Canon PowerShot A3200 IS review

Feature-rich and stabilised

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It's a testament to the quality of Canon's compact camera engineering that there's actually relatively little to report here.

The PowerShot A3200 IS takes really nice, well exposed pictures on Auto mode, Program mode, or when shooting in a preset Scene mode. The metering is impressively accurate and although it does sometimes suffer from blown highlights on a bright, sunny day, it still very reliable for a camera at this price point.

Colours are lovely, with the upgraded Digic 4 processor never taking things too over the top (a Super Vivid effect is available should you need to punch the hues up a bit, but it can be rather garish). The bonus lens effect simulators a mixed bag. Fisheye is fun to play with, but as with an actual fisheye lens, choose your subject carefully or the end result can look like a mistake. Miniature and Toy Camera work reasonably well too, but the nature of this camera means that fine-tuning the end result is very limited.

Staying with lenses, the 28-140mm (equivalent) glass on the PowerShot A3200 IS a real cracker; it's wide enough to cope with a lot of landscapes, and is pleasingly sharp, with minimal purple fringing or barrel distortion. The addition of in-camera image stabilisation helps too, particularly as this is quite a light camera that big hands might struggle to hold steady all the time.

The autofocus is generally accurate and fast, though it hunts in lower light conditions. As our images reveal, ISO performance is pretty good through the range. Noise starts to become a headache around ISO 800 and is really noticeable when you max out at 1600, but the integrity of the colours still holds up well.

The quality of the HD movie recording is up to Canon's usual standard, with accurate movement tracking, minimal smearing and noise, and reasonable sound quality for a budget device.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
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
ColourOrange
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 Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
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