Canon PowerShot A720 IS

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Canon PowerShot A720 IS

The Canon PowerShot A720 IS is based around the previous PowerShot A710 IS model, and a 6x optical zoom lens - an equivalent of 35 to 210mm, making th...

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published 11/04/2010 | farkhondehsaman
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Pro works with AA batteries so no headache. Manual mode. customized delay shots
Cons low quality video capture, flash recharge, too much red eye.
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"Nothing extraordinary.... but it does the job"

I am not a professional photographer but a photography enthusiast so if you are expecting an expert's point of view please skip.
I have been using it for over a year now, the photos look actual, but if you compare it with a Sony Cybershot or a Panasonic Lumix, which I did, the photos do not look nicer but somewhat closer to reality.
I am a PhD student and my project is pretty much image processing. I can pretty much bet on it that Sony compact cameras apply some sort of digital filters that enhances the colors and adjusts the histogram. But with this version of Canon Powershot the quality of your photos more or less depends on your own skills.
The one thing which I really like is the Manual mode, I was able to take some interesting images of the moon or a 100W switched-ON light bulb that with other compact cameras is pretty much next to impossible to shoot.
The video capturing is not good at all. Some mobile phones can do better honestly. The video zoom is very slow. The stabilizer does not work properly on heavy zooms.
The flash capacitor takes ages to recharge for heavy shots. The auto focus technology used is rather out dated.
I assume this camera does the job for you so you are not wasting your money but if you are really after something that fulfills your special requests, I recommend you look more.

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  • blissman70 published 11/04/2010
    I prefer to stick with my Sony Cybershot
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Product Information : Canon PowerShot A720 IS

Manufacturer's product description

The Canon PowerShot A720 IS is based around the previous PowerShot A710 IS model, and a 6x optical zoom lens - an equivalent of 35 to 210mm, making the A720 excellent for all-purpose photography. It also includes a high resolution eight megapixel sensor, more than enough for tack-sharp 11x14 inch prints with some cropping.

Product Details

Product type: Digital Camera, Digital camera - compact

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 8

Viewfinder / Viewfinder Type: Optical Viewfinder

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

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 6 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

LCD Display Size: 2.5

Auto Focus: TTL Face Detection

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.0058

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in Flash

Manufacturer: Canon

Product Description: Canon PowerShot A720 IS - digital camera

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Supported Battery: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Lens System: 6 x zoom lens - 5.8 - 34.8 mm - f/2.8-4.8

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 8.0 Megapixel

Weight: 200 g

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.7 cm x 4.2 cm x 6.7 cm

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom

Image Processor: DIGIC III

Min Focus Distance: 55 cm

Exposure & White Balance

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

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

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

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

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

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

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

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

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

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 200 g

Height: 6.7 cm

Depth: 4.2 cm

Width: 9.7 cm

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


Details: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Battery Type: AA


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

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, SVGA monitor, CD-ROM Drive


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


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

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Type: 2.5" LCD display


Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom

Additional Features

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

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.3 frames per second

Lens System

Features: Aspherical lens, Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Macro Focus Range: 1-55cm

Lens Construction: 7 groups / 9 elements

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

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

Type: 6 x zoom lens - 5.8 - 34.8 mm - f/2.8-4.8

Min Focus Distance: 55 cm

Memory / Storage

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

Memory Card Slot: SD card

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

Included Memory Card: 16 MB SD, 16 MB

Image Storage: JPEG 3264 x 2448 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 3264 x 1832

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

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 3.5 m

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation


Digital Video Format: AVI

AE/AF Control: FlexiZone

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Image Processor: DIGIC III

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Optical Zoom: 6 x

Image Recording Format: JPEG

MPN: 2092B010AA, 2092B008, 2092B009, 2092B007AA, A720IS, POWERSHOTA720

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 8,000,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 8,300,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Sensor Resolution: 8.0 Megapixel


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