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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 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 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
16 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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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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Overall 8
8.3
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 9
9.0
Ease of use 7
7.0
Photo quality 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Color and saturation 9
9.0

Canon Powershot A640

Cameras
8 August 2014
  • Conclusion: My first digital camera came from the Powershot A series and I would be more than happy to own the Canon Powershot A640. The cameras in this range offer a lot of features and great photo quality for the price. The A640 upholds the reputation and is a fine camera. Recommended.
  • Pros: Sharpness of the photos, Indoor photo quality, Feature set at reasonable price, Angle of LCD screen can be varied
  • Cons: Small SD card supplied
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
29 January 2008
  • Summary: The PowerShot A640 is an excellent all round advanced camera. While its features aren't quite as robust as some more expensive models, for this price tag, it's a good buy.
  • Pros: Sharp pictures, great chromatic aberration performance, colourful shots
  • Cons: Some image noise issues, bulky design
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 7
7.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Picture quality 9
9.0

Canon Powershot A640

PhotographyBLOG
27 November 2006
  • Summary: For a UK recommended price of £330 the Canon PowerShot A640 feels like fair value, even if some will miss the style factor of the similarly priced but less flexible IXUS range. Still, despite the plastic construction the A640 isn't bad to look at – the all-black finish and metal details lend it a more 'serious' demeanour, the four AA batteries a much-needed solidity, while its controls are swift to respond and functions quick to implement.
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Overall 8
7.9
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
9.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Durability 9
9.0
Photo quality 9
9.0

Canon PowerShot A640 Review

LetsGoDigital
24 January 2013
  • Conclusion: Je zou nog kunnen discussiëren over het ontbreken van bepaalde sneltoetsen voor bijvoorbeeld ISO, maar daarmee komt het concept wel heel dicht bij zijn grote broer; de Canon PowerShot G7. Er moet een verschil merkbaar blijven en wat mij betreft stelt Canon dan ook terecht een grens. De Canon PowerShot A640 is een uitstekende digitale compactcamera waarmee de beginner prima uit de voeten kan, maar waarmee ook een handvat wordt geboden om door te leren en wellicht ooit de...
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