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Canon PowerShot A720 IS


Canon PowerShot A720 IS
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Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Canon PowerShot A720 IS features 6x optical zoom, which covers a 35mm film equivalent focal length ranging from 35 mm (Wide Angle) to 210 mm (Telephoto). It is also one of the few digital cameras that still provides a real-image optical viewfinder that works with the 6x zoom.

The Image Stabilizer Technology is true image stabilization based on lens shift and reduces blurring caused by camera shake. Effect of camera shake correction is approx. from 2 to 3 steps in shutter speed equivalent.

In addition, a High ISO Auto mode will automatically increase the sensitivity (up to ISO 1600) so the camera can use a high enough shutter speed to reduce blurring caused by subject movement.

Movies can be recorded at VGA 640 x 480 pixels @ 30 fps and can be taken continuously until the clip size reaches 4GB or the clip length reaches 1 hour. Macro mode allows you to shoot a subject when the distance from the front of the lens to the subject is 1 cm (0.39 in.).

FlexiZone allows you to move the AF frame manually to the desired position. This is convenient for focusing accurately on an off-center subject.

The Canon PowerShot A720 IS has full exposure flexibility and is feature-packed, including true image stabilization. Reasonably priced and recommended for the budget-conscious student photographer requiring full control of a digital camera.

For the student photographer who can afford about US $150 more, the Canon A650 IS has similar functionality, a larger image sensor and a very convenient swivel LCD screen.


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Canon A720 IS
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot A720 ISUS | CAN | UK | BeBit
  Type of Camera    
  Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with builtin flash, 6x Optical / 4x Digital / 24x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System  
  Image Capture Device    
  Type 8.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)  
  Effective Pixels Approx. 8.0 Megapixels  
  Total Pixels Approx. 8.3 Megapixels  
  Focal Length 5.8-34.8mm f/2.8-4.8 (35mm film equivalent: 35-210mm)  
  Optical Zoom 6x  
  Digital Zoom 4x  
  Focusing Range Normal: 55cm/1.8 ft.-infinity
Macro: 1-55cm (W)/0.39 in.-1.8 ft.(W)
Manual focus: 1 cm (0.4 in.) (W)/55 cm (1.8 ft.) (T)–infinity
Kids&Pets: 1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity
  Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus
AF lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing frame: Face Detect/AiAF (9-point)/Center*1/FlexiZone

*1 Size of AF frame can be selected.

  Optical Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom viewfinder  
  LCD Monitor 2.5-inch amorphous 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)
The shutter speed varies depending on the shooting mode.
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction
  Exposure Control    
  ISO Sensitivity Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)  
  Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame
  Exposure Control Method Program AE, Manual; AE Lock  
  Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  White Balance    
  White Balance Control Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater), Custom  
  Built-in Flash 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 1.0-11 ft./30cm-3.5m (W), 1.8-8.2 ft./55cm-2.5m (T) (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, P, Av, Tv, M, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Night Scene, Aquarium, Underwater), Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Stitch Assist, Movie  
  Photo Effects My Colors: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom  
  Self-Timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom  
  Wireless Control Not available  
  Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.3 fps (Large/Fine)  
  Image Storage    
  Storage Media SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card  
  File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1  
  Image Compression Normal, Fine, SuperFine  
  JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
  Number of Recording Pixels Still Image: 3,624 x 2.448 (Large), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,264 x 1,832 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes, 160 x 120 (3 minutes at 15 fps)
  Playback Specifications    
  Playback Modes File Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Red-eye Correction, RAW playback, Resize
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback
  Erasing Specifications    
  Erase Modes Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
  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 (optional)
  Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 140 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 400 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery) *

* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

  Playback Time Approx. 540 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 660 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)  
  Physical Specifications    
  Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C  
  Operating Humidity 10-90%  
  Dimensions and Weight    
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 97.3 x 67.0 x 41.9 mm /
3.83 x 2.64 x 1.65 in.
  Weight (camera body only) Approx. 200g / 7.05 oz.  

US $249 / CDN $299.99 / UK £229



* PowerShot A720 IS Body
* AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
* SD Memory Card SDC-16M
* Wrist Strap WS-200
* Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
* USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
* AV Cable AVC-DC300

Canon Sample Images

- 25 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian)
- All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.
- Canon, PowerShot and DIGIC are registered trademarks, and SELPHY and PIXMA are trademarks, of Canon Inc. in the United States and may also be registered trademarks or trademarks in other countries. Microsoft, Windows and the Windows logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Mac is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. All other products and brand names are registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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