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Canon PowerShot A720 IS

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    7.6 7.6 from 18 reviewers
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    5.9 5.9 from 2 reviewers
  • Value for money (63)
    5.9 5.9 from 63 reviewers
  • Features (27)
    5.9 5.9 from 27 reviewers
  • Ease of use (25)
    5.5 5.5 from 25 reviewers
  • Performance (35)
    5.7 5.7 from 35 reviewers
  • Picture quality (74)
    6.0 6.0 from 74 reviewers
  • Battery performance (18)
    5.4 5.4 from 18 reviewers
  • Display (36)
    5.5 5.5 from 36 reviewers
  • Video quality (27)
    5.6 5.6 from 27 reviewers
  • Ergonomics (34)
    5.7 5.7 from 34 reviewers
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    4.9 4.9 from 3 reviewers
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This digital camera has face detection technology as well as an in-camera red-eye fix that is easily done. It also has a 6x image-stabilized optical zoom with a 2.5 inch wide viewing angle on its LCD display. There are 19 shooting modes with seven special scene modes. There is also a Print/Share button to make transferring of images without any hassle. The camera operates with two AA batteries which are included in the kit upon purchase. The storage of the images is an SD memory card wherein a 16MB …

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This digital camera has face detection technology as well as an in-camera red-eye fix that is easily done. It also has a 6x image-stabilized optical zoom with a 2.5 inch wide viewing angle on its LCD display. There are 19 shooting modes with seven special scene modes. There is also a Print/Share button to make transferring of images without any hassle. The camera operates with two AA batteries which are included in the kit upon purchase. The storage of the images is an SD memory card wherein a 16MB memory card is included once the camera is bought.

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The aperture of the said camera is f/2.8 to about f/4.8. It has 4x digital zoom and around 24x for combined zoom. It has a real-image optical zoom view finder and its LCD coverage is 100 percent. The lighting metering methods are evaluative, spot and center-weighted average. Its recycling time is less than ten seconds.

Review Summary

Canon's A720 IS is a follow-up of the A710 IS model of last year. It is user friendly with a good variety of features with only a few major changes such as its new sensor and image processor. It is quite affordable, to the point that anyone can easily manipulate it. There is an 8-megapixel imaging sensor, higher sensitivity up to ISO 1600, adjustable to the brightness of light. Its other features consist of a 2.5“ LCD screen and 6x optical zoom. The camera uses Canon's Digic III image processor which is an upgrade of Digic II. It is easy to autofocus and autoexposure, which helps when focusing on portraits and family photos. The A720 IS performance is quite fast without flash. From power-on, one need to wait only 1.4 second to take the first shot, afterwards this camera can take a new photo every 1.8 seconds without flash. With flash the wait is up to 4.3 seconds. Photos taken with ISO 200 or lower are clear and show very fine details, however with higher ISO, it produces noise which can appear on large prints. But one cannot deny that the Canon Powershot A720 IS is a useful camera and can be used for any occasion. Its plastic and metal body is primarily silver colored with dark accents on the grip and holds two batteries. The image quality is great at lower ISOs, easy manual exposure controls and quick non-flash performance. The negative points are its flash takes too long to recycle, ISO 800 should only be used as a last resort, but otherwise the Canon PowerShot A720 IS presents an excellent value for money. According to one user who is very happy with his purchase, says that the photos taken are stunningly beautiful and the camera is easy to use.

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