Canon A2100 IS
- 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 1600
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 640 x 480 video
- 36-216mm (F3.2-5.9) lens
- 185g - 102 x 64 x 32mm
- Launched February 2009
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon A2100 IS overview
Canon A2100 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first revealed on February of 2009. It uses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The A2100 IS stands at #202 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #1153 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personalized factors.
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Canon A2100 IS history
The Canon A2100 IS is part of a family of products. You can view the complete list underneath.
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Canon A2100 IS Gallery
You can look at the A2100 IS from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Canon A2100 IS Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon A2100 IS based on things which are often seen as important in a digital camera.
Canon A2100 IS Sensor information
The spec of the sensor in the Canon A2100 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.
The picture underneath shows the A2100 IS's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The A2100 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Canon A2100 IS dimensions
Canon A2100 IS weighs 0.41 lb (185g / 6.53 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 102mm x 64mm x 32mm (4.0" x 2.5" x 1.3"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Canon A2100 IS is very similar as compared to its rivals.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Down below is a shot of the Canon A2100 IS next to a softdrink so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view under will illustrate the button layout on the A2100 IS.
Canon A2100 IS Lens information
The A2100 IS houses a built-in lens offering a focal range of 36-216mm giving it a 6.0 x zoom which might not be great but it may be invaluable in some cases.
At it's widest 36mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.2 which is fairly sluggish and not very good in low light conditions and you will probably find it hard to capture good bokeh. You might also have to up your ISO setting giving you noisy images. On the long end, 216mm comes to f5.9 making it quite sluggish and you will have to go with slower shutter speeds.
Canon A2100 IS Connectivity
The A2100 IS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer files and in some cases alter camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.
A few apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.
Canon A2100 IS Video information
The highest video resolution in the Canon A2100 IS is 640 x 480 and it can record in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is terrible by today's requirements. You should try to get a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The body doesn't include a mic and headphone socket which means that you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to purchase a different model should you need better audio in your videos.
Canon A2100 IS Weather Sealing
Canon A2100 IS doesn't have weather proofing so rainy conditions can easily damage the camera.
Canon A2100 IS Screen and Viewfinder
The Canon A2100 IS houses a 3 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Please note that the display offers no touch support.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder details regarding Canon A2100 IS are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be really helpful for sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.
Canon A2100 IS Shutter information
Canon A2100 IS is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.
Canon A2100 IS Flash and Hot shoe information
Canon A2100 IS boasts just in-built flash without external flash ability.
Canon A2100 IS Autofocusing information
Canon A2100 IS boasts only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which can be useful for portrait photography.
It boasts 9 focus points to select from. Canon A2100 IS has no manual focus. Manual focus option is good for low light scenarios or you need to have more precise control on depth of field.
Canon A2100 IS Battery life
The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest (470) battery life for this group of cameras.
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Canon A2100 IS for various types of photography
The following illustration presents a analysis of the Canon A2100 IS for various types of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Portrait photography with Canon A2100 IS
The Canon A2100 IS has a score of 26 which is really bad, and means the camera is not good to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files plus the option to utilize off-camera lighting.
Canon A2100 IS Street photography features
Getting a decent score of 55, the Canon A2100 IS is reasonably adequate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Canon A2100 IS Sports photography details
A really bad sports photography rating of 25 means the Canon A2100 IS is not good for photographing sports. A camera must have very good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Canon A2100 IS as a Travel photography camera
Portability is really critical when picking a travel camera. On the whole, the Canon A2100 IS gets a moderate 50 as a travelling camera which is somewhat adequate to buy for your holidays.
Canon A2100 IS Landscape photography features
For anybody planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon A2100 IS and it's really bad score of 32 for a landscape camera is not good in the current market.
Vlogging with Canon A2100 IS
A camera for vlogging really should have a moving screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Canon A2100 IS is not good for vlogging as it receives a really bad rating of 27.
Canon A2100 IS Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the A2100 IS, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall into the family of Small Sensor Compact.
The diagram underneath offers you an overview of the A2100 IS versus it's highest ranking rivals suggested previously.
There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.