Canon PowerShot A640

Announced Aug 24, 2006 •
10 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 35 – 140 mm (4×)
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I am going to give my review in a time-line format, which I think may appeal to a lot of users out there who buy a new product as much out of a "need" for a replacement as a "want" for one. First, I must preface myself. I started taking photos on a consistent basis when I bought an Olympus C-5050Z around Easter, 2004. That camera really helped get me into photography; its manual ability, superb lens and high build quality really spoiled me from the start and helped me down the path towards ...

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hectorr
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I have had this camera for about a year and taken around 3000 photos with it. I've really enjoyed it overall. The image quality is impressive for a point and shoot, and it gave me the control I wanted with full manual settings. It was easy to learn and easy to use, and it held up nicely through quite a bit of heavy use (i.e., tied to my saddle horn on a trail ride, taking long exposures in rainstorms, etc). I like the fact that the LCD flips, because you can keep it safe and stowed away. All ...

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tomalban
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The ergonomics of this camera are great - much better than the Powershot S70 I used before. Controls are very fast and easy to use for a point and shoot. Noise isn't bad up to ISO200. I think it's a bargain for under £200 UKP. I'd prefer a 28mm lens but I bought the 0.7x adaptor which gives me 24.5mm equivalent, which I'm finding considerably more useful than 28mm. Only trouble is that the adaptor lens is huge. The articulating screen is brilliant, incredibly useful and lets you get shots you ...

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1) The 10MP is more than enough. 2)The image quality is awesome. 3) No problem with the LCD, the twist feature is useful and protects the screen too. 4) Battery backup is excellent. 5) Ample set features (SLR like) you can play with. 6) The build quality is good, feels sturdy and has a metal finish. 7) Bought is for $300(Rs.12000) in India on Ebay, thats cheap compared to other compact cameras with the same feature set. 8) No Noticible noise till ISO 200. 9) Macro focus just rocks (1 cm). 10) ...

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Nacht
 
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This is an AMAZING camera. At first I thought it was bulky and not nice but considering the plethora of options available to you, it's as close you'll get to a pro camera with a low price tag and smaller-than-SLR size. AA batteries, optical viewfinder, good flash, a nice variety of modes available are all great pluses. What really did it for me was the movable LCD screen. It gives digital photography a whole new dimension. I'm a beginner photograph and this is a really great camera, with ...

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I bought a640 one mont later and its an excelent compact camera , specially its macro mode and its easy to use for the beginners. Im highly reccomend it. Problems: Red eye problem ,low resolution lcd and small sensor.

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Emphyrio
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I bought the A640 as a compact replacement to my S60, mainly for the excellent macro capabilities. I was not disappointed here, as the 1cm minimum focussing and high pixel count meant I could see details on insects and plants which I would not have been able to see with the naked eye. The noise levels are surprisingly low, and a hands off approach to noise reduction means that a lot of detail remains in the pictures, meaning that large prints of 12X16 inches or even larger will not be a ...

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From A80 and A95 still have them . I tried one of these A640 cameras but sent it back and sad to say hated it , Too noisy bad focus in dark situations very low res lcd for a 2.5 screen and the build imo has gone down from the A80 and A95 more and lower spec plastic body ie low rent camera now ,, Other things it seems the annoying shake warning seems to be on all the time, and cant turn the damm thing off silly , The IQ printed out 7x5 I allways do is NO different it seems to my older A ...

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rick
 
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woow the best point and shoot I ever had. It gets more detail then the s3. I remember I recently tried a 3 megapixel a340 or something from canon, the first point and shoot since the a95 I tried and really liked it. I didn't like the a95 which is why it took so long for me to try the a640n. I was not expecting much because people talked about noise. This camera is exceptional . I have to learn how to get the great shots but its pretty easy to do with all the options you can ever want and ...

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Cragrat
 
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I've recently been looking for a back up to my DSLR, and have been looking at Canon and Panasonic options. I eventually settled for a Canon S3is, but in the process of looking, my local shop affered me an A640 to try out. Although I didn't buy it (mainly because I was looking for something with a bigger zoom range) I was blown away by how good this little camera is. It completely took me by surprise. The image quality is superb. I took about 500 shots with it and could not believe how ...

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