Canon Powershot A710 IS

Last update: Review by ComputerActive (added on 15 May’07)

Canon PowerShot A710 IS is a point-and-shoot digital camera (announced 24.08.06) featuring 7.1 megapixel , 6x optical zoom (equivalent to 35 mm – 210 mm) with Image Stabilizer, 20 shooting modes , and a 2.5” LCD with wide viewing angle and real-image optical viewfinder . The camera is measuring 98 x 67 x 41 mm (3.9 x 2.6 x 1.6 in), weighing around 210 g (7.4 oz) and running on 2 AA batteries.

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>> REVIEWS (last updated: 15.05.07)

ComputerActive reviews the Canon Powershot A710 IS (rating: 4/5) and writes;
“Good points: Sharp colourful images, Swift to power up and capture a shot, Effective image stabilisation. Bad points: No rechargeable batteries supplied, Plastic build and slightly larger bulk than comparative models. Overall Delivers colourful and sharp images across its better than average zoom range. Only the fact that it places quite a drain on non-rechargeable AAs loses it a star.”

ePhotozine have reviewed the Canon Powershot A710 IS where they rated the camera 7/10 and write;
“..However, it handles very well, and it’s small and pocket sized, starts up reasonably quickly and can be used in situations where an unobtrusive camera is required. For portraits, the various flash options are all good, enabling pleasing results with a little effort. While there isn’t one single USP of the 710 that will have you racing for the shops, it’s the combination of good handling, a raft of useful features and flexibility that makes it a worthy purchase.”

DigitalCameraReview have reviewed the Canon Powershot A710 IS and write;
“The A710 IS retains everything that made the A700 a best buy digicam and adds the one element that was missing; optical image stabilization – making an already excellent digicam substantially better. I’ve used every “A” series Canon digicam since the A20 and I’ve enjoyed all of them for their winning combination of usability, practicality, functionality, dependability, durability, and excellent performance for price ratio. The A710 IS is an almost ideal general use digital camera that will appeal to everyone from beginners and casual shooters to advanced amateurs and even pros looking for a dependable high-performance personal pocket camera. It’s like a mini S3 IS with a big dose of G7 attitude. The A710 IS is my hands-down favorite digital camera of 2006, and I predict consumers will buy this digicam in amazing numbers. “

Let’sGoDigital have reviewed the Canon Powershot A710 IS and write;
“Canon A710 IS – Great price / quality ratio: At first, it doesn’t look very different to its predecessor. However, the Canon PowerShot A710 IS really is an improvement and a much more complete camera. You could say that, with the Canon PowerShot A710 IS, the A series has grown up and that it is the perfect stepping stone on the way to a digital SLR camera. I’m very positive about it. This camera has an amazing range of possibilities and excellent image quality for a great price and you will enjoy using it for a long time to come. It’s a real winner!”

CamerasUK have reviewed the Canon Powershot A710 IS where they rate the camera 85/100 and write;
“The Canon Powershot A710 IS almost has its own little corner of the digital camera market. In terms of controls and picture quality I really like this camera. Price wise it represents more than fair value for money in my view. In terms of picture quality the Canon Powershot A710 IS is top quality. It also has a great range of features for the price, including 6x optical zoom. If I was looking for a camera for around £200 and my main criteria was picture quality then this is the camera I would buy. Recommended. ”

Steve’sDigicams has reviewed the Canon Powershot A710 IS and writes;
“Bottom line – The Canon PowerShot A710 IS is a terrific consumer digicam. Its 6x optical zoom is far more versatile than the typical 3x zoom, and the IS feature makes the 210mm telephoto end usable even in marginal lighting conditions. The A710 combines beginner-friendly automatic and scene modes with the aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual exposure modes demanded by advanced users; it’s truly a camera that everyone in your family will enjoy using. Producing very good still and moving image quality and having an MSRP of US$399 (street price in the low $300’s), it offers an excellent value and is sure to be a very popular model this holiday season. ”

ImagingResource has reviewed the Canon Powershot A710 IS and writes;
“…Startup and shutdown are quick and the menu option you need is quickly at hand, too. The Canon A710 has enough megapixels for excellent resolution in enlargements without risking much image noise. The A710’s excellent 6x zoom is impressive, and a great argument in favor of picking a slightly larger camera over those sexy slim cameras, with great corner sharpness and very little chromatic aberration. A variable LCD would have made the Canon PowerShot A710 more useful to me, and I would have appreciated a live histogram, but that’s just quibbling. The Canon A710 is a very nice piece of equipment to have at hand, which makes it an easy Dave’s Pick.”

