Powershot A75 Digital Camera (3.3MP, 2048x1536, 3x Opt, 32MB CompactFlash Card) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Canon
Model: 9350A001
Max Focal Length: 16.2 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2048 pixels
Max Aperture: 8 1/f
Image Format: DPOF|EXIF|JPEG
Average User RatingAverage User Rating: Number of User Reviews: 39

Reviewed by: csandy from MD on Dec 4, 2004

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: Very easy to use, lightweight, gorgeous pictures.

Weaknesses: Red eye still shows up sometimes.

Summary: This is my first digital camera, and I am very glad I bought it. While it seemed to inhale the double A batteries that came with it, rechargeable NIMH batteries seemed to resolve that issue. The preview LCD is clear and bright. Switching between modes couldn't be easier, and the manual is very informative. I like the compact size of the camera. It is easy to carry around and doesn't get in the way. This is a great camera for beginners!

I love taking pictures with this camera. I have taken so many pictures in the two weeks since I bought the camera that the cats have started running away from me if they see it. It's so easy to use, I bought one for my sister and mother-in-law!

Reviewed by: OregonPhotog from OR on Feb 24, 2005

Experience: 4 Months

Strengths: Excellent picture quality; easy to use; flexibility; solid weight, feels good in the hand; fun to use and experiment with; excellent value.

Weaknesses: Red eye, but can use without flash in many instances.

Summary: I did the research in fall 2004 as I wanted my first digital camera in time for the Holidays. Based on online reviews and an up close look at the local Circuit City, I decided on the A75. I got a fantasic price($179)using Pricegrabber on the web. I also purchased a 512mb SanDisk Ultra II CF card, a SanDisk ImageMate CF card reader(SDDR-91), a Maha powerex(MH-C204W) battery charger and two sets of 2300mAh powerex NiMH batteries, plus a well-padded Case Logic universal camera case. I have been very happy with the total package. Plenty of memory, lightning fast transfers to the desktop, long battery life, and the camera is easily accessible and safely protected in the case. I have taken hundreds and hundreds of pics since getting this little gem. The camera and accessories have performed flawlessly. All of the manual modes on this camera are a blast to explore and experiment with as there is no film to buy and develop -- you get instant results and feedback. Keep what you want, delete the rest. Invest a little extra in the above accessories and you will be very pleased with the performance of this camera. I was buying the A75 as an entry level camera to see if digital was for me, but the excellent performance and flexibility of the A75 has convinced me to keep it for the foreseeable future.

Reviewed by: galli62 from IA on Mar 30, 2005

Experience: 6 Weeks

Strengths: Ease of use. Ergonomics. Small size. Uses AA batteries. Great photos.

Weaknesses: Battery door and CF door a bit flimsy. Make sure you slide out the Compact Flash door straight out, or it' can turn strangely to the side and have a danger of breaking. I'm careful.

Summary: I decided to take the plunge and finally get a digital camera. I'm taking pictures again. My bulky old Pentax K100, with it's many lenses, is a pain if you want to shoot casually. I mostly get print 4x6 prints, so I figured a 3.2 megapixel would be just fine. I have yet to test out larger size prints. But, I'm sure the 3.2 would hold up well as an 8x10, if shot at the largest resolution and in the best compression mode. This camera is larger than the ultra compact models, but it's still small enough to take with me everywhere with the little case I bought for it. I'd highly recommend buying rechargeable batteries since it eats regular alkalines in a matter of hours. I got a Rayovac 15 -minute charger and additional batteries. They last quite a while. I keep additional 4 rechargeables at the ready in my camera bag. This camera also has some manual controls which I appreciate since I like to experiment. Auto mode would probably suit most people. You get quite a few additional modes...I like using the panoramic one and then stitch the photos together with the included software. This camera has many great features for its low price. I've only used the mini movie mode once, it's fun, I don't expect to use that very often. I love how this camera fits in my hands. I also bought an additional 256 cf card. The 32 mg that comes with the camera isn't adequate, especially when you're snapping away like crazy. To reviewers who complain about shutter lag time, just do this little trick: Press the shutter until the focus locks and then press completely when you 'really' want to take the picture. The shutter trips almost instantaneously then. Most of the lag is caused by the camera's auto focus. I tried many cameras in this pixel and price range before deciding on the A75. I have little to complain about with this camera. I LOVE it!

