Canon PowerShot A620 Review
Unsurprisingly the A620 bears a close family resemblance to the A95 that preceded it, with the most significant external changes being the larger screen and lens, and the shuffling around of some of the rear panel controls. It's a little curvier and a little larger too, though only by a few millimeters (both cameras are considerably larger than the A510 / A520 models that sit below the A620 in the range). External controls are fairly minimal considering the huge feature set, with most everyday shooting functions accessed via the excellent FUNC menu - although I was very disappointed to see that unlike other recently released Canon compacts, there isn't a dedicated ISO button.
In your hand
First impressions of the A620, like the A95 before it, are that this is a very solid camera indeed. The front and top are encased in lightweight metal, the rear and grip are plastic. The grip is a little larger than the A95's, which makes the excellent handling of that model even better. The large shutter release and zoom lever are well placed for single-handed shooting. You cannot fault Canon when it comes to the build quality of the A620; it does not feel in any way like a budget camera, and, like the A95 before it, what it lacks in sex appeal it makes up for in fit and finish.
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