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>> Hi, I'm Will Greenwald, assistant editor at cnet.com,
and this is the Canon PowerShot A650 IS digital camera.
This beefy camera is a 12-megapixel shooter, and as you
can see it's pretty large and chunky. It's not going to
be winning any beauty contests, but the amount of
features they pack into this camera pretty much makes up
for its lack of aesthetics and portability. This weighs
over three-quarters of a pound, and obviously you're not
going to be fitting this into your jacket pocket any
time soon. It's most distinctive feature is its
fold-out LCD screen. This 2-and-a-half inch screen
pivots and folds so you can pretty much shoot at almost
any direction. It also has a 6X lens with optical image
stabilization, which helps reduce image shake if you try
to zoom in really close and your hands are a little bit
jittery. The lens can use an adapter so you can
purchase an additional telephoto adapter to give it even
more power, or you can get a wide angle adapter to get a
wider shot. It has full menu exposure controls.
Program mode, aperture priority, shutter priority, and
full manual mode, which gives you a lot of flexibility
when trying to shoot in different sorts of lighting,
with shooting different subjects. And it pretty much
just keeps you in control if you want it. There's
manual focus, which is another handy feature if you want
to get the shot just right and don't really trust the
automatic setting to do it. Now the photos that come
outlook great. 12-megapixels, surprisingly clear and
sharp. They get a little noisy if you get to higher ISO
settings, but in general they're going to look good.
Unfortunately they're also slow to make. Even with the
on-board flash turned off this camera takes over 3
seconds to process each photo because it's processing 12
megapixels instead of 8 megapixels, 6 megapixels, or
even 10 megapixels of other cameras. Besides that,
though, if you don't mind the weight the Canon PowerShot
A650 IS offers a lot of flexibility, it's a -- very
good looking photos in a chunky but simple package. I'm
Will Greenwald, this is the PowerShot A650 IS.
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