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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
87 Reviews + 2 Awards
Camera Labs Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this Canon digital camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from both PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs.

Good User Reviews

A800 owners on average rated this digital camera 86%. Over 86% of 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 Digital Cameras

Based on 34,085 expert and owner reviews (including 1,203 verified purchases), Canon has excellent ratings for its cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on twenty-four expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, CNET.com and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this digital camera is 68 out of 100.


Focusing

Quite Small Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.45m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.077m. When compared to other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera, the closest focusing distance of the Canon A800 of only 0.01 meters is one of the smallest.

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Lens System

Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the cameras that are a comparable age to this camera the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 38mm. At 37 millimeters, the Canon A800 has a very long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Canon A800 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the Canon 510 HS, or the Nikon P500 which has better reviews.

If this digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Canon 500 ($1,199.95) (4.1x), or the GE A1250 (5.7x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Canon A800 has a pretty typical optical zoom (3.3 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-W310 (4x) which also has a higher rating.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.5 inches, the Canon A800 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera. The display diagonals of comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera range from 1" to 3.5", and the average display diagonal is 2.6".

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-W510R (2.7").

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 115,000 pixels, the Canon A800 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera the display resolutions (numeric) range from 640 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 420,000 pixels.

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Sharp Photos

Thirty-three customers said in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Etechreviews.com wrote “Sharp photos”. Etechreviews.com also said “Surprisingly good photos” in their review. What Digital Camera wrote “Extremely low price tag, good performance, impressive image quality” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com rated this digital camera 73.412435565752 out of 100 and said on Ephotozine “The A800 has a 10.0Mp sensor and 3.3x optical zoom” in their Canon A800 review.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Six years ago Cameras.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It has 10 megapixels and a 3.3x optical zoom lens”. One person concluded that it had a good ISO range. Art Lover mentioned “You can still have a little fun with ISOs, white balance, colour options” in his review of this digital camera.

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No Image Stabiliser

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that the Canon A800 did not have a good image stabiliser. Etechreviews.com said “No image stabiliser”. Etechreviews.com also said “Lacks optical image stabilization” in their review. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website 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”.

One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it did not have a good autofocus. Six years ago Etechreviews.com wrote “Autofocus is slow, especially in low light, so you'll want to prefocus by pressing shutter halfway” in their Canon A800 review.

One owner who reviewed the product concluded that it did not have a good zoom.

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Substandard LCD Screen, Slightly Limited Specification

Three customers reckoned that this digital camera did not have a good viewfinder. Country Girl wrote in their review of the Canon A800 “For me the only real draw back is the lack of a viewfinder which I am used to” . Five years ago Audrey mentioned in her review of this digital camera on Amazon “The one disadvantage is that, as there is no seperate viewfinder focussing in bright sunlight is difficult”. Rowantree mentioned on Amazon “* With a viewfinder would be better (obviously)* I see we have the usual moans about AA batteries”.

One owner wrote that it did not have a good screen. Five years ago What Digital Camera said “Substandard LCD screen, slightly limited specification”.

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Poor Video

Four people thought this digital camera was not good for video recording. Etechreviews.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “No highdef video capture”. Etechreviews.com also said “Bulkier and less style-orientated than your average pocket camera, obviously plastic build, no HD video or HDMI output, memory card costs extra” in their review. Etechreviews.com also wrote “Dumpy, lardy looks No HD video recording Some Scene Modes a tad pointless” in their review.


Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The Canon A800 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "100", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Canon A800 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The Canon A800 features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also feature histogram.

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Very Low Playback Zoom (max)

At only 2 times zoom factor, the Canon A800 has a quite low playback zoom (max) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera. The lowest playback zoom (max) of cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera is 1x and the highest is 24x.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon A800 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to look at including the Canon 1100 which has 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 digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. Most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). The still image resolution of all digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera ranges from 640 x 360 to 4032 x 3024.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Image Resolution

The Canon A800 has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution found on most low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Across all low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera the image resolution ranges from 2592 x 1944 pixels (worst) to 4608 x 3456 pixels (best).

