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Canon PowerShot A3100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)

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  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
  • Large, bright 2.7-inch LCD
  • Lithium-ion battery makes the camera lighter and offers an easy alternative to recharge
  • 12.1 megapixels, 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, and DIGIC III Image Processor
  • New scene modes, including Super Vivid and Poster Effect; Smart Auto selects from 18 predefined shooting situations
  • 12.1 megapixels, 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, and DIGIC III Image Processor
  • Lithium-ion battery makes the camera lighter and offers an easy alternative to recharge
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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • Mac Compatible

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Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 1.1 x 2.3 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0032JRRXE
  • Item model number: A3100IS Silver
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,839 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 5, 2010

Product Description

Color: Silver

From the Manufacturer

There's nothing more satisfying than taking great pictures! And with the Canon PowerShot A3100 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 III Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology and the Face Detection Self-timer for extraordinary control and performance. New scene modes give your images a professional feel. There's the Face Detection Self-timer for extraordinary control and performance and Smart AUTO lets you handle challenging conditions with ease. Plus this trim, fashionable camera is yours in three stunning colors.

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12.1-megapixel resolution
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Powerful A-Series camera with 12.1 megapixels, 4x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and DIGIC III Image Processor
With the PowerShot A3100 IS, dramatic, personal pictures have never been easier to shoot and share. This 12.1-megapixel camera lets you create impressive large photos of family and friends you'll be proud to display. The high-resolution 4000 x 3000-pixel images taken by the PowerShot A3100 IS can be enlarged up to 13 x 19 inches.

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The PowerShot A3100 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 subjects with razor-sharp precision and stunning lifelike color. So you can brilliantly capture a shot of a sweeping landscape, or a child's big smile.

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The PowerShot A3100 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.

Lithium-ion battery
The Canon PowerShot A3100 IS uses a newly developed rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This compact, powerful battery helps make it an incredibly lightweight and slim camera. Charge-up is quick and easy, so the PowerShot A3100 IS will be ready and waiting for those special moments.

New Scene Modes deliver more creative freedom
The Canon PowerShot A3100 IS gives you even more creative freedom by including new modes made to get the kind of images people talk about. Super Vivid captures the colors you see with your mind's eye, saturating the scene with intense colors. Turn drab scenes into exciting compositions, when dull pinks blaze into brilliant fuchsia and off-yellows suddenly burn bright and hot. Even dark colors become richer with Super Vivid. Sunsets and floral scenes turn into bursts of color, and get your photo noticed.

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Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations of color into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts across your image for a unique artistic look.

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

Smart AUTO will do the work for you by intelligently selecting the proper settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot A3100 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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Low Light mode in action
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Low Light mode for improved shooting in dim lighting
With an ISO of 400-3200, the Low Light mode takes the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS where no A-Series has gone before--into the shadows! Now even scenes notorious for having insufficient light, such as those lit by candles, fire, or street lamp, come through in fantastic color and clarity, with less noise. You can keep the feel of the scene intact without adding additional light, so the result will be scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camera.

Large, bright 2.7-inch LCD
The PowerShot A3100 IS's large 2.7-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.

