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Canon PowerShot A85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 605 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the portability and performance are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good views. Many are critical about the features and viewfinder. Views are divided on the focus.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot G6 Review


Successor to the popular PowerShot G5 the new PowerShot G6 was announced on 19th August 2004. At the beginning of the year it became clear that Canon wouldn't be jumping on the six megapixel 1/1.8" CCD bandwagon, instead they were holding off for the...

Good resolution (better in real life than res chart), Punchy color, balanced tone (good shadow detail), Low noise, very low noise reduction / none, About a stop more sensitive than indicated, Good macro performance, Improved lens, much lower fringing...

Shallow angle jaggies affected resolution chart, Low continuous shooting speed with LCD on, USB 1.1 transfer (slow), Heaviest seven megapixel tested, No live view histogram, Limited image parameter adjustment

As the successor to the popular G5 the G6 has a lot to live up to.

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Canon PowerShot A85


Good exposure and colors. Strong flash illumination. Offers manual controls. Good battery life with included alkalines.

Images are a bit soft. Daylight shots are grainy in the shadows. Disappointing movie capabilities. You can't save custom settings.

The A85's 4MP images are a bit soft on automatic settings, though it does offer plenty of manual controls. The A85 is a solid camera in terms of features, but we feel the Kodak EasyShare LS743 is a better buy, as it's smaller and offers better image...

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Canon PowerShot A85 Digital Camera Review


The Canon PowerShot A85 rounds out a solid line of point-and-shoot digital cameras from Canon. The 4 megapixel A85 is meant to lure beginners into digital photography and help them transition to an intermediate level of shooting. The 13 shooting modes...

-Overall ease of use -Spaced buttons -This camera slowly advances the shooter from novice to intermediate skill levels. -The price -Adjustable flash power levels

-Manual focus is difficult to adjust (no manual focus ring) -Fingers get in the way of the flash -horrible handling of noise -15 fps is fastest speed for motion video capture

The Canon PowerShot A85 is perfect for newcomers to the photography world. At $299, the A85 is priced well for a 4 megapixel digital camera. It provides automatic and semi-automatic functions that are solid enough to give a shooter confidence while...


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Canon PowerShot A85


The PowerShot A85 is the 4-megapixel "big brother" of the PowerShot A75 and replaces the Powershot A70, one of the most successful cameras in Canon's seventy year history. The A85 builds on this success by adding new features that make it even easier to u

Bottom line - the Powershot A85 is an excellent choice for anyone who wants an easy-to-use camera that captures high quality pictures and offers the advanced features to capture even more creative images. With an affordable price tag and combination of we

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Digital Cameras - Canon PowerShot A85 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


As I mentioned at the outset, Canon's PowerShot A70 topped the charts in Canon's sales last year, outstripping all other camera models. - And for good reason: The A70 offered a rich set of features and excellent image quality at an attractive price....

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Canon PowerShot A85


Like the A70 and A75, the PowerShot A85 is has a 3X optical zoom, full manual controls, support for conversion lenses, and more

Excellent value ; Very good photo quality ; Full manual controls ; AF-assist lamp ; Lots of manual controls for a cheap camera ; Support for conversion lenses, underwater case ; Lots of scene modes ; Impressive software package

Cheesy plastic door over CF slot ; LCD doesn't "gain up" in low light ; No rechargeable batteries included ; Movie mode has low frame rate, short recording times

Overall, though, this camera comes just as highly recommended as the other A-series cameras that I've tested. Which one should you buy? The A75 is fine for most people. If you plan on making prints larger than 8 x 10 inches (or like to crop your...

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A85 (cisengineer, 18 Dec 07)


This is a great point and shoot camera and the image quality is fantastic. It has a good macro mode for closeups and the 3x zoom lens works great.

AA batteries don't last long. You need to keep a spare set handy.

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PowerShot A85 Digital Camera


This is my first digital camera and I have taken it all over the place. I've owned this fine camera for over three years now. I am often complimented on the image quality when people see my canon photos scrolling across my screensaver on my 19" LCD.

Quality Images - Decent Video - Nice Options

Delay when taking pictures in Auto mode - No zoom while taking video

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot A85 (Zone8, 11 Apr 06)


I've had mine as a notebook and for family snaps for over 18 months. It's OK for my purposes but found battery life poor. Only selected this due manual features but can be a pain to set exactly as required. As said, for my purposes works tolerably well...

Poor battery life (all sorts) as camera does seem to drain. Often have to activate and close a couple of times to get camera working at all.

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PowerShot A85 Digital Camera


I have had this camera for overa year and have had no problems with it at all. Gives me great pictures and I can customize If I want with all the manual control settings that come on it. It has features that more expensive cameras do not.

cost, feature set and options

None really

Product Specifications

The easy-to-use yet versatile 4.0 Megapixel PowerShot A85 delivers superb quality images from the second you switch it on. Selectable scene modes cover everything from the beach to the ski slope. Canon has combined some of the world's most advanced digital imaging technology with sixty years of optical heritage to deliver the deceptively simple PowerShot A85: a camera that could not be easier to use, yet with features you can indulge your creative urge with. Every function on the PowerShot A85 works with you to help take great photos. The 4.0 Megapixel CCD sensor provides enough power to capture every nuance of every shot. Canon Visionary Technologies combine in the form of a superb quality lens and super fast processor to ensure accurate, high clarity image rendering. To speed up focusing and optimize exposures, the camera's iSAPs system analyzes the scene and makes setting adjustments even before the shutter release is pressed. The PowerShot A85 has a 3x optical zoom to close in on the action, giving you greater scope to get the desired composition. From fully automatic 'point-and-shoot' to completely manual 'total creative control', 13 shooting modes cover every situation. A special 'Scene Mode' gives you access to 6 additional pre-programmed modes including 'foliage', 'beach' and 'fireworks'. The 9-point AiAF ensures beautifully crisp results - even with off-center subjects. Take up to 3-minute movie clips, complete with sound recording, fun playback and in-camera editing on the large 1.8" LCD monitor. For very high definition playback on a TV, the camera can also record up to 30 second VGA clips. A Print/Share button makes PC-less home printing to any PictBridge or Canon Direct Print compatible printer a breeze, and simplifies uploads to any Windows PC. When connected to a Canon Compact Photo Printer, the PowerShot A85 allows you to print a sequence of movie clip frames, and produce your own ID photos. With Canon's ZoomBrowser EX (for Windows) and ImageBrowser (for Macintosh) you can arrange photo albums, crop photographs and adjust contrast and brightness with ease.

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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:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


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/snow / Fireworks / Foliage / Hi-speed shutter / Indoor / Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


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" )
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 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical