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Canon PowerShot A640

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Overall 8
7.8
Design 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 9
8.5
Performance 8
8.0
Photo quality 9
8.5

Canon PowerShot A640

Digital Photography Interface
7 September 2009
  • Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot A640 is the same nice camera you get with the A630. It has 10 megapixels, a rotating 2.5 inch LCD and full manual controls. The A640 has great battery life, a nice grip with easy one hand operation, very good performance, even a custom option on the mode dial and now, remote shooting via your PC. Then the A640 also shares the same quibbles as the very similar A630: low LCD  resolution, no live histogram and a plastic tripod mount.
  • 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, Remote shooting via USB, 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
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Overall 7
7.0

Canon PowerShot A640

CNET
29 January 2008
  • Summary: It's not great in low light, but the A640 has plenty of features photographers will love.
  • Pros: Lots of manual controls; flip-out LCD; accepts accessory lenses.
  • Cons: Noisy at ISO 800; no image stabilization.
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Overall 8
8.1
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 8
8.0
Ergonomics 8
8.0
Build quality 9
9.0

Expert Review

DP Review
29 January 2008
  • Conclusion: Canon is one of the few companies still producing solid photographic feature-rich compact cameras like this, offering a genuine alternative for the serious photographer on a budget wanting SLR-level control. The A620 was one of the most capable 7MP cameras on the market, and offered perhaps the best 'bang for your buck' without requiring serious compromises in either performance or image quality. The A640 is, without a doubt, cast from the same mould.
  • Pros: Very good resolution, very clean results at lower ISO settings, Bright, but natural colors, Excellent handling, Decent edge-to-edge lens performance, Useful 35-140mm equiv. 4x zoom lens with decent F2.8-4.1 max aperture range, Reliable focus in most situations, Sophisticated and comprehensive range of features and controls, Superb build quality / construction, Very little purple fringing, Reliable flash exposure, Big vari-angle screen, Excellent battery life, Good mov...
  • Cons: Clipped highlights in bright, contrasty conditions (not helped by high default contrast), Focusing at tele end in low light can hunt, Zoom is not very smooth - only 7 steps from wide to tele, No ISO button - WB, drive, metering etc only accessible via menus, Flash recycling could be faster, Screen resolution a bit low, and can be difficult to see in bright direct sunlight, ISO 800 very noisy in low light (just usable for small prints)
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Canon PowerShot A640

PC Magazine
7 November 2007
Overall 10
10

Canon Powershot A640

Tech2
4 November 2007
  • Excerpt: Canon is definitely one of the most respected names in the consumer digital camera market segment. The common belief is that you can't really go wrong with purchasing a Canon camera. Though I may not agree a hundred percent with that, I do know that the Canon Powershot A640 may be the best buy in the mid-range camera segment. Read on to know why. Build One look at the A640 and you wouldn't need me to tell you that the camera is built to last.
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Overall 9
8.6
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 9
9.0

Canon PowerShot A640 review

What Digital Camera
7 October 2007
  • Excerpt: A high-resolution sensor and high-end feature set mark the A640 out as ‘a little bit special’...
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Overall 10
10
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
9.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0
Durability 9
9.0

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
21 May 2007
  • Conclusion: Canon PowerShot A640 Conclusion I think that Canon's success with its digital camera range is set to continue thanks to the excellent quality of the Canon PowerShot A640. I really liked this camera when I tried it out. The handy format with good grip, and more importantly, the settings options gave me lots of freedom to take a successful picture. This camera certainly contributes to Canon's continuing success as a camera manufacturer.
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Expert Review

Photography Review
17 May 2007
  • Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot A640 is a great do-it-all compact digital camera. There's very little to find fault with, especially with the small price tag. The image quality is excellent for a compact, the size is a good compromise between pocket-sized and super-zoom cameras, and it's got modes and controls to meet almost any photographic need. The ISO 400 and ISO 800 image quality are good enough that most people won't miss having image stabilization.
  • Pros: Minimal shutter-lag, Great image quality, Usable ISO 800, Rotate and swivel LCD, Real manual exposure controls, Digital tele-converter, SDHC memory card compatibility, Great battery life, AA batteries
  • Cons: Get flash and exposure compensation buttons mixed up, Batteries fall out when accessing SD card, No image stabilization
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
15 March 2007
  • Excerpt: Remember the days when digital cameras looked like digital cameras, instead of slivers of sculpted metal or retro SLRs?
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Canon Powershot A640 Digital Camera Review

Digital Camera Review
8 December 2006
  • Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot A640 is a 10MP digital camera with a 2.5” LCD, a 4x optical zoom lens (35-140 mm equivalent), with an additional 4x digital zoom for 16X overall. It uses 4 AA batteries and stores images as JPGs on SD/MMS/SDHC memory cards in several selectable compression and recording modes.
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