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: 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. Canon has consistently come up with designs and technology which continue to keep it in the forefront of compact camera design, usability and 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).
Excerpt: 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. For someone who wants/needs to shoot at 12+ MP with a camera by Canon, there are only five choices in the current lineup: 1Ds-Mk. III, 5D, G9, SD950 IS or the A650 IS.
Conclusion: The Canon Powershot A650 IS is a very smart digital camera. It has a good selection of features and picture quality is among the best you will find from a consumer, compact digital camera. I have really struggled to come up with any negative points about the camera. You will also find the build quality of the camera a step up from most other Powershot models. Recommended.
Pros: Picture quality - viewfinder - flip out and twist LCD screen - red eye correction tool
Cons: Skies can lose colour when the lens is zoomed in.