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Canon PowerShot A720 IS 8 to 10 Megapixel

3.6 star rating
                      3.6 / 5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $249.00

    Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution8 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom6x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens35 - 210 mm
    Digital Zoom4x
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Focal Length5.8 - 34.8 mm
    Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 3264 x 2448 • 320 x 240 • 2592 x 1944 • 2048 x 1536 • 1600 x 1200
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA) • 640 x 480 (VGA) • 160 x 120
    Video Speed30 fps
    Max Movie Length3,600 Seconds
    Video FormatAVI • Motion JPEG
    Aperture Rangef2.8/f4.8 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed15 - 1/2000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset) • Underwater (Preset)
    Frames Per Second1.3 Frames
    Memory TypeBuilt-in • Multimedia Card • SD Card • SDHC Card
    Built-in Memory Size16 MB
    Compression ModesFine • SuperFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG • EXIF 2.2 • DPOF 1.1
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 80
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync • Manual • Forced On
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution115,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery Type2 x AA Batteries
    Battery Life140 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows XP • Microsoft Windows Vista
    Width3.83 in.
    Depth1.65 in.
    Height2.64 in.
    Weight0.44 lb.
    Exterior ColorSilver
    Included Accessories2 x AA Batteries • Bag • Battery Charger • AC Power Adapter
    Product ID45449418

Product Description

Canon's popular A Series digital cameras combine image quality, fun, easy-to-use features, and a great price. Top-notch specifications include 8.0 megapixel resolution and a 6x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer Technology for sharp images throughout the zoom range. Canon's DIGIC III Image Processor offers advanced Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction for fantastic images.

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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by epiac1216 a Beginner

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2009

Strengths:    Easy to Use.
Small and light to carry around.
Buttons are well placed.
Manual features for more picture control.
Excellent zooming capacity.

Weaknesses:    Complicated manuals difficult to understand.
Battery consumption is on the high side. Suggest you buy rechargeable batteries to protect your pocket.
Optical viewfinder only lets you view 80 percent of the scene. It tend to fool you. After a while you get used to it.
Noise at high ISO levels, like above 800.
Difficult to take photograph with low light.

Bottom Line:   
I think this camera is excellent as a multi-purpose camera to carry around and take pictures to include in a blog. That is what I use it for.

The photographs of buildings, people, landscapes, foliage are absolute great. I never thought I could get so much in such a little camera with a budget price.

In Auto mode, your pictures come out as if out of the hands of an experienced photographer. Most of my pictures are on Auto Mode. Of course you have the option of many other modes such as Aquarium, Fireworks, Landscape, Beaches, Indoors and so forth.

Pictures taken in low light are not that good, but that's not my line of work, so it doesn't bother me. The 6X zoom works flawlessly and I use in continuously for detailed photos of buildings or faces.

If you want to grow in photography there a many manual options which gives you more control of your pictures. I haven't reached that level yet. I'm very satisfied with this camera and would recommend it to newbies with an enthusiasm to grown in photography.

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Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   Panafoto, S.A.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chuck a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2009

Strengths:    Easy touse, and learn.

Weaknesses:    Battery markings for + and - for loading are hard to find.

Bottom Line:   
It is easy to use and the default settings are usually the ones to use for most single and group pictures. It has more power and choices so that you could spend beaucoup time learnign all the many options and selections. It has a viewfinder which is absolutelyy essential in extreemely bright sun conditions.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Office Depot

Type of photography:   People

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

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2008

Strengths:    size, weight, battery life

Weaknesses:    slow focus on non-contrast items : need to move POV to some reference to focus and then move back to an object to take a picture.

not a wide angle : widest is 35mm in 35 mm equivalent.

Bottom Line:   
Great P&S Camera for bright and well lit environments. For the low-light it gets a little noisy and flash takes a while to start-up. But I really haven't done much of a low-light, indoor photography with this particular model. Mostly used it outside in manual mode.

Image Stabilization is a must. Had one w/o IS prior to this one and really can appreciate the difference.

Mostly use camera in Manual Mode with ISO set at 100 and highest image resolution - that gives more options for cropping and getting details out of an image.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Costco

Similar Products Used:   Nikon Coolpix

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by amitg_47 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2008

Strengths:    Greater display, powerful optical zoom

Bottom Line:   
I purchase it this month and I am quite happy with the performance. This is a power packed gadget. I simply loved it. I tried taking the images in the night and all of them are superb. The 6x optical Zoom is wonderful, it gives clear pictures. I have tried it in almost all the modes and it works fine. Before purchasing this cam, i did a lot of survey on the cams available in the market like sony, nikon etc. Now, I am quite happy with this small wonder. Also, the movies made by this cam are wonderful. In short, its worth its price or you can say more than that. Three cheers for A720!!!.

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Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by sethankur a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Crap I would say....

I bought this camera for a gift...thought canon to be a good brand...but it does'nt switches on ..simply does not.
I have tried with different batteries and cleaned the edges too...i could not understand what could be the problem.
.. This was bought from Circuit City Texas, and now I am in India. Canon India is charging heavy amount for repair. I am stuck...

can some one help??

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $202.00

Purchased At:   CircuitCity

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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