Canon PowerShot A4000 IS review

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

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Initially, the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS seems quite a keen performer. In our tests, it took around 2.5 seconds to switch on and take a shot, while zipping from one end of the zoom to the other nudged 1.5 seconds. That's not bad for an entry-level camera, and neither is the reasonable shutter lag.

However, the Canon A4000 IS is a bit of a plodder when it comes to shooting speed. It takes 2-3 seconds between frames, and the continuous shooting mode runs (or rather lurches) at a quoted 0.8 frames per second. It certainly feels slow, with the shutter ticking along sedately like a bedside clock.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Are the pictures worth waiting for? At low ISO sensitivities, yes. The Canon PowerShot A4000 IS is capable of producing colourful, detailed, decently exposed pictures in good light.

Auto White Balance is generally accurate, although manually selecting a preset to match the conditions often provides a more accurate, slightly warmer result.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Pictures are clean and sharp at ISO 100 and 200. At ISO 400, edges are starting to break up and the black and white speckles of salt and pepper noise show through - although this is only really an issue when pictures are viewed at 100%.

By ISO 800, noise is obvious and fine detail becomes smothered by strong noise reduction. As expected, ISO 1600 really is stretching the small, high-res CCD sensor's capabilities too far.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS review

The Canon PowerShot A4000 IS's lens, while providing a very useful range of focal lengths, does suffer from chromatic aberration. This manifests itself in the form of red halos along high-contrast edges and a lack of bite towards the edges of the frame.

It's also disappointing to discover that the optical zoom can't be used while 720p video is being recorded. Digital zoom is available, but that reduces image quality.

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