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Canon Powershot A80

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1350 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and portability. The value for money and usability also get good feedback. Reviews about the energy efficiency and viewfinder are different, and there are some less positive comments about the contrast and shutter.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon Powershot A80 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A80 Digital Camera Review


Once again Canon has introduced a digital camera that is capturing the attention of users across the globe. Equipped with Canon's high speed and noise-reducing DIGIC Image Processor, the Canon PowerShot A80 is a 4.0 megapixel camera with competitive optio

movable LCD screen, zoom function placement (encasing the shutter button), large, easy to use/see buttons, durable body, extensive shooting modes

bulkier than other point,and,shoot models, only 15 fps in movie mode, poor LCD resolution

The Canon PowerShot A80 is a solid and reliable digital camera that will satisfy consumers across the board.

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Canon PowerShot A80


Swiveling LCD panel with orientation sensor ; excellent scene modes and easily adjustable manual controls ; good overall image quality

Zoom control isn't fine enough, and zoom starts at 38 mm, which doesn't give you a very wide angle. The design is boxy, and some buttons are not well placed. Edges of dark images appear purple against white backgrounds (purple fringing) with auto...

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Canon PowerShot A80


Though it's shaped the same as its lower-resolution brothers, the PowerShot A60 and A70, the A80 adds to its allure with a couple of design improvements: the flip-out LCD and two options for custom settings accessible via the mode dial. The plastic...

Broad feature set for the money; speedy and efficient performance; accepts accessory lenses.

Relatively small LCD; CompactFlash compartment has a flimsy-feeling cover.

A great mainstream camera for snapshooters who want room to grow creatively.


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Canon Powershot A80


Housed in a compact metal body, the PowerShot A80 digital camera is solidly built yet light weight at 8.8 ounces. The camera features a 1/1.8 inch, 4.0 megapixel CCD sensor that captures images up to 2272 x 1704 pixels with exceptional detail and color...

Canon's proprietary image processor, called DIGIC, was developed specifically for use with its line of digital cameras and combines the jobs of image processing and camera function control into one chip. It handles nearly every digital camera function...

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Digital Cameras - Canon PowerShot A80 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


The PowerShot A80's "little brother" PowerShot A70 offered a rich set of features and excellent image quality at an attractive price. Following in its footsteps, the PowerShot A80 offers the same great features, though now with higher image quality...

Equipped with a 7.8-23.4mm lens, the A80 offers a 3x optical zoom range equivalent to a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera. Aperture ranges from f/2.8 to f/8.0 depending on the zoom setting, and can be manually or automatically adjusted. The A80 uses...

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Canon PowerShot A80


The A80 provides a pretty complete package for the beginner and advanced amateur who wants a pocket sized digital camera. The 4MP sensor is large enough to allow good 8x10 prints and the camera allows "auto everything" for the complete beginner, yet...

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Canon PowerShot A80


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Canon PowerShot A80


Does Canon have another hit on their hands? Find out now in our review

Very good photo quality, aside from issues discussed; great detail, color, low noise ; Full manual controls ; Can save favorite settings to mode dial ; Flip-out, rotating LCD display ; Very solid, easy to hold body ; AF illuminator ; Supports add-on...

Blown highlights in some images ; Too much purple fringing, even at higher F-numbers ; Plastic tripod mount ; No rechargeable batteries included ; Movie mode is outdated

Like the A70 before it, the Canon PowerShot A80 is one of the most appealing cameras in its class. Canon took the A70, added a higher resolution (4MP) CCD, a nicer metal body, and a rotating LCD display -- producing a camera unmatched for the $399...

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Digital Camera: Canon Powershot A80


We were able to test the Powershot A80, Canon's latest mid-range digital camera, a few weeks prior to its launch. New features include a bigger sensor and ergonomic improvements, such as an adjustable LCD screen. So should owners of Canon's A70 start...

But for it to have been perfect, we would have liked it to have been just a little more compact and lighter and with a bigger LCD screen. It could have also used a 640 x 480 pixel video mode and a zoom lens that could capture greater brightness. Also,...

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Not too long ago it was next to impossible to find a really good digital camera for under $400. No matter how hard we looked, something was always lacking or didn't work quite right, so serious buyers had no choice but to spend more, and perhaps more...

Like almost all digital cameras these days, the A80 has plenty of features. In some cameras those are hard to select or use, but the A80's mode select dial makes it simple to pick one of the many modes, including auto/program, shutter/aperture...

Product Specifications

The PowerShot A80 is ideal for developing your digital photography skills. Easy for first-time users, yet with an impressive range of features and accessories so you can grow to a more advanced level. If you are a first-time user, the camera has basics such as Auto Focus and Auto Mode so you can start simply and view your results immediately. If you already have some digital knowledge, the PowerShot A80's extensive array of advanced features and accessories are there to challenge you. With its 4.0 Megapixels, the PowerShot A80 can create high-resolution images. Every image you take will be reproduced as clearly as when you shot it, whether you are printing postcard or A3 size. To achieve a sharp and clear image, the PowerShot A80 has a 3x optical zoom, ideal for shooting everything from landscapes to portraits. Its approximately 11x combined digital and optical zoom then allows you to get even closer. For increased creativity and photographic control, the PowerShot A80 has an easy-to-use Mode Dial with 12 shooting modes such as Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Movie and full manual modes. Two custom settings allow a combination of your preferred modes to be saved. The PowerShot A80 can automatically detect your subject, even if it's off-center in the frame. It chooses the best focus point from nine fixed focusing areas across your shooting scene so the final image will be accurate and sharp. Unique in its class, the PowerShot A80 has a vari-angle LCD that can be twisted in different directions to free you from shooting constraints. It's ideal for shots that require tricky positioning. The PowerShot A80 meets the new PictBridge direct printing standard, to allow it to simply connect to any other PictBridge-compliant printer for easy printing without a PC.

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

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Folding/Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Hi-speed shutter / Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Stitch assist/Landscape / Portrait mode / Hi-speed shutter / Slow shutter / Stitch assist / Night scene

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:23.4mm
Min Focal Length:7.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )/14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:3.6
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 50/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Low Sharpening / Vivid/Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical