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Canon PowerShot A70

Review Date: Sep 8, 2003

Category: Beginner Amateur

Here is Canon's answer to the beginner amateur photographer venturing into the digital age. The PowerShot A70 is the perfect digital camera for someone who is not sure which camera to buy. It is feature-packed, yet is easy to use. Set it on Auto and let the Canon optics and electronics do the rest. Want to make sure that the camera grows with you as you learn more about photography? The A70 has Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Scene Modes (Canon calls them Image Zone modes), and full Manual mode for total creative control.

Maximum aperture is a standard F2.8 and shutter speed ranges from 15-1/2,000 sec., permitting capturing night scenes as well as freezing fast action shots. The 105mm equivalent focal length is perfect for portrait photography: the 3x optical zoom allows you to stand back and still fill the frame with a person's face. Or, come in as close as 2 in. to your subject for real close macro shots. Plus, shoot expansive panorama shots using the Stitch-Assist feature.

Though its metallic looking body is actually a mixture of plastic and aluminum, the A70 still has an eye-catching design. Its resolution of 3.2 megapixels allows prints of up to 8x10 in. It uses Compact Flash (CF) Type I storage media, and needs 4 AA Alkaline or rechargeable NiMH batteries.

If you are just starting out in photography and are confused about which digital camera to start out with, look no further than the Canon PowerShot A70. Not only can you immediately start using it out of the box as an automatic point-and-shoot digital camera, but it is feature-packed and will grow with you as you learn more about photography.

Read our Canon PowerShot A70 review (Sep 8, 2003)

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Canon PowerShot A70
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Canon PowerShot A70 Home PageHome Page
  Image Sensor 3.2 effective megapixels
1/2.7 in. CCD
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 5.4-16.2mm (35-105mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F2.8  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 5 cm / 2 in.  
  Auto Focus
Around most of picture area; AF lock and Manual focus are available
Low-light focus-assist illuminator
  Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2,500 sec. (Slow shutter speed of 15 - 1.3 sec. in Shutter-priority AE mode or manual mode only)  
  Exposure Control Program AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual  
  Shooting Modes Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Fast Shutter, Slow Shutter, Stitch Assist and Movie (3 min. of 640x480); Continuous 2.2 fps  
  Exposure Compensation Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps  
  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot  
  White Balance TTL Auto White Balance, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, or Flash), or Custom  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom  
  LCD 1.5 in. LCD (78K pixels)  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto; ISO 50, 100, 200, 400  
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I  
  Battery 4 AA Alkaline Batteries (included) or 4 rechargeable NiMH Batteries (optional)  
  Included Accessories
16MB CF Card
4 AA Alkaline Batteries
A/V Cable, Interface Cable
Strap (Wrist)
Software CD-ROMs
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 101.0 x 64.0 x 31.5 mm /
3.98 x 2.52 x 1.24 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 215g / 7.58 oz.  
  MSRP A70: US$449 / A60: US$349  

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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Buy the Canon PowerShot A70

Flower Mix: 1/500 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50 with fill-in flash
Flower Mix
5.4 mm, Macro, Program AE, 1/500 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50 with fill-in flash

PowerShot A70: PowerShot A60:

Recommended Accessories:

  • Soft Case
  • Battery Charger Kit
  • Second set of 4 rechargeable NiMH batteries
  • 256MB CF Card
  • AC Adapter
  • Tele Converter Lens (2.4x, 35mm film equivalent: 252mm)
  • Underwater Marine Case (if you're into underwater photography)

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