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Canon PowerShot A720 IS

We have collected and analyzed 46 expert reviews and 1613 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 75/100 and users rate it 86/100. The average review date is May 31, 2008. We have compared these reviews to 780504 reviews from other Digital Compact Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 86/100 = Very good. Last update: Apr 17, 2014.

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Canon PowerShot A720 IS

 

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Surprisingly good image quality (at lower ISO settings) ; Accurate metering in the majority of situations ; Long lens with surprisingly good edge-to-edge performance ; Handy macro performance at wide end of lens ; Bright, clear screen ; Very simple...

Occasional tendency to ignore (and overexpose) bright regions ; Usual issues above ISO 400 due to noise and noise reduction ; Low resolution screen ; Rather cheap feeling plastics ; Plastic tripod mount mounted on far corner of body ; Battery life and...

The A720 IS comes from a long line of successful cameras and, while it is hardly the most exciting upgrade we've ever seen, it does nothing to detract from a popular and successful recipe. And this makes it quite hard not to damn the thing with faint...

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Canon PowerShot A720 IS

 

We all know you can spend big bucks for a digital camera. We also know many folks don't have money to burn when gas is three bucks a gallon. Fortunately there many cameras from the top companies that do a good job and don't break the bank. And please...

8MP; 6x zoom with Optical Image Stabilization

So-so LCD screen; noisy images in low light

The PowerShot A720 IS is a fine performer outdoors but has its faults in low light and it is a little pokey when you use the flash

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PowerShot A720 IS

 

Canon launched the PowerShot A720 IS with optical image stabilization in August 2007 as a full-featured camera at an economic price. The PowerShot A720 IS is the third model in Canon's entry-level A-series with image stabilization. In addition to...

Easy handing with ergonomic hand grip ; Optical Image Stabilization included in a budget camera ; 6x optical zoom lens and option to buy accessory lens converters for extended zoom ; Plenty of manual control ; Fantastic color accuracy ; White balance...

Bulky body design ; High noise levels, especially at 800 and 1600 ISO ; Poor dynamic range above 80 ISO ; Annoying Playback mode switch ; Out-of-date, ugly menu system ; Slow burst rate ; Limited built-in editing functions

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Canon PowerShot A720 IS

 

Canon knows not to fix what isn't broken. Last year's PowerShot A710 IS impressed us with its broad suite of features, solid design, and good value. The 8-megapixel PowerShot A720 IS does little to change that formula, sticking very close to the path...

Great image quality at lower ISOs; manual exposure controls; quick nonflash performance.

Long flash recycle time; highest ISO settings very noisy.

Unless you plan to shoot primarily in low light, the Canon PowerShot A720 IS makes a solid, affordable camera that produces great-looking pictures.

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Canon Powershot A720 IS

 

The "brain" of these new PowerShot cameras is DIGIC III, the gold standard on all new Canon digital cameras. The DIGIC III image processor accounts for the camera's higher performance levels, including faster start-up, faster autofocus and quicker...

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Canon PowerShot A720 IS

 

The PowerShot A720 IS is the quintessential A Series camera in a popular line that matches high-end image quality with fun, easy-to-use features that deliver excellent cost performance. Top-notch specifications include 8.0 megapixel resolution and a...

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Canon PowerShot A720 IS Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

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...

Optical image stabilizer ; Accepts conversion lenses ; AA batteries for power ; Face detection sets focus, exposure and flash power ; Flash power is variable so you shoot fill flash ; Great macro performance ; Above average scores on almost all...

Low resolution LCD ; A bit bulky ; Optical viewfinder shows only about 80 percent of the captured scene ; Record/Playback switch should be on the Mode dial ; A tendency to lose highlights and raise ISO ; High contrast in outdoor shots ; Uneven flash...

The Canon A720 sports a large 2.5-inch rear-panel LCD in addition to its real-image optical viewfinder. In addition to fully automatic shooting the Canon A720 IS features aperture-priority and shutter-priority exposure modes, and even full manual...

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Canon Powershot A720 IS

 

The Canon PowerShot A720 IS an 8 megapixel point and shoot camera featuring a 6x optical zoom lens (equivalent of 35 to 210mm). It features optical image stabilization, an ISO range of 80 - 1600 and a 2.5 inch LCD … Continue reading →

It features optical image stabilization, an ISO range of 80 - 1600 and a 2.5 inch LCD screen and optical view finder.

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Canon PowerShot A720 IS

 

Everything else is about the same, and that's fine, as the A710 was already an excellent camera. That means that the A720 has a 6X optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, a 2.5" LCD display, full manual controls, conversion lens support, and...

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Optical image stabilization ; 6X zoom lens is more than typical cameras in this price range ; Large 2.5" LCD, good outdoor/indoor visibility ; Full manual controls ; Snappy performance, for the most...

Noisy images in low light, even at low ISOs; highest ISO settings not very usable (in any lighting) ; Redeye a big problem, though it can be removed in playback mode ; Mediocre LCD resolution ; Sluggish flash recharge speeds ; Plastic tripod mount ;...

As you can see, there isn't much to complain about when discussing the PowerShot A720. The only thing I missed is a comment about the tiny memory card included with the camera. Otherwise, the PowerShot A720 IS is a great choice for those looking for a...

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Canon PowerShot A720 IS

 

Announced in August 2007, the Canon PowerShot A720 IS is the third model in Canon's economic A-series to offer optical image stabilization. The A720 IS, the successor to last year's A710 IS, has some of the same specifications, including a 6x optical...

There are a few sore spots for the point-and-shoot, however. At ISO 1600, the A720's highest sensitivity setting, noise is unreasonably high and dynamic range is low, which results in speckled images with limited tonal range. This setting is better...

Product Specifications

The PowerShot A720 IS is the quintessential A Series camera in a popular line that matches high-end image quality with fun, easy-to-use features that deliver excellent cost performance. Top-notch specifications include 8.0 megapixel resolution and a long 6x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer technology for sharp images throughout the zoom range. Canon's DIGIC III Image Processor offers advanced Face Detection technology and Red-eye Correction for fantastic images. Even expand your creative possibilities with wide-angle and telephoto converter lenses.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.7in
Height:2.6in
Weight:7.1oz
Width:3.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS)/TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aquarium / Beach / 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

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:A720 IS
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

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

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:8Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Custom Effect / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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