Canon PowerShot A800 Evaluation | Pictures Weblog


The PowerShot A800 is the brand new entry-level mannequin in Canon’s intensive vary of compact digital cameras. Priced at £79.99 / $99.99, the A800 contains a 10 megapixel sensor, 3.3x optical zoom lens with a focal size of 37-122mm, DIGIC III picture processing engine and a 2.5-inch LCD display. Canon’s Sensible Auto mode routinely recognises taking pictures circumstances from 19 totally different taking pictures scenes and applies the optimum image settings required to get the proper shot. Blur Discount, Face Self-Timer, Low Gentle, Tremendous Vivid and Poster Impact scene modes are provided, plus Face Detection, Movement Detection and Computerized Purple-Eye Correction applied sciences. Powered by AA batteries and suitable with SDHC and SDXC reminiscence playing cards, the Canon Powershot A800 is offered in pink, silver, black or blue for £79.99 / $89.99.

Ease of Use

Changing the A495 mannequin, the brand new Canon PowerShot A800 is nearly an identical to its predecssor, so a whole lot of the feedback that we made about that digital camera can be repeated right here. At a producer’s prompt worth of £79.99, the A800 is definitely considerably cheaper on launch, reflecting the ever-decreasing value of entry-level compact cameras. The price range worth implies that there’s all the time the sense of ‘bridesmaid however by no means the bride’ in regards to the decrease finish of the PowerShot vary in contrast with the shinier, extra trendy and inevitably pricier IXUS collection, though you’d now should spend fairly much more to stretch to a kind of classier cameras. Canon describes the A800 as an ‘on a regular basis’ digital camera, which comes throughout as akin to describing somebody’s seems as ‘strange’ however actually simply means it is low cost and straightforward – and never in a foul manner.

Although boxy of form and feeling distinctly plastic of construct when gripped within the palm, the bodily chunkier A800 manages the trick of not wanting embarrassingly throwaway subsequent to its extra glamorous, though we’re not eager on the sq. “cutout” part across the lens and extra importantly from a usability standpoint, the entire lack of a handgrip, one thing which the older A495 presents. It additionally betrays its ‘financial system’ vary tag by being powered courtesy of two bathroom customary alkaline AAs – offered within the field – as an alternative of an extended lasting rechargeable lithium ion battery now provided by most of Canon’s rivals at this worth level as customary.

The added bulk over its IXUS equal(s) does, on a constructive word, imply that operational controls are bigger than you may discover on most pocket cameras – as a assist to each youthful and elder customers. Need an inexpensive digital camera for the mom in legislation or teenage relative? The A800 might effectively match the invoice, obtainable as it’s in a selection of silver, pink, black or blue our bodies. The ordinariness but solid-ness continues with a look on the digital camera’s headline options: 10 megapixel decision, barely broader than common 3.3x optical zoom lens (a 37-122mm equal in 35mm phrases, hidden inside the physique when not in use) plus 115k dot decision, 2.5-inch LCD for framing and reviewing pictures within the anticipated absence of any optical viewfinder.

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Entrance Rear

Nevertheless this in any other case humble PowerShot does match the IXUS vary for the most recent options governing ease of use, corresponding to Sensible Auto, right here just like the IXUS 105 referencing any given scene or topic with 19 on-board presets so all of the consumer has to do is, hopefully, level and shoot and not have to fret about altering settings or scene modes. It is just about spot on. Among the many obtainable choices is Sensible Flash Publicity that can routinely set off fill-in flash if it detects harsh shadows on a topic’s face for instance. Face detection, self portrait enabling Face Self Timer, plus automated pink eye correction (if first activated by way of the on-board menu screens) additionally mix to make sure that portraits come out wanting the perfect they presumably can inside the operational parameters of the digital camera itself.

Once more, as with the most recent era IXUS fashions, the A800 contains a Low Gentle Mode for low mild imagery, which, together with Movement Detection Know-how, goals to stop blurred pictures when taking pictures handheld. Two notable scene modes are the colour saturation decreasing ‘Poster Impact’, and, against this, saturation enhancing Tremendous Vivid mode. Video recording too may be discovered right here, although at a modest customary definition 640×480 pixels at 30fps, which even when coupled with the 10 megapixel headline decision, does not actually recommend a lot want for the digital camera’s provided compatibility with extraordinarily excessive capability (as much as 2TB) SDXC playing cards alongside the extra generally obtainable SDHC (as much as 32GB).

