A disappointment; has some +'s, but doesn't take great pics, and doesn't hold up either.
Alexander C. Zorach "Alex Zorach", Amazon
14 October 2006
Summary: The 6x digital zoom is nice, and the zoom is fast and easy to use with precision. The camera has a very quick startup speed, which makes it easy to capture things like birds which won't sit still for you. The menu and user-interface are very easy to use, and it is very easy to view pictures. The screen is huge and very clear. This camera loses, though, when it comes to the quality of photos.
Summary: I've had this camera for over 3 weeks, but have only used it for about half that time, as it's been in the shop for repair. I got it to use when I don't want to (or can't) use my big camera (a 20D), and I have enjoyed almost every aspect of it. I say "almost" because I can't recommend it, despite its great pictures, its ease of use, and its excellent controls.
great zoom and nice features spoiled by slow flash
D. Frane, Amazon
7 April 2006
Summary: The fellow who said the flash recycling on the A700 is "horrible" was correct. I bought this camera to replace a Canon S500 because it focused too slowly. The A700 focuses and shoots quickly- but only if you are NOT using the flash. If you use the flash you have to wait a very long time between shots- and that's with brand new batteries. It was unbelievably slow- slower than the camera I bought it to replace. I ended up returning the A700 and buying an A620.