Canon PowerShot A630

Announced Aug 24, 2006 •
8 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 35 – 140 mm (4×)
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Sharp images, beautiful colours, full manual control, swiveling/articulating LCD, a good grip, and SD movie mode. Many years of enjoyment! Can't take pictures in low light and the viewfinder is junk, but what can you expect? Problems: The battery door hinge mechanism is a bit flimsy after years of use.

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Julya
 
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I have been using this camera for a few years now and it's a great manual compact point and shoot. It is very versatile with some limitations of course. The ISO only goes up to 800, and it doesn't have image stabilization making the use of a tripod a must. The screen can move around which is nice because you can capture people in their true elements while traveling. There 5 different levels of manual settings letting you control how much control you have, plus there is the preset settings if ...

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dholl
 
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After 6 months and over 3000 pictures I've now sold my A630 for the exact same price that I bought it (€150 used) proving that this is a classic which doesn't lose its value easily. It's so consistently good across-the-board that it's hard to say what the best thing about it is, but in short: - excellent sharpness straight-out-of-cam, especially for macro - extensive manual controls allow almost complete freedom - flexi-bendy screen (brilliant for awkward macro shots) - widely-available ...

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JeannieE
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Many more features and choices on this camera than on my Kodak DX 7440. Very good in low light and takes nice indoor pictures without flash as a rule. Easy to turn on and off, unlike the Kodak. I love the Canon software with the Zoom Browser; hated the Kodak Easy Share software and was thrilled to get rid of it on my computers. Uses 4 AA batteries which means you can get new batteries anywhere if your rechargeables run out (except in the forest and am considering a Solio for that.) Problems: ...

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WARNING (sound in videos) I purchased the A630 to replace my Canon G3. The A630 had many advantages over the G3 including price, image size, speed, weight, and video image size/duration. The price was right at $300 with taxes in August 2007. We were quite happy with the camera and the pictures and liked all the features of the A630 until we started playing back the videos we took. The videos were great, if we were deaf, but unfortunately there was a distinct high-pitched buzz in all but the ...

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Fantastic quality for the price! Fantastic macro at 1 cm. Problems: none

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A Real Bargain! Easy to use, bright lens, very sharp. Well built, a lot of features. Good quality images (80-200 ISO). Problems: Noisy at 400-800 ISO.

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Escudeiro
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Excellent image quality up to ISO 200 with sharp and natural results! Lots of features, great 35-140mm F2.8-F4.1 fast lens. 8 MP in an 1/1.8" sensor are more than enough. I also have a Fuji F30, wich provides better image quality starting at ISO 200 due to less image noise (but the A630 is better IMO at outdoors/daylight shots). The A630 is an exciting camera and a great value, it´s much better than i expected... Problems: Live histogram, IS and Raw would be a plus. Noisy at ISO 400 and ...

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Evert S
 
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After my PS510 I tried the Fuji S6500FD, which gave pretty bad pictures (very bad lenses, Fujinon lenses!!). Returned it in a week. Now knowing that an old Canon PS gave perfect pictures in comparison to a relatively recent and huge-lens Fuji I decided to go for a new PowerShot. I selected for manual options, CCD size and macro abilities. The PS A630 was comparable with the Fuji S6500FD, but without the useless "face-detection" and less optical zoom. But it indeed shoots great pictures. Canon ...

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Yet another camera for watersports, this will probably last me for a while. My Canon A540 and Bonica Snapper Suit was sort of okay, but I still wanted something better for my kayak photos. I considered the Fujifilm F31fd with its reputation for low noise, however I was concerned about its reputation for high contrast. I photograph a lot of people whose faces are shaded by hats in the bright sun. I bought the Canon A630 plus the WP-DC8 underwater housing. The A630 seems to be the last of the ...

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