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Canon PowerShot A420

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the lens and image quality are overall positive. The memory and value for money also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the screen and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A420 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A420 (wolfie, 14 Nov 07)

 

This my second 'A-400' series powershot - and I am think they are simply the best value for money cameras. The build & lens & features quality is the same as other cameras costing twice the price. It has an optical viewfinder which is still a necessity...

I've destroyed two through water damage as I take them fishing - have no hesitation getting a third (but I'll put it in a camera cover!).

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A420 (edwardhotpe, 19 Jul 06)

 

Canon image quality amazing continuous shoot (i tried over 40+ shoots at 4MP without stop) quick start up (1sec) excellent battery life (with NiMH AAx2) VGA video clip is good quality plastic body but not bad very good for the value ($120), won't...

CONS ; little bit slow in flash recycle ; LCD is 77000 pixels only ; QVGA video clip quality is still lousy (common to Canon) ; no sound in video clips (go for A430 if you want to have it)

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A420 (Mochamad Rizki Fibrianto, 11 Jul 06)

 

Good enough for all beginners. Simple and have a clear result. But, sometimes there are some noises if we look into detailed result. Anyway, Canon Powershot A420 is a good first step to do our new hobby.

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Canon PowerShot A420

 

Good enough for all beginners. Simple and have a clear result. But, sometimes there are some noises if we look into detailed result. Anyway, Canon Powershot A420 is a good first step to do our new hobby.

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A420 (IlyaG, 20 Apr 06)

 

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A420 (chicagobilly, 20 Mar 06)

 

Very disappointed.

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Amazon review summary for Canon PowerShot A420

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Canon PowerShot A420 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Canon PowerShot A420

 

Impressive performance with a 16MB Canon memory card. ... Read review Not to mention that the size, weight, and cost of DSLR's means that they stay home on most casual outings. Go ahead ... Read review ... Read review

MMC/SD cards,16MB Canon memory card

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I love this camera

 

Some. I adored my old Canon S2 IS so much that when it got dropped in the ocean there was really no question about replacing it with another Canon superzoom. I take a lot of wildlife pix, and the availability of a 560mm lens in a small, light,...

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Canon PowerShot A420

 

The Specs: Format Compact Price (street) Also known as Release Status Discontinued Max resolution 2272 x 1704 Low resolution 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 Image ratio w:h 4:3 Effective pixels 4.0 million Sensor photo detectors 4.1 million Sensor...

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Product Specifications

PowerShot A420 is equipped with an approximately 4.0 million camera effective pixel Charge Coupled Device (CCD), and with DIGIC II, higher resolution and high-speed processing were achieved. This camera is equipped with the 3.2x optical zoom lens, which covers a 35mm film equivalent focal length ranging from 39 mm (Wide Angle) to 125 mm (Telephoto) and f/2.8 (Wide Angle) - f/5.1 (Telephoto) aperture. This camera is equipped with an upgraded 1.8-inch Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and up to ISO 400 can be selected in the shooting mode. The recording pixels now include a "Widescreen" feature that has the same aspect ratio as 16:9 widescreen TVs for shooting wide images. This camera can take QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) movies at 30 frames per second. Super Macro in the "Manual" mode allows you to shoot a subject when the distance from the front of the lens to the subject is in the range of 1 to 5 cm (0.39 to 2.0 in.) when shooting. By revising the operability of the previous My Colors mode, Color Accent mode and Color Swap mode that transform colors when shooting have been added to the shooting mode. The My Colors and Photo Effect modes have been combined into the new "My Colors" in the FUNC. menu and are used to change the look and feel of the pictures when shooting. This camera is equipped with a "Print/Share" button. This button lets you easily print your images by connecting the camera directly to a direct print compatible printer. When the camera is connected to a computer (Windows /Mac OS X), pressing the Print/Share button lets you easily download images directly from the camera to the computer. A new "Print Menu" including all the menus for printing has improved camera operations for such functions as direct printing.

Audio Input

Type: None

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.6in
Height:2in
Weight:5.3oz
Width:4.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Macro / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Storage Capacity:16MB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:A420
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.1
Max Focal Length:17.3mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:3.2
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:3.6
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Color Accent / Color Swap / Darker Skin Tone / Lighter Skin Tone / My Colors / Neutral / Positive / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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