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Canon PowerShot A3100 IS review

The A3100 enters the fray with a formidable specification

Our Verdict

For

  • Good value
  • Excellent image quality
  • Decent screen

Against

  • Uninspired design
  • Boring movie mode
  • Middling lens specifications

With the PowerShot A3100, it's fair to say Canon has the entire spectrum of compact cameras covered.

From the excellent - and very cheap - Canon A490, all the way up to the top-end Canon G11, anyone in the market for a new compact camera will be able to find something they like.

The top and bottom ends of the price spectrum are easy, though. If you want DSLR-style performance and quality, prepare your bank manager and buy either the G11 or the excellent Nikon P6000. There are only a few truly decent cameras under £100, so that choice is easy as well.

Things get sticky in the middle, though. If you've got around £200 to spend the competition is fierce and the choice bewildering. Manufacturers know that's the sweet spot for consumers and so for a camera to succeed it has to be excellent.

canon powershot a3100 is

The Canon A3100 wades into the fray with a formidable specification list. Its 12.1MP sensor is a good start, and its 4x optical zoom, stabilised lens and big TFT on the back all make it a serious contender. But cameras like the Ixus 105 are just as serious.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPowerShot A
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)155 g
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedMMCplus, HC MMCplus, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height58.2 mm
Width97.2 mm
Depth28.1 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesA
Focal Length6.20 mm to 24.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelA3100 IS
Product NamePowerShot A3100 IS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4255B011AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The intelligent and compact PowerShot A3100 IS packs Canon image quality into a slim, lightweight body to make shooting a breeze, it's as easy as point and shoot. A 12.1 Megapixel sensor lets you produce stunning prints in sizes up to A2, or crop images to perfection without losing the detail necessary for larger prints.

Battery Life240 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot A3100 IS Compact Camera
  • NB-8L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year