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CanonPowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Red)
 
4.2

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (50)
  • Compact (44)
  • Good image quality (43)
  • Large clear LCD (39)
  • Zoom range/performance (35)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (10)
  • No viewfinder (7)
  • Limited zoom (5)
  • Poor image quality (3)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (43)
  • Travel (34)
  • Landscape/scenery (25)
  • Low light (23)
  • Wildlife (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (30), Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (38), Yes (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great casual travel camera

Reviewing the A4000IS as a consumer point-n-shoot, not trying to compare it with a much more expensive DSLR.

Bought this camera for a trip to Patagonia where we'd be hiking and...Read complete review

Reviewing the A4000IS as a consumer point-n-shoot, not trying to compare it with a much more expensive DSLR.

Bought this camera for a trip to Patagonia where we'd be hiking and engaging in lots of outdoor activities. I knew I would be unwilling to carry my large DSLR camera all day long for what was essentially a family vacation.

At 4.4 oz. the A4000IS was perfect to drop in my pocket every day and be ready to shoot at a moments notice. The 8x optical zoom, and the optical image stabilization sold me on this particular model and these features worked as advertised allowing me to frame a variety of scenes without a tripod.

As my primary output is either 4x6 prints or web pictures (Facebook), having 16 megapixels means that I can crop extensively on my iPad or computer.

As one would expect, the images were pretty clean and noise free in bright lighting, but considerably noisier in low light. Additionally, if you greatly magnify the images, you will see some chromatic aberration from the lens, but at any reasonable image size, this is not a problem. All in all, the camera exceeded my expectations for image quality for a camera of this price.

Other reviewers have complained about the battery life being short, and therefore I travel with an extra battery, but surprisingly have never had the need to use the 2nd battery.

Due to the small camera size and the large LCD screen, there's not much room for the buttons and thus they're a bit smaller than ideal. I learned to poke at them with a fingernail (I have big hands) and the buttons were fine.

In summary, this is a great camera for the casual shooter who wants flexible optics, high resolution, a camera that's not much bigger than a cellphone, and is willing to live with the tradeoffs in image quality and lighting that is inherent in an inexpensive point-n-shoot. The Canon A4000IS offers a lot of capability for the price and size.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

expected more

I definitely have high expectations for a camera, even a point-and-shoot. I've owned inexpensive Canon (Elf) cams that took amazing shots ... this cam is not one of their best. Read complete review

I definitely have high expectations for a camera, even a point-and-shoot. I've owned inexpensive Canon (Elf) cams that took amazing shots ... this cam is not one of their best.

Note, I returned the first one I owned thinking it was an issue with the camera ... my observations are true with two separate cams.

I like to have some manual functions even for a point and shoot, which this has, but the sensor on outdoor shots on auto or manual continually disappoints me. Outdoor shots are washed out, usually overexposed.

Macro function is nice but does not work with the optical zoom and often the focus target is off.

Even with the manual tweaks that are available, I'm disappointed with the output of this cam. With a point and shoot, I don't want to have to adjust things much, but I find that the shots are not true-to-life, nor are they better (as is sometimes the case with point and shoots that jack up the contrast, color saturation or sharpness automatically).

I would not recommend this cam and I hope that Canon sures up their offering to exclude cams like this that are mediocre.

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3.0

Pershot is pretty decent

By Diana

from delmar, ny

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

I enjoy the easy access to menu options and the simplicity of use with the ability to get more in depth if you want to.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Perfect for the Price

By Rummeycat

from White Mountains, NH

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Large Files Longer Wait

Best Uses

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

Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

I own another A4000 IS and purchased this one for my spouse as a birthday present. After using mine for about a month, its performance proved perfect for the type of photography we generally use our cameras: Casual pics of scenery, friends, fly fishing trips, travel, etc. Although the digital files can be taken as very large MB pics, we didn't by this very inexpensive product to sell images in galleries and on line. There are digital cameras better suited to the real experts. Battery life is just fine, but I bought a backup for each of our PowerShot's just in case.

