Canon PowerShot A2100 IS review

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Our Verdict

A solid addition to Canon's range of compact cameras offering decent features combined with solid image quality


  • Good LCD
  • Nice image quality
  • Good zoom


  • Expensive
  • No optical viewfinder

The similarities between the Canon PowerShot A1100 IS and the Canon PowerShot A2100 IS far outweigh the differences. Both cameras feature a DIGIC4 processor, motion detection and, an almost identical set of controls and the layout of buttons, switches and dials is basically the same.

There's almost nothing to choose between image quality either, both cameras delivering crisp, sharp and very naturally coloured pictures. However, considering the relatively minor increase in street price, there are a couple of things that make the A2100 IS more appealing.

For a start, the A2100 IS has a much more generous 6x optical zoom. This is equivalent to 36-216mm, compared with the A1100 IS's 35-140mm, offering greater telephoto range, as well as extra macro magnification.

Also, while the PowerShot A2100 IS doesn't include an optical viewfinder, the 3.0-inch LCD has twice the resolution and offers much clearer viewing. Overall, it's a much more useful camera than some of the cheaper models from Canon.

Via PhotoRadar

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyPowerShot A
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom6x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)185 g
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height63.5 mm
Width101.9 mm
Depth31.9 mm
Product SeriesA
Focal Length6.40 mm to 38.40 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelA2100 IS
Product NamePowerShot A2100 IS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number3473B009AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The PowerShot A2100 IS fits 12.1 Megapixels and a 6x optical zoom into a compact design. Switch to Smart Auto or Easy mode and Canon's Scene Detection Technology lets anyone take a great shot. In timeless black, the PowerShot A2100 IS is sophisticated, slim and pocket-sized.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot A2100 IS Compact Camera
  • 128MB Memory Card
  • 2 x Size-AA Alkaline Battery
Limited Warranty1 Year