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CanonPowerShot A1400 Digital Camera
 
4.3

(based on 48 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (33)
  • Easy to use (32)
  • Good image quality (31)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (18)
  • Image stabilization (14)

Cons

  • Short battery life (6)
  • Lag / shutter delay (4)
  • Poor flash (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (32)
  • Travel (30)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Low light (12)
  • Sports/action (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (35), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good value in a compact camera

I was looking for a replacement for my older Canon A590 IS and bought the A1400 because it is just about the only compact camera that is still available with an optical display. That...Read complete review

I was looking for a replacement for my older Canon A590 IS and bought the A1400 because it is just about the only compact camera that is still available with an optical display. That said, it is not really an upgrade except for having a slightly wider zoom range and a higher pixel count. Canon has cost reduced this product to the max, removing the USB cable that was included with the essentially identical A1300, and the nice user guide that came with older models like the A590IS. That said, if you are not expecting too much and know how to use it properly, you can get very good images with this little beauty. However, you MUST download and study the manual if you want to get the most out of the camera. It is not difficult to use, but you have to learn the menus. If you can't be bothered reading the manual, then just leave it in full auto mode and be prepared to accept what you get.

Enthusiasts will want to put the camera in Program (P) mode to get access to the more useful features. However, there are no Aperture or Shutter priority modes like the A590 had. The maximum ISO sensitivity that you can set is 1600, and you will probably find that images taken at that setting will be rather noisy. Best image quality will be achieved outdoors or in brightly lit scenes with the ISO forced to 100.

The flash in the A1400 does not seem to overexpose nearby objects like the A1300 did, so that seems to have been fixed. However, there are significant lag times for writing images to the card (even with a fast card), reviewing images, and for the flash to recharge. This is not the best choice for fast action sports photography or low light situations in general.

To improve battery life, get a set of Sanyo Eneloops; you will find they work better and last longer than typical off-the-shelf alkalines PLUS you will save a lot of money.

Operating hints: you cannot focus manually, but you can choose spot AF and have the camera auto-magnify the AF point so you can see if you have achieved focus or not (focus can be slow in certain situations). I like to turn on the 3x3 grid to aid with composition and help ensure that the camera is leveled properly. Have fun!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Some good and some bad

I maintain that to take good pictures YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CAMERA! SLR's and bridge cameras generally have better quality and more features than point and shoot's, but you are less inclined to...Read complete review

I maintain that to take good pictures YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CAMERA! SLR's and bridge cameras generally have better quality and more features than point and shoot's, but you are less inclined to carry one with you all the time therefore missing that once in a lifetime foto op. The A1400 has a viewfinder (not great but adequate) which makes taking action shots easier and is easier to use than a screen in bright sunlight.

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2.0

Not what I hoped.

By JP

from Ohio

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Poor Image Quality

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

I bought this camera for my wife to replace an old Canon Elph. She insisted on one that still had a viewfinder, which greatly limited our options. This camera is designed to be operated in "auto", where manual overrides are buried in a menu and are very limited. That would be OK if the auto setting produced good results, but so far it does not. The camera tends to drive up the gain in every situation that isn't full sun. This gives a grainy soft image that isn't as nice as our old 4 megapixal camera. Sure, with 16MP you can enlarge image a lot, but the end product is still of poor quality. I let several people use it and they all complained about trying to get the camera to focus on what they intended. I found that it would take several attemps at holding the shutter button down half way to get the camera to focus on the right thing. This takes away the simplicity of a point and shoot camera. Overall, I would say this camera is a disappointment.

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5.0

Very good simple camera for evryday

By Alex

from Chicago , IL

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

    Nice, small and very easy to use camera with good resolution ! For that cost is one of the best choice..:)

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Viewfinder, yay!

    By cherry picture

    from boston, ma

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

    A camera with viewfinder at a reasonable price point for the casual user. Great features, great camera.

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    4.0

    Good Camera for cheap

    By bleinber

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

    • Poor Flash
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

    My son uses it for snapshots. It is good to get him doing photography and learning without spending too much. I think the image quality is better than the similar nikon that we had previously. Either one can get broken easiliy, not very tough cameras.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    So far liking this camera.

