Canon PowerShot A720 IS
by Mike Pasini
Review Date: 11/15/07
The Canon PowerShot A720 IS is based around the previous PowerShot A710 IS model, and a 6x optical zoom lens — an equivalent of 35 to 210mm, making the A720 excellent for all-purpose photography. It also includes a high resolution eight-megapixel sensor, more than enough for tack-sharp 11 x 14-inch prints with some cropping. Although the resolution has been increased from the prior A710 model, the Canon A720 IS offers an ISO range that’s been extended at the top end for an equivalent of ISO 80 to 1,600 — plenty for indoor low-light shots.
The Canon A720 sports a large 2.5-inch rear-panel LCD in addition to its real-image optical viewfinder. In addition to fully automatic shooting the Canon A720 IS features aperture-priority and shutter-priority exposure modes, and even full manual shooting, welcome options for more sophisticated users. There’s also a wide range of twelve scene modes, including an Underwater scene mode that adjusts color balance and exposure for use with an optional underwater housing. The Canon PowerShot A720 also offers a range of metering modes, including evaluative, center-weighted, spot, and face-detection-linked metering.
The Canon PowerShot A720 stores its images on SD/SDHC memory cards, with a not-so-generous 16MB included in the product bundle. A USB 2.0 Hi-Speed computer connection provides for speedy downloads, fast enough that most users will find no need for a separate card reader. There’s also NTSC/PAL video connectivity. Power comes from two AA batteries, with disposable alkalines in the product bundle.
Shipping as of September 2007, the A720 IS has a suggested retail price of US$250.