Canon PowerShot A80 Review
Date: Nov 1, 2003
to Serious Amateur
Canon PowerShot A80 Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
Scene @ Yonge & Empress
7.8mm, Program AE, Evaluative, 1/6 sec., F2.8
and ISO 50
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.
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.
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.
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.
A80 takes optional lenses and there is even an
underwater marine case for those who fancy underwater
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
if you fit the Canon PowerShot A80 User Profile
||Desire a quality 4+ MP
resolution point-and-shoot digital camera
capable of producing prints of up to
||Want more exposure flexibility
than provided by a point-and-shoot digital
||Have a desire to learn
||Just starting out into
||Want the best value for
money in the Beginner to Serious Amateur
||Want a well-rounded digital
camera for general family use.