Summary: Canon's A series continues to deliver tons of bang for the buck, this time including optical image stabilization, 6X optical zoom, and solid image quality in a midsize compact camera with a stylish design update.
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 balance and accurate color (though a bit too 'vivid' by default), Sophisticated and comprehensive features and controls, Good range of in-camera tonal and color adjustments, ...
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 / shortcuts, Our sample had occasional auto orientation errors (landscape shots being tagged for rotation unnecessarily), Slow flash recycling (and fairly slow shot-to-shot times in gen...
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. To find out just what Canon did to improve on the A700, we headed to Giants Stadium in New Jersey, home of our beloved New York Jets, where Canon had lined up sideline access during pre-game...
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. The new Canon PowerShot A710 IS camera is no exception to this. As the uncontested top model in the series, it is sure to please enthusiastic amateur photographers.
Excerpt: 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. The result was Canon’s “A” series; a group of digicams that adopted features and technology from Canon’s upscale “S” and “G” series models and packaged them in a practical and rather dowdy uni-body.
Excerpt: Physical Views The A710IS compared to an average CD disc. The Powershot A710IS and the 7.1-megapixel Powershot SD800 IS. Continue on to Features & Controls Powershot A710 IS Specifications Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 6x Optical / 4x Digital / 24x Combined Zoom with Image Stabilizer (IS) System Image Capture Device Type 7.1 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD) Total Pixels Approx.
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.
Other features on the camera include a 2.5" LCD
display, full manual controls, support for conversion
lenses, and a VGA movie mode.
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 continuous shooting modes (though see issue below), Support for conversion lenses, underwater case, Uses AA batteries; above average battery life, USB 2.0 High Speed support
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
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.