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Old Oct 6, 2007, 3:04 AM   #1
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I bought both the Canon A630 and the A720 IS and tried them out for a few weeks. I would take shots with both cameras of the same things and then compared them. There was quite a difference in the quality. Thepictures taken with the 630 were much clearer and sharper than the 720 IS. I felt like a could get better pictures with a disposible camera than with the 720 IS. Needless to say, I kept the Canon A 630.

The A720 IS was easy to use and the pictures were OK, but if you want a nice clear picture than I wouldn't buy it. I have seen some fantastic shots taken with the 720IS but I bet you they would have been even better with the A630.
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Old Oct 9, 2007, 8:47 AM   #2
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Perhaps you had a defective a720IS. Steve gave it a rave review and the sample photos look incredibly good.
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Old Oct 9, 2007, 8:55 AM   #3
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I bought both the Canon A630 and the A720 IS and tried them out for a few weeks. I would take shots with both cameras of the same things and then compared them. There was quite a difference in the quality. Thepictures taken with the 630 were much clearer and sharper than the 720 IS. I felt like a could get better pictures with a disposible camera than with the 720 IS. Needless to say, I kept the Canon A 630.

The A720 IS was easy to use and the pictures were OK, but if you want a nice clear picture than I wouldn't buy it. I have seen some fantastic shots taken with the 720IS but I bet you they would have been even better with the A630.

I also find your review pretty bad considering Steve's rave reviews.



Anyone else got any experience of the A720. I need something compact with a decent zoom 4x plus and top image quality.

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Old Oct 9, 2007, 11:07 AM   #4
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I also find your review pretty bad considering Steve's rave reviews.



Anyone else got any experience of the A720. I need something compact with a decent zoom 4x plus and top image quality.
I bought one just this past Sunday. I'd been holding out for an A650IS; but when the recall was finally announced and existing stocks pulled, I opted for the A720IS, instead. I haven't really had time to do any extensive playing/testing with it (hopefully this weekend). But the initial shots I took with it look good and its IS feature seems to work very well.

I've never used an A630, personally. But my other camera is a Fuji S7000Z and previously-owned cameras include an Olympus C7000 and a Canon A550. So I don't know if the OP has a defective camera or just higher expectations than my own. But given my own limited experiences with it,so far, I am pleased by the A720IS's performance and image quality.
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Old Oct 10, 2007, 10:51 AM   #5
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I am very interested in a 6x camera and I'm trying to find all the reviews I can on the 720 650 and G9.

but Ifindreading Steve's reviews issortof listening to the fed on the economy, hanging on every word, trying to decipher the meaning.

The only "rave" review I've seen lately said this
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I loved every minute that I used the SD870 IS, and definitely recommend this model to anyone who is in the market for a high-quality, pocketable digicam that takes outstanding photos, and offers blazing fast performance.
now that's pretty easy to decipher
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I just got the 720 is and have been putting it through it's paces. I love it's many capabilities in terms of photographic control. It does have a tendency to blow out highlights in contrasty situations but from my extensive research this is common to all the "A" series cameras and pretty much true of most point 'n shoots. Apart from that caveat however the image quality is surprisingly good. I also shoot 4 x 5 film which I custom develop and print, so I know a thing or two about quality. Why it would be generally poor for you is odd; either it was a defective camera or perhaps some settings were wrong? If Canon would address the blown out highlights they would have a camera here that could give some DSLR's a run for their money. (I did like the 630 as well-love that variable screen)
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Old Oct 15, 2007, 9:13 PM   #7
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I'm the OP. I would like to post comparison pictures so that you can see what I am/was talking about. How would I do that so that you can see the comparison between the 630 and the 720? I have several examples of just how much clearer the pictures taken with the 630 are.
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Old Oct 16, 2007, 2:52 AM   #8
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I trying to get some examples of the comparison pictures of both the 630 and 720 so lets see if this works. I am not a professional at all this was just some sample pictures to find out what camera was better for me. If you are interested I have more.

Canon A630 - notice the licence plate

<img src=http://images29.fotki.com/v290/photos/1/1237006/5501852/IMG_0117-vi.jpg >

Canon A720IS

<img src=http://images29.fotki.com/v320/photos/1/1237006/5501852/IMG_0113-vi.jpg >
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Didn't work but here is the link of the pictures. http://public.fotki.com/lida1111/comparison-shots-ca/
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Old Oct 16, 2007, 9:34 AM   #10
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I can what you mean.



I have just bought the 720 as it cost me just $220. So testing will ensue, I did notice that it does not seem to take as warm or sharp a picture as my 350D or your 630. Although I would argue it does give more natural colours, the 350D especially seeme to almost make the colours to warm.

Did you use both the cameras in the same mode, I would suggest that the default mode for the camera is slightly different in it's setup and would need some tinkering to achieve best results. Some of us rely too much on default setups without really getting to know the camera, I expect long term to be very happy with the 720 as a backup camera but having being spoilt by my 350D it will never live up to it.



Others please offer your experiences, especially the more experienced photographers among us and anyone who has had extensive experience with this camera.
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