Canon PowerShot A3200 IS review

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For £100 the PowerShot A3200 IS is an outstanding little camera that ticks a lot of boxes. It's very tough and easy to use with an expanded battery life (250 shots), so this is an ideal family camera.

The relatively wide lens, with handy 5x optical zoom, will make it an essential accessory for holidays and it's simple enough to give it the kids for a school trip. HD video recording at 720p comes in really handy too. At the same time, the smart looks and image adjustment options make the PowerShot A3200 IS a good choice for more ambitious photographers.

While it's not sophisticated enough to serve as an SLR backup, the ability to adjust metering modes and AF parameters is to be applauded. The lens is impressively sharp and well-engineered too, while the Digic 4 processor delivers smooth, well-saturated images with minimal noise at everyday ISO levels.

The downsides are few, and centre around Canon's sometimes eccentric ergonomics and the tendency of the AF to hunt a bit in low light. Once you get used to these quirks, however, the PowerShot A3200 IS should prove a very reliable and rewarding everyday budget compact.

We liked

The great looks, tough build quality, crisp lens, reliable metering and intelligent image processor. The PowerShot A3200 IS comes with some genuinely useful extras too, such as quality 720p HD video recording and some useful scene modes/in-camera lens effects.

We disliked

While this camera takes great pictures from the box, it's not immediately obvious how to switch between the various scene modes. The autofocus tends to hunt around in lower light conditions and it's the HD video maxes out at 720p rather than 1080.

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