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Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Action Photos Under $750
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June 3, 2007 Updated: October 22, 2007
Overview

Equipped with an image-stabilized 6x zoom lens in a compact metal body, the Canon G7 offers high resolution, fast performance, and versatility for travel and action photography. It also has an optical viewfinder, which is very helpful for tracking the action. The Image Stabilization feature is useful for taking relatively blur-free hand-held shots. The camera has an Auto Mode and lot of Scene Modes for easy operation by novice users. For advanced users the camera offers manual modes and a Hot Shoe for mounting external flashes.

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Both cameras have good image quality at high ISO settings and offer an Auto Mode and a lot of Scene Modes for novice users. Experienced photographers will find the Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority manual modes useful. They are also very responsive, have a great Continuous Shooting Mode for action photography, and have optical viewfinders (key feature to have for real-time tracking of action). Both cameras have an Image Stabilization feature, which is useful for travel photography.

Overall the Canon G7 scores higher than the Canon A710 IS because of its higher resolution (which helps in effective implementation of digital zoom), better build (metal body), dedicated ISO dial (helpful in changing ISO setting quickly), and better continuous shooting speed. The Canon G7 is my Top Pick.

Canon PowerShot G7 is the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Camera for Travel and Action Photos Under $750
Where to buy
Canon PowerShot G7
Specifications
  • Zoom: 6.0x
  • Resolution: 10.0MP
  • AF Shutter Lag: 0.5 - 0.6s
  • Burst Speed: 1.6 fps
  • Size: 4.2 x 2.8 x 1.7 in.
  • Battery Life: 500 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 A710 IS

The Canon PowerShot A710 IS is the compact camera with the largest optical zoom in their lineup. The camera has a 7 megapixel resolution sensor, 6x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-210mm on a 35mm camera), and good high ISO performance. It also has an optical viewfinder and runs on two AA Batteries. It has a start-up time of 1.4 seconds and a pre-focus shutter lag (half-press to full-press of shutter button) of 0.05 seconds. The full-press shutter lag is 0.50 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. The shot-to-shot speed is 2.2 seconds (without a flash). The maximum usable aperture at maximum zoom (i.e. tele-photo end) is f4.8 (the lower the value, the wider the lens aperture, meaning more light gathering ability). It has full manual controls (e.g. aperture priority, shutter priority, etc.) for additional versatility. It supports wide-angle and tele-photo conversion lenses, which are available separately as accessories. It has a battery life of 360 shots (900 shots without using the LCD screen). It also has an Image Stabilization feature to help avoid blurry pictures because of camera shake.

The camera received a Highly Recommended rating at Digital Photography Review (a popular digital camera review site). It is also one of the favorite cameras at Digital Camera Resource Page (another popular camera review site).

Canon PowerShot A710 IS is one of the Best Compact Point and Shoot Digital Cameras for Travel and Action Photos Under $750
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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Want More Opinions? See:
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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