Canon Powershot A650 IS Review

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Canon Powershot A650




Features & Controls



Canon Powershot A650

The A650 features a 6X optical (35-210mm in the 35mm format) f/2.8-4.8 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. When powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built-in shutter closes to completely protect the lens.

The lens features a true "Lens-Shift" Optical Image Stabilization system. Unlike electronic image stabilizer systems that typically cause degradation of image quality, Canon's Lens Shift Optical IS system is based on the advancements made in the development and refinement of Canon's EF and video lenses. Reduced in size to fit this model, this Image Stabilizer provides up to three stops of camera shake correction in shutter speed equivalent.

An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. The focusing range is:

  • Normal AF - 1.6 ft. (50cm) to infinity
  • Macro - 0.39 in. - 1.6 ft. (1-50cm) at wide angle

In low light conditions the focus-assist lamp helps to illuminate the subject for accurate focusing.



Canon Powershot A650

To attach auxiliary Canon lenses just press the button and remove the dress ring, attach the optional Conversion Lens Adapter and then a Canon converter lens.



Canon Powershot A650

The built in flash offers Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off, FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro, Second-curtain synchro. Flash range at ISO Auto is 1.6 ft. (50cm) - 11 ft. (3.5m) in wide angle, 1.6 ft. - 6.6 ft. (50cm - 2.0m) in telephoto (with the sensitivity set to ISO Auto).

This is a Light-guide zoom flash that changes its angle according to the lens' focal length. The AF-assist lamp also serves as a red-eye reduction lamp.



Canon Powershot A650

Compact and elegantly designed, the optional High-Power Flash HF-DC1 complements your PowerShot perfectly and requires no accessory shoe. With a strong light output (guide number 59 ft.) and wide angular field (28mm), it delivers proper illumination up to approximately 30 feet and in all zoom positions. The flash fires in synchronization with the main flash, and output is adjusted accurately and automatically. A "Manual" mode prevents others from firing your flash.



Canon Powershot A650

You can frame your pictures with the color LCD or to save precious battery power you can use the optical finder. This is a coupled viewfinder with approx. 80% to 85% coverage. It has no dioptric adjustment. Next to the finder are two LEDs that indicate the flash and focus status.

On the left, you can also see the Print/Share button. It is used for effortless printing to PictBridge compatible printers or transferring your images to a PC.



Canon Powershot A650

Canon Powershot A650

Canon Powershot A650

On the back is a 173,000 pixel 2.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor that can be put in just about any position you need to frame your shot. It can even be turned to face forward for self-portraits and closed with the face inward to protect the screen when it's not being used.



Canon Powershot A650

Controls on top: the On/Off power button, the shutter release with the zoom lens control mounted around it. In playback mode the zoom lever functions as the index and magnified image control. The Mode Dial with positions for: Custom, Manual, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, Program AE, Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Special Scene, Stitch Assist and Movie. Next to the mode dial is the built-in speaker.

See the next page for more information about the various Record modes.



Canon Powershot A650

Controls on the back: in the upper left is the Play / Record switch. The Exposure Compensation button (Delete image in playback). The ISO button changes the sensitivity in record mode, and in playback it brings up the jump function. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. In record mode you press "Up" to change flash modes and press "Down" to change the focus mode. The FUNCtion/SET button gives you access to the Function shortcut menu, which has many settings (white balance, ISO, Color effects, image quality and image size), it's also used to accept menu settings. The DISPlay button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of data displayed on it. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the main menu screens.



Canon Powershot A650 The I/O ports:
AV Out handles monaural audio and video to connect to a TV set with the supplied cable.

The DIGITAL port connects USB 2.0 (high-speed) to a computer for downloading you images and movies. It also allows for Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer, Canon Card Photo Printer or Bubblejet Direct photo printers. Unlike the A640, the A650 IS does Not work with Canon's RemoteCapture software.

DC INput jack for an optional AC power supply.



Canon Powershot A650

The Powershot A650 is equipped with a memory card slot that accepts SD/SHHC or MMC/MMC Plus flash memory cards, and comes with a Canon 32MB SD card.


Approx. Storage Capacities

Canon Powershot A650 IS

Canon Powershot A650 IS





Canon Powershot A650

The A650 is powered by four standard AA-type batteries, alkaline, NiMH (nickel metal hydride), or lithium cells. Canon claims with AA Alkaline batteries you can capture approx. 300 shots, or approx. 500 shots with NiMH cells (using CIPA standards.) They claim over 1,000 minutes of continuous playback time with both types of cells.

Check out our NiMH rechargeable battery page for more info on NiMH battery types.

Canon offers an optional NiMH Battery & Charger Kit CBK4-300 that includes a charger and four rechargeable AA-size NiMH batteries. The A650 can also be powered by the AC Adapter Kit ACK600 for unlimited runtime from your wall outlet.





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