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Canon PowerShot A80 Review

Review Date: Nov 1, 2003

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Canon PowerShot A80

Executive Summary

This Canon PowerShot A80 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Night Scene @ Yonge & Empress: 1/6 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50
Night Scene @ Yonge & Empress
7.8mm, Program AE, Evaluative, 1/6 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50

The Canon PowerShot A80 is an attractive, compact and affordable digital camera perfect for an aspiring photographer. It improves upon the hugely popular PowerShot A70 with a larger image sensor, 4 megapixels resolution, and a very handy swivel LCD. It has the image quality Canon is famous for, its 4.0 megapixels resolution allows 11x14 in. prints, and, more importantly, it provides the features and exposure flexibility that allow a beginner amateur photographer to experiment, learn and grow in digital photography.

The Canon PowerShot A80 can be used as a point-and-shoot camera in Auto or Program AE mode, but it's attractiveness lies in the flexible exposure control it allows: Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Manual, plus easy to use scene (Image Zone) modes. Operation is fast and control is intuitive.

The Canon A80 is just slightly larger than the A70, and you can carry it in a large pants pocket. It is more comfortable in a coat pocket or belt case. The LCD is average and could do with a bit more resolution, but it swivels, making it easy to take difficult to view shots (over the head, close to the ground, etc.) without body contortions. Battery life is excellent.

There are many things to like about the A80: 3x optical zoom, F2.8 maximum aperture, 15-1/2,000 sec. shutter speed range. A Stitch Assist feature helps the positioning of overlapping images to take a panorama shot, and the A80 conveniently takes AA batteries.

The A80 takes optional lenses and there is even an underwater marine case for those who fancy underwater photography.

With its ease of use, advanced features in an entry-level camera, Canon quality optics, DIGIC image processor, and affordable price, the PowerShot A80 continues the A70 tradition of being the best digital camera in the beginner to serious amateur category.

See if you fit the Canon PowerShot A80 User Profile below:

Canon PowerShot A80
User Profile
Desire a quality 4+ MP resolution point-and-shoot digital camera capable of producing prints of up to 11x14 in.
Want more exposure flexibility than provided by a point-and-shoot digital camera.
Have a desire to learn about photography.
Just starting out into digital photography.
Want the best value for money in the Beginner to Serious Amateur category.
Want a well-rounded digital camera for general family use.

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