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

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1.0

Flash stopped working - very disappointe

By urban walker

from new york, ny

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Flash

    Best Uses

      Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Black):

      I've had my A4000 for six months, and the camera has worked relatively well -- until now. Even though I've used the flash sparingly, it just stopped working on a vacation abroad, has ruined a series of shots, and will prevent me from taking others. I've kept my camera in good condition, do not misuse it, and keep the battery charged. Buyer beware!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 6
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Camera!

      By tiny

      from baltimore, md

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • 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
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

        I use this camera for taking pictures of projects i am working on and parts i am selling. It works perfectly for this purpose. I like how easy it is to use, and the large screen makes it easy to review your photos.

        The autofocus is slightly laggy, but overall it takes very clear pictures, with no apparent motion blur.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great little camera PowerShot A4000 IS

        By N/A

        from Texas

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

          Great little camera does alot in a small package. Easy to use, and makes great photos,

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

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          5.0

          Cheapest currently supported CHDK camera

          By ProfHankD

          from Lexington, KY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom
          • Runs Chdk
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Grip
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Programming Using Chdk
          • Travel

          Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

          Last week, I bought a small fleet of these for my students to use in my "Cameras as Computer Systems" course. It takes a while before the free CHDK (Canon Hack Development Kit) supports a new PowerShot, and this is the cheapest of the supported models still available new.

          There are very few controls apparently available to the user (some are present but hard to find) -- but loading CHDK gives a huge set of options including exposure controls and raw support. Switch the CHDK menus to use the "?" key rather than the default ">" key, otherwise you loose the ability to enter play mode. Of course, CHDK doesn't increase the short battery life. CHDK also doesn't seem give you aperture control -- this camera doesn't seem to have an aperture iris, but just two steps (in/out of an ND filter?).

          Image quality is fairly good for this type of camera, and images have the usual Canon look. However, raw captures show that the wide end of the camera's zoom is actually much wider than Canon states -- wider, but with lots of distortion and dark corner(s). About 20% of the raw view at wide is removed when the camera creates a JPEG... but postprocessing of the raw can crop more like 10%. The "washed out" look of the JPEGs is not a problem processing the raw data yourself -- raw exposure is ok, but Canon seems to blow the highlights when correcting the distortions for camera-generated JPEGs.

          Overall, think of this camera as giving you an 8X zoom in a tiny and cheap package by using digital processing that makes it more like 12MP. It's still quite good for such a small sensor, and can beat most cell phones in IQ (especially using raw). Oh yeah -- it's also worth mentioning that the front plate is ***BLUE*** -- not the more subtle shade more commonly seen on cameras (and used on the back of this one).

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

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          4.0

          Great Compact Camera at a Great Price

          By Bobby

          from New England

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

            While I own a DSLR, there are times when I don't want to lug it around. This camera fits that need and is a great value. It takes good picutes/video, and is small and light.

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

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            5.0

            Great point and shoot camera

            By dutch

            from Holland MI

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

            Bought this camera to have as a simple and convenient product to keep in the car. I have taken about 100 pictures so far in a variety of different lighting conditions. For a inexpensive point and shoot camera - no complaints. Battery is still going strong.

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

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            2.0

            expected more

            By nighthawk

            from Oakland, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Limited Zoom
            • No Viewfinder
            • Poor Image Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

              I definitely have high expectations for a camera, even a point-and-shoot. I've owned inexpensive Canon (Elf) cams that took amazing shots ... this cam is not one of their best.

              Note, I returned the first one I owned thinking it was an issue with the camera ... my observations are true with two separate cams.

              I like to have some manual functions even for a point and shoot, which this has, but the sensor on outdoor shots on auto or manual continually disappoints me. Outdoor shots are washed out, usually overexposed.

              Macro function is nice but does not work with the optical zoom and often the focus target is off.

              Even with the manual tweaks that are available, I'm disappointed with the output of this cam. With a point and shoot, I don't want to have to adjust things much, but I find that the shots are not true-to-life, nor are they better (as is sometimes the case with point and shoots that jack up the contrast, color saturation or sharpness automatically).

              I would not recommend this cam and I hope that Canon sures up their offering to exclude cams like this that are mediocre.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 3

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              5.0

              Canon Powershot is always the best

              By Bigkwok

              from Toronto, Ontario

              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
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                A great camera

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

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Easy, Cheap, Great Images

                By Rocket 0043

                from San Francisco

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                I love this easy to use, inexpensive camera. I bought a second on to give to my mother in law and she swears by it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Love this camera!

