Canon PowerShot A3000 IS / A3100 IS

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Canon PowerShot A3000 IS (10 megapixel) / Canon PowerShot A3100 IS (12 megapixel) is a point-and-shoot camera features built-in flash, 4x Optical (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm)/4x Digital/24x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System, ISO 100-1600, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The camera measures 3.83 x 2.29 x 1.11 in./97.2 x 58.2 x 28.1 and weighs approx. 5.47 oz./155g (camera, including batteries and memory card)

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price for A3000A3100

Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot A3000 IS / A3100 IS Reviews reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“The Nikon Coolpix S3100 may be a budget digital camera, but that is no excuse for the lack of quality in the pictures it produces. There are plenty of digital cameras to choose from if you are looking for a basic pocket digital camera. This one is best avoided. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCWorld reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“It captures good image quality for its class which makes it a good option for those who just need a camera with basic features.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCMag reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“If you’re on a strict budget, but want a camera that’s easy to use and can take great pictures, the $150 Canon PowerShot A3000 IS should be at the top of your list.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCI reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“for the $150 price, this camera delivers a lot of performance in a compact, easy to use package that would be enough for most casual shooters. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

TechTree reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“you get a good looking camera with good usability and decent image quality. It does lack a bit on features and we wished it was a bit faster, but overall, for that price, the A3100 is a pretty good buy. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot A3100 may not have the creative versatility of its forebears, but it is a well-made and sensibly designed camera offering a useful specification at a reasonable price. Build quality, handling and performance are all up to Canon’s usual standard, but unfortunately the camera is let down by inferior picture quality.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“The good: Optical image stabilization; excellent photo quality for its class. The bad: Weak feature set, cheap feel for its price. The bottom line: The Canon PowerShot A3100 IS is a very good simple point-and-shoot, even though it doesn’t do much beyond that. “
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“The Powershot A3100 IS is comfortably above average when it comes to picture quality. It can handle most scenes and produces bright, colourful shots. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“So while this camera won’t set the world on fire, it is a great introduction to the world of digital photography, making the Canon Powershot A3100 IS an easy Recommended choice. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS and writes;
“When viewing the image at 100% at ISO 400, you will notice that the image shows a noticeable amount of noise and some of the finer details have disappeared. Fortunately this is not as much as a problem as it sounds. The ISO 400 and 800 images will still look great in prints of 8×10 and under.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“The good: Optical image stabilization; good photo quality for its price. The bad: Slow shooting performance; bland feature set. The bottom line: The PowerShot A3000 IS is a good budget-friendly Canon compact if nothing else.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

TechRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“It’s not a spectacular piece of glass, offering a focal range of 35-140mm (35mm equivalent). That’s fine for most standard situations, but will offer frustration if you want to get up close to a building, or take decent pictures at a wildlife park.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon PowerShot 3100 IS and writes;
“The one blot on the landscape for the Powershot A3000 IS / A3100 IS is its image quality. In our tests, some areas of the frame suffered from soft details and it was often outclassed by the cheaper PowerShot A490 / A495. But in every other respect the PowerShot A3000 IS / A3100 IS performed respectably and makes a good choice at this price point.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon PowerShot A3000 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot A3000 IS is a very appealing entry-level camera. It’s light and easy to carry, has a program mode for anyone who likes to have more control over the functions as well as full auto or easy shooting modes for folks who just want to take pictures. For those with an artistic flair the Poster Effect or Super Vivid modes will not disappoint. All of this for a suggested retail price of just $150 bucks!”
Rating: N/A

User Opinions

Canon PowerShot A3000 IS / A3100 IS User Reviews

Nice improvement from the A1100IS Rating: ★★★★★
“All I needed was an excuse to upgrade from a Canon IXY 800IS. It came when my wife accidentally drown my little Canon. The 3100IS is an upgrade at a very reasonable price… ” - G.Walker

Great little camera! Rating: ★★★★★
“Pros: Clear pictures, great battery life, easy to use, love the red color. Cons: None so far – have owned the camera for three weeks. ” - Max

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Canon PowerShot A3000 IS / A3100 IS Features

There’s nothing more satisfying than taking great pictures! And with the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS, it’s so effortless. The 12.1-megapixel resolution and 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer ensure radiant, detailed images. Plus, you’ve got an advanced DIGIC III Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology and the Face Detection Self-timer for extraordinary control and performance. New scene modes give your images a professional feel. There’s the Face Detection Self-timer for extraordinary control and performance and Smart AUTO lets you handle challenging conditions with ease. Plus this trim, fashionable camera is yours in three stunning colors.

Powerful A-Series camera with 12.1 megapixels (10 Megapixel for the A3000 IS), 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and DIGIC III Image Processor

With the PowerShot A3100 IS, dramatic, personal pictures have never been easier to shoot and share. This 12.1-megapixel camera lets you create impressive large photos of family and friends you’ll be proud to display. The high-resolution 4000 x 3000-pixel images taken by the PowerShot A3100 IS can be enlarged up to 13 x 19 inches.

The PowerShot A3100 IS has a 4x optical zoom lens that makes it easy to get the inspiring, emotive close-ups that will make your images lasting keepsakes. This magnificent lens gives you the power to shoot subjects with razor-sharp precision and stunning lifelike color. So you can brilliantly capture a shot of a sweeping landscape, or a child’s big smile.

The PowerShot A3100 IS is equipped with Canon’s acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake–one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you’ll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is so convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

Lithium-ion battery

The Canon PowerShot A3100 IS uses a newly developed rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This compact, powerful battery helps make it an incredibly lightweight and slim camera. Charge-up is quick and easy, so the PowerShot A3100 IS will be ready and waiting for those special moments.

New Scene Modes deliver more creative freedom

The Canon PowerShot A3100 IS gives you even more creative freedom by including new modes made to get the kind of images people talk about. Super Vivid captures the colors you see with your mind’s eye, saturating the scene with intense colors. Turn drab scenes into exciting compositions, when dull pinks blaze into brilliant fuchsia and off-yellows suddenly burn bright and hot. Even dark colors become richer with Super Vivid. Sunsets and floral scenes turn into bursts of color, and get your photo noticed.

Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations of color into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts across your image for a unique artistic look.

18 Shooting Modes

Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 18 Shooting Modes including Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Smart AUTO will do the work for you by intelligently selecting the proper settings

Just set the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 18 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

Low Light mode for improved shooting in dim lighting

With an ISO of 400-3200, the Low Light mode takes the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS where no A-Series has gone before–into the shadows! Now even scenes notorious for having insufficient light, such as those lit by candles, fire, or street lamp, come through in fantastic color and clarity, with less noise. You can keep the feel of the scene intact without adding additional light, so the result will be scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camera.

Large, bright 2.7-inch LCD

The PowerShot A3100 IS’s large 2.7-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear and bright picture. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

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