Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Review

Review posted 05/05/2012

Quick Take
  • Nice compact frame with durable metal construction
  • Comes in five colors
  • Captures some very nice 16-megpaixel images
  • Low noise for a Sub $200 point-n-shoot
  • Records nice 720p HD video
  • Smart Auto captures great photos, with no fuss over camera settings
  • 8x optical zoom packs a punch for a camera of this size
  • Strong built-in flash for its size
  • LCD screen shows cooler images than what are captured
  • No HDMI output
  • Optical zoom not available while recording movies
  • No the greatest battery life; we recommend you snag a spare pack
Bottom Line
The Canon PowerShot A4000 IS performed beyond our expectations for a sub $200 point-n-shoot. While it doesn't have a ton of bells and whistles, it captures nice 16-megapixel photos, has a versatile 8x zoom, and it won't break the bank. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Canon is revamping its entire entry-level A-series cameras for 2012, introducing six new models priced between $109.99 and $199.99. The entire series delivers a 16-megapixel CCD image sensor, a 28mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle lens, 720p HD video recording, a new for this year Help Button, and Smart AUTO, a function which automatically chooses between 32 different shooting modes to help novice photographers take great pictures no matter the settings.

The A4000 IS is the flagship of the A-series, and therefore has the most features and the longest optical zoom at 8x. It also has a 3.0-inch LCD screen and Intelligent IS (optical image stabilization) to help ensure crisp videos and stills at full zoom. The A4000 costs about $20 more than the A3400 IS, which only has a 5x optical zoom. However, the A3400 does include a touch screen viewfinder.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Features:
  • 16 megapixel CCD image sensor
  • 28mm wide angle lens
  • 8x optical zoom
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Smart AUTO (with 32 pre-defined shooting modes)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Intelligent IS
  • Help Button
  • Li-ion battery pack (up to 175 shots)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot
The Canon PowerShot A4000 IS comes in black, silver, blue, red, and pink with an MSRP of $199.99 USD. See our buy box below for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot A4000 IS
  • Battery Pack NB-11L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LD
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • PowerShot A4000 IS

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