Product Description

There's nothing more satisfying than taking great pictures! And with the Canon PowerShot A3100 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 III Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology and the Face Detection Self-timer for extraordinary control and performance. New scene modes give your images a professional feel. There's the Face Detection Self-timer for extraordinary control and performance and Smart AUTO lets you handle challenging conditions with ease. Plus this trim, fashionable camera is yours in three stunning colors.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The quality of the pictures is sufficient, but sometimes if the camera's not steady, it could produce a rather blurry…However, the majority of my pictures have been clear. Read more ›
It's also very affordable. Pictures are clear and come out great! Makes a great gift. Read more ›
I have not used the camera much since purchase but can agree that the delay time between pix…Will follow up more when I get prints etc. but my sis sez the shots are great. Read more ›
I purchased this camera on March (half a year ago) and I love it! The images are awesome thanks to the image stabilizer. I almost have to do nothing with my pictures except… Read more ›
This Canon Power Shot is easy to use. It downloads to the laptop very easy and puts pics where you can find them. Read more ›
We bought it for our 5 1/2 year old daughter (she is able to operate it easily), but since that time,…It is a little slow between pictures, but the image quality is good. Read more ›
Takes excellent pics.. easy to use Read more ›
I love my new Canon PowerShot camera. It's attractive, just the right size, and so easy to use with the auto adjust. Read more ›
Takes great pictures. Easy to use. I would definitely recommend it. Read more ›
I have had this camera for quite awhile now & I still love it! It is easy to use & still ALWAYS takes great pictures! It has been fun to use! Read more ›
Very sad! But this camera is VERY easy to use, small, light-weight and super simple and fun to take along on holidays! it's not super quick, but is great for play or when… Read more ›
Very easy to use, great pictures. I am very happy with this camera. Read more ›
I love the canon powershot line - great cameras. The auto features are nice, but I really like that you can choose the settings yourself. Read more ›
I bought this camera to replace a really old 3 MP…The settings are very intuitive - it's much easier now to change from "Kids and Pets" to "Outdoor", for instance. I… Read more ›
The controls are easy to use with big hands and long fingers. I can use my canon printer directly hooked up to the camera to print pictures; not needing to go through the… Read more ›
This is our fourth digital camera in about 5 years. Each time we buy one the features are greatly expanded and the ease of use increases dramatically. We still have 2 of… Read more ›
Takes great clear pictures, many options on it for the price. Very easy to use for beginners, fits in purse or pocket nicely. Read more ›
If…I'm not a photographer so I just care about the easy settings and to point and shoot, but now I wished I would have coughed up another $200 for a better compact camera. Read more ›
I would like to have had a camera that had a battery that I could charge using solar energy. For the price this is a great little camera. Read more ›
Suffice to say that this little camera has enough bells and whistles to encourage one's creativity. And the price is very good. I can't quite believe that I got a camera… Read more ›
For a small digital camera to easily carry on vacation, etc, very good for the price. Takes pictures almost as good as my $400 camera. Read more ›
Other than that, great value for the money, small and portable, easy to figure out, and in short, the modern version of the old Kodak Instamatic---with twelve megapixels! Re… Read more ›
Great camera. Great picture for this great price. Cam is slim and portable. Read more ›
However after two failures we decided to abandon ship and try a brand with more Camera behind its…After shopping around I found this Canon Powershot at a very good price. Read more ›
Under good light conditions, A3100IS's image quality is surprisingly good. The color is vivid and the image is sharp. While my more expensive camera can produce… Read more ›
After a lot of research into point-and-shoot models under $300, I decided on this one, and I'm not sorry. The pictures are crisp with good colors. The auto setting works… Read more ›
This camera is a solid option for the money, and in case you are considering the A3000 IS, this (the A3100) is well…The picture quality is great, no blur and vivid colors. Read more ›
It produces nice clear pictures with well balanced colors outdoor and indoor. The camera is a little heavier, bigger and thicker than the Canon SD models, but it still fits… Read more ›
This camera takes great pictures with great color to them. Very easy to use and even takes good pictures in the dark. Read more ›
Pros: Clear pictures, great battery life, easy to use, love the red color Cons: None so far - have owned the camera for three weeks. Read more ›
I just want to be able to switch it to the "kids and pets" setting on the dial and have it automatically correct to where the shutter speed is fast, IS is on and red eye… Read more ›
In fact, we are most pleased with the excellent quality of the pictures. Shutter speed is faster than we expected. We really could not be more pleased with this purchase. Read more ›
The macro setting works beautifully. Turning the knob activates settings like kids/pets (fast shutter speed) and portrait (shorter depth of field? I'm not sure). Read more ›
I have a very old EasyShare DX6490 Zoom and a point and shoot Fuji…I was looking for something in the middle-something small w/ good photo quality and quick shutter speed. Read more ›
Good zoom, fast recycle time and fast shutter speed all help make this a pleasure to use. Read more ›
Many of the shots were taken from a vehicle going at a fairly fast speed. I used color and black and white. Read more ›
