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Canon PowerShot A310
Canon PowerShot A310

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Canon PowerShot A310

Editor's Review

The PowerShot A310 is Canon's newest entry-level digital camera, replacing the popular Canon A300. Designed for beginners, as well as more accomplished photographers looking for the utmost in simplicity, the A310 features fully automated controls that take the guesswork out of taking great pictures. Like its PowerShot A300 the A310 lacks an optical zoom -- an omission that may deter some potential buyers. The Canon A310 was one of seven new PowerShot cameras announced by Canon in early February, 2004, and is expected to cost approximately $199 when it is released in the spring.

Specifications

  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • No optical zoom/5.1x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Feb 11, 2004

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Canon PowerShot A310 Reviews

Canon PowerShot A310 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 2.0 out of 5
complaint (PRADEEP — 12/07/2008)

i own this model but i used 6 moths camera is complint display blinking not clear photo some times clear what problem. shopman said this emage ic is complaint

  • 3.0 out of 5
not happy with it ... (Hana Ali — 02/20/2008)

i am using this camera since almost 2 yrs but since more than 6 months i experience CCD failure (black or distorted pictures). and i have to keep shaking it till i can see the pic , sometimes i am lucky and sometimes i am not ...
i send it for fixing but i get it will cost me more than buying a new camera... i am very disappointed , i buy it because of its brand name but i think it does not deserve the money i put for it..
any one can help me how to fix it.. one said that cannon will fix it no matter of the warrnty.. but here, in palestine they didnot ...
plz help if u can

  • 1.0 out of 5
Hate this camera - missed sooooo many great shots! (Susan Allen — 12/27/2007)

Please tell me that there is someone else out there that has this camera and hates it as much as I do? I am so sorry that I bought it. You cannot imagine the number of amazing shots I have missed due to the camera NOT taking the picture!!! Do you have to adjust the flash mode or something? Outside shots are fine - inside shots are missed all the time. Most annoying. I am looking to dump this camera and buy something way more user friendly (i.e point, click and get the shot). Suggestions?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty good for an older Canon (t00nz — 12/01/2007)

Takes very nice pictures and pretty good VGA videos too. It and its very similar younger bro A300 may experience CCD failure (black or distorted pictures). But Canon will fix for free regardless of warranty, even if you got it from ebay! Its a keeper camera, and makes a great gift for the young photographer. Use rechargeable NIMH batteries in all digital cameras!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice, inexpensive camera (Daniele — 07/17/2007)

Takes pretty nice pictures AND video, has really nice sound in video playback, but eats batteries like crazy. I highly recommend re-chargable batteries.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Battery Eater (Misty — 02/13/2007)

I've taken some excellent pictures with this camera. (EXCELLENT.) But it eats batteries insanely fast. Now it will only take rechargable batteries as long as they're fairly new. Apparently it's a battery-snob.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Ideal for penny-pinching amateur photographers (Caligula's Horse — 12/06/2006)

Pros
- Has a more than adequate automatic mode for everyday snaps
- If you take the time to learn how to use it in manual mode you can take some stellar pics (go to Flickr and search for 'A310' tag)

Cons
- No optical zoom
- A bit big and bulky by modern standards

  • 1.0 out of 5
buy a disposable camera (cherry walls — 11/27/2006)

This has to be the worst camera ever made, I am actually shocked to see someone has given a rating above terrible. The battery life is so short you cant take many pics before it dies. You are better off with a disposable!!!!!!!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
not happy (Donna — 11/04/2006)

Thought I was the only one with a Canon Powershot A310 that was having problems! Eats batteries quicker than we can put new ones in and shuts off for no reason at all and sometimes you have to open and shut and open and shut the lens to get it to turn on. This ones a BAD one for Canon's good reputation!

  • 3.0 out of 5
not so good as expected (Thai Tran — 08/28/2006)

I guess I bought it when it was first released and that was more than 200 bucks. The pictures generally come out with good sharpness, but the digital zoom is worthless because - as already brought out by other users - the resulted pictures are just blurred. Yes, it takes ages between pictures. One more disadvantage is that this camera cannot take any good pictures at night, even with the flash of course.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bitter Buyer (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It is just a basic camera. As an entry level buyer it did not meet my needs. Unfortunately I bought it considering the brand name. For the same money buy a cheaper camera. The red eye reduction is worthless. I have been in the same room with several other people taking pictures with digital cameras and mint (A310) is the only one that consistantly gets red eye. Therefore it is hard for me to blame the red eye on lighting conditions. The optical zoom is a joke. Why even include a digital zoom if it is of such poor quality. Any picture taken with the zoom is horribly grainy. Don't even dream of using non-rechargeable batteries. This thing will suck the life out of a battery in a snap (and your wallet too). And brew yourself a cup of coffee while you wait for it to come back between pictures. I would rate it terrible but I have to take some of the blame for being such an uninformed buyer. I will not buy another Cannon, they can only stick it to me once. I hope to pass this camera along to my 8 year old nephew as soon as I can get a real camera. The $220 I wasted on this camera will be easier to stomach if at least my nephew can get some pleasure from it. I wish I had found this website before I bought it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not good at all from Canon (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am using this camera from last 2 years on and off since I have another one. This camera eats battries! I am real, I take about 30 photo, half an hour battries are gone. I am not sure if this is normal but when I talk to Canon they said you should use special battries and I did try that but no luck. Pictures are not bad but expection is not meet.

