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Old Dec 2, 2007, 10:05 PM   #1
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I want to get my parents a new digital camera. They have one that's 5 or 6 years old, small screen, very slow between shots and is just rather cumbersome.


They're in their 60s, my dad is fairly technologically apt, but my mom still favors "film" cameras and I'd like to break her of that. Dad would appreciate a nice camera with some manual capabilities. Doubtful that he'd do much editing on the PC after the picture was taken, however. Mom needs point and shoot simplicity, so I need a combo of the two. An optical viewfinder is a must.

An Ultracompact won't work b/c their fingers and eyes don't work real well with tiny things, but I don't want to give them something that's a pain to haul around on vacation either.

I was leaning towards the Canon A640 or A630, but was nervous about indoor shots and wasn't sure if the lack of image stabilization would create blurry pictures. I liked the flip screen.

I didn't even realize there was an A650 but Costco had it in a package with a printer and a 1GB card for $339. I bought it but am now wondering if it will be too heavy and cumbersome, and is it going to still be kind of slow due to the 12 mp? It may be more camera than they need but it was such a good deal and I have 90 days to return. Without the printer and the memory card, I'd really prefer not to pay much over $250. If the A650 is a good option for Mom and Dad, I'm happy keeping the Costco package.

What about this light leak issue? something to be concerned about?

Would the A630 or 640 be better for them? Is there another camera I should be looking at?? Thanks!!

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Old Dec 3, 2007, 8:49 AM   #2
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The Canon A720 and A570 are smaller, cheaper alternatives to the A650 but have picture quality that's almost as good.
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Old Dec 3, 2007, 9:10 AM   #3
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Thanks how is the flash recycle type on the A570 and A720? Do they have image stabilization, and how important is this feature?
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Old Dec 3, 2007, 10:21 AM   #4
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The flash recycle time on the A570 and A720 is not great - 5 to 10 seconds for a full recharge, depending on how depleted the batteries are.

Both cameras have IS and are excellent in image quality. They also offer manual controls, including shutter priority and aperture priority. The A570 has a 4x optical zoom and the A720 has a 6x optical zoom. You can pick up the A570 for about $150 and the A720 for about $190.
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Old Dec 3, 2007, 10:26 AM   #5
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Thanks. Is that a normal recycle time? Seems long to me?

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Old Dec 10, 2007, 11:43 AM   #6
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I just bought the 570IS and I would have to say that the recycle time does get on my nerves. This camera will not be used for quick snaps. It's MINIMUM 5 seconds until the next shot.

But the pictures are Canon Quality especially for a P&S cam.
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