Canon PowerShot A4000 IS review

Canon's flagship A-series compact with 8x optical zoom

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Delicately proportioned and featherlight, the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS slips easily into a pocket - we're talking skinny jeans here, rather than clowns' trousers.

As you might expect, the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS's pint-sized proportions do mean that there's limited space for controls, and the buttons that are there are comparatively small. Take the control pad, for instance. It's tiny - we're talking fingernail size. As you can imagine, this can make it tricky to operate for all but the slenderest of fingers, particularly because there isn't much give in the keys.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

On the whole, though, the Canon A4000 IS is very simple to operate. Canon's menu system remains one of the easiest to navigate, but you don't have to delve into it much when shooting.

Instead, dabbing the FUNC/SET button in the centre of the control pad brings up a quick menu of essential functions, such as scene modes, white balance and ISO.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

The four-way pad gives you access to the settings for flash, focus and display, while tapping up on the pad triggers the green Smart Auto mode. This is a great idea for when you might be experimenting with a different shooting mode, but need to quickly return the camera to a point-and-shoot setup to grab a shot. A second tap on Auto returns the camera to the previously selected mode.

The remaining four buttons arranged neatly on the back of the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS are used to begin video recording, to enter the main menu, start playback (with the camera switched on or off - always a neat feature) and access the Help feature.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

The Help key displays information about the the effect or function of the various camera controls on the rear LCD screen. It dishes out quite generic details, though.

We'd have preferred to see it being used to provide more in-depth information when cycling through the shooting parameters in the Function menu, where beginners might need more guidance. In fact, pressing the Help key when you're in the menu system simply quits out of it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPowerShot A
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.3 mm
Width95.3 mm
Depth24.3 mm
Product SeriesA
Focal Length5 mm to 40 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelA4000 IS
Product NamePowerShot A4000 IS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number6148B013AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Go wide or get 8x closer with a Canon quality 8x optical zoom lens, Intelligent IS and Smart Auto for great photos and HD movies. The compact PowerShot A4000 IS captures every moment with ease.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot A4000 IS Compact Camera
  • NB-11L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year