  • 2.0 out of 5
WTF!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Here it is Christmas Day and this camera can't be relied on to take a decent picture. Every photo taken so far today and every other day has come out blurred. I am online right now trying to figure out if I am using the wrong settings on this thing. That in it self should tell you it's not worth it if you have to go online just to try and figure out how to get a clear picture out of it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Canon's relic (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It has typical options, which a camera should have, that's why my overall rating is "Bad" and not "Terrible". Canon PowerSho A310 is something you can buy as a douceur for someone below age of 15. One year has passed since I bought it, and I cannot say anything good except "It works".

  • 4.0 out of 5
takes realy good snapshots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i am pleased with this camera but is to havy and has a realy bad zooming

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worthless (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Blurry, washed out images, eats batteries like candy, no optical zoom, and generally refuses to take pictures whenever it feels like it. Just spend an extra $100 and buy a real camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
good one to start off digital photography (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

good one to start off digital photography.....
although i've been using it only for a month the thing comes in handy.....especially for an amateur like me.....the close up pics of flowers and insects are awesome.....the short movies with sound also are of good quality.....allows making short movies which can be enhanced with the editing functions.....
superb to start off amateur digital snapping...

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sad excuse for a camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is the worst camera ever. I wasted about 200$ for this piece of crap. It was good the first days I had it then wiped out. I got another, that wiped out and now I cant return the one I have. do not buy this! I'm putting this camera on eBay if your interested.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Advantages outweigh Disadvantages (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The disadvantages listed above are true: Sometimes the switch gets set to "movie" instead of "picture" mode without me realizing. The shutter button needs to be pressed 1/2 way, then all the way, and sometimes this takes longer than you would expect. I don't recommending using the zoom because the quality gets exponentially worse.

The advantages, though - great camera for the price! This is my first digital, i got it for a steal at $120 (including shipping). Takes great pictures up close as well as at a distance. Controls are easy to learn (turn off flash, set timer, etc). I am a cake decorator and needed to take up close, detailed shots of my cakes. I'm very pleased with this camera. Also, I take landscape pictures around campus (CSU, Chico) and they turn out beautiful as well. Printed at Walmart, blown up to 8x10 (full strength, no zoom used) is still outstanding quality.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My previous digital camera was a Canon Ixus which was excellent so when I decided to get a new camera I thought I would stick with Canon and bought the PowerShot A310. What a mistake. The picture and movie-clip quality are good. However the controls are slow and unresponsive and the camera has absolutely no robustness to knocks or bumps.

The camera did not always turn on when I opened the shutter. It is very easy to accidentally turn on movie mode when you want to take a photo and vice-versa. After one month the display cracked and I had to send it for repairs. I was told I must have dropped the camera so I had to pay for the repairs myself although I can not remember the camera receiving any significant knock. A month later and the display cracked again. Same routine. And now the camera will not turn on at all. I give up - no more Canons!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great deal. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

For the price, it's great! You get a 3.2 megapixels digital camera with the name Canon on it. Here are the advantages/disadvantages of this camera:

A:
- Takes great pictures
- Awesome movies
- Very long battery life with rechargeable
- A lot of on-screen options
- Opens quickly

D:
- Picture quality is better with flash
- Lack of optical zoom/No zoom with videos
- The quality is bad with digital zoom
- Poor battery life with alkaline batteries

  • 4.0 out of 5
A310 a digital gem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
It's not a Leica, but with black tape all over it it almost looks like one. Easy to use, direct and to the point. Canon has put its outstanding imaging quality in this small plastic box. A sharp glass lens, short shutter lag, point and shoot. I've used the Canon 10D but when I wanted a second camera I chose the A310 first because it does not have a zoom lens. The 33mm focal length is what I'm used to. The amount of time I took to manually focus my rangefinder camera is almost the same the A310 takes at half press, then, no shutter lag. Only problem is the view finder. You see only about 77% of the image. But at least you capture more than you see. If you are ok with 8 x 10 or smaller prints and want a small point and shoot that works well, and uses compact flash media and AA cells. Then this is for you. On the batteries, you'll need rechargeables. Its a good little camera.
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