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Canon PowerShot A470 7.1MP Digital Camera with 3.4x Optical Zoom (Blue) by Review Summary ,  Oct 28, 2015

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Canon PowerShot A470 7.1MP Digital Camera with 3.4x Optical Zoom (Blue)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 253 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 2.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Amazon5.0   above average
Simple5.0   above average
Video5.0   above average
Image4.8   above average
Color4.7   above average
Price4.7   above average
Quality4.7   above average
Size4.7   above average
Photo4.2   average
Memory4.1   above average
Screen4.0   above average
Battery2.9   below average


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Amazon:
"I spent hours researching and I was so grateful for the excellent customer reviews here at Amazon."
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"Thanks to the faithful Amazon reviewers who helped me choose this camera, and thanks to Amazon for selling such great products."
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"Thankfully I was able to find a new one on Amazon for $140."
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"I bought this camera based on the fabulous customers' reviews in Amazon."
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"All my customer images on Amazon were taken using this camera, you can see how great this camera really is."
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Battery

Battery:
"It is not very light camera and the battery life is not so great, since it is AA batteries we are talking about."
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"Battery: Battery life seemed a bit weak to me."
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"I still prefer to use my old Nikon, with the now broken battery door (thanks to the unconfessed sin of one of my 4 precious children), for capturing important moments."
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"the battery door is too weak so after a couple hundred of times of opening a closing it for replacing the batteries and dumping the pictures to the computer from the memory card removal the battery door broke off the 3 days later I started receiving a lens error please restart camera message so many times so I was going to buy a new camera and use this one as a spare until I grabbed up the camera and at the same time the wrist strap snapped and the camera fell to the floor and broke the lcd screen so there was nothing to do with tis one instead of throwing it away and buy a new one I think cannon should make the camera to last more than a year on the dead pixle or battery door issue"
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"This also helps save battery life, which is also quite good on this camera with a single pair of rechargeable, NiMH AA batteries lasting a full day of shooting."
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"I find the battery life to be terrific - I use Energizer Lithiums and only go through about 2 pairs per year."
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"The battery life is great."
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"In the past six months, he has taken wonderful pictures, tons of movies (which sucks the batteries dry) and has had a great time."
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"They're pricey but they're good batteries."
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Color

Color:
"The only complaint I have is that the color of the camera reflects off the shiny surface of the items that I photograph, which is my fault, because I just had to have the orange model!"
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"It take beautiful pictures with great clarity and color."
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"This little one is a great camera, good quality, colors are amazing."
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"And I love the orange color!"
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"The color of camera is spectacular, although I really would not call it orange, it is more of a marvelous burnished Copper color."
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Compact

Compact:
"Nicely compact without being too compact and so cute!"
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"It is a good camera for the price, cannot expect the best but it certainly does the job, it is compact, handy, lighter than my other cameras, good for quick pictures, not meant for high-quality photography"
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"It is compact and easy to operate."
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"It is light weight, compact, and the image quality is really nice! "
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"Compact, takes great photos."
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"If I had to complain about something, it's that this model is a little bulky compared to all the new compact models out there, not a problem for me, but it's not a pocket-friendly camera, my girlfriend can't fit it in her small purse (between the Garmin, iPod touch, BlackBerry, and her glasses there is no room in there)."
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"It is compact, easy to use and takes great pictures."
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Image

Image:
"Lapse between photos for quick shots gets annoying after awhile, but it does the job and takes a decent photo."
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"It takes excellent photos and takes video images."
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"Got this little inexpensive camera for my daughter....and have used it myself - more than the more expensive one that I bought for myself....TAKES GREAT PICS! "
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"It is light weight, compact, and the image quality is really nice! "
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"I had a little trouble figuring out the different features, only because there's so many to choose from, but other than that this camera was easy to use and easy to upload pics from memory card to my laptop."
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"Pics and video come out very clear and vibrant."
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Memory

Memory:
"the battery door is too weak so after a couple hundred of times of opening a closing it for replacing the batteries and dumping the pictures to the computer from the memory card removal the battery door broke off the 3 days later I started receiving a lens error please restart camera message so many times so I was going to buy a new camera and use this one as a spare until I grabbed up the camera and at the same time the wrist strap snapped and the camera fell to the floor and broke the lcd screen so there was nothing to do with tis one instead of throwing it away and buy a new one I think cannon should make the camera to last more than a year on the dead pixle or battery door issue"
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"The internal memory could be better but you can easily resolve that problem with a memory card."
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"The software it comes with is a snap to use and makes the download process easy searching for only the most recent photos in memory."
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"The memory card that comes with the camera is teensy, so getting an inexpensive memory card is a must - and easy to do."
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"I had a little trouble figuring out the different features, only because there's so many to choose from, but other than that this camera was easy to use and easy to upload pics from memory card to my laptop."
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"The camera comes with software, a memory card that can hold about 10 photos (buying another memory card along with the camera is a good idea), and batteries."
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"Get a big memory card and ur good."
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Photo

