Summary: The Canon PowerShot A800 is a compact digital camera with nice design and available in various colors. Among the outstanding features face detection and scene files and video footage in LP. Good enough ways to customize and scene, but overall the camera is guilty of functionality and specifications up to the sisters, especially with regard to the process of image which is the most dated DIGIC III instead of the more powerful DIGIC 4.
Pros: LCD, Battery Life, Smart Auto Mode, Blur Reduction Mode
Cons: Objective; Image Stabilizer, DIGIC III processor graph
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.
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. For the money results and feature set are fair, but we’d recommend stretching a little further and opting for a PowerShot A3200 IS that will provide slightly longer service and provide even the most naïve of beginners...
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