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Absolutely outstanding camera - amazing for its class,
This review is from: Canon PowerShot A75 3.2MP Digital Camera with 3X Optical Zoom (OLD MODEL) (Electronics)
I've had a Kodak DX3400 for about 3 years now, and it came time to upgrade...I wanted a compact point and shoot that had some extra options to take creative photos. As a hobbyist photographer, I managed to get some fantastic photos out of my old Kodak, but it took horrible photos in low light and took poor action shots. After much research and comparison at some fantasic review sites, I decided on the PowerShot A75. I am NOT disappointed.
The Canon Powershot A75 is everything I wanted in a point and shoot. It's small (but comfortable in your hands), has plenty of resolution for point and shoot abilities (great prints up to 8x10) and has enough manual options to take nearly every type of shot. I did some serious experimentation, and found that even in very low light situations, the camera can either capture what it really looks like, or, by using the shutter priority, you can get vibrant, full color shots that look like they were captured in bright daylight. (I photographed my entryway at 9:45 PM, with dusk filtering in through windows 18 feet away, and got a vibrant, perfectly exposed photo...amazing)
The auto mode is good, but should really only be used by inexperienced users...the best shots come from taking advantage of the Scene modes (the indoor scene setting takes PERFECT indoor shots, with perfect exposure, white balance, and color saturation). The portrait mode opens the aperture way up to capture the subject in crisp detail while blurring the background, and it goes on and on. In addition to the Scene modes, there's also a 'fast shutter' and 'slow shutter' mode which are fantastic for taking action shots or blurring moving water, respectively, without having to worry about setting the shutter speed and aperture.
There's also a movie mode and a PhotoStitch mode. The movies are good quality for a still camera, though nowhere near the quality of a digital camcorder. The PhotoStich mode assists you in taking panoramic photos, by showing your last photo and letting you line up the next shot with the first one, so the included PhotoStitch software can automatically merge them on the computer. The panoramas work quite well, and preserve the exposure of the first shot, which limits color variation. The photo stitch software took about 10 seconds to stitch 9 photos together and create the single panorama.
The manual controls are fantastic. Custom white balance for oddly lit areas is extremely easy to use (though the preset white balances and the auto do quite well). Manual focus is outstanding, and can be used in conjunction with any other mode, except full auto. I used it to take great clear photos of my darkened treeline in the moonlight, and got a crisp, beautiful photo. Full manual is tricky if you aren't used to adjusting shutter speed and aperture together, but it will let you know if the camera settings will over or under expose the image (though you can still take the shot).
At the slower shutter speeds, you do need to be steady, so a tripod or setting the camera down helps enormously for night or time exposure shots, but that's the case with any camera. To aid in steadying the camera for these long exposures, the camera has a 2 second self timer in addition to the standard 10 second...so you can take photos without having the jitter from pressing the shutter. That said, in good lighting, the camera is fine to treat like any other point and shoot, and with a fast shutter, you can get crisp images with the camera bouncing all over the place. Shots taken while riding in a car are very crisp and clear while using the 'fast shutter' mode.
Overall, I am extremely impressed. For the price, this camera is just outstanding. In my opinion, you don't need more than 3MP for a point and shoot, so this is a great buy. One thing that I would do, though, is buy a mini tripod to put in your pocket so you can get great photos at night. A larger memory card would be nice too, but I already had a 128MB from my old camera, so I didn't need to worry about it. I'd say this is the best point and shoot for the money.