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Support

Good Support

Two people who bought the Canon A800 concluded that it had good technical guidance. Rowantree scored it 8 stars and mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “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” in their Canon A800 review. Mjl said on Amazon “Really easy to use, instructions clear (even for me)” and gave it a rating of 7 stars.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Canon A800 supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also support video capability.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras which support video capability and we think the Nikon D5000 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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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 similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon Coolpix P340 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon A800 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Canon A800 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Three owners who bought it wrote that it had good features. Pocket-Lint.com wrote six years ago “An easy to use feature set and fair results”. Cnet.com wrote “The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS offers up nice features and excellent photos while staying simple” in their review of the Canon A800.


Power

Good Battery Life

Two customers concluded that it had a good battery life. Jimdo wrote “Cheap, simple, handy, no battery problem (AA alkaline battery is sold everywhere), Overall I am very pleased with this camera”.


Audio

Zoom Lens Creates Some Noise and Moves in a Jerky Motion

One customer who reviewed the product wrote that it was noisy. Etechreviews.com wrote “Zoom lens creates some noise and moves in a jerky motion”.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon A800 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed the product wrote that it was noisy. Etechreviews.com wrote “Zoom lens creates some noise and moves in a jerky motion”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Ten customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was compact. Computeractive.co.uk wrote six years ago “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 and scored it 7 stars. Itreviews.com mentioned “Bulkier than most digital compact cameras and with a child-proof look about it, Canon's new PowerShot A800 is aimed at handbag amateurs”. Cameralabs.com mentioned in their Canon A800 review on expert review site Camera Labs “The Canon PowerShot A800 is a budget compact with a 10 Megapixel sensor, 3.3x optical zoom lens”.

One person who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was a good size. Dora Crompton mentioned in her review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Excellent buy nice size will use with pleasure” and gave the product a score of 6 stars.

One owner who bought the product considered that it was lightweight. Mr J Reid gave the product a rating of 7 stars and he said four years ago “A simple, easy to use and lightweight camera that produces quality images”.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 186 grams, the Canon A800 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

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

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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).

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is in fact the worst supported video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

The best supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Design

Nice Design

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

Two owners considered that the product was neat. Lee M. Russell gave it a score of 7 stars and he wrote “Neat, compact and easy to operate”.

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Easy to Use

Twenty owners who bought it agreed that it was easy to use. Six years ago Etechreviews.com mentioned “Uses AA batteries, which is handy when traveling” but despite that they only gave this digital camera a score of 1 stars. Etechreviews.com also wrote “Completely automatic, very easy to use” in their review. Etechreviews.com also mentioned “It's easy to use and produces nice photos despite its low price” in their review.

Three people who reviewed it thought it was easy to use the menus. Art Lover scored the product 7 stars and he said in his Canon A800 review “When you don't have too many settings to worry about you will actually find yourself thinking about basic things”. Stephen mentioned six years ago “The menu functions are clear”.

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Sturdy Build Quality

Seventeen owners who bought the product reckoned that it was good quality. Etechreviews.com mentioned “The Canon PowerShot 3300 IS has a nice feature set for the money as well as excellent photo quality”. Etechreviews.com also wrote “Excellent image quality” in their review. Etechreviews.com also said “Good picture quality for a camera of its price” in their review.

Reliable Pictures

Three owners who purchased it considered that it was reliable. Six years ago Etechreviews.com said “Reliable pictures” nonetheless they rated the product 1 stars. Etechreviews.com also said “Easy to use Reliable Smart Auto mode Longer battery life” in their review.

Two owners considered that this digital camera was well made. Etechreviews.com mentioned six years ago “Sturdy build quality” however despite that they rated it 1 stars. Expert website Gadgetspeak.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Ixus range normally has solid batteries and the PowerShot range – as with this – normally are controlled by ‘AA’ batteries to power the unit”.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Canon released the A800.


Product Identifiers

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