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Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel, Child, and Action Photos Under $400
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May 3, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

Equipped with an image-stabilized 6x zoom lens and great image quality, the Canon PowerShot A710 IS is a versatile camera for family, kids, travel, and action photography.

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Canon PowerShot A710 IS

Both cameras have good image quality at high ISO settings and offer “auto mode” plus a lot of scene modes for novice users. Experienced photographers will find the Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority manual modes useful. They both come with Canon’s panorama-stitch software (which helps join photographs together to make panoramas). They are also both very responsive, have a great Continuous Shooting Mode for action photography, and have optical viewfinders.

Overall the Canon A710 IS scores higher over the Canon A570 IS because of its greater zoom range, which can be further extended by 1.7 times using tele-converter lens. The Canon A710 IS is my Top Pick.

Canon PowerShot A710 IS is the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel, Child, and Action Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A710 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 6.0x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • Burst Speed: 1.7 fps
  • Size: 3.8 x 2.6 x 1.6 in.
  • Battery Life: 360 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (6 reviews)
  • Highly Recommended at DPReview.com
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com
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Canon PowerShot A570 IS

The Canon PowerShot A570 IS has a 7 megapixel sensor resolution, 4x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-140mm on a 35mm camera), and has good high ISO performance. It also has an optical viewfinder and runs on two AA Batteries. The battery life is 400 shots. It can support wide-angle and tele-photo conversion lenses, which are available separately as accessories. The shutter lag is less than 0.1 seconds. In the Continuous Shooting Mode, the camera can take shots at the rate of 1.7 pictures/second until the memory card fills up. This is the most affordable camera with an image stabilization feature in the Canon lineup. It has a face detection feature (when the shutter button is pressed halfway, the camera finds the faces in the frame and sets the exposure and most suitable focus point).

The camera received high praises from Steve’s Digicams (a popular camera review site).

Canon PowerShot A570 IS is one of the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Travel, Child, and Action Photos Under $400
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot A570 IS
Specifications
  • Zoom: 4.0x
  • Resolution: 7.1MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.7s
  • Burst Speed: 1.3 fps
  • Size: 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.7 in.
  • Battery Life: 400 shots
  • Easy to Use: Yes
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Website Reviews (4 reviews)
  • Dave's Pick at Imaging-Resource.com
  • Rated Very Good by CNET.com

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