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Canon PowerShot A400

The PowerShot A400 has all the quality expected from a Canon, with a price to make you smile. A choice of four fun colors and technology to produce gr...

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“Power drained”

published 17/10/2011

ProCanon quality lens, well built, decent range of fe...

ConsVery limiting zoom, sluggish performance, poor mov...

Introduction Sometimes it seems as though I'm fated to end up with a complete collection of Canon's long-running PowerShot A4xx series. They're popular beasts, and quite cheap second-hand, so they tend to appear both in job lots and in the occasional part-exchange deal. Curiously enough I hadn't...

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“Basic entry-level camera”

published 29/02/2012

Proinexpensive, ease of use, good picture quality, du...

Consworks with alkaline batteries, outdated, 1.5'' LCD...

The Canon PowerShot camera series was introduced in 1996 and since then the line has expanded with a range of compact digital cameras. The A series includes the entry-level PowerShot models. The Camera Canon A400 is a 3.2 Megapixel digital camera with high-quality 2.2x optical zoom lens, 3.2x...

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Excellent

ProPrice - quality - ease of use

ConsLack of an optical zoom

As a long time fan of Canon digital cameras I was keen to get my hands on the Powershot A400. Having used the A310 for sometime, the A400 was an attractively priced upgrade and I'm pleased to report that with a little coercion Santa delivered the goods. So, four months down the line, what is my...

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Excellent

ProGreat picture quality, Easy to use, An overall gre...

ConsNone

A Family camera I don't know where to start with this review, this camera has given so many happy family photos I feel it really needs some justice before we get a new one in a few weeks time :o( Along with the pentax (see other review) the canon power shot was a present to my partner from his...

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Super

ProEasy to use, generally very reliable, good quality...

ConsA little outdated now; small viewing screen; some...

If you've read my other review on the Sony Cybershot camera that I've ended up using lately, then you'll know that this Canon PowerShot A400 has been the digital piccy-taking love of my life in recent years! Now I'm not a technical person, so the fact that this camera has 3.2 mega pixels was not...

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“ If anyone can....”

published 07/12/2005

ProNeat, chunky and solid.Great pictures

Conssome gimmicky features

I confess, i don't own this camera. My brother does, however, and he lent it to me for the weekend and i liked it so much that I decided to review it here for your edification! It's a little belter! I have several cameras, two digital and two SLRs. Both SLRs are made by Canon and I have been...

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Super

ProLight, clear screen, easy to use, high picture qua...

Consbundled memory card, battery use, video recording.

I recently purchased this camera before a holiday, and as with all Canon products I have found that the A400 is an extremely high quality product. Having never owned a digital camera before I found it important to chose a camera that was both easy to use and offered good picture quality. This...

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Excellent

ProIdiot proof ..

ConsNone ??!!

This is my first digital camera. I agonised over all the technical details handed out in the shops - why is it whenever you are trying to buy something that you know absolutely nothing about you always get the little whizz kid - Bill Gates lookalike - confusing you with all these weird and...

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Super

ProLight, Very Easy to Use, Good Value, Good Quality ...

ConsNot Quite Pocket Sized, Guzzles AA Batteries

I was recently given this camera as an 18th birthday present .It was bought for £150 with some accessories, an extra 64mb memory card, a case, and a tripod. It can now be purchased for around £110 i believe. After years of using a standard camera I was worried that it would be a challenge to get...

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Excellent

“Lovely camera”

published 18/08/2005

ProCompact and easy to use

ConsDidn't come with a case

This is my first digital camera and I've had it for a couple of months now. I'm really happy with the quality of the pictures and of how easy it is to use. It is a lovely, compact camera with menus that are easy to navigate. The instruction manual is detailed but easy to understand and not bogged...

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“Canon PowerShot A400”

published 13/03/2007

Pro Great software and is simple to use but still get...

Cons Few mega-pixels and a small screen

I have had this camera now for two years and so far it hasn't let me down once. Although in comparison to the newer cameras out on the market it is fairly large and heavy, with a smaller screen and less mega-pixels, I've found it to be really good to use. For me the size is just right as anything...

