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Old Dec 18, 2007, 10:07 PM   #1
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I am thinking of picking up an A570 IS for basic point and shoot. I noticed the A720 IS for about $50 more. Is there any major advantage here, or should we just stick with the 570?

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EDIT: I did just notice the 720 has more optical zoom....not sure how much use I have for that.
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Old Dec 19, 2007, 3:55 AM   #2
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The A570 supports the CHDK hack, which adds a lot of additional functionality to the camera, while the A720 has a new operating system, which will not allow the CHDK hack in the forseeable future. I would go with the A570.
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Old Dec 19, 2007, 12:08 PM   #3
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Pardon my ignorance but what is the CHDK Hack?
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Old Dec 19, 2007, 12:19 PM   #4
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I believe it's a software program you can download into your camera. Among other things, it lets you shoot in RAW mode and have a live histogram for exposure issues.
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Old Dec 20, 2007, 6:11 PM   #5
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I wouldn't be so concerned about the hack. I hacked my A700 and it's neat, but I can certainly live without it. I don't shoot RAW with my P&S, that's too much work when processing, and the difference in the end is minute, maybe a little gain in dynamic range... If I need amazing quality I use my DSLR.

I quite like the A720is and would probably pick it since I like the long zoom end. But honestly, if I was you I would go to a store and look at them and see how they feel. If you don't need the long telephoto, you may as well save the money and buy a bigger memory card and the A570. The image quality in the end on both is probably quite similar. Maybe a tad better on the A570 because of the less complex lens.

If you think you are interested in the hack, there's tons of information here:

http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page


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Old Dec 20, 2007, 7:08 PM   #6
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Thanks all for the input, I'll probably end up getting the 570, for the price and th ability to update to do RAW pics. Hard to beat.
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 3:57 AM   #7
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But if you want "basic point and shoot", why don't you consider the SD series (Canon)?

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