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Canon PowerShot A800

Digital Compact Cameras


    Canon PowerShot A800

    Point and shoot simplicity from Canon

    You can rely on Canon know-how to take great 10 Megapixel photos with Smart Auto mode. Available in 4 colours, the PowerShot A800 has a lightweight design that is fun and easy to use

    • 10.0 Megapixels
    • 3.3x optical zoom lens
    • 6.2 cm (2.5”) LCD
    • Smart Auto mode
    • Blur Reduction mode
    • Easy to use design
    • 16 Shooting modes including FaceSelf-Timer
    • Long Play Movies
    • AA Batteries
    • 10.0 Megapixels 10.0 Megapixels
    • 3.3x optical zoom 3.3x optical zoom
    • Mode for reduced blur Mode for reduced blur
    • 6.2cm (2.5 6.2cm (2.5") LCD
    • Powerful DIGIC processing Powerful DIGIC processing
    • Auto mode with scene detection Auto mode with scene detection
    • VGA quality movies VGA quality movies
    • Optimises people shots Optimises people shots
    • Easy group shots Easy group shots
    • Convenient power Convenient power

    10 Megapixels

    A 10.0 Megapixel sensor gives you the detail needed for superb, large-scale prints, or creatively cropping shots to perfection.

    3.3x optical zoom lens

    The 3.3x optical zoom lens is designed and manufactured by Canon to the high standards found throughout the Canon photographic range. In combination with digital zoom, magnification of up to 13x can be achieved.

    6.2 cm (2.5”) LCD

    Large size makes viewing captured images and sharing photos with friends a pleasure.

    Smart Auto mode

    With Smart Auto, you can take great photos with just the press of a button. The camera automatically selects the most appropriate scene from a possible 19 and applies the best settings for a perfect picture.

    Blur Reduction Mode

    When shooting subjects in motion or in low light where blur could easily occur, Blur Reduction mode works to ensure clear results free from blur

    Easy to use design

    A casual and easy to use design means you can truly use this camera anywhere, for any occasion. The colour variations of the PowerShot A800 and easy to use large buttons will appeal to all ages.

    16 Shooting modes including FaceSelf-Timer

    It’s easy to be creative with the PowerShot A800 thanks to 16 shooting modes while FaceSelf-Timer making it easy for group shots where you want to be included. Shoot with confidence using Smart Auto or experiment with creative modes such as Super Vivid and Poster Effect.


    As well as powering intelligent camera technologies such as Smart Auto and Face Detection, The DIGIC III processor ensures quick response, high image quality, and accurate colour reproduction.

    Long Play Movies

    Long Play (LP) movies enable longer recording times - taking up half the storage space,

    AA Batteries

    For ultimate convenience, the PowerShot A800 uses two AA batteries which are widely available all over the world.

    Product Specification


    Type 1/2.3 type CCD
    Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0M
    Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


    Type DIGIC III with iSAPS technology
    Focal Length 6.6 – 21.6 mm (35 mm equivalent: 37 – 122 mm)
    Zoom Optical 3.3x. Digital Approx. 4x¹ (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom²)¹. Combined Approx. 13x
    Maximum f/number f/3.0 – f/5.8
    Construction 7 elements in 6 groups (1 single sided aspherical lens)


    Type TTL
    AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 5-point), 1-point AF (fixed centre)
    AF Modes Single, Continuous (Auto mode only)
    AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
    AF Lock On/Off Selectable
    AF Assist Beam Yes
    Closest Focusing Distance 1 cm (W) from front of lens in macro


    Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
    AE Lock On/Off Selectable
    Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
    ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600


    Speed 1 – 1/2000 sec. (factory default)
    15 – 1/2000 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)


    Type TTL
    Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom


    Monitor 6.2 cm (2.5”) TFT, Approx. 115,000 dots
    Coverage Approx. 100%


    Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
    Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
    Red-Eye Reduction Yes
    Flash Exposure Compensation Face Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure
    Flash Exposure Lock Yes
    Built-in Flash Range 30 cm – 3.0 m (W) / 2.0 m (T)
    External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1


    Modes Auto*, P, Movie, SCN (Blur Reduction (2.0MP), Portrait, Kids & Pets, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Light (2.0MP), Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Sunset, Fireworks, Long Shutter)
    *with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
    Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
    Continuous Shooting Approx. 0.8 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card is full)²


    Image Size (L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048.
    Resize in playback (M2, S, 320 x 240)
    Compression Fine, Normal
    Movies (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps/30 fps (LP)
    (M) 320 x 240, 30 fps
    Movie Length Up to 4 GB or 1 hour (L and M)¹


    Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
    Movies AVI [Motion JPEG compression]


    Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
    PictBridge Yes


    Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
    Histogram Yes
    Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
    Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
    Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi


    Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
    Other A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)


    Type SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus


    PC & Macintosh Windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP3
    Mac OS X v10.5 – 10.6 (Intel processor required)


    Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
    Other PhotoStitch


    Batteries 2x Size-AA Alkaline or Ni-MH Batteries (Alkalines supplied)
    Battery life Approx. 300 shots¹ (with supplied batteries)
    Approx. 500 shots (with optional Canon NB-3AH batteries)¹
    Approx. 660 min. playback (with supplied batteries)
    Approx. 720 min. playback (with Canon NB-3AH batteries)
    A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK800


    Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-490
    Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
    Power Supply & Battery Chargers Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300, AC adapter kit ACK800 (DC Coupler DR-DC10 also required)
    Other Canon AV Cable AVC-DC300


    Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C¹, 10 – 90% humidity
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 94.3 x 61.6 x 31.2 mm
    Weight Approx. 186 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
    Zoom ¹ Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
    ² Depending on the image size selected.
    AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability
    Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
    ² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
    Movie Length ¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
    Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
    Operating Environment ¹ 0 – 35 °C when NB-3AH is used.
    • * Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
    • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
    • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
    • Subject to change without notice.
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