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Product Information : Canon PowerShot A400

Manufacturer's product description

The PowerShot A400 has all the quality expected from a Canon, with a price to make you smile. A choice of four fun colors and technology to produce great results make this camera a joy to use. From the Canon Visionary Technologies that deliver great shot after shot to the easy access special scene modes, everything about the PowerShot A400 is designed to make photography simple. A camera that takes the hard work out of super results, leaving you to focus on capturing the right moment. And with 3.2 Megapixels, you'll be delighted at the detail and quality of your digital images and photo prints. A Canon high-performance lens ensures outstanding image quality from one corner of the picture to the other. Its 2.2x optical zoom is great for closing in on the action, while the macro close-up function lets you focus on objects as little as 5cm away. A 9-point AiAF auto-focus system keeps subjects in focus - even when they are not centered in the frame. A special scene mode gives access to 8 clever presets for excellent results in tricky conditions: Portrait, Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, and Indoor. Special effects include Sepia, Black & White and Vivid Color. The PowerShot A400 takes up to 3-minute movie clips, (up to 30 seconds at VGA quality) complete with sound recording, fun playback and in-camera editing on the 1.5" LCD screen. You can even connect your camera to the TV to share the best moments with family and friends. Get beautiful prints instantly without a PC, with any Canon Direct Print or PictBridge compatible printer. Simply connect your camera to the printer, hit the Print/Share button and you'll have a photo in your hands within seconds. The button also simplifies uploading to any Windows PC. When connected to a Canon Compact Photo Printer, the PowerShot A400 allows you to create handy ID photo prints.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon PowerShot A400 - digital camera, Canon PowerShot A400 - digital camera - with SELPHY CP400, Canon PowerShot A400 - digital camera - with Canon CP-400

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Sensor Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Lens System: 2.2 x zoom lens - 5.9 - 13.2 mm - f/3.8

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 47 cm

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Viewfinder: Optical - real-image zoom

Display: LCD display - 1.5"

Supported Battery: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Colour: Spring green, Silver, Sunset gold, Sky blue, Lime green

Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.7 cm x 3.7 cm x 5.4 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

Bundled with: Canon SELPHY CP400 Compact Photo Printer, Canon CP-400 Compact Photo Printer

General

MPN: 9688A007AA, 9686A009, 9686A007, 9689A007AA, 9689A007, 9686A003, 9686A008, 9687A008, 9689A008, 9688A008, 9687A009, 9686A033AA, 9689A001, 9687A001, 9686A001, 9686A034, 9688A009

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Spring green, Silver, Sunset gold, Sky blue, Lime green

Sensor Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 3,300,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 3,200,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/3.2"

Optical Zoom: 2.2 x

Digital Zoom: 3.2 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video

Bundled with: Canon SELPHY CP400 Compact Photo Printer, Canon CP-400 Compact Photo Printer

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, stitch assist, beach/snow, fireworks, night scene, Underwater, indoor, foliage

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Vivid

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (daylight)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 1 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 2.2 x zoom lens - 5.9 - 13.2 mm - f/3.8

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 45 - 100mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 47 cm

Macro Focus Range: 5-47cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 7 groups / 9 elements

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 2 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.3 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, built-in speaker, auto power save, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, AE lock, AF lock

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Optical - real-image zoom

Display

Type: 1.5" LCD display

Resolution: 115,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft VideoImpression, Canon ImageBrowser, Canon PhotoRecord

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS X, Apple Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2

Peripheral Devices: USB port, SVGA monitor, CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details: MacOS 9.0 - 9.2 - PowerPC - 64 MB - 120 MB ¦ MacOS X - PowerPC - 128 MB - 120 MB ¦ Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME - 150 MHz - 64 MB - 200 MB ¦ Windows XP - 300 MHz - 128 MB - 200 MB

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable

Battery

Battery Type: AA

Details: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card

Included Memory Card: 16 MB SD

Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 8 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 15 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 30 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 13 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 24 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 46 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 23 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 41 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 : 73 - with 16MB card ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 51 - with 16MB card ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 80 - with 16MB card ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 126 - with 16MB card

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 10 fps - 30 sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 180sec - max clip duration ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 10 fps - 20sec - with 16MB card ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 40 sec - with 16MB card ¦ AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 98 sec - with 16MB card

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 10.7 cm

Depth: 3.7 cm

Height: 5.4 cm

Weight: 0.2 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

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