Canon PowerShot A85

Announced Jul 20, 2004 •
4 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 35 – 105 mm (3×)
cisengineer
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This is a great point and shoot camera and the image quality is fantastic. It has a good macro mode for closeups and the 3x zoom lens works great. Problems: AA batteries don't last long. You need to keep a spare set handy.

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Zone8
 
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I've had mine as a notebook and for family snaps for over 18 months. It's OK for my purposes but found battery life poor. Only selected this due manual features but can be a pain to set exactly as required. As said, for my purposes works tolerably well but would not recommend for anyone seeking a camera to produce quality results. Problems: Poor battery life (all sorts) as camera does seem to drain. Often have to activate and close a couple of times to get camera working at all.

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I've had my A85 for a bit over 12 months and 8000 images, the manual controls are great and the buttons are very well laid out. Sturdy construction, mine's been dropped on concrete a few times and all that it's got to show for it is a slightly loose zoom control and a few scratches. When it exposes properly the images are sharp, but a little undersaturated (I leave the camera in Vibrant effect mode all the time). Overall, not a bad camera, and I've taken some fantastic photos with it. Problems: ...

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Eddaweaver
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The A85 would've been an excellent digital camera if not for one thing: the 3rd-party sensor in it is of inferior quality and doesn't do justice to the high quality lens. Situations that don't stress the sensor too much (bright light etc) can produce excellent pictures owing to the quality of the lens, but these are a minority. A large majority of pictures will hit the sensor's deficiencies time and time again, unless you live in a very sunny country. The camera's positives include: ++ truly ...

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Jekko76
 
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I have this camera by 6 months. IMHO total auto mode is really bad but manual modes rocks! Very sharp pictures, easy of use, wonderful colors. I work almost always in "T" mode and it works perfectly. Need very much light to work and the flash is Kinda small. The batteries work for very much time. My global evalutation is positive, for the money it costs. Problems: Total auto mode is bad, AIAF points always where you do NOT want to focus.

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Of course Features and Image Quality are "5" for the price and the class. The main things to note are perfectly working Auto mode (which makes the camera really easy to use), smooth pictures and virtually no red-eye problem. AF and Auto WB are also good enough. Highly recommended as a pocket camera.

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I like the image quality and simplicity of use of this camera, whilst still allowing full manual control. Very good value for money. It is more rugged than you'd imagine. My first major outing took the camera up some Scottish mountains in winter. The camera coped well with the low temperatures, and snow and ice being blown into the lens mechanism (and then melting). I was even able to operate the camera with thick mittens on. Problems: The size. Canon's specs say that this camera is 32mm ...

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linden7179
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I bought A85 from Walmart at only CND257. Good features but pictures are too noisy. Returned to walmart.

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Impressão geral muito boa. O software de manipulação e os recursos são ótimos. O visor LCD grande é muito útil (principalmente para quem já usou aqueles de 1.5"). Várias vezes acabou a carga das baterias com ela ligada e não deu nenhum erro E18 (quase deixei de comprar esta excelente câmera por causa deste terrorismo que alguns outors usuários fizeram). O mesmo se aplica para a A75. Problems: - Viewfinder mostra somente uns 75% do quadro real (na prática só dá pra usar o visor LCD). - ...

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great camera Problems: none yet

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