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Canon A800 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 10MP 3.3x Aug 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Two industry awards
Good value
No image stabiliser
88 Reviews + 2 Awards
Camera Labs Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

This low megapixel camera was given a "Recommended" award by both review websites PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs, both of which concluded that this Canon digital camera was good.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Ephotozine this Canon digital camera has an overall expert rating of 68%.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 88 user reviews this camera has an overall user rating of 86 out of 100. 28 reviewers (86% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 34,684 owner and expert reviews (including 1,256 verified purchases), Canon has excellent reviews for its cameras. Canon also has excellent reviews specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Price

Good Value

Fourty-one customers reckoned that this digital camera was good value for money. What Digital Camera said “Extremely low price tag, good performance, impressive image quality”. Website Etechreviews.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Great value” . They also wrote “Inexpensive camera” in their review.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two people who bought the product concluded that it had good technical guidance. Rowantree mentioned in their Canon A800 review on expert website Amazon.co.uk six years ago “So do many) * Bung it on Program and experiment for better results (the jury's out on the Auto for me) * Good instructions The bad bits”. Four years ago Mjl wrote in their review of this digital camera “Really easy to use, instructions clear (even for me)”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Two people who reviewed the product wrote that it had good features. Expert website Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS offers up nice features and excellent photos while staying simple”. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com said “An easy to use feature set and fair results” in their Canon A800 review.


Power

Good Battery Life

Two owners wrote in their reviews that the Canon A800 had a good battery life. Jimdo rated it 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “Cheap, simple, handy, no battery problem (AA alkaline battery is sold everywhere), Overall I am very pleased with this camera”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Ten owners concluded that this digital camera was compact. Expert review site Itreviews.com wrote in their review of the Canon A800 “Bulkier than most digital compact cameras and with a child-proof look about it, Canon's new PowerShot A800 is aimed at handbag amateurs”. Expert website Computeractive.co.uk scored it 80 out of 100 and said “For photographers on a budget, there are plenty of compact cameras available at the lower end of the market” in their review of this digital camera. Cameralabs.com mentioned on expert website Camera Labs “Canon PowerShot A800 verdict The Canon PowerShot A800 is a 10 Megapixel budget compact with a 3.3x optical zoom lens starting at 37mm (equivalent)”.

Average Weight

The Canon A800 has a fairly standard weight (186 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Panasonic DMC-FT4 (175g).

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon A800 supports video recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also support video recording.

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Only 320 X 240 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Canon A800 is 320 x 240 pixels. That's 75% less video resolution than the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera).

This camera's video resolution (320 x 240 pixels) is actually the worst supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is the best supported video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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Design

Nice Design

Three people said in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. Art Lover mentioned “Have an eye for a picture and don't like missing things which are visually exciting, (action shots from a kayak?) Yes” in his review of this digital camera. Six years ago Stephen wrote in his review of this digital camera “Remember too that this is a pretty cheap camera! All in all, if you are looking for a easy to use, compact camera”. Rowantree said on expert review site Amazon “For the price this is pretty good”.

Two customers who purchased it reckoned that it was neat. Lee M. Russell mentioned “Neat, compact and easy to operate” in his review of the Canon A800.

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Easy to Use

Nineteen people concluded that this digital camera was easy to use. Website Etechreviews.com said “Completely automatic, very easy to use”. They also wrote “It's easy to use and produces nice photos despite its low price” in their review. And also said “Easy to use point”.

Three people agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Art Lover said on expert website Amazon “When you don't have too many settings to worry about you will actually find yourself thinking about basic things”. Stephen scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera “The menu functions are clear”.

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Sturdy Build Quality

Sixteen customers who purchased this digital camera thought it was good quality. Website Etechreviews.com said in their review of this digital camera “Good picture quality for a camera of its price”. They also mentioned “Excellent image quality” in their review. And also wrote “Sturdy build quality”.

Reliable Pictures

Three people who reviewed it agreed that it was reliable. Six years ago website Etechreviews.com said in their Canon A800 review “Easy to use Reliable Smart Auto mode Longer battery life”. They also wrote “Reliable pictures” in their review.

Two customers who bought this digital camera agreed that it was well made. Expert review site Gadgetspeak.com said “The Ixus range normally has solid batteries and the PowerShot range – as with this – normally are controlled by ‘AA’ batteries to power the unit” and rated it 80 out of 100.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since August 2012.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Canon A800 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also support video capability.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of its better review score, the Nikon Coolpix 8800.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon A800 has a built-in flash. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, or the Canon EOS 400D - Rebel XTi which both of have better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon A800 has an HDMI port. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Canon A800 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera is 2.6". At only 2.5 inches, the Canon A800 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

If this Canon camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Nikon D5000 (2.7" and higher rated).

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 115,000 pixels, the Canon A800 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. The display resolutions (numeric) of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 640 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 410,000 pixels.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon A800 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Nikon P7700, or the Canon SX50 HS which both of have better reviews.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution

The Canon A800 has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. Most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). Across all similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4032 x 3024.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Image Resolution

The Canon A800 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Canon camera has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution. Low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera maximum image resolutions range from 2592 x 1944 pixels to 4608 x 3456 pixels.

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10 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 10 megapixels digital camera.

If this Canon digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic DMC-LX7 (10.1MP and higher rated), or the Canon EOS 1000D (10.1MP and higher rated).

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Canon A800 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Nikon P500 which has better reviews.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon 500 (4.1x and higher rated), or the GE A1250 (5.7x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

The Canon A800 has a relatively typical optical zoom (3.3 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Sony DSC-W310 (4x and higher rated), or the Panasonic DMC-LX7 (4x and higher rated).

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera, the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Canon A800 of 37 millimeters is one of the longest. The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera range from 4.5mm to 38mm.

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Focusing

Quite Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.01 meters, the Canon A800 has a very small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.45m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.077m.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The Canon A800 features histogram. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Very Low Playback Zoom (max)

Across all the digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the playback zoom (max) range from 1x to 24x, and the average playback zoom (max) is 9x. The Canon A800 has a quite low playback zoom (max) (only 2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Canon A800 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon A800 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The Canon A800 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this age and spec. This Canon digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "100", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this Canon camera.

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No Image Stabiliser

Four people thought it did not have a good image stabiliser. Website Etechreviews.com said six years ago “No image stabiliser”. They also wrote “Lacks optical image stabilization” in their review. Pcmag.com said on expert review site PC Mag “A $90 price tag and dead-simple operation help balance the Canon PowerShot A800's lack of optical image stabilization and HD-video capture”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good screen. Scotttdawg said on expert website Walmart.com “I like the big screen to see what I'm taking a picture of” in their Canon A800 review.

Sharp Photos

Thirty-two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Website Etechreviews.com mentioned “Surprisingly good photos”. They also wrote “Sharp photos” in their review. Six years ago expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “If you are new to photography or on a budget then the Canon PowerShot may be the camera for you” in their review of this digital camera yet they only scored it 50 out of 100.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon a800silver, canon 5029b016, canon 5030b001, canon a800red
Barcodes 00013803133028, 00013803133042, 00013803133059, 03610170015062, 03610170024934, 04960999688343, 04960999688404, 04960999688435, 05052217466617, 05052217468178, 08714574562889, 08714574562902, 08714574562919, 08714574562926, 08714574562964, 08714574563008, 08714574563015, 08714574563046, 08714574563077, 08714574563121, 08714574563138, 08714574563145, 08714574563152, 08714574563169, 08714574563220, 08714574563237, 08714574563268, 08714574563282, 08714574563312

Canon A800 Review Sources

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