Summary: For a few dollars more, reviewers say, the Canon PowerShot A1200 (*Est. $90) offers better features and performance, although the A800 runs neck-in-neck for photo quality. We found thorough reviews of the Canon PowerShot A800 at PhotographyBlog.com, CameraLabs.com and PCMag.com. Which? magazine and ConsumerReports.org post lab-based test results along with rating charts, and About.com offers a hands-on review.
Pros: Bargain price, Great image quality, Long battery life, Plenty of preset shooting modes, Simple to use
Cons: Low-resolution LCD display, No HD video, Slow shooting speeds, Tight wide-angle lens, Poor image stabilization
Canon PowerShot A800 – Extremely Good Value for Money
1 November 2011
Excerpt: Canon PowerShot A800 is a no-frills point and shoot camera that offers great value, surprisingly good images and dead-simple operation. It is very easy to use and provides nice images, despite its low price. It is a new entry level camera in the extensive range of Canon of small point and shoot digital cameras. It features 10-megapixel sensor, 2.5 inch LCD display, 3.3x optical zoom lens with focal length of 37-122mm and DIGIC III image processing engine.
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. Shot to shot delays are especially bothersome, as you'll see the "busy" message appear on the LCD screen between shots for far too long.
Even though the autofocus is slow, it is pretty sharp.
Pros: Inexpensive camera, Completely automatic, very easy to use, Uses AA batteries, which is handy when traveling, Autofocus is sharp most of the time
Cons: A800 has slow response times, even for a budget-priced camera, Colors seem to be dull, especially with indoor photos, Camera body seems a bit chunky, Zoom lens creates some noise and moves in a jerky motion, Autofocus is slow, especially in low light, so you'll want to pre-focus by pressing shutter halfway
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 stabilisation found on more expensive models, instead it offers a Blur reduction scene mode which shoots reduced resolution images measuring 1600 x 1200 pixels.
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.
Excerpt: Replacing the A495 model, the new Canon PowerShot A800 is virtually identical to its predecssor, so a lot of the comments that we made about that camera will be repeated here. At a manufacturer's suggested price of £79.99, the A800 is actually significantly cheaper on launch, reflecting the ever-decreasing cost of entry-level compact cameras.
Excerpt: At one time all digital cameras were made this way. Fashioned obviously from plastic with a blue-grey hue and power coming courtesy of two bog standard AA batteries, they were viewed as PC peripherals rather than the lifestyle accessories of today.
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