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Canon PowerShot A400
Canon PowerShot A400

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Canon PowerShot A400

Editor's Review

Part camera, part fashion accessory, the 3-megapixel Canon PowerShot A400 is available in four stylish colors. Don't be fooled by the trendy exterior, however -- the PowerShot A400 is a serious camera with a 2.2x optical zoom, 12 different shooting modes, and a 30-second movie function. Buyers should note that the A400 has a 45-100mm lens, which is great for people pictures, but not ideal for landscapes and other wide-angle shots.

Specifications

  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • 2.2x optical zoom/3.2x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format only
  • ISO range 50-400
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: 9687A001
  • UPC: 013803043860
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2004

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Canon PowerShot A400 Reviews

Canon PowerShot A400 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery problem (Paul — 12/29/2009)

I bought two on the same day. Now they both have same problem - error message "Change the batteries". Same on each camera when I use either new alkaline or rechargeable batteries. Seems to be a common problem for this camera when I search the web. Obviously a Canon fault - not a coincidence.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Value for money (S.R.Patnaik — 11/17/2007)

I have owned this camera since last 2 years and taken more than 10,000 still pictures.It never created a problem.I am using Uniross batteries and able to take 150 photos(+photo review time) for every single recharge.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Worth the money! (Laura — 01/19/2007)

We paid £100 for this camera, a real bargain at the time, obviously I'm not sure how this compares now but the only fault I have with it is the wait between taking shots but I can get past that. This is ideal for anyone who is not looking to take professional photographs but for young people and families.

My only regret is that I did not buy it in my favorite colour (Green)!! as I have it in Blue.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT CAMERA!! (Angela — 12/03/2006)

Like all Canon products that I have owned, this one is excellent. Bought this camera for my son at 8 years old b/c he was interested in photography and had proven himself by taking care of his things. He has taken beautiful pictures with this camera! It is easy to use, and delivers crisp, clean picts most all of the time. I highly recommend this little camera! I often borrow it when I don't want to take my bag. As for the batteries, it takes AA, so we use rechargeables and never have encountered a problem. Much better than some cameras that take special batteries only.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent (andrew — 11/13/2006)

but now need a much higher optical zoom , any ideas out there for my best buy ?

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery problem (anando — 09/03/2006)

Can you even think that ccd of the camera can be out off work within 3 months from buying. Yes it happend . The camera is canon A400. It had a great trouble with batteries. Every time shows " low battery " . Really a bad choice.

  • 5.0 out of 5
amazing (lava — 08/28/2006)

4 its low price it does offer u a lot more...very very easy 2 use sturdy n quite stylish wid photos of gud quality...

  • 4.0 out of 5
good picture quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

1. easy to use 2. very good for first timers 3. good features 4. movie element is nice.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Really Bad (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had my camera for 2 years and I want a new one. This camera is ok for a first camera, but for a person who uses it a lot, its not worth the trouble. Most of my pitcures come out blurry even if I'm extremely still. And the wait you have before you can take another picture is ridiculous.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Good value for money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Excellent clarity of pictures, Good software interfaces. I really enjoyed using this camera. IT IS SLEEK.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good 1st time camera but it's not spectacular (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The quality of the pictures for 3.2 megapixels are enough for your everyday use, however the pictures come out very dark indoors and must be constantly lightened using photoshop. Shake stabilization is poor, without flash all of my pictures come out blurry indoors even if there is plenty of light. On the other hand, using flash is does not help either because the flash has a limited range, making the backgrounds really dark and the focus object (such as faces)really bright and ghost-like. Optical zoom is extremely limited, 2.2 is hardly any zoom so shooting objects 10 feet away or bringing it with you on vacation to take pictures was extremely frustrating.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Bloody Beautiful Mate! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've only owned my Canon A400 for about a year but it's simple Focus and Shoot ability is really good. The lay-out on the back is a bit like a dog's breakfast but otherwise it's really good. Maybe a bit slow during after you take a picture and when changing display (eg. when you go from dark to sun) and it's really sad you can't zoom while shooting movies but other than that it's just Bloody Beautiful Mate!

