Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot A630 is a mid-sized camera which features 8 megapixels, a rotating 2.5 inch LCD and full manual controls. The A630 has great battery life, a nice grip with easy one hand operation, very good performance and even a custom option on the mode dial. I've got a few quirks about the A630 as well, though they are minor ones: the LCD has rather low resolution, there's no live histogram and unlike the entire camera which feels solid, the tripod mount is...
Pros: Excellent value for money, Long battery life with rechargeable batteries, Good ergonomics; custom option on mode dial, Large rotating LCD with good visibility, Full manual controls, Unlimited continuous shooting and great movie mode, Fast operation, Above average image quality with low noise
Cons: Low LCD resolution, No live histogram and plastic tripod mount, No movie focus or optical zoom, limited to 1 GB (about 8 minutes) per clip, Larger memory card and rechargeable batteries not included
Canon PowerShot A630 and A640 Digital Camera Review
20 June 2008
Excerpt: Their design of these 2 digital cameras is user friendly and well-built, the pictures are great, and they’re easy to shoot. Comparing to A530 and A540 , A630 and A640 equips with Vari-angle 2.5 inch LCD screen that flips outward and rotates which allows users to take photos for themselves or some close up subjects much easier. At the highest size and finest mode you can see your subjects finest details and also obtain high quality A4 and A3 prints.
Conclusion: The 8MP Canon PowerShot A630 may be a bit bulky for a compact camera, but the great physical controls and easy-to-use features will appeal to those who appreciate a variety of settings to capture their photos.
Excerpt: The PowerShot A630 and A640 are two lower priced cameras that offer the manual controls and expandability usually reserved for more expensive cameras. Both cameras feature 4X zoom lens, a rotating 2.5" LCD display, a VGA movie mode, and unlimited continuous shooting.
Pros: Very good photo quality, noise levels stay low through ISO 200; ISO 400 still usable too, especially on the A640, A bit more zoom than your typical camera in this price range, Large 2.5" LCD can flip out and rotate; screen is visible in low light, Very good performance, Full manual controls, Custom spot on mode dial, AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Good movie and continuous shooting modes (though see issue below), Camera can be controlled from your computer (...
Cons: Redeye a problem, LCD resolution isn't great, Current zoom setting not shown on LCD, Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit, Plastic tripod mount; can't swap memory cards while camera is on tripod, Included memory card is too small; bundling some rechargeable batteries would've been a nice touch
Conclusion: The Canon Powershot A630 represents something of a dying breed of digital camera. With a wide range of features in a relatively compact body this type of digital camera is becoming increasingly hard to come by. The performance of the camera is good and the price is very reasonable. Recommended.
Pros: Sharpness of the photos, Indoor photo quality, Feature set at reasonable price, LCD performance in lowlight, Angle of LCD screen can be varied
Summary: Another great advanced compact camera from Canon, the PowerShot A630 is a wonderful choice for those after a little more control and versatility. It offers great image quality and comes with plenty of useful features.
Pros: Sharp pictures, Brilliant colour capture, Lots of features
Cons: Some minor over-sharpening issues, Chunky design
Excerpt: The A630 is about twice as heavy as the other cameras and is even heavier once four AA batteries are inserted. Battery life is excellent though, and it's easier and cheaper to get hold of spares. The A630 is also unique in this test in its inclusion of an optical viewfinder. This shows far more detail than its 2.5in screen, which can be rotated for self-portraits or shooting at awkward angles.
Excerpt: It's no surprise that cameras aimed at enthusiasts cost more than those aimed at casual users, but now that £120 cameras can give excellent image quality, you shouldn't need to pay much more for one that adds full photographic control. Canon's PowerShot A630 is the first camera we've seen that fits the brief. It's an 8-megapixel camera with a 4x zoom lens and a full set of manual focus, exposure and priority modes.