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Canon PowerShot A630

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1416 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and battery. The value for money and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the memory. There are some critical comments about the features and storage.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A630 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Powershot A630


This slightly pricey, 8-megapixel compact isn't super-trim and sexy, but it works very well in lots of situations. The PowerShot A630 packs an amazing array of useful features and is incredibly simple to operate. Despite the cost, there is plenty to love.

Big, bright articulating 2.5-inch LCD. Easy-to-use manual controls. Direct-vision viewfinder. 4X optical zoom. Lots of manual controls.

A little pricey for a compact. Video could be smoother. Slightly bulky.

The 8MP Canon PowerShot A630 may be a bit bulky for a compact camera, but the great physical controls and easy-to-use features will appeal to those who appreciate a variety of settings to capture their photos.

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Canon Powershot A630


The PowerShot A630 and A640 digital cameras are equipped with high resolution 8.0 and 10.0 Megapixel CCDs respectively. Both cameras feature the same body design, high-quality Canon 4x Optical Zoom lens, optical viewfinder as well as a 2.5-inch...

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Canon PowerShot A630


Aside from the approximately $75 street price differential, the real distinguishing element between the two is the photo quality. In general, both produce colorful and crisp photos, with relatively little fringing or distortion. Fine details showed up...

Lots of manual controls; flip-out LCD; accessory lenses are available.

Noisy at ISO 800; no image stabilization.

Though it's not a great choice for low-light shooting, the Canon PowerShot A630 is a solid, feature-rich digital camera.


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Canon PowerShot A630 Digital Camera - Hands-On Preview


The Canon PowerShot A630 couples an 8.0-megapixel CCD imaging sensor with a 4x optical zoom lens that offers a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 35-140mm, a moderate wide-angle to a somewhat more generous telephoto than you'll find on most compact...

Excellent value for the money ; Bright, attractive color that stops short of seeming overdone ; Good skin tones ; Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting well ; Better than average exposure accuracy ; Good lens, generally low distortion and...

Inaccurate optical viewfinder, Too many manuals to find what you need when you need it, Auto rotation not recognized by many other standard applications

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Canon PowerShot A630/A640


The PowerShot A630 and A640 are two lower priced cameras that offer the manual controls and expandability usually reserved for more expensive cameras. Both cameras feature 4X zoom lens, a rotating 2.5" LCD display, a VGA movie mode, and unlimited...

Very good photo quality, noise levels stay low through ISO 200; ISO 400 still usable too, especially on the A640 ; A bit more zoom than your typical camera in this price range ; Large 2.5" LCD can flip out and rotate; screen is visible in low light ;...

Redeye a problem ; LCD resolution isn't great ; Current zoom setting not shown on LCD ; Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit ; Plastic tripod mount; can't swap memory cards while camera is on tripod ; Included memory...

The Canon PowerShot A630 and A640 are two very capable digital cameras that are suitable to beginners and advanced users alike. They offer far more than most cameras in this price range, which is why they earn my enthusiastic recommendation. I would...

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Canon PowerShot A630 and A640 Digital Camera Review


Their design of these 2 digital cameras is user friendly and well-built, the pictures are great, and they're easy to shoot. Comparing to A530 and A540, A630 and A640 equips with Vari-angle 2.5 inch LCD screen that flips outward and rotates which allows...

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Canon PowerShot A630


Canon's latest full-featured camera is here with the A630. The A630 along with the higher resolution A640 are updates to 2005's well received A610/A620. These two new cameras offer more resolution, a larger 2.5 inch LCD, higher sensitivities and the...

Excellent value for money ; Long battery life with rechargeable batteries ; Good ergonomics; custom option on mode dial ; Large rotating LCD with good visibility ; Full manual controls ; Unlimited continuous shooting and great movie mode ; Fast...

Low LCD resolution ; No live histogram and plastic tripod mount ; No movie focus or optical zoom, limited to 1 GB (about 8 minutes) per clip ; Larger memory card and rechargeable batteries not included

The Canon PowerShot A630 is a mid-sized camera which features 8 megapixels, a rotating 2.5 inch LCD and full manual controls. The A630 has great battery life, a nice grip with easy one hand operation, very good performance and even a custom option on...

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Canon Powershot A630 Review


Canon has done well with the Powershot A630. This compact digital camera has a complete feature set including full-manual controls, manual focus and custon white-balance. The A630 handles well and produces rather images with nicely saturated colors,...

Nicely saturated colors, Good image sharpness, Very low noise up to ISO 100, Great exposure accuracy, Quick focus system, Minimal purple fringing

Noticeable vignetting, Noticeable barrel distortion at wide-angle, Very high noise at ISO 400 and up, Light corner softness, Too few zoom steps, Redeye problems

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Canon PowerShot A630


Canon's new PowerShot A630 compact digital camera combines functionality with photographic simplicity, all in a compact form factor that fits snugly in the hand. This 8 megapixel camera packs a high resolution punch to ensure that consumers' most...

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"Doesn't hold up"


If I was reviewing this product a couple months into owning it, I would have given it 4 or 5 stars. However, I am reviewing it 2 years into owning it and have had nothing but problems. It started with the shutter not working properly. Then the flash...

flip out LCD

too expensive for what you get. Only 2 years into ownership of this product there are multiple problems and no longer works

Product Specifications

PowerShot A630 not only boasts show-stopping 8.0 megapixel resolution, but is packed with a full range of high-performance features previously found only on Canon's higher-end cameras. The result is an affordable camera that produces truly superior photography. The high resolution is complemented by a 4x optical zoom that brings the world up close, and you'll see it all clearly on the big, bright 2.5-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor. The 21 shooting modes make photography easy, fun and creative, and are joined by great functionality like expanded ISO settings that let you shoot in low light without blur.

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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 / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Color accent / Color swap / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / Night scene / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.1
Max Focal Length:29.2mm
Min Focal Length:7.3mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI/MJPEG/MJPEG / AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Custom Effect / Darker Skin Tone / Lighter Skin Tone / Neutral / Positive / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical