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The Everyday Sling might just be the perfect pack for not carrying too much gear, combining comfort with Peak Design's signature modern style.
The A700 is, unsurprisingly, very similar in appearance to the other cameras in the A series; slightly boxy but pretty solid and well-finished (though compared to the A620, for example, it feels very lightweight). What is slightly surprising is the size; the A700 is remarkably small, especially considering the fact it sports a full 6x optical zoom (it's considerably less bulky than the A620, for example). Control layout will be familiar to anyone who has ever used an A series PowerShot. 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 again, there isn't a dedicated ISO button (which has started to appear on Ixus / Elph models, so why not here?). One change from last year's high end A series is the screen; it's bigger (2.5 inch), but doesn't offer the very useful tilt 'n' swing movements seen on the A620.
Say what you like about Canon, but it avoids the temptation to make budget models that feel like toys; the A700, like every A series camera I've ever used, feels very solid indeed, despite the fact there's slightly more plastic and slightly less metal than previous models (only the front is cased in metal). The grip is a slightly smaller than the old 'flagship', the A620, but is still a lot better than the 'bar of soap' design used by most compact cameras (including many Canon models) for single-handed shooting. You cannot fault Canon when it comes to the build quality or handling of the A700; it does not feel in any way like a budget camera, and, like the other A series cameras before it, what it lacks in sex appeal it makes up for in fit and finish.
|As with all A series PowerShots, the A700 is powered by AA batteries (two in this case). Rechargeable (NiMH) batteries are not supplied in the box, so you'll need to budget for at least one set. The good news is that battery life is superb - Canon quotes 400 shots (using the CIPA standard, LCD monitor on) from a fully charged set of NiMH cells, and up to 1000 shots if you turn the LCD off and use the viewfinder. Our experience bore this out. Impressive.|
|The card slot sits under the same fairly sturdy hinged door at the base of the grip. The design means you have to be slightly careful when removing the card to remember to hold the camera upside down or your batteries will be on the floor.|
|A flexible plastic cap on the left side of the body (viewed from the back) covers the A700's ports. Underneath you'll find AV and USB connections, plus a socket for the optional AC adaptor.|
|The A700 follows the current trend (driven, it should be said, by consumer demand) towards larger screens with a big, bright 2.5-incher. The resolution still hasn't risen beyond 115,000 pixels, which means it looks a bit pixilated close up, but it is very bright, has very little lag and a pretty high refresh rate. It's also very good in low light and surprisingly usable even in direct sunlight. Now all we need is a higher resolution version that won't suck the batteries dry in minutes...|
|The optical viewfinder is nothing to write home about; small, with no dioptre adjustment and only showing around 80 per cent of the frame (with a 210mm long end on the zoom this cropping is needed to reduce parallax error problems).That said it is fairly bright and clear. If you do decide to use the optical viewfinder you can, however, extend the battery life to almost 1000 shots on a single set of NiMH cells - and reduce shutter lag.|
|The built-in flash has a range of about 3.5m (12 ft) at the wide end of the zoom, and offers the usual range of modes. The anti red eye mode (switched on and off using a menu option) uses the bright AF illuminator, rather than pre-flashes, so doesn't slow things down too much. Canon sells an add-on slave flash unit (the HF-DC1), which attaches to the camera via a bracket and extends the flash range to 30 feet.|
|One of the most significant changes over previous A series cameras is a longer zoom range - the A700 sports a 6x optical zoom (covering a useful 35 - 200mm equiv. range). With no image stabilization and a fairly slow F4.8 max aperture, the tele end of the zoom is strictly for use in bright conditions if shooting hand-held. As with previous A series cameras the ring around the base of the lens can be removed to allow the attachment of wide or tele converters.|
|The large shutter release sits on top of the grip. It has a nice positive feeling and a distinct 'half way' point, meaning you won't accidentally take a shot when trying to activate the AF. The zoom lever is a large circular 'collar' around the shutter release. The zoom action is a bit on the 'jumpy' side, which can make fine framing a little awkward (there are 14 steps over the entire 35-200mm range).|
|On top of the camera, behind the shutter release, sit the main power (on/off) switch, activity light and mode dial. This is pretty standard Canon stuff - idiot-proof Auto mode, manual and semi automatic exposure modes, movies, stitch assist and scene modes.|
|The four-way controller is used to navigate the on-screen menus. In record mode the up key also changes flash mode, and the down key toggles auto, macro and manual focus modes. In the middle is the ubiquitous 'FUNC' key, which gives access to commonly-used photographic controls.|
The Canon EOS R is the first full frame mirrorless camera to use the new RF mount. We're well underway putting it through our range of standard tests – take a look at how it compares to the competition and our thoughts on using it so far.
When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera, this model is way more than a minor refresh: it's a major leap forwards.
