Aahz's Canon A710 IS

Why did I pick the A710? I stopped doing film photography in the 1980s because it was "too expensive" -- it wasn't that I couldn't afford it, but it just bothered me too much to keep paying and paying for film, development, and printing. Stef does a lot of picture-taking for the local humane society, and we've talked occasionally about how it would be fun for us to go on photo expotitions together. But I knew that sharing a camera would be Not Fun, so I wanted my own camera, and in April 2007, I finally made that happen.

I wanted a digital camera that would not make me feel that I was sacrificing photo quality, but I didn't want to pay a lot of money for it. I also decided that my other critical qualities were the compact form factor (rather than subcompact because it's easier to hold -- and you usually get more features for your money) and an optical viewfinder. The viewfinder was actually one of the trickier features to find among cheap, high-rated cameras.

I initially focused on the Canon A630 (about $50 cheaper than the A710 and more battery life), but was swayed by the A710's slightly smaller size, bigger zoom, and optical image stabilization. The only feature I really wish I had from the A630 is the swing-out LCD. For a good review, see http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canona710is/

The A710 takes great pictures literally right out of the box, for more details, see my first picture.

NOTE: Never, never bother with digital image stabilization. It sucks.

NOTE: Never, never bother with digital zoom. Turn off your camera's digital zoom and rely only on the optical zoom. Crop it at home with software if you need to.


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Last update: 5/2007
Copyright 2007 by Aahz (aahz@pobox.com)

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