This review is devoted to PowerShot A800 that Canon has first introduced to the public in Jan 05, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #453 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #968 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot A800 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot A800. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.
Canon PowerShot A800 has the following external dimensions 94 x 94 x 31 mm (37.01 x 24.02 x 12.2″) with the weight of 186 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon PowerShot A800, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot A800 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 31mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot A800 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot A800 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot A800 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot A800 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot A800 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Canon PowerShot A800 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
The base of Canon PowerShot A800 has the following ISO range 80 - 1600 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Canon PowerShot A800. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .
Canon PowerShot A800 features a 10.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Canon PowerShot A800 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot A800 with other standard sensor sizes.
Canon PowerShot A800 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 115k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot A800 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, PowerShot A800 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, PowerShot A800 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot A800, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot A800 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.
Canon PowerShot A800 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect PowerShot A800 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon PowerShot A800 provides a shooting life of 300, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.
Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Canon PowerShot A800 offers the highest battery life that reaches 300 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot A800’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot A800’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot A800 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A800 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 61. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A800 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A800 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 1. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A800 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A800 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 23. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A800 can be called a 23 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A800 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 19. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A800 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A800 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 16. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A800 can be called a 16 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Jan 05, 2011|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||115k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Slow Sync|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736|
|Max Native ISO||1,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||640 x 480|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||94 x 61 x 31 mm|
|Battery Life||300 shots|
|Battery Type||300 shots|
|Battery Model||2 x AA|