Summary: The Canon PowerShot A650IS is a powerful compact digital camera with a 12.1 MP sensor, image stabilizer, Red-eye Reduction technology and Face Detection. It has a large screen and optical viewfinder and high sensitivity values. The memory is, as usual, the negative note, as not abundant.
Pros: Face detection; Zoom above average; Optical image stabilization, red-eye reduction; sensor with 12.1 MP.
Excerpt: While it won't fit in your pocket, Canon's 12.1-megapixel A650 IS ($300, street price), offers great performance and a well rounded feature set, making the extra width and weight easily justifiable.
Excerpt: What I like most about a good compact point & shoot camera is also what I consider to be about the only thing that separates the huge assortment of mediocre ones from the good ones in the first place: image quality.
Summary: The PowerShot A650 IS digital was designed for photo enthusiasts who demand superior image quality, and are looking for a versatile camera with plenty of manual control. This new mode has 12.1-megapixels of resolution and a generous 6x optical zoom with optical image stabilization (OIS).
Summary: Canon’s newly-introduced Powershot A650 IS becomes their self-described “new top-of-the line” A-series camera offering, and anyone who follows Canon knows they view the A-series as providing a lot of performance at a value price.
Pros: Good image quality and color, Optical image stabilization, Good shutter response
Summary: Once again we are dealing with what is basically a good camera, as far as design and build are concerned, with excellent features, like the optical viewfinder and the articulated LCD, which is let down by the image sensor.
Pros: The flash is particularly good, with fine colour balance and pleasant diffusion. Red eye is not a problem. The movie mode is surprisingly useable, although the sound quality won’t win any academy awards. The camera is responsive with little noticeable shutter lag. Focus is quick and accurate. Whe...
Cons: Even at low ISO speeds image noise is a problem. 12 megapixel sensors in compact cameras are ridiculous. It is hard to know which is more objectionable, the noise (grain) or the attempts at noise reduction that blur fine detail.