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Canon PowerShot A700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 853 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and image quality. The performance and usability also get good views, but the features and contrast get critical views. There are mixed views on the shutter and flash.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A700


Easy-to-use exposure and focus controls; 6X zoom range; solid image quality; usable ISO 800.

LCD washes out; sluggish flash recycling.

The Canon PowerShot A700's useful 6X zoom range, decent image quality, almost-acceptable ISO 800 performance, and full manual controls will catch the attention of photo enthusiasts and snapshooters.

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Canon Powershot A700


The PowerShot A700 features six-megapixel resolution together with a retractable 6x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 35-210mm (35mm equivalent) The A700 model incorporates 20 shooting modes from fully automatic to fully manual to achieve optimum r


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Canon PowerShot A700


35 - 210mm equiv.

Good resolution, clean and detailed results ; Natural, accurate color ; Good edge-to-edge sharpness ; Useful 35-210mm equiv. 6x zoom lens ; Fast, reliable focus ; Reliable exposure and white balance ; Sophisticated and comprehensive range of features...

Clipped highlights and occasional exposure problems in bright, contrasty conditions ; Occasional clipping of very bright reds and yellows in bright conditions ; Zoom is a bit jumpy (not enough steps between 35 and 210mm) ; No ISO button ; Slow flash...

Canon's A series PowerShots have proved very popular with photographers, thanks to the winning combination of keen pricing, a full and comprehensive feature set and solid build quality. The A700 is no exception, and will no doubt prove just as popular....

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Canon Powershot A700


Featuring a 6x optical zoom, 6.0-megapixel CCD, automatic, partial, or fully manual exposure control, and a wide range of preset shooting modes, the Canon A700 is another fine addition to Canon's A-series of digital cameras. Built on the same...

Full Manual control (PASM) ; Vibrant, appealing color ; Good skin tones ; Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting well ; Better than average exposure accuracy ; Better than average shutter response ; Good lens, sharp corners, low chromatic...

Only average speed from shot to shot ; Contrast is a little high, tends to lose highlight and shadow detail under harsh lighting ; Zoom lens could stand having a few more steps (14 settings across 6x makes for somewhat large steps) ; No image...

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Canon PowerShot A700


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6X optical zoom lens offers more zoom power than on other entry-level cameras ; Very good photo quality; ISO 200 and 400 settings are usable for small prints ; Large 2.5" LCD display is usable in low light (though see issues below) ; Full manual...

LCD doesn't flip-out and rotate like on A610/A620; resolution could be better ; Some redeye ; Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit ; Plastic tripod mount ; No rechargeable batteries bundled; tiny memory card included

If you want a compact digital camera with more zoom power than other cameras in this class, then the PowerShot A700 is well worth a look. The 6X zoom comes in handy for occasional nature and sports shooting (though an ultra zoom will get you...

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Canon Powershot A700 and A710 Digital Camera Review


The next step in Canon Powershot development after the 500 and 600 series, is the A700 series. The A700 model incorporates 22 shooting modes from fully automatic to fully manual to achieve optimum results for any photographic application. The new...

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Canon Powershot A700 Digital Camera Review


The Canon Powershot A700 is at the top of the three Powershot "A" digital cameras announced in February of this year.

Excellent image quality ; Comfortable to hold ; Nice 6x optical zoom lens ; Quick operation (except for flash)

Flash cycle time takes a while(up to 10 sec) ; LCD could use a higher pixel count ; Average battery life

I enjoyed using the A700.  It's a very easy camera to just carry around to pull out to grab a quick snapshot.  The image quality is excellent and having the 6x optical zoom is, in my opinion, worth the extra $50 compared to the Canon Powershot A540. ...

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Canon PowerShot A700


Canon released the PowerShot A700 camera early 2006 with even more zoom. While this may not be the flagship of the A-series (in my opinion), it's pretty close to it. Here are some changes and differences since the A620:

Fairly telephoto 6x optical zoom ; Large 2.5 inch LCD with good visibility ; Great battery life ; Lots of useful accessories available (such as conversion lenses) ; Fast, unlimited continuous shooting ; Full manual controls ; Excellent movie mode ; My...

Low LCD resolution and does not rotate ; Large movie file sizes and cannot optical zoom or focus when recording ; No optical image stabilization ; No live histogram ; Fairly small grip ; Flash recharge time not good ; Startup and autofocus needs to be...

The Canon PowerShot A700 has everything an entry-level budget camera should have and more. Its two main features - 6x optical zoom and full manual controls - set it apart from competition.

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Canon PowerShot A700 Digital 6-Megapixel Camera Review


It is difficult to go wrong with pretty much any digital camera from Canon. Canon cameras have no significant shortcomings and their A-line of compact cameras sells in huge numbers to happy customers. The A610 and A620 are a huge success with excellent...

The Canon PowerShot A700 is an excellent camera with one exception. Its flash recycles slowly (up to 10 seconds), meaning you cannot take photos with flash in sequence as fast as with some other cameras. If you mostly intend to use the camera indoors...

Product Specifications

The PowerShot A700 combines top specifications with innovative technology to transport your photography to an exciting new level. You'll capture superb detail and subtlety with the 6.0 megapixel CCD and 6x optical zoom lens. Enjoy expanded low-light shooting ability using ISO speeds up to 800, and see it all on a large 2.5-inch LCD screen.

Audio Input



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


Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.8
Max Focal Length:34.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:6
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format: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 / Color Accent / Color Swap / Darker Skin Tone / Lighter Skin Tone / My Colors / Neutral / Positive / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical