Canon PowerShot MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) A3100IS 12.1

Canon PowerShot A3100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)

Canon PowerShot A3100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) Rating:
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Product Description

Theres nothing more satisfying than taking great pictures And with the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS,its so effortless.The 12.1-megapixel resolution and 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer ensure radiant,detailed images.Plus youve 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.Theres the Face Detection Self timer for extraordinary control and performance and Smart AUTO lets you handle challenging conditions with ease.Plus this trim fashionable camera is yours in three stunning colors.

Details

  • 12.1 megapixels, 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, and DIGIC III Image Processor
  • Lithium-ion battery makes the camera lighter and offers an easy alternative to recharge
  • New scene modes, including Super Vivid and Poster Effect; Smart Auto selects from 18 predefined shooting situations
  • Large, bright 2.7-inch LCD
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Canon PowerShot A3100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 953 user reviews
Canon Canon PowerShot A3100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) Theres nothing more satisfying than taking great pictures And with the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS,its so effortless.The 12.1-megapixel resolution and 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer ensure radiant,detailed images.Plus youve 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.Theres the Face Detection Self timer for extraordinary control and performance and Smart AUTO lets you handle challenging conditions with ease.Plus this trim fashionable camera is yours in three stunning colors. $159.00 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31ZgD9U1iuL._SL160_.jpg
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10 Responses to “Canon PowerShot MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) A3100IS 12.1”

  1. Truthinadvertising Says:

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    I bought this camera for my 80+ year old father. He loves it. I did my DD and this camera is rated in the top 5 according to independent laboratory testing. For the money, I wish I had bought this one rather than my Kodak!

  2. sydney Says:

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    It’s a great first camera for my young son. He likes it. The picture quality is good and it is simple to use.

  3. Dr. Goetz K. Oertel Says:

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    This camera promised superior resolution, more flexible photography, and easier handling. It met two of the three but failed in the most important aspect – resolution and image quality.

    With 9.1 MPs the A3100IS should produce superior images (monitor) and photos compared with my two older cameras with fewer pixels and no image stabilization. Instead, the A31OOIS produces a dull and comparatively fuzzy image on the monitor that improves only slightly as one prepares to take a photo. In both ways, the image has two to three times less resolution than the older cameras with their fewer pixels. Further, the colors are subdued – somewhere between true color and a yellowish “black-white” image. That represents a big step backward from earlier models and is certainly not an upgrade in any sense.

    Image stabilization can be nice – but it’s next to useless when the image and photo are inferior to begin with.

    The camera offers an outstanding array of features and a superbly “human engineered” set of controls that quickly bring order to what might otherwise be an overwhelmingly large set of features and capabilities. Alas, again, the poor imaging performance renders these features next to useless and reduces the fun of exploring their full range. Finally, in regard to easier handling, the amazingly nice and compact size of the camera makes it easy to be ready to shoot.

    When my A3100IS arrived with this flaw, I returned it to Amazon for an exchange. Alas, the second A3100IS was hardly better than the first. That suggests a design flaw in optics or, more likely, the detector array. In fact, it is not unusual for manufacturers to deliver arrays with widely variable quality. Sometimes the quality is poor in a few units only, sometimes an entire production run may be flawed. That may be what happened to Canon with this model.

    For the record, I returned the second A3100IS to Amazon for credit – not for exchange. I still want this camera but will wait some months or a year until they can ship units that reliably produce the kind of experience I expect from this model – which should have rated five stars.

    Although design, flexibility, and ease of handling do deserve five stars, the resolution and color performance, sadly, are unacceptable and rate the minimum – one star – which is also my overall rating for this product – for now, at least.

  4. Surgery100 Says:

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    This is a compact, easy-to-use, bring the fun back to photography camera that provides Canon’s photo quality in a lower cost, compact build. A little bit bigger than the digital elphs, this camera still fits comfortably in a shirt or pant pocket.

    The feature set is very basic, and nothing new. It has a “Face select” feature which lets you select which person you want to focus on in a group. On the dial it has four settings: Auto, Easy, Program and movie modes. The auto mode is just as with every other camera, the camera will select the settings it determines best, but you maintain control (if you care to select it) over the white balance and flash. Easy is the same as auto, except no options. Program gives you the option to select among several “scenes”: Portrait, Landscape, Night, Kids&Pets, and Indoor (buried in the menu you can also select lesser used scene settings like Beach, Long Shutter, and Fireworks).

    The only negative I’ve encountered with the camera is the relatively slow processor. That is the power up time (the time between turning the camera on and taking the first picture) is average (about 2 seconds), however, the time between pictures is around 2 seconds without the flash to 4 seconds with the flash. If you envision having (or wanting) to take faster pictures, then this is not the camera for you. Similarly, if you want to have any control over settings (i.e. shutter speed if you want to take pictures of your running toddler) this is not the camera for you.

    Bottom line:

    Canon replaces control and feature selection for extreme ease-of-use. This camera is a solid option for the money, and in case you are considering the A3000 IS, this (the A3100) is well worth the extra $30 (better resolution and faster picture-to-picture time).

    The picture quality is great, no blur and vivid colors.

  5. COMPUTER GEEK Says:

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    I thought this upgraded model is better than my old A1100, so I upgraded it. After a week of playing with this new boy, I regretted the upgrade. I found that my A1100 is better made than the new A3100. Plus, I really love the feel of the old A1100 than the new one.

