Canon Powershot A710 IS Review

October 31, 2006 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 21 Comments | |

Canon Powershot A710 ISThe Canon Powershot A710 IS is the new top-of-the-range model in Canon’s popular A-Series digital cameras. The Canon A710 IS is the first A-Series camera to feature optical image stabilisation, which is a good thing as it also has a 6x zoom lens equivalent to 35-210mm. Add a 7 megapixel sensor, full range of creative shooting modes including Manual, a 2.5 inch LCD screen and optical viewfinder, and the Canon Powershot A710 IS looks like a serious contender, especially given the street price of just over £200 / $300. But do all of these features translate into a great camera? Read the latest PhotographyBLOG review to discover if the Canon Powershot A710 IS is the right camera for you.

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#1 Cobus

Sometimes you make better pictures with your mobile instead of a regulair camera...

1:16 pm - Monday, October 30, 2006

#2 Durian

how does the image quality compares with the SD700 and the SD800?

5:01 pm - Monday, October 30, 2006

#3 Mark Goldstein

Durian, you can read our review of the SD700 here:

5:30 pm - Monday, October 30, 2006

#4 Annette

Your comment in the Ease of use section:
"Sadly the Color Accent and Color Swap options seen on other Canon cameras haven't been included on the Powershot A710 IS."
contradicts the specification details given in your review and given on the Canon website. Both of these pages state that the 710 IS has these features.

5:19 pm - Wednesday, November 1, 2006

#5 Mark Goldstein

Hi Annette.

This could just be an oversight on my part, but those options definitely weren't in the My Colors menu (where they have been on previous Canon cameras).

I'll ask Canon to confirm and get back to you.

7:12 pm - Wednesday, November 1, 2006

#6 daniel

the colour swap feature of my colour is in the scene mode selection. If you look at the camera specifications.

11:18 am - Thursday, November 9, 2006

#7 Mark Goldstein

We've now confirmed that the Color Accent and Color Swap options have moved to the Scene Mode sections and updated our review accordingly.

5:05 pm - Monday, November 27, 2006

#8 chris

Is it true that the camera flash akes almost 5 seconds to recharge and that focus is slow in low-light conditions?

9:05 pm - Saturday, December 16, 2006

#9 Tass


I'm going snowboarding in Austria, and wondering how this camera will handle the cold? I had a Sony Cybershot P72 last time, and after 5 minutes it completely froze up from the cold (froze as in hanging, not actual ice-freezing), and wouldn't even swith on. Back inside in warmer conditions it would work again.



3:18 pm - Sunday, February 18, 2007

#10 Mark Goldstein

Tass, I will check this with Canon for you.

4:12 pm - Monday, February 19, 2007

#11 Martin Waugh

Do you know when Canon are to release a A710 IS with a swivel display?

10:51 pm - Monday, April 2, 2007

#12 Pravin Kulkarni

The review is very good. Detailed, with images...great!!

1:02 pm - Sunday, April 29, 2007

#13 chris

Will there be a comparison between this camera and the newly released a570is?

6:08 pm - Sunday, April 29, 2007

#14 Anil Agnihotri

Can anyone guide me in choosing between NIKON COOLPIX L5 and CANON A710 IS?

Which is a better choice?

7:33 am - Friday, May 4, 2007

#15 Mark Goldstein

Hi Anil,

I've reviewed both cameras and would choose the Canon A710.

12:10 pm - Saturday, May 5, 2007

#16 Anil Agnihotri

Thanks a lot Mark...

1:03 pm - Saturday, May 5, 2007

#17 tina

hi. I have to replace a stolen Canon A85. I have been told that the A710 is a good replacement as A85 now extinct. Would you say this was a good choice fro a techno-phobe with no need of fancy features - I just need a point & shoot. Thanks.

2:02 pm - Monday, May 21, 2007

#18 Erika


I am hoping to replace a DSC Sony which was stolen and I have always admired my friend's Canon Powershot 540. I am between the Canon 710 and the Canon 630. I mean, the 630 has 8 megapixels but no image stabilization and the 710 has stabilization but only 7.1 megapixels. Which would you recommend?

11:49 pm - Friday, July 13, 2007

#19 Margaret

I have a new Canon A710 IS. Has anyone else noticed light beams on the left side of the LCD. It does not effect the quality of the photo but it is annoying when looking at a shot through the LCD(expecially in low light)while taking the shot & reviewing. Any comments welcome.

7:08 pm - Saturday, July 14, 2007

#20 jax blog

I found this site very informative it certainly helped me understand the camera better

4:21 am - Monday, October 27, 2008

#21 KevG

I've had my A710 for more than three years now, and I continue to be impressed by the results it gives me from that 7mp sensor. I regularly take it with me on my motorcycle trips, and its never let me down. I mostly have it set to Aperture Priority, or to Landscape mode, and I use it almost exclusively in daylight conditions. The flash copes admirably in normal room-sized envirnments. I've just come back from a trip to Skye and Mull, having taken literally dozens and dozens of pics. Every one is properly exposed with true to life colours and only a hint of barrel distortion at the wide end of the zoom. I use a Sandisk Extreme III card and Li-on AA batteries. The pair in the camera were bought last year and are still going strong. I use the screen all the time as the viewfinder only shows about 80-85% of the scene. All in all a great little camera which I haven't been tempted to part with.

8:51 pm - Tuesday, June 15, 2010