Announced in January , it is the cheapest and most basic PowerShot money can buy. Canon has simplified its A-series line up replacing both the A and A with a single model — the A The next step up the Canon product range is the PowerShot A The budget compact market is a competitive place and other manufacturers are going all out to provide the best value for money deal. Features that were once the preserve of mid-range and high end models are trickling down.
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Ease of Use Replacing the A model, the new Canon PowerShot A is virtually identical to its predecssor, so a lot of the comments that we made about that camera will be repeated here. Want a cheap camera for the mother in law or teenage relative? The A could well fit the bill, available as it is in a choice of silver, red, black or blue bodies.
Front Rear However this otherwise humble PowerShot does match the IXUS range for the latest features governing ease of use, such as Smart Auto, here like the IXUS referencing any given scene or subject with 19 on-board presets so all the user has to do is, hopefully, point and shoot and not have to worry about changing settings or scene modes.
Face detection, self portrait enabling Face Self Timer, plus automatic red eye correction if first activated via the on-board menu screens also combine to ensure that portraits come out looking the best they possibly can within the operational parameters of the camera itself. Again, as with the latest generation IXUS models, the A features a Low Light Mode for low light imagery, which, along with Motion Detection Technology, aims to prevent blurred shots when shooting handheld. Of course you have to make some compromises for the cheaper price point and these go further than the plastic body and AA batteries.
Generally the A, equipped with a Digic III rather than IV processor like its IXUS counterparts, is slower, a case in point being that the user has to put up with occasional on-screen prompts informing them that they will have to wait to take a shot while the flash charges.
At the top of the left-hand corner of the camera body is a lug for attaching the customary wrist strap provided in the box. A press of the latter and the A powers up in just over a second, such speed in this case belying its budget status, rear LCD blinking into life whilst the zoom lens extends to its maximum not-very-wideangle setting.
The rocker switch for operating the 3. Below this control is an obvious playback button. Press this, and then the zoom rocker again and you can crop into an image to check detail, or, by pressing the wideangle end of the zoom switch, call up recent shots as a series of thumbnails, each subsequent press bringing up an ever increasing number of thumbnails and thus increasingly smaller ones.
Next, at the bottom of the pad, is a means of deleting duff images on the fly or selecting the self-timer options two seconds, 10 seconds or custom option , whilst the ability to adjust the flash settings off, slow synchro, on, auto and switch focus from infinity to macro and back complete the package.
Press this and four shooting mode options are shown on a toolbar across the top of the screen. If staying in video mode users can manually tweak white balance settings or choose from the My Colors options, including Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White, plus Custom colour options.
In regular auto mode, the wider range of options is disabled so all the user can adjust is image size and quality, while, if switching to Program mode, users have additional access to ISO ISO , evaluative, centre weighted or spot metering, plus single shot or continuous capture options.
A thumb press of this brings up two folders on-screen with nice, clear type - the first containing the shooting menu, the second the more general purpose set up menu. The first folder contains the ability to activate the digital zoom, call up grid lines on screen, plus add a date stamp.
Whilst the left hand side of the camera, if viewing it from the back, features a built-in speaker, to the right hand side we find a rubber flap, flipped open with the aid of your thumbnail, that protects two ports for, variously, mains power in, AV out and USB in. This rubber flap feels a little flimsy and we can see it tearing off following prolonged use, but then what else can one reasonably expect for the pocket money price?
The base of the camera is where the two AA batteries, good for a much improved shots, are inserted, sharing a compartment with the slot for the optional but essential media card. Just off centre is the customary plastic screw thread for attaching the A to a tripod if so desired. So far, much as expected. So what of the images the camera produces. Do these transcend or betray its budget status in terms of quality? Read on to find out….
PowerShot - Support
Ease of Use Replacing the A model, the new Canon PowerShot A is virtually identical to its predecssor, so a lot of the comments that we made about that camera will be repeated here. Want a cheap camera for the mother in law or teenage relative? The A could well fit the bill, available as it is in a choice of silver, red, black or blue bodies. Front Rear However this otherwise humble PowerShot does match the IXUS range for the latest features governing ease of use, such as Smart Auto, here like the IXUS referencing any given scene or subject with 19 on-board presets so all the user has to do is, hopefully, point and shoot and not have to worry about changing settings or scene modes.
Canon PowerShot A800
From this manual, there will be a lot of information obtained. Something like specification, instruction, camera parts, settings, features, and other related information will be something possible to obtain. With this manual, we hope that we can help users as well as enthusiasts to understand more about this Canon camera product. By this reason, Canon also pays more attention on this thing. Not only upgrading the specification, but they also upgraded the look of it.
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Canon PowerShot A800 User Manual