Canon PowerShot A2100 IS review: Canon PowerShot A2100 IS

From off to first shot takes an acceptable 1.9 seconds. The camera's 2-second shot-to-shot time is also comparatively decent for its class. But turn on the flash and you'll be waiting an average of 6.9 seconds between shots. Shutter lag felt long during use and in CNET Labs' tests it was 0.6 second in bright conditions and 0.9 second in dim light. There is no proper burst shooting mode, but the A2100 IS has unlimited continuous shooting capable of a good 1 frame per second.

The A2100 IS has very good photo quality, and the larger resolution lets you take better advantage of the results. Color, contrast, and white balance are particularly good. As is the norm for this class of cameras, the A2100 IS produces its best results at light sensitivities below ISO 200. Though there is some graininess/noise at all ISOs, it becomes readily noticeable at ISO 400, but for the most part details remains good. Actually, you can get up to ISO 800 and still have a usable photo at smaller sizes, as long as you're OK with the reduced detail and clarity. Center sharpness is good, but it softens as you go out to the sides of the frame. There is some typical barrel distortion and purple fringing, but the amounts are in line with other cameras at this price point.

For a pure point-and-shoot camera, the Canon PowerShot A2100 IS is a good deal providing very good photo quality with the benefits of some extra zoom range and optical image stabilization. You'll just have to overlook its somewhat slow performance.

Shooting speed (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Time to first shot  
Typical shot-to-shot time (flash)  
Typical shot-to-shot time  
Shutter lag (dim)  
Shutter lag (typical)  
Kodak EasyShare Z1085 IS
2.9 
3.2 
2.6 
0.7 
0.4 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
1.3 
2.7 
2.3 
0.7 
0.4 
Nikon Coolpix S630
3.9 
6.9 
2 
0.8 
0.5 
Canon PowerShot A2100 IS
1.9 
6 
2.7 
0.9 
0.6 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1
2.3 
2.8 
2.5 
1.1 
0.9 

Typical continuous-shooting speed (in frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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Canon PowerShot A2100 IS

Part Number: 3473B001 Released: Mar. 15, 2009

MSRP: $349.99

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  • Release date Mar. 15, 2009
  • Digital camera type Compact
  • Optical Zoom 6 x
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 12.1 Megapixel
  • Image Stabilizer optical
  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"