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Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera - 4255B001

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12.1 Megapixels/ 4x Optical Zoom/ Optical Image Stabilizer/ Lithium-Ion Battery/ Scene Modes/ Smart Auto/ Low Light Mode/ Large, Bright 2.7" LCD/ Silver Finish
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Canon PowerShot A3100 IS Silver Digital Camera - A3100ISSILVER

Now You've Got the Power.
There's nothing more satisfying than taking great pictures! And with the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS, it's so effortless. The 12.1 Megapixel resolution and 4x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer ensure radiant, detailed images. Plus, you've got an advanced DIGIC III Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology and the Face Detection Self-timer for extraordinary control and performance. New scene modes give your images a professional feel, while Smart AUTO lets you handle challenging conditions with ease. Plus this trim, fashionable camera is yours in three stunning colors.

Features:

  • Thinly designed, powerful A-Series camera with 12.1 Megapixels and 4x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and DIGIC III Image Processor that makes capturing that great shot even easier!
  • Lithium-ion battery makes the camera lighter and offers an easy alternative to recharge the battery.
  • New Scene Modes such as Super Vivid for additional bursts of color, and Poster Effect for a unique artistic look, which gives the shooter more creative freedom to capture images their way!
  • Smart AUTO will do the work for you by intelligently selecting the proper settings for the camera based on 18 predefined shooting situations.
  • Low Light mode for improved shooting in dimly lit situations.
  • Comes in 3 vivid colors: Red, Blue and Silver.
  • Large, bright 2.7-inch LCD makes viewing images a breeze.

Package Content:

  • PowerShot A3100 IS Body
  • Lithium-ion NB-8L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LA
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400

Specifications:

Type of Camera

  • Type of Camera: Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 4x Optical/4x Digital/16x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System

Image Capture Device

  • Type: 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
  • Total Pixels: Approx. 12.4 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels: Approx. 12.1 Megapixels

Lens

  • Focal Length: 6.2 (W) - 24.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm)
  • Digital Zoom: 4x
  • Focusing Range:
    • 3cm (1.2 in.) - infinity (W); 30cm (12 in.) - infinity (T)
    • Macro: 3 - 60 (W), 30 - 60 cm (T) (1.2 in. - 2.0 ft. (W), (12 in. - 2.0 (T))
  • Autofocus System: TTL Autofocus

Viewfinder & Monitor

  • Viewfinder: N/A
  • LCD Monitor: 2.7-inch TFT color LCD
  • LCD Pixels: Approx. 230,000 dots
  • LCD Coverage: Approx. 100%

Aperture and Shutter

  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.7 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
  • Shutter Speed:
    • 1 - 1/1600 sec.
    • 15 - 1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
    • Shutter speeds differ depending on the shooting mode
    • Shutter speeds availabe in Long Shutter: 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1 (unit: sec.)

Exposure Control

  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto*, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent
    • (*Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.)
  • Light Metering Method: Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
    • * Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
    • ** Metering frame is fixed to the center
  • Exposure Control Method: AE Lock
  • Exposure Compensation: +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance

  • White Balance Control: Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
    • *Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF.

Flash

  • Built-in Flash: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro, Smart Flash
  • Flash Range: 30 cm - 4.0 m (W), 30 cm - 2.0 m (T) (12 in. - 6.6 ft., 12 in. - 13 ft. (T))
    • Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.
  • Recycling Time: 10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)

Shooting Specifications

  • Shooting Modes: P, Auto*, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, SCN**, Movie
    • *Automatically detects shooting scene
    • **Face Detection Self-Timer, Low Light, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter
  • Photo Effects: My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom*
    • * Adjustment of contrast, sharpness and saturation available.
  • Self-Timer: Approx. 10-sec delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*
    • * Shooting start time (0-10 sec (in one-second increments), 15/20/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 (in one-second increments)) can be specified.
  • Continuous Shooting: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (approx. 2.6 shots/sec/ in Low Light)

Image Storage

  • Storage Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
  • File Format: Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 compliant
  • JPEG Compression Mode
    • Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
    • Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
  • Number of Recording Pixels: Still Image: 4000 x 3000 (Large), 3264 x 2448 (Medium 1), 2592 x 1944 (Medium 2), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 4000 x 2248 (Widescreen), Low Light 1600 x 1200

Playback Specifications

  • Playback Modes File
    • Easy, Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Resume Playback, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Jump, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
    • Still Images: Single, Index, Magnification, Trimming, Resize, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
    • Movies: Normal Playback*, Editing, slow motion **, pause, first frame, last frame, next frame, previous frame, fast forward, fast rewind
      • * Auto settings available in 5 levels.
      • ** 5 levels (including normal playback), sound not available.

