Canon A3200 IS

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F) lens
  • 149g - 95 x 57 x 24mm
  • Released January 2011
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Canon A3200 IS overview

Canon A3200 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera first introduced on January of 2011. The camera features a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The A3200 IS is rated #113 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #971 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can look at our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your personal factors.

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The following is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon A3200 IS family

The Canon A3200 IS has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can find all earlier and new models as well as main features.

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Canon A3200 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon A3200 IS based on aspects which are usually seen as important in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
comes with face detection focus
comes with tracking autofocus
great maximum aperture (f)
great min ISO (80)
has built in flash
MP count good (14MP)
quite wide (28mm)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of external mic support
lack of HDMI out
lack of headphone support
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Time Lapse mode
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW format
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external flash support
no manual exposure
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
screen does not articulate
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
small sensor (1/2.3")
Photography Glossary

Canon A3200 IS Sensor info

The Canon A3200 IS houses the DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology processor. The sensor specification in the Canon A3200 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14MP and includes a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the A3200 IS's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The A3200 IS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A3200 IS dimensions

Canon A3200 IS weighs around 0.33 lbs (149g or 5.26 oz) & has outer dimensions of 95mm x 57mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Canon A3200 IS is lighter when compared with other competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Canon A3200 IS next to a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the A3200 IS.

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS topview buttons dials

Canon A3200 IS Lens info

The A3200 IS features a built in lens providing a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not very good nevertheless it is going to be helpful in some situations.

At the widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f making it excellent for low light situations and capturing a shallow depth of field. It is going to also let you choose a lower ISO to produce more clean pictures.

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Canon A3200 IS Connectivity

The A3200 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and oftentimes adjust camera settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Canon A3200 IS Video info

The highest video quality in the Canon A3200 IS is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in H.264 format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You should really try to get a minimum 1080p quality for video recording. The camera doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone jack which means you get no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to consider an alternative model should you need good audio for your video clips.

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Canon A3200 IS Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Canon A3200 IS so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Canon A3200 IS Display and Viewfinder

The Canon A3200 IS features a 2.7" fixed display boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the display is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon A3200 IS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really handy during sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Canon A3200 IS Shutter info

Canon A3200 IS continuous shooting rate is 1.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.

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Canon A3200 IS Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon A3200 IS features only in-built flash lacking external flash ability.

Canon A3200 IS Autofocusing info

Canon A3200 IS features just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detect making it helpful for portrait photography.

It features 9 focus points to pick from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Canon A3200 IS does not have manual focus. Manual focus mode is useful during low light situations or you need to have more accurate depth of field control.

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Canon A3200 IS Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest (470) battery life within this category of cameras.

Here is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Canon A3200 IS for various forms of photography

The following bar chart gives a overview of the Canon A3200 IS for various forms of photography. To check out more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon A3200 IS

The Canon A3200 IS gets a points total of 33 which is subpar, and means the camera is just not appropriate for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos & potential to work with off-camera flash.

Photography Glossary
megapixel count good (14MP)
supports face detection focusing
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Canon A3200 IS as a Street photography camera

Having a reasonable score of 57, the Canon A3200 IS is somewhat suitable to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Canon A3200 IS Sports photography info

A subpar sports photography rating of 39 indicates the Canon A3200 IS is just not appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have great autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Canon A3200 IS as a Travel photography camera

Weight is really crucial in buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Canon A3200 IS gets a nice 72 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent pick to purchase for your journeys.

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decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
does not have Timelapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen

Canon A3200 IS as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor will be image quality. The Canon A3200 IS at it's subpar grade of 42 for a landscape camera is just not appropriate amongst its rivals.

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pretty wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
screen is small (2.7")
manual exposure not available
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Time Lapse recording

Canon A3200 IS as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should come with a moving screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Canon A3200 IS is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it comes to a subpar rating of 34.

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really wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone jack

Canon A3200 IS Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the A3200 IS, here is a range of the top scored cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart below shows you an overview of the A3200 IS versus it's top scoring rivals listed above.

Here are a few more cameras you might look at as alternatives. To see a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot A3200 IS
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Smart
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
149g (0.33 lbs)
95 x 57 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Card slots
Pricing at launch