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Canon PowerShot A720 IS - Test shots - Full-res crops

By Cliff Smith



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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 my 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.


The level of fine detail is amazingly good for an 8MP camera, better in fact than most 10MP models.


The lens produces some barrel distortion at the wide-angle end, but it is not too severe.


Sharpness is excellent at the centre of the frame.


Corner sharpness is also very good, with minimal chromatic aberration.


There is some pincushion distortion at the telephoto end, but again it isn't too bad.


Alan Downes

June 21, 2008, 8:07 pm

I am waiting for Canon to make a camera which will be a suitable replacement for my Powershot A620. Currently they make nothing that ticks all the right boxes.

Its quite simple. All I want is a tilt and swivel LCD and a reasonable battery indicator. The powershot I have, has a tendency to run the batteries down when its not being used. And when they do run out it gives you under 1 minute of warning before they give up completely..... which is absolutely ludicrous.

I have emailed them to ask if they have such a camera in their range. The reply i have says that they do either or, but not both. Until that day... I will wait.

william 2

July 9, 2008, 12:26 am

How about the Canon Powershot A650is?


July 10, 2008, 2:52 am

Now the price is down to 𧵃.99 at Jessops the A720IS looks a very good buy for anyone wanted a bit more control than a simple P&S.


December 21, 2008, 12:43 pm

I only paid 𧴹.99 for mine at Jessops. Lacks the 28mm capability of my Canon Ixus 850 (pickpocketed in Cape Town) but zooms out to 200+mm. Bulkier too but otherwise it's great and a real bargain at that price.

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