I have wanted a Canon Digital Rebel for a long time. I already have a Canon Rebel and an Olympus digital camera. But the Rebel takes film, and the Olympus is just old. I’ve had it for 3 or 4 years.
Since Julia was born, Sharon and I have been taking photographs like mad. The Olympus was too slow, ate batteries like candy, and only took mediocre pictures. The Rebel took much better pictures, but I paid for every pictures I took. We needed a new camera.
I tried to convince myself that I needed a Digital Rebel. The PMA, a huge photography trade show, was to be held at the end of February. I thought that a successor to the Digital Rebel XT would be announced, and I could get the XT on the cheap. Canon had other ideas, and announced a higher end model. I almost gt the Digital Rebel anyway.
I found the Canon Powershot A700 instead. It was only introduced in February, so I couldn’t find any reviews on it. So I took a chance on it anyway. I’m glad I did.
- Totally manual control – 1/2000″ to 15″, f/2.8-8.0, ISO 80-800, and manual focus
- Huge LCD screen
- Movie mode – with sound! It will do 640×480 at 30fps until you fill out the memory card
- Good image sensor
- 6x optical zoom (like 35-210mm)
- Picture burst mode – it will take about 2 pictures a second for a while. I’ve taken 60-70 in a single burst before I stopped.
- Still a delay between pressing shutter and taking picture
- 16MB SD card included – give me a break, that’s like 6 pictures at the highest settings
- Autofocus could be better
So there you have it. For $300, you can get your hand on a very nice point and shoot digital camera with full manual control.
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