Erasing Specifications

  • Erase Modes
    • Still Image: single image, all images
    • Movie: any movie file

Interfaces

  • Computer Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed USB (dedicated female connector with unified type of digital, audio and video)
  • Video Out: NTSC/PAL
  • Audio Out: Monaural
  • Other: Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

Power Supply

  • Power Source: Battery Pack NB-8L, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC60
  • Shooting Capacity: Approx. 240 shots
  • Playback Time: Approx. 6 hours *LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Physical Specifications

  • Operating Temperature: 32-104°F/0-40°C
  • Operating Humidity: 10-90%

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 3.83"
  • Height: 2.29"
  • Depth: 1.11"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.34 lbs
  • Shipping: 1 lb

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturers Warranty(authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
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TypePoint And Shoot
Effective Pixels12.1 Megapixels
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoNo
Height (inches)2.29"
Width (inches)3.83"
Depth (inches)1.11"
Optical Zoom4X
Digital Zoom4x
Built-In FlashYes
Focal Length6.2 (W) - 24.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm)
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)2.7"
LCD TypeTFT color LCD
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay2 sec.,10 sec.
Shutter Speed1 - 1/1600 sec 15 - 1/1600 sec.
Storage MediaSD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
Power SourceBattery Pack NB-8L, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC60
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
  

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Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera
 
4.0

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (5)

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    (2)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Lightweight/portable (18)
  • Simple controls/menu (18)
  • Excellent image quality (15)
  • Good low-light performance (13)

Cons

  • Dim LCD (4)
  • Missing features/settings (3)
  • Poor image quality (3)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Super little camera

    I am use to a SLR and wanted a little digital for light weight and ease of carting on trips & long walks. Excellent photos, image stabilization worked great - no trouble with...Read complete review

    I am use to a SLR and wanted a little digital for light weight and ease of carting on trips & long walks. Excellent photos, image stabilization worked great - no trouble with burry images. Great options with lots of choices of which you may use but AUTO does a great job making it very simple to use even for beginners. On AUTO it Automatically goes to MACRO setting for super close up shots, like for small flowers. Allows control of photo compression ratio which changes how large the photo files are (effects image quality -- the larger you print a photo the higher you want this). No viewfinder. LCD outdoors, a too dim, but still see enough to use OK. Has backlight capabilities when bright light is behind subject.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disappointing, Inaccessible Zoom button

    I was so unhappy that I decided to return this camera. The biggest problem is the placement of the zoom switch. I can't reach it while I'm shooting unless I use both hands,...Read complete review

    I was so unhappy that I decided to return this camera. The biggest problem is the placement of the zoom switch. I can't reach it while I'm shooting unless I use both hands, which gets very annoying. Pushing the button also shakes the camera, making videos more jarring than they need to be. I was also disappointed with the features. My previous Canon camera (now broken) has a lot more fun features like color-swap and single color mode, time lapse video, and a sound recorder that was surprisingly useful. Even features that it does have are more poorly done. The Red-eye correction does a lousy job of finding the red eyes that need correction. (My previous camera let me tell it where to correct.) The menus do a much better job of explaining the features that you can set, which I really appreciate. The picture quality was mostly pretty good, but got very fuzzy without the flash, even in well lit rooms. But it often exposed for the background, so the people in the foreground were washed out. Overall, they've redesigned these cameras and made them less fun, less flexible, and less useful.

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    4.0

    Really like the camera

    By SLC Traveler

    from SLC UT

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to use
    • Excellent Image Quality
    • Good battery life
    • lightweight/portable
    • Simple controls/menu

    Cons

    • slow recovery time for action shots

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera:

      I got this camera because of my experience with Canons and had used my son's Elph. I have a G3 Powershot with incredible features, but it's big and heavy; I wanted a small camera with excellent image quality. I took it on a European trip and took 450 photos, charging it twice. The only thing I don't like is using the computer program and the lack of ease in grouping photos into folders. The Zoom Browser program I got with the G3 was a lot more user friendly for modifying/editing and sorting my photos. The recovery time is slow, so it isn't particularly good for action shots, but that's seldom an issue for me.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Disappointing Action Shots

      By Vinny1ear

      from Arizona

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Easy to use
      • good low-light performance
      • Nice features/settings
      • Simple controls/menu

      Cons

      • long write time cycle

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera:

        Got the 3100IS for those times when I didn't want to lug around my Rebel. The camera fits in my pocket, has a top notch viewfinder, good zoom and resolution. Image stabalizer is helpful on action shots, But in spite using a San Disk 4GB Ultra card, write time was very slow, which resulted in either missing or blurriing key shots at a gymnastics meet. Also, if it's in your pocket, the dial is easily changed to an unwanted mode (i.e. Video instead of Auto), so remember to check! I'm a Canon loyalist, and this camera does everything I expect from Canon - except on action shots in pt & shoot auto mode.

