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Canon PowerShot A570IS review roundup and sample images
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Canon PowerShot A570IS reviewsAlthough the line's "A" designation stands for the convenient AA
batteries it accepts, it could easily stand for "affordable" or simply
reflect the consistently high marks that these feature-packed PowerShot
digital cameras earn from camera users and digital camera advocates
alike. These two newest A-Series digital cameras continue to deliver on
Canon's long-standing commitment to produce the highest quality cameras
at the highest possible value to consumers. Indeed, Canon's A-series of
cameras have long been heralded as a top-featured, entry-level line of
digital cameras and rewarded with considerable consumer loyalty.

Digital Camera Info reviewed Canon PowerShot A570IS and wrote:
"It's a shame that Canon doesn't put more effort into making low-end cameras durable. Pentax and Olympus prove that it can be done. Sadly, more than a few PowerShot A570ISs will likely end up damaged or broken. However, for just over $200, the PowerShot A570IS is a bargain for casual users, who will benefit from its hefty feature set. The face detection and image stabilization combination will save, conservatively, gazillions of snapshots taken by the careless, clueless or chemically-compromised user. It's less likely that the A570IS's other advances – a 7.1-megapixel sensor and a high-end ISO of 1600 – will help users as much, though their inclusion, coupled with the camera's manual controls and exceptional color performance, make the A570IS an unusual bargain at its price."
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Sample images

CNET reviewed Canon PowerShot A570IS and wrote:
"Overall, the PowerShot A570 IS is a solid compact camera that offers a lot of value for your money. We were a bit disappointed with its high ISO noise, but you'll be hard pressed to find a compact camera at a price like this that has manual exposure controls, optical image stabilisation, flash output control, and speedy performance. Plus, similar to all the A-series cameras, this one runs on AA batteries, so if you run out of power, you don't need to wait for charging."
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Trusted reviews reviewed Canon PowerShot A570IS and wrote:
"With the PowerShot A570 IS Canon continues what is arguably the best value series of mid-range enthusiast’s cameras on the market. Performance, build quality and design are up to Canon’s usual high standard, it has a wider range of features than anything else at its price point, and produces good results in a wide range of lighting conditions. It is an ideal camera for anyone keen to learn, and is capable of real creative photography."
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DC Resource reviewed Canon PowerShot A570IS and wrote:
"At first glance, the PowerShot A570 IS looks just like its little brothers, the A550 and A560. That's because the big changes are inside: this camera packs Canon's lens-shift optical image stabilization, which allows for sharp photos at shutter speeds that would be blurry on other cameras. It won't work miracles, but it most definitely helps you take better pictures. The A570 may be a plastic camera, but it doesn't feel like it, thanks to high quality materials. I do wish that it had a metal tripod mount, though. It's easy to pick up and use with one hand, with the important controls within easy reach of your fingers. The camera features a 4X optical zoom lens -- a little more than what most entry-level cameras give you -- and a 2.5" LCD display. The screen resolution isn't going to win any awards, but it's good enough for the A570's target audience. Outdoor visibility was average, while low light visibility was very good. The A570 has an optical viewfinder, which is a fairly rare feature these days."
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Good gear guide reviewed Canon PowerShot A570IS and wrote:
"The A570IS follows the standard PowerShot design, with a slightly chunky, jutting hand grip and a silver plastic body. It isn't the sturdiest unit we've seen, as there is little metal in the construction, but it should survive some rough treatment. The controls and interface will be familiar for regular Canon users, with a five-way directional pad used to navigate the two separate menus; one for picture options (ISO, white balance etc) and one for everything else (format, reset etc). The controls are a little cramped for our liking, but they shouldn't pose too many problems. Measuring 89.5mm x 64.3mm x 42.8mm and weighing 175g, the A570IS is a little smaller than some previous PowerShot models."
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Digital Camera Review reviewed Canon PowerShot A570IS and wrote:
"Canon might be marketing this camera to “family photographers”, but the A570 IS should appeal to a much wider range of shooters. With great image and color quality, image stabilization, excellent shutter lag and continuous shooting capability, manual controls and versatile “auto” performance, this camera can ably serve a novice who never leaves the “auto” setting or provide a learning tool for someone looking to get some manual experience before possibly jumping into the DSLR world. The optional teleconverter gives the camera a 245mm focal length to bring those distant subjects a bit closer. Overall, anyone who wants good performance at a very reasonable price should give serious consideration to the A570 IS."
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NEO Camera reviewed Canon PowerShot A570IS and wrote:
"In terms of quality, there is very little to complain about. The Canon A570 produces well-exposed images with low purple fringing, good image colors and good sharpness. Noise levels are also quite low until ISO 200, although they rise rapidly after that. This camera is well built and easy to use as well."
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Imaging Resource reviewed Canon PowerShot A570IS and wrote:
"From the optical viewfinder to the manual modes, whenever I looked for a feature a photographer would appreciate, I found it on the A570 IS. There isn't the gaudy LCD (with no room for a viewfinder) or extravagant zoom range (with big compromises in optical quality) or any of the frills (frames, in-camera presentations) of many less capable digicams. But if you want a compact digicam that can take pictures like a real camera, this is an easy Dave's Pick."
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Press release:

With the introduction of the PowerShot A570 IS and A560 digital cameras, Canon's A-Series cameras have once again come to the rescue of consumers just joining the digital photo revolution, as well as those who are already in the photo-fray, and are waiting for top-tier technology to trickle down before they trade-up.

Although the line's "A" designation stands for the convenient AA batteries it accepts, it could easily stand for "affordable" or simply reflect the consistently high marks that these feature-packed PowerShot digital cameras earn from camera users and digital camera advocates alike. These two newest A-Series digital cameras continue to deliver on Canon's long-standing commitment to produce the highest quality cameras at the highest possible value to consumers. Indeed, Canon's A-series of cameras have long been heralded as a top-featured, entry-level line of digital cameras and rewarded with considerable consumer loyalty1.

"As Canon leads the way in digital camera design, innovation and image excellence, we are also seeking ways to put the power of those imaging advances into the hands of digital camera users everywhere," states Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are very proud that our new PowerShot A570 IS and PowerShot A560 digital cameras continue to fulfill that commitment and deliver on the promise of high quality and affordability."

Canon PowerShot A570IS
Canon PowerShot A570IS

Sophistication Made Simple
Both the PowerShot A570 IS and the PowerShot A560 digital cameras are built with the kind of intuitive engineering that makes taking great pictures as simple as pointing and shooting. From the cameras' Face Detection technology that detects multiple human faces in a scene and the new Red-eye Correction feature that greatly reduces that cursed condition that can occur with flash photography, to the on-board Intelligent Orientation Sensor that automatically detects whether the camera is being held and shot vertically or horizontally, these Canon cameras give users the freedom to shoot and share their photos with incomparable ease. The new models also feature a large and bright 2.5-inch 115,000 pixel LCD color display, making it easier to review captured images, perform on-camera editing and read and select menu options.

Canon PowerShot A570IS
Canon PowerShot A570IS

DIGIC III
The "brain" of these new PowerShot A-Series digital cameras is DIGIC III, the newest iteration of Canon's ultra-efficient (and proprietary) image processor. Previously available only on Canon's most advanced digital cameras, the DIGIC III image processor accounts for the camera's higher performance levels including faster start up, autofocus and shutter response times, improved image quality and more efficient power consumption; resulting in extended battery life under typical shooting conditions.

With Canon's new Face Detection AF/AE/FE technology, the camera can detect, lock on and track multiple human faces in a scene simply by pressing the shutter button halfway. The face detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces and not simply the closest object. It will then optimize the focus, exposure, and flash to help ensure the best possible results. Working in concert with Face Detection, the "Red-eye Correction" feature helps to detect and correct red-eye during playback mode. Images can be corrected manually while viewing photos on the LCD screen. Canon's new Face Detection Technology makes for even easier picture taking moments, helping users to ensure in-focus smiles, and assist in the elimination of overexposed faces.