PopPhoto Magazine have reviewed the Canon Powershot A710 IS and write;
“The A710 IS powered up quickly, about 1.5 seconds according to our stopwatch, and the first image was captured at 1.8 seconds. Continuous shooting was good, as we were able to capture the Jets running through some pre-game plays. Image quality was quite good as well. Colors were sharp with a plenty of detail. Although we were shooting mostly during the day, we did experience some noise after ISO 200 as the day got more overcast. Shooting indoors, we did experience some slowness with flash recycling. ”

PhotographyBlog have reviewed the Canon Powershot A710 IS where they rate the camera 4.5/5 and write;
“The Canon Powershot A710 IS produced images of excellent quality during the review period. The 7 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can increase the in-camera sharpening level. The Canon Powershot A710 IS dealt very well with chromatic aberrations, with slight purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. Macro performance is excellent, allowing you to focus as close as just 1cm away from the subject. ”

CNET have reviewed the Canon Powershot A710 IS where they rate the camera 7.6/10 and write;
“The good: Optical image stabilization; manual exposure controls; 6X optical zoom; usable ISO 800. The bad: Sluggish flash recycling; widest angle of view is 35mm, auto white balance is very warm with tungsten lights. The bottom line: Canon’s A series continues to deliver tons of bang for the buck, this time including optical image stabilization, 6X optical zoom, and solid image quality in a midsize compact camera with a stylish design update”

DCRP has reviewed the Canon Powershot A710 IS and writes;
What I liked: Very good photo quality, low noise through ISO 200, Optical image stabilization, More zoom than on most cameras in this class, Large 2.5″ LCD, visible in low light (though see issue below), Very good performance, Full manual controls, AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Good movie and continuous shooting modes (though see issue below), Support for conversion lenses, underwater case, Uses AA batteries; above average battery life, USB 2.0 High Speed support. What I didn’t care for: Redeye, LCD resolution isn’t great, Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit, Plastic tripod mount, Included 16MB memory card is too small; bundling some rechargeable batteries would’ve been a nice touch.”

DigitalCameraInfo has a preview of the Canon Powershot A710 IS and writes;
“The A710 IS offers a lot of nice features: there’s the optical image stabilization, the 7 megapixel resolution and the good movie mode. And it’s fairly priced at around $370. We’ll have to wait and see how the image quality pans out when we do the testing, but the Canon PowerShot A710 IS looks to be a solid camera for the shooter who wants point-and-shoot features, plus a little bit more on top.”

Canon Powershot A710 User Opinions

>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 17.01.07)

Canon Powershot A710 IS Sample Photos posted @ DigitalCameraReview
Canon Powershot A710 IS Sample Photos posted @ CamerasUK
Canon Powershot A710 IS Sample Photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams
Canon Powershot A710 IS Sample Photos posted @ ImagingResource
Canon Powershot A710 IS Sample Photos posted @ PhotographyBlog
Canon Powershot A710 IS Sample Photos posted @ DCRP


– Download Canon Powershot A710 IS User Manual Basic (PDF, 1.34 MB)
– Download Canon Powershot A710 IS User Manual Advanced (PDF, 3.75 MB)
– Download Canon Powershot A710 IS System Map (PDF, 305 KB)


Canon launches first PowerShot A-Series camera with Optical Image Stabilization

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 24 August 2006: Canon today brings Optical Image Stabilization (IS) technology to the PowerShot A Series with the launch of the PowerShot A710 IS. Along with a 6x optical image stabilized zoom, the compact PowerShot A710 IS is packed with features that make it a worthy successor to the popular PowerShot A700 it replaces. Improvements include a 7.1 Megapixel sensor and new photo effects that add to the already extensive creative possibilities.

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