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Canon PowerShot A650IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom by Review Summary ,  Sep 21, 2015

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Canon PowerShot A650IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 113 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 5.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.7   average
Size4.6   average
Battery4.2   above average
Photo4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Image4.1   average
Screen4.1   above average
Video3.8   below average
Zoom3.8   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Ate a keep-alive battery (easy to change, it is behind the LCD), having problems now with the preview switch, needs to be wiggled on occasion."
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"I had read negative reviews about the card being where the batteries are."
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"If you operate the camera with almost dead batteries, abuse it, or start changing settings without being aware of what they do, you WILL HAVE PROBLEMS! "
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"The things that are missing are: Battery lifetime indication, date on picture."
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"Good battery life."
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"Ate a keep-alive battery (easy to change, it is behind the LCD), having problems now with the preview switch, needs to be wiggled on occasion."
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"How many new cameras use AA batteries and have easy to use complete manual control?"
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"Cameras with AA batteries are the best...!"
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"There are very, very few things I can say bad about this camera, so I'll concentrate on the good: First, I love the battery compartment and operating voltage."
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Control

Control:
"And, the zoom is hard to control: after I push the lever the wrong way, I push it the other way and quickly overshoot the composition I want, and have to zoom back, jerk, jerk, jerk."
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"Controls are well done."
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"How many new cameras use AA batteries and have easy to use complete manual control?"
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"Lots of great manual controls."
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"Pro:Great Canon interface and controls."
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"Controls are easy to use and intuitive, image stabilization excellent."
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Flash

Flash:
"The only downside is the flash it leaves much to be desire t would be nice if I had a hot shoe."
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"The only downside is the flash it leaves much to be desire t would be nice if I had a hot shoe."
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"Quality issues aside, this camera takes excellent pictures in the good lighting conditions and most of the times, with its built in flash, just don't count on it to produce anything useful above and sometimes even at ISO400."
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"The pictures with flash are especially good, looks natural."
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"Recycle time for the flash is decent."
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"Sure - they have what looks like some little wimpy thing that best I can tell - it senses the main flash on the camera and blinks in responce to it?"
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Focus

Focus:
"Autofocus is inconsistent."
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"This camera (A 650 IS) has two problems on Auto:Unreliable autofocus: At my grandson's soccer game the first photo is properly focused but the next one is not."
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"It makes it easier to see if the pic was out of focus."
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"For a 2.1 the pictures are impressive, focus is crisp and overall images look to be from a much better (more resolution) camera."
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"I take pictures of things as if I was right there next to things and it focuses nice."
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"On a 11 x 8.5 glossy paper, the pictures look astonishing, but, if you take an out of focus picture, and print it, you get a blurry picture."
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"The auto focusing works so well so I almost never need to use the manual focusing feature unless I want to lock the focus for several shots."
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Image

Image:
"My only complaint so far, and this could be due to inexperience with the camera, is that the image stabilization is not great and the video tends to over expose."
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"For $300 it is hard to get a 12.1 w 6x zoom but I'm not overwhelmed with the quality of the image."
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"I frequently get images that are not perfectly focused and if I really zoom in when reviewing, there seem to be spots across the image as if the image sensor quality is not too good."
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"When zooming the image stabilization is just not able to take care of vibration."
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"The quality of the pictures is outstanding, it is so easy to use and download images."
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"Good image processing."
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"IR sensitivity is reasonable enough that with IR filters it also takes good mono color IR pics."
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"I have taken photos of old photos and documents that are easier to read when I blow up the image than seeing the original."
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"While the image quality is very good it didn't deliver the high contrast images of the A620 -- but this seems true of most cameras of increased resolution."
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Lens

