Canon Powershot A720 IS

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ TechTree (09 April’08)

The Canon Powershot A720 IS (announced Aug 20,2007) is a 8.0 MP point-and-shoot digital camera features 6x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 35-210mm) with optical image stabilization, ISO setting: 80-1600, and a 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera measures 97 x 67 x 49 mm (3.8 x 2.6 x 1.9 in), weighs 250 g (8.8 oz), and running on AA (2) batteries. (Full Specs)

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


Canon Powershot A720 IS Reviews

TechTree reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“Image quality turned out to be very good. Although the digital zoom doesn’t really rock the world, with the 6x optical zoom lens you’ll seldom find the need to use the digital zoom. The photos we obtained were well-exposed, with excellent color reproduction and smooth detail overall.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Megapixel reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“As digital cameras become multiple commodities in households, no doubt many shooters will not only want to leave their DSLR behind when they need to travel light, but they’d like to leave their video camera on the shelf, too. If they do, it won’t be with an A720. Its video isn’t quite on par with a video camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CEN reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“The quality of its output is very good/excellent for a camera in this category. Images are sharp and saturation very good. There is a wealth of control over what the camera records…The final big plus are the many useful accessories available so that the system can grow to fill future needs. ”
Rating: N/A

BobAtkins reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“The lens quality is good and the zoom range is useful. There can be a little purple fringing of very bright areas, but it’s not excessive and it’s something seen in just about all cameras of this type. The image stabilization system is very effective. Focus and exposure are consistently good.”
Rating: N/A

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“The only area we have a real complaint is image noise. It was fine at lower sensitivities, but anything much past ISO 400 is basically unusable. Even ISO 400 is questionable if you’re making decent sized enlargements. This isn’t necessarily going to be a problem for most, but if you take a lot of night shots or high speed photography you may need to look elsewhere.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“Photo quality was very good in most respects. The A720 took well-exposed photos with saturated colors, pleasing sharpness, and lots of detail. Purple fringing was not a problem. The camera keeps noise under control until ISO 400 in good lighting, but you’ll see noise and noise reduction artifacting start popping up a lot earlier in low light. Redeye is also a problem, though you can remove it easily in playback mode.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot A720 IS is an ideal camera for anyone who wants a bit more creative control than most pocket compacts can provide, and would be an excellent choice for anyone who wants to learn more about photography. Build quality, design and performance are all first rate, image quality is superb and the range of features is hard to match at the price. Battery duration could be a problem, but the ready availability of AA batteries offsets this somewhat.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagngResource reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“Startup and shutdown times, despite the A720 IS’s protruding lens, both beat average times easily. Combined wide angle and telephoto autofocus lag did, too. And prefocus lag was nearly non-existent. Cycle time was however only average for a camera in this class…if you want a mid-size digicam with a fairly long zoom that can take pictures like a real camera, this is it; and it’s an easy Dave’s Pick.”
Rating: Dave’s Pick

ePhotozine reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“There is no denying that the Canon Powershot A720 IS is a capable camera and will cope with nearly every outcome that you may need it for. The only thing that really annoyed me about the Canon Powershot A720 IS was the download time when out and about. ”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“Shooting outdoors the photos were spot on. Colors were very accurate with barely a spec of noise. The shots had the “Canon” feel I like so much. There was little purple fringing of tree branches against a bright blue sky. Macro shots of some of the last hydrangeas of the session were especially vibrant and lifelike. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Canon Powershot A720 IS video review by TigerDirect;

DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“The A720 IS video shows very good detail, but tends to be slightly overexposed and has abundant moiré. Motion is pretty smooth, but moving objects get a little jerky when moving off the frame. Overall, the A720’s Movie mode is solid for a digital camera, though certainly not the best we’ve seen this year. ”
Rating: N/A

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“The Canon Powershot A720 IS provides excellent images and excellent features for an equally excellent price. Image quality is top notch as far as compact point and shoots go…Bottom line, even with the 8 second flash cycle time, the Canon Powershot A720 IS is an excellent all-around compact digital camera and excellent value ”
Rating: N/A

Cameras.uk reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“I was able to take a single photo in 0.35 seconds and five photos in 7.73 seconds. The time taken to take a single photo is an average time, but the time recorded for five photos is fast. Turning the flash on makes a big difference and really slows down the camera. I could take one photo in 1.02 seconds, which is reasonable.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“The camera produced consistently sharp images with no noticeable noise at lower ISO settings (80, 100 and 200), but does become more noticeable as the sensitivity is increased. While ISO 1600 produces a quite a bit of noise, they are usable if the high ISO is your only option for the shooting situation.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Canon Powershot A720 IS and writes;
“The good: Great image quality at lower ISOs; manual exposure controls; quick nonflash performance. The bad: Long flash recycle time; highest ISO settings very noisy. The bottom line: Unless you plan to shoot primarily in low light, the Canon PowerShot A720 IS makes a solid, affordable camera that produces great-looking pictures. ”


Rating: ★★★★☆

Canon Powershot A720 IS Samples

- Canon Powershot A720 IS Sample Photos @ TechTree
- Canon Powershot A720 IS Sample Photos @ Megapixel
- Canon Powershot A720 IS Sample Photos @ CEN
- Canon Powershot A720 IS Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Canon Powershot A720 IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Canon Powershot A720 IS Sample Photos @ ePhotozine
- Canon Powershot A720 IS Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
- Canon Powershot A720 IS Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview
- Canon Powershot A720 IS Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
- Canon Powershot A720 IS Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams

Canon Powershot A720 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon Powershot A720 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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3 Comments »

Comment by Jono Woodhouse
2007-10-19 05:16:44

Thanks for all the info. I am a great Canon fan.

> 4x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 25-210mm)

I think this is actually:
6x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 35-210mm)

Cheers
Jono

 
Comment by Dphotojournal com
2007-10-19 10:03:17

Jono, thanks for the note.. Checked out the Canon site once again, and yes it’s a typo. It should be 4x (35-210mm).

 
Comment by John
2008-01-08 07:08:21

No, it’s still wrong. It’s 6x, not 4x. The digital zoom is 4x, but the optical is 6x. It even says so on the camera.

 

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