                By Fran

                from New Jersey

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

                  I use this camera to take pictures of my kids and family trips. This camera is super lightweight easy to use, and the shutter speed is super fast!

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10

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                  3.0

                  Less sturdy than earlier PowerShot

                  By IF

                  from Boston

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Quality Photos Vid
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • 16 Megas
                  • Family Photos
                  • Light weight
                  • Small

                  Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Blue):

                  I bought the A4000 IS to replace an A3300 IS with a scratched lens. I always kept the A3300 with me as a pocket camera and wanted to replace it with a like camera.

                  Unfortunately the metal in area around the A4000 lens has a very sharp edge. The lens protection screen is also rough and flimsy. By contrast, the A3300 has a smooth graduated surface.

                  It is almost impossible to reach for the A4000 in my pocket without hanging up on the sharp metal edge and/or the lens screen.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By d1

                  from Texas

                  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
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Silver):

                    This is the second one for me. The first one I dropped and broke. The first one worked so well I got another and am very pleased with it as I was with the first. I use it to take pictures @ my church in very low light. What I like about it is it takes very good pictures in low light and I don't get the blurred pictures that I used to get with my other camera. This camera would be good for any type of pictures you won't to take.

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

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                    4.0

                    very nice pictures out of compact camera

                    By Mikey

                    from Gladstone,Mo.

                    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
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay
                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel

                    Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                    a very nice camera with loads of features

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

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Practical and quality camera

                    By Karen

                    from Guayaquil, Ecuador

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Pink):

                      Comfortable to use, practical modes, take good pictures and screen's size is perfect. I love the color!

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

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                      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great casual travel camera

                      By Tone

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                        Reviewing the A4000IS as a consumer point-n-shoot, not trying to compare it with a much more expensive DSLR.

                        Bought this camera for a trip to Patagonia where we'd be hiking and engaging in lots of outdoor activities. I knew I would be unwilling to carry my large DSLR camera all day long for what was essentially a family vacation.

                        At 4.4 oz. the A4000IS was perfect to drop in my pocket every day and be ready to shoot at a moments notice. The 8x optical zoom, and the optical image stabilization sold me on this particular model and these features worked as advertised allowing me to frame a variety of scenes without a tripod.

                        As my primary output is either 4x6 prints or web pictures (Facebook), having 16 megapixels means that I can crop extensively on my iPad or computer.

                        As one would expect, the images were pretty clean and noise free in bright lighting, but considerably noisier in low light. Additionally, if you greatly magnify the images, you will see some chromatic aberration from the lens, but at any reasonable image size, this is not a problem. All in all, the camera exceeded my expectations for image quality for a camera of this price.

                        Other reviewers have complained about the battery life being short, and therefore I travel with an extra battery, but surprisingly have never had the need to use the 2nd battery.

                        Due to the small camera size and the large LCD screen, there's not much room for the buttons and thus they're a bit smaller than ideal. I learned to poke at them with a fingernail (I have big hands) and the buttons were fine.

                        In summary, this is a great camera for the casual shooter who wants flexible optics, high resolution, a camera that's not much bigger than a cellphone, and is willing to live with the tradeoffs in image quality and lighting that is inherent in an inexpensive point-n-shoot. The Canon A4000IS offers a lot of capability for the price and size.

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Good camera, not great.

                        By that one guy

                        from Lincoln, NE

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Lag / Shutter Delay

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Red):

                        It depends on what you are looking for. Small, good zoom and good image quality overall. Just wish it had some manual settings and a CMOS sensor.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Camera

                        By ms

                        from ny

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Video

                          Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Pink):

                          Takes good pictures, easy to use, compact, and a nice color. The large screen is really nice.

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                          • No

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                          3.0

                          Solidly built camera, easy-to-use.

                          By newbie

                          from Seattle, WA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Bad in low light
                          • Lag / Shutter Delay
                          • Limited Zoom

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera (Red):

                          This is my regular point-and-shoot camera. It is solidly built and very compact. I found it very easy-to-use.

                          Weakness: Low lighting performance is about the same as any other non-DSLR camera.

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                          • No

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