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Canon PowerShot A650IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 6x image-stabilized optical zoom; 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD display
  • Face Detection technology and in-camera red-eye fix
  • 21 shooting modes, including 9 special scene modes; Print/Share button
  • Powered by 4 AA-size batteries (4 alkaline batteries included); stores images on SD memory cards (32MB memory card included)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: A650IS
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 6 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.7 x 2.2 inches ; 10.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000V20R28
  • Item model number: A650IS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,069 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Canon's extremely popular A Series reaches a milestone with PowerShot A650IS, its new top-of-the-line camera. 12.1-megapixel resolution 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 A650IS 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 A650IS 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 A650IS 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 pixilation. 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.

6x Optical Zoom Lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
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 a 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 degrees 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.

2.5-Inch Vari-Angle LCD Screen
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 A650IS 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.

21 Shooting Modes, Including 9 Special Scene Modes

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 and 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 frames per second [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 Modes

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.

Night Scene
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. Case not included--must be purchased separately.)

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 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 A650IS's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the A650IS 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).

Print your own ID photos in 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printer.

What's in the box:
Canon PowerShot A650IS digital camera, AA-size alkaline battery (x 4), 32MB SD memory card SDC-32M, wrist strap WS-DC4, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, AV cable AVC-DC300

Product Description

The Canon PowerShot A650 IS with 12.1 megapixels offers unparalleled resolution for a compact camera, while the powerful 6x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer Technology and Face Detection all deliver clear, blur-free images in low light and all zoom ranges. Exposure Controls - Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual; AE Lock, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift ISO Sensitivity - Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 Shoot pictures in the Widescreen Resolution Option (4000x2248) to view them full screen on your widescreen TV or Computer monitor! Built-in flash controls - Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro, Second-curtain synchro Shooting Modes - Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Night Scene, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, ISO 3200), Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Stitch Assist, Movie Self-Timer - 2-sec./10-sec., Custom Up to 1.2fps Continuous Shooting SD/SDHC, MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMC Plus, HC MMC Plus Card Slot A 32MB SD Card is included, however we suggest purchasing an Optional 2GB Memory card. It will allow you to store a lot more Video and images, as well as take advantage of the camera's high Resolution abilities. Interfaces - USB2.0, A/V out (NTSC/PAL) Print directly to Canon CP/SELPHY Compact and PIXMA Photo Printers or any PictBridge compatible printer via included USB cable without a computer! Powered by 4x AA Alkaline or Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries (Up to 2x more shots with optional Ni-MH batteries) Approximate Unit Dimensions - (WxHxD) 4.41 x 2.67 x 2.21; Unit Weight - 10.58 oz (Body only without memory card and batteries)

