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Canon A630 Powershot Camera Review From Cameras.co.uk September 15, 2008

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The Canon Powershot A630 is an eight megapixel digital camera with a four times optical zoom lens. In terms of features Canon has developed the Powershot A630 on the lines of a cut down SLR camera. It offers a good range of features including manual exposure settings and manual focus as well.

Image Quality
In terms of picture quality the Powershot A630 performed just about how I expected it to in my tests. Colours are strong without being overpowering, plus the images are sharper than average. The manual exposure controls also give you the chance to have a greater influence over the way each image looks.

Shutter Lag and Recycling Times
I was able to take a single shot in 0.38 seconds and five shots in 8.35 seconds. Both of these are average times, although I would like to have seen the time to take a single photo that bit lower.

Features
The 4x optical zoom lens has a focal length equivalent to 35 – 140mm in 35mm format. There is also a feature called safety zoom. This is only available at lower resolutions and offers an extra 1.6x or 2x zoom. In addition there is 4x digital zoom.

When focusing you have a choice between a nine point or one point focusing system. Fully manual focusing is also available. Macro photography is catered for with a minimum focusing distance of 1cm.

Ease of Use
In terms of ease of use it has to be remembered that the Powershot A630 offers a lot more than a standard point and shoot digital camera. To get the most out of it you will need to spend some time getting to grips with it and experimenting with the different settings it offers.

Cost
You can pick up a Canon Powershot A630 for around £190. This compares to around £200 for a Sony DSC W100, £165 for an Olympus SP-320 and £165 for a Kodak EasyShare C875.

Style
The Powershot A630 is certainly more chunky then the super slim digital cameras that seem to be flooding the market at the moment. It is more like a cut down version of an SLR camera. It has a good grip on the front helping you to hold the camera steady when you take a shot.

Batteries and Memory Card
Four AA batteries are needed to power the camera. Canon supplies four alkaline batteries with the Powershot A630.images are stored on SD cards. A 16mb card is supplied with the camera as standard. I was able to take seven photos before the memory card was full.

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Canon PowerShot S3 IS – The 10 Mega Pixel Camera September 15, 2008

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In Canon’s compact camera range, two models vie for top billing. One is the 10-megapixel PowerShot G7 that I reviewed just over a month ago, and the other one is this, the PowerShot S3 IS. While the G7 might have the advantage in resolution over the 6-megapixel S3, the latter features an impressive f/2.7 – f/3.5, 12x zoom lens (36 – 432mm equiv.) with Canon’s acclaimed optical image stabilisation system and ultrasonic focusing motor, as well as a wide range of other features that make it one of the most versatile cameras on the market.

Despite the fact that the S3 IS has been around for a while, it is still one of the most popular super-zoom cameras around. It currently sells for just under £250, which compares reasonably well with other similarly-specified models, such as the Fuji S9600 (£270), Kodak P712 (£255) and Olympus SP-500 UZ (£230) and Panasonic DMC-FZ7 (£185)

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