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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture.


Compression artefacts and excessive sharpening have reduced the level of visible detail, a shame because the lens is capable of better results.


There is very little barrel distortion at wide angle.


Centre sharpness is good, although some of that is due to artificial sharpening.


There is some chromatic aberration, but corner sharpness is pretty good too.


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Cristian Bejan

September 1, 2008, 12:16 am

I think it's worth to notice that A470 is worse than its predecesor A460 from the optical standpoint. Zoom is actually 3,6x instead of 4x (38-132mm at A470 compared to 32-158mm at A460) while aperture starts at 3 (2.8 at A460).

Alastair 1

September 25, 2008, 3:10 pm

We had two A460's fail 'just' outside the warranty period - the processor failed in both cases. Cannon were great and replaced both with A470's - I much prefer the A460. Not having an optical viewfinder is a step backwards. I've just purchased the G7 (fabulous!) and so had arranged to sell my A470 to my sisters, but now they've seen the Pentax S10...I've no hope. It'll cost them double but they just don't want the bulk of the A470. Anyone want to buy a camera?


February 12, 2009, 4:28 pm

I bought this Canon Digital camera for my 16 year old son to take it on his school trips after I checked various reviews on the internet including the http://best-digital-cameras-re... His previous Sony camera from lasted barely 8 months and took really mediocre photos. This Canon camera however is amazing! The pictures are very sharp, perfectly exposed and this Canon Camera is totally simple to use.

It seems that the menus are really designed for ordinary people, very easy to understand!. Son appreciated that very much.

The conclusion is that he had 24 hours to learn how to use this digital camera and then spent a week in New York with his class. The photos were great and his total camera experience was excellent. And one more important thing, I didn't break the bank for the purchase it!


February 15, 2010, 3:02 pm

Also worth noting this PowerShot does not include the stitch assist mode for taking images to stitched into a panorama on your PC or Mac which I consider to be quite handy.

Worth mentioning too the follow ups to this model-the A490/490/495 have a 3.3x lens instead of 3.4x (38-122mm on the follow up models compared to 38-132mm on the A470).

I agree with the use of the center button to zoom in or out to be quite couteractive.

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