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CanonPowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Green)
 
4.4

(based on 111 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (54)

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    (51)

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    (5)

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    (1)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (82)
  • Image stabilization (62)
  • Large clear LCD (51)
  • Good image quality (49)
  • Zoom range/performance (45)

Cons

  • Short battery life (22)
  • Lag / shutter delay (10)
  • Limited zoom (10)
  • Long lag time (5)
  • Poor flash (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (92)
  • Travel (79)
  • Landscape/scenery (51)
  • Low light (30)
  • Fun (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (47), Photo enthusiast (46), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Loving this blue gem

This camera is my first replacement purchase in quite some time. I bought this little blue gem just one day before visiting my son in Toronto, CA. It was a great choice, and...Read complete review

This camera is my first replacement purchase in quite some time. I bought this little blue gem just one day before visiting my son in Toronto, CA. It was a great choice, and I've been enjoying it ever since. It has everything I expected with features I'm still finding out about.

It comes with a picture software CD, USB connector and 128SD card. The one thing that hurts this camera is the battery life. I think if you use energizers it will last longer, as the Duracell's die rather quickly. I'll likely invest in rechargeables at some point, but overall this is a fantastic point and shoot camera, I highly recommend it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good but still missing features

i am not a professional consumer nor a prosumer. but although i like the A1100IS in general terms, i still miss some of the features my old A80 has, namely: the manual settings...Read complete review

i am not a professional consumer nor a prosumer. but although i like the A1100IS in general terms, i still miss some of the features my old A80 has, namely: the manual settings and the tilt screen.
besides that, the Auto function in the A80 let you shoot pictures with subjects moving fast (children, cars, landscape when you're in a car), but the Auto function of the A1100IS does not. the shutter speed seems to not get over 1/60 most of the times.
also, the time required for the flash to recharge is some seconds longer than it should be, maybe because the A1100IS holds only two batteries (against four in the A80).
overall, this is a very good camera but i expected a leap from the A80 and i feel like i stepped down.

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5.0

Plays Well With Ubuntu Linux

By ka1ssr

from Nashua, NH

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Nice Body Color

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Grey):

Excellent camera! I bought it to replace a dead PowerShot A75 and a one-foot-in-the-grave Panasonic PV-SD4090. I plugged the A1100 into my Ubuntu (10.04) box and F-Spot came right up and happily transferred the pictures onto my hard drive. My one pet peeve is the short battery life, but if you turn off the LCD during shooting your batteries will last a whole lot longer. With the LCD on, I find that I can usually get half a days shooting in before I have to change batteries. NiMh batteries work fine in this camera.

Bottom line: buy this camera. You won't be sorry.

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4.0

Very happy with this camera.

By martra

from Chattanooga, TN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Green):

    Was looking for a small camera for my P&S trip cam. I like being able to use AA rechargable batteries. I own the A620 and this one is much lighter with just 2 AA instead of 4. The photos are good...get the clipping but if you play with exposure settings it does a good job. Love the IS feature. Really makes the high ISO shots usable after a run through denoiser.

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    4.0

    Good for the price

    By Bill

    from Orlando FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Nice Body Color

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

      I bought this for my wife, and she loves it. The compact size fits nicely in her purse, the color looks cool, and it takes great pictures without the need for a lot of photographic knowledge. There is a brief lag time, but that doesn't bother her.

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      4.0

      So Simple A Mother Can Do It

      By Ralph's Pretty Good Photos

      from Normal, Illinois

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Nice Body Color
      • Runs on AA batteries
      • Simple to use

      Cons

      • Poor Flash

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Outdoor still photos

      Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Green):

      I wanted a camera that was powerful, took great photos, and was easy enough to use that my 80-something mother would be comfortable with it. I purchased it for her. This camera does all that and does it well. The Auto setting works well for most shots and the quality of images is very good. It has the usual weaknesses of a point-and-shoot: some shutter lag and a flash that is weak by SLR standards. However, outdoors in natural light with relatively still subjects it really shines. I didn't buy a case because the body is relatively rugged and appears that it will withstand a reasonable amount of abuse. It also requires AA batteries, which is perfect for the casual user who shouldn't have to worry about whether the proprietary battery has enough charge.

