed: January 14, 2004

    Strengths:    Fully manual capable
    Ability to use canon lenses (Although I haven't yet, so don't know how well they will work.
    AA batteries
    video mode


    Weaknesses:    Easy to bump the shooting mode dial when pulling camera out of case. I have ruined a few pictures when the camera was not in Auto as I expected.

    Bottom Line:   
    I looked at a lot of cameras before narrowing it down to this one. I really like the manual features, although I don't use them much yet. The purchase price was excellent ($408 CDN)

    The macro mode is excellent, provided you manually focus. Auto focus has a hard time locking on if you are much closer than 5 inches. In manual focus, I found I could get within 1 inch. You have to manually turn off the flash for such close pictures.

    Pictures are very clear. One word of warning, don't use portrait mode on young children, as the childs movements blur the picture. Better use action, or fully automatic.

    The batteries are great. 4AA will easily fill 128M card, even if deleting a lot of pictures that you don't like.

    My previous camera was fixed focus, so I have had a hard time getting action shots in focus. When I got the camera to focus, my timing with shooting was off, and I missed my moment. I'm not sure if this is a problem unique to this camera, or all auto focus cameras, since I haven't used them.

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    Price Paid:    $408.00

    Purchased At:   Visions Electronics,

    Similar Products Used:   None



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by darrelh a Professional from Eagle River AK

    Date Reviewed: January 2, 2004

    Strengths:    -Size
    -Image Quality
    -Custom Features
    -Battery life


    Weaknesses:    -None really.

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this camera so I could have a point and shoot to bring with friends and family when I don't feel like hauling 30 pounds of equipment. For what I want it for, this is a great camera. Small, easy to use, lots of extra functions, custom controls, and great battery life are just some of this camera's strengths.

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    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   BestBuy

    Similar Products Used:   -Canon 10D
    -Canon 17-40 f4 L
    -Canon 70-200 F4 L
    -Canon 50 F1:4
    -Sigma 24 F1:8





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