Excerpt: It's funny how time flies. It seems like only yesterday we were reviewing the Canon PowerShot A700, which Canon announced at the PMA 2006 trade show this past March. Here it is October and Canon already has a new model in their popular A series to replace it, the PowerShot A710 IS.
Conclusion: Canon PowerShot A710 IS digital camera The A series of Canon PowerShot cameras have been popular for a long time across a broad spectrum of users. Rightly so, as they combine versatility, ease of use and high quality with a compact, attractive design.
Summary: Canon ’s new Powershot A710 IS digital camera – The Mini Gee delivers ( view large image ) A few years back Canon ’s design team responded to a major challenge; create a basic, inexpensive, easy to use, high performance digital camera that would appeal to a broad market demographic.
Conclusion: Canon's A series PowerShots get better with each generation, and - thanks to the inclusion of extensive photographic control and technologies such as DIGIC II and image stabilization has lifted cameras like the A710 IS firmly out of the 'entry level' bracket they originally occupied.
Pros: Good resolution, Clean and detailed results across the frame and zoom range, Useful 35-210mm equiv. 6x zoom lens, Effective image stabilization, Fairly light noise reduction means less fine detail is lost at higher ISO settings (though see below), Fast, reliable focus, Reliable exposure and white...
Cons: Highlight clipping and occasional over-exposure in bright, contrasty conditions, Combined card / battery compartment can make changing cards without losing the batteries fiddly, Zoom is a bit jumpy (not enough steps between 35 and 210mm), No dedicated button for ISO and no custom modes / shortcut...
Summary: The PowerShot A710IS features seven-megapixel resolution together with a retractable 6x optical zoom lens and, for the first tim e in a Canon A-Series digicam, Image Stabilizer Technology for steady shooting at all zoom settings.
Excerpt: The PowerShot
A710 IS ($399) has landed at the top of Canon's
A-series lineup. The A710 is based on the A700 (surprise
surprise), with its two big new features being optical
image stabilization and a higher resolution sensor.
Pros: Very good photo quality, low noise through ISO 200, Optical image stabilization, More zoom than on most cameras in this class, Large 2.5" LCD, visible in low light (though see issue below), Very good performance, Full manual controls, AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Good movie and contin...
Cons: Redeye, LCD resolution isn't great, Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit, Plastic tripod mount, Included 16MB memory card is too small; bundling some rechargeable batteries would've been a nice touch
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot A710 IS Digital Camera Combining cutting-edge technology with a compact design, the Canon PowerShot A710 IS delivers endless creative possibilities straight into the palm of your hand.
Conclusion: The Canon Powershot A710 IS almost has its own little corner of the digital camera market. In terms of controls and picture quality I really like this camera. Price wise it represents more than fair value for money in my view. Recommended.