Lens:
"Lens error as some call it."
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"The Lens problems listed by some I haven't encountered."
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"I sent it back to Canon for repair and it came back further damaged where the lens would not open."
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"While I am not saying that it is as good as having a 300mm lens (which I also had) the shots that I got from a distance were remarkable."
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"With an extended 6X lens and a remarkably steady IS this camera is about fun as it gets."
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"If you need great resolution, why not get a slr with a good lens?"
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"The most interesting feature is a good zoom lens that allows crisp pictures at a good distance."
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"Its relatively wide-angle lens provides a great image, the color depth is spectacular whether shooting at 3MP 5MP 12MP, the rotating viewscreen allows one to get shots from very odd angles that would be impossible with a fixed viewscreen (not to mention that it allows the user to hide the viewscreen so as to avoid scratches when the camera is not in use)."
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"It maintains the usual A-series pluses: runs on AA batteries (four of them - best for the quickest flash recharge), has easy capacity for add-on lenses for telephoto and wide, plus underwater cases, and has the same wonderful flip out screen of the top-end A series cameras (this time with a much needed pixel count increase -- there's much better resolution here)."
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Manual

Manual:
"How many new cameras use AA batteries and have easy to use complete manual control?"
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"Lots of great manual controls."
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"I appreciate that I can take great looking shots both with or without manual features."
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"I recommend this camera but be sure to read the manual."
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"Well after finally reading the manual I figured out how to change the setting to vivid color (you need to do this in the program mode)."
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Photo

Photo:
"There was also a glitch in the software, the photos didn't properly download from the camera."
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"In the end, I highly recommend this camera to anyone who wants one that will not only take amazing photos in auto mode but also have the freedom to use other settings to suit ones needs!"
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"I already have the same camera (works great for photos and videos) and use it daily in my real estate business."
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"I have also taken photos of gravestones that have come out great."
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"I have taken beautiful night photos on the night scene setting."
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"I have taken photos of old photos and documents that are easier to read when I blow up the image than seeing the original."
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Price

Price:
"My main complaint about the camera is the price, and that's why I don't give it a higher rating."
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"If you can find one of these exceptional cameras at a good price I highly recommend it."
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"If you find the A620 used (since they are discontinued) at a decent price, buy it."
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"One of the best Canon camera's in its versatility, yet having a reasonable price."
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"To have a 12.1MP resolution, with Digic-III processing, fantastic Canon optics and a swivel screen - at a very reasonable price tag is like a dream come true."
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"So, I needed something affordable but still capable of nice shots."
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Quality

Quality:
"For $300 it is hard to get a 12.1 w 6x zoom but I'm not overwhelmed with the quality of the image."
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"I frequently get images that are not perfectly focused and if I really zoom in when reviewing, there seem to be spots across the image as if the image sensor quality is not too good."
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"When I got home, I used the included AV cables to hook my camera up to the tv and was able to show the rest of the family instantly what they had missed out on, both pictures and videos came out well, except for the emailable smaller mode for video, they were not good at all but that's low quality to save space."
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"This new A650 produces images more in line with the A620, they feel richer and I feel like the mid-tones are brighter than with the A640 so they don't have the same contrasty out of camera quality of the A640.What's the downside?"
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"Well, really only one major caveat here: The build quality."
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"The quality of the pictures is outstanding, it is so easy to use and download images."
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"Good quality cam, well built and designed."
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"While the image quality is very good it didn't deliver the high contrast images of the A620 -- but this seems true of most cameras of increased resolution."
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"Gives some so called non-Canon SLR's a run for their price tag.4-AA batteries looks a bit power hungry, but I do not complain when I look at the picture quality."
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"Pros: Amazing picture quality; uses AA batteries for convenience (just use rechargeable AAs like I do); very sturdy and good build quality; etc."
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Screen

