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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice camera for the money, October 20, 2012
This review is from: Canon PowerShot A4000IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with 720p HD Video Recording and 3.0-Inch LCD (Blue) (OLD MODEL) (Electronics)
This is my fourth or fifth Canon digital P&S, over the years I've worn all the others out. This one has lived up to my expectations of Canon quality. All the controls do take a bit of experimentation to figure out, but you can leave it on AUTO and let the camera do all the work. The only disadvantage for me, there is no manual control of shutter speed and F-stop. However, in P mode you can index the exposure (+/-) and set the ISO speed for some creativity. The pre-programed modes have a good variety and they all basically work giving you the desired effects. Image quality is excellent IMHO for any P&S camera in this price range. There is almost no difference in image quality between ISO 100 and 200. ISO 400 begins to show a tiny bit of noise or artifacts. ISO 800 and 1600 do show some noise but it looks to me like the camera automatically despeckles the picture, which eliminates most of the noise but noticeably softens the focus. Close focus mode works accurately. A couple of hints: First, set the camera to ISO 100 (rather than AUTO ISO) and you will get great pictures in most lighting conditions. Second, learn to use the white balance for the appriate lighting conditions (sunlight, cloudy, tungsten, etc.) Although the auto white balance works, it often won't work as well as setting it for the proper balance. Also, learn to set the flash functions. You often don't need flash to get a great picture and with the flash off you'll save battery charge. You can certainly preview your pictures to get the best results. Need to get that quick picture with no time to set the adjustments? Just hit the AUTO button!

Strengths:
Very small and compact, fits in shirt pocket when turned off.
Excellent image quality with very adequate zoom range.
Large easy to see LCD screen.
Easy to use AUTO-mode with plenty of pre-defined creative modes.
Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery.
Camera can be set for personal preferences, like sound volume and LCD brightness.
Rapid downloading of pictures to your computer.

Weaknesses:
No optical view finder.
Controls are small and a bit cramped.
Zoom control is in an awkward position.
No case or SD card included.
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Initial post: Apr 1, 2013 7:29:17 PM PDT
Donna Morris says:
What does "no optical view finder" mean??

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2013 8:42:09 PM PDT
It means that you can only compose the picture using the 3 inch display. Sometimes when it is very sunny out it is difficult to see the 3 inch display, and an optical view finder is nice. But on these small-size cameras, they usually do not have much room to include an optical view finder.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 9:06:18 AM PDT
Martina says:
I love the camera for all of the reasons everyone else does. Major draw back if you shoot out of doors is not having the optical view finder. There is an "unfortunate" added to this. I bought the 4000 in November 2012 and in May of 2013, the zoom lens broke....would no longer retract. Because the cost was so low at a Best Buy dealer, I purchased the 4000 again, hoping that it was a weakness in that particular camera. We will see.
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