The 7.1-megapixel Canon Powershot A560 features full manual control, face detection and a 4x digital zoom.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

89%
Overall score:89%
Features:90%
Value:90%
Performance:90%
Image Quality:90%
Design:85%

Pros:

  • Image quality, DIGIC III processor.

Cons:

  • AA batteries.

Product:

Canon PowerShot A560

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£140.00

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Feature Set

As expected from Canon’s Powershot range, manual control and handling are the key selling points of the A560, but coupled with a 4x optical zoom lens and a DIGIC III processor make it even more of an appealing proposition.





Performance

Of course, not everyone will favour the additional bulk of the body, but then again this camera isn’t targeted at the masses, more the enthusiastic beginner. The camera sports a viewfinder, the layout feels comfortable and doesn’t infringe on usability, while the feature set offers pretty much all that might be expected. The icing on the cake, however, comes in the form of face-detection technology and the processing engine, with the latter displaying a notable performance in terms of operational speed.





Image Quality

Images produced by the A560 are hard to fault: bursting with detail and a displaying a fantastic dynamic range, while maintaining great edge and corner-detail and showing minimal fringing. This is another fine compact for Canon to be proud of.

Verdict

While aimed at the technically minded, the Canon PowerShot A560 is easy to use and offers great image control. A fine choice – even for a first compact

Full Specification

Flash Modes:
4
Memory Card:
SD

Connectivity:
USB 2.0
Power:
Li-ion

Dimensions:
Refer to manufacturers website
White Balance:
TTL, Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

ISO Range:
80-1600
Exposure Modes:
Auto 11 scene modes

Metering System:
Evaluative, Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF frame)
File Formats:
JPEG

Shutter Speeds:
15 – 1/2,000 sec
LCD:
2.5in + viewfinder

Lens:
5.8 – 23.2 mm (35mm equivalent: 35 – 140mm)
Sensor:
7MP

Weight:
Refer to manufacturers website
Other:
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