I have had several Canon cameras but not a small budget one that is easy to carry with me. I am surprised and impressed with the results. Read more ›
The camera is slim, easy to carry around, turns on quickly, takes a lot of pictures from one battery charge, has a lot of options and takes a good picture. My only… Read more ›
This little camera is easy to carry, easy to use and the pictures are great. The instruction manual is clear and shows you as well as tells you how to do everything. Read more ›
Wonderful pictures inside and outside. Easy to use, easy to move, easy to save pictures, and easy to carry. Very happy with the camera. Read more ›
Hi, I have used this product and found it to be very good. The photos are of very good quality and the camera itself is quite light and compact enough to carry around. I… Read more ›
My daughter always carried the A95 with her, it took great pictures but was clunky with its 4 AA batteries. The A3100 is easy to carry in a pocket or pocketbook. Indoor and… Read more ›
The image stabilization is immensely better than on my Panasonic Lumix TZ5, and its ergonomics…Another thing... the video mode is extremely simple to use and works great. Read more ›
We did Christmas pictures with it and everyone asked where we had them taken - kudos to Cannon!! Overall, a great affordable camera that takes great pictures and videos. Read more ›
The picture quality is really good but the video is standard definition. It was fairly easy to use but then again i am tech savvy. Read more ›
I love this camera. Takes great stills, good video and does it with ease. For the price I paid I feel like I got alot of bang for the buck. Read more ›
The A3100 is easy to carry in a pocket or pocketbook. Indoor and outdoor pictures are great and short video clips are easy to download and very entertaining. This canon… Read more ›
This camera is very easy to use, rechargeable! and produces great pictures and videos! As another reviewer has stated, the high pixel resolution even lets you use the… Read more ›
This camera takes wonderful pictures. It is a convenient size to carry for snapshots. After all of the reviews decided to purchase this one to replace a Fujifilm camera and… Read more ›
I bought it as a gift for a relative. The camera is very nice and its size and weight are ideal to carry with you all the time. Read more ›
Exceptionally clear pics, excellent detail, and - fairly - easy to use and is a convenient size!!! We love the high MP's (12.0 to be precise) and higher optical zoom than… Read more ›
The camera is slim, easy to carry around, turns on…My only complaint is that when I viewed the pictures at their full size (4000x3000) the image was slightly blocky. Vi… Read more ›
Alas, again, the poor imaging performance…Finally, in regard to easier handling, the amazingly nice and compact size of the camera makes it easy to be ready to shoot. W… Read more ›
I looked…I love the size and the weight, I love the Canon features, although the placement of the power on/off and the shutter buttons are less user friendly than my 590. Read more ›
I gave this Canon pocket camera to my wife, and she has used it on several trips…It is tough, easy to use, compact, takes great photos and the battery life is quite good. Read more ›
I love this camera as it fits in the pocket, has a large display screen, uses a rechargeable battery, and is quick to focus and snap the shot. Very nice quality photos are… Read more ›
The flash works well indoor perfectly. The advantage of using this camera has a good battery door to open much easier than SX120 IS. This 4 GB SDHC memory card has 1,231… Read more ›
This 4 GB SDHC memory card has 1,231 shots with 12 MP. A good battery lasts longer. The battery can be fully charged in an half hour quickly. Read more ›
This camera does a really nice job of taking excellent photos and, at the end of the day,…It's compact, the battery seems to last a long time and it takes great pictures. Read more ›
Pros: Clear pictures, great battery life, easy to use, love the red color Cons: None so far - have owned the camera for three weeks. Read more ›
The 4X optical zoom is wonderful, and even though you lose focus when you zoom digitally, the pictures still come out clear enough that you can tell what you were… Read more ›
I have large hands and this camera is easy to use the controls. The zoom works great. I tried various settings and everything came out well. Read more ›
There is still a lag time between pictures. The zoom is not good at all and takes very dark pictures. It takes good pictures only when there is a lot of light. Read more ›
I like the 4x Optical zoom with Image Stabilization (very important in my opinion!) because it's a good zoom without blur. An important feature I had some trouble finding… Read more ›
i was lucky enough to fetch this product for [...] bucks it has good shutter speed , with automatic light management and good zoom qualtiy.. Read more ›
and this…The Casio had great features, a nice touch screen, a great zoom, good shutter speed for sporting events, and time between photos was great for the photo quality. Read more ›
I tested some photos, they are crisp, and clear with good colors. The flash works well indoor perfectly. The advantage of using this camera has a good battery door to open… Read more ›
While the standard zoom is 4X, it can go to 10x, and with the…PIctures at night with or without flash is absolutely incredible and movies are easy to take and upload. T… Read more ›
For nighttime shots with considerable action ***, naturally use a tripod in a sufficiently bright area due to perimeter lighting or a strong flash, e.g. Canon's HF-DC1, and… Read more ›
I use 4GB flash Memory cards (Class 4 or Class 6) and it works fast…I have not tried a faster Flash Memory Card such as a Class 10; perhaps it would work even faster. I… Read more ›
I was so excited to get this new A3100 IS camera. I wanted the faster flash speed and the 12.1 pix. Now that I have it, I want my old camera back. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

