Canon PowerShot A720 IS review: Canon PowerShot A720 IS

Surprisingly broad depth-of-field and solid white balance contribute to the camera's excellent picture quality. Both small text and fine textures appear crisp and full of detail, even when stretching across multiple planes. Slight fringing appeared on off-white and yellow edges, though not to the point that the photos suffered. In general, if you stick to ISO 400 or lower, the A720 IS will produce great pictures.

It takes too long for its flash to recycle and you should only use ISO 800 as a last resort, but otherwise the Canon PowerShot A720 IS presents an excellent value for its price range. Its lower-sensitivity pictures look remarkably clean and crisp, it shoots quickly when the flash isn't in use, and it's filled with manual exposure controls that experienced photographers, and those learning the ropes, will appreciate. Whether you want a solid, flexible main camera, or a secondary camera to use alongside your digital SLR, the A720 IS makes a great choice.

Shooting speed (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Flash shot-to-shot time  
Typical shot-to-shot time  
Time to first shot  
Shutter lag (typical)  
Kodak EasyShare Z712
2 
1.9 
0.9 
0.5 
Samsung Digimax S850
3.2 
2.1 
2.1 
0.5 
Canon PowerShot A710 IS
3.5 
1.9 
1.6 
0.4 
Canon PowerShot A720 IS
4.3 
1.8 
1.4 
0.5 

Typical continuous-shooting speed (frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Canon PowerShot A720 IS
1.4 

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Canon PowerShot A720 IS

Part Number: 2092B001

MSRP: $199.99

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  • Digital camera type Compact
  • Optical Zoom 6 x
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 8.0 Megapixel
  • Image Stabilizer optical
  • Lens 35 - 210mm F/2.8
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"