Canon PowerShot A800 – Extremely Good Value for Money

Digicam — on November 1, 2011 at 3:21 am | Comment Now

Canon PowerShot A800 is a no-frills point and shoot camera that offers great value, surprisingly good images and dead-simple operation. It is very easy to use and provides nice images, despite its low price. It is a new entry level camera in the extensive range of Canon of small point and shoot digital cameras. It features 10-megapixel sensor, 2.5 inch LCD display, 3.3x optical zoom lens with focal length of 37-122mm and DIGIC III image processing engine. It features one of the unique features called Smart Auto Mode of Canon, which automatically recognizes shooting conditions and applies optimum picture settings needed to get perfect shot. The all new PowerShot A800 also provides plethora of features including Blur Reduction, Automatic Red Eye Correction, Face Self Timer, Motion Detection, Low Light, Face Detection, Super Vivid and Poster Effect Scene modes.

The Canon PowerShot A800 is the most basic and cheapest point and shoot camera money can buy. Several shooting options, design elements and features are identical between the company’s PowerShot A495 and PowerShot A800. The 2010 A-Series entry level point and shoot digital cameras of the company didn’t show plenty of diversity, however, each model has noticeable feature differences beyond scene modes and megapixels. The A800 comes with quite a few shooting options, all plastic body and slow shooting performance, it probably generates best images, you would expect. It is available for the price of $89.99 and comes packed with 10-megapixel ½.3inch CCD sensor, 2.5 inch screen with viewfinder, 3.3x of zoom lens, Motion JPEG/JPEG file format support, highest resolution of 3648 x 2736/640 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second, digital image stabilization, storage media for SDXC/SD/SDHC and bundled software of ZoomBrowser EX 6.7.

Canon PowerShot A800

The Canon PowerShot A800 generates excellent automatic snapshots for the money and performs well as compared to expensive cameras. The center sharpness is good, and the amount of purple fringing in high contrast areas is average for its segment. The images are great from A800 (vivid, pleasing and bright). On the other hand, the exposure is very good. The video quality is on the par with other high end point and shoot cameras. The ISO sensitivity ranges from Auto, 1600, 100, 800, 200 and 400. Some of the white balance modes include Auto, Custom, Daylight, Fluorescent H, Cloudy, Fluorescent and Tungsten. On the other hand, the recording modes are Auto, Movie, Program and Scene. The Focus modes include Normal, Center AF, Macro, Face AiAF and Infinity. Couple of metering modes are Evaluative, Spot and Center Weighted Average, while color effects are Normal, Custom, Vivid, White and Black, Neutral and Sepia.

You will usually find plethora of shooting modes in Canon PowerShot A800. It gets a reliable full auto, which uses scene recognition for adjusting settings; Program mode with options for color effects, white balance, ISO, focus and metering and 13 special scene modes including Kids & Pets, Fireworks, Foliage and Long Shutter. The A800 is available in silver, red and black color shades, and is reasonably small. It looks elegant with rounded corners. The controls are simple and straightforward and the menu systems are uncomplicated. The shutter release and power buttons are located on the top of the device with remaining controls at the back of LCD. At top, you will find a zoom rocker button followed by playback button, menu buttons, shooting mode and four-way control pad with select button. The Menu button pulls down two tabs of general settings, while the select button opens shooting mode specific options.

Canon PowerShot A800

Standard features on Canon PowerShot A800 include built-in flash, 3.3x Optical & 4x Digital & 13x Combined Zoom; 10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD) sensor; TTL Autofocus; 2.5-inch TFT color screen; Colour Filter Type: Primary Colour; image processor Type: DIGIC III with iSAPS technology; AF System/ Points: AiAF (Face Detection / 5-point), 1-point AF (fixed centre); AF Modes: Single and Continuous; AF Lock: On/Off Selectable; Metering modes: Evaluative, Centre-weighted average and Spot; ISO sensitivity: AUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600; Settings: Auto including Daylight, Face Detection WB), Tungsten, Cloudy, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent and Custom; Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro and Flash Exposure Compensation: Face Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure.

The Canon PowerShot A800 also gets External Flash: Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1; Modes: Auto, P, Movie, SCN (Blur Reduction (2.0MP), Kids & Pets, Portrait, Low Light (2.0MP), FaceSelf-Timer, Poster Effect, Super Vivid, Foliage, Beach, Sunset, Snow, Long Shutter, Fireworks along with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology; Drive modes: Single, Continuous, Self-Timer; Image Size: (M1) 2816 x 2112, (L) 3648 x 2736, (S) 640 x 480, (M2) 1600 x 1200 and (W) 3648 x 2048; Still Image Type: Design rule for Camera File system, JPEG compression, Digital Print Order Format Version 1.1 compliant; Direct Print Canon Printers: Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge; Menu Languages: German, English, Dutch, French, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese (traditional), Simplified Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Czech, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Arabic, Farsi, Romanian and Hindi.

Canon PowerShot A800

The Canon PowerShot A800 features Computer Interface: Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible); Type: SDHC, SD, MMC, SDXC, HCMMCplus and MMCplus; Browsing & Printing: ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser; Battery life: Approx. 300 shots with supplied batteries, Approx. 500 shots with optional Canon NB-3AH batteries, Approx. 660 min. playback with supplied batteries and Approx. 720 min. playback with Canon NB-3AH batteries and Power Supply & Battery Chargers: Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300 and AC adapter kit ACK800. So, those who are in the market looking for an entry level point and shoot camera with excellent image quality, sturdy build quality and Blur Reduction Scene mode, Canon PowerShot A800 is a wonderful choice.

Canon PowerShot A800


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