Canon PowerShot A530 review

Started Oct 24, 2006 | User reviews thread
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dholl
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Canon PowerShot A530 review
Oct 24, 2006

I wanted an all-rounder for around the €150 mark. I love to take spider macros but was almost put off by this camera due to its 5cm minimum focussing distance (1cm or 2cm would have been lovely). But other features nailed it:

- 15 sec long exposure
- up to 800 iso
- manual focus
- 3 flash strengths
- easy stitch assist
- strong cont./burst mode

plus it had consistently good reviews everywhere you care to look. After over 1000 pictures I can say that I'm well chuffed. I would advise users to focus manually, especially for macro, as the AF can be a mite all over the place.

For those interested in how this camera performs with spider shots, please see:

http://www.esnips.com/web/dhollseedsPhotos

Verdict: Recommended

Problems:

- Auto Focus not recommended for close-up shots

- Canon: why, why, why did you not give this camera 1cm macro like the older, cheaper A430 (which doesn't have the MF, 15sec exposure & 800 iso)?

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