Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Review

Review posted 05/07/2012

Quick Take
  • Touch screen LCD eases menu navigation
  • Low price
  • 28mm wide angle lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Smart Auto selects settings from 32 predefined situations
  • High light sensitivity (up to ISO 1600)
  • Dedicated movie button
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Face detect AE and WB
  • Low-resolution LCD
  • 5x optical zoom range can be limiting
  • Video quality diminishes with use of digital zoom
  • Touch screen swiping is sticky
  • Battery life could be better
Bottom Line
The PowerShot A3400 IS delivers high image quality for the price. It offers beginners a Help button, and keeps the features to a useful minimum that should work well for most everyday shooting needs. The touch screen doesn't perform as elegantly as a smart phone, but it's still convenient to be able to access some features with the tap of a fingertip. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
The PowerShot A3400 IS is one of six all new A-series cameras Canon introduced for 2012. Priced between $109.99 and $199.99, the A-series is designed for novices and includes a number of great automatic features and even a brand new Help Button to make even the most technophobe among us confident with this new gadget.

The A3400 is priced about $20 less than the flagship A4000 IS. Both models include Intelligent IS (optical image stabilization), and while the A3400 only has a 5x optical zoom, it actually includes a touch screen 3.0-inch LCD viewfinder, a feature not found on the more expensive model.

Other than those differences, the A3400 IS is virtually identical to its A-series siblings, which deliver a 16-megapixel CCD image sensor, a 28mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle lens, 720p HD video recording, and Smart AUTO; a function which automatically chooses between 32 different shooting modes to help novice photographers take great pictures no matter the settings.

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Features:
  • 16-megapixel CCD image sensor
  • 28mm wide angle lens
  • 5x optical zoom lens
  • 3.0-inch LCD Touch Screen
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Smart AUTO (with 32 shooting modes)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Intelligent IS
  • Help Button
  • Li-ion battery
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot
The Canon PowerShot A3400 IS comes in black, silver, red, and gold with an MSRP of $179.99. See our buy box below for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot A3400 IS camera
  • NB-11L Li-ion battery pack
  • AC Battery Charger
  • Hand Strap
  • USB cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Getting started guide

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