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Canon PowerShot A720IS 8MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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  • 8-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 6x image-stabilized optical zoom; 2.5-inch wide-viewing-angle LCD display
  • Face Detection technology and in-camera red-eye fix
  • 19 shooting modes, including 7 special scene modes; Print/Share button
  • Powered by 2 AA-size batteries (2 alkaline batteries included); stores images on SD memory cards (16MB memory card included)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: A720IS
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 8 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 6 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.6 x 1.6 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000V1VG2E
  • Item model number: A720IS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,067 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at August 19, 2007

Product Description

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Manufacturer Description

The PowerShot A720 IS is the quintessential A Series camera in a popular line that matches high-end image quality with fun, easy-to-use features that deliver excellent cost performance. Top-notch specifications include 8.0-megapixel resolution and a long 6x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer Technology for sharp images throughout the zoom range. Canon's DIGIC III Image Processor offers advanced Face Detection technology and Red-eye Correction for fantastic images. Even expand your creative possibilities with wide-angle and telephoto converter lenses.

PowerShot A720IS Highlights

8.0-megapixel resolution, high-power 6x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer Top-notch core specifications allow the PowerShot A720 IS to produce a level of image quality that’s fully competitive with that of much higher-end cameras. A full 8.0 megapixels of resolution ensure rich depth and detail, and let you enlarge and crop images freely.

Canon PowerShot 720IS Features and Highlights
1x zoom/6x zoom
The camera is equipped with a genuine Canon 6x optical zoom to get you up close when it counts. Canon’s sophisticated Optical Image Stabilizer Technology keeps your shots blur-free, even in low light and at the long end of the zoom range. Miniature gyroscopic sensors detect motion, then send a corrective signal, effectively reducing camera shake.

DIGIC III Image Processor with Genuine Canon Face Detection Technology 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.

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.
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Face Detection in action

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.

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.

Easy-to-use Mode Dial with a wide range of shooting modes With a simple Mode Dial, the PowerShot A720 IS makes it easy to access the features of the camera you’ll use most. Select a scene mode, and the camera automatically sets shooting parameters to get you the best possible shot in that situation. You can also access Stitch Assist, Auto, Movie and Manual modes from the Mode Dial. And the convenience of using AA-size batteries, no special power adapters or chargers are needed wherever you go.

With 19 Shooting Modes including 7 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Compatible with a wide range of accessories including wide-angle and telephoto lens converters The PowerShot A720 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.

Print/Share button for easy direct printing and downloading The PowerShot A720 IS's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the A720 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).

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.

Direct photo printers For desktop large-format printing, try one of the direct photo printers that allow you to print without a computer in one of two ways: plug your compatible PowerShot camera into the direct photo printer using the supplied USB interface cable, or simply insert a memory card into the supplied adapter. You can also connect the printer to your computer for more options. Print high-resolution, borderless images as postcards or 8.5 x 11-inch sheets within minutes.

Compact photo printers Compact photo printers let you produce versatile, fun 4 x 6-inch postcards, 4 x 8-inch wide greeting cards or credit card size prints in just two easy steps: connect and press/print. Control the printer right from your camera's LCD screen. You get durable, dye-sublimated prints quickly with or without borders. Assorted paper types let you create mini or credit card size labels. You can even take select compact photo printers to a party or an outdoor picnic using an optional rechargeable battery.