202 of 209 people found the following review helpful By Daddy Bear on May 1, 2010
Color Name: Blue
Just got this brand new camera. I replaced our Casio, which was one of the most impressive digital cameras I have ever owned (had it for only 14 months). The reason for the replacement, my family loses cameras... a lot.. and this one went bye bye somewhere. The Casio had great features, a nice touch screen, a great zoom, good shutter speed for sporting events, and time between photos was great for the photo quality. It had one flaw, its inability to take night photos and the movies even in natural light were only okay. There were a ton of options, which for a standard user could be overwhelming.

Now to the PowerShot. This camera, sometimes will look grainy on the viewfinder until the actual photo itself is taken, but when the photo is taken... perfection. No matter the differences in light and shadows in a picture, the PowerShot somehow nicely accommodates for this. While the standard zoom is 4X, it can go to 10x, and with the shutter and flash, it still takes much better than most from beyond its standard range. PIctures at night with or without flash is absolutely incredible and movies are easy to take and upload. The features are plenty, but not overly complex. This means a standard user cannot get into trouble, but the highly discerning user might want more. There are other 10 and 12 MP cameras out there, and many have poor picture quality, which for me makes no sense... having a high quality image of a bad shot is an oxymoron. You don't have to worry with this camera.

Here is the one downside... time between shots. If you are looking for a camera to hold down the shutter and take pictures in multiples in rapid fire, this might not be the camera for you.
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136 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Surgery100 on June 12, 2010
Color Name: Silver
This is a compact, easy-to-use, bring the fun back to photography camera that provides Canon's photo quality in a lower cost, compact build. A little bit bigger than the digital elphs, this camera still fits comfortably in a shirt or pant pocket.

The feature set is very basic, and nothing new. It has a "Face select" feature which lets you select which person you want to focus on in a group. On the dial it has four settings: Auto, Easy, Program and movie modes. The auto mode is just as with every other camera, the camera will select the settings it determines best, but you maintain control (if you care to select it) over the white balance and flash. Easy is the same as auto, except no options. Program gives you the option to select among several "scenes": Portrait, Landscape, Night, Kids&Pets, and Indoor (buried in the menu you can also select lesser used scene settings like Beach, Long Shutter, and Fireworks).

The only negative I've encountered with the camera is the relatively slow processor. That is the power up time (the time between turning the camera on and taking the first picture) is average (about 2 seconds), however, the time between pictures is around 2 seconds without the flash to 4 seconds with the flash. If you envision having (or wanting) to take faster pictures, then this is not the camera for you. Similarly, if you want to have any control over settings (i.e. shutter speed if you want to take pictures of your running toddler) this is not the camera for you.

Bottom line:
Canon replaces control and feature selection for extreme ease-of-use. This camera is a solid option for the money, and in case you are considering the A3000 IS, this (the A3100) is well worth the extra $30 (better resolution and faster picture-to-picture time).
The picture quality is great, no blur and vivid colors.
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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Surgery100 on June 12, 2010
Color Name: Red
This is a compact, easy-to-use, bring the fun back to photography camera that provides Canon's photo quality in a lower cost, compact build. A little bit bigger than the digital elphs, this camera still fits comfortably in a shirt or pant pocket.

The feature set is very basic, and nothing new. It has a "Face select" feature which lets you select which person you want to focus on in a group. On the dial it has four settings: Auto, Easy, Program and movie modes. The auto mode is just as with every other camera, the camera will select the settings it determines best, but you maintain control (if you care to select it) over the white balance and flash. Easy is the same as auto, except no options. Program gives you the option to select among several "scenes": Portrait, Landscape, Night, Kids&Pets, and Indoor (buried in the menu you can also select lesser used scene settings like Beach, Long Shutter, and Fireworks).

The only negative I've encountered with the camera is the relatively slow processor. That is the power up time (the time between turning the camera on and taking the first picture) is average (about 2 seconds), however, the time between pictures is around 2 seconds without the flash to 4 seconds with the flash. If you envision having (or wanting) to take faster pictures, then this is not the camera for you. Similarly, if you want to have any control over settings (i.e. shutter speed if you want to take pictures of your running toddler) this is not the camera for you.

Bottom line:
Canon replaces control and feature selection for extreme ease-of-use. This camera is a solid option for the money, and in case you are considering the A3000 IS, this (the A3100) is well worth the extra $30 (better resolution and faster picture-to-picture time).
The picture quality is great, no blur and vivid colors.
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