Canon PowerShot A800 Review
The Canon PowerShot A800 can snap some nice-looking photos in bright light, but users have to wait for what seems like an eternity between shots.
The Canon PowerShot A800 is similar to its cousin, the A1200, and PowerShot A800 reviews generally note that it's a good budget camera, with a few caveats. CNET says the Canon PowerShot A800 snaps good, detailed photos for such a cheap camera, especially in bright light. Photos also display vivid, bright colors. However, this and other PowerShot A800 reviews criticize the camera's slow performance, noting that shot-to-shot times can run as long as four seconds. That being the case, this camera isn't a good choice if you plan to shoot a lot of moving subjects. An expert at PC Mag also complains about the camera's pokey performance in a PowerShot A800 review but finds the photos clean and sharp. Experts at both PC Mag and Camera Labs would like to see Canon add image stabilization to the list of features, but both those PowerShot A800 reviews point out the bright colors and detail in photos.
The Canon PowerShot A800 is a 10-megapixel camera with 3.3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. You can use any number of memory cards with this camera, including SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, and MMC Plus cards. The A800 runs on two AA batteries, which betrays its low price point, according to a PowerShot A800 review by Photography Blog. Slightly more expensive cameras run on lithium-ion battery packs, which last longer, although they can be less convenient when you're out and about with nowhere to recharge.
Canon PowerShot A800 reviews say this is a good, basic camera that's easy to use and snaps better-than-average photos in bright light. However, its slow shooting performance and lack of image stabilization are hard to overlook. For about the same price, you can buy a camera that operates faster and boasts optical image stabilization.