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I bought this for a family trip where we wanted to take lots of snapshots and also for photographing documents in family history archives. It cost £99 at John Lewis and we spent an extra £7 on a memory card, and a case. Comparing this model with a similar one bought from Kodak left us impressed. And this one was cheaper.
It's straightforward to get to grips with. Image quality is very good. The camera is also light and compact, meaning it's easy to slip into a handbag. We took several shots of documents to see how it would perform in an archive and these came out rather better than i had anticipated when uploaded onto a PC screen. Snapshots came out well, too, even thought we were mainly using the camera as a point and shoot. 'Smart auto' was our friend here. The auto red eye correction function is something i sadly benefit from quite a bit as i haven't mastered the art of taking night time photos indoors. For all these things, the main control disk on the top of the camera is easy to understand, so if you want flash on or off this can be done quickly.
It comes with an internal rechargeable battery, which is a plus, as it saves having to keep a stock of charged-up AA/AAA batteries. The battery seemed to stand up well to a weekend of heavy use and even when we returned it was still going strong.
What else do we like about it? The sound quality on videos is very good. When you review photos and videos on the camera itself you can change the view from landscape to portrait simply by turning the camera round 90 degrees: couldn't be simpler and much less diddly than having to use the edit function. It performed well indoors and outdoors, including a period taking pictures in very bright light.
To view shots you can either stick the memory card straight into a laptop, or go the cable route, making it very flexible to use. The camera itself seems to 'direct' you: giving very good in-built instructions. All in all, for less than £100 this camera is value for money.
All in all we would thoroughly recommend this camera and in fact my daughter likes it so much she is saving for one herself.
I am very happy with the ease of use the Powershot A3100IS camera provides. I find the focus is pretty good and sharp most of the times, except at really close up distances. Close up images can be slightly hazy on really sunny days. This is a minor issue and shouldn't put anyone of buying this great value for money camera.
When it comes to the use of flash it is, as is the case with all canon cameras, extremely good and the amount of light emitted is good enough to light the whole photo not just the middle sections and still enables the shot to retain good colour levels.
I was also impressed with its ability to take indoor shots without flash and it provides a good level of light in what might seem pretty dark situations and is capable of producing really vivid colours. I work outdoors a lot and take various images of plants and animals and I'm always happy that I can fire off shots quick enough to capture things that might only be in shot for a matter of seconds.
The Powershot A3100 IS is comfortably above average when it comes to picture quality. It can handle most scenes and produces bright, colourful shots.
In summary, it takes a good shot in most situations and performs much better than most in-built phone cameras.
For me the main advantage is the quality of the pictures it takes and is a good point and shoot camera.
Taking pictures is always fun especially if you have animals and I love to take pictures of them with a decent digital camera. I found the Canon Powershot A3100 on a television channel recently and what grabbed me was how cheap it was. It was priced at just £60 and it was 12.1 megapixels.
I have always been told the more megapixels the camera has got the better the overall image and that is definitely true when it comes to this camera.
The design is fairly simple because my camera is red and looks slightly different to the picture for this item. There is the lens at the front which is kind of obvious but also this is where the big Canon logo is printed, after all they are a big camera firm.
On the back is where all the fun begins because you have a nice 2.7 inch LCD screen which is done in high resolution and this shows all the images you have taken and playback if you recorded anything. This screen is kind of large for the camera as it does take the majority of the back up so the buttons tend to be squashed all together.
You have every button you wish to use on the back from altering the picture you have taken to changing the type of settings you want.
There is 4x optical zoom which is kind of standard on most digital cameras although some do have more then this and some have less so 4x optical zoom is pretty good overall.
When I take a picture the stunning flash is amazing it seems so fast but the images are not over the top. When I take pictures which are in the dark sometimes the flash is slightly over the top causing me to wish I had never taken the picture so this does the opposite.
There is also the red eye reduction part to the camera as well so if you have got issues with red eye images this can be sorted out for you and I like the kid of photos you can take. You can have a self timer so you can move into place for a set time period before the photo is taken. You can add various photo effects such as black and white and sepia and more.
I love old fashioned images and sometimes taking a picture is nice in colour but changing the image to black and white can give the picture more focus.
You can play a movie or record a movie up to the value of 1 hour which is the same as 4GB memory so that is quite a lot if your out on holiday somewhere and they are all played in an AVi format.
If you want the weight of the camera this is 155g which I think is very light and the size of the item is 97 x 58 x 28 mm so the camera is not that big considering.
You have face detection which can be useful because in the dark if the camera can detect a face it might take an even better photo for you so that is fantastic to have and most cameras do have them now.
You can upload pictures by taking out your memory card and using it on a PC or plugging in a USB lead and taking the images directly from the camera itself.
I think the features, the weight and the overall product is exceptional and the value for money I received quite impressive. Also the fact that when I have got an image printed from the camera I am quite shocked with how impressive it seems. A few images can look blurry but when they are printed out they look great.
I have one perhaps problem and that would be when you take images and put them onto the computer there is very little in terms of software available for people to alter images so this perhaps is a let down.
I bought this as my first digital cam for USD 200. True to canon tradition its extremely user friendly with lot of built in options. The picture quality is so good. and the image stabilization feature is useful more than what i expected. My 3+ year old niece took some pictures (during my family get together) like a pro! (am not kidding). Before i decided to buy this there are many choices to make at that price range and its really a tough decision to make. But at the end the 'value for money' is what made me to choose this model. Its an absolutely no frills attached model and you pay for the camera.. not styling. not features which you hardly use.. best bet for a first digital camera for your family.