After all it’s a must to make some compromises for the cheaper worth level and these go additional than the plastic physique and AA batteries. Usually the A800, outfitted with a Digic III moderately than IV processor like its IXUS counterparts, is slower, a living proof being that the consumer has to place up with occasional on-screen prompts informing them that they should wait to take a shot whereas the flash prices. Additionally on a sensible degree, the A800’s shutter launch could be very delicate with little really feel of a particular midway ‘chunk’ level at which the digital camera historically units focus and publicity. In reality one might say it is over delicate, with only a fraction tougher press prompting the digital camera to take the shot whereas the consumer is in truth nonetheless framing up.

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Facet Entrance

Wanting like a sophisticated pebble from the entrance in the silver incarnation we had in for evaluation, the Canon A800’s faceplate is dominated by the lens, left of which is a tiny pinprick housing the inbuilt microphone and a small porthole for the self timer lamp/ AF help beam. As talked about above, the A800 has sadly allotted with any type of hand-grip, though, with batteries inserted lending a little bit of weight and the digital camera’s total bulkier than common proportions for its level and shoot class, this does not really feel like a mannequin that would all of a sudden slip out of your grasp. On the high of the left-hand nook of the digital camera physique is a lug for attaching the customary wrist strap offered within the field.

The highest of the digital camera is a equally frill-free affair, that includes simply the shutter launch button – logically the most important management right here – plus tapering lozenge formed on/off button. A press of the latter and the A800 powers up in simply over a second, such pace on this case belying its price range standing, rear LCD blinking into life while the zoom lens extends to its most not-very-wideangle setting. Press the shutter launch button gently and the digital camera takes a second to regulate focus and publicity, following it up with a bleep of affirmation as AF level/s are highlighted in inexperienced. Go on to take the shot and there is a wait of three seconds while a most decision JPEG is dedicated to reminiscence, display briefly blanking out then freezing with a show of the captured picture.

The rocker change for working the three.3x optical zoom is in the meantime discovered high proper of the digital camera again; maintain this down and the lens travels by way of the vary from most huge angle to excessive telephoto in all of two seconds, accompanied by a louder than common however not overtly distracting mechanical buzz. Beneath this management is an apparent playback button. Press this, after which the zoom rocker once more and you may crop into a picture to examine element, or, by urgent the wideangle finish of the zoom change, name up latest pictures as a collection of thumbnails, every subsequent press citing an ever growing variety of thumbnails (and thus more and more smaller ones).

Beneath this we discover a set of directional cross keys with a operate/set button at their centre that can be instantly acquainted to any digital digital camera consumer. At factors north, south, east and west round this are, in that order, a way of leap-frogging bunches of pictures when in playback mode or adjusting publicity compensation (+/- 2EV) when in seize mode. Subsequent, on the backside of the pad, is a way of deleting duff pictures on the fly or deciding on the self-timer choices (two seconds, 10 seconds or customized possibility), while the power to regulate the flash settings (off, gradual synchro, on, auto) and change focus from infinity to macro (and again) full the package deal.

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Reminiscence Card Slot Battery Compartment

Beneath the cross keys are two additional buttons. There is not any button marked ‘show’ as one would possibly anticipate finding, however moderately one that permits the consumer to alternately tab between nonetheless picture and video seize. Press this and 4 taking pictures mode choices are proven on a toolbar throughout the highest of the display. First is full auto – or Sensible Auto – subsequent is Program, which permits for a modest quantity of handbook tweaking, then scene mode(s) (this is the place you may discover the poster mode, tremendous vivid, blur discount and low mild choices, the latter two modes dropping decision down to 2 megapixels, together with face self timer), and lastly the video seize possibility.

