Top positive review
30 people found this helpful
on December 23, 2011
This camera produces very good pictures when you keep to ISO 400 and below. You can make good prints up to 7-inch and some awesome wallpapers for your computer screen, especialy when you like to shoot in macro mode. Higher than this and it will display noise in your photos, as you would expect from a point and shoot of this kind.
The controls are intuitive, with easy access to Program, Auto and Scene Modes. In Program mode, you can also manually access ISO selection, exposure compensation and white balance without much fuss. You can set a histogram to show up during review or playback. I realize these are features that one would expect to find in a DSLR. So it's a pleasant surprise to discover them in the A800! They provide some level of fine-tuning for the more advanced user. And for those who take their time to compose a shot, careful use of these "advanced" features will reward you with delightful images.
If you are looking for a credit-card type camera, this isn't the one for you. It's about the size of a stack of cards. It's not your feather-light camera either since it takes two AA batteries adding heft. On the other hand, the heftiness gives an impression that it's stable and solid to hold. The camera is also very frugal on batteries. I am still shooting with the free AA-alkalines that came with it and have already taken dozens of photos and video clips.
For the price, this one's a great value. I got a free 2GB SD card as well as two 2000mAHr Energizer NiMH Batteries and Charger to go with it! If you're just looking for a simple, handy camera for vacations and for those inevitable snapshots and video clips on family gatherings, the Canon A800 will deliver good results without costing a fortune. Just use it within its limits and you will not be disappointed.