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Canon PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera - Silver (12.1MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.7 Inch LCD

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  • 12.1 Megapixel camera with metal exterior in 3 colour variations
  • Genuine Canon 4x optical zoom with Image Stabilizer
  • 6.7cm (2.7") high resolution LCD for comfortable shooting and playback
  • Exceptional ease of use with Smart Auto, Easy mode and on-screen Hints & Tips
  • People shots made easy with Face Detection, FaceSelf-Timer and Auto Red-Eye Correction

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 9.7 x 5.8 cm ; 154 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 4255B011AA
  • ASIN: B0032JTPK2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Jan 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,287 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Simple point-and-shoot fun with great results every time
For simple point-and-shoot operation with great results every time the compact easy-to-use 12.1 Megapixel PowerShot A3100 IS with intelligent shooting power is the perfect choice.

Two shooting modes make it a natural for beginners and everyone else who wants the ideal combination of style and convenience. Choose Smart Auto for effortlessly great results across a wide range of shooting conditions or switch to Easy Mode, which allows even children to get great shots with single button control.

Either way the DIGIC III Image Processor keeps it all looking sharp with a host of intelligent Canon technologies including Face Detection and Motion Detection for stunning images every time, a Face Detection Self-Timer and automatic Red-eye Correction. For great shots in tricky lighting conditions a new low light mode and Canon's i-Contrast correction offer improved contrast and greater detail.

A 4x optical zoom with optical image stabilisation gives a wide choice of framing options and crisp clear images, while a bright, bold 2.7" LCD makes shooting and playback a genuine pleasure. What's more you can quickly and easily shoot smooth VGA movies at the touch of a button, which you can easily upload to sharing sites like YouTube, thanks to Canon's free web uploader software. The PowerShot A3100 IS also incorporates support functions for the next-generation SDXC memory cards as well as Eye-Fi cards.

Effortless shooting - superb results
When you're taking pictures, the only thing you want to think about is your subject so the effortless PowerShot A3100 IS offers two simple shooting modes - Smart Auto and Easy Mode.

Advance Scene Detection Technology gets the best from difficult shooting conditions.

Advance Scene Detection Technology gets
the best from difficult shooting conditions.
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Smart Auto mode allows the camera to intelligently select the appropriate settings so you can concentrate on your subject. Advanced Scene Detection Technology automatically analyses shooting conditions - detecting people, distance, brightness, colour and movement information - then selects the one that offers the perfect settings from 18 specially defined scenes. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset or friends in the park you can be confident you're getting the perfect image. Smart Auto is also more than just scene detection. With moving subjects Servo Auto Focus/Auto Exposure (AF/AE) is in continuous operation so they are always in focus and correctly exposed and you never have to miss a shot. For close ups the camera automatically switches to macro mode for sharp shots while Smart Flash Exposure optimises exposure and flash controls to ensure your subject is perfectly lit and dark and light areas are accurately reproduced.

In Easy Mode the camera automatically selects all the camera settings deactivating all buttons except those used for shooting - ideal for beginners or children.

Ultra sleek, ultra stylish
The PowerShot A3100 IS combines ease of use with a new slim design. Compact enough to fit in your pocket, it also features a smart stylish metal exterior - perfect for you take with you wherever you go.

Choice of manual shooting modes
With the PowerShot A3100 IS, you also have the option of selecting from a range of manual shooting modes that you can count on for exact focus no matter where your subject is in the frame. Simply select the mode you want and let the camera take care of everything else, ensuring breathtaking, exhilarating pictures even when shooting conditions are tough.

There are also two new photo effect modes: Super Vivid, which adds vibrant colours to photos for a dramatic result; and Poster Effect, which gives a retro feel to photos by creating a poster-like effect.

The Optical Image Stabiliser automatically detects and corrects camera shake.

The Optical Image Stabiliser automatically
detects and corrects camera shake.
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More creative options - near or far
The 4x zoom allows for a wide range of framing options and lets you get up close and personal with faraway objects. Camera shake can be an issue with zoom lenses but Canon's market-leading Optical Image Stabilisation makes sure that you can capture steady shots throughout the zoom range.

Power efficient with quick recharge
The PowerShot A3100 IS runs off an intelligent rechargeable Li-Ion battery that will give you hours of shooting pleasure and is quick and easy to recharge.

Improved shots in tricky lighting situations
The PowerShot A3100 IS features a new low light mode for use in places such as museums, parties and candlelit restaurants where you can't, or don't want to, use flash - automatically allowing you to capture atmospheric shots.

