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Canon Powershot A70 Digital Camera [3MP 3xOptical]

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  • 3x Zoom Digital Camera featuring 3.2 effective megapixels
  • 3.2 effective megapixels for 2,048 x 1,536-pixel images
  • 1.5-inch low temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT Color LCD
  • 3x optical zoom lens, 5.4-16.2mm (equivalent to a 35-105mm lens on a 35mm camera) with auto and manual focus
  • Digital zoom up to 3.2x magnification
  • 5-point AiAF or single centre point focusing
  • DIGIC Imaging Processor and iSAPS Technology
  • ISO sensitivity equivalents: 50, 100, 200, and 400
  • Adjustable aperture settings from f/2.8 to f/4.8
  • 15 sec. - 1/2000 sec. shutter speed
  • Self timer (2sec. or 10sec.)
  • Sound Memo (up to 60sec.

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Manual Product Manual [3.78mb PDF]
  • Item Weight: 213 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 213 g
  • Item model number: A70
  • ASIN: B00008R9NW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,633 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The Canon PowerShot A70 is a versatile digital camera featuring a high quality 3.2 megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens. Improved shooting modes on this camera bring the "A" series cameras more in line with the "S" series at a very affordable price. These new additions to the shooting modes allow you to expand your knowledge of photography without having to worry about upgrading your camera at a later date.

The camera's CCD enables it to capture still images as large as 2048 x 1536 pixels and movies as large as 640 x 480 pixels. The A70 features a compact and retractable 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) 3x optical zoom lens. The lens features a maximum aperture of f2.8 (wide angle) to f4.8 (telephoto). This is complemented by a smooth digital zoom (10 x combined with optical zoom). The PowerShot A70 has 12 shooting modes (Image and Creative Zones have been added). These can be selected from a mode dial on the top of the camera, which now includes all the main PowerShot shooting modes that are featured on the higher range "S" and "G" series cameras. It also incorporates the new DIGIC processor for even better colour reproduction and iSAPS, which stands for "intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space" and relates to image rendition for the creation of a natural-looking scenes or colours as seen by the photographer.

The A70 uses advanced lens technology. An iris-type aperture enables multi-stop iris control and elegant blur. The camera employs a six-blade iris aperture, allowing the aperture to be set in intervals of one-third of a stop. Also, because the aperture is almost perfectly circular, beautiful soft-focus effects can be achieved. The A70 also supports PTP (picture transfer protocol). This allows driverless image communications with computers when combined with recent operating systems (Windows XP or Mac OS). A computer using these systems will automatically select the correct drivers for the camera. On older operating systems a driver will have to be installed.

Amazon.co.uk Review

The Canon Powershot A70 digital camera is a replacement for the popular PowerShot A40, offering scope for more creative digital photography with 10x zoom, a 3.2 megapixel CCD and optional manual controls. The main improvement is an increased selection of what the company calls "creative" modes. What this means is manual operation of the aperture or shutter speed of the camera. The unit also retains auto setting, which provides traditional point and shoot.

A little smaller in all dimensions than its predecessor, the A70 uses a 3x Canon zoom lens with a further 3.2x digital zoom and offers macro shooting down to a reasonable 50 mm. The zoom level control is a little, self-centring collar around the shutter release which can be fiddly to use. The shutter button is positioned forward on the right-hand grip, which is designed to hide compartments for the four AA batteries. Rechargeables can be used, but are not included.

As well as the mode selector wheel on the camera's top surface, which includes specialist settings for movement and night photography, the main controls on its back are simple and well laid out. There's a mode switch for recording and replaying images and a diamond of buttons for working through the camera's menu system. Four buttons underneath its small LCD display complete the set. The LCD itself is surrounded by a silver fascia, which can be distracting.

The PowerShot A70 supports direct connection to Canon's own CP-100 card photo printer as well as to some of its inkjet printers. This can speed up the printing process, as you don't have to rely on dabbling with software on your PC. Photos from the A70 show good colour balance and are not over-sharpened. Canon's new DIGIC colour processor is claimed to improve overall picture quality and processing speed. This is a good camera for those wanting a step-up from entry level 1 megapixel digital cameras. --Simon Williams