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

So don't bother with any kind of batteries other than lithium if you…It does take really good pictures and is pretty easy for even a digital camera novice to figure out. Read more ›
The Canon A720IS is a nice little point and…The Image Stabilizer is really nice, you can shoot pictures down to 1 second without blur when no action is in the picture. I… Read more ›
The size and outer ergonomics of that style are spot on. But image quality is not good overall. The Nikon P90 is too big and image quality flat. Read more ›
Good optical quality and a small size and price make this one of the best deals in digital cameras. The image stabilization is amazing. I have taken hand held telephoto… Read more ›
I shoot almost entirely on macro setting and have discovered an entire new…The pictures are so clear that you can see individual hairs on the back of a half inch spider. Read more ›
Image quality is spot on -- perfect colour rendition, good dynamic range, noise-free high ISOs, sharp and fast auto focus, and accurate auto white balance round out its… Read more ›
We bought this camera just before out daughter was born because we wanted an easy to use camera that would still take nice pictures. I did extensive research before… Read more ›
The Canon PowerShot A720IS is an excellent camera. It has more advanced capability than a simple point and shoot, but is very easy to use. The optical image stabilization… Read more ›
I bought it for my trip to Hawaii. It's easy to use and the pictures are amazing. You'll need to use rechargeable batteries and carry extras with you, but it's actually… Read more ›
great camera, great price, extremely happy with this purchase - brother bought the same camera and recommended it to me - we both love the camera easy to use and very clear… Read more ›
Has quite many functions that let's you…Strongly recommend if you want a camera to take high quality pictures with reasonable price (when on sale) and comfortable to use. Read more ›
C…I am very happy with the quality of pictures, which are much sharper than I was getting with my 35mm film camera and I find it very easy to use, even for a digital beginner. Read more ›
5. Very simple, yet powerful, control layout and menus. This camera has only a few buttons on it, and the menu is as simple and user friendly as it could be. This camera… Read more ›
However, that one negative is easy to forgive and…The one I like best is that in auto mode it is easy to use and as I learn, the camera has lots of room to grow with me. Read more ›
It is so much smaller then a DSLR so it is much easier to travel with. The manual controls are very good, they are easy to access and cover pretty much everything you need. I… Read more ›
I'm learning more about its capabilities every day. The menu features are clear and concise, very well thought out for beginners. I'm now the official photographer for all… Read more ›
I had considered buying the very cute Nikon in the same price range (the one that looks like a Brownie camera), but they did not have stabilizers,…The function works great. Read more ›
This camera had it all. The macro mode has been unbelievable. It is able to focus and shoot a lot closer than I will ever need and still gets really good quality. Read more ›
We are not professional photographers but this camera helps make the shots look professional. The price is very reasonable and the shipping speed is very prompt. Read more ›
For the Amazon price, this is a good point and shoot camera. However, I recommend the S5 (which I bought after returning the 720)for superior performance and image quality. Read more ›
The reason I went ahead and bought the camera with higher mega pixals was just because I had the money but all the canon powershots have great…The price was great too. I… Read more ›
They own much more expensive cameras and want to borrow mine. Easy to use, great quality, and the price was excellent. Much better than I expected. Read more ›
Nice, but there are many newer Canon cameras as small with higher meg, more powerful zoom, and later processors for a good price worth spending money on. I would not buy if… Read more ›
The viewfinder is low quality, but it's usable in bright sunlight. For the reasonable price I got it for ($199.95) I think it has been fantastic. I keep thinking about… Read more ›
The time for the flash to cycle is terrible, even when I tried the…The zoom is great and pictures in daylight are great as are close-up flash pictures of still objects. I… Read more ›
I did a lot of research before buying this camera. I decided to get this particular camera because of the 6X optical zoom which has been a plus. The image is clear and it… Read more ›
Great camera, very good…The zoom is good, but you really need to have the camera on a tripod or other very stable platform to get good pictures at the extreme zooms. I… Read more ›
I ordered the Canon Powershot 8MP Digital Camera…The camera has been great, it is easy to use on automatic, the zoom is awesome, and the clarity of the photos are the best. Read more ›
The zoom feature is very good. Framing pics takes some practice after having used an SLR for 30 years; but not difficult. Read more ›
It's an excellent camera for my needs, easier to hold steady than a Canon SD-series (I've used my daughter's SD-630), and the Image Stabilization is wonderful in low light… Read more ›
I took it to Yosemite this weekend and took over 400 pictures. I think the screen is very easy to see. And I have rechargeable batteries, which last about 100 pictures. Read more ›
I can now capture the pics I want before that split second when the…The display is great and I also liked the fact that this had a viewfinder as well as the LCD display. Read more ›
I like the fact that it uses conventional AA batteries, not I'm not SOL…The large LCD display is great, especially compared to my previous Powershot that I replaced. Read more ›
The Movie Mode works real well, though the sound is a bit muddy, but this is not a video camera after…The viewing LCD is bright and larger that my other digicams screens. Read more ›
