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Canon PowerShot A800 review

Cheap and cheerful, but not all plain sailing

PowerShot a800 macro

For a sixty quid camera, this is a great macro performance – sharp and well saturated (see full image)

Canon powershot a800 portrait

Flesh tones are reasonably well rendered, although auto white balance washes colour out sometimes (see full image)

Canon powershot a800 poster

Poster is one of the more creatively useful in-camera effects (see full image)

Canon powershot a800 sharpness

The A800 lacks image stabilisation, but the lens is still a reasonably sharp performer, even for on-the-hoof candid shots (see full image)

Canon powershot a800 wideangle

Telephoto and wide angle performance is good for the money, though purple fringing can creep in to high contrast scenes (see full image)

PowerShot a800 telephoto

Telephoto and wide angle performance is good for the money, though purple fringing can creep in to high contrast scenes (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
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
ColourSilver
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
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported2
Battery Built-inNo
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Height61.6 mm
Width94.3 mm
Depth31.2 mm
Autofocus Points5
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
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5027B016
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
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.

Battery Life300 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot A800 Compact Camera
  • 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries
Display Resolution115000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year