Pros Size, quality of photos, use of AA batteries, can be used as point and shoot or for advanced options, viewfinder
Cons Viewfinder, delay with flash
Summary I am really enjoying this camera. I like its size. It's very comfortable to handle, and still it is small enough to be easily carried around. Pictures have been excellent. It does a nice job with high-contrast pictures, it has many useful modes, the 6x zoom with the image stabilization is wonderful. The camera works well for quick shots, but it is also easy to do a lot of manual settings and to add on lenses/filters to expand its possibilities. As noted, the flash delay after a picture is just enough to be annoying, but it's not a deal-killer. I definitely need a viewfinder (presbyopia!), which many cameras no long have, so it's a plus, but the viewfinder only displays about 3/4 of the actual picture.
Pros awesome zoom, IS, good manual settings, nice and compact
Cons long flash recycle, short battery life, no zoom info?
Summary I just got this camera, read the whole manual, did some test shots. I love it!
The 6x zoom is great, and the image stabilization makes it useful without a tripod. Plenty of manual controls: shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual exposure, adjustable flash output, manual focus... Good, fairly intuitive controls.
Various features I really like (in random order):
1. Custom self-timer - you set how long you want the camera to wait AND how many pictures you want it to take, so you can put it on a tripod and then have it snap up to 10 photos.
2. The FlexiZone focus system, and the manual focus with the cool zoomed-in window
3. Second-curtain flash! And slow-sync flash, of course.
4. Lots of focus and exposure lock options
5. Takes accessory lenses (1.75 telephoto, wide-angle, macro)
6. Detailed playback display, with histogram
7. Sound memos attachable to photos
8. Flexible playback mode: you don't have to zoom out to switch images, you can skip by 10 or 100 images or skip by date.
9. Has a mute setting, for when I really don't want to make any noises...
10. 1cm macro focus! Really, I can take sharp photos with the subject almost touching the lens. It's great!
11. The Camera Shake Warning is useful - much less chance of coming home with a picture and only then discovering the camera shake...
12. Optical viewfinder. Surprisingly many cameras don't have them, which is incredibly annoying in bright light or when your batteries are running out...
13. Different movie settings: 15, 30, 60 frames-per-second, resolution 160, 320, 640.
14. Grid line display overlay makes it easier to line things up
Some very minor gripes:
1. The manual claims the zoom setting should be displayed on the top of the screen, but it doesn't happen with optical zoom, only with digital. It would be nice to know what zoom setting I'm at...
2. The stitch-assist mode seems awkward. In the Nikon P5000 the old image is transparent so that you can actually line up the whole section and not just the edge, which worked much better for me.
3. I really wish it had a movable LCD like the A640, but then it'd probably be bigger...
4. The LCD screen is viewable from fairly wide angles sideways, but not up and down.
5. I really wish it would rotate movies...
6. The mode dial and record/playback switch are a bit hard to move, especially if I'm trying one-handed operation.
7. The ring around the lens moves around a bit.
8. Tripod mount is made of plastic.
9. No manual LCD brightness adjustment
The two batteries instead of four mean a smaller camera, but also shorter battery life, and the annoyingly slow flash recycling. A good trade-off for me. And since the batteries are just cheap AAs, I can carry extras around.
One-hand operation possible but cramp-inducing - the grip is pretty small (it's a small camera, which is generally a good thing...), but all the buttons are within one-handed reach.
The funny color accent/swap modes are, well, fun to play with but not terribly useful, unless you don't use a good image editing program.
"Great Camera !"on by noahmon
Pros Awesome picture quality !
Cons Flash delay
Summary I got this camera for Christmas and took it to New York City for a day and took fantastic pictures. The videos came out terrific also.
I am not a expert but this camera is easy to use and took little time to understand and use.
Pros Has a full range of operating modes, spectacular zoom (mechinical and digital combine to very long lens); fits in your packet; very intuitive menu system; useful S/W for pix management.
Cons The long lag time for flash recharge & the truly rediculous mem card; Camera is new for Xmas, so maybe still haven't tried all the options -- might find another con, but so far works as advertised.
Summary Spent a lot of time looking at various brands and all the model types up and down. Wanted a "pocketable" device, and was initially taken by the smaller types, but they all seemed to sacrifice something by way of operation in order to be so small. Likewise, the other mid-size types (like this one) always leave something out, depending on which model and who makes it. The Canon folks seem to have figured this out, and so put the 710 IS together to give all the options, and the new IS processing too, which is a serious must with all that zoom capability. I live by telephoto, so this is great for me. The price is edging up there, but overall this camera is a very good value: gives a lot for the $$; street prices are reasonable. Especially like the accessories available for lenses, filters and such. Don't have any yet, but understand the design behind them and will be going there soon. The slide adapter looks very useful; I have a huge slide collection dating from the '60s, and using the camera to transfer them might be a very good way to go. Have had two Fuji Finepix previously, and found them very good for their time. This new Canon A710 is way more than what I had before (which was, admitedly, old technology) and seems to have beaten out the newer Finepix offerings that are avaialble now. Went with a 1GB memory card, and being able to take >400 snaps is going to be fine for me. And I do like the larger screen at the back. Have seen some complaints about visibility, but have not been caught up w/ that so far. I can actually use the bloody thing w/out my reading glasses, which was not true w/ previous Finepix. It ate up the alkaline batteries that came w/ it PDQ, but seems to run very well on the high capacity NiMH rechargables. Overall, I am thrilled w/ this one.
Pros Great manual controls, high quality pictures and 6X optical zoom
Cons Flash features not flexable enough
Summary Clearly Canon has excelled with this camera. My first digital camera, which I really liked, was also a PowerShot. This camera improves on every feature, LCD screen in larger, only two AA baterries with longer life, SD memory instead of CF, 6X zoom... on and on. The picture quality is excellent. The only improvement needed is with the flash, often it is too strong and leaves heavy shadowing. It can be adjusted up form the defualt settings but not down which is somewhat fustrating. But the manual settings provided are better than anything else out there and are very easy (and intuitive) to use. I have framed 8X10 prints that look incredible.