Canon Powershot A800 review


A new cheap digital camera from Canon

The Canon Powershot A800 is among the cheapest digital cameras on the market nowadays and it was officially released this year during CES. Because of its low price, this device doesn’t work that well, as you’ll see from our test and review below.

3.3X optical zoom

First of all, let’s see some of the product’s specifications and features. Canon’s A800 digital camera sports a 2.5 LCD screen, 115K dots, 115,000 pixels LCD screen resolution, 3,646 x 2,736 maximum image resolution, 3.3x optical zoom lens, AA-batteries, 640×480 Maximum movie resolution, 100 to 1600 ISO range (at full resolution), auto/forced/suppressed/slow synchro/red-eye reduction flash, USB/AV Connectivity, SDXC Memory slot and f/3-f/5.8 aperture.

Canon-Powershot-A800The camera measures 62mm x 94mm x 31mm and weighs 186 g.
Here are the device’s main features: Subject Detection, Live View Control, Toy Camera Mode, Monochrome mode, Miniature Effect, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-eye, Manual focus, centre, face detect Auto-focus modes, single/continuous/self-timer drive modes, multi/centre-weighted/centre/face detect Metering modes and a USB cable. The warranty: 1-year RTB.

It’s made from plastic

In terms of design, the new PowerShot A800 has a trapezoid shape and it’s made of plastic. This is no ultra-slim device, but rather a thick one, and this fact helps users grip it more comfortably. The 2.5″ screen is small and comes with only 115-pixel resolution, which shows in the quality of the pictures; but, on the plus side, the display is bright. The 10-megapixel resolution, though basic when compared to the one on other digital cameras, captured many details during our test and also dealt well with noise.

Lack of several shooting modes

One of the disadvantages of this device is its lack of several modes, such as manual modes, scene modes, its lack of optical image stabilization and so on. We could only zoom, turn the timer on/off when using the face detection feature and, finally, turn the flash on/off. We were also able to define a custom white balance and use the metering mode.

Good quality of the picture

When it comes to the performance of the Canon A800, results weren’t brilliant. Every time we snapped a picture, we had to wait around 2.4 seconds before it appeared on the screen of the camera; furthermore, shutter lag was 0.6 seconds, flash took 14 seconds between shots and we had to wait 3.4 seconds between shots. But, on the other side, the quality of the pictures was very good, with crystal-clear details, fabulous colors and really good exposure. This device saved images to both SD and SDHC cards. The video mode worked better. The 640 x 480 resolution offered beautiful colors and sharpness; a drawback we encountered: there was no bass and we heard some weird noises whenever we used this mode.

Review conclusions

Here we are at the end of our test and review. The Canon Powershot A800 digital camera is a good option for beginners, but if you’re a pro, then you should most likely choose a much better device.

Technical specifications

Sensor TypeCCD
Resolution Width in Pixel3648
Resolution Height in Pixel2736
Viewfinder TypeLCD only
Memory TypeExternal Only
Optical Zoom3
Digital zoom4
Depth in mm31.2
Height in mm61.6
Lowest Focal Length in mm37
Focal Length in mm122
Interchangeable LensNot
Screen Size2.5
Video CaptureVideo + Sound
Secure DigitalYes
Micro DriveNot
Compact FlashNot
Memory Stick / Memory Stick ProNot
Memory Stick Duo / Pro DuoNot
Internal Memory size in MB0
Burst shootingYes
LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel115000
Max Resolution Mode Video Width640
Max Resolution Mode Video Height480
Ability to save files in RAWNot
Maximum Aperture Tele5.8
Maximum Aperture Wide3
Shutter Speed fastest in Second1 / 2000
Shutter Speed slowest in Second15
Sensor Size1/2.3 “
Battery Type2x AA (LR6/MIGNON)
Image StabilizerNot
DebuggingFace Detection
Shutter PriorityNot
Aperture PriorityNot
Number of frames per second in video mode30