Canon A1400

Canon PowerShot A1400 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 174g - 95 x 62 x 30mm
  • Launched June 2013
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Canon A1400 overview

Canon A1400 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally released on June of 2013. The camera has got a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The A1400 is rated #135 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all around #1031 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can try out our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your customized factors.

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Below is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon A1400 history

The Canon A1400 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-A1400 front thumbnailCanon A140028-140mm
Canon-PowerShot-A2500 front thumbnailCanon A2500
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Canon-PowerShot-A3500-IS front thumbnailCanon A3500 IS
A1400 vs A3500 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A2300 front thumbnailCanon A2300
A1400 vs A2300
Canon-PowerShot-A810 front thumbnailCanon A810
A1400 vs A810
Canon-PowerShot-A3400-IS front thumbnailCanon A3400 IS
A1400 vs A3400 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A4000-IS front thumbnailCanon A4000 IS
A1400 vs A4000 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A1300 front thumbnailCanon A1300
A1400 vs A1300
Canon-PowerShot-A2400-IS front thumbnailCanon A2400 IS
A1400 vs A2400 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A1200 front thumbnailCanon A1200
A1400 vs A1200
Canon-PowerShot-A3300-IS front thumbnailCanon A3300 IS
A1400 vs A3300 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A3200-IS front thumbnailCanon A3200 IS
A1400 vs A3200 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A2200 front thumbnailCanon A2200
A1400 vs A2200
Canon-PowerShot-A800 front thumbnailCanon A800
A1400 vs A800
Canon-PowerShot-A3100-IS front thumbnailCanon A3100 IS
A1400 vs A3100 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A3000-IS front thumbnailCanon A3000 IS
A1400 vs A3000 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A490 front thumbnailCanon A490
A1400 vs A490
Canon-PowerShot-A495 front thumbnailCanon A495
A1400 vs A495
Canon-PowerShot-A1100-IS front thumbnailCanon A1100 IS
A1400 vs A1100 IS
Photography Glossary
Canon-PowerShot-A2100-IS front thumbnailCanon A2100 IS
A1400 vs A2100 IS

Canon A1400 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Canon A1400 based on features which are typically seen as essential in a digital camera.

built in zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
decent MP (16MP)
flash built-in
offers face detect focus
offers tracking focus
rather wide (28mm)
very good min ISO (100)
can't use external flash
doesn't have HDMI port
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have mic port
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
max fps low (1.0 fps)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
no manual exposure
no manual focus
not so great battery power (150 CIPA)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
small screen (2.7 inches)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Canon A1400 Sensor features

The specification of the sensor in the Canon A1400 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor has 16MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath displays the A1400's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The A1400 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

Canon PowerShot A1400 sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A1400 dimensions

Canon A1400 has a weight of 0.38 pounds (174 grams or 6.14 ounces) & has outside dimensions of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Canon A1400 is very similar in comparison with various competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the Canon A1400 next to a soda so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot A1400 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button arrangement on the A1400.

Canon PowerShot A1400 topview buttons dials

Canon A1400 Lens features

The A1400 includes a built in lens offering a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not huge nevertheless it is likely to be very helpful in some conditions.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 making it really sluggish and not good for low light events and you will probably find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You would also have to boost your ISO setting leading to noisy images. With the long end, 140mm comes at f6.9 which is quite slow and you might have to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Canon A1400 Connectivity

The A1400 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy images and in some cases adjust camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

A few apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Canon A1400 Video features

The highest video quality in the Canon A1400 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in H.264 file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should really go for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The body doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone socket so you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to take a look at an alternative model should you need decent audio for your videos.

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Canon A1400 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Canon A1400 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Canon A1400 Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon A1400 has got a 2.7" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Canon A1400 are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be rather useful.

Canon A1400 Shutter features

Canon A1400 has the capability to shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Canon A1400 Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon A1400 features just inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability.

Canon A1400 Autofocus features

Canon A1400 features only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and precise as compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detection which is useful for people photography.

The Sensor has got 9 focus points to choose from. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for subjects on the move. Canon A1400 lacks manual focus. Manual focus mode is good in low light conditions or you need to have more exact depth of field control.

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Canon A1400 Battery life

The battery power (2 x AA) for the Canon A1400 is made to last for 150 pictures with respect to the CIPA specifications which is lower in comparison with it's competition. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest (470) battery life in this type of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:

Canon A1400 for specific kinds of photography

The following illustration displays a overview of the Canon A1400 for specific kinds of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Canon A1400 Portrait photography information

The Canon A1400 has a rating of 35 which is terrible, meaning that it is just not good for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files and ability to work with external lighting.

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decent megapixels (16MP)
comes with face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Canon A1400 Street photography info

Having a modest points total of 47, the Canon A1400 is fairly suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Canon A1400 Sports photography advice

A terrible sports photography rating of 32 means the Canon A1400 is just not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have great tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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MP count good (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
bad battery (150 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Canon A1400

Portability is pretty crucial in getting a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon A1400 gets a very good 62 for a travelling camera which makes it a good choice for your holidays.

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megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse recording
low battery (150 shots)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Canon A1400

For anybody who is planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Canon A1400 with it's terrible grade of 33 for a landscape camera is just not good compared to its rivals.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7")
no manual mode
lack of image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
bad battery (150 CIPA)
missing Timelapse recording

Canon A1400 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should have a articulating display screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Canon A1400 is just not good as a vlog camera as it receives a terrible score of 28.

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quite wide (28mm)
has face detection focusing
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic port

Canon A1400 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the A1400, here is a range of the top scored cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph underneath gives you a summary of the A1400 versus it's highest scored competitors suggested earlier.

There are more cameras you might look into as alternate options. To go through a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Canon PowerShot A1400
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (tunnel)
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
15 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
3.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
174 gr (0.38 pounds)
95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2")
Battery life
150 pictures
Battery form
Battery model
2 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Storage slots
Launch cost