Canon A3100 IS overview
Canon A3100 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera first released on January of 2010. The camera includes a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The A3100 IS is placed #229 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all round #1182 out of 1436 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your personalized factors.
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Canon A3100 IS family
The Canon A3100 IS is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed list below.
Canon A3100 IS Gallery
You can look at the A3100 IS from several angles in the gallery below.
Canon A3100 IS Pros and Cons
Here is a list of pros and cons of the Canon A3100 IS based on factors that are generally viewed as useful in a camera.
Canon A3100 IS Sensor features
The sensor dimension on the Canon A3100 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and features a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so you have less margin for error.
The graphic below displays the A3100 IS's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The A3100 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Canon A3100 IS dimensions
Canon A3100 IS weighs about 0.36 lbs (165 gr / 5.82 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 97mm x 58mm x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Canon A3100 IS is on par as compared to its competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The following is a pic of the Canon A3100 IS with a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its size.
The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the A3100 IS.
Canon A3100 IS Lens features
The A3100 IS has an inbuilt lens offering a focal range of 35-140mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which is not amazing nevertheless it is going to be convenient in certain scenarios.
At it's widest 35mm, it will have an aperture of f2.7 and that's rather sluggish and not the best in low light situations and you might struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also have to up your ISO setting producing noisy files. For the long end, 140mm comes at f5.6 making it very sluggish and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.
Canon A3100 IS Connectivity
The A3100 IS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and at times adjust camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.
Some apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.
Canon A3100 IS Video features
The maximum video quality on the Canon A3100 IS is 640 x 480 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 480p is terrible by today's requirements. You should try to get at least FUll HD quality for video. The body doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone socket so you have absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably best to find an alternative camera if you require better sound in your video clips.
Canon A3100 IS Weather Sealing
Canon A3100 IS doesn't have weather proofing so damp conditions may damage the camera.
Canon A3100 IS Display and Viewfinder
The Canon A3100 IS includes a 2.7 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The ViewFinder details regarding Canon A3100 IS are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are very handy during bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Canon A3100 IS Shutter features
Canon A3100 IS continuous shooting speed is 1.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.
Canon A3100 IS Flash and Hot shoe features
Canon A3100 IS boasts just built in flash with missing external flash ability.
Canon A3100 IS Autofocus features
Canon A3100 IS boasts only Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & accurate as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.
It includes 9 focus points to pick from. Canon A3100 IS has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good during low light situations or you want to have more accurate focusing control.
Canon A3100 IS Battery life
The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest possible (470) battery life within this group of cameras.
Below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the highest battery life:
Canon A3100 IS for different forms of photography
The following chart provides a summation of the Canon A3100 IS for different forms of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section below.
Portrait photography with Canon A3100 IS
The Canon A3100 IS receives a score of 21 which is subpar, and means the camera is not really appropriate for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the capability to utilize external lighting.
Canon A3100 IS Street photography features
Having a moderate points tally of 56, the Canon A3100 IS is reasonably adequate for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Canon A3100 IS Sports photography advice
A subpar sports photography points total of 26 indicates the Canon A3100 IS is not really appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Canon A3100 IS Travel photography factors
Portability is really crucial in picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Canon A3100 IS gets a modest 51 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably adequate to purchase for your vacations.
Landscape photography with Canon A3100 IS
For anyone who is looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Canon A3100 IS at it's subpar grade of 28 as a landscape camera is not really appropriate in the current market.
Canon A3100 IS as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera ought to offer a moving screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon A3100 IS is not really appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a subpar rating of 25.
Canon A3100 IS Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the A3100 IS, below is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Compact.
The chart listed below will give you an overview of the A3100 IS compared to it's top ranking competitors listed earlier.
These are various other cameras you may regard as alternatives. To look at a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.