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Compared to... Canon PowerShot A700

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Canon PowerShot A710 IS and its predecessor, the PowerShot A700, at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Canon PowerShot A710 IS: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
     
  • Canon PowerShot A700 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon PowerShot A710 IS
Canon PowerShot A700
ISO 400, 1/250 sec, F5.0
ISO 400, 1/251 sec, F5.0
3,463 KB JPEG
2,841 KB JPEG

At ISO 400 the differences are again minor; the A710 output looks slightly more saturated, particularly the reds, and the noise is marginally less intrusive (measured noise is slightly lower in the shadows on the A710 IS - possibly thanks to the slightly higher contrast) - though the A700 image actually looks slightly sharper. Again Canon has chosen to go for a fairly laid-back approach to noise reduction, which means the ISO 400 images look slightly 'grainy' but still have plenty of detail. This is infinitely preferable to the alternative approach, smearing away all noise (and fine detail) with heavy handed noise reduction routines.

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