Press the aforementioned ‘operate/set’ button when on this mode (or one of many nonetheless seize modes) and a second toolbar seems down the left hand facet of the display with additional selectable taking pictures choices. If staying in video mode customers can manually tweak white stability settings or select from the My Colours choices, together with Vivid, Impartial, Sepia, Black and White, plus Customized color choices. In common auto mode, the broader vary of choices is disabled so all of the consumer can modify is picture dimension and high quality, whereas, if switching to Program mode, customers have extra entry to ISO (ISO80-1600), evaluative, centre weighted or spot metering, plus single shot or steady seize choices.

The button to the appropriate of that is the self explanatory ‘menu’. A thumb press of this brings up two folders on-screen with good, clear sort – the primary containing the taking pictures menu, the second the extra normal objective arrange menu. The primary folder comprises the power to activate the digital zoom, name up grid traces on display, plus add a date stamp. What’s lacking right here is inbuilt consumer adjustable picture stabilization, as discovered on the IXUS. The second featured folder of the 2 comprises the arrange menu, providing the power to tweak numerous sound and begin up choices – there is not any longer an extraneous separate menu folder inside the Canon collection for doing this – plus format the cardboard in use or, lastly, reset all present settings.

While the left hand facet of the digital camera, if viewing it from the again, contains a built-in speaker, to the appropriate hand facet we discover a rubber flap, flipped open with assistance from your thumbnail, that protects two ports for, variously, mains energy in, AV out and USB in. This rubber flap feels somewhat flimsy and we will see it tearing off following extended use, however then what else can one moderately anticipate for the pocket cash worth?

The bottom of the digital camera is the place the 2 AA batteries, good for a a lot improved 300 pictures, are inserted, sharing a compartment with the slot for the non-obligatory however important media card. Simply off centre is the customary plastic screw thread for attaching the A800 to a tripod in that case desired. So far, a lot as anticipated. So what of the pictures the digital camera produces. Do these transcend or betray its price range standing when it comes to high quality? Learn on to search out out…

Picture High quality

The entire pattern pictures on this Evaluation had been taken utilizing the ten megapixel Advantageous JPEG setting, which provides a median picture dimension of round 2.5Mb.

For an auto every thing digital camera, and, particularly given the value, the A800 places in a commendably constant efficiency, with even exposures and crisp, vibrant pictures when circumstances are best (for which learn: clear, blue skies). The Tremendous Vivid and Poster Impact settings from amongst the scene modes are enjoyable underneath such circumstances with out being excessive, and do return surprisingly usable outcomes. Even when left on default settings, pink, greens and blues are properly to the fore.

OK, so inevitably there are the same old bugbears for this class of digital camera current corresponding to purple fringing between areas of excessive distinction, however that is no extra in proof than with compacts costing twice the A800’s pocket cash outlay. At the least the truth that the lens does not go all that huge implies that we do not undergo from barrel distortion on the extremities of the zoom, and such framing limitations additionally immediate the consumer to be somewhat extra thought of lining up their pictures, which is not all the time a foul factor.

And sure, pictures taken at most zoom are generally somewhat tender, however nothing surprising right here both. In reality, for normal pictures the outcomes from the A800 are a lot better than the price range tag would recommend and on a par with the costlier, outwardly extra refined pocket IXUS fashions. By way of low mild pictures with out flash, the A800 has a clear invoice of well being as much as and together with ISO 400, slight softening of element at ISO 800 after which noise intruding extra noticeably, however not ruinously, on the quickest ISO 1600 setting.

So, whereas the pictures the Canon Powershot A800 produces will not be up there with the perfect we have ever seen, for its newbie market they’re higher than anticipated.


There are 5 ISO settings obtainable on the Canon Powershot A800. Listed below are some 100% crops which present the noise ranges for every ISO setting:


Listed below are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Internet – High quality 50 in Photoshop. The precise-hand picture has had some sharpening utilized in Photoshop. The out-of-the digital camera pictures are somewhat tender on the default setting ideally and profit from some additional sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You too can change the in-camera sharpening degree to fit your tastes by way of the My Colours menu possibility.

Focal Vary

The Canon Powershot A800’s 3.3x zoom lens supplies a focal size of 37-122mm in 35mm phrases, as demonstrated under.