Only negative is the relatively slow flash recycle time of 4.5 seconds. Large LCD display is great even in bright sunlight. Canon has been a very good suppier to deal with… Read more ›
I chose this camera because it has the view finder in addition to a large viewing screen. I was hesitant about giving up screen resolution, but this screen was superb. It… Read more ›
If you appreciate great quality images and don't want to lug around an SLR this is a great choice. The video quality is good as long as you don't use the zoom lens. That… Read more ›
There's also the image stabilization feature which is important if you're taking pics of kids and pets. The video feature is also great!!! Read more ›
I totally recommend to anyone. Video quality is also good, not great but good. Read more ›
This has been one of the best camera for the price. Has worked great takes great pics and video. I have had it for a few years and it is so easy to use. Read more ›
I have my own recharable ones though. Takes clear pictures and great video with sound. Read more ›
This is my third Canon camera and a big disappointment in the picture department. It does take decent quality video but it uses the memory very quickly. It does come with a… Read more ›
This camera is excellent for the price. Gives you plenty of choices in controls for a point-and-shoot, and the color is exceptional. It takes pix quickly and it is easy to… Read more ›
The photos I have taken so far are awesome! I have taken numerous indoor and outdoor shots and the clarity / colors are perfect from edge to edge. Having owned 4 previous… Read more ›
My wife took the most awesome photos of my daughter, right out of the box, did read the manual. The color is very vivid and accurate. My mom loved the quality so much that… Read more ›
I still have to learn some of the features. The zoom is great and the pictures are excellent with good color control. The flash is effective without shadow outlines, but… Read more ›
This is one outstanding camera. Takes sharp, color-rich pictures. Delivery was on time. Read more ›
I'm still in the process of…With this camera, I believe the trick to taking great pictures is to photograph bright, colorful subjects, such as a crowd of people, etc. I… Read more ›
I especially like that, even though it is of compact size, it is much easier than some to hold steady and compose shots through the viewfinder as I am used to doing with… Read more ›
3. Good "auto" setting for the amateur. 4. Good size, though not an ultra-thin pocket camera. I personally like the 'grip' that juts out a little, and it fits in a coat… Read more ›
I've used this camera for a few months and find the resulting photos to be of excellent quality. The default quality setting means huge sizes, so I dropped it down a notch. S… Read more ›
A quality camera with a ton of features for a relatively low price. I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for a great pocket sized camera! Read more ›
pros: very easy to use right out of the box (auto option is pretty much point and shoot), is lightweight, has a nicely sized viewing screen with good clarity con: the… Read more ›
The combination of 6X optical zoom, 8 megapixels, image stabilization, and AA…The optical viewfinder is great for bright conditions where the LCD screen is washed out. T… Read more ›
The large 2.5" LCD and the optical viewfinder are great. We have used cameras without the optical viewfinders and have vowed never to have a camera with one again. Read more ›
The AA battery form factor lets me toss in fresh batteries whenever I need, without…An LCD viewfinder would have been a nice touch, but for the price, I'm not complaining. Read more ›
-Optical zoom is sufficient for most situations -Optical viewfinder is very nice to have when you can't see the LCD in direct sunlight -When you are reviewing your shots,… Read more ›
I like the zoom function and I like the separate viewfinder which is invaluable on bright sunny days. It is quite light, which surprised me, I expected something more… Read more ›
The camera is a good size, fits nicely in my hands. I also like the view finder. Not many cameras have a view finder now days, which forces you to use the LCD, which in… Read more ›
Takes awesome pics in adequate lighting but is slightly…I felt the battery life was awesome, I would go to use it after a couple months of no use and it still had a charge. Read more ›
I've been using this camera for about 9 months now, and I'm very happy with it. The battery life is great, the display is big, and it's packed full of great features. The… Read more ›
Image stabilizer's not good, I can't tell the different between on and off(Blurrr) for slow shutter speed. 2AA-Battery is good for all day use.(show %Bat with CHDK) Read more ›
The battery life is awesome... if you buy 4 AA rechargeable so you'll have no problems with this... I suggest buy the duracell 2650mAh ones. I took almost 2000 thousand… Read more ›
this camera does not only provide great shots with preset modes (about 10) but also you can aproach to amateur photography…zoom is amazing, battery life also (with ni-mh). Read more ›
Very impressed with battery life. It uses AA's and we only buy the rechargeables. Read more ›
I think the lens is very good and that's the most important part of any camera. But I find most of the shots will benefit from a very minor tweek in PhotoShop curves. Read more ›
Photo quality is terrific in most any lighting condition, and the lens is sharp from corner to corner, something that cannot be said for most smaller cameras. I like how… Read more ›
It seems to be sturdy and I expect to keep it for a long time. The 6x lens is wonderful and the movies are clear. Make sure you get a 1 gig memory card. Read more ›
The only problem I had with my camera was when I used the video feature (Which was…The spot did not appear on the photos I took though, ruling out a spot on the lens. E… Read more ›
It also uses a the most common media which is an SD card. It has manual controls that I use a lot and the pictures are crisp and clear thanks to the great canon lens. The… Read more ›
I wished the camera was slightly lighter & smaller. The main weight should just be a high quality glass lens, everything else can be electronics & plastic. A lot of pros… Read more ›