In addition, the DIGIC III image processor has a more aggressive noise reduction algorithm enabling PowerShot A-Series owners to shoot at ISO equivalent speed ratings from 80 to a super high 1600 for increased low light photo flexibility. This sensitivity at the top-end allows the camera to utilize faster shutter speeds, significantly reducing the effects of camera shake and subject movement during hand-held or low-light photography.

Canon PowerShot A570 IS
Canon PowerShot A570 IS

The PowerShot A570 IS Digital Camera
The 7.1 megapixel PowerShot A570 IS digital camera takes its place as the new "A-team" value champ with its impressive 4x (35mm-140mm equivalent) zoom lens and Canon's advanced Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) that significantly reduces the effects of camera shake (and the ruined pictures they cause). Not just an electronic "optical illusion" that can diminish image quality in the cause of modest image stability, Canon's "lens shift" optical system actually allows the lens to physically compensate for camera movement, even when that movement is caused by extended telephoto or low-light shooting conditions. The PowerShot A570 IS Digital Camera's OIS is firmly rooted in the technological advances made by Canon in the design and construction of its professional EOS SLR and professional video lenses.

Adding to the camera's optical excellence is its fast lens (opening up to f/2.6 at wide-angle settings and f/5.5 at telephoto settings). The PowerShot A570 IS digital camera's great range of functions can be enhanced and expanded with any one of three optional converter lenses – a tele-converter, a wide converter or a close-up lens for macro photography – that attach to the camera's zoom with the addition of an optional conversion lens adapter. The PowerShot A570 IS digital camera accommodates MultiMedia MMC memory cards as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high capacity SDHC memory cards.

Fitting firmly and comfortably into a user's hand, the PowerShot A570 IS digital camera continues the line's characteristic grip design and easy-to-use intuitive interface with the added accent of a new champagne color grip.

In stores beginning in March 2007, the PowerShot A570 IS digital camera kit carries an estimated selling price of $279.99* and includes two standard AA alkaline batteries, a 16MB MMC Memory card, a USB interface cable, an AV cable a wrist strap, and Canon's software suite.

The PowerShot A560 Digital Camera
The 7.1 megapixel PowerShot A560 digital camera captures nearly all of the imaging advances of the PowerShot A570 IS digital camera. Like its image stabilized A-series teammate, the PowerShot A560 digital camera features a smooth 4x (35mm-140mm equivalent) zoom lens and a bright 2.5-inch LCD screen. Here again, its comfortable construction and grip snugs the camera firmly into the user's hand and its automatic, intuitive features make the PowerShot A560 digital camera a snap to use under virtually any shooting conditions, including often difficult low-light circumstances. This low-light effectiveness is due in large part to the pairing of the camera's fast (f/2.6 - f/5.5) lens, it's top-end super-high ISO of 1600 and of course, the myriad blessings bestowed by the DIGIC III image processor.

Formidable, yet phenomenally user-friendly, the PowerShot A560 digital camera maintains the high quality and high affordability factors that PowerShot A-Series cameras have come to represent. The PowerShot A560 digital camera accommodates MultiMedia MMC memory cards as well as standard SD memory cards and the new, high capacity SDHC memory cards. In stores beginning in March 2007, the camera includes two standard AA alkaline batteries, a 16MB MMC memory card, a USB interface cable, an AV cable, a wrist strap, and Canon's software suite at an estimated selling price of $229.99*.

Direct Print
Like all PowerShot digital cameras, these newest additions to the A-series work seamlessly with Canon's petite compact photo printers to deliver stunning high quality borderless prints. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a Canon compact photo printer-such as the SELPHY CP730 or PIXMA mini260 models. Press the bright blue Print/Share button, and within moments2, a brilliant, borderless 4x6-inch print begins to emerge. It is that simple. Canon's compact Photo Printers are PictBridge compatible, so they work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras to provide users with excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital camera.

Windows Vista Ready
As one of Microsoft's Premier Launch Partners, Canon is proud to announce that all PowerShot cameras announced in 2007 are Certified for Windows Vista according to Microsoft standards, without any extra downloads or upgrades. Additionally, all current models are fully compatible with other operating systems including Windows XP and Mac OS X (Versions 10.2 - 10.4).

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