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Customer Reviews

the quality of the pictures is amazing for point and shoot! it can rival xsi occasionally! Read more ›
I did a great deal of research before deciding on this particular camera, and I must say, I…I love the variable angle screen and the quality of pictures is quite good. I… Read more ›
It gives far more control and options that most…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. Read more ›
It is a little bulky and…The picture quality is awesome and the image stabilization really makes a difference in low light conditions when I don't want to use the flash. Read more ›
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… Read more ›
Great product, i havn't read…Very intuitive, compact, and sturdy. the photos are great, the camera adjusted very well to lighting conditions, i am pleased with this camera. Read more ›
however the screen area was very dirty not sure what it was but it took me…the function was good, havent found any kind of problems so far for the last couple month or so. Read more ›
The images are very sharp compare to any other compact digital camera that I used or seen in the past. The auto setting is good for normal usage. For the professionals,… Read more ›
I just upgraded from the Canon A640 and the A650IS delivers everything it says. The "IS" is a great feature and the addition of the AQUARIUM mode is great. I love shooting… Read more ›
The LCD Screen that flips out so you can take pictures from unusual…The focusing in the Macro Mode really works extremely well as you can see from the pictures I posted! Read more ›
Finally, Canon's function layout is great as well: easy to use, despite the high number of adjustments available. Since the LCD is so large, it's easy to see all the… Read more ›
Menus are fairly intuitive, and buttons are there for more commonly used functions. Read more ›
Only used it for one vacation but the pictures were great ... much better than previous camera. Easy to use. The only bad thing was a small memory card 32 Meg. Read more ›
The Canon A650IS is a small digicam that is easy to use and takes reasonably good pictures. I bought it as a "grab-and-go" camera for when I don't want to lug along my DSLR… Read more ›
I haven't analyzed the feature details but the A650 feels easier to use, and display features like a large display of the mode as you switch to it makes it very user… Read more ›
great point and shoot easy to use. I had an olympus 750 and the control buttons were Read more ›
On a 11 x 8.5 glossy paper, the pictures look…This camera is easy to use out of the box, though in a few hours of reading, the camera can be utilized to its fuller extent. Read more ›
Conclusion: Most people buy point-and-shoot cameras because they are more convenient to use and more portable. This one however is a little bulky and cannot be carried… Read more ›
If you don't want to read the instruction book then set to automatic and start taking pictures. The zoom works very well. A plus is the swivel LCD screen. Read more ›
The face detection is great, and it is very user friendly. Red eye works real well, and the zoom is perfect for typical family outings and home photography. The built in… Read more ›
Has a very nice macro capability which allows you to focus at a very close distance. 6x optical zoom is kinda sweet. Digital zoom is 100% useless by the way, ignore this… Read more ›
I wish Canon had used the best features of the A650 as a…Keep all the positives and add a 10+ zoom, 1080p video with full zoom, 2-3 AA, full manual control, and DigicV. I… Read more ›
and not when my hands are unsteady, anxious to take the next shot. - I love the 6x zoom. What a difference this makes over my A95's 3x zoom! Read more ›
The included canon software works fine and I like the zoom browser's ability to show the full image specs of each photo I capture on the side panel. Read more ›
A little bit heavier (As I expected of a Camera with 4 AA Batteries). The 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD display is perfect to take pictures with you on it. The Model I bought was… Read more ›
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. HO… Read more ›
I will never miss an important shot again. The flipout screen is a huge plus. I am using an 4GB card and have plenty of room. Read more ›
Batteries once or twice a year with no plug-me-in charging bulls***. full swivel screen highly useful when needed. Mostly use basic point and shoot liking its quick response. Read more ›
I haven't found that to be a problem. I love the swivel screen and the fact that when you shut the machine off, the lens automatically is covered. On my last one, I had to… Read more ›
Overall the pix are great, size & weight is OK, I love the swivel LCD screen (a must have for me, coming from Nikon CP4500) 6X zoom is much better than generic 3X. I wish… Read more ›
I purchased this camera a couple months back through Amazon for $339. Great quality pictures and has a good video mode. I might hold off on paying $600 here for now. Read more ›
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. These are… Read more ›
Also, I love the video mode. The videos are decent for a photo camera and very convenient when its nice to have a quick video of something happeneing fast and unexpectedly. I… Read more ›
In conclusion, I like this camera. It's not perfect, but it takes great pictures and videos. The imperfections I found so far I can live with or can work around. Read more ›
I was able to capture…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. Read more ›
I bought this camera for my…I took her to New York to go shopping for her birthday and wanted a great point n shoot camera that would take great pics and clear video/audio. Read more ›
Color rendition is excellent. Read more ›
My son-in-law, who knows a lot about cameras, says it is a very good and powerful camera. My pictures turn out so clear and the colors are beautiful. It takes 4 AA… Read more ›
I just felt like the other cameras I…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). Read more ›
There are a lot of great things you can change on it. For example, changing it to vivid color and the megapixels to 8MP made all the difference in the world for me. Read more ›
I almost wanted to return this camera. First I didn't like the color it produced even though I should because it's the natural thing. I just felt like the other cameras I… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
PowerShot A650IS has…Battery life is amazing - 400+ shots on a set of AA rechargeables, very good optics for a point and shoot camera and extremely useful vari-angle LCD. Read more ›
These were some peeves with a camera we were using in the time mine broke and replaced it. The A650's battery life is INCREDIBLE!!! Lasts a long time. Read more ›
i definatly like this camera a lot. pretty good battery life. great features and i am excited to use them all! Read more ›
This camera…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. Read more ›
I've taken at least 100 pictures with the original supplied batteries. Sofar I'm happy with battery life. It's a good choice if size doesn't matter. Read more ›
For my small digitals, I own several of the G-series and a couple of…It's a very, very good camera but I did not like the flash, battery life, or the non-flip LCD viewer. Read more ›
In conditions with with full of light there is no problem and you can get great images. The pictures with flash are especially good, looks natural. Read more ›
This is a good choice if you don't want to jump up to an SLR, or get bogged down by the G9's raw images. Recycle time for the flash is decent. Shutter speed/lag isn't bad. Read more ›
Also, the new SD-SDHC cards are supported. The San Disc 4GB Extreme III with the card reader is the perfect flash memory card for it too. Read more ›
Camera is fast. But I don't like flash charge time and autofocus speed compared to SLR. With 4 AA batteries flash charges a little faster than in A710. Read more ›
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… Read more ›
It's all plastic, but it's really hard to find anything very bad about it. If you find the A620 used (since they are discontinued) at a decent price, buy it. Read more ›
The camera was like new, for only $325. If you can find one of these exceptional cameras at a good price I highly recommend it. Read more ›
One of the best Canon camera's in its versatility, yet having a reasonable price. Too bad Canon took it off the shelves during its infancy - still wondering 'why'! Read more ›
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. It offers… Read more ›
4. A650IS is excellent with this price Read more ›
And, the zoom is hard to control: after I…There is just no comparison to rotating the zoom ring on the barrel of an SLR lens, which is a smooth and natural way to compose. Read more ›
The 12 megapixels is overkill. If you need great resolution, why not get a slr with a good lens? I shoot at 5 or 8 mp. Read more ›
The most interesting feature is a good zoom lens that allows crisp pictures at a good distance. Also, I have not had any of my pictures wash out even in really bright… Read more ›
My family has…Although all still work, I wanted better resolution via more pixels and a sharper lens, a longer zoom lens, better exposure lattitude, and a stabilized image. Read more ›
Controls are easy to use and intuitive, image stabilization excellent. ISO rating is very good also. Excellent review in July 08 Consumer Reports. Read more ›
It makes it easier to see if the pic was out of focus. I also have found that pictures in low lighting have been coming out well using the ISO feature. The 6x optical zoom… Read more ›
Those are the big features for me - the rest of this camera's assets are frosting on the cake. The image quality is excellent at lower ISO equivalents. As with all point 'n… Read more ›
Photo quality is good with ISO 100 + Large + SuperFine settings. I have an impression that the lens is better than A710's lens. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

