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Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 337 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and image quality are generally positive. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably, but the contrast and flash get mixed reviews. There are some critical reviews about the focus and memory.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Canon PowerShot A3100 IS (Red)

 

Canon's 12-megapixel PowerShot A3100 IS continues the A series' trajectory toward "easy and fun" photography by abandoning a feature the line was known for in the past: AA-size batteries. This camera as well as its 10-megapixel linemate, the A3100 IS ,...

Optical image stabilization; excellent photo quality for its class.

Weak feature set; cheap feel for its price.

The Canon PowerShot A3100 IS is a very good simple point-and-shoot, even though it doesn't do much beyond that.

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Canon Powershot A3100 IS Review

 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Canon PowerShot A3100 IS First Impressions Revew

 

Front The PowerShot A3100 IS, priced at $179.99, comes in red, silver, and the blue shown here, each with a silver panel on the side. The small dot above and to the left of the lens is the mono microphone; the larger dot is the self-timer indicator lamp.

We can't evaluate image quality based on a pre-production camera, but based on feel and features, the 12.1-megapixel Canon PowerShot A3100 IS seems like a solid choice at the $179.99 price. The fully automated mode is a sophisicated scene-recognition...

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Best of the cheapest cameras

 

Reviewers are enthusiastic about Canon's new PowerShot A3100 IS camera, the first in Canon's A-series to use a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery rather than AAs. The 12-megapixel PowerShot A3100 IS offers a number of new automatic shooting features,...

Very easy to use, plenty of preset shooting modes, cheap price

No viewfinder, slow flash recovery speed, noisy low-light shots

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Canon IXUS 105 & PowerShot A3100 IS review

 

Good things come in small sizes.

The basic layout of the IXUS 105 is better than the PowerShot A3100 IS only because the Zoom button is conveniently located on the shutter button. On the other hand, the PowerShot A3100 IS provides a full control wheel for all the various modes...

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Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

 

To see whether the Canon A3100 IS delivers enough for your needs, read on.

In closing, I have to admit that I was a bit surprised by the capability of such an affordable camera. I imagine that there will be quite a few Canon A3100 models handed out as gifts to new digital camera users in the coming months and in the 2010...

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Canon PowerShot A3000 IS / A3100 IS

 

The Canon PowerShot A3100 IS is an affordable 12.1 Megapixel compact with a stabilized 4x zoom lens and 2.7in LCD screen. Launched in January 2010 it replaces the best-selling PowerShot A1100 IS with a radical redesign of the body and controls. Most...

Well built, compact and classy ; Excellent optical image stabilization ; Fast flash recycling ; Good practical zoom range

Inconsistent image quality ; Fiddly mode dial ; Coarse zoom control ; Poor battery life

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Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

 

If you don't expect too much in a point and shoot digital camera, the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS will be a good choice for you. Its basic features perform well, and this digital camera's overall performance is excellent. This Canon product just doesn't...

The 12.1MP (megapixel) resolution makes editing photos easier

The camera features a small 4x optical zoom

This point and shoot digital camera features only the basics and possesses no advanced features.

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"after 6 month, only a few times charging the battery"

 

Good ^^b

Verry good feature with that price and powerful battery power..

lack of color option.. only silver, red and blue..

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after 6 month, only a few times charging the battery

 

Good ^^b

Verry good feature with that price and powerful battery power

lack of color option.. only silver, red and blue

Product Specifications

There's nothing more satisfying than taking great pictures! And with the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS, it's so effortless. The 12.1 megapixels resolution and 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) ensure radiant, detailed images. Plus, you've got an advanced DIGIC III image processor with evolved Face Detection technology and the Face Detection self-timer for extraordinary control and performance. Scene modes give your images a professional feel, while smart auto lets you handle challenging conditions with ease.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.1in
Height:2.3in
Weight:5.5oz
Width:3.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Poster effect / Super vivid / Snow / Night snapshot / Kids & pets / Beach / Foliage / Indoor / Low light / Fireworks / Slow shutter / Portrait mode / Landscape

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:A3100 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

Miscellaneous

Color:Blue/Red/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size: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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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