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Canon PowerShot S70

alaTest has collected and analyzed 412 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the build quality and usability. The image quality and lens are also appreciated, but reviews about the sensor and flash are mixed. There are some less positive comments about the viewfinder and energy efficiency.

portability, lens, image quality, usability, build quality

value for money, low-light, contrast, energy, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S70 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot S70


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Many ease-to-use manual controls ; Very sharp images

Expensive for its class

Earned high marks for image sharpness and color accuracy; has extra-wide-angle lens and many easy-to-use manual controls.

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Canon PowerShot S70


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Relatively wide-angle lens; strong raw-shooting speed for a non-dSLR; above-average image quality.

Poor battery life; noisy lens.

Though it's still an excellent camera, some aspects of the S70 now lag behind its competitors'.

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Canon PowerShot S70


The Powershot S70 is the "big brother" of the 5.0 megapixel PowerShot S60 and is aimed at the advanced user who wants full photographic control in a compact digital camera with very high resolution. The S70 combines a 7.1-megapixel imager with the same Ca


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Canon PowerShot S70 review by PC Magazine


If you're looking for a solid camera that takes excellent photos, but don't want the heft or expense of a model like the Canon PowerShot G6, ...

Takes excellent photos. Very solidly built. Zoom lens starts at a true wide angle so you can get it all in. Can shoot in RAW format.

Mediocre video capabilities. Zoom isn't always precise.

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Canon PowerShot S70


Flash range (W): 55cm - 4.2m (1.8ft - 14ft) at ISO 100 equiv.

Excellent resolution ; Low noise at ISO 50 and 100, not bad at 200 and 400 ; Excellent metering, color and dynamic range ; Very clean, artefact-free images ; Wide-angle zoom (28 - 100 mm equiv.) ; Excellent range of controls ; Solid build quality, nice...

Some purple fringing visible at wide-angle or maximum apertures ; Some corner softness at wide-angle and maximum aperture ; Lens slow at telephoto (F5.3) ; Auto focus can be slow ; Low-light focus unreliable - especially at long end of the zoom ; LCD...

Our first experience of Sony's new 7.1MP chip, as seen in the Cyber-shot P150, was overwhelmingly positive. Not only does it outperform the 5MP sensor it replaces (the 6MP version never really made an impact on compact cameras) in resolution terms, it...

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Canon Powershot S70 Review


Steve's Digicamsreviews the PowerShot S70, the latest 7.1 megapixel camera from Canon, which features a 3.6x optical zoom (28-100mm), along with Canon's proprietary Ultra High Refractive Index Aspherical (UA Lens)technology which produces better...

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Canon Powershot S70 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


The Canon PowerShot S70 is a minor update of this year's previous wide angle powerhouse, the S60. At the top of Canon's "mid-sized compact" line, the sleek S70 leverages its wide-angle zoom lens (reaching down to 28mm equivalent focal length at its...

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Canon Powershot S70 Digital Camera Review


The Canon Powershot S70 represents an overall excellent camera that makes a few compromises.

Over the years, I've put my trust into Canon digital cameras... the majority of my digital camera collection is composed mostly of Canons... with a few Nikons, a couple of Sonys, and a Pentax. The S70 continues a strong tradition started from the S30...

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Canon PowerShot S70


Is the S70 a good choice for those who want a ton of resolution in a compact body? Find out now in our review

Good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Lens starts at 28 mm ; Full manual controls ; Robust performance ; AF-assist lamp ; Supports telephoto conversion lens and underwater case ; Can save favorite settings to spot on mode dial ; RAW image...

Softness around edges and corners of photos ; Above average purple fringing and barrel distortion ; Redeye is a problem ; Vignetting in wide-angle flash shots ; Cheap plastic door over memory card / battery compartment ; Not much telephoto power (but a...

Between the PowerShot G6 and S70, I think the former is clearly the better choice for photographers. If you want something with a smaller body and wider lens, the S70 gets the nod. I do believe that most folks don't really need 7 Megapixels of...

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Canon PowerShot S70


Product Specifications

The PowerShot S70 offers the resolution and features to satisfy the most demanding photographer, yet is small enough to slip into your pocket. The commanding 7.1 Megapixel power of the PowerShot S70 captures more than enough detail for full prints exceeding A3 size and effective post-shoot cropping. A new Canon UA lens simultaneously yields hi-fidelity, superb clarity images, a remarkably thin body and an incredibly compact 3.6x optical zoom range. A vast array of features is protected by a remarkably sleek, elegant and superbly finished compact body. Use the SLR-style Mode Dial on the top of the camera to shift quickly and easily between 13 different shooting modes including VGA movie and custom modes. Lossless RAW format file recording is supported for ultimate control. Canon's DIGIC processor executes complex functions at high speed, delivering superb image quality, fast and accurate auto focus and up to 2 frames per second continuous shooting speed. iSAPS instantly analyzes the scene and makes adjustments even before the shutter release is pressed, optimizing exposure, white balance and auto-focus settings in every shooting situation. The 9-Point Artificial Intelligent Auto Focus (AiAF) system automatically detects your subject from nine fixed focusing areas across the frame, keeping even off-center subjects in-focus. FlexiZone AF/AE lets you scroll the auto focus area around the frame to select the desired subject and weight exposure accordingly. The camera prints directly to all PictBridge or Canon Direct Print compatible printers. Create beautiful, instant photo prints by connecting camera to printer and pushing the Print/Share button, which also speeds up uploads to any Windows PC.

Audio Input


Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.3
Max Focal Length:20.7mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3.6
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:7.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4.1
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Custom Effect / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical