Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Last update: Review by GoodGearGuide (15 February’08)

The Canon PowerShot A650 IS is a 12.1 MP point-and-shoot digital camera features 6x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 35-210mm), Optical image stabilization, ISO 80 to 1600, and a 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera measures 4.41 x 2.67 x 2.21 in. (112.1 x 67.8 x 56.2mm) and weighs 10.58 oz. (300g). (Full Specs)

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Canon A650 IS Reviews

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon PowerShot A650 IS and writes;
“PRO: Brilliantly sharp pictures, ISO sensitivities usable up to ISO 800, 6x optical zoom, full manual features. CONS: Heavy and chunky, some chromatic aberration issues. The Bottom Line: It may be big, but if you’re looking for a high-end advanced camera with all the bells and whistles that captures brilliant pictures the Canon PowerShot A650 IS is a great choice.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon PowerShot A650 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot A650 IS emphasizes image quality and utility over size, and the end result is excellent images…Those who want more quality can stick to lower ISOs, shoot with a tripod, or else consider the Canon G9, which is capable of saving RAW files, for easier file adjustment after capture. Its excellent optical quality, 6x stabilized zoom lens, and articulating screen make the Canon PowerShot A650 a clear Dave’s Pick.”
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DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Canon PowerShot A650 IS and writes;
“In terms of image quality, the A650 IS sports Canon’s traditionally excellent color and white balance accuracy. With 12 megapixels, the camera also provides great resolution, but suffers from high noise levels and poor dynamic range above ISO 100. This is typical of high-megapixel cameras; what is gained in resolution, is made up for with lots of noise.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon PowerShot A650 IS and writes;
“The Canon Powershot A650 IS is a very smart digital camera. It has a good selection of features and picture quality is among the best you will find from a consumer, compact digital camera. I have really struggled to come up with any negative points about the camera. You will also find the build quality of the camera a step up from most other Powershot models. Recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Canon PowerShot A650 IS and writes;
“The A650 IS powers up in about a second, acquires focus quickly in good light and fires the shutter with minimal lag. Shutter performance with flash is also good – the camera uses the red eye reduction lamp rather than pre-flashes in red eye reduction mode. Shutter speeds may vary from 15 seconds to 1/2000th second. With the AF assist beam on, focus acquisition times were quite good in low light conditions.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon PowerShot A650 IS and writes;
“image noise was well controlled throughout the normal ISO range, becoming visible at ISO 800 and starting to impact on image sharpness at ISO 1600. However, colour accuracy remained good through all ISO settings for both long exposures and flash shots. When the ISO 3200 scene mode was used, picture quality was very poor.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot A650 IS and writes;
The good: Great picture quality; manual exposure controls; flip-out screen. The bad: Sluggish performance; heavy and bulky; can’t use a neck strap. The bottom line: Performance issues aside, the Canon PowerShot A650 IS combines large, good-looking photos and a generous feature set into a fine midrange shooter.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Canon A650 IS Samples

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Canon A650 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon A650 Breaking News

We have recently discovered that, under specific shooting conditions a problem may occur in images taken with this product. The details of this problem are described below.

Phenomenon When shooting with the camera’s variangle LCD monitor open under sunny skies, where sunlight shines directly on the exposed back of the camera, problems like the one shown in the image below may occur.

Affected Cameras Powershot A650 IS digital cameras that have a zero in the fifth digit from the left (xxxx0xxxxx) in the serial number listed on the bottom of the camera are affected.

However, even for cameras with the serial number described above, if there is a marking on the inside of the battery cover like the one in the image below, this problem has already been corrected and the camera may be used as is.

Support Canon USA, Inc. will repair affected cameras for residents in the USA and Puerto Rico free of charge at our Factory Service Centers.

Please note that if you use an affected camera without repairing it first, you can work around this problem by shooting with the variangle LCD monitor closed, as shown below.

We offer our sincerest apologies to customers who have been inconvenienced by this problem. We will continuously strive to improve our quality management to ensure that our customers can use our products with confidence. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.

Canon A650 IS Press Release

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced two new PowerShot A-Series digital cameras, including one with the highest resolution in the series to-date – the show-stopping 12.1-megapixel PowerShot A650 IS digital camera – and the powerful 8.0-megapixel PowerShot A720 IS digital camera. These new cameras continue the promise of the PowerShot A-Series by delivering superior image quality at a great price.

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