370 of 375 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott Tynes on September 14, 2007
I'm a long-standing fan of A-series Canons. I started with the A40, went A80, A95, A620, A640, and now this A650 - yes, it's out there, earlier than expected. They all have excelled in picture quality, but each has brought something new to the game. Most improvements between top end models were notable but fairly marginal (ISO increase, bigger screen or MP). My most recent move from the A620 to A640 was one of the smallest. The A640 had higher megapixels than the A620 and a bigger LCD but offered little else besides a black case. Then they went and stuck the SD card in behind the battery door -- a real bummer continued into the A650.

The A650, though, is a major reboot for the series. Improvements from the A640: 12MP; image stabilization; a 6x lens that's much improved from any previous A series glass; a higher resolution LCD that's the same size as the old A640 but produces much better quality images; a distance sensing flash that won't blow out subjects close to the camera. This works better than manual flash level method when out of Auto in old A640; there are the DIGIC III improvements: red eye removal tool, face sensor, better shot-to-shot speed, longer battery life; a higher ISO 1600 is there and a 3200 (in lower resolution) plus, in my experience, less noise in the lower ISOs when comparing it to the A640 ISO to ISO; a better viewfinder; a new interface for picture playback shows the grid images but slightly enlarges the chosen picture over the tic-tac-toe -- a nice improvement. Finally, there's a focus check that pulls in the focal box image for quick perusal (still love to have a live histogram), and an "auto" ISO that'll bump up the ISO to prevent blurring -- this works, but I prefer to choose (it's selectable off/on).
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146 of 147 people found the following review helpful By D. Charles on September 19, 2007
The first reviewer did such a fantastic job reviewing this camera there is little more I can add.

