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Canon PowerShot A800 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £66
inc VAT

Features and performance are in line with the rock-bottom price, but it punches above its weight for image quality.


1/2.3in 10.0-megapixel sensor, 3.3x zoom (37-122mm equivalent), 186g

The A800’s video mode was never going to set the world alight with its 640×480 resolution. The picture was as sharp as the resolution allows and colours were excellent but soundtracks suffered from hiss and a lack of bass.

Canon PowerShot A800 back

Thankfully, photo quality showed little sign of compromise. Details were sharp, colours accurate, and Canon’s usual knack for well-judged exposures was very much in evidence. Noise was visible at all sensitivities above the base ISO 100 setting but it was managed well, giving usable pictures – if fairly low on fine detail – in our indoor tests.

Most people are best advised to spend a little more, but if you’re on the tightest of budgets the A800 is the best option at this price.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
CCD effective megapixels 10.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 2.5in
LCD screen resolution 115,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 3.3x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 37-122mm
Image stabilisation none
Maximum image resolution 3,646×2,736
Maximum movie resolution 640×480
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats JPEG; AVI (M-JPEG)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type 2x AA
Battery Life (tested) 300 shots
Connectivity USB, AV
HDMI output resolution N/A
Body material plastic
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB cable
Weight 186g
Size 62x94x31mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £66

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/3 (wide), f/5.8 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 1600
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets, manual
Additional image controls contrast, saturation, sharpness
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 1cm
Auto-focus modes centre, face detect
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer