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Canon PowerShot A1100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Blue)

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  • 12.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
  • 4x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer; 2.5-inch LCD screen
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology; Face Detection Self-timer
  • Uses 2 AA-size batteries
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Blue
  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: A1100IS Blue
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 4 x
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Product Details

Color: Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 1.2 x 2.5 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001SER4B0
  • Item model number: A1100IS Blue
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,296 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at February 17, 2009

Product Description

Color: Blue

From the Manufacturer

There’s nothing more satisfying than taking great pictures! And with the Canon PowerShot A1100 IS it’s so effortless. The 12.1-megapixel resolution and 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer ensure radiant, detailed images. Plus, you’ve got an advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology and the Face Detection Self-Timer for extraordinary control and performance. Smart AUTO lets you handle challenging conditions with ease.

PowerShot A1100 IS Highlights

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights

12.1-megapixel resolution, 4x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer
With the PowerShot A1100 IS, dramatic, personal pictures have never been easier to shoot and share. This 12.1-megapixel digital camera lets you create impressive large photos of family and friends you’ll be proud to display. The high-resolution images taken by the PowerShot A1100 IS can be enlarged up to 13 x 19 inches.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
The PowerShot A1100 IS has a 4x optical zoom lens that makes it easy to get the inspiring, emotive close-ups that will make your images lasting keepsakes. This magnificent lens gives you the power to shoot distant subjects with razor-sharp precision and stunning lifelike color. So you can brilliantly capture a closer shot of a landscape, or a child’s big smile.

The PowerShot A1100 IS is equipped with Canon’s acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake--one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you’ll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is so convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

A World of Advantages with Canon’s Technology
Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights

The DIGIC 4 Image Processor has evolved Face Detection Technology that tracks the faces of moving subjects and lets the shooter enter the frame seamlessly with the Face Detection Self-Timer.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon’s most advanced image processor, DIGIC 4, delivers evolved Face Detection Technology that keeps every face in every photo looking its very best. The technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you’re ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

A Face Detection Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces and makes the appropriate adjustments. For instance, to include the photographer’s face in a group shot, there’s no need to rush in. Just put the camera on a stand or tripod, specify Face Detection Self-Timer, and the camera will wait for the photographer’s face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. Motion Detection tracks moving subjects in a much larger range--allowing you to wait for the perfect shot without refocusing.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
Intelligent Contrast Correction
DIGIC 4 also makes possible the i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, which controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where the main subject is dark, and more natural transition. The PowerShot A1100 IS can even use i-Contrast in playback mode to adjust images that were shot without the setting activated.

Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures. 1) Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken. 2) The PowerShot A1100 IS can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback. 3) You can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

Life doesn’t give you second chances to capture special times. That’s why the PowerShot A1100 IS features an ISO 1600 setting that reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility. ISO can be expanded to 3200 when you select ISO 3200 Special Scene mode.

Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot A1100 IS to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 18 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

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Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 18 Shooting Modes including 9 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way

Large, high-quality 2.5-inch LCD
The PowerShot A1100 IS’s 2.5-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear and bright picture. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
Uses 2 AA-size batteries
Conveniently, you don’t need to worry about running out or recharging of batteries. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally.

The Complete Print Solution

Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers.

The PowerShot A1100 IS’s Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the PowerShot A1100 IS to a Canon PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printer or SELPHY Compact Photo Printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Print your own ID photos in up to 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printer.

