Canon A800 summary
Canon A800 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera originally revealed on January of 2011. It houses a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The A800 is rated #210 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #1146 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our database. Please check our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your custom requirements.
Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.
Canon A800 family
The Canon A800 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed list underneath.
Canon A800 Gallery
You can look at the A800 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Canon A800 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Canon A800 based on criterias which are generally regarded as crucial in a camera.
Canon A800 Sensor specs
The Canon A800 is run by the DIGIC 3 processor. The sensor dimension on the Canon A800 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CCD sensor has 10 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 80 to 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath shows the A800's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The A800 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Canon A800 dimensions
Canon A800 is 0.41 pounds (186g / 6.56 oz) & has outside size of 94mm x 61mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Canon A800 is similar when compared with other rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Underneath is a image of the Canon A800 beside a soft drink to help you get a sense of its size.
The top view under will illustrate the button design on the A800.
Canon A800 Lens details
The A800 includes a fixed lens having a focal range of 37-122mm making it a 3.3 x zoom which is not at all great but it will definitely be invaluable in a few situations.
At it's widest 37mm, it features an aperture of f3.0 which will be really sluggish and not the best for low light occasions and you will probably struggle to get good bokeh. You could also need to boost your ISO giving you noisy photographs. With the long end, 122mm comes to f5.8 which is fairly slow and you might have to set slow shutter speeds.
Canon A800 Connectivity
The A800 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and usually change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Canon A800 Video details
The highest possible video resolution on the Canon A800 is 640 x 480 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 480p is awful for today's standards. You should really shoot for at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The body does not offer a microphone and headphone jack so you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to look into an alternative model if you need better audio for your video clips.
Canon A800 Weather Sealing
Canon A800 does not have environment sealing so rainy conditions may damage the camera.
Canon A800 Display and Viewfinder
The Canon A800 is equipped with a 2.5 inch fixed display having a resolution of 115 thousand dots.
Sadly the display is not a touch screen.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The View Finder specifications for Canon A800 are below:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders can be particularly valuable.
Canon A800 Shutter details
Canon A800 has the ability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.
Canon A800 Flash and Hot shoe details
Canon A800 features just integrated flash lacking external flash support.
Canon A800 Autofocus details
Canon A800 features only Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & exact as compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect which is useful for portraits.
The AF system supports 9 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking AF for things on the move. Canon A800 does not have manual focus. Manual focus option can be good for low light or you need more precise focusing control.
Canon A800 Battery life
The battery life (2 x AA) on the Canon A800 is made to last for 300 images according to the CIPA standards which is higher than average when compared to its class. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the best (470) battery life for this type of cameras.
Following is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the highest battery life:
Canon A800 for different forms of photography
The following illustration presents a outline of the Canon A800 for different forms of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Canon A800 Portrait photography information
The Canon A800 receives a points tally of 26 which is awful, meaning that it is just not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos in addition to the option to use off-camera flash.
Canon A800 as a Street photography camera
Having a average rating of 46, the Canon A800 is somewhat acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Canon A800 Sports photography information
A awful sports photography points tally of 29 indicates the Canon A800 is just not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have great tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Canon A800 Travel photography details
Portability is pretty crucial in buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon A800 gets a decent 55 for a travel camera which makes it reasonably appropriate to buy for your travels.
Canon A800 Landscape photography details
For anyone looking to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon A800 with it's awful rating of 27 for a landscape camera is just not acceptable in the current market.
Canon A800 Vlogging factors
A camera for vlogging really should offer a articulating screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Canon A800 is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a awful score of 24.
Canon A800 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the A800, below is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Compact.
The line graph listed below provides you a summary of the A800 vs it's highest rated rivals mentioned previously.
These are various other cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To look at a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.