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

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

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.

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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.

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

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

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Sharpness is excellent at the centre of the frame.

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

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

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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?

Moorcroft

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.

wandereruk

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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