Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Compact and easy to use
Canon Powershot A3100 IS
Member Name: grheliz
Canon Powershot A3100 IS
Date: 30/05/11, updated on 31/05/11 (19 review reads)
Advantages: Compact, easy to use, fun
Disadvantages: None we can think of
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.
Summary: Good value, flexible camera.
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