Canon PowerShot A800 (Silver) comparison

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Canon PowerShot A1200 (Silver)

Canon PowerShot A1200 (Silver)
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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS (Red)

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS (Red)
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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Red)

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Red)
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Price $129 at 1 store $199 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 2 reviews 2.5 stars out of 15 reviews 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews 1.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date February 15, 2011 February 15, 2011 August 20, 2012 March 27, 2013
The Bottom Line Considering its bargain price, you'll get excellent photos from the Canon PowerShot A800. Just don't expect anything more than that and you'll be fine. As long as you're not in a hurry and your subject is stationary, the Canon PowerShot A1200 is an excellent little camera for the money. The Canon PowerShot SX160 IS is a good, inexpensive travel-zoom option for those wanting more control over results or who are just getting into photography and don't want to empty their wallets. Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.

Basic specs

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Flash Memory Info unavailable - SD Memory Card
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5 in - Color
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7 in - Color
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 3.7 in x 1.2 in x 2.4 in
3.9 in x 1.2 in x 2.5 in
4.4 in x 1.7 in x 2.9 in
4.2 in x 1.3 in x 2.5 in
Lens System 4 x x
Zoom lens - 6.6 mm - 21.6 mm - F/3.0-5.8
4 x x
Zoom lens - 5 mm - 20 mm - F/2.8-5.9
16 x x Zoom lens - 5 mm - 80 mm - F/3.5-5.9
20 x x
Zoom lens - 4.5 mm - 90 mm - F/3.5-6.8
Optical sensor type CCD
CCD
CCD
CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO 400
ISO 1600
ISO 500-3200
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO auto
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 80
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 80
ISO 6400
ISO 400
ISO auto
Video capture AVI - 640 x 480 -
AVI - 320 x 240 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 320 x 240 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
iFrame - 1280 x 720 -
iFrame - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 320 x 240 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
Digital zoom 4 x
4 x
4 x
4 x
Battery technology Lithium ion
Alkaline
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Weight 4.9 oz
6.5 oz
8.6 oz
7.4 oz
Product Type Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
Digital camera - Compact
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