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Another Coup for Canon''s A Series. Canon''s extremely popular A Series reaches a milestone with the PowerShot A650 IS, its new top-of-the-line camera. 12.1 megapixels offers unparalleled resolution for a compact camera, while the powerful 6x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer Technology delivers clear, blur-free images in low light and all through the zoom range. Hallmark A Series value includes Canon''s latest generation DIGIC III Image Processor with enhanced Face Detection Technology, ISO 1600 and Red-eye Correction for sharp, superior quality images.

More Features for Less. Top-of-the-line A Series model with upgraded features and exceptional value.
The PowerShot A650 IS is equipped with many of Canon''s latest features, such as DIGIC III Image Processor, Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake and shooting modes to capture any scene perfectly. In addition, the A650 IS is compatible with optional shooting accessories such as wide-angle and telephoto converter lenses.

Top Level Core Specifications. 12.1 Megapixel resolution with Canon DIGIC III Image Processor and high-quality 6x Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer for exceptional image quality. The PowerShot A650 IS is Canon?s first A Series camera to feature 12.1 megapixels of resolution. With this easy-to-use, compact camera, you can capture images and blow them up to poster size with no pixelation. Take part of an image and enlarge it for professional creative effects.

DIGIC III Image Processor - With DIGIC III, your images boast superior quality, the camera operates at top efficiency and battery life is enhanced. What''s more, DIGIC III enables Canon''s Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the Shutter Button halfway down, and the camera automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. The camera controls exposure settings and flash to keep every face looking bright and natural. Red eyes can be corrected during playback.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

The long, powerful, genuine Canon 6x optical zoom will take you right up close to get just the shot you want. Canon''s advanced Optical Image Stabilizer Technology corrects camera shake (common at long focal lengths and in low light) to keep your shots blur-free in any situation. Optical Image Stabilizer uses gyroscopic sensors to detect motion and generate a corrective signal, effectively reducing camera shake.

See the Image Beautifully with Wide Viewing Angle - Optical viewfinder plus large high-quality 2.5-inch Vari-angle LCD screen for flexible viewing at low and high angles. The camera?s 2.5-inch Vari-angle LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you?re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture and wide viewing angle to make shooting, playback and using the camera?s menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light. The vari-angle design lets you swivel the LCD screen 180? to the front of the camera and display either a mirror image or a non-reversed image so you can shoot from just about any position.

Canon Technology Maximizes Quality and Performance - Genuine Canon Face Detection Technology sets the focus, exposure and flash automatically, leaving you free to compose a group, capture an unguarded moment, or coax the perfect smile.

DIGIC III features Face Detection technologies, giving the you best possible results in any shooting situation. Face Detection AF/AE sets the focus point and exposure for the faces of your subjects. Face Detection FE adjusts the flash to correctly illuminate your subject to provide the best balance between your subject and the overall scene, eliminating the common problems of over- and underexposed faces.

Red-eye Correction detects and corrects red-eye during playback. In unusual cases where red-eye is not automatically detected, it can easily be corrected manually during playback mode.

The PowerShot A650 IS features ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

Easy to Operate for Beautiful Photos - Easy-to-use Mode Dial with a wide range of shooting modes from fully manual to fully automatic; including night snapshot mode, which reduces image blur in low-light shooting. This is the digital camera that takes care of you, so you never have to worry about anything. Just turn the simple Mode Dial and instantly you can handle any shooting condition. Choose from Auto for most situations, Manual when you''re feeling creative, Movie, or Special Scene for superb shots in Night, Snow, Indoor or Beach settings, among others.

