Canon PowerShot A70

Apr 24, 2004



Canon A70


I'll mainly mention the downfalls of the A70. First off, I'd like to mention that I love this camera. It is my first digital camera and I've owned it for roughly 6 months.

I've been doing test shots using varying combinations of features the camera is capable of. Manual mode is where you'll get access to all of these features. One thing I'm upset about is the camera's fastest shutter speed of only 1/500 when you use the flash. The camera is advertised with a max shutter speed of 1/2000 but no matter how high you set this the shutter speed will always drop down to 1/500 if the flash is enabled.

Shutter speed also depends on aperture size. Aperture size range from 1 to 8. It would've been nice if you get the full range of shutter speed at any aperture size. I simply don't get why this would be limited with the A70. Is Canon reserving this capability for their more expensive cameras?

Without a tripod it becomes harder to take steady shots and this becomes readily evident in your blurry shots. In lowlight situations the camera likes to use lower shutter speeds than desired and this is where a steady tripod comes in handy. Without it, you're more than likely to get blurry shots due to the slow shutter speed and camera shake.

The good news is with adequate lighting and/or with the use of the flash, you can achieve sharp images even at slow shutter speeds. Just be aware when using the flash as there will be a shadow on the bottom right corner of the picture due to the flash being positioned so close to the telescoping lens of the camera.

The so called autofocus assisted lamp of the camera is pure garbage. It's more of a gimmick for advertisements' sake than a true feature. The red lamp is simply too dim to be of any use in any light condition. So just disable this feature if you want.

Battery life for the camera is average for me. I use Energizers, 1850mAh and I can easily get over 100 shots in a single session when fully charged. I have the LCD on all the time as well. Using the viewfinder is simply not reliable, inaccurate and might as well not be there. What you see in the viewfinder will not be what the camera captures. It gets worse when taking close-up shots: what you see in the viewfinder will not even be in the picture the camera captures.