Canon PowerShot A800 review

Cheap and cheerful, but not all plain sailing

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Canon powershot a800

The PowerShot A800 replaces the PowerShot A495, but it's a minor upgrade rather than a great leap forward. However, it's certainly no cosmetic upgrade, as the boxy looks and portly girth evoke a compact camera from five years ago. Indeed, the PowerShot A800 is a porker compared to the sleeker (and pricier) IXUS range, and while you can just about squeeze it in a pocket, the camera will create an unsightly/embarrassing bulge.

Although the body's made from plastic, it feels sturdy enough, with a reassuringly robust lens cover. The button layout is logical, but there are a few ergonomic niggles. The power button is frustratingly close to the shutter release button, for instance, and some of the button icons might not be very obvious to beginners/casual photographers.

Having two buttons for key camera settings (Menu and Func. Set) isn't unusual these days, but it could further confuse newbies. Also, it's not at all obvious how to access the Scene Modes either, so much so that we reckon many owners won't even realise they're on offer (they're activated via the button with the camera icon next to Menu).

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Meanwhile, the shutter release button feels crude, and it tends to fire when you only want to depress it half way. All these are minor hassles rather than deal-breakers, however, and a few minutes with the manual should sort most people out.

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The menu system is up to Canon's usual standard and the camera very easy to use once you've figured out what's accessed by the Menu button and what's accessed by Func Set. Battery life has been boosted too, and you can now fire off 300 shots before the juice runs out.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyPowerShot A
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Optical Zoom3.3x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Manual White Balance
Screen Size6.4 cm (2.5")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)186 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height61.6 mm
Width94.3 mm
Depth31.2 mm
Product SeriesA
Focal Length6.60 mm to 21.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelA800
Product NamePowerShot A800 Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5027B016
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

You can rely on Canon know-how to take great 10 Megapixel photos with Smart Auto mode. Available in 4 colours, the PowerShot A800 has a lightweight design that is fun and easy to use.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot A800 Compact Camera
  • 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries
Limited Warranty1 Year