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Canon PowerShot A640

alaTest has collected and analyzed 294 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and performance. The image quality and screen also get good feedback. Many are negative about the sensor and image stabilizer. The energy efficiency and control panel get mixed comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A640 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : staff (

Canon PowerShot A640 review


The A640 has some high-powered tricks up its sleeves

Produces crisp, sharp images ; Excellent Macro mode

Quite bulky for a compact ; Occasionally inaccurate AF

Perfect for anyone who wants people to ooh and ahh over their images, rather than their camera

Mar, 2007

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Canon PowerShot A640


Excellent image quality ; Very low-distortion lens with no chromatic aberration ; Low noise from 80 to 200 ISO ; 2.5-inch pivoting LCD monitor ; Fully useable ISO range ; Fast to operate ; Well-priced

2.5-inch monitor's resolution a bit low for its size ; Optical viewfinder shows only part of the frame being captured ; Red-eye reduction flash mode requires accessing the menu

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : What Digital Camera (

Canon PowerShot A640 review


A high-resolution sensor and high-end feature set mark the A640 out as ‘a little bit special'...

Oct, 2007

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Canon PowerShot A640


Remember the days when digital cameras looked like digital cameras, instead of slivers of sculpted metal or retro SLRs? Picking up the chunky A640 is like travelling back to a simpler era - it's unashamedly heavy and has an optical viewfinder...

Produces crisp, sharp images, Excellent Macro mode

Quite bulky for a compact, Occasionally inaccurate AF

Perfect for anyone who wants people to ooh and ahh over their images, rather than their camera

Mar, 2007

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Canon PowerShot A640


10Mp resolution; 2.5" LCD; Good controls; Lots of colour modes; 4x optical zoom; 1cm macro mode

Images noisy

Jan, 2007

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Canon Powershot A640


With 10 megapixels the Canon Powershot A640 has plenty of scope for producing larger prints. It also has manual exposure controls and will appeal to anyone who takes their photography seriously, but does not want to spend a fortune.

Sharpness of the photos ; Indoor photo quality ; Feature set at reasonable price ; Angle of LCD screen can be varied

Small SD card supplied

In terms of features against price the Canon Powershot A640 offers very good value for money. It has a range of features that you do not normally find in a digital camera in this price range. Photo quality is good and I would be more than happy to own...

Nov, 2006

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Canon PowerShot A640


As compact cameras chase ever-higher resolutions and gimmicky features, it's great to find one that concentrates on the basics instead: image quality, creative features and ease of use. Perfect for anyone who wants people to ooh and ahh over their...

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


The PowerShot A640 is an excellent all round advanced camera. While its features aren't quite as robust as some more expensive models, for this price tag, it's a good buy.

Sharp pictures, great chromatic aberration performance, colourful shots

Some image noise issues, bulky design

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Erika Stalder (

Review: Canon PowerShot A640 Camera


The versatile A640 caters to the auteur and amateur alike by cramming DSLR features into a point-and-shoot body. Continuous shooting, manual aperture and shutter speed...

Flip-out, 2.5-inch LCD can be angled to snap over crowds. Movie mode shoots at 30 frames per second. Included A/V cables for big-screen connectivity. Can shoot underwater with optional case. AA batteries means never having to wait for a charge

Not super portable at 4.3 x 2.6 x 2 inches and 12 ounces. Bundled with a rinky-dink and borderline useless 32MB memory card

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (

Canon PowerShot A640 Review


The PowerShot A640, launched in August, just before Photokina 06, replaces the popular A620 at the top of Canon's increasingly well-specified 'budget' A series range. The new model gets a bit of a facelift (and a new coat of black paint) as well as a...

Very good resolution, very clean results at lower ISO settings Bright, but natural colors Excellent handling Decent edge-to-edge lens performance Useful 35-140mm equiv. 4x zoom lens with decent F2.8-4.1 max aperture range Reliable focus in most...

Clipped highlights in bright, contrasty conditions (not helped by high default contrast) Focusing at tele end in low light can hunt Zoom is not very smooth - only 7 steps from wide to tele No ISO button - WB, drive, metering etc only accessible via...

Canon is one of the few companies still producing solid photographic feature-rich compact cameras like this, offering a genuine alternative for the serious photographer on a budget wanting SLR-level control.

Dec, 2006

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