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