Review posted for Canon PowerShot A700|
(Friday, June 2, 2006 - 16:14 EDT)
Featuring a 6x optical zoom, 6.0-megapixel CCD, automatic, partial, or fully manual exposure control, and a wide range of preset shooting modes, the Canon A700 is another fine addition to Canon's A-series of digital cameras.
Built on the same long-tested design as many A-series predecessors, the Canon PowerShot A700 offers a lot in its compact package. Its combination of automatic and manual features make it very approachable for novices, but interesting for experienced users as well, the net result being a camera that will satisfy a broad range of interests and provide a good path for novice users to expand their photographic horizons as their experience grows.
The 6x zoom lens is quite easy to hand-hold under reasonably bright lighting, but as the light fades, the Canon A700's lack of image stabilization will come to be more of a factor. I'd also like to see it equipped with a more accurate optical viewfinder, and its image noise at ISO 800 was on the high side.
Bottom line though, this is a camera that will meet the needs of the average consumer very well, and one that's especially well suited to situations where both novice and experienced users need to share the use of the same camera. It would also make a great inexpensive camera for a budding photo student to explore the effects of shutter speed and aperture variations with.
All in all, an easy Dave's Pick. Read our review of the Canon A700 for all the details!