Summary: The Canon PowerShot A720 IS is the flagship of the series A and has interesting technical features, such as the 8 MP sensor, the optical stabilizer, optical zoom, Face Detection, various scene modes and a handle worthy of an SLR.
Pros: Sensor, Optical Zoom, Safety Zoom, Face Detection.
Conclusion: For around $225 USD, this is a solid-yet-not-great camera. Christmas didn’t come early so you can’t expect a camera for this price to have the response and low-noise capability of a $1,000 D-SLR!
Summary: Canon recently added two models with 6x optical zoom to the top of its vast and successful 'A' series, PowerShot A650 IS and its younger sibling, the PowerShot A720 IS. The Canon PowerShot A720 IS is priced at £179.
Excerpt: When I first heard that Canon was introducing a compact point and shoot camera with a whopping 35~210 equivalent zoom, 8 megapixel sensor, optical image stabilizer, 2.5" LCD monitor as well as an optical viewfinder, all for less than $230 MSRP, well, it just sounded too good to be true so I wanted...
Conclusion: The A720 IS comes from a long line of successful cameras and, while it is hardly the most exciting upgrade we've ever seen, it does nothing to detract from a popular and successful recipe.
Pros: Surprisingly good image quality (at lower ISO settings), Accurate metering in the majority of situations, Long lens with surprisingly good edge-to-edge performance, Handy macro performance at wide end of lens, Bright, clear screen, Very simple user interface, Good battery life out of NiMH AA batt...
Cons: Occasional tendency to ignore (and overexpose) bright regions, Usual issues above ISO 400 due to noise and noise reduction, Low resolution screen, Rather cheap feeling plastics, Plastic tripod mount mounted on far corner of body, Battery life and flash recycle times far from class-leading (thanks...
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot A720 IS ($249) is an update to the PowerShot
A710, one of my favorite cameras from 2006. The A720 isn't a huge leap over
its predecessor, though some of the new features are appreciated. Here are
the most notable new features:
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Optical image stabilization, 6X zoom lens is more than typical cameras in this price range, Large 2.5" LCD, good outdoor/indoor visibility, Full manual controls, Snappy performance, for the most part, AF-assist lamp, excellent low light focusing,...
Cons: Noisy images in low light, even at low ISOs; highest ISO settings not very usable (in any lighting), Redeye a big problem, though it can be removed in playback mode, Mediocre LCD resolution, Sluggish flash recharge speeds, Plastic tripod mount, Included 16MB memory card is too small
Summary: The PowerShot A720 IS digital camera is designed to make capturing and preserving memories fast, fun and easy. The upgraded 8.0-megapixel resolution and Canon's Optical Image Stabilization technology ensure that images are sharp and clear - even those prone to image blur caused by camera shake.