    By Farmgoddess

    from Henry, Nebraska

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • none so far

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

    Wanted a small camera to travel with that is not too expensive. Very pleased so far with the quality and options it has.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Replacement for my Powershot A590IS

    By fizzle

    from New York

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

      I needed a replacement for my older Powershot, and found this little camera at B&H. I like the viewfinder, the size (smaller than the earlier model), the AA battery power, and the quality of the images that this camera produces.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Its a Canon for Quality

      By rdonhall

      from Dickson, tennessee 37055

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

        The pictures are always sharp and clear coming from a Canon.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Canzon powershot a1400:

        By John

        from Vallejo,ca

        Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

        Really like this camera. Plan on reordering more if you get more in stock.

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        5.0

        Rare Camera

        By lopedevega

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

          Me and my wife are using the predecessor models of this camera, A1200 and A1300, and now bought A1400 as spare, since this model line is already discontinued. Of course, they are not high-end cameras, but the quality pretty is high, images are OK. But some important properties of these three camerase are rather unique in nowadays. They use simple AA batteries, available everywhere, so we don't need to carry extra rechargeable battery packs, and also they are equipped with zoomable optical viewfinders (not perfect, but good enough to see your object under the bright sun, when camera screen is basically useles.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Reliable Camera, Great Price

          By Collectorhw

          from St. Louis, MO

          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
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

            I bought this camera to take photo's in multiple locations for ID cards. The fact that it takes AA batteries is a huge plus and makes it easy to travel with and not rely on an electrical outlet to recharge batteries. The controls are not overly complex and easy for anyone to pick up and use. The display is easy to view indoors and out. Picture quality is sharp with good color balance.

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            • No

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            5.0

            easy to use light weight point and shoot

            By riversidepainter

            from VA, Front Royal

            About Me Semi-pro 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
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

              I use this camera for my introduction to photography students

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              • No

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              4.0

              Happy customer

              By PH

              from Oregon City, OR

              Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

              Great little camera for the price, and arrived when estimated

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              brilliant

              By MARVIN MARTIAN

              from Albuquerque, NM

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

              A wonderful small point and shoot WITH a viewfinder!!!! I know that it is considered old fashioned to want something more than a washed out - reflective screen but I like to take pictures out of doors. The camera has all the feature that I need for general travel - and it's light, uses AA's at a very low price. I used to carry a bag with lens, motor drive, flashes. extra body, etc. no more - this one suits me just fine.

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              • No

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              5.0

              "Really great!"

              By Pedro Zalt

              from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

              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
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

                Compact, powerful and easy-to-handle, best combination for easy going photographers.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Solid Performer

                By Bobbycam

                from Scotch Plains, NJ

                Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

                I purchased this camera for work because I can take low resolution photos that are perfect for e-mail and it uses AA batteries. I USE rechargeable batteries in the camera, but always have spare AA Alkalines in my car, so I never worry about power. The camera takes good photos in low light with the flash on and even the photos taken at the lowest resolution are clear in 4 x 6 size. There are plenty of options for shooting in various conditions. You can't ask for more at this price point.

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                5.0

                Viewfinder !!!

                By Garywyo

                from Denver

                Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

                A vanishing breed, camera with a viewfinder. On those bright sunlit days a viewfinder is a godsend when trying to get that kodak moment. Not for the professional of course, but for those vacation/family moments. Adequate zoom with an easy operation makes this camera a must have. The price is an excellent plus.

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                4.0

                Big stuff in a small package

                By Bob

                from Gladwyne, PA

                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

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

                  The Canon A1400 is an inexpensive point and shoot. It is very good value for its price. Used in Auto mode it is very simple to use and gives good results - great for the beginner or cazsual user. It also has many advanced features found in more expensive models. Unfortunately these are complicated to access (see the online manual)although once accessed, they work well, I believe. You get what you pay for.

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                  4.0

                  "miniature" effect is a nice bonus

                  By Steve

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

                    It was an 'impulse' buy, at such a low price, because it has an optical viewfinder, which is getting rarer these days. Turns out it has a special effect called "miniature" which I love. It has surprisingly good quality pics and video for such a low price.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great little camera!

                    By agymom

                    from Texas

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

                    Bought this for my 7 yr old grandson that kept wanting me to teach him to shoot with my big DSLR. This is just right for those little hands and he has taken some nice shots. This has some creative zones I hope to teach him as well. Will come back at a later date and let you know how he and the camera are working together. I especially like the optical view finder you hardly find in a point and shoot camera.

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                    5.0

                    best product

                    By Tim

                    from Knoxville, TN

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera:

                          That is a really good optimized - prise-quality-size camera ever!

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                          • No

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