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Canon Powershot A700 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Canon PowerShot A700 is standard delivered with a 16MB Secure Digital memory card. Although this has been the case with these small storage capacities for years, I would like to see it changed to an internal memory. A 16MB card is simply not likely to be taken along in practice, and even if you were to consider it as a second, I would still prefer to see it as an internal memory. Anyway, when unpacking the camera we are at least able to capture the first image on the Secure Digital memory card. To give you a general idea: it allows you to store approximately 5 images in the highest quality. Canon have broadened their support of the Secure Digital memory card extensively; their entire line of compact cameras now supports the small memory card. The only exception in the Canon assortment is formed by the digital SLR cameras, which are equipped with a CompactFlash memory card slot. The storage capacity of a Secure Digital (SD) card ranges from 16MB up to 2GB. The Canon PowerShot A700 supports a maximum of 2GB.
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Canon PowerShot A700 - SD memory card
Although the Canon A700 does not belong to the fast action cameras, its average image speed of 2 images per second proves the PowerShot A700 is far from slow. For a digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot A700 the speed is more than decent and likely to suffice for most purposes. The camera does benefit from a fast memory card. In practice, I used a fast SanDisk Extreme II and a SanDisk Ultra II Plus Secure Digital memory card. Both cards are able to store the images continuously until the maximum storage capacity is reached; which is why I would recommend investing in a fast memory card.

Considering 512MB of storage capacity:
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - Superfine - JPEG - 176 - 2720kB
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - Normal - JPEG - 292 - 1620kB
Resolution 2816 x 2112 pixels - Basic - JPEG - 603 - 780kB
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels - Superfine - JPEG - 235 - 2026kB
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels - Normal - JPEG - 392 - 1210kB
Resolution 2816 x 1584 pixels - Basic - JPEG - 794 - 585kB
Resolution 2272 x 1704 pixels - Superfine - JPEG - 237 - 2002kB
Resolution 2272 x 1704 pixels - Normal - JPEG - 425 - 1116kB
Resolution 2272 x 1704 pixels - Basic - JPEG - 839 - 556kB
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - Superfine - JPEG - 471 - 1002kB
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - Normal - JPEG - 839 - 558kB
Resolution 1600 x 1200 pixels - Basic - JPEG - 1590 - 278kB
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Superfine - JPEG - 1777 - 249kB
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Normal - JPEG - 2747 - 150kB
Resolution 640 x 480 pixels - Basic - JPEG - 4317 - 84kB
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - 30fps - 4 min 9 sec - 1920kB/sec
Video resolution 640 x 480 pixels - 15fps - 8 min 14 sec - 960kB/sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - 30fps - 11 min 42 sec - 660kB/sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - 15fps - 22 min 53 sec - 330kB/sec
Video resolution 320 x 240 pixels - 60fps - 5 min 59 sec - 1320kB/sec
Video resolution 160 x 120 pixels - 15fps - 55 min 57 sec - 120kB/sec
SanDisk Ultra II Plus Secure Digital memory card
When testing digital cameras, I frequently use a Secure Digital memory card with a unique feature. This memory card, a SanDisk Ultra II Plus Secure Digital, is faster than a standard Secure Digital card, and features an additional special asset. The remarkable thing about the SD card is that it can be snapped in half, which frees a fast USB interface. This enables you to insert the Ultra II Plus SD memory card directly from the Canon PowerShot A700 into a free USB port, without requiring any cables. The Canon A700 features an image resolution of 6 Megapixels. To ensure you get the highest quality whilst capturing at least 150 images (for example while on holiday or at a party), it would be wise to look for a storage capacity with a minimum of 512MB.

Canon PowerShot A700 - 2x AA format batteries
The PowerShot A700 settles for 2x AA format batteries. The camera is standard delivered with 2x alkaline batteries. It wouldn't be a bad thing if Canon decide to supply a (fast) charger and a set of NiMH batteries in the box. The Canon A700 is a digital camera that is considerably economical with its power. Replacing the alkaline batteries by high capacity NiMH batteries enables you to capture approximately 350 images, whereas the former limits you to approximately 80, though both with an activated LCD monitor. If you decide to use only the optical viewfinder and a set of NiMH batteries, this number will rise to an impressive 1000 images. The amount of images in combination with the activated LCD monitor are in fact excellent, but I do wonder just how much more Canon have left to gain in this area. The difference in energy consumption between an activated and deactivated monitor is significant. The type of battery (AA) used is both handy and inexpensive. They can be purchased on virtually every street corner, and if one happens to become defect, they can be easily replaced at very low cost, contrary to a Lithium Ion battery. On the other hand, the charging time for the flash of the Canon A700 is long, and one would undoubtedly win some precious time if the camera was equipped with a Lithium Ion type battery.
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