Canon PowerShot A470
- Low price, sharp pictures, speedy operation, good colour
- Chromatic aberration issues, noise perhaps a touch high, boxy design
If you're on a budget you'll be hard pressed to find a better camera for your dollar. It doesn't take the best pictures on earth and it leaves a little to be desired in terms of style, but the Canon PowerShot A470 certainly is good value for money.
Price$ 179.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 2 stores)
It's amazing how good even the most entry-level digital cameras can be these days. Occupying the lowest price point on Canon's latest line-up of compact models, the PowerShot A470 nonetheless offers great value for money. Its pictures, while not the best out there, are perfectly fine for most users and the speedy operation makes it a joy to use. Some may not appreciate the slightly boxy design but with the price of this unit it is hard to pass up.
During our image quality tests the A470 performed above expectation. Its pictures were generally crisp and clear and in line with other 7.1-megapixel units. There was some fairly hefty chromatic aberration, however, this comes as no surprise. Purple fringing was obvious in our outdoor shots and there was a little softening towards the edges of the frame. These issues were slightly more prominent here than on some other units, but they are fairly standard on most compact cameras.
Colour balance was impressive as is typical for a Canon unit. There is no custom white balance but the preset modes do an admirable job both in and outdoors. Colours had a fairly soft, natural look to them on default settings with reds in particular not exhibiting the strong, oversaturated look you'll find on many compacts.
On the whole we felt shots were a little underexposed at times but obviously this can be tweaked easily. Furthermore we were impressed with the amount of detail in dark areas; something many units struggle with.
Image noise was slightly higher than usual but nothing too extreme. At ISO 200 there was a little grain visible but the shots will still be adequate for most print sizes. At ISO 400 and above we'd stick to 4x6in as the graininess increases although it remains quite fine.
In our speed tests the A470 impressed. It exhibited a tiny shutter lag of 0.07 seconds, 1.6 seconds between shots and a 1.7-second power-up time. It was also really speed in terms of general operation, with no slow down or processing lag to speak of.
Features wise this model is fairly lean but that isn't unexpected. It still has all the basics including white balance presets, ISO sensitivities up to 1600 and a variety of colour modes. Face detect has found its way on-board and there is a three-frame per second burst mode for those speedy shooting scenarios as well as 10 scene modes.
Aesthetically, the A470 isn't anything special but again this comes as no surprise. Build quality and style are often some of the first things to go when cutting costs. It is a relatively boxy affair all up, with a fairly plain silver and blue colour scheme. It is narrow but quite long and weighs a reasonable amount thanks to its reliance on AA batteries. The controls are a little stiff at times, particularly the function dial, but everything is intuitively placed and should prove accessible for novices.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost review
- 2 Review: TCL C1 series 4K TV
- 3 Tech21 Evo Xplorer iPhone case review
- 4 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 5 Microsoft Lumia 640 review: Honouring Nokia's legacy
Latest News Articles
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
- Canon goes big on resolution with 250-megapixel sensor
- Hey, Saturn, take a selfie! World's biggest digital camera will photograph the universe
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTSenior Full Stack .Net DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior Java DeveloperVIC
- CCSenior Project Manager - TelecommunicationVIC
- FTBusiness Intelligence Team LeadVIC
- CCDesktop Support EngineerNSW
- CCSr Project Manager - BASELINEACT
- CCSenior Project Manager, Cyber Security TransformationNSW
- FTSenior Full Stack .Net Developer - Brand NEW IoT ProjectNSW
- FTDigital Product Owner | Advertising Technology | SearchNSW
- CCProject Manager - Operational TechnologyQLD
- FTPMO SpecialistACT
- FTUnix Systems AdministratorNSW
- FTJava DeveloperNSW
- FTSenior Full Stack .Net DeveloperNSW
- CCWebmaster content managementACT
- CCBusiness Analyst / SalesforceNSW
- CCContract Systems Analyst (Datacentre Maintenance) 160817/SA/993Asia
- CCCustomer Service SpecialistVIC
- CCNetwork Implementation EngineerNSW
- FTWeb Analytics SpecialistNSW
- FTStorage EngineerSA
- CCHead of Enterprise Organisational Change- GovernanceNSW
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (IT Application/Web) 160825/AP/183Asia
- CCSecurity ArchitectACT
- CCContract Systems Analyst (Cognos/JAVA/J2EE) 160831/SA/122Asia