File High quality

The Canon Powershot A800 has 2 totally different picture high quality settings obtainable, with Advantageous being the very best high quality possibility. Listed below are some 100% crops which present the standard of the assorted choices, with the file dimension proven in brackets.

10M Advantageous (2.84Mb) (100% Crop) 10M Regular (1.28Mb) (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

The Canon Powershot A800 dealt with chromatic aberrations effectively through the evaluation, with some restricted purple fringing current across the edges of objects in sure high-contrast conditions, as proven within the examples under.



The Canon Powershot A800 presents a Macro setting that permits you to deal with a topic that is simply 1cm away from the digital camera when the lens is ready to wide-angle. The primary picture exhibits how shut you may get to the topic (on this case a compact flash card). The second picture is a 100% crop.


The flash settings on the Canon Powershot A800 are Auto, Flash On, Gradual Synchro, and Flash Off, with Purple-eye Correction and Purple-Eye Lamp settings obtainable by way of the Flash Settings major menu possibility. These pictures of a white colored wall had been taken at a distance of 1.5m.

And listed here are some portrait pictures. As you may see, neither the Flash On setting or the Purple-Eye Correction possibility precipitated any quantity of red-eye.

Flash On (100% Crop)

Night time Shot

The Canon Powershot A800’s most shutter pace is 15 seconds within the Lengthy Shutter mode, which is sweet information for those who’re critically desirous about evening pictures. The shot under was taken utilizing a shutter pace of 15 seconds at ISO 100. I’ve included a 100% crop of the picture to indicate what the standard is like. The digital camera takes the identical period of time once more to use noise discount, so for instance on the 15 second setting the precise publicity takes 30 seconds.

Pattern Photographs

It is a number of pattern pictures from the Canon PowerShot A800 digital camera, which had been all taken utilizing the ten megapixel Advantageous JPEG setting. The thumbnails under hyperlink to the full-sized variations, which haven’t been altered in any manner.

Pattern Film & Video

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 640×480 at 30 frames per second. Please word that this 17 second film is 30Mb in dimension.

Product Photographs

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Entrance of the Digicam

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Entrance of the Digicam / Lens Prolonged

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Isometric View

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Isometric View

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Rear of the Digicam

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Rear of the Digicam / Picture Displayed

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Rear of the Digicam / Turned On

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Rear of the Digicam / Principal Menu

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Rear of the Digicam / Operate Menu


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Prime of the Digicam

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Backside of the Digicam

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Facet of the Digicam

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Facet of the Digicam

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Entrance of the Digicam

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Entrance of the Digicam

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Reminiscence Card Slot

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Battery Compartment


Aside from a couple of new taking pictures modes and a questionable beauty overhaul that truly makes the digital camera barely tougher to make use of, it is troublesome to see simply what Canon have added to the brand new Powershot A800 to justify its launch. The most important enhancements are the doubling in battery life, now as much as round 300 pictures, and a big discount in worth to effectively under the £100 / $100 level.

The removing of the hand-grip, presumably to make the digital camera prettier on the attention, together with the boxy entrance redesign are retrograde steps in our opinion. Nevertheless, as the image efficiency of the A800 is notably little totally different from costlier IXUS fashions, and for those who do not want a wider-angle lens or greater display, then this price range mannequin begins to make sense as a reasonable path to picture seize for digital pictures novices.

The A800 does not have the dashing seems of some rivals and is not fairly as straightforward to make use of as its predecessor, nevertheless it does nonetheless ship good picture high quality with higher battery life for a way more wallet-friendly worth. That simply makes the Canon Powershot A800 worthy of our Really useful award.

Rankings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Options 3.5
Ease-of-use 3.5
Picture high quality 3.5
Worth for cash 4.5

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In case you are new to pictures or on a price range then the Canon PowerShot could be the digital camera for you. Launched in January 2011, it’s obtainable in pink, black, silver and gray for simply £67.

