Canon PowerShot A800

Last updated (28 August’11)
– Review by TechTree

Canon PowerShot A800 is a 10 MP Digital Camera features 3.3x Optical Zoom, ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600; Low Light: ISO 500-3200, Scene modes such as Super Vivid, Poster Effect and Blur Reduction, Scene modes such as Super Vivid, Poster Effect & Blur Reduction, Smart shooting system intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 19 predefined shooting situations, and has 2.5-inch TFT color LCD. The camera measures (W x H x D) 3.71 x 2.43 x 1.23 in. / 94.3 x 61.6 x 31.2mm and weight Approx. 6.56 oz. / 186g (Including the battery and memory card).

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

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Canon PowerShot A800 Reviews

TechTree reviews the Canon PowerShot A800 and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot A800 exhibits surprisingly amazing performance for a digicam in its price range. While there is an obvious lack of programmability, it shines with its excellent colour and detail capture. It is very easy to use and is portable enough to carry in your pocket. “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot A800 and writes;
“If you’re on a budget, the Canon PowerShot A800 should be among the first compact cameras you consider. It’s very straightforward, takes a decent photo and represents extremely good value for money”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs reviews the Canon PowerShot A800 and writes;
“One big improvement though is the battery life has doubled, and there are also some new scene modes including the Blur Reduction. While this won’t be enough to convince anyone to upgrade from last year’s budget models, it does mean the PowerShot A800 is very competitively priced compared with other entry level budget compacts. It’s also quite refreshing to see a camera manufacturer not going the route of increasing the Megapixel count for the sake of marketing advantage. The evidence of our quality tests shows fairly conclusively that, unless you want big A3 plus prints, a lower resolution sensor can provide better image quality.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ExpertReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot A800 and writes;
“Thankfully, photo quality showed little sign of compromise. Details were sharp, colours accurate, and Canon’s usual knack for well-judged exposures was very much in evidence. Noise was visible at all sensitivities above the base ISO 100 setting but it was managed well, giving usable pictures – if fairly low on fine detail – in our indoor tests..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Canon PowerShot A800 and writes;
“The A800 is perfectly capable of taking good, detailed images with colours accurately reproduced, although on occasion it did underexpose in bright situations. Infact, if you want to take a picture with the sun in the frame then the chances of a successful image are quite low. The camera is quick to focus although if using the flash the time between shots can be a few seconds as the flash takes a little time to charge.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot A800 and writes;
“There is a lot to like about the Canon Powershot A800, but there are some clear weaknesses too. Whether or not this camera is right for you will depend partly on how troublesome shutter lag is to you and whether or not you would like a larger, clearer LCD screen. On the plus side there is no doubt this camera takes a decent picture when compared to other digital cameras in this price bracket.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot A800 Features

Everything’s Easy
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 19 predefined shooting situations.

Just set the Canon PowerShot A800 digital camera 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 19 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.

Canon PowerShot A800

Smart AUTO
The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.

P Program
Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.

Blur Reduction
Boosts sensitivity to enable faster shutter speeds, reducing the effects of camera shake and subject movement.


The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”

Kids & Pets
Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won’t miss those special shots.

Canon PowerShot A800

Face Self-timer
The camera will begin the self-timer once it detects a person entering the frame.

Low Light
For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.

Super Vivid
Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.

Poster Effect
Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.

Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.

Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.

Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.

Capture stunning sunsets with all the dazzle and impact.

Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.

Long Shutter
Use to blur moving subjects for artistic effect, ideal for urban night photography.

Canon PowerShot A800

Shoot in VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps for up to 32 min. and 26 sec. or 4GB per clip and VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps LP for up to 1 hr. 2 min. 51 sec. or 4GB per clip, and QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour 31 min. and 25 sec. or 4GB per clip.

Loaded with Features, Packed with Value.
Easy to use, powerful A-Series camera with 10.0 Megapixels and 3.3x Optical Zoom makes picture-taking effortless.

With the PowerShot A800 digital camera, dramatic, personal pictures have never been easier to shoot and share. This 10.0 Megapixel camera lets you create impressive large photos of family and friends you’ll be proud to display. The high-resolution images taken by the PowerShot A800 can be enlarged up to 13″ x 19″. The PowerShot A800 has a 3.3x Optical Zoom lens (35mm film equivalent 37 – 122mm) that let you capture up-close and memorable images.

New Scene Modes Help You Get Creative the Easy Way.
Scene Modes such as Super Vivid, Poster Effect and Blur Reduction really gives the shooter more creative freedom to capture images their way!

PowerShot A800 digital camera is equipped with plenty of easy ways give your shots high quality and fun creative touches.

Super Vivid mode is just what the name implies. When you shoot in this mode, colors are automatically heightened and saturated for an intensity that’s truly eye-popping. You’ll want to try it out in a wide range of applications – nature, city life, interiors and more – to get a feel for the effects you can create.

Poster Effect turns any conventional shot into an exciting, artistic “poster.” By making the transitions between colors more abrupt, the mode creates the effect of a hand-painted poster. Portraits are a natural for this mode, but you’ll find that the effect can give any shot a visually arresting new dimension.

Blur Reduction automatically reduces camera shake, so your shots are clear and steady. The system detects surrounding brightness and controls shutter speed – all while you’re concentrating on getting the shot you want. Without any extra effort on your part, your shots are crisp and detailed.

Canon PowerShot A800

Get the Power Anywhere!
This AA battery-powered camera enables you to easily power up on the go!

Conveniently, you don’t need to worry about running out or recharging of batteries with the PowerShot A800 digital camera. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally.

See the Image on a Big Screen.
Bright, clear 2.5-inch LCD makes taking and viewing images a breeze.

The PowerShot A800’s 2.5-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.

Canon PowerShot A800

2.5-inch LCD Screen

A Bold Pop of Color.
Comes in 3 cool, crisp colors to match any personality: Silver, Black and Red.

There’s nobody else quite like you. So naturally, you demand a camera that is utterly you…like the Canon PowerShot A800. This camera makes getting what you want remarkably easy. Exquisitely compact, its design has smoothly curving edges. And it comes in three distinctive colors that let you tell the world who you really are. Express yourself as quietly or as boldly as you like. Simply take your pick from the stylish range of shades. There’s a choice of Silver, Black or Red. Every color tells its own story and each creates a wonderful impression of you.

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