Canon PowerShot A570 IS
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 1773B001
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price range: $239.99
- Reviewed by: Phil Ryan
- Reviewed on: 03/21/2007
The good: Optical image stabilization; manual exposure controls; good performance; optical viewfinder
The bad: Noisy at higher ISOs
The bottom line: Despite excessive noise at higher ISOs, Canon's A570 IS offers an excellent value and an impressive feature set in its category.
Nearly perfect for a compact camera
by sdeetz on April 11, 2007
Pros: Great image quality, excellent image stabilization, fast f2.6 aperture, great low light shots, scene modes work great, AA batteries were a savior when ripping off hundreds of shots a day on vacation
Cons: nothing major. Would have liked to see a 28mm wide angle lens, but at least you can add one on with the adapter
Summary: For the price and size, it is hard to imagine a better camera out there. This baby has fantastic image quality, it is very fast, has the new digic 3 ...
Summary: For the price and size, it is hard to imagine a better camera out there. This baby has fantastic image quality, it is very fast, has the new digic 3 processor, the best aperture of any compact digital I've found (f2.6) excellent image stabilizing, and on and on.
I especially liked the quality of low light photos. This has been a problem in every compact camera I've ever used. But the night scene mode worked very well, and with the ability to manually override settings that other compacts do not, I was able to dial some shots in even better than the default settings. They also included a ton of great settings for things that all of us take pictures of when on vacations, such as fireworks, aquariums, museums, etc. When you are somewhere that doesn't allow flash photography, the low light and high iso settings work great.
The movie modes are the best I've seen as well. They even have a 60fps setting, where most cameras max out at 30fps.
Better than many other cameras out there at twice the price!
44 out of 44 users found this user opinion helpful.
by jpenny43 on April 3, 2007
Pros: manual controls, video quality, battery life
Cons: battery door a little difficult for me to open
Summary: After my nikon point & shoot broke I went online to review cameras and this one struck my interest because of its price and features, manual controls & photo quality,...
Summary: After my nikon point & shoot broke I went online to review cameras and this one struck my interest because of its price and features, manual controls & photo quality,I was really surprised with the video quality, shoot 1 hour with a 4gb card.I burn them onto dvd and they are great.
13 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Camera at Good Price
by jdun87 on July 18, 2007
Pros: Easy to operate. Automatic and scene modes produce good quality images in most conditions. 4x optical zoom instead of 3x. Optical viewfinder. Image stabilization and face detection. Uses AA batteries.
Cons: AA batteries add weight and bulk, but is a good trade off.
Summary: Canon has earned an excellent reputation for quality and the Powershot A570 IS digital camera is no exception. Although, competitors have cameras with similar technology for less, in my opinion ...
Summary: Canon has earned an excellent reputation for quality and the Powershot A570 IS digital camera is no exception. Although, competitors have cameras with similar technology for less, in my opinion Canon just does everything a bit better and it is worth the price. For example the camera includes an optical viewfinder, which is useful if there is a lot of glare on the LCD. Also, the camera packs a little bit more zoom, 4x optical instead of the 3x that most of the competitive landscape has. In addition to the auto and scene modes Canon gives you controls over the exposure, white balance, and shutter speed. If you just want to use it as a point and shoot, the camera usually does a great job at automatically adjusting to the shooting conditions. Although, the AA batteries add a little bit of bulk and weight, if you run out of juice for a few dollars you can pick up some spare batteries and keep on shooting. Or, if you you are going backpacking you can throw in some spare batteries. The lithium ion batteries found in the super compact cameras work great, but you are burdened with always having to recharge the batteries and when you run out of juice you are stuck. I would recommend the Canon A570 to anyone looking for a solid, easy to use camera, with a good set of features, and the option to manually control settings.
11 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
GREAT Camera for the price
by damian5000 on August 9, 2007
Pros: Manual Controls / Price / Image stabilization / Image Quality
Cons: Noisy at higher ISO's
Summary: This is the second Canon A series camera I've owned. I had the a510, which was great for me for a couple years. The a570 has an impressive set ...
Summary: This is the second Canon A series camera I've owned. I had the a510, which was great for me for a couple years. The a570 has an impressive set of features for the price ($188).
The image stabilizer is a nice feature. I can shoot indoors at 1/5 of a second with low/medium light and get relatively crisp shots. You really can tell a big difference between IS on and IS off.
Size is nice. Relatively compact. You can put this camera in a medium size pocket easily. I like the looks of it too. Sleek silver.
Having manual controls is great a great feature. ESPECIALLY if you're planning on growing with the camera and aren't just going to point and shoot daylight photos. While you may not use them often, when you do want them, they are there for you. [Example: I wanted to take a picture of my GF by candlelight w/o flash and had to leave the shutter open for 10 seconds. The shot would of been impossible with auto or preset settings]
The only real issues with this camera it's pretty noisy beyond ISO 200. This probably won't be a problem for 90% of the people out there and to be honest, most all of the other compact / point and shoot cameras (Fuji excepted) are the same with this ISO issue.
