Powershot A620 or A700
I'd like to buy one of these in the next few weeks. Having a hard time finding any head to head comparisons. Does anyone have any comments about the picture quality of the A700? At the same settings of ISO 400 and 4X zoom is it as good at the A620? If it is I would probably jump on the A700 for the ISO 800 and 6X zoom capabilities...

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I've just purchased an A700 after being torn between that and the A620. The best review I could find was here: I believe they have some answers image quality comparison. I've only been shooting a day, and have yet to figure out the manual modes, but so far, I think I made the right choice. My reasons for picking the A700 were, 6x Zoom, Light/smaller, no articulating view screen (I don't think I'd use it as I still like using the viewfinder) Larger view screen (my eyes are going softer focus close up). I chose Cannon as a brand because my previous two digital cameras were Cannons, and both reliable and useable. My previous Cannon was an A40, which shows you how long I've had it, but also what level of image quality I'm used to, so bear that in mind.


Comment #1

I had the same problem with choices. I have been researching the A620 for months. Along came the A700. Very similar specs, biggest changes are the LCD & 6x optical. Since they are so similar I chose the A620 as you can get it for about half the cost of A700 and I like the twistable LCD. The technology seems to be changing about every 1.5 yrs I decided to spend less now and see what the future brings.


Comment #2

I decided to get the A700. Haven't used it much yet but will next week on vacation. I found the price difference to only be about $20 and found a few places where the A700 was cheaper than the A620. Finally went with a deal that was offering where with mail in rebates I got a Canon Pixma 6220D printer and the total price was only $5 more than the best A700 price I had found after all the rebates...

Comment #3

I just returned from a trip with my new A700 and loved the way it performed. The only negative is that when using the zoom at the maximum, the view through the eyepiece did not give me an accurate representation of what was actually being shot. I learned to compensate and, if critical, I used the LCD screen, so it didn't turn out to be an issue when shooting stationary targets. The pictures are wonderful. It performed spectacularly on Indoor mode without the flash. Which was critical as we were in many museums where flash was not allowed.

Shutter lag, a critical factor for me, was, for the most part, not even noticeable. I'd be happy to try and answer questions...

Comment #4


Im a newbie.

Can anyone here compare Sony DSC-S600 to Canon powershot a700.

Which one is worth buying in terms of price and options available?? please help me...

Comment #5

Yes I bough a canon A700 and it is really wonderful. Sony S600 may be cheper than the A700, but quality may not be good as A700. Moreover you will get 100% manual control in case of canon A700. For indoor use also the camera is superb. It will b better for you if you go for the canon one...

Comment #6

I bought Canon Powersot A620.

Very fast shot-to-shot and negligible shutter lag. The first priority for a hobbyist camera is manual control. The A60 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 A60 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. Mike Wilson..

Comment #7

I have to concur with Mike here. A620 can be had for $250.00 or less at brick and mortar stores, even less online. Better value than A700. The Sony sensor in the A620 is a good one. Incredible detail, with fairly low noise levels at ISO 200 and below. However, the A700 is newer, and from what I have read and heard, a decent camera.

This is an area all manufacturers need to improve upon. Fuji seems to have the lead in this area. Good luck..

Comment #8

A700 has a 1/2.5" Sensor versus 1/1.8" of the A620. Which means A620 has a bigger sensor (very important criteria). My 2 cents!..

Comment #9

I am also buzy to make a choise !.

It seems that nevertheless the A700 is delivered with Zoombrowser software wich include remote control of the camera that this function in not usable with the A700 !! It seems too that the A620 include this function. It's a big difference because remote control with a portable PC is very very pleasant. Andre..

Comment #10

We want to purchase an underwaterhousing for our new Canon A 700. What is the part number for that accessory, and has anyone had experience with using the camera while snorkling?.


Comment #11

I am trying to replace my lost canon camera. Ihave been to all the sites looking for info on where to buy the a640...I take alot of pictures and blow them up on my printer. I really don't understand all the technological jargon...what I am looking for is a camera that is easy to use manually as well as auto...has great zoom capability stops the red eyes and takes fantastic color....any ideas? I am used to the canon so I might like that line best but am open to suggestions..thx j..

Comment #12

Hi Jeannee, The Canon A-series is a good choice, they are all easy and have both auto and manual controls. If you think zoom is important, the one to look at would the the Canon A700 which has a quite sharp 6X optical zoom. See: - Itai..

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