Canon PowerShot A70 3 Megapixels and Smaller

PowerShot A70

  • 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

  • User Reviews (27)

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    frank2   Intermediate [Dec 21, 2004]
    Strength:

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

    Weakness:

    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.

    Customer Service

    Canon service was great. When I had the problem I boxed it up and it was back in 10 days.

    Similar Products Used: Fuji
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    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Merle   Beginner [Jan 14, 2004]
    Strength:

    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

    Weakness:

    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.

    Customer Service

    Have not had to use it yet. Visions electronics is excellent.

    Similar Products Used: None
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    RATING
    5
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    RATING
    5
    darrelh   Professional [Jan 02, 2004]
    Strength:

    -Size -Image Quality -Custom Features -Battery life

    Weakness:

    -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.

    Customer Service

    -None needeed

    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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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    psyopwak   Intermediate [Oct 16, 2003]
    Strength:

    Accurate color reproduction flexibility small, compact easy to use sharp lens

    Weakness:

    plastic tripod screw mount

    I have used about 5 different SLR's over about 20 years. Then I decided to go the DIG route. I make drawings from snapshots I take. This is the 2nd digital camera I bought and I do like it. It has a better light sensor than my SONY Mavica, and it has better circuitry for accurate color reproduction. It has a clear sharp lens as well. I understand it is not a PROF- ESSIONAL quaility camera, but it cost me 300$ with lens. I can mount my Cokin filters with a canon adapter to play with color and contrast, and I put a decent LCD plastic cover over the LCD to protect it. I also bought a 126 MD flash card and Powerex rechargable batteries and MAHA charger. I reccomend the Roadwired POD camera case, a very good combo. All in all, it follows the traditiona of excellant function, optics and value I have found with Canon cameras.

    Customer Service

    have not had to use

    Similar Products Used: Sony MDV-200
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Sergio Lucena   Expert [Aug 31, 2003]
    Strength:

    -3.2 Mp -AA size batteries -compromisse amongst size and features -Sharp results -elegant , discreet -very advanced features -point and shoot mode -auto and manual focus -variable flash output on Manual mode -long exposure available -good color reproduction -nice to take with you everywhere.

    Weakness:

    -plastic tripod mount; -low magnification at macro mode -optical viewfinder -no built in for using filters -16 Mb memory card included -software

    At this time, the A70 seems being the best choice considering price/features. You can go from totally manual to point and shoot operation. Just turn the main dial on top. The body has a nice handling size and cosmetics. The photographs I took are very crisp, the lens is really sharp. One can see the finer hairs on insects and plants. I like macros and I have used my A70 in combination with an extra 58mm 135mmlens and the results are amazing. The 3.2 MP allowed prints size of 10x13 inches. Good colors, contrast and saturation may be adjusted later using your preferred software for editing images. Images that seemed lost may turn good after editing. The provided memory card of 16 Mb allows just 9 maximum resolution pics to be saved. Buy at least one of 128 MB and you will have space enough for 80 max. resol. pics. Excelent overal quality, lots of features make this camera very suited for serious shooters. See some nature pics I took. www.geocities.com/nufoto_pr/expo01.html I bought my A70 and two more 128 Mb memory cards. A must.

    Customer Service

    N/A.

    Similar Products Used: this is my first digital camera. Very pleased. Next step will be a Canon Digital SLR so I will be able to use my canon lenses.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    systemerror909   Intermediate [Jun 22, 2003]
    Strength:

    -Having M, Av, Tv, and P modes. This really makes it feel more like one of canon's 35mm slr's, and it gives you a lot more control. -Digic processor, greatly reduces noise on long exposure pictures like for 15 sec. This same processor can be found even in canons upper level professional digital cameras. -aluminum front, nice touch, adds strenght to otherwise all polycarbonate camera. -manual focus, one of the few digital point and shoots which offer the control of manual focus. -fast processing speed, shoots up to 2.2 frames per second, very fast even in highest resolution mode. -light balancing modes. several of them, one for just about any situation, even mixed light -5 point autofocus, decently fast, very accurate -choice of evaluative, centerweighted, and partial spot metering -hooks up to tv with included cables, great for slideshows and quick viewing. -video mode. this mode is incredible, higher resolution than most video cams in 640x480 mode. Other modes record video and sound for unprecidented amounts of time, 160 sec. in 320x240 mode. -Interchangable lenses: don't think I'll ever own one for this camera, but there is a mount for adapter lenses

    Weakness:

    Unfortunately there are several. -noise: there is a lot of digital noise in ISO 400 and even 200. Images are very beautiful at Iso 50, but this is a pretty slow speed. Do not use at 400 unless you absolutely have to, othewise it is practically useless. -only saves files to .jpeg. .jpeg files are good, but not nearly as nice as uncompressed .tiff or .raw files. Shame that this isn't a feature on this otherwise great camera. -lcd screen: It's a great screen, dont' get me wrong, but it scratches like crazy, even in the first week I had it. -polycarbonate body: this body is standard for most digicams, but why not use more aluminum elsewhere on the camera? areas that are more prone to scratches, like corners -no threads for adding a filter -has Infrared blocking glass in the lens design. I don't know why canon thinks that their users dont' want to take infrared photography, but this camera like most other current canons cannot take infrared pictures -poor optical viewfinder that does not match actual picture very accurately

    Got this camera as a graduation present from my uncle. At first I was very suprised when I recieved it in the mail, since I had previously been a strictly film guy. After much use in the past three weeks, and filling up my 128mb card at least four or five times, I personally found this camera to be torn between very strong strengths, and very limiting weaknesses. while this camera does perform excellently, it could definitely use improvement in certain areas. Overall, I would say that this camera is like the rebel 2000 of digicams. Capable of taking very high quality images, but limited by technological weaknesses (noise @ 400 ISO and only saves .jpeg files). If you have used any of Canon's EOS cameras using this camera will come natural to you, and you will become quite attached to it rather quickly. This camera can be used by the amature as a point and shoot, or used completely manually (even the focusing !!!). I think that you will find that this is one of the fastest digi cams in this price range.

    Customer Service

    Never needed customers service on any of my canon products.

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Paul Quayle   Casual [May 07, 2003]
    Strength:

    Price, features, ability to use manual settings, movie mode with sounds, lightweight, Canon brand.

    Weakness:

    None thus far.

    I have been in the market for a new digital camera for some months now and have been pounding the pavement looking for the right model to go with. My old camera was a very simple 1.3MP Pentax and this time I wanted 3.2MP, good zoom, movie mode with sound, and the ability to continue to use my existing CF Cards. The Canon has fulfilled all of these and more, the only issue I have so far is that the movie mode appears a little jerky but I admit that I have not played with any settings as yet. I guess time will tell.

    Customer Service

    Haven't had to try this, but I kjnow people in Canon so can't see it being too difficult!

    Similar Products Used: Pentax AI-100 - Also looked at Sony Cybershot DSCP72, Fuji Finepix 3.2MB, and a variety of others.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
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