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Canon PowerShot A640

alaTest has collected and analyzed 294 reviews of Canon PowerShot A640. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and performance. The image quality and screen are also mentioned favorably. The sensor and low light performance get less positive views. There are mixed comments on the energy efficiency and control panel.

usability, screen, image quality, performance, battery

flash, memory, stabilizer , low-light, sensor

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A640 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Canon PowerShot A640 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviews about the exposure and zoom are on the whole positive. The usability and performance are also appreciated, but there are some mixed reviews about the price. Many are critical about the battery and screen.

portability, performance, usability, zoom, exposure

screen, battery

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Erika Stalder (

Review: Canon PowerShot A640 Camera


The versatile A640 caters to the auteur and amateur alike by cramming DSLR features into a point-and-shoot body. Continuous shooting, manual aperture and shutter speed...

Flip-out, 2.5-inch LCD can be angled to snap over crowds. Movie mode shoots at 30 frames per second. Included A/V cables for big-screen connectivity. Can shoot underwater with optional case. AA batteries means never having to wait for a charge

Not super portable at 4.3 x 2.6 x 2 inches and 12 ounces. Bundled with a rinky-dink and borderline useless 32MB memory card

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (

Canon PowerShot A640 Review


The PowerShot A640, launched in August, just before Photokina 06, replaces the popular A620 at the top of Canon's increasingly well-specified 'budget' A series range. The new model gets a bit of a facelift (and a new coat of black paint) as well as a...

Very good resolution, very clean results at lower ISO settings Bright, but natural colors Excellent handling Decent edge-to-edge lens performance Useful 35-140mm equiv. 4x zoom lens with decent F2.8-4.1 max aperture range Reliable focus in most...

Clipped highlights in bright, contrasty conditions (not helped by high default contrast) Focusing at tele end in low light can hunt Zoom is not very smooth - only 7 steps from wide to tele No ISO button - WB, drive, metering etc only accessible via...

Canon is one of the few companies still producing solid photographic feature-rich compact cameras like this, offering a genuine alternative for the serious photographer on a budget wanting SLR-level control.

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Canon PowerShot A640 review


With lots of manual settings and a reasonably low price tag, Canon's PowerShot A640 looks quite appealing. Though it lacks the flexibility of higher-end cameras and the stylish portability of more compact shooters, the 10-megapixel PowerShot A640 is a...

Lots of manual controls; flip-out LCD; accepts accessory lenses.

Noisy at ISO 800; no image stabilization.

It's not great in low light, but the A640 has plenty of features photographers will love.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : PCMag Staff (

Canon PowerShot A640


Preview of the Canon PowerShot A640.

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Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Canon Powershot A640


Continue on to Features & Controls Powershot A640 Specifications Image Capture Device Type 10.0 Megapixel, 1/1.8 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD) Total Pixels Approx. 10.40 Megapixels Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0 Megapixels Lens Focal Length...

Sep, 2006


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Canon PowerShot A640 review


Canon decided to introduce their new range a month before the start of Photokina 2006. As well as several printers and other equipment, a new series of digital cameras was introduced, including the Canon PowerShot A640. The Canon PowerShot A-series has...

I think that Canon's success with its digital camera range is set to continue thanks to the excellent quality of the Canon PowerShot A640. I really liked this camera when I tried it out. The handy format with good grip, and more importantly, the...

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Canon PowerShot A640 Digital Camera - Hands-On Preview


The Canon PowerShot A640 couples a 10 megapixel CCD imager sensor with a 4x optical zoom lens that offers a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 35 to 140mm. That's a moderate wide-angle that reaches to a somewhat more generous telephoto than you'll find on...

Excellent value for the money ; Bright, attractive color that stops short of seeming overdone ; Good skin tones ; Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting well ; Better than average exposure accuracy ; Good lens, generally low distortion and...

Inaccurate optical viewfinder ; Flash vignetting in the corners at wide angle ; Too many manuals to find what you need when you need it ; Auto rotation not recognized by many other standard applications

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Canon PowerShot A630/A640


The PowerShot A630 and A640 are two lower priced cameras that offer the manual controls and expandability usually reserved for more expensive cameras. Both cameras feature 4X zoom lens, a rotating 2.5" LCD display, a VGA movie mode, and unlimited...

Very good photo quality, noise levels stay low through ISO 200; ISO 400 still usable too, especially on the A640 ; A bit more zoom than your typical camera in this price range ; Large 2.5" LCD can flip out and rotate; screen is visible in low light ;...

Redeye a problem ; LCD resolution isn't great ; Current zoom setting not shown on LCD ; Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit ; Plastic tripod mount; can't swap memory cards while camera is on tripod ; Included memory...

The Canon PowerShot A630 and A640 are two very capable digital cameras that are suitable to beginners and advanced users alike. They offer far more than most cameras in this price range, which is why they earn my enthusiastic recommendation. I would...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by : Emily Raymond (

Canon PowerShot A640


Newer digital cameras offer more resolution than ever and, with a whopping 10 megapixels, the Canon PowerShot A640 is at the high end. Besides its high resolution, the A640's features are fairly standard. Like most Canon A-series cameras, the A640 has...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Emily Raymond (

Canon PowerShot A640


Canon PowerShot A640 Digital Camera Review

The PowerShot A640 has more pros than cons. It has a lot of resolution at 10 megapixels, but that won’t be necessary for most users of this camera. Point-and-shooters won’t need to create life-size prints since most will make small prints with an...

Feb, 2007

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