Canon PowerShot A800

The Good The Canon PowerShot A800 is a no-frills point-and-shoot that takes AA-size batteries. It's easy to use and produces nice photos despite its low price.

The Bad The A800 has slow shooting performance and a low-resolution LCD that's very difficult to see in bright sunlight.

The Bottom Line Considering its bargain price, you'll get excellent photos from the Canon PowerShot A800. Just don't expect anything more than that and you'll be fine.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Image quality 8.0
7.0 Overall

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Canon PowerShot A800

Editors' note: Several design elements, features, and shooting options are identical between Canon's PowerShot A800 and the

Canon's 2010 A-series entry-level point-and-shoots didn't show a lot of diversity. That changed for 2011, though, as

While the A800 has few shooting features, slow shooting performance, and an all-plastic body, it probably produces the best photos you're likely to get at its price. If you can't afford to step up to the A1200 or just don't need anything beyond a good automatic camera for the occasional snapshot, the A800 is a sound purchase.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Canon
  • Digital Camera Type compact
  • Weight 4.87 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 10 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
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model Red

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