Reviewed by: myck on Jan 17, 2005

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: relatively fast in performance and with awesome array of features for a camera in this price range. Lot of hooting mode choices, full manual and usage AA battery.

Weaknesses: high noise level at auto ISO which degrades quality of pictures produced. Only ISO 50 is usable on Manual ISO control,higher than ISO 50 produced high level of noise.

Summary: Timing and performance was impressive, it's obvious that Canon's new DIGIC processor does its job well. It takes about three seconds to power up and be ready to take the first shot. In the Large SuperFine mode it takes about three to four seconds to process and store an image. And going from Record to Play or vice-versa takes about two to three seconds. The all-important shutter lag (delay from pressing shutter until picture is actually captured) is about 0.5 to 0.7 seconds, a little faster than average thanks to its robust autofocus system. Sequential shooting wasn't quite as fast as the specs, we achieved about 2 frames per second as the camera captured eight frames in just a fraction over four seconds.

I was happy to see the continued use of standard AA type batteries to power the A75. Many of Canon's other cameras use a proprietary lithium-ion battery pack. It's nice to be able to use rechargeable or "off the shelf" batteries. There's a multitude of high-capacity NiMH rechargeable batteries to choose from as well as rapid and portable chargers. You can use alkalines in this camera but they only yield about 1/3 the number of pictures that you can get with high-capacity NiMH. The battery life (when using NiMH) was very good even when using the color LCD all the time and frequently reviewing the pictures and making menu changes.

Reviewed by: damsmall from AZ on Nov 17, 2004

Experience: 16 Days

Strengths: Great pictures, great price, way easy to use and long battery life.

Weaknesses: 2 stage button.

Summary: My wife is really a novice with digital and took 240 pictures in less than 5 hours on a set of 2100 rechargable batteries before they died. Both inside and outside, during our daughter's wedding, the pictures were just great. Get a larger memory stick you'll use it.

Reviewed by: mbruner from OK on Aug 17, 2004

Experience: 60 Days

Strengths: Full manual controls, long battery life, takes great pictures, maximum bang for your buck.

Weaknesses: Slow focus in low light conditions, no swivel LCD, doesn't save in RAW format.

Summary: The A75 is a great little camera for someone beginning in photography. It takes excellent pictures and has a host of features available, including full manual controls of aperture and shutter speed.

I recommend purchasing rechargeable NiMH batteries and a larger CF card. The battery life is amazing using 2300 mAh rechargeable batteries. I've taken well over 300 pictures at one time without the batteries dieing. I'm not sure how long they'll go, because they've never died.

The camera has a difficult time focusing in low-light conditions. I wish the camera had a swivel display to help with taking pictures from above your head or below kneeling height. I also wish the camera gave you the option to save pictures in RAW format, so you could process them manually in Photoshop or some other picture editing program.

I did a lot of research before making my purchase, and I'm very happy with it. I think the A75 is the best camera in it's class, and even outperforms many higher priced cameras on the market today.

Reviewed by: trikster from CA on Nov 21, 2004

Experience: 4 Months

Strengths: Nice feel. Has a nice manual mode.

Weaknesses: 2-step shutter button can be a pain. Lag time when you depress shutter until image is taken. No RAW format available.

Summary: I have not had the soft focus issue with any of my images. I tend to use more of the manual modes than the point-and-shoot. My images all tend to be very clean and sharp. The manual mode is a real nice feature as I enjoy night photography. The color balance is very nice compaired to the Nikon and Sony units I looked at.

Only gripes I have are the lag time when the camera focus' your image and takes the picture. It is very easy to miss a picture. Try to compose your image before you say "Cheese!" Also, shooting in sports mode can sometimes get the picture faster. I also wish that a RAW format was available. The JPEG compression on their superfine setting is very good, but if you try to print an 8 x 10, be prepaired for a little pixelation. 90% of users probably wont notice, but my wife did on the first large print we made.

Reviewed by: fhebornin70 from TX on Aug 24, 2004

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: Easy to use with a lot of scene modes to choose from.

Weaknesses: It would be nice if there were more metal components to the camera body instead of plastic, like the battery compartment (sort of flimsy).

Summary: This is my first digital camera and I have been very happy with it so far. The Compact Flash memory card it comes with (32MB; holds less than 20 high resolution pics) is too small so buy a bigger one immediately. Auto mode is good for all around snapshots, but the scene modes are what I like the best. You can get creative with your shots using them. I don't think you are going to go wrong with buying an A75 unless you just HAVE to have HUGE pictures. I am very happy with mine.