Photo:
"Great item,fast ship,still works fantastic..excellent camera for the beginners..or like me..who do not tech-savvy but..simple clear ..exactly..to the point..want to take a photo..then just click...:)My toddler son like the lens opening sound."
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";-)update: 6 10: The camera has now stopped focusing and is taking horrible photos."
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"I have not deciphered how to easily remove mass photos from the camera on my Macintosh."
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"Lapse between photos for quick shots gets annoying after awhile, but it does the job and takes a decent photo."
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"My disappointment lies only in the inability to take spontaneous photos and maybe that is just the quality of a digital camera."
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"His previous camera from another manufacturer lasted barely six months and took mediocre photos."
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"I've gotten some good photos, I think, certainly not professional but obtained what my goal had been in taking them."
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"Takes great photos."
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"It takes excellent photos and takes video images."
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"It takes beautiful wildlife photo's too - just yesterday we had 8 turkey come right up to our back deck and thankfully the camera was close!"
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"7.1 is a great resolution for having photos and moderate enlargements printed, and you can step-down the res for online email web uses so it will take pictures more quickly."
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Price

Price:
"For the price it's hard to beat."
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"Combined with a great price and the Canon name, it's hard to beat."
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"For the price, it's hard to beat the Canon."
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"It is a good camera for the price, cannot expect the best but it certainly does the job, it is compact, handy, lighter than my other cameras, good for quick pictures, not meant for high-quality photography"
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"This is well worth the money!"
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"Money wise it was really nice and affordable."
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"At this point, it's rather outdated, but it's also cheap."
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"This one was great and the price is very reasonable."
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Quality

Quality:
"Picture Quality: This was probably my greatest disappointment."
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"These PowerShot A cameras are Canon's attempt to deliver the quality and features of its more expensive PowerShot G and PowerShot Pro S lines (such as full zoom lenses) at a budget price."
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"It is light weight, compact, and the image quality is really nice! "
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"This little one is a great camera, good quality, colors are amazing."
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"Pros: Takes nice quality pictures."
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"Picture Quality: This was probably my greatest disappointment."
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"At 7.1 MP, this camera takes nice and good quality pictures."
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Screen

Screen:
"the only problem is that when you are outside it is hard to see the pitcher on the screen in the sun light."
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"And the quality is never spotty or fuzzy, just the screen isn't perfect at times."
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"the battery door is too weak so after a couple hundred of times of opening a closing it for replacing the batteries and dumping the pictures to the computer from the memory card removal the battery door broke off the 3 days later I started receiving a lens error please restart camera message so many times so I was going to buy a new camera and use this one as a spare until I grabbed up the camera and at the same time the wrist strap snapped and the camera fell to the floor and broke the lcd screen so there was nothing to do with tis one instead of throwing it away and buy a new one I think cannon should make the camera to last more than a year on the dead pixle or battery door issue"
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"The first lasted for a few years until the kids cracked the screen - always the weak spot for any digital camera."
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"When your looking at the screen sometimes its a bit fuzzy or spotty but its great in macro if you hold the shutter button for a second or so."
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"The big screen and easy to use options make it a nice gift for an elderly person, who has never used a digital camera."
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"The pictures were very clear to see on the preview screen."
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"Screen has decent brightness, even outdoors in sunlight."
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"I love the auto focus feature and as I wear glasses I love the using the screen to shot rather than the tiny eyeview."
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Setting

Setting:
"It is very easy to operate and change settings."
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"The macro setting allows for good detailed close-ups."
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"The super macro setting is amazing..."
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"Pictures are vibrant and clear with the automatic settings in normal daylight and cloudy weather."
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"It is a simple camera, with not a huge number of settings and great video capacity."
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Simple

Simple:
"It is simple to operate, it takes pictures that are clear and easily edited as well as upload."
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"It's very easy to use and transferring the pictures to my computer is also very easy and simple."
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"If you're new to digital, as I was, and looking for a simple high-quality camera that has the goods, this camera fits the bill."
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"It is also one of Consumer Reports recommended cameras, is simple to operate... turn it on and click."
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"In fact, it takes great pictures; it is a real camera, albeit simple and basic."
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Size

Size:
"The first was so confusing (very small icons and an over 60 attitude about learning new things didn't help)."
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"The only downside being its size, which feels bulky in your hand compared to smaller and thinner cameras that might not have as much functionality."
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"It was the perfect size for use and portability, took really good pictures."
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"It sure isn't as slim as some other cameras, but I think that the size is just right, the buttons aren't hard to press and it has that intuitive Canon interface that allowed me to take my first pictures of my vacation right after I left the airport."
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"Very nice camera, for the price and size it makes good pictures."
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"Size and feel: the camera is a little bulky at 1 5 8 thick but the overall size and buttons should be conducive to comfortable use by any size hands, small lady or large man."
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Video

Video:
"It takes excellent photos and takes video images."
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"It takes beautiful pictures and excellent little videos that are so much fun to watch."
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"Takes nice pictures, the video is good too."
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"In the past six months, he has taken wonderful pictures, tons of movies (which sucks the batteries dry) and has had a great time."
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"Got great videos."
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