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Canon PowerShot A70 Review

Review Date: Sep 8, 2003

Category: Beginner Amateur


Executive Summary

This Canon PowerShot A70 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Arch Bridge at Edwards Garden: 1/500 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50
Catholic Church
16.2 mm, 1/500 sec., F5.6, +1/3EV, WB Daylight and ISO 50
Level and brightness adjusted in Photoshop Elements

The Canon PowerShot A70 is an attractive, compact and affordable digital camera perfect for an aspiring photographer. It has the image quality Canon is famous for, its 3.2 megapixels resolution allows 8x10 in. prints, and, more importantly, it provides the features and exposure flexibility that allow a beginner amateur photographer to experiment, learn and grow in digital photography.

The Canon PowerShot A70 can be used as a point-and-shoot camera in Auto or Program AE mode, but it's attractiveness lies in the flexible exposure control it allows: Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Manual, plus easy to use scene (Image Zone) modes. Operation is fast and control is intuitive.

The Canon A70 is not quite pocketable, though you could carry it in a large pants pocket. It is more comfortable in a coat pocket or belt case. The LCD is average and could do with a bit more resolution. There is no battery indicator, but battery life is excellent.

There are many things to like about the A70: 3x optical zoom, F2.8 maximum aperture, 15-1/2,500 sec. shutter speed range, a Stitch Assist feature helps the positioning of overlapping images to take a panorama shot, and it conveniently takes AA batteries.

The A70 takes optional lenses and there is even an underwater marine case for those who fancy underwater photography.

With its 'pro' feature set, Canon quality optics, DIGIC image processor, and low price, the PowerShot A70 is a hard-to-beat attractive package guaranteed to put a smile on someone's face this holiday season.

See if you fit the Canon PowerShot A70 User Profile below:

Canon PowerShot A70
User Profile
Desire a quality 3+ MP resolution point-and-shoot digital camera capable of producing prints of up to 8x10 in.
Want more exposure flexibility than provided by a point-and-shoot digital camera.
Have a desire to learn about photography.
Just starting out into digital photography.
Want the best value for money in the Beginner Amateur category.
Want a well-rounded digital camera for general family use.

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