Canon PowerShot A3200 IS review

Feature-rich and stabilised

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Our review sample looks really classy in tastefully sparkly orange; it feels great too, and its metal casing is clearly built to last.

While not the slimmest budget compact on the block at 130g, it's still a lot easier to slip into a pocket than the PowerShot A800. As is often the case with Canon compacts, button placement and ergonomics are a mixed bag.

First, the plus points. The shutter release is a sensible distance away from the power button, while the mode dial is easy to turn without being so sensitive you're constantly changing shooting paramaters by accident.

The biggest niggle we found was the activating the expanded scene modes – you have to select SCN on the dial, then press the Func Set button and navigate through the options, again using the mode dial. It needs to be much more obvious on an entry level camera of this nature, and as a result a lot of new users won't even realise the scene modes are even there.

The fisheye lens effect icon isn't very obvious either, although an explanatory label does pop up on the 2-7-inch LCD. In general though, the PowerShot A3200 IS is a handsome, well-made and easy to use model that will satisfy families with young kids as well as more aesthetically demanding camera owners.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyPowerShot A
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MMCplus, MultiMediaCard (MMC), HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Smart Capture, Smile Detection, Live View, Manual White Balance, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)149 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.7 mm
Width95.1 mm
Depth24.3 mm
Product SeriesA
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelA3200 IS
Product NamePowerShot A3200 IS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control

Programed AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5042B008AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With Dynamic Image Stabilizer and a set of other impressive features, the metal bodied PowerShot A3200 IS captures beautiful photos and HD movies with ease.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot A3200 IS Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-8L
  • Battery Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year