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Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1340 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the performance and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and value for money are also mentioned favorably. Reviews about the flash and responsiveness are different. Many are less positive about the features and zoom.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A1100 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A1100 IS


Canon's PowerShot A1100 IS ($199.99 direct), the successor to last year's Editors' Choice-winning PowerShot A1000 IS, delivers an identical experience: top-notch image quality, fast speeds, good controls, and features that simplify shooting for...

Fast. Superb image quality. 4x optical zoom

Bulky. Low-resolution screen

The Canon PowerShot A1100 IS is a fine budget shooter, but it's virtually identical to its predecessor, the A1000, which you can buy for at least $50 less.

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Canon PowerShot A1100 IS (Green)


The step-up model from the Canon PowerShot A1000 IS , the A1100 IS gets a higher-resolution sensor at 12 megapixels, uses Canon's Digic 4 image processor, and has a couple more shooting options like Smart Auto--the manufacturer's automatic scene...

Viewfinder; simple operation; inexpensive; excellent photo quality for the money.

Mixed performance; short battery life.

Aside from a couple performance quibbles, the Canon PowerShot A1100 IS provides a good point-and-shoot experience with great pictures as a result.

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Canon PowerShot A1100 IS Point-and-Shoot Review


Very good image quality ; Sturdy design with simple interface

Mediocre LCD screen ; Optical viewfinder shows 85% of scene

A great value for the price, with better image quality than more expensive cameras and a nice feature set.


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Canon Powershot A1100 IS Review


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 17, 2009 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced 10 new PowerShot cameras that offer an array of photographic options for the entry-level consumer right up to the photo enthusiast. Whether on a...

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Canon PowerShot A1100 IS First Impressions Digital Camera Review


The A1100 IS is a 12.1 megapixel digital camera from Canon featuring a 4x zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD screen. It doesn't have too many features to set it apart from the crowd, but it is reasonably priced at $199 MSRP. It serves as a minor update to last...

The Canon A1100 IS ($199) is a simple camera that is designed for people who love using automatic settings and scene modes. Don't go out and purchase it if you're hoping to play around with depth of field or mess with funky shutter speed controls—the...

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Canon PowerShot A1100 IS Review


The Canon PowerShot A1100 IS digital camera has been listed on a number of buyer's guides in recent days. There's a lot to be said for the camera in its favor, but, just like every other point-and-shoot camera, it has some problems. In this camera...

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Canon PowerShot A1100 IS


The Canon PowerShot A1100 IS is a 12.1 Megapixel compact with a 4x optical zoom, and a 2.5in LCD screen backed up with an optical viewfinder. Launched in February 2009, it replaces the 10 Megapixel A1000 IS and sits in the middle of Canon's A range of...

Inexpensive, attractive and robust ; Extended battery life using viewfinder ; Excellent image stabilisation ; 4x optical zoom with 3cm macro

Sometimes poor exposure metering ; Slow flash recycling time ; Low resolution LCD lacks detail ; Plastic mode dial is too easily moved

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Review: Canon PowerShot A1100 IS digital camera


Canon's PowerShot A1100 IS provides a very good price/performance ratio, and it's even available in four fashionable colors. If you're looking for a good entry-level camera, you should consider the A1100.

The A1100 sports a plastic body that is well made, with no creaks or moving seams. The right side bulges a bit to create a hand grip, and the camera’s 4x zoom lens retracts to be fairly flush with the camera’s body. At 3.7 by 2.5 by 1.2 inches, the...

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Canon PowerShot A1100 IS


If you are looking for a basic digital camera, you should consider this model. It is simple to use and lacks any advanced features that would complicate the navigation of the Canon PowerShot A1100 IS.

The DIGIC 4 processor improves this camera’s image quality

The use of AA-batteries makes this device larger than it needs to be

This camera is basic and offers no advanced features.

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Canon PowerShot A1100 IS


Product Specifications

There's nothing more satisfying than taking great pictures! And with the Canon PowerShot A1100 IS it's so effortless. The 12.1-megapixel resolution and 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer ensure radiant, detailed images. Plus, you've got an advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor with evolved Face Detection technology and the Face Detection Self-timer for extraordinary control and performance. Smart Auto lets you handle challenging conditions with ease.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / MultiMediaCard / SDHC Memory Card / MultiMediaCardplus

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aquarium / Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / High sensitivity / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / Night scene / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Snow / Sunset/High sensitivity / Snow / Night snapshot / Kids & pets / Beach / Foliage / Indoor / Sunset / Night scene / Fireworks / Slow shutter / Portrait mode / Landscape / Aquarium

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:128MB


Model:A1100 IS
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-5.6
Max Focal Length:24.8mm
Min Focal Length:6.2mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"/1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO auto / ISO 3200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 80 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid/Vivid / Sepia / Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical