Conclusion: The PowerShot A95 was one of the most successful 5MP compacts due to its compelling combination of features, image quality and value for money. But it was not a camera without problems - mainly performance and speed issues, most of which we - and all the people who bought it - put down to the inevitable compromise involved in getting so many features at such a keen price. The PowerShot A620, though externally pretty similar, is a very different kettle of fish.
Pros: Good resolution, very clean results, Very natural color, Good edge-to-edge sharpness, Useful 35-140mm equiv. 4x zoom lens with decent F2.8-4.1 max aperture range, Reliable - and much faster - focus, Sophisticated and comprehensive range of features and controls, Excellent build quality for a budget camera, Very little purple fringing, Excellent flash exposures and color, Bright, clear vari-angle screen, Excellent battery life from 4x NiMH batteries, Very smooth ISO 50...
Cons: Clipped highlights and occasional exposure problems in bright, contrasty conditions, Focusing at tele end in low light can hunt, Zoom is not very smooth - only 7 steps from wide to tele, No ISO button, Images slightly soft, but they sharpen up well in post-processing
Conclusion: Canon PowerShot A620 digital camera It will probably not have escaped anyone's notice that Canon has captured a large share of the market. The performances of its digital camera have definitely contributed to this. One innovation has followed the other and the speed with which Canon brings new techniques and well thought-out concepts on the market is impressive to say the least.
Excerpt: We took this camera along to a skittles match... a match in which your reviewer's mother was taking part. "Did you bring your camera?," she asked. Her face fell when the PowerShot A620 appeared. Perhaps she was expecting something slimmer and more pocket-sized.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot A620 continues Canon's
tradition of providing an entry-level digital
camera packed full with many of the features found
on more expensive models. The Canon A620 is the top-of-the-line A series
model and is an attractive, medium compact and
affordable digital camera perfect for an aspiring
Excerpt: The Canon Powershot A620 is one of the successors to the Canon A95. The A620, at 7.1 megapixels, and the A610 (the 5 megapixel little brother), make excellent upgrades to the very popular A95. Besides the megapixel upgrade, the A620 brings a better 4x optical zoom, the new DIGIC II processor, and a larger 2 inch LCD. After the success of the A95, it will be interesting to see if this camera becomes as popular.
PowerShot A620 is a compact which will delight enthusiasts. It features a wide
range of creative control and was the only model which could be manually adjusted
in the same way as a more serious camera. The 4x zoom is more useful than the
usual 3x range, the 1cm macro mode allows amazing close-ups and the flip-out
screen encourages unusual angles.
On the downside the A620 can hardly be described as sexy.
Pros: 4x optical zoom lens, Great level of manual and creative control, Flip-out and twist screen, Superb 1cm macro mode, Very high 1600 ISO sensitivity, Great optical quality, Large 2.5in screen, Supplied with 64MB card (on test model), Exremely small and light, Large, detailed 2.5in screen, Divx movie mode, Stylish looks and good build quality, Very large 3in screen, Touch-screen control, Built-in photo album
Cons: Largest and heaviest in group, Need to supply own batteries, Noise levels relatively high at 400 ISO, 2in screen small by today's standards, Possible to insert battery wrong way round, Not the slimmest compact around, Some manual controls hidden in menus, Optical quality below other four, Higher noise levels, Very limited manual control, Small body harder to hold steady, Soft in corners at open apertures, Higher price than rivals, Manual but no A or S priority, No on-...
Summary: The compact and lightweight PowerShot A620 and A610 digital cameras feature a sleek new body design, 7.1 and 5.0 megapixel CCDs respectively, 4x optical zoom lens, Canon's exclusive high-performance DIGIC II image processor and a 2.0-inch vari-angle color LCD screen. The A620 and A610 digital cameras have reduced the autofocus time by an impressive 60% and improved focusing ability by two full stops in low light conditions compared to their predecessor.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot A620 is the long-awaited update to the very popular PowerShot A95 (see our review). The 7.1 Megapixel A620 ($399), along with its 5.0 Megapixel sibling (the A610, $299) have a host of improvements over the A95, including:
Pros: Excellent photo quality, Full manual controls, Flip-out, rotating LCD display; LCD visible in low light, Impressive performance, AF-assist lamp, Very good movie and continuous shooting features (with appropriate memory card), Excellent battery life (with decent NiMH batteries), Support for conversion lenses and external slave flash, Camera can be controller from your Mac or PC, USB 2.0 High Speed support, Unique My Colors feature
Cons: Redeye, ISO 400 doesn't seem to be usable, No rechargeable batteries included, No diopter correction knob; plastic tripod mount
Conclusion: There is a lot to like about the Canon Powershot A620. Photos are sharp and clear and the manual exposure controls are a strong attraction at this price. There are plenty of other features to try out as well. This underlines the all round capabilities of the camera. All I would really like to see is a faster shutter response and reduced red eye.
Pros: Sharpness of the photos, Variable angle LCD screen Indoor photo quality, Feature set at reasonable price
Cons: Noticeable shutter lag, Red eye in indoor portrait