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There are 7 wonders in the world. Here's another. You've never seen anything quite like the PowerShot A620. Loaded with features, this high-performance camera has a 7.1 Megapixel CCD to give you magnificent pictures at a price that will amaze you. And it's easy to use. Everything about this superb camera has been designed for your picture-taking pleasure. And that makes it fun! It uses AA batteries so you can use this camera all around the world because the AA battery is available virtually anywhere. PictBridge and DirectPrint mean you can print images without using a computer. If you do have a computer, it transfers images via USB to Windows PC and Macintosh computer models. Another nice feature gives you the ability of taking still pictures as well as movies. They can also be viewed directly from the camera to a TV. Easy to use, the A620 is truly wonderful. Built-in Multimode Electronic-Flash Self Timer PictBridge and DirectPrint modes 2 VariAngle LCD screen with menu display in up to 22 selectable languages / Real-image optical viewfinder Flexible playback and erase modes Compression modes - Still Image - Exif 2.2 (JPEG) / Movie - AVI (Image - Motion JPEG; Audio - WAVE (Monaural)) Unit Dimensions - 4.13 x 2.60 x 1.93 inch /104.8 x 66.0 x 49.1mm / Weight - 8.29 oz./235g (camera body only) Uses 4 AA batteries (alkaline included). We suggest buying optional rechargeable batteries.
My camera is the A620, but the A610, except for lower pixel CCD, is the same. The first priority for a snapshot camera is SPEED. This one has it in spades. Very fast shot-to-shot and negligible shutter lag. The first priority for a hobbyist camera is manual control. The A6x0 has Auto, program and many preset scene modes. It also has shutter priority, aperture priority and full manual mode. Computer imaging enthusiasts will be disappointed that the A6x0 cameras do not provide RAW picture format, but it does produce excellent detail in Fine JPEG mode, and I think many in even that group would be satisfied. The lens is excellent for such a small camera. It is fast at f4.1 on the telephoto end of the zoom, very important for family photographs outdoors (fewer blurred photos of children or pets at play). Really good ISO400 results for even more speed. Color and white balance is excellent, right out of the camera. Photos are vivid and life-like. The flash is small, so if you use that a great deal I recommend something like the Sony slave flash which attaches to the tripod fitting on the camera. The zoom works fast. The controls are well laid out, and the camera is easy to handle (my hands are fairly long, I'm 6-2). The menus are easy to use and quick to find. I have not needed to open the manuals, so I can't comment on those. The LCD is bright, and preview mode is fast (the swiveling LCD is fantastic). The optical viewfinder is adequate and bright enough (about 80% coverage, I think). The camera fits in my shirt pocket, but with quite a bulge. Buy a larger SD card because the 32mb card with the camera only holds 9 photos at best quality. AA batteries are convenient. Get a good set of rechargeable batteries with a set of cheap alkaline for backup, and you are ready to go (good battery life here). I have not used movie mode and I might never do so, though I hear it is very good; there is a printer output that I do not use; the camera comes with software that I do not use, so I cannot comment on those three things.
The door for cable connections is flimsy. I opened it once and had trouble closing it. Had to force the top clip to engage. Buy a card reader ($10 or $20) and forget about the cables. Overall, great camera and great photos.
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