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CanonPowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Red)
 
4.5

(based on 113 reviews)

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    (60)

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    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (84)
  • Good image quality (75)
  • Image stabilization (75)
  • Nice body color (68)
  • Compact (65)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (16)
  • No viewfinder (10)
  • Limited zoom (7)
  • No image stabilization (4)
  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (84)
  • Travel (63)
  • Landscape/scenery (49)
  • Low light (49)
  • Video (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (62), Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (56), Yes (35)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid performance at a good price point

I use the PowerShot to supplement my SLR photography and as a primary camera for photos at casual gathers, family events and hikes. While I am out shooting events with my Canon D50 I...Read complete review

I use the PowerShot to supplement my SLR photography and as a primary camera for photos at casual gathers, family events and hikes. While I am out shooting events with my Canon D50 I keep the A3100 handy for taking quick snaps where subjects may not notice a small point and shoot or be less intimidated by a small, friendly camera than a large SLR. I also use it when I have a large telephoto mounted on the SLR and need a quick wide angle shot. While not quite as thin and small as other Canon point and shoot models (SD940 IS for example) the camera it is still small enough to slip into a pocket or in a corner of a camera bag. Image quality is on par with or better than other similar point and shoot cameras.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Average Price for Average Camera

I bought this camera for the times I can't carry around my bulky Canon 7D (long road trips to non-scenic places, snow-skiing, hiking, biking, etc.). I lost my previous Canon Powershot...Read complete review

I bought this camera for the times I can't carry around my bulky Canon 7D (long road trips to non-scenic places, snow-skiing, hiking, biking, etc.). I lost my previous Canon Powershot to the elements and wish I could remember what it was because I liked it better.

The PowerShot A3100 just feels a bit cheap. When I first picked it up, I got the impression that it has a lot more plastic than my previous PowerShot. There is a slight delay between pushing the shutter release button and the picture actually being taken (although I have experience much worse delay in friends' cameras).

The display leaves something to be desired. It is difficult to tell from looking at the screen what, if any, exposure compensations should be made. It is pretty grainy and the contrast ration seems too high (although I have not tried to discover if this can be adjusted).

Over all, the A3100 does what I want in taking "good-enough" pictures and it fits in my pocket. It is an average camera and I think the price is reasonable for what you get. I admit, I have probably been a bit spoiled with the 7D, so keep that in mind as you consider.

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4.0

satisfaction guaranteed

By pat

from ireland

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Red):

    great camera easy to use

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Love it

    By AjAbma

    from Zeeland, MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

    Uses SD cards.
    Automaticly switches to Macro when you get close to the subject.(Auto mode)
    Good Size for a pocket camera.
    IS works pretty well.
    Battery holds power for well.
    Better than I expected at the price.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Refurbished, but mint condition

    By SEABASSiam

    from COS

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Red):

      I was worried since the PowerShot A3100 IS was refurbished, but impressed when it arrived in box and mint condition. Price was excellent & camera a very good quality.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Very Nice and compact camera

      By Sekhar

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Red):

      It takes great picture, images are not blur, the lag time is also less between one photo and another. Ofcourse it doesn't have great zoom (only 4X) but still it is a good camera for the price.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
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      • No

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      5.0

      Great point and shoot camera

      By Tampafan

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

        Bought this for an upcoming vacation and it took great pictures and easy to use. The photos are much clearer and brighter than my older Powershot A590. The recharable battery lasted about 4 days between charges. Completely satisified.

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        • No

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        5.0

        don't judge a camera by its background

        By pirre kolora

        from ny bronx

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Perfect background
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Limited Zoom
        • Too big

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

        i use this product to take family photos,take pictures of the beautiful world,take pictures of friends and family friend. it's a wonderful camera. the camera takes the pictures clearly. it's a nice camera. this camera has helped my family to remember all that great memories we shared together thanks to the camera i dont even the last time that i had any condition with this camera it is so amazine

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Sweet little camera

        By djqhusky

        from Willow, Alaska

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

          When I don't care to lug around my larger canon D7, I take my powershot. I got this to upgrade my powershot A70---which I love and still use. But this little camera fits easily into my purse or pocket without weighing me down. The photos are beautiful and lifelike. I am very pleased with this camera.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Good value

          By Tomatensosse

          from Houston, Texas

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

          Good value, easy to use for everyday photography. Nice big view screen. Miss the viewfinder I had on my previous Canon camera. One thing I really like about Canon is the all in one charger. Some camera chargers have a power cable whereas Canon chargers have the plug built in which saves space when traveling.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Easy to use PowerShot A3100

          By Mr. Covey

          from Dayton, Ohio

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

            What I love best about the Canon PowerShot A3100 is its ease at functionality and quality for a price that's hard to beat. The Canon PowerShot A3100 is sleek in design when used with the supplied wrist cord. I am a teacher and I trust in the quality my students can achieve by using it. Through the easy to understand menus that show all of the features, the PowerShot A3100 is a must-have in any small budget or first beginner's camera.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            I bought the same camera twice!

