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Canon PowerShot A700 Review

April 2006 | By Simon Joinson

Review based on a production Canon PowerShot A700

Announced just before PMA in February, the A700 is the new flagship of the ever-growing 'A' series of affordable feature-laden PowerShot models. As well as sporting a 6x (35-210mm equiv) optical zoom and 2.5-inch screen the A700 is the first of many cameras launched this year to use the latest 1/2.5" 6MP CCD, and the first to feature an ISO 800 mode. Before we get started on the review let's have a look at the headline features:

  • 6.0 megapixel sensor
  • 35-210mm (equiv.) F2.8-4.8 6x zoom lens
  • DIGIC II image processor and iSAPS technology
  • Accurate focusing with FlexiZone AF/AE
  • ISO 800 shooting
  • Widescreen (16:9) stills recording
  • 30fps VGA movie recording
  • 1cm macro mode
  • Full photographic control
  • 2.5" LCD with Night Display and Grid Line Display
  • Optional tele, wide and close up convertors

Canon PowerShot A700 Key specifications

Street price • US: $316
• UK: £280
Body Material

Plastic and metal

Sensor • 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 6.0 million effective pixels
Image processor DIGIC II with iSAPS technology
Image sizes

• 2816 x 2112
• 2816 x 1584
• 2272 x 1704
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x480

Movie clips

• 640 x 480, 15 or 30 fps, up to 1GB
• 320 x 240, 15 or 30 fps, up to 1GB
320 x 240, 60 fps, up to 1 min
• 160 x 120, 15 fps, up to 3 min
• Motion JPEG AVI (with WAVE audio)


• 6x optical zoom
• 35 - 210mm equiv.
• F2.8 - F4.8

Focus • TTL autofocus
• AF illuminator
• 9-point AiAF or 1 point AF (any position or fixed center)
• 1cm macro mode
Metering • Evaluative
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center or linked to focusing frame)
Shooting mode

• Auto
• Program AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Aperture priority AE
• Manual
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Night Scene
• Stitch Assist
• Movie
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• Indoor
• Kids & Pets
• Night Snapshot
• Color accent
• Color swap

Shutter speeds

• 15 - 1/2000 sec
• Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec in Manual and Shutter Priority AE modes

Apertures F2.8 - 4.8
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Sensitivity • Auto
• High ISO Auto
• ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800
White Balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom
Image parameters My Colors mode (Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Lighter/Darker skin tone, Positive film, Custom color)
Continuous Continuous (2 fps) until card is full
Flash • Built-in
• Modes: Auto, On, Off
• Slow Sync
• Red-Eye reduction
• Range (wide): 0.55- 3.5 m
• Range (tele): 0.55 - 2.5 m
• 2nd-curtain synch
Storage • SD / MMC compatible
• 16MB supplied
Viewfinder Real-image zoom
LCD monitor • 2.5" Low temperature P-Si TFT, 115,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• A/V out
Power • 2 x AA batteries
• NiMH recommended (alkaline supplied)
• Optional AC adapter
In the box*

Canon PowerShot A700
2 x AA Alkaline batteries
16MB card
Wrist strap
AV cable
Interface cable

Other features

• Up to 60 sec sound per image
• Histogram
• 2 or 10 sec self timer
• Optional Tele-converter 1.75x lens (TC-DC58N)
• Optional Wide-converter 0.7x lens (WC-DC58N)
• Optional Close-Up Lens 250D (58mm
• Optional
High Power Flash (HF-DC1)

Weight (inc batts) 200 g approx
Dimensions 94.5 x 66.5 x 43.4 mm

* 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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