Canon A4000 IS

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 145g - 95 x 56 x 24mm
  • Introduced February 2012
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon A4000 IS summary

Canon A4000 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally launched on February of 2012. The camera comes with a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The A4000 IS stands at #89 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #911 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should use our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your personal criteria.

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The following is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Canon A4000 IS history

The Canon A4000 IS comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can discover all past and current models as well as important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-A1400 front thumbnailCanon A1400
A4000 IS vs A1400
Canon-PowerShot-A2500 front thumbnailCanon A2500
A4000 IS vs A2500
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Canon-PowerShot-A3500-IS front thumbnailCanon A3500 IS
A4000 IS vs A3500 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A2300 front thumbnailCanon A2300
A4000 IS vs A2300
Canon-PowerShot-A810 front thumbnailCanon A810
A4000 IS vs A810
Canon-PowerShot-A3400-IS front thumbnailCanon A3400 IS
A4000 IS vs A3400 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A4000-IS front thumbnailCanon A4000 IS28-224mm
Canon-PowerShot-A1300 front thumbnailCanon A1300
A4000 IS vs A1300
Canon-PowerShot-A2400-IS front thumbnailCanon A2400 IS
A4000 IS vs A2400 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A1200 front thumbnailCanon A1200
A4000 IS vs A1200
Canon-PowerShot-A3300-IS front thumbnailCanon A3300 IS
A4000 IS vs A3300 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A3200-IS front thumbnailCanon A3200 IS
A4000 IS vs A3200 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A2200 front thumbnailCanon A2200
A4000 IS vs A2200
Canon-PowerShot-A800 front thumbnailCanon A800
A4000 IS vs A800
Canon-PowerShot-A3100-IS front thumbnailCanon A3100 IS
A4000 IS vs A3100 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A3000-IS front thumbnailCanon A3000 IS
A4000 IS vs A3000 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A490 front thumbnailCanon A490
A4000 IS vs A490
Canon-PowerShot-A495 front thumbnailCanon A495
A4000 IS vs A495
Canon-PowerShot-A1100-IS front thumbnailCanon A1100 IS
A4000 IS vs A1100 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A2100-IS front thumbnailCanon A2100 IS
A4000 IS vs A2100 IS

Canon A4000 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of upsides and downsides of the Canon A4000 IS based on features which are often considered necessary in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built zoom lens (28-224mm 8.0 x zoom)
includes face detection autofocus
includes tracking autofocus
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
doesn't have external mic socket
doesn't have HDMI socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low battery pack (175 shots)
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no shutter priority mode
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Canon A4000 IS Sensor info

The sensor dimension in the Canon A4000 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath shows the A4000 IS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The A4000 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A4000 IS dimensions

Canon A4000 IS weighs in at 0.32 lb (145g or 5.11 ounces) and features external dimensions of 95mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Canon A4000 IS is less heavy when compared to other rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Canon A4000 IS besides a soda so you're able to have a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button design on the A4000 IS.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS topview buttons dials

Canon A4000 IS Lens info

The A4000 IS is equipped with a built in lens featuring a focal range of 28-224mm giving it a 8.0 x zoom which is definitely not huge however it will be useful in a few circumstances.

At the widest 28mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.0 and that is fairly slow and not the best in low light circumstances and you may find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also need to up the ISO leading to noisy photos. At the tele end, 224mm comes with f5.9 making it fairly sluggish and you will need to apply slower shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Canon A4000 IS Connectivity

The A4000 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer images and usually change settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Certain applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Canon A4000 IS Video info

The max video quality in the Canon A4000 IS is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in H.264 file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should shoot for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The camera does not have a mic and headphone jack which means that you have little control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to shop for another model should you need better audio in your videos.

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Canon A4000 IS Weather Sealing

Canon A4000 IS does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions can easily damage the camera.

Canon A4000 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon A4000 IS comes with a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Canon A4000 IS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather beneficial for sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Canon A4000 IS Shutter info

Canon A4000 IS continuous shooting rate is 1.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon A4000 IS Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon A4000 IS includes only in-built flash with no external flash support.

Canon A4000 IS Autofocusing info

Canon A4000 IS includes just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which can be useful for portrait photography.

The Sensor comes with 9 focus points to pick from. It also boasts Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Canon A4000 IS lacks manual focus. Manual focus is useful for low light occasions or you want to have more exact focus control.

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Canon A4000 IS Battery life

The battery pack (NB-11L) in the Canon A4000 IS is fashioned to last for 175 images based on the CIPA standards making it lesser when compared to its rivals. The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the maximum (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the best battery life:

Canon A4000 IS for various categories of photography

The following bar chart presents a rundown of the Canon A4000 IS for various categories of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon A4000 IS

The Canon A4000 IS gets a points total of 34 which is terrible, and means the camera is not appropriate for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support and capability to work with off-camera lighting.

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megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Canon A4000 IS as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a reasonable points tally of 57, the Canon A4000 IS is reasonably suited for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Canon A4000 IS Sports photography information

A terrible sports photography rating of 38 suggests the Canon A4000 IS is not appropriate for shooting sports. A camera really should have very good focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (175 shots)
no phase detect autofocus

Canon A4000 IS Travel photography information

Size is extremely crucial in selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Canon A4000 IS gets a above average 62 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine option to purchase for your travels.

Photography Glossary
MP count good (16MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (175 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)

Canon A4000 IS Landscape photography factors

If you are planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Canon A4000 IS and it's terrible score of 41 as a landscape camera is not appropriate within the current marketplace.

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really wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
bad battery (175 shots)
missing Timelapse function

Canon A4000 IS Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging should come with a moving display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Canon A4000 IS is not appropriate for vlogging as it comes to a terrible rating of 31.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone jack

Canon A4000 IS Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the A4000 IS, here is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart followed below will give you an overview of the A4000 IS vs it's highest ranked rivals listed earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might see as alternatives. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW format
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-224mm (8.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inch
Resolution of screen
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
15 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB 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)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
145g (0.32 lbs)
Physical dimensions
95 x 56 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Battery life
175 shots
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Card slots
Launch price