Compact and easily portable, the Canon PowerShot A470 is another confident, capable digital camera from this market leader. Offering 3.4x optical zoom, a large 2.5-inch LCD monitor, and 7.1-megapixel CCD, the PowerShot A470 features the ease of a point-and-shoot camera design coupled with a few advanced features for more savvy users. Canon’s PowerShots are known for their user-friendliness and good quality, and the PowerShot A470 upholds that reputation well.
The 3.4x optical zoom lens offers just slightly more zoom than standard digital cameras, covering a range equivalent to 38-132mm on a 35mm camera. In addition to the 3.4x optical zoom, the Canon A470 also offers a maximum of 4x digital zoom, though it does trade some quality and resolution for the enlargement. Like many Canon digital cameras on the market these days, the PowerShot A470 features Face Detection Technology, which automatically seeks out faces in the image area and, if desired, can base exposure, focus and white balance on a subject’s face.
The Canon A470 also has Canon’s latest Motion Detection Technology, which attempts to track moving subjects for clearer images of kids, wildlife, etc. Also built in is a nice selection of preset scene modes, for better handling of trickier conditions, and a handful of creative controls as well. Though aperture and shutter speed are automatically controlled, you do have access to a Long Shutter mode where you can manually set the shutter time from one to 15 seconds. There are also available contrast, sharpness, saturation and color settings, or you can leave everything up to the camera.
Retailing online for about $129.99, the PowerShot A470 is an attractive option. You get 7.1 megapixels, 3.4x optical zoom, and an excellent array of Canon features, all of which fit nicely in your pocket. Available in red, gray, blue, and orange body colors, the Canon A470 is a good option for younger consumers just getting their feet wet, but should really please a wide range of users with different experience levels.