Reviewed by: booberdog on Dec 10, 2004

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: Awesome array of features for a camera in this price range. Shooting mode choices, full manual and AA battery capabilities.

Weaknesses: For the money, not fair to go looking for any. None noted yet.

Summary: I am a semi-retired pro shutter bug and I own a number of Canon cameras, including a G3 digital that I love. I do a lot of photo shoots and odd jobs using the G3 and purchased the A75 as a "pocket" backup when I don't have the heavier and bulkier model with me. Also wanted a less intimidating camera for my wife to grab and use whenever she wanted. I'm so impressed with the image quality however, that I find I am taking the A5 with me more than the G3 these days. I am absolutely delighted that the little camera has almost all the creative and mechanical features of the much more expesive pro model G3.
Love it.

Reviewed by: jandyprall from CO on May 20, 2004

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: *More feature-laden than other cameras in its price range *How often do you really need to prin 8x10s...3.3 mpxls resolution is fine for most people *Uses AA batts, still fits in larger pockets

Weaknesses: *It is bigger than lots of shirtpocket cameras, but it does more things. You have greater control over the pictures. *Downloading images to computer was initially confusing, but okay now.

Summary: The question is whether you want to shell out the extra $60-$100 bucks for the A80. I decided that the A75 would be fine for me because I doubted that I would need the extra resolution for larger prints very often. The A75 feels very good in the hand, and it is clearly well built and designed. It has taken great picture so far; the macro mode is great for detailed close shots, which I have been doing lately for a school project. I feel confident that I have purchased a camera that will last me for the next 5-6 years. Battery life so far has been great, but you do want to purchase NIMH rechargables. I am using non-Canon rechargables, and they're working fine (in spite of the A75 manual's insistence on using Canon-only parts). I will update this if things change, but so far I am very pleased with my purchase. The A75 is enough camera for me and still gives me plenty of room to grow.

Reviewed by: yikes from CA on Nov 1, 2004

Experience: 1 Years

Strengths: sturdy, 640x480 movies with sound, compact, uses CF card, reliable, uses AA size batteries, good LCD screen, good software, and good quality photos.

Weaknesses: LCD screen get scratched up during use, 4 AA batteries adds considerable weight to the camera, movies can only be recorded at 30 seconds each.

Summary: (Edited November 01st by yikes) This is a very popular camera. When I went to vacationing in China, just about every other tourist had one. It is reliable and sturdy. I had dropped it many times and its casing took a beating. Still, it continues to work. Although finally, the video out option on the camera died on me.

Using 4 high power NiMH rechargeable batteries, its power is great. Although they are very heavy. Good thing that the batteries are on the hand grip side, so it is steady. It uses CF cards, which was the most popular and cheapest media at the time. The movie quality is great, but too short. Pictures are good, espically under good light conditions. Maybe it is me. But I still think my previous Fuji digital camera, finepix 2800z, which only had 2mp, had better day time picture quality.

Overall, for the price now, this is a good deal. But I would go for the higher models that have flip out LCD screens.

Reviewed by: slap_maxwell from FL on Jan 13, 2005

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: Excellent colour, great selection of scene modes as well as excellent Manual abilities. Ability to use additional lenses with adapter.

Weaknesses: Plastic body feels a little too chintzy, supplied CF card only 32MB

Summary: I've been using this camera constantly for fun and business the past three months, and cannot complain too much at all. The PC World reviewer, who complained of a focus problem, obviously didn't bother to turn of the AiFF. Pictures are sharp and crisp without it.

Reviewed by: etyankfan from NY on Apr 5, 2004

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: easy to use, sharp photos, decent battery life, sharp lcd screen, many features, fun to use, compact size, good grip.

Weaknesses: none yet, but wish I could rotate picture in movie mode.

Summary: I can't tell you how much fun I am having with this camera. It is feature pact and east to use. The pictures come out great. I researched this purchase for a long time and the wait really payed off. I was just at a family function and took loads of pictures, (bought a 256mb flash card), very happy with the results. My relatives will be doing a lot of downloading tomorrow. I hope to have many years of use with it.