Canon's Intelligent Contrast Correction automatically adjusts for the best image

Canon's Intelligent Contrast Correction
automatically adjusts for the best image.
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Meanwhile Canon's i-Contrast feature offers improved contrast and greater detail in tricky lighting conditions. Available in either shooting or playback mode, i-Contrast analyses the exposure, dynamic range and other image characteristics of a shot then adaptively increases the gain in dark areas to produce heightened detail in those regions. It does this without blowing out correctly exposed parts of the image, while the camera's noise reduction technology ensures minimal noise in the adjusted areas.

Video clips with easy YouTube uploader
As well as taking fantastic still pictures the PowerShot A3100 IS allows you to capture smooth 30fps VGA video clips. For fast and easy uploading of your clips to sharing websites like YouTube, Easy Web Upload software is included free in the box. This displays your SD clips and can store your YouTube log in details, so you can just select your clip and upload with one click.

With Eye-Fi Video cards you can upload direct to the web without the need for a PC.

With Eye-Fi cards you can upload direct
to the web without the need for a PC.
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SDXC and Eye-Fi card support
The PowerShot A3100 IS supports SDXC memory cards as well as Eye-Fi cards. SDXC cards are for high capacity storage of up to 2TB (2 Terabytes = 2,000 Gigabytes) while Eye-Fi are the first memory cards with their own Wi-Fi transmitter that allow you to effortlessly transfer pictures or videos directly from the camera to online sharing sites via the Eye-Fi server without the need for a PC. You can also send movies wirelessly to your own PC and customize not just where your pictures and movies are sent but also how you want them organised.

Shoot with confidence
Easy Hints & Tips provides onscreen guidance so even beginners can operate the camera with confidence right from the box. Menu explanations are always easy to understand and when settings are changed, the relevant icon displays in an easy-to-see orange colour adding up to a sophisticated and pleasant operating experience.

New filing options
Organising your photos is now even easier thanks to the PowerShot A3100 IS's new filing options. Auto Category sorts images into categories depending on each shooting condition; while My Category allows you to tag images to different categories using your own criteria E.g. people, scenery, Events.

A world of advantages with Canon technology

Rich razor-sharp images - every time
The lens is the most important part of any imaging device and all Canon cameras incorporate lenses designed and manufactured by Canon to the most exacting standards - lenses based on over 60 years of experience for outstanding results.

The outstanding quality of Canon lenses is underscored by their use in most broadcast applications. For example programs like Coronation Street, Casualty and X Factor and nature documentaries like The Blue Planet and Life, as well as the majority of outside broadcasts in the UK, are all recorded using Canon's state-of-the-art broadcast lenses.

An advanced Optical Image Stabilizer keeps moving subjects in sharp focus. Meanwhile framing, reviewing and sharing shots is made easy with a bright 2.7" LCD screen, which incorporates a Night Display mode to aid visibility in low light and a selectable Grid Line display to help you compose the perfect shot. A resolution of 12.1 Megapixels allows you to capture every scene in rich detail, ensuring oversize prints - even of cropped pictures - retain high image quality.

Face Detection locates faces in shot and automatically adjusts for natural skin tones

Face Detection Technology locates faces in a shot
and automatically adjusts for natural skin tones.
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Fast, intelligent processing and superb image quality
Canon's most advanced image processor, DIGIC III, lies at the heart of every Canon digital camera and delivers exceptional processing speeds, responsive operation and advanced noise reduction. It also makes possible intelligent Face and Motion Detection technologies, which find and track moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, adjusting the camera settings for optimal results. Advanced Noise Reduction ensures richly detailed clean images even at high ISO speeds.

With Face Detection up to 35 faces can be detected in each shot and focus, exposure, flash setting and white balance are all automatically adjusted for optimal results with natural-looking skin tones. Face Select & Track allows a single face in a crowd to e selected and tracked alas the main subject while a Face Detection Self-Timer also makes group photos and self-portraits easy. Once the shot has been set up, the camera records the number of faces detected in the frame when the shutter is depressed and the self timer started - it then waits for an extra face to get in the frame and adjusts focus and exposure before it takes the picture.

Motion Detection Technology uses changes in scene information and scene brightness to accurately identify subject motion. The optimal ISO level is then set automatically to minimise blur and maximise image quality.

Automatic Red-eye Correction is available in both shooting and playback mode and accurately removes the red-eye effect caused by flash.

Box Contains

  • Digital Camera A3100 IS
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • Battery Pack NB-8L (with Terminal Cap)
  • Battery Charger CB-2LAE
  • AC Cable (E-type plug)
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (for USB)
  • User Manual Kit

  • Customer Questions & Answers

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    348 of 349 people found the following review helpful By Theo on 4 April 2010
    Colour Name: Silver
    Really impressed with this new Canon, purchased it after my old Ixus went for a swim :( Was really after a easy point and shoot for places were I dare not take my SLR.

