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.
Summary: If you're on a budget, the Canon PowerShot A800 should be among the first compact cameras you consider. It's very straightforward, takes a decent photo and represents extremely good value for money.
Pros: Great value, Easy to use, Surprisingly good photos, Takes 2 AA batteries
Cons: Basic, Heavier than many other compacts, No image stabiliser
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: The Canon Powershot A800 takes a very good quality snapshot photo for an entry level digital camera. My tests did expose some worrying weaknesses in the camera and the question is whether or not these weaknesses are important to you personally.
Pros: Picture quality, ease of use
Cons: LCD screen can be hard to see, shutter lag is an issue, especially when you use flash, zoom does not offer you a great deal of control