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Canon PowerShot A70

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2528 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and battery. The portability and usability also get good views. There are some mixed views about the storage and viewfinder, while the zoom and sensor get negative comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A70 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Powershot A70


Canon's proprietary image processor, called DIGIC, was developed specifically for use with its line of digital cameras and combines the jobs of image processing and camera function control into one chip. It handles nearly every digital camera function...

Over the past 68 years, Canon has accumulated a vast amount of photographic data and know-how and used it to create some of the most innovative camera products in the marketplace. Now, using that same data and know-how, Canon has developed an exclusive...

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Canon PowerShot A70


The three megapixel PowerShot A70 and two megapixel PowerShotA60 were introduced thisyear just in time for the Photo Marketing Association (PMA 2003) tradeshow in Las Vegas. The PowerShot 'A-series' are Canon's entry-level digitalcameras, the A60 and...

Good resolution, about as much as we could expect from a three megapixel ; Good consistent metering ; Low image noise at ISO 50 and 100 (ISO sensitivity higher than indicated) ; Good color response, better overall balance than most, especially blues...

No histogram in record review or play mode ; Auto white balance should be better ; Underexposed flash shots ; Annoying mirror surrounding LCD monitor ; Slight chromatic aberrations visible ; No image parameter adjustment ; No orientation sensor (seen...

Anyone who has followed Canon's line of PowerShot digital cameras can't help but see the similarities between the A70 and the PowerShot G1 (the original 'G'). The A70 is such an easy to use camera you can drop it into the hand of a pure beginner and...

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Canon USA Powershot A70 Digital Camera Camera


WHAT'S HOT: The Canon PowerShot A70 straddles the line between point-and-shoot and advanced camera, at an astounding estimated street price of only $300. Its small size and light weight are typical of point-and-shoot cameras, and it offers six scene...

The better-than-average software bundle includes Canon's adequate photo utility for downloading and managing images, and ArcSoft Camera Suite 1.2 (a competent package for editing your still shots and movies). You also get thorough, nicely designed ,and...


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Canon PowerShot A70 Digital Camera (Canon-8400A001)


A bargain-priced camera that tries to do it all--and mostly succeeds. It's ideal for situations where flexibility is more important than high resolution.

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Canon PowerShot A70


Superb value ; Strong movie mode ; Great performance ; Full manual controls ; AF illuminator ; Supports add-on lenses

Diopter correction ; Some purple fringing ; Soft images will bother some users ; Red-eye problems

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Digital Cameras - Canon Powershot A70 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


As I mentioned at the outset, Canon's PowerShot A40 topped the charts on the IR website for popularity last year, outstripping all other camera models. - And for good reason: The A40 offered a rich set of features and excellent image quality at an...

Equipped with a 5.4-16.2mm lens, the A70 offers a 3x optical zoom range equivalent to a 35-105mm lens on a 35mm camera. Aperture ranges from f/2.8 to f/8.0 depending on the zoom setting, and can be manually or automatically adjusted. The A70 uses...

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Canon A5510 A520 A95 A85 A80 A75 A70 A60 Test Review © 2005


Just buy an A520 or A510 now! They give the same image quality as my $4,000 Nikon D1H did, run twice as long on a charge and fits in my pocket. I see little to no difference in image quality between these and 5 megapixel cameras that cost over twice as...

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Canon PowerShot A70


In my opinion, one of the most exciting cameras introduced at PMA wasn't a digital SLR or loaded with pixels. Rather, it's a camera for the rest of the world, the folks who are really moving the digital camera market forward

Very good photo quality ; Robust performance ; Has an AF illuminator lamp ; Lots of manual controls for a cheap camera (in other words, it's a great value) ; Impressive movie, playback modes ; Great software package

Redeye ; Details in images a little too soft; purple fringing occasionally a problem ; No diopter correction knob ; No histogram in record or playback mode ; Bundle could be better (aside from software)

In case you didn't notice, I really liked the PowerShot A70. In fact, I've been interested in it since the time I was first told about it, a few weeks before its introduction. The A70 isn't just a low-cost camera, it's a full-featured camera too. It...

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Canon PowerShot A70


A very impressive PowerShot-the A70 has full manual controls, a nice selection of scene modes and a design that echoes later A series (eg. A580-the zoom lever and VF are in similar positions). Features include auto,program,manual and Av/Tv modes,...

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Canon PowerShot A70


I bought my A70 in September 2003 - it was my first digital camera (previous film cameras include Canon EF SLR and Olympus u-ZOOM). It's been a very reliable camera, easy to use and capable of producing very good images under a range of conditions. It...

Sensor failure after 5.5 years - replaced at no charge by Canon Australia under the CCD Sensor Service Advisory

Product Specifications

The Canon PowerShot A70 gives you all the benefits of digital photography in an easy to use package. You can shoot, review, and then share your photos far more quickly and conveniently than was ever possible with analog. The PowerShot A70 has a 3.2-million pixel sensor which lets you print with total clarity in sizes up to A4. Its zoom lens can bring objects approximately 10x closer (with combined optical and digital zoom). Canon's DIGIC processor works ultra fast to process all the camera's electronic functions simultaneously, from Auto White Balance to Autofocus. It also lets you shoot at a fast 2.5 frames per second, but because it works so quickly, the processor uses less power, so the battery lasts longer. With Canon's AiAF five point auto focus system, any subject in the foreground of the scene is accurately focused even if it is not in the center of the frame. If you want to focus on something further away, you can also override this feature. Canon's direct print function allows you to plug the camera straight into the printer, so you can print without a computer. You can also plug the PowerShot A70 straight into your TV, or import the pictures into your computer and send them via e-mail. The Canon PowerShot A70 is the ideal camera for capturing family activities or for people wishing to explore the possibilities of Digital Photography. The camera allows any enthusiastic beginner to record and share their experiences with loved ones, spontaneously and economically.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Hi-speed shutter / Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Stitch assist/Landscape / Portrait mode / Hi-speed shutter / Slow shutter / Stitch assist / Night scene

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Model:A70/A70 Pack PLUS
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.8
Max Focal Length:16.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )/9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:3.2
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 50/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Low Sharpening / Vivid/Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical