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Canon PowerShot A80 Review

Review Date: Nov 1, 2003

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

Canon PowerShot A80 

Image Quality

The Canon PowerShot A80 is a digital camera targeted to beginner and serious amateur photographers and its image quality is comparable to other 4 megapixels resolution digital cameras.

For this review, I used the following settings as my preferred settings:

  • Shooting Mode: Program AE
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • ISO: 50
  • Image Size: 2272x1704 (Large)
  • Image Quality: Superfine
  • White Balance: Auto

All the pictures on this and the other pages (including the navigation pictures at the top of each page) have been taken by the PowerShot A80 for this review. The pictures on this page provide a good sample of what the PowerShot A80 is capable of and I have provided the 800x600 version. Remember that this version is of slightly lesser quality than the original 2272x1704 version. Please open and download only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!

Clicking on a picture version will display the 800x600 version in a separate window. Leave that separate window up for all the other images will also display in that same separate window.

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Cineplex Odeon: 1/60 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50, with Flash (File size: 1.6 MB)
Dupont Subway Wall Art: 0.4 sec., F3.5, +2/3EV and ISO 50 (File size: 1.7 MB)
Mannequins: 1/60 sec., F3.2, +2/3EV and ISO 50, with Flash (File size: 1.2 MB)
Mums: 1/250 sec., F2.8, Macro and ISO 50 (File size: 1.8 MB)
Hydro Meter: 1/100 sec., F2.8, Macro ON, and ISO 50 (File size: 1.3 MB)
No Petals: 1/40 sec., F2.8, Macro ON and ISO 50 (File size: 1.4 MB)
Pine Needles: 1/30 sec., F2.8, Macro ON,  and ISO 50 (File size: 1.8 MB)
Red Leaf: 1/200 sec., F2.8, +1/3EV, Macro ON,  and ISO 50 (File size: 2.3 MB)
Suzuki TL1000: 1/400 sec., F3.5 and ISO 50 (File size: 1.6 MB)
Grenadier Pond: 1/60 sec., F4, +1EV and ISO 50 with fill-in Flash (File size: 2 MB)
Garden Path: 1/50 sec., F2.8, and ISO 50 (File size: 2.7 MB)
Going Home: 1/60 sec., F4.0, and ISO 50 (File size: 2.6 MB)
Kiriya Park Panorama: 4 landscape shots taken at 1/80 sec., F8 and ISO 50; Combined in PhotoStitch (File size: 2 MB)

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A Personal Word

The Canon PowerShot A80 is very easy to use and produces quality 4MP pictures in Program AE mode. Canon has improved on the popular A70 by providing higher resolution (and, more importantly, in a larger size 1/1.8 in. image sensor) and a very useful swivel LCD monitor.

In Playback mode, you can press the DISP button to display detailed info about your captured images, including a histogram. All you really need to know about using the histogram is on Page 41 of the User Guide: by reviewing the histogram you get instant feedback on whether your image is too dark or too bright. If it is too dark, retake the picture again and give it a positive exposure compensation (say, of +1/3EV); if the histogram says the image is too bright, give it a negative exposure compensation (say, of -1/3EV).

The Canon PowerShot A80 is a beginner or serious amateur photographer's dream camera; an advanced amateur looking for a compact digital camera will appreciate the exposure flexibility and image quality it provides.

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