Summary: With sub-$100 cameras, you expect some drawbacks. That's why they are priced where they are. I found in my Canon PowerShot A800 review that this model definitely has some drawbacks, primarily that its autofocus and response times are very slow.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot A800 is a 10 Megapixel budget compact with a 3.3x optical zoom lens starting at 37mm (equivalent) and a 2.5 inch LCD screen. It's the entry level A-Series PowerShot, replacing the A490 and A495
which were launched a year earlier
The PowerShot A800 lacks Canon's optical image...
Pros: Excellent image quality., Sturdy build quality., Long life from 2 x AA batteries., Blur Reduction Scene mode.
Cons: No image stabilisation., Limited 37mm wide angle., No menu Hints and Tips., No AV cable for TV viewing.
Conclusion: “Simplicity” and “affordability” are the buzzwords when it comes to the Canon PowerShot A800; its manufacturer can and could do much better, so it’s blindingly obvious this is a product engineered to hit a budget price point and plug a gap in the range.
Pros: Easy to use point and shooter, inexpensive
Cons: Bulkier and less style-orientated than your average pocket camera, obviously plastic build, no HD video or HDMI output, memory card costs extra
Excerpt: This is another from the range of small pocket cameras produced by Canon. The Ixus range normally has solid batteries and the PowerShot range – as with this – normally are controlled by ‘AA’ batteries to power the unit.
Summary: Apart from a few new shooting modes and a questionable cosmetic overhaul that actually makes the camera slightly more difficult to use, it's difficult to see just what Canon have added to the new Powershot A800 to justify its release.