Canon PowerShot A650 IS

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Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Canon's extremely popular A Series reaches a milestone with the PowerShot A650 IS, its new top-of-the-line camera. 12.1 megapixels offers unparalleled...

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Review of "Canon PowerShot A650 IS"

published 02/01/2008 | TrevorG9
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Pro AA batteries, flip screen, auto/manual, optical viewfinder
Cons Not very quick at processing.
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"Everything I need!"

My plan was to find a camera that didn't keep me waiting on expensive batteries to recharge and an optical viewfinder for when the sun was too bright to read the screen. With the Canon A650 IS the optical viewfinder did not show the same amount as the screen and that was my only real complaint. Yes, it's a little bulky (300g - finding the right case did take some time) but very comfortable in my hands with all the buttons easily available. It's not pretty but the plastic construction feels sturdy enough for me. The flash is occasionally obtrusive but generally very efficient. It was only after seeing the pictures that I wished for RAW mode but, at £228, no real loss. The camera has 21 other modes from fireworks to marina and full manual. The included memory card is too small to make sense but there are tele converters and external flashes available for those who want more. The flip screen is as posey as it is practical but my favourite feature was the removal of red eye from pictures already taken. The menu is clear and easy to navigate. As with all high pixel cameras (a whopping 12.1) there is noise with the higher ISO and processing times are slow but neither is excessive. It took more than a busy week of Xmas photos to drain the set of four AA batteries and the camera performed well in all conditions. If you're not interested in constantly re-charging batteries or fighting to see the screen in bright sunlight but still want top photos, I don't think there are many other cameras you can get better than this.

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  • dharma.roy published 03/01/2008
    Nice review, but to get a better rating you need to include a lot more information about the product. If you’re not sure what to write then I suggest that you check out some of the other reviews to use as a guide to help you improve your review. If you update your review let me know and I will re-rate for you.
  • techno_man_37 published 02/01/2008
    sounds a mint camera, good review
  • IzzyS published 02/01/2008
    Sounds good but I agree with the previous comment, that some more details wouldn't go amiss... what settings does it offer? like how does it cope in low light conditions/is the flash good? how long do the batteries last? what accessories are there for it? and so on
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Product Information : Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Manufacturer's product description

Canon's extremely popular A Series reaches a milestone with the PowerShot A650 IS, its new top-of-the-line camera. 12.1 megapixels offers unparalleled resolution for a compact camera, while the powerful 6x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer Technology delivers clear, blur-free images in low light and all through the zoom range. Hallmark A Series value includes Canon's latest generation DIGIC III Image Processor with enhanced Face Detection Technology, ISO 1600 and Red-eye Correction for sharp, superior quality images.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon PowerShot A650 IS - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital Camera

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Processor: DIGIC III

Sensor Resolution: 12.1 Megapixel

Lens System: 6 x zoom lens - 7.4 - 44.4 mm - f/2.8-4.8

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

Supported Battery: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Dimensions (WxDxH): 11.2 cm x 5.6 cm x 6.8 cm

Weight: 300 g

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in Flash

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 12.1

Viewfinder / Viewfinder Type: Optical Viewfinder

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory Card; Multimedia Card; MultiMedia Card plus; HC MultiMedia Card plus

LCD Display Size: 2.5

Auto Focus: TTL Face Detection

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.0074

Manufacturer: Canon

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 6 x


MPN: 2089B007AA, 2089B009, 2089B010AA, A650IS

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Sensor Resolution: 12.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 12,400,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 12,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/1.7"

Optical Zoom: 6 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Processor: DIGIC III

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

AE/AF Control: FlexiZone

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO 3200

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, stitch assist, fireworks, night scene, Underwater, indoor, foliage, beach, kids & pets, night snapshot, aquarium

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Vivid, Custom Effect

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, Underwater

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 6 x zoom lens - 7.4 - 44.4 mm - f/2.8-4.8

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 35 - 210mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Macro Focus Range: 1-50cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 7 groups / 9 elements

Features: Aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

Effective Flash Range: 0.5 m - 3.5 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.3 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary colour filter, DPOF support, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, FE lock, resizing an image, in-camera red-eye fix, in-camera film editing


Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom


Type: 2.5" LCD display

Resolution: 173,000 pixels

Display Features: Rotating


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Connector Type: 1 x USB ( mini-USB Type B ) ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows 2000 SP4 or later, Apple MacOS X 10.3 or later, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP2

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive


Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Included Accessories: USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable


Battery Type: AA

Details: 4 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Included Memory Card: 32 MB SD

Image Storage: JPEG 4000 x 3000 ¦ JPEG 3264 x 2448 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 4000 x 2248

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 11.2 cm

Depth: 5.6 cm

Height: 6.8 cm

Weight: 300 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


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