The other thing is flash recharge time. You can help this by getting high mAh, (2500 or better...I have 2700) and high quality (Lenmar recommended) batteries.
One more thing. The 7 I gave this camera is relative to all camera groups. If I was rating the camera WITHIN the point and shoots and megazooms it would get a 9.Updated
Image quality is very good and the camera is easy to hold in one hand to take shots.
I like the new digital zoom. It can be used during movie mode also, which is nice.
The flash settings are great. You really have control over it. You can have it auto adjust (default), adjust manually, or use a combination of the 2.
Also, the new red eye remover in camera is a cool option. Would be better though if you could set it to auto remove upon shooting.
The camera's resolution options step down from 1600x1200 (Too big for most computer screens) to 640x480 (Too small for good viewing). It's not a huge deal, as you can use bulk image resizing with photo software, or the amazing Picasa 2 which you can set to automatically resize upon emailing. But would be nice if I didn't have to. This is a small gripe. I just don't understand why 1024x768 and 800x600 aren't options.
10 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
570 IS Battery Life problems
by canonpoweruser on November 20, 2007
Pros: Image stabliser, large screen,
Cons: Battery life (lasting only 5 to 20 shots ! !!!! )
Summary: Although I have been a strong advocate of Canon camera, this camera has not lived up to expectations on one acccount.. Battery life ! .. With fully charged battery, it can simply ...
Summary: Although I have been a strong advocate of Canon camera, this camera has not lived up to expectations on one acccount.. Battery life ! .. With fully charged battery, it can simply show the low battery sign after a few shots.
I have had low battery signs with a new Energizer Alkaline(many brands also tried)and Chamolein 2300Mah full charge. After shooting about 2 to 20 pics .. some with the flas the low battery comes right on.. very exasperating !
The problem apparently is not isolated as many 570 users seem to have the similar issues http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/digital-cameras/canon-powershot-a570is_question.html?qid=15701
9 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
For the point-and-shoot crowd
by areiman on September 5, 2007
Pros: Image Stabilization, crisp/clear photos, durability, movies
Cons: Would like more zoom
Summary: To start, I was used to tossing 20-40% of photos from my old cameras becuase my hands are shakey, and the resulting photos were blurry. The Image Stabilization sold me ...
Summary: To start, I was used to tossing 20-40% of photos from my old cameras becuase my hands are shakey, and the resulting photos were blurry. The Image Stabilization sold me on the camera, and today, I get maybe 2-3% blurry photos! I just switched from an ultra compact to this slightly larger camera. I like the extra weight in my hand, further making it easy to steady the camera.
I like the fact that the camera has both a manual viewfinder and the screen. I broke the screen on my last camera and it had no viewfinder, so there was no way to accurately capture photos. Even if the screen goes on this camera, I always have the viewfinder for backup.
I don't really understand or care about manual controls since I am usually capturing kids or action shots on the fly. The automatic settings work great. I particularly like the portrait mode. If I want to use more controls, they are there waiting for me.
This camera is DURABLE! I dropped my last Cannon SD camera from 2 feet and the view screen was destroyed. I just returned from a mountain biking trip to Vail, CO. On one run, I lost control in gravel at 30 MPH and my camera, which was in a small case around my neck, was between me and the rocks and dirt. I got up, shook off the blood and dust, and was happy to find that the camera was in perfect condition! (on top of that, the camera took terrific action photos and movies).
The movie mode works very well. The movies are crisp and clear, and the audio is excellent.
Overall, for the point-and-shoot person, this camera can't be beat! This is the best camera I have ever owned.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great basic / intermediate camera
by Claude Vermillion on June 20, 2007
Pros: Image stabilization, ease of use, short start-up, face-finder
Cons: shot-to-shot time when using flash, battery life (both minor issues)
Summary: Great camera, especially for the price. It's small enough to be easily portable, without sacrificing picture quality. The image stabilizer is amazing. In outdoor light, at full digital zoom, ...
Summary: Great camera, especially for the price. It's small enough to be easily portable, without sacrificing picture quality. The image stabilizer is amazing. In outdoor light, at full digital zoom, I (intentionally) shook the camera and still got a stable image! After several weeks of use, the only bad shots I've gotten were of people sitting in front of a bright window-- where any camera would struggle.
I recommend this camera for:
- Someone who wants an easy-to-use camera that yields great pictures
- An intermediate user who sometimes wants to use manual settings
- Someone who wants a decent zoom but not the size of a super-zoom (4x optical / 16X digital zoom works suprisingly well with the image stabilizer)
I DO NOT recommend this camera for:
- An advanced user who might not like what I consider small annoyances: screen goes black while the flash recharges, battery life could be better, optical viewfinder does not reflect digital zoom (I think this is the case with any optical viewfinder, though).
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Please Ignore negative Reviews of this Camera!!!
by laudiedaudie on August 31, 2007
Pros: So easy to use for those who have minimum knowledge of cameras yet has very self explanatory options if you want to experiment with it's fabulous bells and whistles, easy to hold, sturdy design
Cons: Absomutely Naddah!
