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Canon PowerShot A70 3 Megapixels and Smaller
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
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.
Price Paid: $299.00
Purchased At: Best Buy
Similar Products Used: Fuji
Submitted by Las B a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2004
Different settings when taking pictures, such as black and white, sephia.
Weaknesses: The memory card door and the battery door looks flimsy.
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.
Price Paid: $300.00
Purchased At: Office Max
Similar Products Used: Kodac DC3200
Submitted by Richard a Expert
Date Reviewed: January 15, 2004
Strengths: Features for the price
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
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.
Price Paid: $275.00
Purchased At: B&H
Similar Products Used: First digital but was using an Olympus Stylus Epic 80
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.
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.
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.
Price Paid: $408.00
Purchased At: Visions Electronics,
Similar Products Used: None
Submitted by darrelh a Professional from Eagle River AK
Date Reviewed: January 2, 2004
Weaknesses: -None really.
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.
Price Paid: $300.00
Purchased At: BestBuy
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