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AA batteries, flip screen, auto/manual, optical viewfinder

Not very quick at processing .

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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 03.01.2008 03:24

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 02.01.2008 21:33

sounds a mint camera, good review

IzzyS 02.01.2008 19:54

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


MPN 2089B007AA, 2089B009, 2089B010AA, A650IS
Product Type Digital camera - compact
Sensor Resolution 12.1 Megapixel

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

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  3. dharma.roy

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