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Canon PowerShot A620 Review

Review Date: Jan 5, 2006

Canon PowerShot A620

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2006  Canon PowerShot A620 wins DIWA Gold Award

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Canon PowerShot A620 replaces the A95 with a few changes:

  • 7.1MP resolution on a 1/1.8 in. image sensor
  • a slightly larger 2 in. LCD monitor (it still flips and rotates)
  • VGA (640 x 480 pixels) movies at 30fps (recording up to a maximum of 1 GB at one time)
  • enhanced macro as close as 1 cm (0.4 in.)
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed for high-speed image transfers with a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible computer

The Canon A620 features a shutter speed range from 15-1/2,500 sec., full exposure flexibility with 20 Shooting Modes, including 8 special easy-to-use Scene Modes, and even Custom White Balance for accurate colour reproduction under artificial light.

Optional accessories for the Canon A620 include: Deluxe Soft Compact Case PSC-60; Wide Converter WC-DC58N and Tele Converter TC-DC58N (both require Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58F); and 52mm Close-up Lens 250D. Recognizing that the built-in flash can sometimes be too weak to illuminate distant subjects properly, Canon also provides an optional High Power Flash HF-DC1. For those into underwater photography, there is a Waterproof Case WP-DC90 effective at depths of up to 40 meters (130 feet).

The Canon PowerShot A620 (just like the A610 with 5.0MP resolution) is one of our recommended affordable entry level digital cameras for someone just starting out in photography. It is feature-packed and will grow with you as you learn more about digital photography.

Canon PowerShot A620 wins DIWA Gold Award.

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Canon PowerShot A620
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Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 7.1 million
Image Sensor 1/1.8-inch CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx 7.4 million)
Lens 7.3 (W) - 29.2 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 35 - 140 mm)
f/2.8 (W) - f/4.1 (T)
Optical Zoom 4x
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 16x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.0-inch, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 115,000 pixels
AF System TTL autofocus
AF lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing frame: 9-point (AiAF) / 1-point (AF)
(1-point focusing frame: any position is available)
Shooting Distance
(From the front of the lens)
- Normal: 45 cm (18 in.) - infinity
- Macro: 1 - 45 cm (0.4 - 18 in.)(W)
25 - 45 cm (9.8 - 18 in.)(T)
- Manual focus: 1 cm (0.4 in.) - infinity (W)
25 cm (9.8 in.) - infinity (T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 15 - 1/2500 sec.
* The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode.
* Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center/AF point)
Exposure Compensation ±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments, Safety Shift is available
ISO Speed Auto*, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
* Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.
White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Underwater) or custom
Built-in Flash Auto*, on*, off
* Red-eye reduction is available.
FE Lock, Slow synchro/2nd-curtain flash and flash output settings are available.
Flash Range - Normal: 45 cm - 4.2 m (18 in. - 14 ft.) (W)
45 cm - 3.0 m (18 in. - 10 ft.) (T)
- Macro: 25 cm - 45 cm (9.8 in. - 18 in.) (W/T)

(When sensitivity is set to AUTO.)

Flash Exposure Compensation

± 2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Modes - Auto
- Creative zone: Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Custom
- Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Special Scene*1, My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie*2
*1: Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks and Underwater.
*2: Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, My Colors.
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.9 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
PC-controlled Shooting Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media SD memory card/MultiMediaCard
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type

Still images: Exif 2.2(JPEG)*1
Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))

Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels (Still Images) - Large: 3072 x 2304 pixels
- Medium 1: 2592 x 1944 pixels
- Medium 2: 2048 x 1536 pixels
- Medium 3: 1600 x 1200 pixels
- Small: 640 x 480 pixels
- Postcard Date Imprint Mode: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Number of Recording Pixels (Movies) Standard, My Colors:
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec., 15 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full* (can record up to a maximum of 1 GB at one time).
Fast Frame Rate: (can record for 1 min.)
320 x 240 pixels (60 frames/sec.)
Compact: (can record for 3 min.)
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)
* Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC-512MSH recommended).
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Jump (jumps to every tenth or handredth image, to the first image of those sharing a certain shooting date or to movies. In index playback mode, it displays 9 images at once.), Sound memos (up to 60 sec.), Auto Play or Movie (edit/slow motion play back possible).
Direct Print PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
My Camera Settings Start-up image, start-up sound, operation sound, self-timer sound, and shutter sound.
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B), PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol)
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source 1. AA-size alkaline batteries (included in camera kit)
2. AA-size rechargeable NiMH batteries NB4-200 (sold separately)
3. AC Adapter Kit ACK600 (sold separately)
Operating Temperature 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 - 90 %
Included Accessories - SDC-32M (SD Memory Card 32MB)
- AA-size Alkaline Batteries (x4)
- Wrist Strap WS-200
- AV Cable AVC-DC300
- USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Digital Camera Solution Disk (CD-ROM)
- User Guides
Dimensions (W x H x D, excluding protrusions) 104.8 x 66.0 x 49.1 mm /
4.13 x 2.60 x 1.93 in.
Weight (camera body only) Approx. 235 g /
8.29 oz.
MSRP US$399.95 / CDN $700

*1: This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called "Exif Print"). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.

All data is based on Canon's standard testing methods. Subject to change without notice.

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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