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        (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        flash

        By baka

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera:

        camera is almost new. flash doesn't work now. been treated like a baby. you do the math.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love my camera!

        By Anonymous

        from MA

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Excellent Image Quality
        • Good battery life
        • good low-light performance
        • lightweight/portable
        • Nice features/settings
        • Simple controls/menu

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera:

            Love this camera. Bought it for vacation, and only "practiced" with it briefly before we went away. Very simple to use - battery lasted the whole week away without recharging. Took sunrise and sunset pictures and the whole range in between with great performance no matter the lighting conditions. No blurry shots, either. Easy step by step directions to upload to computer. Great vacation pictures - Could not be happier!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            The best feature is image stabilization

            By PhotographyAddict

            from Alabama

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • good low-light performance
            • lightweight/portable

            Cons

            • Missing features/settings
            • No view-finder

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera:

              I had a PowerShot A530 that I was perfectly happy with. I took it with me literally everywhere in case I saw a scene I wanted to capture. When my children gave me a PowerShot A31000 IS for Christmas I was puzzled at first. I did not need or want a new camera. However, I discovered its best feature that very evening when all my indoor 1/8 s exposures with no flash turned out perfectly clear. I later learned that was due to the image stabilization feature. I also like that the flash stays turned off when the camera is turned off and on and does not default to on. Only thing I don't like is lack of viewfinder.

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              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              replaced A70

              By javelina

              from Cottonwood, AZ

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Easy to use
              • Good battery life
              • lightweight/portable
              • Simple controls/menu

              Cons

              • Poor image quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera:

                I bought this camera just before Christmas to shoot family scenes. Comparing previous holiday pictures taken with Canon A70, 3.2 mpix (still works, just playback function failed) I found most image qualities better. Example; the A3100, using the Auto setting with Auto flash, gave me one indoor picture really blurry. Found out camera speed was 1/25 sec. With my old film cameras I never shot slower than 1/50. Also, with camera set at "L" image size, I get jpg size of 4-5 mb, on A70, "L" gave you about 1mb .

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Now that I've adapted to ...

                By Happy Owner

                from Florida/Ohio

                Pros

                • Bright LCD
                • Durable
                • Easy to use
                • Excellent Image Quality
                • Good battery life
                • good low-light performance
                • lightweight/portable
                • Nice features/settings
                • Simple controls/menu

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera:

                    Now that I've adapted to the slimness of the camera, I appreciate it's light, thin design. I recently used it for a Panama Canal cruise and am very pleased with both the still shots I took and the video with audio. The rechargeable battery avoids the need to carry an unknown quantity of batteries, and this camera has good battery life. I would recommend it to friends, without reservation. Thanks, Canon, for another great product.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very Pleased

                    By Rjand

                    from Angier, NC

                    Pros

                    • Easy to use
                    • Excellent Image Quality
                    • good low-light performance
                    • lightweight/portable
                    • Nice features/settings
                    • Simple controls/menu

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera:

                        This little camera is awesome ! So easy to use and the picture quality is great ! Have printed some photos to 8 x 11 that were good enough to frame and display. For the price it's a real bargin. Would recommend this camera to anyone.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I love it

                        By joycie

                        from Paris TX

                        Pros

                        • Bright LCD
                        • Easy to use
                        • Excellent Image Quality
                        • Good battery life
                        • good low-light performance
                        • lightweight/portable
                        • Nice features/settings
                        • Simple controls/menu

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera:

                            I love my little camera. And it's red. It's easy to use. I've been taking pictures for family, friends, & facebook. I've even learned to use the video feature. I have Parkinson's so the shake feature is important to me. I have had no trouble.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great snapshot camera

                            By old snaper

                            from Portsmouth

                            Pros

                            • Bright LCD
                            • Durable
                            • Excellent Image Quality
                            • Good battery life
                            • good low-light performance
                            • lightweight/portable
                            • Nice features/settings
                            • Simple controls/menu

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon PowerShot A3100 IS 12.1 Megapixel Silver Digital Camera:

                                Got the 3100 for Christmas. So far I haven't been able to take a "bad" picture. It is almost fool proof. Light and easy to use. Good battery life. Excellent micro mode for those really close up pictures. Read complaints about the plastic body, but that hasn't been a problem. Very happy with the camera's performance.

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