  • 2.0 out of 5
HORRIBLE RED EYE PROBLEM (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Even with the red eye reduction option, virtually every picture I take has red eye. It is very frustrating to have to edit every single picture taken!!! Also, while pictures I take outside turn out great, I mainly take pictures inside a school with this camera. That's right - fluorescent lights. The pictures turn out horrible and I am again stuck trying to edit the brightness of every picture.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A very good camera for the price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've read reviews that this camera has only 1 second shutter speed. But after reading one review posted in here, I agree with him/her that this camera has 6 seconds shutter speed. Just go to Fireworks scene and select the Exposure setting to the highest (+2) and you can get 6 seconds. +1 exposure is around 3 seconds.

The flash is weak is what most people said. But you need to adjust the brightness like using Photoshop to obtain more brighter picture. The pictures appeared in the LCD are nicely and bright. But after you upload to your computer, you will find it very dark. Don't worry! It's actually a good sign that the dark pictures can still be adjusted to a brighter one as what you see in the LCD.

If your LCD shows a dark picture, then it is going to be very dark one (no hope for this one). If it's bright, then you still got a chance of adjusting it's brightness.

The 2.2x zoom is just nice to zoom a subject from a moderate distance. Try not to use the Digital Zoom as it will distort the pictures. Movie mode is nice too at 15 frames per second. You do get sound and really nice to shoot those nice opportunities.

For beginners, I highly recommend this camera to those budget conscious and want something that's really value for the money at low price. SD card memory and AA size batteries are the cheapest to get around you.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best In It's Class (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I compared the quality of this baby with other cameras from other manufacturers from it's class (entry level)... all I can see is Superiority in the image quality.... NO REGRET.... I LOVE IT!

  • 1.0 out of 5
PowerShot A400 Stinks, DON'T BUY (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Had camera for a couple of months, and it took great pictures. Then the batteries kept going bad as indicated by the "Change Batteries" on the LCD. Replaced several times with new batteries, never solving the problem. Returned to store, for an exchange. Had second camer for a month and it worked fine. Now it is displaying the same symptoms. There must be a design problem with this model. DON'T BUY IT

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do not buy a Canon Bad LCD monitors (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Canon's LCD monitors are cheap and they will not replace them under warranty. Buy a Sony or something else. If you don't believe me try a canon and you will find out.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it LOVE IT! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have a canon 20D for my portrait photography and needed a smaller point and shoot for my personal use. I chose the A400 for its size and price, but am really pleased with its performance and options! It takes great pictures at full res-super fine, and its small size makes it really portable. It has so many options compared to other brands, and Canon is one you can trust with quality when purchasing a camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
excellent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

excellent Quality pictures , great value for money

  • 4.0 out of 5
Value Buy & Good Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera. Overall images are good and sharp but optical zoom only 2.2x. Official website claims this camera only has 1 second shutter speed that's not very suitable to take long exposure. But reality, Canon A400 can make 6 seconds long exposure!!Go to firework scene and adjust the exposure. You can adjust the exposure speed from 1.6 second to maximum 6 seconds, try it!!~ 6 seconds long exposure help to get beautiful night scenes.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Cool buy If you want to do Digital (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Cool Camera!! If you are into digital Cameras and want a good Cheap Camera but do not want to Compromise on the Quality, I say go for it. One Advise Please get rechargeable Batteries.All Digital Cameras are Power Mongers. So invest in a 2-4 rechargeable.Also as can be Trigger happy with Digital Cameras invest in a 128MB-256MB card.I did the same and did not regret it.
Only issue is Cannon has limited the Movie to 30 seconds, would have loved if there was no limit.
But thats Me
Enjoy!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
ideal for portrait, bad for long distance (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After I bought camera I was pretty satisfied with quality of pictures but after more time of use, I realise that I could not make a sharp picture of lets say small middle distance object. Solution of that is to set autofocus manually but problem is that A400 do not has manual autofocus.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Amazing cam for those on the go... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is an amazing camera to buy. Don't be fooled by the 3.2MP, the quality of those prints are all you need. Their amazing quality pictures and i really recommend this camera for people who want to take quick and easy pictures and expect an amazing performance. One thing i do want to warn you about is the fragility of this camera. Like all Digital cameras, you must be really careful not to drop it, or bring it close to water. Its screen is exposed at all times so you must really handle it with care to keep its performance going. Short battery life can sometimes be a problem, but make sure you use HIGH QUALITY ALKALINE batteries to get maximum performance! Overall, the Canon A400 has exceeded my expectations and i am a proud proud owner of this camera. Canon rules the digital Camera market!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had this camera for about a month now and I have had a great time with it. The software installed easily, the camera works well for the cost, and I haven't had any problem with the battery life that other people keep posting. For a camera under $150.00 you get a fair amount of options, and a printer...that's pretty good. Yes, it has its limitations but it's a value priced camera, what are you expecting? I like the way it works and I like that it is fairly compact, would I buy it again? Yes.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Forget the warranty (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera is ok but this model must have a defective LCD problem. Forget about warranty, Canon does not honor it. If you dont beleive me, check the reviews, everyone is singing the same song.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Price for a Good Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I found this camera at work for only $149.99 with the photo printer included. I sent off for the rebate of $70 (20 for the printer & $50 for the camera) and got it! That means that after tax and the rebate refund I paid about $90.00 for this camera and printer.