What's in the Box

  • PowerShot A1100 IS body
  • AA-size alkaline battery (x2)
  • 128 MB SD memory card (SDC-128MB)
  • Wrist strap (WS-800)
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB interface cable (IFC-400PCU)
  • AV cable (AVC-DC400)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The used one from Amazon is perfect. It works perfectly and the pictures are ideal... The seller shipped the camera promply and it arrived in perfect condition. Read more ›
Put new batteries in again and the same thing happens after just a couple of shots. The picture quality is great - when it lets you take a picture. I am giving up on this… Read more ›
She is tickled to death having this item and if she can use it well, anyone can. Her photos are excellent, the batteries seem to hold up well, very sturdy item. Buy this… Read more ›
I LOVED my Canon A640. My photos were so incredible that people always asked me what kind of camera I had. I had to purchase a new camera because my toddler broke the A640. Read more ›
For that reason, I give it 1 star... the only reason I upped it to 2 stars is because the picture quality IS truly great. I can't complain at all about the quality of the… Read more ›
It was small. Picture quality was generally good. As in other reviews, I got a lens error after 6 months. Read more ›
Easy to use and takes fine pictures. Be sure to take extra batteries. Read more ›
This is not an outstanding camera, in fat, it is pretty mediocre. On the other hand, it is compact, easy to use, and lightweight. It is great to just have in my bag to pull… Read more ›
Great camera, great buy, and Seller is hightly recomended. Easy to use and picture quailty is great! If you are looking for a easy to use and quailty to boot this is the… Read more ›
Pros: Very easy to use and figure out the settings of this camera. the weight and the way you hold the camera is appropriate and does not feel like it will fly off your… Read more ›
This is super easy to use and just big enough that you can grip it but not too big that you are lugging around a rock of a camera! Read more ›
The camera itself started out just fine. It's light, comfortable, and easy to use. Batteries fail with little notice, but it was otherwise fine. Read more ›
easy to load on computer Menu is easy to read and setup Read more ›
I was able to use the camera easily with minimal practice including the zoom. The menus are easy to find and easy to understand. It weighs next to nothing but seems really… Read more ›
For a less expensive model it is great. Read more ›
This camera does all it is said too, and more. Playing with most of the features is intuitive. It would help if the booklet that come with it had more info, for times when… Read more ›
Recipient was surprised with the capabilities of this camera. Yet, the most common modes are easy to set and use. The Program mode, which addresses 80% of photo taking… Read more ›
The balance is very good and it is easy to hold. The settings are also easy to apply. The cd that is included with the camera is an insert into the computer and it does the… Read more ›
In really bright outdoor light, I find it hard to see the LCD screen, so I appreciate the view finder. For the price, this is a great little camera! Read more ›
When looking for a replacement the NO.1 feature was a FASTER reaction…Its not as fast as a SLR but it cost is 25% of the SLR's and in my opinion the SPEED TO PRICE is GOOD. Read more ›
This is a good for the price. Startup is decent and the pictures can be taken. Read more ›
I love it, no complaints from me. Great price. Read more ›
I own a fairly ancient Canon AE-1, which has served me so incredibly well over the years, but in the past few years I've found that finding a way to have my film processed… Read more ›
Great camera for a great price. Easy to use. Read more ›
love this camera, had one a year ago but it was…Takes great pictures, very little shutter lag, battery life is good with Lithium batteries and it is very simple to operate. Read more ›
1. The reviews were excellent from both amateurs and…2. The AA battery is more convenient than carrying the older proprietary battery and charger from the 8MP model. S… Read more ›
The picture quality is excellent and it is very easy to use. I keep it in my pocketbook all the time and the battery life is great. I use rechargeable double A's. Read more ›
The picture quality is great except in low-light conditions when you can't use a flash. The battery life is also excellent. Alkaline AAs will last you for over a month with… Read more ›
This camera is very portable, has very good picture quality for a sub compact and is easy to use. But the AA battery life is probably good for 25 pictures only. I find that… Read more ›
The color of all the digital pics is way off. The battery life is not good with this camera either. I know AA's are not going to last like the other batteries, but this… Read more ›
Got the light green colored one-it's beautiful. Helps identify my camera over my friends' because it's such a unique color. I wanted a reputable manufacturer and I got one… Read more ›
This…It's not the most user friendly for someone not accustomed to digital cameras, but he's been keeping it on auto and gets very nice, clear, true color pictures that way. Read more ›
It has a ton of nice features and it is a great camera for the price. its not professional quality, but its…The pictures are crisp and clear and the colors are true. A… Read more ›
The cost is low, and the quality is high. The pictures are clear, crisp, and with excellent color and contrast. It is easy to use. Read more ›
I don't need lots of special features. All I wanted was a clear, sharp image with good color fidelity -- as good as my A75 (which died) would have been fine. Since I bought… Read more ›
The pictures this little camera takes are excellent. Lots of detail and great colors. It is very easy to use. Read more ›
