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. A 6x 35-210mm (35mm equivalent), f/2.8-4.8, optically stabilized zoom lens; large, 2.5-inch 173,000-dot swivel LCD; and optical viewfinder make the A650 IS a great choice for travel and everyday photography as well.
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.
Excerpt: Continue on to Features & Controls Powershot A650 IS Specifications Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 6x Optical / 4x Digital / 24x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System Image Capture Device Type 12.1 Megapixel, 1/1.7 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD) Total Pixels Approx. 12.4 Megapixels Effective Pixels Approx.
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.
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. However, allowing for the pixel caveat, the Canon A650is can produce decent images that will take a small degree of enlargement and will look good on a monitor.
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. When conditions are ideal and the ISO setting is kept under 200 the results are pleasantly sharp and punchy, at least in the middle of the zoom range.
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.
Excerpt: The Compact Canon PowerShot A650 IS Camera The Canon PowerShot A650 IS has powerful optics, extensive shooting modes and sleek, compact design deliver incredible results, allowing you to express yourself wherever you are. Canon A650 Features An impressive 6x optical zoom lens combined with a 12.1 Megapixel sensor delivers sharp, well-defined images in high resolution, […]