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)

Lens

• 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
• TTL
• 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
CD-ROM

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