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      5.0

      Great all-around point and shoot

      By Anniemoo

      from Long Island, NY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Nice Body Color
      • Viewfinder

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Green):

        I have noticed that most of the digital point and shoot cameras have been discontinuing the viewfinder feature. That was the one feature that has kept me a Canon purchaser. In bright sunlight, I can't see an image on the screen. I have been noticing that even Canon is discontinuing this feature, so I wanted to quickly purchase this before I lost out altogether. I love the size, the amenities, and especially the soft green color!! I had to go to a dozen or so websites before I finally found it at B&H. So, picture me smiling!!

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        4.0

        Excellent Video from such a small camera

        By Pinkie

        from Skagit County, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Green):

          I use the product for my company - produce content for a local city public-service cable channel. The stills are magnificent and the video is useable on air as shot directly from this little camera - awesome!

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          4.0

          Takes good clear pictures

          By Raider Rick

          from Virginia Beach, Virginia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Nice Body Color

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Pink):

            Family photos, kids at play, birthday parties & Traveling/Vacations.
            Takes good focused pictures
            lag time on flash isn't good

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            5.0

            very Satisfied!

            By Valerie

            from Louisville, KY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Great for pets kids pix
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

              The camera is easy to use and has many nice features. I find it difficult to open the battery and card slot as there isn't enough grip to make the job easy. The online manual covers all the settings and when I went to print it... it was 120+ pages! But worth it! Very easy to use and great for party and low light shots. Highly recommended!

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              5.0

              Works very well

              By KO

              from Mount Joy, PA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Grey):

                This camera was purchased to take pictures of items being listed for sale on the internet. Closeup photos are very common to showcase intricate detail or products. Clarity and focus is something that is easy to achieve with this camera. It takes clear and bright images with little effort.

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                5.0

                Good value

                By jimic

                from Tennessee

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Stabilization

                Cons

                • NONE AT THIS TIME

                Best Uses

                • Small and always with me

                Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

                Good Value, easy to use. I purchase this camera to replace my older point and shoot digital camera.
                I use a full size cannon digital camera,but cant do with out a good pocket size point and shoot camera also.

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                5.0

                Amazing good camera using AA batteries

                By Doc SMS

                from Princeton NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Short Lag Time

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Grey):

                  This camera performs really well, as would be expected with a Powershot. Canon goes beyond mere megapixel count and produces great images due its superior processing. We have had several PowerShot cameras, going back to a 3 Mp unit that took excellent pictures. The image stabilization is excellent and it efficiently recognizes faces. It also is more slender and compact than it appears in Web images.

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                  4.0

                  very happy

                  By hershy

                  from brooklyn ny

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Nice Body Color

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

                    Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Grey):

                    i bought this for one of my children i was very happy with the price when the camra came we were very happy with the size and all the stuff we bought

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                    5.0

                    Great Little Camera

                    By Jackie

                    from Jacksonville, FL

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Grey):

                      Easy to use for beginners with little or no knowledge.

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                      4.0

                      Love the Camera

                      By The Professor

                      from Fort Wayne, Indiana

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Grey):

                        We recently went on a trip to Washington DC and I needed a new camera desperately. I consulted with a friend who purchasesd the Powershot and he was very satisfied. I love the clarity of the images and the fact you can take videos- we were able to record the Changing of the Guard at Artlington National Cemetary. The price is exceptional at B&H.Thanks to all for helping us create memories for a lifetime.