What a great deal!!! I like the camera a lot. The pictures are great and it is easy to use. It did take me a while to get the software for loading the pictures on my computer figured out, but it worked and is pretty easy now.

The batteries died VERY quickly, but I got high power rechargable batteries (only 15 minutes to charge) and now they last a while. I also got a 1GB memory card ($50 after rebate) and I am totally happy. I don't think I could have gotten a better deal on a camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
It's a good point and shoot. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Canon A400 is great for when you need an inexpensive point and shoot for everyday spontanious shooting. One thing though, I don't know if it is a typo or not but the A400 takes and SD or Secure Data card not a Compact flash. Either way I am very happy with my A400. I have been able to enlarge my pictures up to 11 x14 with no cropping and 8x10 with. It's great.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent machine! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great pitcures Great quality also for pitcures zoomed digitally stylish very impressed.
I will defenetly buy canon from now on A+++

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Deal Great Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

At first, I underestimated this camera, I thought it only produces low quality pictures. But then, I was wrong it produces really good pictures compared to its price. It's really easy to use and because it is powered by 2 AA batteries, it's nice for those who travels a lot (so if you don't have time to charge your batteries, you can always buy th AA batteries) However, I prefer to use the AA rechargeable batteries. And it is also small so it can fit in your purse. I never regret that I have this camera, it's worth the money and it's just great!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best for the money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

a measure of weight is gramm, a measure of foto quality is a Cannon a400 !

  • 5.0 out of 5
Still going strong (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It's still performing very well. Take care of a few things and it should do well. Use only alkaline AA cells. Use lower resolution if you are thinking of sending them by email.. the superfine resolution pictures take a long time to get attached to the messages due to the large file size.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This was my family's first digital camera and we all use it with ease. The only 2 bad things about it were the batteries and the memory card which was easy to fix when we bought rechargeble batteries that last very long and a larger memory card. My sister is very good when it comes to technology and she loves it! My mom who is not so techno savy thinks it's great and easy to use. A+ in my book!

  • 5.0 out of 5
I miss my camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

In the short time I had it, I fell in love with stitching, sepia effect, and the programs it came with which allowed for much creativity. So, whoever found the camera at a restaurant in Coral Springs,Fl. please return it to that restaurant so we can be reunited. Thanks.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon= Crap (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great, until it becomes a paperweight after only a few months. Warranty is never upheld. DO NOT buy this camera.

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

This is my first digital camera and I am quite satisfied with it. I got it for a bargain what with the store owner throwing in a tripod, a 215MB SD, a casing, a 'Canon watch', battery charger! Anyway, even though I wish I have had gotten a 5 Megapixel camera, I am happy with this as it does take pretty good pictures. One problem is the rather slow focusing and after-shot processing - do missed a few good shots.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Those darn batteries (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the pictures that this camera takes. I get compliments on them all the time. However I am tired of dealing with the batteries! I spent a small fortune in AA batteries!!! My camera dies on me constantly!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dead Out of Box No. 2 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had the same experience as Dead Out of Box. The battery drained so fast that we were able to take only 6 shots!! Thought it was due to the batteries out of the box. Placed new batteries in and again, the batteries were drained after 4-6 shots.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fabulous pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Don't get fooled by the megapixel stuff. It takes pictures too clear to be true. The colours are bright and lines are crisp. For best effects, get a larger memory card (I use a 256 MB SD card from Kingston) and opt for the superfine category of pics. View them on your screen or use a projector. Movies are grainy. A 1 minute movie takes as much space as that needed for 20 high end stills. Easy to handle, though.

