View Full Version : PowerShot A710 IS vs. SD800 IS Digital ELPH

02-06-2007, 10:53 AM
I am trying to decide between the:

Canon PowerShot SD800 IS Digital ELPH and

Canon PowerShot A710 IS.

I understand that the SD800 is more compact, while the A710 offers more manual control and is less expensive.

What I'm wondering is: how do these two models compare in terms of image quality?

- MO

02-06-2007, 07:29 PM
They look like they have the same sensor so I would think IQ should be pretty close, or at least you'd have to pixel peep to see a difference. Don't forget the zoom difference.

02-06-2007, 08:32 PM
The SD800 also has more of a wide-angle lens (28mm vs 35mm) that produces slightly softer images, particularly near the edges.

02-07-2007, 07:57 AM
On the other hand, those are edges you can't even get in the picture on the narrower lens.

02-07-2007, 08:01 AM
On the other hand, those are edges you can't even get in the picture on the narrower lens.

Good point! :D

03-19-2007, 10:14 AM
Besides size, zoom, controls, and price....any other comparisions that would be helpful in making a decision between these 2 cameras? Thanks!

03-19-2007, 10:51 PM
Well, the SD800 should take pictures faster, most people like that, including myself. Even so, I personally prefer my A710 because of its longer zoom, AA batteries, and manual controls.

David Metsky
03-20-2007, 07:47 AM
Well, the SD800 should take pictures faster
Perhaps in automatic mode, but I'm not sure why. In manual mode, wouldn't the ability to set the shutter speed, aperture, etc mean shorted shutter lag?

03-21-2007, 12:38 AM
This is not the most technical answer ever, but I have just noticed that in general compact cameras have less shutter lag, etc. I can only speculate about why. Less lens to move around maybe, or more responsive batteries. Maybe better LCD's on small cameras. I agree its not a given and there are very fast and very slow large and small cameras around, but it just seems like a trend.

03-21-2007, 12:58 PM
Which is more important to you, Manual controls and a 6X optical zoom or wide angle lens and a very small size?
The small size of the SD800 is a good feature. I have a similar sized SD500 that fits in a shirt pocket. I take it with me a lot.
However I also got the A710 due to all the manual features and long zoom. The A710 is still relatively small for a camera that uses AA batteries.
I feel the A710 matches or beats the SD800 feature for feature except for the Wide angle and smaller size. Not to mention the prices for the A710 seem to be fairly cheap lately.