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480 of 485 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 9, 2007
I've had the Canon PowerShot A720 IS for about a month now and took a few hundred pictures in various conditions. So I feel ready to write a detailed review of this (great) camera. I'm an engineer by profession and am starting out in amateur photography. I wanted something with enough manual controls so that I can apply what I've learned in photography theory. But I wasn't willing to spend too much on a full dSLR + lenses (yet). Plus I like the portability of a compact camera. I've read a lot of published online reviews on this camera & a few others in its class at the time of purchase. Here are some of my thoughts on each area of this camera that other reviewers may not have covered.

Size & Looks:
Not as small as the ultra-compacts, but it's very hard to find one smaller with all the manual controls that Canon A series P&S cameras offer. Having aperture and shutter priority modes and a wide enough ISO range (80-1600) is a must for more creative shooting. If all you shoot is in auto mode (& occasional scene mode), then there are other cameras that are sleeker & smaller (such as the SD series). I personally prefer a darker color, silver on an obviously plastic body is a pet peeve of mine in all electronics these days. Just a matter of personal taste. I wished the camera was slightly lighter & smaller. The main weight should just be a high quality glass lens, everything else can be electronics & plastic. A lot of pros like the Canon G series because of the solid metal frames. But that's mainly because in the dSLR world, everything weighs a lot more. In a portable camera I want portability. Unlike shrinking cellphones & MP3 players these days, the big lens (& preferably bigger sensor size) should be the limiting factor for cameras.
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406 of 414 people found the following review helpful By Terrance S. VINE VOICE on October 4, 2007
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The Canon PowerShot A720IS is an interesting beast as it doesn't seem to have particularly good or bad qualities. It takes pleasant pictures with good clarity and color, and the rich feature-set will satisfy both novice and experienced photographers, but in the end, this camera feels uninspired and amorphous. It's not as small or sleek as Canon's Digital ELPH series (SD Series), nor does it have the imaging abilities of the G series or the absolute zoom capabilities of the S series. If you could take all of Canon's consumer digital cameras (minus the DSLR's) and roll them up into a single camera, it would be very similar to the A720. This camera isn't anything exceptional, but it is very functional.

With that said, this is one of the better budget cameras I've used. With various scene modes and full manual controls, it can grow with you as your skills improve, assuming you spend the time to learn how to use it. This camera works as an acceptable point-and-shoot in the program mode, but when you start playing with the manual controls, great low light and macro shots become possible. Some noteworthy elements of this camera are its excellent video mode (30fps 640x480 resolution), 6x optical zoom, and use of standard AA batteries. The flash is also pretty good and in the right mode, the camera will automatically adjust the flash's brightness.

Digital Noise has been getting better throughout the years and with the new A720, you can pretty much use up to ISO200 without having to worry about noise. Although the camera supports higher ISO settings, anything above 200 will start to become very noticeably grainy. At ISO80, the pictures are just beautifully smooth.
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Rahul Jain on October 6, 2007
I had canon a75 which served well for almost 3 years before retiring.
I knew canon digital cameras are best but I still did lot of research.
Things do tend to change a lot in this field, and next generation best cameras can come from any company. I looked at Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic among the main contenders. Among Nikon L11 and L12, and similar models in others. This camera beats all others including its own cousins, the canon a570is and a710is.

Between a570is and a710is, it is a tough choice because while a570is has a DIGIC III, it has 4x zoom while a710is has DIGIC II but 6x zoom. This camera combines the best of a570is and a710is: 8MP, DIGIC III, 6x zoom, Image Stabilization, ISO 1600, and oh, face detection! What it does lose over a710is is the special scene modes: color accent and color swap. I just do not understand why - while retaining hundreds of other features, canon had to remove those features in the a720is. Otherwise, anything that you can find in either of its cousins, you can find the better of the two in the a720is. And boy, it is fast to be ready for the shot!

Of course, the a570is is much cheaper, as are most cameras in this class from competing brands. But short of a dSLR, this is the most complete camera for a photography enthusiast.
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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Paul L. Sharp on October 6, 2007
The A720 IS for the most part is a good camera but the Kids & Pets (action) and Landscape programs are defective. The action program in bright sunlight programmed 80 ISO and gave 1/100 and f 5.6. The landscape program gave ISO 80 and gave 1/250 at f 4.0. I have an A75 and a Rebel Xt both give high shutter speeds for action and smaller apertures for landscape. I checked with my dealer and he checked his other cameras with DIGIC III and they all did the same thing. I have called Canon and the techs try to be helpful but are clueless to the problem. The dealer has called Canon several times with nothing but a run around. The sales rep visited and he was not aware of the problem. If they come up with a properly programmed processor I'll send it in for repair.

Since writing this my dealer after many calls got an engineer at Canon. He stated that the "Kids and Pets" program was not intended as an action program but was designed to reduce delay time so to capture pictures faster. The camera does not have an action program. He was unable to explain the large aperture on the Landscape program. So the processor is not defective but in my and my dealer's opinion poorly designed in these areas. For a work around I use Program with HI ISO. This gives a fairly good action program. For landscape I use AV with AUTO ISO and f 8.0. This camera was to replace an older Canon Power Shot A75. Even with these problems the improvement is so great I am going to keep it.
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