Canon Powershot A710 IS Review

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Canon Powershot A710IS

Review posted 11/6/2006


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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. The A710IS model incorporates 20 shooting modes from fully automatic to fully manual to achieve optimum results for any photographic application. The A710IS is also compatible with optional wide angle and telephoto lens converters, as well as a close-up lens and a wireless flash unit.

The A710IS offers ISO equivalent speed ratings ranging from 80 to 800 with dramatically less noise at ISO 400 than previous PowerShot models. The camera also features a large 2.5-inch 115,000-pixel LCD color monitor with wide viewing angle, making it easier than ever to review captured images and even to do limited in-camera image editing and retouching.

The A-series cameras have many of the latest advances in Canon technology including the proprietary DIGIC II imaging processor and iSAPS Technology. Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor is designed to improve processing speed and image quality, so DIGIC II provides markedly faster startup, autofocus and playback, plus it assures that every image is more colorfully vibrant. iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC II Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance. Consumers benefit from accelerated image transfer speed (when used with a USB 2.0 compatible computer, printer, or other peripheral), thanks to the inclusion of a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port.

Canon enhanced the 'My Colors' mode found in the new PowerShot line. Where previously, users could only enable 'My Colors' while shooting, the current iteration permits captured images to be retouched as well, without the need for special software applications or tools. Available My Color playback modes include Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, and Vivid Red; lighter and darker skin tones, as well as options for creating black & white, sepia, neutral and positive film effects. A color accent setting turns all colors but the one selected by the user to monochrome and the color swap mode enables users to alter specific colors in an image by sampling another color from the same image or any other image on the memory card.

Like all PowerShot digital cameras, these newest additions to the A-series work seamlessly with Canon's petite SELPHY Compact Photo Printers - an essential PowerShot accessory. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a SELPHY printer - such as the SELPHY CP510 and CP710 models. Press the lighted Print/Share button, and within seconds , images emerge. Presto! It is that simple. Canon's SELPHY Compact Photo Printers are PictBridge compatible. They work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras and offer excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera. At 28 cents-per-print, printing photos directly from a digital camera is both easy and affordable.


Powershot A710IS Features:

  • 7.1 Megapixel CCD imager for up to poster size prints
  • Canon 6x zoom with optical image stabilization
  • 2.5" color LCD with up to 10x playback zoom
  • Advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system
  • Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority and Manual modes
  • Pre-programmed creative scene modes for beginners
  • Movie mode w/sound, 640x480 / 320x240 30fps up to 1GB, 320x240 60fps up to 1 minute, 160x120 up to 3 minutes
  • 1.7fps Continuous burst capture of Large/Fine images
  • Evaluative metering, Center-weighted or Spot (center or focus point) options
  • Stitch Assist mode for perfect panoramas
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets or Custom
  • Orientation sensor that automatically detects vertical or horizontal shooting
  • Low-light focus assist illuminator
  • Light-guide zoom flash, angle changes with focal length
  • Optional High-Power Flash HF-DC1
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/2000 second
  • Selectable ISO settings from 80 to 800
  • Voice memo (up to 60 secs) can be attached to images
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries
  • Direct print and PictBridge Compatible
  • USB 2.0 high speed connectivity for PC and Mac
  • Secure Digital/SDHC memory cards, 16MB supplied


The PowerShot A710IS digital camera will be available in September for an estimated selling price of $399.99. The digital camera kit includes a USB cable, audio and video cable, wrist strap, 16MB MultiMediaCard and two AA-size Alkaline batteries as well as the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disc Version 29, featuring the latest versions of Canon's ZoomBrowser EX, EOS Utility and PhotoStitch software.



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Canon Powershot A710IS

Canon Powershot A710IS

Canon Powershot A710IS Canon Powershot A710IS

Canon Powershot A710IS

Canon Powershot A710IS





Canon Powershot A710IS

The A710IS compared to an average CD disc.





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The Powershot A710IS and the 7.1-megapixel Powershot SD800 IS.



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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. 7.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 7.1 Megapixels
Lens
Focal Length
5.8-34.8mm f/2.8-4.8 (35mm film equivalent: 35-210mm)
Digital Zoom
4x
Focusing Range
Normal: 1.8 ft./55cm-infinity
Macro: 0.39 in.-1.8 ft./1-55cm (WIDE)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
Viewfinders
Optical Viewfinder
Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor
2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
LCD Pixels
Approx. 115,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 (W) - f/4.8 (T)
Shutter Speed
15-1/2000 sec. (settable in Tv and M)
Exposure Control
Sensitivity
Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800 equivalent
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot*
* Metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame
Exposure Control Method
Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Control
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater), Custom
Flash
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Auto w/ Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On w/Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range
Normal: 1.8-11.0 ft./55cm-3.5m (W), 1.8-8.2 ft./55cm-2.5m (T)
Macro: 1-1.8 ft./30-55cm (W-M) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.0V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes
Auto; Creative: P, Av, Tv, M; Image: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors
Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color
Self-Timer
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control
Not available
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 1.7 fps
Image Storage
Storage Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Compression
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
JPEG Compression Mode
Normal, Fine, SuperFine
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 640 x 480 (Small), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 3,072 x 1,728 (Widescreen)Movie: 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 1GB or 60 minutes, 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)
Number of Recordable Images


 

Small

/ N

Small

/ F

Small

/ SF

Medium3

/ N

Medium3 / F

Medium3

/ SF

Medium2

/ N

Medium2

/ F

Medium2

/ SF

File Size
84KB
150KB
249KB
278KB
558KB
1,002KB
445KB
893KB
1,602KB
SDC-16MB
138
88
56
50
26
14
33
16
9
SDC-128MB
1,118
711
460
411
217
121
269
136
76
SDC-512MSH
4,317
2,747
1,777
1,590
839
471
1,041
529
295

Medium1

/ N

Medium1

/ F

Medium1

/ SF

Large

/ N

Large

/ F

Large

/ SF

Wide-screen

/ N

Wide-screen / F

Wide-screen

/ SF

File Size   695KB  1,395KB  2,503KB     902KB   1,897KB  3,045KB    678KB  1,420KB  2,304KB
SDC-16MB
21
10
5
16
7
4
21
10
6
SDC-128MB
173
87
49
134
64
40
177
86
53
SDC-512MSH
671
339
190
520
251
156
686
335
207

Time of Recordable Movies


  Movie / Low Movie / Medium Movie / High Movie / Fast Frame Rate Movie / Compact
File Size
330KB/sec.
660KB/sec.
1,920KB/Sec
1,320KB/sec.
120KB/sec.
SDC-16MB
43 sec.
22 sec.
7 sec.
11 sec.
107 sec.
SDC-128M
355 sec.
181 sec.
64 sec.
92 sec.
869 sec.
SDC-512MSH
1,373 sec.
702 sec.
249 sec.
359 sec.
3,357 sec.

Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.


Playback Specifications
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Auto Play, Resume Playback
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing
Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Interfaces
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out
NTSC/PAL
Audio Out
Monaural
Other
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Supply
Power Source
1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2)
3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800
Shooting Capacity
Still Image: approx. 100 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 360 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)*
Playback Time
Approx. 420 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 600 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)

* LCD monitor on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.
Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature
32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity
10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.84 x 2.62 x 1.62 in. / 97.5 x 66.5 x 41.2mm
Weight
Approx. 7.41 oz. / 210g (camera body only)




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