Screen:
"however the screen area was very dirty not sure what it was but it took me a while to clean it, but after it was cleaned it looked fine."
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"You can't do that with a proprietary battery just anywhere *cough cough sony*.The flip and swivel screen is very handy and I love that I can close it up to protect my lcd screen from damage and smudges!"
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"Screen is not protected well so you have to turn the screen up side down each time you turn off the camera."
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"To have a 12.1MP resolution, with Digic-III processing, fantastic Canon optics and a swivel screen - at a very reasonable price tag is like a dream come true."
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"Hi-res photos, flexibility, movable screen to capture shots around obstacles, and clear movies, all using the great image stabilization tech that's built in."
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"I have had this camera for 9 months now and yes-it takes great pictures and the swivel LCD screen is wonderful to see what you are photographing in tough to shoot areas."
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"I love the variable angle screen and the quality of pictures is quite good."
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"I love the swivel screen and the fact that when you shut the machine off, the lens automatically is covered."
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Size

Size:
"I have 2 small, very active children and was worried about the delay."
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"the outside of the camera was in good shape, a few small scratches thats hardly visible."
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"I also use my collection of Cokin filters, which create unbelievable results for a small camera."
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"If Cannon would choose to put 7-8 MP on a sensor of this size, they would probably produce the best P S digital camera ever made."
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"At max resolution (make sure it's set to that) the images are amazing for this class, given the type and size of the camera."
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"The Canon A650IS is a small digicam that is easy to use and takes reasonably good pictures."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"My only complaint so far, and this could be due to inexperience with the camera, is that the image stabilization is not great and the video tends to over expose."
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"When zooming the image stabilization is just not able to take care of vibration."
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"Hi-res photos, flexibility, movable screen to capture shots around obstacles, and clear movies, all using the great image stabilization tech that's built in."
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"Controls are easy to use and intuitive, image stabilization excellent."
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"It's nice to see the A650IS has the same features as the A620 that I loved and some nice improvements (zoom, image stabilization, etc."
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"Its got great zoom, image stabilization, and a high count on the mega pixels."
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"Pros:- Often takes great pictures- Very economical- Optical image stabilization- 6x optical zoom- 12.1 Mega Pixels- Lots of shooting modes and featuresCons:- Like most other point-and-shoot Canon cameras, the indoor pictures are pretty grainy."
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Video

Video:
"My only complaint so far, and this could be due to inexperience with the camera, is that the image stabilization is not great and the video tends to over expose."
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"It's not perfect, but it takes great pictures and videos."
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"This of course isn't some super great video camcorder but it does an adequate job for those moments you like a small video too along with pictures."
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"When I got home, I used the included AV cables to hook my camera up to the tv and was able to show the rest of the family instantly what they had missed out on, both pictures and videos came out well, except for the emailable smaller mode for video, they were not good at all but that's low quality to save space."
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"I already have the same camera (works great for photos and videos) and use it daily in my real estate business."
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"I purchased this camera a couple months back through Amazon for $339.Great quality pictures and has a good video mode."
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"Hi-res photos, flexibility, movable screen to capture shots around obstacles, and clear movies, all using the great image stabilization tech that's built in."
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"Good videos with sound."
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"Also, I love the video mode."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Has an annoying lag in operating the zoom, this has cost me an occasional shot."
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"The 6x analogic zoom even if not continuos is very good and up to 12x you almost don't see you're in digital mode."
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"My last one had a 10x zoom so was afraid I would be a little disappointed."
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"The body plastic looks cheap, there are some gaps between body parts, batteries are easily falling out when you try to access the memory card, zoom lever feels loose and it's hard to avoid accidentally pushing menu button when you try to hold the camera with one hand."
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"For $300 it is hard to get a 12.1 w 6x zoom but I'm not overwhelmed with the quality of the image."
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"I frequently get images that are not perfectly focused and if I really zoom in when reviewing, there seem to be spots across the image as if the image sensor quality is not too good."
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"The zoom works very well."
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"Good optical and digital zoom with a little color-coded bar on the lcd that tells you when you're zoom is getting into an area where your photos could suffer from camera shake."
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"The 6x optical zoom is also great for this type of camera."
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"The most interesting feature is a good zoom lens that allows crisp pictures at a good distance."
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"The zoom is more than adequate."
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