Latest Update: Added Imaging Resource’s review.
What Is It?
- Megapixels: 6
- Optical Zoom: 6x (35-210mm equiv)
- Macro down to 1cm
- Full manual control available
A fairly decent little camera – not quite a superzoom, not quite pocketable, not quite cheap, but probably good enough at most things that it stands a good chance of being enough of everything to a lot of people.
Other than the longer zoom, its feature set is similar to other Canon A-series cameras with full-manual controls including custom-white balance, manual focusing and image adjustment parameters. Other compact digital cameras offer a similar feature set, but these are the minority.
If you were considering a 3X or 4X zoom compact camera and don’t have a huge budget then the A700 is – though far from perfect – a nice alternative that has much to offer.
The Canon PowerShot A700’s useful 6X zoom range, decent image quality, almost-acceptable ISO 800 performance, and full manual controls will catch the attention of photo enthusiasts and snapshooters.
While it’s name makes it sound like the top-end camera in Canon’s A-series, that’s up for debate. While it does offer more zoom than the other models, it has less resolution and doesn’t offer a rotating LCD display like the PowerShot A620.
Its combination of automatic and manual features make it very approachable for novices, but interesting for experienced users, the net result being a camera that will satisfy a broad range of interests and provide a good path for novice users to expand their photographic horizons as their experience grows. The 6x zoom lens is quite easy to hand-hold under reasonably bright lighting, but as the light fades, the A700’s lack of image stabilization will come to be more of a factor.