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Canon PowerShot A3100 IS review

The A3100 enters the fray with a formidable specification

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Some of Canon's compact cameras, such as the top-end G-series, are the stuff of legend.

The A3100 doesn't make quite the same impact, but that doesn't mean you should discount it.

At just £150 (at launch), there's plenty to like. It doesn't lack resolution, or image quality, and while the features list might not be a mile long, nothing important is missing - although it would be nice to see HD video filtering down the line to lower-end compacts.

We liked:

The A3100 offers enough resolution to allow cropping and re-framing of images, while the screen on the back is an excellent example of the type. It's also extremely easy to use.

We disliked:

Did we mention the lack of a decent video mode? We're also not wild about the A3100's design, which while inoffensive is hardly going to turn many heads. It's also not spectacularly comfortable to hold, although for £150 we're willing to overlook these quibbles.

Verdict:

If you're unbothered by the lack of HD video, the A3100 is a superb camera for the money.

Spend around £30 more and you'll get a more impressive lens and HD video, but for most casual snappers the A3100 is all the camera you'll need.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPowerShot A
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedMMCplus, HC MMCplus, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)155 g
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.2 mm
Width97.2 mm
Depth28.1 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesA
Focal Length6.20 mm to 24.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelA3100 IS
Product NamePowerShot A3100 IS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4255B011AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The intelligent and compact PowerShot A3100 IS packs Canon image quality into a slim, lightweight body to make shooting a breeze, it's as easy as point and shoot. A 12.1 Megapixel sensor lets you produce stunning prints in sizes up to A2, or crop images to perfection without losing the detail necessary for larger prints.

Battery Life240 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot A3100 IS Compact Camera
  • NB-8L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year