  • 4.0 out of 5
New to digital world, but seems like good value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am pleased with this product. I have had a chance to use it in snow, at the beach and in the mountains, not to mention the fog of San Francisco.

I haven't gotten used to all the features, which might make my photos better. But all scenes worked out well, including city night shots. At first I thought the zoom wasn't any good, but once I downloaded the pics to my computer I was very happy with the quality. Friends have commented on the quality of shots, too.

Cons: I find the shutter time is too slow, missing opportunities, and battery life is short. Also, when you use the zoom, especially in dark settings, it turns out somewhat fuzzy.

However, its well worth the price and the software isn't hard to get through. But maybe that's because I actually do have a recent university degree. Heehee.

  • 4.0 out of 5
How to adjust the shutter speed? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

For a newby in digital camera, Canon A400 is a perfect choice. I'm satisfied with the quality of the images that it produced.

Just one thing, the specs mentions shutter speed is 1 - 1/1500 sec. I don't know how to adjust the speed, as the manual didn't explain. If someone knows how, please e-mail me at jeffsboxing@hotmail.com

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dead out of the box (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got it to turn on just long enough to go through the stack of CD's and instructions. The camera with the included batteries lasted for about 2 shots. Thinking the batteries were at fault, I bought a fresh set. Same thing. It freezes up after about 3 shots. Sometimes the display is on, sometimes off, lights on/off at random. The camera then turns off leaving the lens cover open.

I bought this as a "bundle" with a photo printer, and I'm not pleased about having to strip my whole desktop to take all the pieces back to the store, that is if they even have it in stock anymore.

This one's going back to the service center. Canon has a Zip Code finder to find the service center nearest you. I don't know why, since the nearest one is 1600 miles away!

I bought this for an upcoming trip to Europe. I guess it's back to my old standby Fuji for me.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Return it now before you open the package (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

if you want to look at the pictures on the camera, it does okay. however, you will need to snail mail the camera to your friends. if you want to download the pictures onto your computer, STOP, go to college and get your computer science degree. four years later .... then you might be able to down the pictures

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent Starter Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is one of my better investments in the past short while... I bought it because I wanted to be able to take pictures, and I liked it enough that I'm now thoroughly interested in photography. Also takes extremely good pictures, although I had to acquire a 552mb memory card first. Still, it's an excellent camera, and if you've even got decently sized pockets you can easily lug it around with you wherever you go.
However, being that I AM getting more into photography, it is a bit disappointing that it doesn't have all the focusing ability I'd like it to have. It doesn't fare all that well in the extreme close-ups. Does balance the brightness excellently. Don't think you'll be getting any shots right at the sun... unless it's setting, it'll overwhelm the camera and may well ruin a picture of some excellent sunbeams (a problem I have far too often).
As for it breaking easily, well, being a clumsy teenager I've dropped it off of my friend's roof... granted, it landed on the grass, but it remains in the same condition it was when I got it, with a few added scratches. Definitely a durable product, which is excellent.
I'd recommend this camera to almost anyone who wants to just be able to take pictures where ever. Small, easy to use, and extremely good for what you're paying, this product is definitely top notch.

  • 4.0 out of 5
A Good Dc at this price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A400 is the cheapest one in Canon's DC Series at this time you can find. It's easy to use, so my mother like's it, and the picture's quality is not bad too. by the way, I'm a Chinese user.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best 3 Megapixel Digital Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I Love My Canon Powershot A400

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent starter camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The A400 is my first camera. I received it at no cost so it has been a win-win. Once I learned to use the different shooting modes I can take excellent pictures. Don't buy this camera for shooting movies because its not made for that.

