Canon A3400 IS

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 126g - 94 x 56 x 21mm
  • Introduced February 2012
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon A3400 IS summary

Canon A3400 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera originally launched on February of 2012. The camera has got a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The A3400 IS places at #63 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #833 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your custom factors.

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Below is a graph of specific factors used in the rating system.

Canon A3400 IS family

The Canon A3400 IS has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can check out all previous and more recent models as well as key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Canon-PowerShot-A3400-IS front thumbnailCanon A3400 IS28-140mm
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Canon-PowerShot-A4000-IS front thumbnailCanon A4000 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A2400-IS front thumbnailCanon A2400 IS
A3400 IS vs A2400 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A3200-IS front thumbnailCanon A3200 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A800 front thumbnailCanon A800
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Canon-PowerShot-A3100-IS front thumbnailCanon A3100 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A3000-IS front thumbnailCanon A3000 IS
A3400 IS vs A3000 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A490 front thumbnailCanon A490
A3400 IS vs A490
Canon-PowerShot-A495 front thumbnailCanon A495
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Canon-PowerShot-A1100-IS front thumbnailCanon A1100 IS
A3400 IS vs A1100 IS
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Canon A3400 IS Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Canon A3400 IS based on features that are normally regarded as useful in a camera.

built in zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
comes with touch to focus
flash built-in
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (126 grams)
MP count good (16MP)
offers face detection focusing
offers tracking autofocus
quite wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
touchscreen enabled
very good minimum ISO (100)
can't use external flash
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW files
does not have external mic port
does not have HDMI port
does not have headphone port
does not have Time Lapse mode
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual focus
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
sluggish at long end (f6.9)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (180 shots)
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
Photography Glossary

Canon A3400 IS Sensor information

The spec of the sensor on the Canon A3400 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter might cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 16MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The image below shows the A3400 IS's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The A3400 IS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A3400 IS dimensions

Canon A3400 IS is 0.28 lb (126g or 4.44 oz) & has outside dimensions of 94mm x 56mm x 21mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Canon A3400 IS is less heavy as compared with its competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Canon A3400 IS besides a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS dimensions scale

The top view here will show the button design on the A3400 IS.

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS topview buttons dials

Canon A3400 IS Lens information

The A3400 IS comes with a built in lens having a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not huge nevertheless it will surely be handy in a few situations.

At it's widest 28mm, it has an aperture of f2.8 and that's quite sluggish and not very good for low light circumstances and you might find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to boost your ISO resulting in noisy files. On the long end, 140mm comes at f6.9 which is fairly slow and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Canon A3400 IS Connectivity

The A3400 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and in some cases adjust settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Canon A3400 IS Video information

The highest possible video quality on the Canon A3400 IS is 1280 x 720 and you can record in H.264 format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You should shoot for a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The body does not offer a microphone and / or headphone jack so you get absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to purchase another camera should you want decent sound for your video clips.

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Canon A3400 IS Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Canon A3400 IS so you have to be careful in rainy and dusty conditions.

Canon A3400 IS Display and Viewfinder

The Canon A3400 IS has got a 3" fixed display screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you are able to adjust focus point as well as adjust settings using your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder specs for Canon A3400 IS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are rather handy for bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon A3400 IS Shutter information

Canon A3400 IS continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Canon A3400 IS Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon A3400 IS has just in-built flash with missing external flash support.

Canon A3400 IS Autofocusing information

Canon A3400 IS has only Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and precise as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detect which is handy for taking photos of people.

The Sensor has got 9 focus points to pick from. Canon A3400 IS has tap to focus. You can use your fingers to adjust where you focus. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for objects on the move. Canon A3400 IS lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing can be good for low light occasions or you want more exact depth of field control.

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Canon A3400 IS Battery life

The battery life (NB-11L) in the Canon A3400 IS is made to last for 180 pictures according to the CIPA standards making it lesser when compared with it's competition. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the best (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Following is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Canon A3400 IS for varying types of photography

The following bar chart shows a summary of the Canon A3400 IS for varying types of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Canon A3400 IS Portrait photography details

The Canon A3400 IS receives a points tally of 34 which is terrible, meaning that it is simply not very good for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files & ability to use off-camera flash.

Photography Glossary
decent MP (16MP)
includes face detection autofocus
no manual focus
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Canon A3400 IS Street photography details

Having a nice points total of 67, the Canon A3400 IS is a good pick to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
has focus via touch
lighter than competitors in class (126g)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Canon A3400 IS Sports photography highlights

A terrible sports photography points total of 38 means the Canon A3400 IS is simply not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have very good autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (180 shots)
has no phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Canon A3400 IS

Size is really important in choosing a travel camera. All round, the Canon A3400 IS gets a very good 68 for a travelling camera which makes it a good pick to take on your travels.

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lighter than competitors (126 grams)
has touch focus
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
low battery pack (180 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Canon A3400 IS as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon A3400 IS and it's terrible rating of 41 for a landscape camera is simply not very good compared to its competitors.

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relatively wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual exposure
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
terrible battery life (180 CIPA)
missing Timelapse function

Canon A3400 IS Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Canon A3400 IS is simply not very good for vlogging as it gets a terrible rating of 34.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
lighter than competition (126 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have mic socket

Canon A3400 IS Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the A3400 IS, below is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram below will give you a summary of the A3400 IS compared to it's highest ranking competitors listed earlier.

These are various other cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon PowerShot A3400 IS
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of display
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
15 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
126g (0.28 pounds)
94 x 56 x 21mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Battery life
180 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Storage slots
Retail pricing