Reviewed by: ibrgd from FL on May 12, 2004

Experience: 30 Days

Strengths: great pictures, large lcd, compact sized camera with auto and manual features, af assist lamp, nice video with audio,boots up and takes pictures quickly. Has af frames to assist in focusing

Weaknesses: lcd is harder to see in sunlight than nikon coolpix 3100 and gets scratched dirty easy. body of camera gets marked up easily and plastic covers for in/outputs are flimsy.

Summary: I took home the nikon coolpix 3100 and this camera to compare before buying. I chose the canon because of the strengths listed above and because it just took better pictures in most situations. I wish it had better telephoto-not so great and hard to control with the knob, however I didn't want to go with a camera any larger. I also think the camera body is cheap. It had a good flash range too. The video with sound is great fun! I found myself picking this one up to take pictures more than the nikon, due to its better quality pictures and ease of use. there are many comparison reviews on the internet for these two and the canon always comes out on top. I purchased it for 140 including tax and shipping...great deal for a 3 mgpx with all that it has to offer.

Reviewed by: rodrigun from MN on May 11, 2004

Experience: 6 Weeks

Strengths: Relatively easy to use considering the wealth of adjustments able to be made. Good pictures 95% of the time, only faltering in conditions that present serious challenges to ANY camera.

Weaknesses: Sometimes settings change back to their default modes when you turn the camera off. The zoom lever seems a little flimsy.

Summary: Overall a very good camera with an amazing battery life. I spent three days in Death Valley at the Coachella Music Festival and took a few hundred pictures and I didn't run out of juice until two days after I'd gotten back home. A great deal of room for enthusiasts to grow into with all of it's adjustable settings. So many, in fact that I haven't even learned how to use them all, such as the Shutter and Apeture priority modes (by which I mean that while they're simple enough to change, I haven't yet learned how they change the picture quality). As you can see, I'm no expert, but I was able to take a lot of really great pictures, mostly skipping over the auto mode and using the Program mode. Solid feeling with a good weight due to the batteries make it easier to hold steady for above the head pictures than other smaller cameras. This camera has a lot to like, and if you're still shopping around I would give it serious consideration.

Reviewed by: shengzhi from CA on Apr 27, 2004

Experience: 2 Days

Strengths: Big LCD screen, lots of features, light and pretty compact for a good price

Weaknesses: Seemed to feel less well-made than other canon models I've used before. Also, my screen had a burnt pixel, but not regarded as a defect, so I could not exchange it.

Summary: Best improvement was the larger LCD screen, plus a few more manual features. However, I was quite disappointed with the quality of the camera. It seemed to be less well-made and solid compared to other canon cameras, the buttons most noticeably being rather flimsy and poorly designed. Plus my screen had a burnt pixel, but I couldn't exchange the camera as it was not regarded as a serious enough defect. Overall, not as impressive as I thought it would be.

Reviewed by: Tmarie22 from ND on Jul 9, 2004


Strengths: This camera had all the features I wanted, and I found a great price too.

Weaknesses: I had to buy extra memory to hold more pictures, but that would be true with almost all digital cameras.

Summary: This camera takes clear precise pictures, because of the optical zoom feature. I also liked the fact that it had rechargable batteries, because alkalines would get to be expensive to buy all the time. It is a lightweight camera that is easy to take anywhere. Overall, I am very satisfactory with my purchase.

Reviewed by: spollo from NJ on Apr 22, 2004


Strengths: Manual controls allow for flexability.

Weaknesses: Video is only 15fs and time limited. Time/date stamp option on pictures is limited to some types of shots.

I have done extensive research on what my first digital camera should be. I was orginally aiming for at least 4M pixel camera with new technology (options, next generation) costing less then $300. Everything was either old (slow processing speeds), limited or no manual options (point & shoot), much more then $300 or no room to grow with accessories.

When the A75 came out it was highly recommended by . I needed a camera my wife can just point and shoot with along the manual controls for me. The A75 is a great camera for a beginner and will grow with you unless/until you are a pro of course.

Lots of manual controls, great pictures even though it is limited to 3.2 M pixels. I really wanted 4M or larger but unless you plan to print larger then 8x10 pictures 3.2M is all you will need.

The weak things are 15fps movies with limited time, which means jerky/jumpy short movies. I have a camcorder, so this was not a big issue. You can put a time stamp on pictures but not in auto mode, which is the point and shoot. So, any auto shots will have to get dates added on the PC.