            By Barb

            from Mandan, ND

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

              I bought my 1st Canon 3100IS last summer.Just so you all understand how much I loved that camera, I lost it on vacation in February and promptly came home and bought another of the same model through B&H. [...] The macro on the zoom works beautifully and all features are easy to use. I also love the rechargeable lithium battery, and its compact size.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great camera - takes great pics

              By Captain Scotty

              from Salt Lake City, UT

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

                This camera is one I bought for my son to use and get familiar with photography. I was impressed at the quality of the photos. I would highly recommend it as a great in-the-pocket camera when you don't want to lug the DSLR around.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Unbeatable performance in it's class

                By Adnanj

                from houston

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • battery life
                • Easy to use
                • Excellent picture quality

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                  Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                  This is my 5th Canon Camera, I have a blind faith on Canon camera from point and shoot to DSLR.
                  A3100 is giving me a amazing pictures and price is unbleveable.
                  I would suggest this camera to everyone.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Adequate camera for everyday use

                  By Photogirl

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

                    Purchased to use under low lighting conditions and for highly-detailed, close-up photography. Really liked the price, the amount of mega-pixels, the image stabilization feature and the macro capabilities. Do not like the materials used in the body of the camera - very light-weight which is great, but it does not feel durable. Also, it is difficult to open the tab covering the A/V USB port.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great camera for a great price!

                    By First time mom

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Short Lag Time

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                        I use this camera for quick shots of my daughter. It has great options without being complicated.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great little camera

                        By Mountain mama

                        from Vernal, UT

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality

                        Cons

                        • No Viewfinder

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Red):

                          I have a Rebel XTI with lenses bit I wanted something I could slip into my purse. I can take pictures any time now. The pictures are pretty good quality. It's taking some adjustment to get used to using the LCD screen for focusing.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          My Second PowerShot

                          By Carol the Artist

                          from Lincoln, CA formerly from the Bay Area

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Short Lag Time
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                            Mainly to photo my art work - oils and pastels to make into note cards. They come out great.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Perfect pricing and size

                            By Bulley

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light

                              Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

                              I real love this little camera. I have a large dslr but carry this small point and shoot with me for the times that I cannot pull out the big guns. Picture quality is good, easy to use, nice and compact but not small enough where I can't work the buttons properly. It is great as a second camera.

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 8
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Easy to use and carry - great pics

                              By Jerry the tennis player

                              from Simsbury CT

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                              • Short Battery Life

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Video

                              Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

                              This camera is easy to take along on a trip. It takes good videos and the software that comes with it is easy to use and has good functionality.

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 9
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Good complement for DSLR

                              By Michel

                              from Irvington, NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                              • Lag / Shutter Delay
                              • Poor Image Stabilization

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Travel

                              Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                              I bought the A3100 to have a small, discrete and light camera for snaps in times I cannot or don't want to use or carry my bulkier D-SLR (restaurant, snapshots on a trail etc.) For the most part it does a fine job. As other reviewers pointed out, it does lack options like shooting raw. There is a delay between pushing the shutter release button and the picture actually being taken, Also, buffer capacity is low, once you have taken a picture, it takes a while before you can take another picture (but I might just be used to DSLR). My main complaint is, that despite having IS, pictures seems out of focus when using the long end of the zoom range. Other than that, the camera performs very well, especially considered its price range.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              CANON'S NEAT LITTLE COMPACT

                              By FIJIMAN

                              from LAS VEGAS/HENDERSON NEVADA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • 12 MP SENSOR
                              • BUILT-IN FLASH
                              • DECNT 4X OPTICAL ZOOM
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • SHOOT VGA VIDEO
                              • Small / Compact
                              • Various shooting modes

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • SHOOT VGA VIDEO ONLY
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about PowerShot A3100 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                                USE IT FOR EVERYTHING (TRIPS, PARTIES, WEDDINGS, BANQUETS, DAY, NIGHT, INDOORS, OUTDOORS, ETC).

                                NICE AND COMPACT.

                                VERY VERY LIGHTWEIGHT.

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                                • No

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