Canon PowerShot A650 IS review

Review Date : Tue, 4 Dec 2007

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The 12-megapixel Canon PowerShot A650 IS bridge camera features a 6x zoom and a vari-angle 2.5in LCD screen.

Pros: Feel in-use, vari-angle LCD, full manual control.
Cons: Price – considering the price fall of DSLRs, size.

Trickle-Down Effect

The compact/bridge market is ever expanding as larger sensors and high-end technology work their way down from top-end DSLRs to enthusiast models such as the A650 IS.

Impressive Feature Set

The 12MP sensor is certainly high-end, and Canon bolsters the spec of the camera further by incorporating a 6x optical zoom and DIGIC III image processor with a 9-point AiAF, and complemented by a 2.5in variangle LCD.

As with many other models with a similar specification the A650 IS is by no means small, with extra weight added thanks to the four AA batteries it takes to power it.

Image Quality

Image capture is a pleasure. The vari-angle LCD screen combined with the excellent image stabiliser means that shooting from any angle is effortless and produces good results, with images comprised of vibrant colours, warm textures and limited noise and fringing.


A feature-laden high-end ‘compact’ that is a pleasure to use despite being over-sized.

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Design 16/20
Image Quality 18/20
Performance 17/20
Value 17/20
Features 18/20
Overall Score 86%

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