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Canon PowerShot A410
Canon PowerShot A410

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Canon PowerShot A410

We've given the A410 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

A superlative choice for new users! The Canon PowerShot A410 isn't as flashy as some of its peers, but it has just what you need to get the job done. The A410 is looking to be a fantastic entry level camera, with an affordable price and the right features for novice users. It's small, packs a decent 3.2 megapixel sensor, and provides plenty of modes and settings to properly capture the kind of photos you'll be taking around the home.


  • 3.2 megapixels
  • 3.2 x optical zoom / 3.2x digital zoom
  • autofocus
  • auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 50-400
  • JPEG file format
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • movie mode
  • Part Number: 9992A016
  • UPC: 013803055856
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2005

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Canon PowerShot A410 Reviews

Canon PowerShot A410 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
No volume (djazouli — 04/12/2009)

I bought around in Azerbadjan ,is fine good but the big problem not volume when we took the video it s possible to get the software and we dowload .
I need some advice to help me to get volume ,because the volume is closed and when i tried to clik ok nothing happened.
My camera is canon Power shot A410 3.2 Mega pixels

  • 4.0 out of 5
E18 (FAN TWEN — 11/23/2008)

Because i get E18, i open the A410, blow it out and remount it, now the lens comes out again, but i get teh E18 when i want to use the zoom !
Who can tell me if it is worth to continu to try to repair my A410 ?

  • 2.0 out of 5
Same E18 problem previously mentioned (Dave — 10/22/2007)

Great camera until the aforementioned "E18" suddenly popped up, rendering the camera useless. Doesn't even make a good paperweight now...

  • 4.0 out of 5
s'o.k. (Curtiss — 06/03/2007)

I like this camera. 3.2 mega pixels is not a lot in todays product range, but it makes manageable files not humongous files. Importantly it has the canon software that enables you to learn the canon way of doing things without spending a million dollars. There are features I haven't used yet. I will upgrade to a more expensive model after I feel comfortable using all the features. It is a good starter camera. Does a good job.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy (Edwina — 01/15/2007)

I have not owned this camrea for long but i misplaced my manual and it was so easy to figure out how to use the camera

  • 2.0 out of 5
E18 (Sarah — 12/18/2006)

Loved this camera until an error message appeared out of no where E18. After much research I found that this is common in Canon cameras. Great buy for the money, but if you experience this shutter problem (as so many have)the camera is useless.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Battery Drainer (NT — 12/15/2006)

I got this camera from my father and this thing sucks battery like mad.. although, I like the picture results.. But the batteries come out of my pocket and I cant afford to keep buying them.. :( Can someone help me out?!

  • 2.0 out of 5
I don't know what happened... (Louie — 11/28/2006)

I have bought a canon A410 digital camera last year, October 28, 2005 to be exact. A year after, I had a problem with the unit. The pictures taken captures brightly. The pictures taken were so bright. I let it checked by the service center of canon in the Philippines and they said that the shutter remains open. The reason why the pictures are bright. I asked them if I can have the camera repaired with the warranty. But then, the warranty expired October 28, 2006 and I brought it to them November 11. There was no way to have the warranty to be availed. The price for the repair is 60% the price of the camera. What the heck? I just would like to let other would be users of this A410 type of camera to see a possible consequence of using this camera.

Regarding the shots, it was so-so ok. But then after a year you may need to buy another one.

I'm pulling out the unit at the service center and try to buy a new sony digital camera instead. At least sony had a 3-year warranty guarantee.

Good luck.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon Powershot A410 (Dale Alabaster — 11/23/2006)

A great camera - lots of manual settings, and features.

Unfortunately no way to change the F-stop, and the ISO does not go very high, and even at 50 the noise is quite bad.

If you are going to take supermacro photos, the quality is average, unless you put it on a tripod or put it in such a way that it does not move, then the quality improves substantially.

Photos of sunsets are average - too grey and the sunset colours are not defined, until you zoom in, then the grey turns dark, and the sunset colours become vibrant.

Low light photos with a high ISO setting have way too much noise, and the shutter does not open for anywhere near long enough, but you can get over this by setting it to special scene selection, and selecting fireworks.
This also allows you to take shots off a bridge over a highway and have all the car lights streaking.