What's the best camera for a parent? The best cameras for shooting kids and family must have fast autofocus, good low-light image quality and great video. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for parents, and recommended the best.
What's the best camera for shooting landscapes? High resolution, weather-sealed bodies and wide dynamic range are all important. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for shooting landscapes, and recommended the best.
What’s the best camera costing over $2000? The best high-end camera costing more than $2000 should have plenty of resolution, exceptional build quality, good 4K video capture and top-notch autofocus for advanced and professional users. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing over $2000 and recommended the best.
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After shaking up the Lightroom ecosystem with Lightroom CC last year, Adobe has released version 2.0 of the cloud-centric photo organizer and editor. We look at new features like People View, how far Lightroom CC has come in its first year, and where Lightroom is headed.
Today, at Adobe MAX 2018, Adobe previewed Photoshop CC on iPad, a full-featured, desktop-class version of Photoshop for iOS.
The weather and has most definitely taken a turn toward fall here, and our shooting opportunities have followed suit. We brought the Canon RF 35mm F1.8 along to a harvest festival of sorts and a few of our usual haunts.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1346 into effect, which imposes a fine upwards of $300 to drone operators who invade the privacy or harm the physical wellbeing of citizens.
Sigma is a company in flux, but CEO Kazuto Yamaki is undaunted by the upcoming prospect of developing lenses for eight lens mounts. The challenge will be keeping the company's identity along the way.
If you've been meaning to convert all of your old photos, video, and audio to digital formats, but simply lack the time or willpower to get through it all, a new service from Kodak will help you get the job done.
Almost all new cameras include impressive video features, but for the best results you'll often need an off-camera recorder. Chris and Jordan take a look at the brand new Ninja V from Atomos, and explain why it might just be one of the most useful tools you can add to your camera.
Collect allows you to transform 360-degree into a more easily digestible format by transforming it into directed traditional videos.
Sick of using your plain ol' keyboard to edit your photos in Lightroom and Photoshop? TourBox is hoping to expedite your post-production workflow using a clever combination of dials, buttons, and knobs.
Bag and accessory manufacturer Hex has launched two bags as part of its latest collection: the Clamshell Backpack and DSLR Sling.
Crank out instant photos with Holga Digital's new analog printer, currently being funded on Kickstarter.
We got some hands-on time with Leica's new S3 medium format camera, which boasts a new higher-res sensor as well as other improvements.
Luna Display started its life as a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter. Now, it's available to purchase directly online.
We sat down with the Google Pixel camera team to learn about key new camera features on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and an explanation of the sophisticated software advancements that power them.
A lawsuit filed on Tuesday claims the cameras in Apple's iPhone 7 Plus and newer dual-camera models infringe on a patent that was granted in 2003.
Nikon's Coolpix P1000 has moved the zoom needle from 'absurd' to 'ludicrous,' with an equivalent focal length of 24-3000mm. So far, it's a fun camera to shoot with – if a bit over the top.
Like the LG V40 ThinQ the A9 combines a super-wide-angle, regular wide-angle and tele camera, but adds a depth-sensor to the mix as well.
The FAA has issued a warning to drone pilots in anticipation of disaster response following Hurricane Michael, noting that fines for interfering with emergency operations can exceed $20,000.
According to a report from Fortune, Apple acquired Danish masking technology startup Spektral in December 2017 for "more than $30 million."
Insta360's latest model comes with a range of features that allow for the creation of unique action cam footage.
The Photogrip can be used as a camera grip, mini tripod or phone stand and comes with a detachable remote.
At a time when manufacturers are adding triple and even quad-cameras to their flagship smartphones, Google is sticking with one main camera. But given the sophistication of the company's computational efforts, we think it's the right approach for now.
DPReview is hiring! We're seeking three Software Development Engineers at a range of experience levels to join our Seattle-based team.
The University of Dayton Research Institute created a video detailing what damage is caused when a drone strikes the wing of an airplane.
Lenovo's upcoming high-end smartphone will be the first model to feature four cameras on the back.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL offer a second front-facing camera and a host of improved computational features such as digital zoom based on super-resolution capture, better depth mapping and a fill-light effect for low light portraits.
Canon has ported a large chunk of its Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Raw processing software's feature set to iOS and launched the DPP Express app.
The Panasonic LX100 II offers a higher-resolution sensor over its predecessor, but it's the addition of a touchscreen that makes the Mark II so gosh-darn enjoyable to shoot with. We've got some fresh samples from Panasonic's new premium compact camera.
Sony has announced a new "Alpha Female" program, a creator-in-residence opportunity that will award six-month grants to five female filmmakers and photographers.
The new 490, 492 and 492LCD are targeted at amateur photographers and come with a 4kg/8.82lbs payload.