As a professional photographer, I've owned a lot of cameras. I still have and shoot medium and large format film but in the smaller 35mm size, I now shoot nearly 100% digital. For my small digitals, I own several of the G-series and a couple of the A-Series PowerShot cameras, including the A710IS. It's a very, very good camera but I did not like the flash, battery life, or the non-flip LCD viewer.

Canon fixed the flash, doubled the batteries, and put the flip-LCD in! Also, the new SD-SDHC cards are supported. The San Disc 4GB Extreme III with the card reader is the perfect flash memory card for it too.

This is, by a wide margin, the best "pocketable" camera available on the market today at any price. The words "Landmark Product" come to mind.

If the nearly $400 takes your breath away, save up for it and wait until the price drops a bit.

For those like me on the perpetual upgrade treadmill spending $400-$700 every year for the incremental features we need and want, we've finally reached that illusive destination!
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156 of 158 people found the following review helpful By David on October 12, 2007
I wanted the tilt/swivel LCD of the A640 but knew that model must soon be upgraded. I waited, and as soon as this A650 came out, I bought it. My recent experience is mostly with a Nikon D50 SLR (and before that, many generations of film SLRs). This purchase is our "small" camera, less obtrusive than the big black Nikon, easier to tote on a casual walk, less obvious in a social occasion, easier to smuggle into places where photography is "not permitted."

The A650 has exceeded my expectations in many ways. Looking at their images at full resolution on a calibrated monitor, there are only slight differences between the Nikon and the A650: mainly, the A650 betrays a slight blue fringing of high-contrast details in the extreme edges of the frame. This most likely betrays the smaller, cheaper lens design (the lens on the Nikon cost more than the A60 camera!). Aside from this flaw, only noticeable under extreme enlargement, I don't see any difference in sharpness, saturation, or accuracy of color.

Although it is small alongside an SLR with zoom lens, the A650 is a chunky handful compared to tiny point-and-shooters from, e.g., Panasonic. It won't fit in a shirt pocket unless you wear a lumberjack's shirt, but it is small enough to get into the hip pocket of my Levi 501's, or into the slash pocket of a windbreaker. Part of the bulk is because it uses 4xAA batteries instead of some small, proprietary battery. This is a huge plus in my view: batteries are available everywhere, and I already have a charger and a box of rechargeable AAs.

The menus are clear. The controls are like other Canon Powershot models, so would be familiar to Canon owners.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By OldEngineer on November 27, 2007
After several weeks and 500 photos this seems a fine technically advanced replacement for a trusty A80 which finally died. With four batteries and a flip out higher-resolution screen I much prefer it to the somewhat similar A710 (now A720) that is in my family.

While generally agreeing with all the positive things and extensive details in the reviews written before Thanksgiving, one can wish for what Canon chose not to do.

A smaller lens is not the big reason that the A650 images are not up to the quality of a big digital SLR. Camera people know one problem is the race to have very high pixel counts on the image sensor that has replaced the film. The prominent 12.1MP in the advertising.

The same sized sensor with only 6 MP instead of 12 would result in better pictures. With fewer pixels you get a bigger cell size for each pixel. A bigger cell will collect more dim light. That means a stronger signal, less noise, when you are shooting in moderate light. Less need for the camera to fuzz the lens's sharp details to conceal the speckles of noise.

If you are comfortable with the bulk of this camera that barely fits into a pants pocket, as I am, then this is a very good choice. However I bought it with a tinge of regret at what might have been. I could have had better pictures from a camera with less flashy specs. If more of us feel regret your next camera may have fewer pixels and take better pictures.
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Update August 2008, eight months and 8,000 pictures later: This is a very good camera.
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