Canon PowerShot A640 design and build quality
The Canon PowerShot A640 is comfortably larger and heavier than most modern compacts, and while it could squeeze into larger pockets, it’s more suited to carrying around in a bag. We’ve pictured the A640 alongside the Fujifilm FinePix F30 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC N2 below and it’s clear to see the size difference. The A640 measures 110x66x49mm and weighs 245g without batteries, or around 340g with batteries.
While the A640 may lack the svelte dimensions and light weight of many compacts, its extra bulk does provide several advantages. Most obviously it sports a decent grip which most compacts are missing, allowing you to hold it more comfortably and better avoid camera-shake. It also offers an optical viewfinder, which have become virtually extinct on recent compacts. As we’ll explain on the next page, these can be an invaluable alternative for composition when the main colour screen becomes washed-out due to bright direct sunlight – and they’ll also greatly extend your battery life.
The build quality, like the previous models, is excellent. The A640 feels very solid with moving parts clicking securely into position and no creaks or rattles to worry about. The mounting for the flip-out screen, which we’ll describe in greater detail in the Features section, also exudes engineering quality and confidence as it’s turned into various positions. Overall the A640 is a very well-designed camera.