    It's an absolutely superb camera for the price, on a tighter budget I would say you could opt for the A3000 one because its basically exactly the same aside from the sensor. Your actually paying for 2 extra mega-pixels of noise on this one :)

    Pro's:

    - Very nice build quality, much better than equivalent Sony's at this price
    - Very clean images up to ISO 200
    - Button/Menu layout is excellent as usual for Canon but I particularly liked the feel of the buttons compared to other manufacturers
    - Image stabilization has been superb
    - Face detection is very impressive
    - Very easy to use

    Con's:
    - Struggling to find many really
    - The lack of viewfinder but to be honest on P&S camera its v.rare that you use a viewfinder
    - The battery life is OK, would recommend a secondary battery for when using the flash a lot (cheap from HK/China)

    Overall: This will never replace a SLR but it does a damn fine job for a point and shoot. Perfect for taking out when you don't want to take an expensive camera. Image quality is crystal clear, very easy to use, nice build quality and highly impressive for the price tag.

    Tips: Turn Image stabilization onto shoot only, reduce brightness of LCD, shoot in P mode at ISO below 200, buy a second battery, when taking night shots without a flash use a 2sec timer
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    122 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Marvin on 10 Aug 2010
    Colour Name: Silver
    I'm using this for 2 months, and I've to say, it take pictures worth almost a reflex. A really good one, I'd buy it again if I needed.

    The battery is practically infinite, I just came back from holidays and I only had to charge it once (I took more than 900 pictures using flash often)
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    38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Bilbo on 8 Oct 2010
    Colour Name: Silver
    What do you need from a camera. Are you after perfect shots each and everytime with the minimum of fuss then look no further If you want something to take those "professional shots" then go and buy a very expensive SLR although the results from this camera can be stunning. This really is a great point and shoot camera with all the gismos if you need to play around with them. Simple to operate in Auto mode just point and shoot and the camera does all the work. Takes great indoor and outdoor shots from as close as 3cm to infinity. The build quality is very good. Its made of metal and does not feel plasticy as one reviewer has stated. Big 2.7 screen which will not diappear in sunlight - you can adjust the brightness. Its just about the right size and weight to put in your pocket. Really pleased with it especially when I bought it for less than £90 from Amazon. Bought spare li-on batteries from E Bay at 2 for £6-50 ie £3-25 each. Sorted
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    59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Barry A. Smith on 20 Jun 2010
    Colour Name: Silver
    Camera arrive very quickly from Amazon, and everything worked well (very intuitive)and quality of images are excellent. Great point and shoot camera. I Wish a camera case and SD card were part of the same deal, or a few pounds more, otherwise, Great value and would recommend to anyone as a first time camera.
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    25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By jules2110 on 13 Sep 2010
    Colour Name: Silver
    I recently bought this camera for my holiday. It was easy to use and I'm really pleased with my pictures. The battery life is excellent. I also like it because it uses standard SD cards for memory. I would definately recommend this camera.
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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Thomas on 22 July 2010
    Colour Name: Blue Verified Purchase
    My wife really likes this camera. It's quick, easy to use and takes very good photos. Video quality is good even though not HD. You'd be hard pressed to find better at this price. Highly recommended.
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    47 of 48 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 11 Aug 2010
    Colour Name: Blue
    This was a birthday present, I got it because I wanted a digital camera. Now I do like CANONS because they have great picture quality. But this one in particular was great as it had a good price tag. There are so many features on this camera. One thing I really liked was the usage of zoom during filming.

    The design

    It is so easy to hold and not to small that it slips out of your hand, finding buttons is easy as it has a dial on top to go through different modes. Even at first it is so easy to use and if you get stuck theres a manual on cd and in a booklet.

    The quality

    Yes, the picture and movie quality is great and the modes really help you get the best picture. The movie quality is good but not great but as this is a camera I give movie quality five stars. The battery quality is great aswell because it only needs to charge for about 2 hours and the battery life lasts for ages.

    Bonuses

    It comes with a CD and the CD has a video editing device which you download. You can also register on the CANON website and register your camera on.

    There is only one bad thing and it isn't really bad. It's that it doesn't come with a SD card (well thats normal) But there's no storage space to take pictures on the camera without an SD card. But that is not so bad as it is easy to get SD cards.

    Well altogether it is a great digital camera and if you are looking for a simple camera with good quality, I advice you concider this one.

    Thank you
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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Gillian M. Patten on 4 Oct 2010
    Colour Name: Silver
    Bought Camera for my daughters birthday. She is very pleased with the pictures. Amazon was the cheaper than the high street retail shops, enabling me to get the upgraded camera for the price limited I wished to pay. Good size sreen and easy to edit pictures. I have purchased Canon before and have always been pleased the the digital photo results. The delivery of the product was fast. Would recommend the camera.
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