|The Canon PowerShot A620 has been equipped with a multitude of settings and functions that enable a beginning photographer to take creative digital photographs. Besides the creative possibilities, it is also important that a camera is user-friendly. This combination makes the Canon A620 a camera that could be a good stepping stone on the way to using a more advanced digital camera like a digital SLR camera. The simple operation leaves little to be desired. Anyone who wants to take a picture without having to think about it can just switch on the camera and make sure that the mode dial is at the green Auto stand. If, after a while, you want to get more out of the camera, you will soon want to use the Tv (shutter speed priority) or Av (aperture priority) mode. The Canon PowerShot A620 has an adaptable aperture from f/2.8 to f/8 and a shutter speed ranging from 15 seconds to 1/2500 seconds, depending on the aperture set.|
|Canon PowerShot A620 - White balance
Although the Canon A620 is normally set on automatic white balance, it is possible to change the white balance in order to let the camera focus better on a colour temperature of a certain light source. Of course, it is good that it is possible to manually correct a colour cast that cannot be (sufficiently) corrected by the automatic white balance, but how many users will do this in practise or even understand it? We are still waiting for a manufacturer who is able to make the white balance function even more intelligent, relieving the user of the need to puzzle over the white balance. In general, the automatic white balance performs well. The reproduction has a warm tone, but gives a satisfying result. A small exposure correction (+ 0.7EV) is sometimes necessary to make the shot clearer.
Canon PowerShot A620 - Sharp images
The PowerShot A620 camera delivers excellent sharpness. The shots look extremely sharp and even small details are clearly visible. If we look at enlargements of a crop from close by, we see great results even with prints which should have been affected by noise suppression. The camera’s noise suppression is still inclined to lose some details in large, but this is only true to a limited extent of the Canon A620. Here also, looking at a shot on the screen is not the same as looking at the same shot on paper. The prints look fantastic, and you do not notice anything.
Canon PowerShot A620 camera - ISO settings
When we looked at the noise levels we saw that the low ISO values are entirely free of noise and that the noise is more obvious from 400 ISO onwards. In particular, small details seem to disappear and shots seem to have less depth. When printing the test shots, the 400 ISO shot can be used without problems. Here also it seemed that the reproduction on screen is absolutely no indictor of the final result on paper. You are safe to assume that printing a photograph made by the Canon PowerShot A620 is problem free up to 400 ISO. The shots have lively colours, excellent sharpness and even the lightest parts in shots with a lot of contrast are still rich in detail.
|Canon PowerShot A620 - 35-140mm zoom lens
The Canon A620’s zoom has an interesting range. It is interesting for most entry-level photographers because the range of 35 - 140mm gives many people the opportunity to photograph all-round subjects. Of course, a 28mm wide-angle would make the picture perfect, but you can’t have everything and including this would make the camera unnecessarily expensive. The results with a wide-angle shot are very good and have a noticeable distortion in the corners. Although this distortion is not bad compared to competing models, it must be possible to improve it. If the lens is zoomed in, there is practically no more distortion, which is excellent! The same goes for the chromatic aberration, present in wide-angle and not or barely there in tele. A pretty decent achievement. As well as the optical zoom, the Canon A620 also has a digital zoom whereby the total range reaches 16x zoom. However, the resolution is reduced and noise stands out more. In emergency situations, a digital zoom is a welcome function, but from the view point of (printing) quality, it is preferable to use the optical zoom.
Canon PowerShot A620 - Colour reproduction
As well looking at the sharpness and the optical performance of the Canon PowerShot A620, we also took a look at colour reproduction. The shots are true to life, but look just a little exaggerated. This is quite common with digital cameras like the Canon A620. In general, strongly contrasted photos with saturated colours are more popular with the amateur user. Red and blue seem to be particularly dominant, which probably gives that extra bit of saturation. The skin tones are good and don’t have the habit of turning purple. The sky shots were nice and bright, but not too exaggerated. In general, we can say that the colour reproduction was fine with a lot of contrast and good colour saturation, ensuring a great print.
Canon PowerShot A620 digital camera
The Canon A620 is a versatile digital camera. It is exactly what a PowerShot camera should be; as well as giving great value for money it has a wide variety of settings and functionalities, excellent optical quality and gives the user the chance to grow towards a digital reflex camera in the future. For the price, Canon gives you an excellent concept and a great digital combination.