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195 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Norberto Amaral on 30 Jun. 2003
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I've been a photography enthusiast for nearly ten years, own an APS camera and a top of the range (really top of the range) SLR camera. So, now that I was looking for a digital camera although I didn't want to spend a lot of money it definitely couldn't be any piece of garbage today's manufacturers throw out at us...
Here are some of the reasons for why I bought the A70. Note that I only found some after buying it:
1. Image quality is excellent, razor-sharp!
2. Menus are very intuitive and extremely easy to use - hardly any need to read the manual
3. Many programs for all kinds of situations
4. It's possible to stitch up several pics in one - for example to build a panorama picture
5. Like SLRs it's got manual, aperture-priority and shutter-priority programs, giving you plenty of choice and control
6. At its widest the lens is equivalent to a 38mm in 35 mm cameras (one of the digital cameras with the widest lenses on the market). Believe me, this matters if, like me, you like taking pictures of landscapes, buildings, etc.
7. 3 Megapixels is enough for 99% of you out there (if you're looking for a 5MP camera then you're either a pro or nuts :-)
8. Video clips with sound
9. You can customize the camera to give it your personal touch - meaning that you can change the startup image, system sounds, etc.
10. Extremely good software - though it didn't install correctly at first, see below how I solved it
11. Very powerful flash: I suspect the range is a lot longer than the manual says
12. TV out means you can show your pics on your TV. The cable is supplied
13. After you take a picture you can inpect it by actually zooming into it. That way you can check the quality of the image
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb. 2004
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The Canon A70 is a great little camera admired by photographers of all levels. This camera has all the auto features a novice would need, together with impressive manual control for the more advanced photographer. What I really like about the A70 is the ability to control white balance, including a very useful custom setting, which is important for colour accuracy. I love the manual controls including manual focus, ISO, shutter priority, aperture priority and exposure compensation - features which are often excluded from cameras that cost over twice as much. It's great to have a camera with such a wealth of features so as to allow progression creatively and technically. I found the A70 very easy to use after reading the comprehensive manual and just a little experience navigating the menus. The layout and button size feel right but there are two issues concerning design and build quality. The mirror surrounding the LCD makes it uncomfortable to use when bright light is reflected from it; and the LCD also has a transparent plastic covering which is easily scratched and not easily replaced as far as I can judge. Overall the design is pleasing and the feel of the camera is small but solid in the hand. I particularly like the protruding battery housing which allows for a secure grip. The type of battery used by a camera is an important consideration. Battery life is outstanding when using Ni-MH rechargeables, allowing hours of shooting on a single charge. The type of compatible recording media is also important when choosing a camera because some types may soon be obsolete. I bought a 256MB CompactFlash card and found that I could save 150 images at the highest quality setting (CompactFlash is the industry standard).Read more ›
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 2003
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Canon brought out the A70 retailing for nearly £300 at first, so I took a look at one and was very impressed. Then Amazon started selling it for way below £250, and now it must be the best digicam for the money in the UK today. As I'm a photographer, I'm always asked "what camera should I get", so I've recommended it to a number of friends, who've bought from Amazon, and are really happy with the A70(phew!). Canon are really on a roll with their digital cameras, from the A70 right up to the EOS-1d, I think few other makers can match the all round spec' and quality of this compact digicam. Some say it's a bit big, I say it's a good size for a firm hold, like wise the weight makes it easier to hold steady. And the weight is due to the 4 AA batteries, which are the easiest size to buy anywhere - a digital camera with no power is pretty useless really!
If you're looking for a top quality, but cheap, compact digicam, look no further, I reckon.
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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Dan M on 23 Mar. 2003
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Having used the Powershot a40, I was very enthusiastic about trying the a70. The improved macro focusing at wide angle was a welcome addition, as was the custom white balance support. Out of the box, you get great point and shoot support. The fully automatic mode handled white balance, and auto flashed in a variety of conditions, and works very nicely. The P mode provides a little extra support, giving you exposure compensation, and vivid/neutral photo effects, as well as specifying the iso (50-400), or auto iso, and white balance selection. For the more experienced/adventurous photographer, we have shutter, aperture priority modes (both new over the a40), and full manual mode giving you support for exposures up to 15secs and control ofer flash output. At 50 iso, you get virtually no noise, and very usable images at 400iso in well lit conditions. The menu has been considerably improved, as has the body design (smaller, lighter and easy to hold on to). High capacity NiMH are a must, although it is usable with alkalines (though expensive in the long run). The 16mb card will not get you far either, but 128mb cf's are cheap, and can store about 75 full res shots. The new movie modes are welcome too. 3 minutes with sound at 320x240, plus a new 640x480 (30sec) for extra high detail. These movies are a little large (30sec 640x480, almost 20mb), but its very nice to be able to have this as an option. The only point the a40 has over the a70, was the zoom method. Though the a70's is easy enough and is only like it is to save space (keeping it a very compact camera) the zoom was a little counterintuitive. In short, I cannot think of another camera in this price bracket that gives you anywhere near this level of control. At the moment I would say you can't beat it.
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