With 21 Shooting Modes including 9 Special Scene Modes, you?re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Shooting Modes: Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions

    Auto - The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
    P Program - Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
    Av Aperture-priority - You define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
    Tv Shutter-priority - You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon?s noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
    Manual - The ultimate in creative control, you set both aperture and shutter speed manually.
    C Custom - Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
    Portrait - The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject ?pop.?
    Landscape - For front to back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture.
    Kids & Pets - Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won?t miss those special shots.
    Night Snapshot - Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.
    Stitch Assist - Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
    Movie - Shoot in VGA (640 x 480 at 30 fps/30 fps LP), QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour or 4GB), or QQVGA (160 x 120 at 15 fps) for up to 3 minutes.
Special Scene Mode

    Foliage - Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
    Snow - Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
    Beach - Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
    Fireworks - Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
    Fireworks - For impressive sunset or nightlife shots, the camera properly exposes the background and uses slow-sync flash for the subject.
    Aquarium - Achieve proper flash-free exposure and natural hues at indoor aquariums.
    Underwater - Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. (Note: Optional Waterproof Case WP-DC18 required for shooting any underwater images)
    Indoor - Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors.
    ISO 3200 - Expands the user''s ability to shoot in dark settings without using the flash.
The Creative Freedom You''ve Wanted. - Compatible with a wide range of accessories including Canon supplementary lenses and a waterproof case. The PowerShot A650 IS is compatible with many of shooting accessories such as wide and tele converter lenses, High-Power Flash designed for all of the PowerShot models. Also a waterproof case is available for your underwater shooting.

The complete print solution - Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select PIXMA Photo Printers, CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers. The PowerShot A650 IS''s Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the A650 IS to a Canon CP, SELPHY or PIXMA Photo Printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.4 stars
(based on 5 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to setup(4), Simple controls(3)
Best Uses:
Art(3), Fun(4), Travel(3)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(3)
 
This is a great camera
By camera in handVerified Purchaser from Wisconsin on 7/30/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Short Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Powershot A650 IS Digital Camera:

This is a great camera I purchased to use in place of my larger camera... It is all I wanted and then some. My bigger camera is heavy to carry around all the time and I like to have a camera handy.(you never know) so this is a wonderful option.

[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
Outsatnding Camera
By Joe Flyer from oregon on 12/23/2007
Pros:
Easy Setup, Very versatile
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Great all around camera
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Powershot A650 IS Digital Camera:

Very nice camera, does an excellent job and the software that comes with the camera is easy to install and use.

[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
Pershot A650
By DemetriosVerified Reviewer from Eugene, OR on 11/26/2007
Pros:
121 Megapixels, 6X optical zoom, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Strong Construction
Cons:
LCD problems in low light
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Powershot A650 IS Digital Camera:

It's a really nice camera with lots of
usable settings and accessories. Image stabilization is a major plus as is 6x optical zoom.

[6 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent Buy
By electron5Verified Reviewer from Boston, MA on 11/25/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Manual Controls, Rotating LCD, Short Lag Time, Uses AA batteries
Cons:
No More Color Swap, Very Cheap Feel, Weak Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Powershot A650 IS Digital Camera:

It's great for the rotating LCD, manual controls, image stabilizer, and high resolution. However, Canon also removed the Color Swap and color accent features, along with the My Camera Settings which allowed you to record your own start up sounds and images. Many reviewers have noted how Canon cameras used to be known for their strong metal construction but have recently become very plasticky. This holds true for the A650-everything feels flimsy. However, I can overlook these flaws because of the excellent performance and picture quality. At the end of the day, you will eventually stop using/discard the camera, but the pictures are what you'll keep and what matter. The more I use it, the more I actually come to appreciate the heft in my hand versus my old SD800 is. It takes AA which is good in case you need to replace them on the fly, but unfortunately it takes 4 of them making the camera very heavy.

[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

 
Similar to 720, with a few more features
By Sports MomVerified Reviewer from Eldorado County, CA on 10/23/2007
Pros:
12 megapixels, The swivel LCD
Cons:
LCD dim in bright light
Best Uses:
Fun
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Powershot A650 IS Digital Camera:

I was going to buy a Powershot A710, for it's 6x zoom, and Image Stabilization. Then they came out with the A720 and this 650. I decided to spend the extra $150 for this in order to have the swivel LCD and the extra megapixels. I mostly take pictures of my son doing wakeboard jumps and snowboard jumps. The swivel LCD is good for getting those odd angles. The extra megapixels are also good for being able to crop shots that I've had to take from a distance, and still having enough pixels in the cropped piece to be able to blow it up to an 8x10.

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