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The Canon PowerShot A800 is a price range compact with a ten Megapixel sensor, 3.3x optical zoom lens and a 2.5 inch LCD display. Introduced in January 2011, it’s the least expensive and most elementary PowerShot cash can purchase. It replaces the A490 / A495 launched a yr beforehand and, like these fashions, takes two AA batteries and shoots VGA (640 x 480) decision video.

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Kind 1/2.3 sort CCD
Efficient Pixels Approx. 10.0M
Color Filter Kind Main Color
Kind DIGIC III with iSAPS know-how
Focal Size 6.6 – 21.6 mm (35 mm equal: 37 – 122 mm)
Zoom Optical 3.3x. Digital Approx. 4x¹ (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Security Zoom²)¹. Mixed Approx. 13x
Most f/quantity f/3.0 – f/5.8
Building 7 components in 6 teams (1 single sided aspherical lens)
Kind TTL
AF System/ Factors AiAF (Face Detection / 5-point), 1-point AF (mounted centre)
AF Modes Single, Steady (Auto mode solely)
AF Level Choice Dimension (Regular, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Help Beam Sure
Closest Focusing Distance 1 cm (W) from entrance of lens in macro
Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF body), Centre-weighted common, Spot (centre)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Publicity Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 cease increments
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Velocity 1 – 1/2000 sec. (manufacturing unit default)
15 – 1/2000 sec. (whole vary – varies by taking pictures mode)
Kind TTL
Settings Auto (together with Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Customized
Monitor 6.2 cm (2.5”) TFT, Approx. 115,000 dots
Protection Approx. 100%
Modes Auto, Handbook Flash On / Off, Gradual Synchro
Gradual Sync Velocity Sure. Quickest pace 1/2000 sec.
Purple-Eye Discount Sure
Flash Publicity Compensation Face Detection FE, Sensible Flash Publicity
Flash Publicity Lock Sure
Constructed-in Flash Vary 30 cm – 3.0 m (W) / 2.0 m (T)
Exterior Flash Canon Excessive Energy Flash HF-DC1
Modes Auto*, P, Film, SCN (Blur Discount (2.0MP), Portrait, Children & Pets, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Gentle (2.0MP), Tremendous Vivid, Poster Impact, Seashore, Foliage, Snow, Sundown, Fireworks, Lengthy Shutter)
*with Scene Detection Know-how and Movement Detection Know-how
Drive modes Single, Steady, Self-Timer
Steady Capturing Approx. 0.8 pictures/sec.¹ (till reminiscence card is full)²
Picture Dimension (L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048.
Resize in playback (M2, S, 320 x 240)
Compression Advantageous, Regular
Films (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps/30 fps (LP)
(M) 320 x 240, 30 fps
Film Size As much as 4 GB or 1 hour (L and M)¹
Nonetheless Picture Kind JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Digicam File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Model 1.1 compliant
Films AVI [Motion JPEG compression]
Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Picture Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Picture Print, Fastened Dimension Print and Film Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers solely)
PictBridge Sure
Purple-Eye Correction Sure, throughout taking pictures and playback
Histogram Sure
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Customized
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese language, Chinese language (conventional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi
Laptop Hello-Velocity USB (MTP, PTP) devoted connector (Mini-B suitable)
Different A/V output, devoted connector (PAL/NTSC)
Kind SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus
PC & Macintosh Home windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.5 – 10.6
Searching & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Different PhotoStitch
Batteries 2x Dimension-AA Alkaline or Ni-MH Batteries (Alkalines equipped)
Battery life Approx. 300 shots¹ (with equipped batteries)
Approx. 500 pictures (with non-obligatory Canon NB-3AH batteries)¹
Approx. 660 min. playback (with equipped batteries)
Approx. 720 min. playback (with Canon NB-3AH batteries)
A/C Energy Provide Non-compulsory, AC Adapter Equipment ACK800
Instances / Straps Gentle Case DCC-490
Flash Excessive Energy Flash HF-DC1
Energy Provide & Battery Chargers Battery Charger Equipment CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300, AC adapter equipment ACK800
Working Atmosphere 0 – 40 °C¹, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 94.3 x 61.6 x 31.2 mm
Weight Approx. 186 g (together with battery/batteries and reminiscence card)

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