Review posted for Canon PowerShot A710 IS|
(Monday, November 6, 2006 - 11:11 EST)
Let's take a moment to applaud the introduction of optical image stabilization in the A-Series with the Canon PowerShot A710.
Nothing helps improve photography more than some form of shake compensation, and the A710 has what it takes to stabilize your low light shots. Canon's retention of an optical viewfinder on the PowerShot A710, no matter how spare, is also to be applauded, at a time when so many cameras are leaving this helpful feature out, and so many long zooms default to an electronic viewfinder. Startup and shutdown are quick on the Canon A710, and the menu options you need are quickly at hand, too.
The Canon A710's 7.1 megapixel sensor delivers excellent resolution without risking much image noise, and its excellent 6x zoom is impressive. This 35-210mm equivalent lens is a great argument for picking this slightly larger camera over those sexy slim cameras, because it maintains greater corner sharpness and very little chromatic aberration. Its efficient use of two AA batteries is what sets the A-series apart, offering a battery size that's universally available around the world in many formulations.
An articulating LCD would have made the Canon PowerShot A710 a little more useful, however, and I would have appreciated a live histogram; but that's just quibbling. The Canon A710 is a fine camera to have at hand. Read our full review for more.