Overall a great value and camera. Check around, for prices are dropping almost daily on the WEB.

Reviewed by: treefrog07 from VA on Dec 27, 2004

Experience: 8 Days

Strengths: easy to use. package contents complete and allow easy transfer of files to desktop computer. took my daughter about 20 minutes to become comfortable using it.

Weaknesses: none so far

Summary: Alternative to film-using camera to save on film and developing costs, as well as the time to scan photo prints. My college-age daughter shoots a lot of pictures of events and friends. She now shoots, reviews, deletes non-keepers, transfers keepers to her computer, and shares them with her friends in minutes. Saves gas on the formerly-required 2 trips to the discount store. Only keeps the good shots, which saves on the costs of developing the bad shots. Absolutely her best birthday present.

Reviewed by: mikem768 from IL on Jun 28, 2004

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: Good hand grip, ergonomics, easy to use, pretty fast.

Weaknesses: Red-eye monster, weak flash, images not very sharp, hard time focusing in low light conditions, can't move the focus rectangle like in G5.

Summary: I'm fairly satisfied with this camera as I bought it from Circuit City for $149. For that price it's a real bargain. The images are very nice when taken at daytime and outdoors. They are sharp, colors are correct, white balance is good, very impressive for an inexpensive camera like this, very very nice. When taking indoor images especially at night, this camera has a hard time focusing and the flash is way to weak to light up the whole scene. Lots of very dark areas in those night shots. AiAF doesn't work very well, it's better to use the center weighed focusing. Red-eye is a huge problem at night, everyone gets it, doesn't matter if they are directly in front, at an angle or wherever, that's with red-eye correction turned on. I haven't seen purple fringing too much yet but I'm sure that it'll show up. The LCD seems to either get easily scratched up or dust is collecting under the glass, but it doesn't bother me that much, you only see it when the screen is off. I'm hoping that with time I'll learn to take better pictures with it as there are plenty of manual control settings on this camera.

Reviewed by: ZildjianKX from CA on May 5, 2004

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: Great photos, great battery life, super light.

Weaknesses: No way to get movies off of camera in OS X without canon software.

Summary: I am very pleased with this camera. It may only be 3.2 MP, but unless you're printing posters, this camera is perfect. It's a good buy over the A80, especially since the larger LCD makes it a lot easier to see the pictures you take. In case anyone was wondering, the camera works great with iPhoto (it picks it up and everything).

Reviewed by: mickeyd26 from FL on Jun 21, 2004

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: Great image quality. Good battery life. Availability of manual controls.

Weaknesses: AiAF is a bit slow. Not small enough to put in a shirt pocket. Weak flash. Only 3x zoom. Video isn't 30fps.

Summary: Overall a good camera. Good for the average user. I just prefer my Fujifilm S602 because of its ergonomics and features. This would be good for anybody who wants a camera for all-around use.

Reviewed by: jhchan from CA on May 21, 2004

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: - Good design; stylish and feels solid in hand - Large (1.8") LCD screen: one of the few in this price range - Clear pictures with crisp color capture

Weaknesses: - Software takes some getting used to (slightly different from previous Canon software)

Summary: This is my first digital camera, and I am very happy with my purchase thus far. I've been looking for the last few months, and I finally settled on the A75 after having read several reviews and checked it out at a local retailer. The camera is good-looking and has all the features I need. I am a novice user who just needs convenient point-and-shoot features... nothing too fancy. But it still has advanced options available to me if/when I need them. The user interface and button layout in the back is cleanly laid out and intuitive. Great camera for this price range.

Reviewed by: yindingmin from GA on Jul 14, 2004

Experience: 20 Days

Strengths: small and big screen.easy to use.memory is medium

Weaknesses: too small to have hand feeling.

Summary: An excellent DC for beginnner.its screen is big and it is easy to use.its memory is 32MB that is good for beginner.Its design is perfect to enable the beginner to use quickly.

Reviewed by: mikigrab from NJ on May 9, 2004

Experience: 14 Days

Strengths: Great pictures for the price. Zoom is great.

Weaknesses: No rechargeable battery kit. A bit bulky due to 4 AA batteries. 32MB CF card not big enough.

Summary: I've borrowed this camera for about 2 weeks from a friend since mine broke the night before we went on vacation and I love it. It packs a lot of nice features for the price and the pictures are great. The fact you can use regular batteries helps if you don't have charger.

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