It takes amazing video and great quality photos. It's got a 12.1 mp and the 4x zoom is very good. Once you get into the digital zoom it does get a little grainy. Read more ›
It has many similarities to the earlier Powershot which made the transition very easy. The longer-than-average 4x optical zoom was a good feature for me. And the digital… Read more ›
I had a Canon that I loved, prior to this, but it died a week before I went on my trip. The zoom is terrific, even better than my last camera's. While in NYC, I carried a… Read more ›
I also have taken alot of nature pictures with it. The zoom is good, you do lose some quality when zoomed all the way. I have taken over 500 pictures and I am pleased so far. Read more ›
CONS: Obscure and complicated menus and…The movie mode is decent and the zoom seems to work sporadically during shooting- long distance movies are almost worthless. Sho… Read more ›
I picked this one for several reasons. I like the AA batteries, the close-up abilities, and it has a fairly nice zoom. Great camera, would recommend it to anyone. Read more ›
The size is good for me. I take it every where in my coat pocket. Read more ›
Overall, I like the camera. The size is nice for carring around in a pocket. My main problem is the speed at which it takes the first picture. Read more ›
I have a wide-format printer (Canon Pixma Pro9000 Professional Large Format Inkjet Printer (9995A001)) and these look great at even the full size - 13 x… Read more ›
I have mine set on 'M2 Normal' which will give me about 10,000 shots on my SDHC 8GB Transcend Class 6 card at 2592x1944 megapixels - resulting in excellent pictures that… Read more ›
My wife and I have dSLRs, but I organize a motorcycle group and you just can't use a full sized camera while riding a bike. I have used other small POS (point and shoot)… Read more ›
This camara is wonderful and is EXACTLY what I was looking for in a digital camara. The compact size makes it easy to handle and carry around. The large sized LCD makes it… Read more ›
this camera is the perfect size for carrying and the battery life is fantastic and the picture quality is just awesome for such a small camera Read more ›
Great camera to carry everyday in my purse for those special family picture treasure shots that come up unexpectedly. I love the color and the ease of using the menu at a… Read more ›
Since it only has a 4x zoom it is not reliable for zoom shots but hey that's what the DSLR is for. You will love this little easy to carry camera. Read more ›
Love this camera and I keep it in my bag at all times. It takes great photos for every day snapshots when a dslr is not convenient to carry. The only complaint I have is… Read more ›
It's been handy and convenient to carry around, but it doesn't produce fine photographs by any means. Response/recycle time is extremely slow. Read more ›
I've owned a wonderful Canon camera for a while now(Power Shot SX10IS) but it is big and bulky and not convenient to carry around with me, just in case i need it. I cannot… Read more ›
The positives for her was that it had the eye viewer, AA batteries (not the rechargeable ones) and was easy to operate. The LCD viewer is clear also. The camera is easy to… Read more ›
For me the best part of this camera is the viewfinder. The LCD screen is great as long as you aren't outdoors in a sunny situation. I have missed too many pictures because… Read more ›
I wanted it for the AA battery usage as where can you not get AA's if your nicads run low? Screen is a nice size. easy controls, flash is kinda tricky for fill lighting. pic… Read more ›
Certainly newer models are available, but this camera produces excellent photos with…It runs on easily obtainable "AA" cells and has a high quality viewing screen. Read more ›
When I got it a few years ago, it was the only remaining one (of this size) with a…All other manufacturers fell in love with great big LCDs and Canon went the same way. I… Read more ›
Tha Cannon PowerShot A11001S 12. MP Digital Camera has a nice large screen and many nice options that are easy to use. The camera is compact and light but still offers a… Read more ›
This camera has been going strong for a good while now and I alwasy…The auto focus works suprisingly well but sometimes it is off; which is why I take multiple pictures. Read more ›
I have used it a little and it produces high quality photos. The IS is very welcome and close focusing is great. Love it! Read more ›
The macros are in clear, sharp focus. The distance shots work better with this 4x than the upgrade I bought with 14x optical zoom. Read more ›
This Canon has image stabilization and I have not had even one blurry picture due to hands moving when I press the button. The pictures look clean and clear and in focus. I… Read more ›
This is the best camera I could have chosen. It's small, easy to use, and has a motion stabilizer, making it even easier to focus the picture properly. I am very pleased… Read more ›
I…The option of taking pictures through the view finder is nice but in practice I doubt you will use it much as it doesn't give the exact framing of the image being shot. Read more ›
To obtain maximum battery life, I…The optical view finder is also good to have in bright light conditions when the viewing screen is difficult to see in bright conditions. Read more ›
The…The view finder is good to have but if you use lots of zoom the picture comes out diferently than what you see through the view finder, so be careful with that.. I… Read more ›
It is a matter of squeezing in a larger LCD display with the more compact cameras with little or no room for a…There are times I still like a viewfinder for quick shots. Read more ›
It is reasonably user friendly. I really like the view finder because the LCD is so hard to see on a bright sunny day. I decided to keep it rather than going through the… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