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                        4.0

                        cheap, tiny, acceptable

                        By Cyrus

                        from Ohio

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Nice Body Color

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Pink):

                        Got his for my wife as she was sick of the my camera. She wanted something small and simple to operate with 'less' buttons.Why I got interested in this one? well, first its price, [$] Looked up the reviews on the web and did not find anything unpleasant about it.The first shots were not very pleasing. Maybe it was my fault to compare it with my S2. The AF does not work very well in high or low contrasts so be careful. I noticed that keeping the face detection feature on helps to get better shots.Not much expected from the flash - it is small. But don't get it wrong. It is quite capable of making good indoor shots in close ranges.I can't say anything about durability. We are having it for only two weeks!bottom line, I believe it is a good value for money. At least the lady is happy with it!

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                        4.0

                        Worth the money

                        By john

                        from nashville, tn

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Nice Body Color

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel

                          Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Grey):

                          small size and good quality for the price.

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                          4.0

                          Great Small Camera

                          By The Professor

                          from Taos, NM

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Nice Body Color

                          Cons

                          • Limited Zoom

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Green):

                          We needed a camera that we could carry anywhere anytime that would not take up much room or add much weight to our gear. We wanted one with a view finder because using the LCD displays in bright sun to see what you are photographing is nearly impossible. However we did not want to compromise too much on image quality. This little camera, so far, has fit the bill nicely. I am especially pleased that the LCD display can be turned off, which helps lengthen the battery life. Canon should advertise this better. Picture quality is very good for most scenes. We have noticed a bit of pixilation in the images of large landscapes with bright white clouds in the sky. We hike a lot and don't always want to take our larger camera which is heavier and bulkier than this one. My wife can carry it easily in here purse where ever she goes and I can put in my jacket pocket with ease. I have read some reviews complaining about this camera eating batteries and I suspect it does to some extent especially if you use the LCD a lot, but this is one of the trade offs with this type of camera. You have to decide what your own needs are. The 4x optical zoom is adequate for most scenes, but can not compare to larger cameras and lenses. The 12x digital zoom only works for the lower quality image resolutions and may or may not provide good images depending on the distance to the object you are trying to zoom in on. If you need good quality images with a lot of magnification, get a different camera or get a digital SLR with interchangeable lenses. The macro setting on this little camera is quite good for most shots. Again, if you need really close macro shots, get a different camera. As an all around go anywhere anytime camera for taking spur of the moment good quality images this is a good buy in my opinion.

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                          4.0

                          Great quality for price point!

                          By Horsin' Around

                          from Madison, WI

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Nice Body Color

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Pink):

                            So far so good. I wanted something that was inexpensive but still good quality. I already have an expensive fancy pants camera and just wanted one that I could throw in my purse and always have on hand. This was the best quality camera, with good reviews that I could find for under $150.

                            I took some pictures of horse jumping in a big arena and got some great pictures. It's pretty user friendly, I haven't run into any problems yet.
                            It does have a longer lag time than I would prefer, especially when using the flash. I also wasn't impressed by the brightness in low light, but I was taking shots from very far away in a large, dark arena. The brightness was easily fixed up uploading and correcting the pictures.

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                            5.0

                            A Lot of Camera For the Money

                            By CDC

                            from Knoxville, TN

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • GREAT PICTURE QUALITY
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Many features
                            • Quality construction
                            • QUICK START UP

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

                              Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Pink):

                              I was looking for a "Point and Shoot" camera for my wife. The reviews for this camera indicated that it was loaded with features and an excellent buy. The reviews were not wrong. You get a lot of camera/features for the money with this camera. I am amazed that they can put all the features they do into so small a package. Uses readily available AAA batteries. EXCELLENT BUY, you won't be disappointed.

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                              4.0

                              I love my new camera!

                              By Suzie

                              from Myrtle Beach, SC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • Short Lag Time

                              Cons

                              • Short Battery Life

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

                              I went to Asheville last week to the Biltmore Flower Festival and I got wonderful shots.

                              The only drawback was the battery life so I got a battery charger with rechargeable batteries for less than $20 so that problem should be resolved.

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