  • 1.0 out of 5
It was ok until it BROKE A MONTH LATER! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I don't even think it was a month!
I was sitting on the floor and it fell out of my pocket TWO inches off the floor and barely hit the ground and LCD screen is all f'd up.
You can't see anything but WHITE and mixed colors.
I am SO mad.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great for what it is. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera. And up until now the only problem is that if you don't want blurry pictures you need a very steady hand. You also need more memory than the 16MB card that the camera brings. Can anyone tell me if it works with 1GB cards? Thanks.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great shots & Easy to use! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've owned this camera for 4 months now. The battery life is a little short, and the absence of a manual focus really kills me, but I've learned to work around it. It has some great features for a beginning digital camera, and I've been able to produce photos of much higher quality than some 5mp and even 8mp photos, with the correct lighting and focus. The digic processor is a great, and if you learn to use the camera to its full potential it can be a great tool. Compact and sleek design as well.

  • 1.0 out of 5
It took great pictures when it worked. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera died on me after the third time I used it. I tried replacing the batteries but the camera does not operate. I am really disappointed with it .

  • 4.0 out of 5
takes great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

but bad movies

  • 1.0 out of 5
Die after less than a month. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I used it twice before it died on me on the 3rd time. it turns on, but won't take any picture. the LCD is all dark in shooting mode. the LCD works fine for the menu but no picture whatsoever. I can see pictures I took before it died. very disappointing product. It took good pictures when it worked, though.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera for first time digital camera owner !!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is perfect for someone's first digital camera. The controls are simple, yet have several overrides for more control. Canon Digic processor makes for better images than more camera in its price class. Plus it looks sexy in all its various color choices. I Highly recommend.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera -- Interesting 'Stop Action' (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera for work because it fits nicely in a cell phone holster. Something interesting I have discovered is that in manual mode, with a -1 exposure setting using the flash, it will freeze rotating components (shafts, pulleys, V-belts) perfectly. I am not sure why or how, but it works at speeds from 400 rpm all the way up to 7400 rpm. However, this doesn't work at all when taking sports photos -- perhaps the settings were different. I'll have to check further.

  • 4.0 out of 5
great value canon (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I bought my a400 a month ago as a slightly smaller alternative to my larger Minolta Z1 (o.k. I wanted a change too!) I particularly like the quick change between metering choices and the spot metering mode in the right circumstances is very effective. This is a good all round digicam. Results are a little soft at times, but flattering. Only one problem. It will eat up duracells faster than you can breathe - so use re-rechargeables! Looks-wise, it looks smart in silver -A sort of combination of hi-tech and traditional.
  • 5.0 out of 5
So easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It's my first digital camera and just after 30 mns, I was already capable of doing great pictures and really cool videos. Really, a great first camera for the price!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I paid A$250 for this camera before Christmas 2004. It's now available for A$199. I can't complain. For a point-and-shoot "amateur" camera it has a large range of features that elevate it into a more pro-oriented range, e.g. manually adjustable white balance and ISO. This is the first digital I have owned and it most likely won't be the last but I get the feeling that I'm only beginning to uncover what this camera can do. So far the images have been superb. As my 50-year-old eyesight gets more dodgy by the year it's great to have a camera that will shoot on full auto with such clarity and balance yet still offers a range of manual and semi-manual controls.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent Starter Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I purchased this particular camera as a gift, It also came as a package deal with a dock. I am very satisfied with this camera. The quality of pictures that I have seen are perfect and the Dock does a great job at printing all our pictures.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
My first digital camera and after much searching this one turned out to be the best value for my money. Takes great pictures and is very user friendly.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Best deal for the money... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I did my research before making this purchase, and it has really paid off. I found the camera online for 153.00, and it came with a 128MB SD card as well as the 16MB card. I've used numerous digital cameras in the past, but none have been as easy, or produced such wonderful results. I decided not to let my whole purchase rely on the number of megapixels. That was smart. This camera takes photos of MUCH higher quality than my friend's camera. She bought hers for the same price, but she wanted it because it was a 5 megapixel camera. Anyway, I can't say anything but good things about this camera. Well, there is one thing that bugs me is that when in "Postcard Mode" which takes 4x6 pics, the digital zoom is disabled. I think I can deal with that though! LOL
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