Summary: I am one of those people who doesn't know a ton about computers and cameras, but I know enough to know when I have found a gem. This camera ...
Summary: I am one of those people who doesn't know a ton about computers and cameras, but I know enough to know when I have found a gem. This camera is IDEAL for first time digi owners and seasoned vets. I researched the hell out of digital cameras (I read about 240 reviews on this website of cameras within $150-$250) and after noting about 8 with the best reviews, I went to Best Buy to check them out for myself. When the gentleman helping me saw my list, he immediately told me that the Canon Powershot A570 is the best one for the price and quality I wanted. After a few days of using it, I realized he was right. It's SO easy to use, takes unbelievable pictures, and has so many options. BUY THIS CAMERA! Who ever says anything negative about this camera is smoking crack. Cheers!
6 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Over all I think this camera is sharp, takes clear crisp pictures, and is easy to work.
by smokey011385 on July 22, 2007
Pros: Sharp clear pictures, easy to transfer on a pc or mac, over all awesome camera for any occasion
Cons: Tends to get a little louder at higher ISO
Summary: Great camera, I love it. Exactly what I was looking for when I went shopping for a digital camera. Has many features, takes awesome clear pictures, and is a decent ...
Summary: Great camera, I love it. Exactly what I was looking for when I went shopping for a digital camera. Has many features, takes awesome clear pictures, and is a decent price. I would recommend this camera to anyone who wants great pictures for a good price.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great buy, you won't be disappointed.
by kapteynbok on October 16, 2007
Pros: great features for a bargain price
Cons: A little bit bulky
Summary: My last digital camera is a 2 mega pixel kodak . I have been planning to replace it for months, but can't find one that I really like. Its either ...
Summary: My last digital camera is a 2 mega pixel kodak . I have been planning to replace it for months, but can't find one that I really like. Its either too expensive for me or I don't like the features. An important occasion is approaching fast and I really need a replacement for my aging cam. I quickly searched the web and found the canon a great buy for my limited bucks. Ive had it for 2 weeks and I am really amazed of its great features. Manual settings are available and really takes great pictures with or without flash. thanks to its 1600 iso, I can take pictures in almost zero lighting. Buy it, you wont regret it.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 1773B001
- Description: Even when the kids can't sit still and the light is less than ideal, the amazing PowerShot A570 IS lets you capture life's special moments perfectly. Optical Image Stabilizer Technology keeps images crisp even when you're zoomed way in. The ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings reduce blur when the lights are down low. Plus, the A570 IS is packed with easy-to-use creative and convenient features you'll love.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Resolution 7.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 7,400,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 7,100,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5"
- Optical Zoom 4 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Processor DIGIC III
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- Digital Video Format AVI
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 1600,
- Exposure Metering Evaluative,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Snow,
Kids & pets,
- Special Effects Vivid,
Black & White,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
Fluorescent light (daylight)
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type Canon,
4 x x Zoom lens - 5.8 mm - 23.2 mm - F/2.6-5.5
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 35 - 140 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 17.7 in
- Macro Focus Range 2 in - 17.7 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Features Aspherical lens,
Built-in lens shield
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator
- Effective Flash Range 1 ft - 11.5 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 1.7 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
In-camera red-eye removal,
16:9 widescreen mode,
RGB primary color filter,
Auto power save,
Digital noise reduction,
Camera orientation detection,
- Viewfinder Type Optical - Real-image zoom
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Type 2.5 in LCD display
- Resolution 115,000 pixels
- Display Features Built-in
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output
- Software Canon ZoomBrowser EX,
Drivers & Utilities,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
Apple Mac OS X 10.2 or later,
MS Windows ME,
MS Windows Vista
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
- Included Accessories USB cable,
Audio / video cable
- Supported Battery AA
- Supported Battery 2 x AA Alkaline battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card
- Included Memory Card SD Memory Card,
- Image Storage Super-fine JPEG 3072 x 1728 : 6 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 3072 x 1728 : 10 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 3072 x 1728 : 21 VA - With 16MB card,
Super-fine JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 4 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 7 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 16 VA - With 16MB card,
Super-fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 5 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 10 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 21 VA - With 16MB card,
Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 9 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 16 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 33 VA - With 16MB card,
Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 14 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 26 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 50 VA - With 16MB card,
Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 56 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 88 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 138 VA - With 16MB card
- Video Capture AVI - 640 x 480 - 7 sec - With 16MB card,
AVI - 640 x 480 - 11 sec - With 16MB card,
AVI - 320 x 240 - 22 sec - With 16MB card,
AVI - 320 x 240 - 43 sec - With 16MB card,
AVI - 160 x 120 - 107 sec - With 16MB card
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 3.5 in
- Depth 1.7 in
- Height 2.5 in
- Weight 6.2 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.
CNET Labs' Benchmarks
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- CNET Labs Flash shot to shot time 4.8
- CNET Labs Shot to shot time typical 1.8
- CNET Labs Shutter lag bright 0.6
- CNET Labs Shutter lag dim 1.3
- CNET Labs Typical burst speed 1.6
- CNET Labs Wake up time 1.8