Excerpt: I am going to give my review in a time-line format, which I think may appeal to a lot of users out there who buy a new product as much out of a "need" for a replacement as a "want" for one. First, I must preface myself.
Excerpt: I have had this camera for about a year and taken around 3000 photos with it. I've really enjoyed it overall. The image quality is impressive for a point and shoot, and it gave me the control I wanted with full manual settings.
Excerpt: The ergonomics of this camera are great - much better than the Powershot S70 I used before. Controls are very fast and easy to use for a point and shoot. Noise isn't bad up to ISO200. I think it's a bargain for under £200 UKP.
Summary: The auto setting is great for 90% of what you need. Only some of the expanded features delivered to expectations, which we were hoping for from having a prior film SLR-like camera. Likely some of these can be improved with detailed expertise in the sub-settings of the camera.
Pros: The camera has excellent batter life, and wonderful response time. There is almost no delay in taking pictures somtimes experienced with other digital cameras, which is what we desired and why we chose over the A710. The Scene mode worked excellent, with beach setting pictures on the ocean coming...
Cons: The custom settings for portraits and landscape constantly had issues giving a camera "shake" error warning, and blurring the picture. Even with a tripod, the shake error would display. Firework setting and night pictures also failed to deliver
Excerpt: 1) The 10MP is more than enough. 2)The image quality is awesome. 3) No problem with the LCD, the twist feature is useful and protects the screen too. 4) Battery backup is excellent. 5) Ample set features (SLR like) you can play with. 6) The build quality is good, feels sturdy and has a metal finish.
Summary: I'm sure you've read the reviews of this camera and how it's heralded for great image quality. However, one thing none of the reviews mentioned is that it has a very loud zoom motor. I like the vari-angle LCD for stealth shots, however the very loud zoom motor makes you awfully conspicuous.
Excerpt: I bought a640 one mont later and its an excelent compact camera , specially its macro mode and its easy to use for the beginners. Im highly reccomend it. Problems: Red eye problem ,low resolution lcd and small sensor.
Excerpt: I bought the A640 as a compact replacement to my S60, mainly for the excellent macro capabilities. I was not disappointed here, as the 1cm minimum focussing and high pixel count meant I could see details on insects and plants which I would not have been able to see with the naked eye.
Excerpt: woow the best point and shoot I ever had. It gets more detail then the s3. I remember I recently tried a 3 megapixel a340 or something from canon, the first point and shoot since the a95 I tried and really liked it. I didn't like the a95 which is why it took so long for me to try the a640n.
Excerpt: I've recently been looking for a back up to my DSLR, and have been looking at Canon and Panasonic options. I eventually settled for a Canon S3is, but in the process of looking, my local shop affered me an A640 to try out.