Canon Powershot A3100 IS Review

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Review posted 3/17/2010


Quick Take
Pros
Excellent image quality; Video mode captures nice VGA sized movies; Smart Auto shooting mode is accurate and makes the camera incredibly easy to use; Li-ion power source; More compact body than previous "A" series models
Cons
640x480 max video resolution (No HD);
High ISO (1600) noise
Bottom Line
Canon's PowerShot A3100 IS is an easy-to-use entry-level digicam that anyone can use. Packed full of features like a 12.1-Megapixel imaging sensor and a 4x optical zoom with optical image stabilization (IS), you will be very happy with the feature set and image quality from this camera. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Canon's new PowerShot A3100 IS is one of the first in the "A" series line to feature a Li-Ion battery pack, instead of using standard AA-type cells. This allows the 12.1-Megapixel camera to be very thin and more compact than the other cameras in this series. The A3100 also features a 4x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, DIGIC III image processor, Smart Auto shooting mode, a Low-Light shooting mode and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. You can pick up this camera in one of three available colors: Silver, Blue or Red.

Canon PowerShot A3100 IS Features:
  • 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD imaging sensor
  • DIGIC III image processor
  • 4x optical zoom lens with a 35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm; f/2.7 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2.7-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen
  • 15 - 1/1600 sec. total shutter range
  • ISO 80-1600
  • Smart Auto shooting mode
  • Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB
  • Face Detection Self-Timer
  • Intelligent Contrast Correction
  • Low-Light shooting mode
  • PictBridge/Exif Print
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery pack
  • 240 shot battery life

In the Box:
  • PowerShot A3100 IS Body
  • Lithium-ion NB-8L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LA
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400

The Canon PowerShot A3100 IS is available now with a MSRP of US $179.99.

Additional Views:

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