392 of 399 people found the following review helpful By Jon H. on July 11, 2009
Color Name: Silver
I purchased this camera just before a 19-day trip to the East Coast and gave it quite a workout...nearly 2800 pictures taken during the trip, and only about 5 of them were unclear due to my unsteady hand. The rest were great, even zoomed out to a ridiculously large size on my computer, with crisp lines and faces, and vivid colors, far exceeding any 35 mm or digital camera I have used in the past.

The camera itself and the software included with it are incredibly intuitive. Though there are many manual settings possible, I set the camera in Auto mode and just clicked away. Many places I took pictures required me to turn off the flash, but even those were very clear and bright, and I had to do nothing but aim and shoot.

The delay time between pictures was negligible, and the rechargeable AA batteries I used were good for around 200 pictures a charge, even using flash and with frequent zooming in and out. I used a 16 GB SDHC chip and had the capacity to take 5,000 pictures! I'm still working on filling the first chip!!

The provided software is also very simple to easy as plugging in the provided USB cable, and turning the camera on. All pictures are quickly and automatically saved in folders by date regardless of how many times in a day you download them, and renaming or tagging pictures is a breeze. I have not even begun making full use of the picture touch-up features, but the software includes a fun and easy slideshow application that makes sharing pictures via desktop or projector a snap.

Overall, I could not be happier that I purchased this camera! I look forward to mastering all its features, but as a user-friendly, versatile, and inexpensive point-and-click camera, it blew away all my expectations. It does all that Canon says it does and makes taking pictures fun and easy, right out of the box!
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245 of 249 people found the following review helpful By Kyung Fizaine on October 23, 2009
Color Name: Silver
I'm an experienced photographer already equipped with DSLRs (EOS 30D, EOS 5D MKII), but these are not always pratical when you are travelling or biking (I do both on a regular basis). I try to take my DSLRs as often as possible with me but but there are occasions when I don't want to be bothered by the bulky cameras. At the same time, having already invested significantly in DSLR equipment, I wanted to limit my investment. A G10 or G11 would have been nice but for what I wanted to do, it would have been an overshoot. I'm mainly using my A1100is for candid pictures or pictures of places I know I will be coming back with my DSLRs later. Overall, I'm happy about quality of the pictures. I rarely use the full resolution, I typically shoot with medium resolution as I will rarely print large pictures (I have my DSLRs for that).

What I like:
- price
- size
- optical viewfinder (not many point and shoot cameras at this price range still has an optical viewfinder)
- slow shutter speed flash mode
- IS

What I'm missing:
- no aperture priority mode where I can choose a precise f-stop
- wish would have a wider angle

I would definitely recommend this for people on low budget but still wants good quality pictures. It has a lot of features for a camera which sells around $150.
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181 of 183 people found the following review helpful By jenniemarie on June 3, 2009
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
I recently decided to upgrade from my Powershot A540 to the A1100IS. What I got was a nice, easy to use camera with many improvements from the earlier model. I find the picture quality to be very good. While other reviews indicate that it performs poorly in low-light conditions, thus far I haven't had that problem. All of the pictures that I have taken to date have been clear and crisp. There are times when the video viewfinder may appear grainy in low light when attempting to take a picture, however the pictures actually taken are not grainy at all. It is very user friendly, and the motion detection, face recognition, and image stabilization add vast improvements over earlier models. It is small and slim even though it takes AA batteries. If you're looking for a nice, small, easy to use and very sturdy camera, I would highly reccommend this one.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By John Heinrichs on August 29, 2009
Color Name: Silver
Bought one of these about a month ago and have taken it on two trips and shot maybe 350 pictures with it so far. I'm quite pleased, the pictures are great. The ASA 1600 setting in Program mode allows quite decent shots indoors with no flash, which in museums and many other locations is essential. I bought it mainly because of good experiences with older Powershot models, and because I insist on being able to get batteries anywhere although I use rechargeable NIMH AAs normally. The NIMHs last a really long time. The image stabilization really helped with shots of static subjects with the camera zoomed way in. The viewfinder is extremely helpful outdoors in the sun. Finally, the camera is small enough to easily fit into a pocket.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By SparkKate on August 30, 2009
Color Name: Green
I had a Canon Powershot that I had had for the past 6 years, and much to my dismay, it finally died. It was a great little camera and I was worried about how the newer ones would perform in comparison. After extensive research on CNET and other sites, I finally decided on the A1100IS, and I have not been disappointed at all! It takes great photos, especially on manual mode and it is easy to use and nice and compact. I like that it takes only 2 AA batteries, because it makes it so much lighter and more portable than my old one. In short - a great camera, for the price.
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