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Canon PowerShot A710 IS Discussion
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I'm a little disappointed that the shutter lag times and flash recycle times are slower than for the SD700IS (which is apparently a very sweet little camera - I just wanted a bit more lens, hence my excitement over the A710IS). Anyone have both the SD700IS and this new baby? I played with the A710IS is a store and there is definitely a good 1/2 second lag, which is just not really that great in this day and age (they did *not* have the SD700IS to compare it against unfortunately)...

Comment #1

Here are the timings from imaging resource. SD700IS / A710IS Full Autofocus Wide 0.38 / 0.53 Full Autofocus Tele 0.48 / 0.64 Prefocused 0.075 / 0.076..

Comment #2

Thanks for the info on the numbers. I was aware that the SD700 shutter lag numbers were better (had seen them here) but what I really wanted was to handle both cameras to get a sense as to whether the differences are noticable in every day life. My suspicion is that they *are* in certain conditions. The A710 numbers are only about as good (yes, a little better but not much) as an Olympus camera I bought about 4 years ago I had such high hopes for this camera. Oh, that and the flash is quite underwhelming. I guess price is king in today's consumer market.

Alas it is not to be just yet...

Comment #3

Trying to decide between canon s3is and canon a710 both are in my price range, but whats the main differnces and the ups and downs of each. mostly my 3 kids pictures and vacations and stuff like that. any info will help.thanks..

Comment #4

Well the two biggest primary differences to me are, a) camera size! The A710 is small enough to fit in a reasonably sized pocket (there would be a small bulge) whereas the S3 is considerably larger (go see them if you have not), and b) 12x zoom vs 6x zoom (neither of which goes to a wide enough angle to suit me, but that's another story). Shutter lag is about the same in both (actually it looks like perhaps the S3 has a slight edge, which is hard to believe given the long end of the zoom on this thing). Also, I would *assume* but don't know for sure that the flash range on the S3 is better. A couple of other things I can see from looking at the pic's of both: the S3 LCD is articulated but it's smaller (2.0"). The A710 is a fixed LCD design but larger (2.5"). I'm also guessing that continuous shooting rates are better for the S3.

Some people find the electronic viewfinders very annoying. On the other hand, the A710 optical viewfinder is not particularly great either...

Comment #5

Aw, what a disappointment to read that it's a bad optical finder..

I put my old Leitz brightline 1:1 image finder on any camera having that silvery rectangle floating in the air, while I keep both my eyes open. I can see what's going on in the wide world and place the camera's frame anywhere in it to take a picture in context..

Sure beats the "U-boat periscope" viewfinder, in which I have to squint with one eye and point my little tube of vision here and there, to see what's out there, let alone these awful screen things...

Comment #6

Ive seen the s3is at best buy but they didnt have the a710 in stock yet, I will continue to look thanks.....your choice for what I need it for would be................

Comment #7

Received PowerShot A710 as birthday gift nice camera, appreciate it. But, the ReadMe in the accompanying CD is in Japanese only, and I suspect so is all the additional software. There's an obviously photocopied small-size copy of the users manual in English in the box, but I suspect the other software on the CD will end up in Japanese also. Where to download online cc of software and manuals? (I've found a place that sells manual for $8.95, which is not too bad, but are there other sources.) Thanks...

Comment #8

I just bought the a710 and am learning as I am going...I cannot figure out how to set the continuous mode, except where the timer is for 2 or 10 seconds. The "c" mode I believe is continuous, but has a delay like a timer before it takes the shots? Can someone tell me how this works? I was trying to find a way to take pictures faster closer together. Thank you,.

Margaret..

Comment #9

I replaced the canon powershot A710 IS with Powershot A310 and seem to have a problem getting the photos from A710 into my Jpeg imager program, as soon as the photo I click comes up screens says.

" transferring data" and the photo "dissapears" where to I don't know...

Comment #10

Debating between the A630 and the A710. Is the IS feature on the 710 vital? Is it more important than the 8 megapixels of the 630? All else being equal, which is the better buy? All suggestions are welcomed and appreciated...

Comment #11

Yes, the image stabilizer is much more important than the one megapixel. The extra megapixel will really only make your picture about one inch wider and taller if you were looking at it on a computer screen, so you would have to move farther to see the whole thing. If it always fits the size of your screen or you are printing your pictures, you probably won't notice the difference of the one megapixel. They are very diifferent cameras, read up on them at one of the various camera review sites such as this to see which you like better...

Comment #12

And what you thinking abut A 610 and A 710 IS. Which one in your opinion is better? I have just 2 days to make my decision. Thanks....

Comment #13

Did you find out how to take pictures in the continuous mode on your camera? that is exactly what I am trying to figure out how to do so I can photograph my horses. thank you.

Nancy, texas..

Comment #14

Continuous shooting is detailed on page 31 of the advanced camera use manual...

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