    Performance wise, I found that the pictures from A3100 are a little more grainy, not to mention that results from relatively old light situations. All in all, I just prefer the old good A1100. I returned the new A3100 after 1 week. Hope this helps.

  6. Tools30 Says:

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    I purchased this camera for my wife’s birthday in early August (2010). She wanted a new point and shoot camera with a better picture and smaller size and weight than her current four year old camera. After much research on my part, I selected the Canon Powershot A3100 IS. All I can say is that she is thrilled. She loves the size and weight, as well as the ease of use, but also the many available features, especially the Image Stabilization, 4X Optical Zoom, 12.1 MP, and the 2.7″ LCD.

    She just loves it. Her first 200 pictures have been great as well. Very few dudes, even the ones taken in low light. She is extremely pleased, so I can recommend this camera without any reservations. And when she is happy, oh yeah, I am happy.

  7. EleganzShopper Says:

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    I really like using this camera (Point and Shoot Digital Camera: Canon PowerShot AS3100IS easy to use with good pictures taken every time.) It is light enough such that I carry it in my front shirt pocket or vest pocket. It has a processor like those in Canon’s high end Digital SLR (DSLR); but this is a point and shoot camera with a large view finder easy to read; though not on bright sunny days (though the screen image is adjustable which I have not adjusted.) It has an image stabilizer which is great since I some times take pictures with just one hand. It is not too small for my large hands and long fingers; but it would be easy to use for those with small hands. I bought spare batteries from Amazon which cost a fraction of the cost of the Canon brand batteries. I use 4GB flash Memory cards (Class 4 or Class 6) and it works fast enough for my uses.) I have not tried a faster Flash Memory Card such as a Class 10; perhaps it would work even faster. I did not notice any difference in speed by using the class 4 or class 6, Flash Memory cards. The Class 4, have been fine for myself. It has a number of different formats for taking pictures such as Portrait (it can recognize smiles too), landscapes, action (pets and kids), indoor lighting, etc., it has a video or movie setting too which works good too. The buttons are easier to use than other digital point and shoot cameras I have used. It takes excellent pictures and you can see the picture after you take it; then you can either save it or delete it. I read a lot of reviews about this camera before I purchased it. I researched the point and shoot cameras and I found this was the best one for performance, features and cost. It has a 4X Optical Zoom and then a digital zoom after that. It is 12.1 Mega Pixels. I used to use a SLR film camera and I like this one more as it is so light and easy to take with me every where I go.

  8. J. Newell Says:

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    This is our fourth digital camera in about 5 years. Each time we buy one the features are greatly expanded and the ease of use increases dramatically. We still have 2 of the other cameras and will continue to use them. However the Canon A 3100 IS will be the one that we carry with use for spur of the moment shots, the lite weight, ease of use, quality of photos, and low cost are the main reasons.

    For the cost you can’t do better.

  9. Gordon M. Wagner Says:

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    My Canon S410 Powershot gave up the ghost, even after a trip back to Canon for repairs ($100, ouch). I was tired of not having a camera and this one crossed my path at the right time and I bought it after debating for months which camera to go with.

    This is MUCH lighter than my Canon S410, and far sleeker — all the knobs and buttons and whatnot are smooth and out of the way. It won’t snag on things like the boxy S410 tended to do. This camera is as light as a plastic disposable camera. I remember my first digital camera back in 1999 which weighed a pound and then some.

    The LCD screen is ENORMOUS compared to my old camera(s). It takes up almost the entire back of the camera body. Amazing. The controls are scrunched together compared to the S410 controls. Having had the S410 I was familiar with the Canon layout and the way the camera works, which was nice.

    An earlier review mentioned that the startup time and the time between shots was long — I didn’t find that to be the case. It powers up almost instantly, and even taking photos at the largest image size the time between shots is only a second or two. My first digital camera would tend to “submarine” for six or seven seconds between shots!

    Overall I’m VERY, VERY happy to have a camera that works again, and the cost wasn’t all that much, like half of what I paid five years ago for the S410. Half the cost, half the weight… I still daydream about getting a “real” camera, a digital SLR (DSLR) with a nice heavy L-series prime lens… but it wouldn’t fit in my pocket, would it?

    Don’t hesitate — this is a beautiful little device, thoughtfully designed and nicely manufactured. If you’re traveling or if you’re a parent (or both) you know you simply cannot take too many photos. I bought a 4GB card for this, one of those little big-as-your-thumbnail chips, and even at the highest resolution the photos are about 2MB apiece, so you can shoot a lot of photos and never run out of space. Included with the camera was a cable to attach to a television, which I thought was a neat idea. I’ll have to play with that sometime.

    My only caveat would be based on my experience having sent my S410 in for repair to Canon — for $100 the repair didn’t last long at all, I wonder if they just sent me a refurbished unit they had. Anyway, don’t DROP your camera and you won’t have to send it in to be repaired.

  10. Marie P. Centeno Says:

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    I bought this camera for my daughter in August,her birthday. She is a techie person and loved it from the get go. She’s not much on taking pictures, however, this little camera has changed that. She likes the fact that it is small enough to fit in her purse and she’s learned to take it everywhere she goes. The ease and performance are awesome. Olympus has done it again. No complaints.

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