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Canon PowerShot A70 Review

Review Date: Sep 8, 2003

Category: Beginner Amateur


Image Quality

The Canon PowerShot A70 is a digital camera targeted to beginner amateur photographers and its image quality is comparable to other 3 megapixels resolution digital cameras.

For this review, I used the following settings as my preferred settings:

  • Shooting Mode: Program AE
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • ISO: Auto
  • Image Size: 2048x1536 (Large)
  • Image Quality: Superfine
  • White Balance: Auto

All the pictures on this and the other pages (including the navigation pictures at the top of each page) have been taken by the PowerShot A70 for this review. The pictures on this page provide a good sample of what the PowerShot A70 is capable of and I have provided the 800x600 version. Remember that this version is of slightly lesser quality than the original 2048x1536 version. Please open and download only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!

Clicking on a picture version will display the 800x600 version in a separate window. Leave that separate window up for all the other images will also display in that same separate window.

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Arch Arbour: 1/800 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 2.4 MB)
James Garden Vista: 1/1,000 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 2.5 MB)
Bridge: 1/640 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 2.7 MB)
Playground Gears: 1/250 sec., F3.5, +1/3 EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.0 MB)
Fading Beauty: 1/500 sec., F4.5 and ISO Auto with fill-in flash (File size: 1.5 MB)
Bluffer's Park: 1/1,000 sec., F4 and ISO 50 (File size: 1.4 MB)
Storm Approaching?: 1/250 sec., F8 and ISO 50 (File size: 1.7 MB)
CN Tower: 1/320 sec., F8 and ISO 50 (File size: 1.9 MB)
Flags: 1/1,000 sec., F4.5 and ISO 50 (File size: 1.5 MB)
Pine Tree: 1/1,000 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50 (File size: 2.2 MB)
Square One: 1/1,000 sec., F3.5 and ISO Auto (File size: 1.4 MB)
Square One Panorama: 3 landscape shots taken at 1/1000 sec., F4 and ISO 50

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A Personal Word

The Canon PowerShot A70 is very easy to use and produces quality 3MP pictures in Program AE mode. I can't see how Canon can improve on such a package except perhaps by providing higher resolution (and in a bigger size) for both the image sensor and the LCD monitor. It's a beginner amateur photographer's dream camera; an advanced amateur looking for a compact digital camera will appreciate the exposure flexibility it provides.

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