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Canon PowerShot A80 Review

Review Date: Nov 1, 2003

Canon PowerShot A80

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

How do you follow up on the popular PowerShot A70? The PowerShot A80, of course! Like the A70 before it, the A80 is feature-packed, yet is easy to use. The A80 has Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Scene Modes (Canon calls them Image Zone modes), and full Manual mode for total creative control.

Maximum aperture is a standard F2.8 and shutter speed ranges from 15-1/2,000 sec., permitting capturing night scenes as well as freezing fast action shots. The 114mm equivalent focal length is perfect for portrait photography: the 3x optical zoom allows you to stand back and still fill the frame with a person's face. Or, come in as close as 2 in. to your subject for real close macro shots. Plus, shoot expansive panorama shots using the Stitch-Assist feature.

With its composite plastic and aluminum body, the A80 has an eye-catching design. Its resolution has been increased to 4.0 megapixels and allows prints of up to 11x14 in. More importantly, the image sensor size is also increased from 1/2.7 in. to 1/1.8 in. Bigger image sensor equals better quality image and less noise. The 1.5 in. LCD now swivels just like its bigger brother's, the G5 (Canon bills the A80 as the "mini-G"). It uses Compact Flash (CF) Type I storage media, and needs 4 AA Alkaline or rechargeable NiMH batteries.

If you are just starting out in photography and/or are confused about which digital camera to start out with, look no further than the Canon PowerShot A70 or A80. Not only can you immediately start using it out of the box as an automatic point-and-shoot digital camera, but it is feature-packed and will grow with you as you learn more about photography. Optional accessories for the Canon PowerShot A80 includes lenses and an underwater case good up to 130 ft/40 m beneath the surface.

Read our Canon PowerShot A80 review (Nov 1, 2003)

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Canon PowerShot A80
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Canon PowerShot A80 Home PageHome Page
  Image Sensor 4.0 effective megapixels
1/1.8 in. CCD
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 7.8-23.4mm (38-114mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F2.8 (W), F4.9 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 5 cm / 2 in.  
  Auto Focus
TTL autofocus
9-point AiAF / 1-point AF (center)
AF lock and Manual focus are available
Low-light focus-assist illuminator
  Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2,000 sec. (Slow shutter speed of 15 - 1.3 sec. in Shutter-priority AE mode or manual mode only)  
  Exposure Control Program AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual  
  Shooting Modes Image zone: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Fast Shutter, Slow Shutter, Stitch Assist and Movie (3 min. of 320x240); Continuous 2.4 fps  
  Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps  
  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot  
  White Balance TTL Auto White Balance, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), or Custom  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom  

1.5-inch, amorphous silicon TFT color LCD, approx. 67K pixels (Picture coverage approx. 100%); swivels

  ISO Sensitivity Auto; ISO 50, 100, 200, 400  
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I  
  Battery 4 AA Alkaline Batteries (included) or 4 rechargeable NiMH Batteries (optional)  
  Included Accessories
16MB CF Card
4 AA Alkaline Batteries
A/V Cable, Interface Cable
Strap (Wrist)
Software CD-ROMs
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 103.1 x 64.6 x 34.7 mm /
4.1 x 2.5 x 1.4 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 250g / 8.8 oz.  
  MSRP US$449 / CAD$750  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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Reflections: 1/80 sec., F4, +1EV and ISO 50
7.8mm, Aperture-Priority, Evaluative
1/80 sec., F4.0, +1EV and ISO 50 with fill-in flash
Levels adjusted in Photoshop Elements

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