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Canon PowerShot A620 Review

November 2005 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Canon PowerShot A620

In August 2005 Canon announced two new A series digital cameras, the five megapixel A610 and seven megapixel A620 on test here. Both cameras replace the long-running, and very popular A95, and join the A520 as affordable, well-specified compacts for the enthusiast user on a budget. The A620 certainly looks promising on paper; newly kitted out with the fast DIGIC II processor and a 2.0-inch vari-angle LCD, it has a wealth of shooting options and 4x optical zoom.

  • 7.2 million pixel CCD
  • 35-140mm (equiv.) 4x zoom lens
  • DIGIC II processor
  • Full photographic control
  • 2.0-inch vari-angle LCD
  • 20 shooting modes
  • 1cm macro mode
  • Optional wide and tele converter lenses

Canon PowerShot A620 vs A95 (main differences)

 

Canon PowerShot A620

Canon PowerShot A95
Sensor • 1/1.8" Type CCD
• 7.1 million effective pixels
• 1/1.8-inch CCD
• 5.0 million effective pixels
Lens

• 35-140mm equiv. F2.8-F4.1
• 4x optical

• 38-114mm equiv. F2.8-F4.9
• 3x optical

Storage SD/MMC CompactFlash
Processor DIGIC II DIGIC I
Top shutter speed 1/2500*
* not all shutter speeds can be used with all apertures

1/2000*
* not all shutter speeds can be used with all apertures

Macro Focus (wide) 1cm 5cm
Max image size 3072 x 2304 2592 x 1944
Dimensions (excluding protrusions, but including grip) 105 x 66 x 49 mm
(4.1 x 2.6 x 1.9 in)
101 x 65 x 43mm
(4.0 x 2.5 x 1.4 in)
Connectivity USB 2.0 Hi-Speed USB 1.1
Max flash range 4.2m (W), 3.0m (T), ISO 100 4.4m (W), 2.5m (T), Auto ISO
Continuous Shooting 1.9 fps, limited by card capacity 2.0 fps, 8-27 frames max
Maximum Movie Size/Frame Rate • 640 x 480, 30fps (limited by card)
• 320 x 240, 60fps (up to 1 minute)
640 x 480, 30 secs
LCD screen • 2.0-inch
• 115,000 pixels
• Tilt & swivel
• 1.8-inch
• 118,000 pixels
Others My Colors mode
Underwater white balance preset
 

Canon PowerShot A620 Key specifications

Street price • US: $368
• UK: £240
Body Material Metal and plastic
Sensor • 1/1.8" Type CCD
• 7.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 3072 x 2304
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x480

Movie clips

• 640 x 480, 15 or 30 fps, limited by card capacity*
• 320 x 240, 15 or 30 fps, limited by card capacity*
• 320 x 240, 60 fps (max clip length 1 min)
• 160 x 120, max 3 mins
• Motion JPEG AVI (with mono audio)
* max file size for a single movie clip is 1 GB

Lens

• 4x optical zoom
• 35 - 140 mm equiv.
• F2.8 - F4.1

Focus • TTL autofocus
• AF illuminator
• 9-point AiAF or 1 point AF (any position selectable)
• Manual focus
• 1cm macro mode (Wide), 25cm (Tele)
Shooting mode

• Auto
• Program AE (with program shift)
• Shutter priority AE
• Aperture priority AE
• Manual exposure
• Custom
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Night Scene
• Stitch Assist
• Movie
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• Underwater
• Indoor
• Kids & Pets
• Night Snapshot
• My Colors
• AE compensation -2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps

Shutter speeds

• 15 - 1/2500* sec
• Noise reduction for shutter speeds slower than 1.3 sec
* Not all shutter speeds can be use with all apertures

Apertures • F2.8 / F3.2 / F3.5 / F4.0 / F4.5 / F5.0 / F5.6 / F6.3 / F7.1 / F8.0 (wide)
• F4.1 / 4.5 / 5.0 /5.6 / F6.3 / F7.1 / F8.0 (tele)
Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
White Balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom
Image parameters • Picture adjust (Vivid, Neutral)
• Sharpness (normal or low)
• Color effects (Sepia, Black and White)
• My Colors mode
Continuous • Continuous (1.9 fps) *
* Large/Fine with LCD off
Flash • Built-in
• Modes: Auto, On, Off
• Slow Sync: On/Off
• Red-Eye reduction: On/Off
• Range (wide): 0.45 - 3.5 m (Auto ISO)
• Range (tele): 0.45 - 2.2 m (Auto ISO)
• 2nd-curtain flash option
• Flash output control (+/- 2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps)
Storage • SD / MMC card
• 32MB SD supplied*
Viewfinder • Real Image Optical
LCD monitor • 2.0 " TFT, 115,000 pixels
• Swing out, tilt and swivel mount
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• A/V out
• DC-IN
Power • 4 x AA batteries
• NiMH recommended (alkaline supplied)
• (Optional AC adapter)
In the box*

Canon PowerShot A620
Wrist strap
2x AA Alkaline batteries
AV cable
USB cable
32MB SD card
Software CD ROM (Canon Digital Camera Solutions & ArcSoft Camera Suite)

Other features

Spot, Center-weighted & Evaluative metering
• 2, 10 sec and custom time self-timer
• Sound memos (up to 60 seconds)
PictBridge, Exif Print and DPOF compatible
Playback Histogram
Built-in speaker and microphone
• Orientation sensor
• PC-controlled shooting with supplied software
• Autofocus Illuminator
Optional 0.7x Wide (WC-D58N) and 1.75x Tele (TC-DC58N) converters
Optional 58mm filter adapter
Optional waterproof case (WP-DC50)
• Optional High Power Flash (slave) HF-DC1

Weight (inc batts) 285 g (10.1 oz) approx
Dimensions 105 x 66 x 49 mm (4.1 x 2.6 x 1.9 in) excluding protrusions

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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