The quality when taking photos in high light situations is excellent, not much noise, and the photos are quite sharp.

When taking photos from a distance, the subject does not get focussed on properly, and turns out to be quite blurred, even when the camera or subject does not move. This happens when the infinity focus setting is on (to focus at a subject at a distance up to infinity) and the zoom is at its maximum zoom.

The settings are quite good, and the display is quite sharp - but they could be better. You can change the brightness of the screen, but in reality it needs to be set to its maximum.

The camera claims to only take a certain amount of photos without changing batteries, but I have found this number to be quite incorrect - you can take almost double the amount of photos they claim the camera can take.

Unfortunately the flash takes way too long to charge up, and does not have a setting to change the brightness or intensity of the flash, nor is it dispersed much at all.

The drive mode is quite good, with the ability to take up to 10 photos after a 30 second wait.
This allows you to set it up so that you can take shots of a large group with you in the group, and maximise the chance of having a photo where nobody blinks.

The movie mode was disappointing, with only 640x480 at 10 frames per second, or 320x240 at 20 frames per second, and no audio, making it almost an addition that they slapped on at the end.

Overall, apart from the blurriness when using supermacro by hand, or night shot, or infinity mode, noise appearing on even the lowest ISO, the lack of full manual, and the long time between flash charging, the Canon Powershot A410 is a good camera to whip out, and can take some pretty amazing photos.

I would recommend this camera for budding enthusiasts, as the limitations will make them become better photographers, and when they get good at using this camera, then they can switch to a D-SLR.

Picture quality 4/5
- Supermacro 4/5
- Macro 4/5
- Normal (high light) 5/5
- Normal (low light) 2/5
- Infinity 3/5

Features 4/5
- Manual settings 4/5
- Video 3/5
- Scene settings 5/5
- White balance 5/5
- LCD 4/5
- Viewfinder 5/5
- Buttons - 5/5

Looks 4/5
- Durability 5/5
- Resistance to scratch (casing) 3/5
- Resistance to scratch (lens) 5/5
- Resistance to scratch (LCD) 5/5
- Size 5/5
- Weight 5/5
- Colour 4/5


  • 4.0 out of 5
Good basic snapshot camera (Mike L. — 11/07/2006)

I like the fact this camera does NOT have built in memory. I bought it for my mom.

She had a K brand camera (which took very good pictures). When the memory card filled up or decided not to communicate the pictures went to the internal memory and she got very frustrated when her pictures were not on the card when she took it to the store to make prints! She won't have that problem with this one. (Canon is the only brand I could find without internal memory!)

No built in memory to confuse the novice user.
The power button is separate and flush with the body so it won't accidentally get turned on.(Often a problem with other brands.)
Pictures look good for 3M pixels.
Has a good optical zoom range.
Uses AA batteries always a plus.
Has a nice feel (little small for my hands).
Ready to shoot very quickly.
Has a focus assist lamp.
Minimal settings a plus for the new user.

Flash too bright when very close.
Big fingers can block viewfinder.
Included memory card 16M is small!
(All brands do that!)
Controls have a learning curve above novice.

Does what i need it to do and does it well.
Mike L.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Decent Camera (Trenna — 10/27/2006)

This is a good camera. I enjoy using it, and am please with the photo quality. The only issue I have with this camera is that there is nothing to counteract a shaking hand, my family has lost a number of of photos due to a shaking hand. I am an amateur photographer, and am looking to upgrade to a SLR camera. Otherwise this is an excellent for beginners, my mother finds it extremely easy to use.

  • 4.0 out of 5
p.s. (rachel — 09/07/2006)

Make sure to get LITHIUM rechargable batteries, as most digital cameras that take AA alkaline batteries will suck the juice out of them in only a matter of hours. You can get a set of rechargable batteries and charger at Target for around $35-40. ;)

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good for the money/easeness (rachel — 09/07/2006)

Quality of pictures are almost excellent, except that my flash is too bright and gives almost anyone with light-colored eyes "red eyes" and washes out skintones. Can be corrected with computer photo programs, though. Great camera for intermediate-level users, though I've heard about a random "E18" error message people have complained about getting that makes the camera completely unfunctional and costs to repair if not under warranty.

  • 5.0 out of 5
THIS CAMERA = LOVE! (i love cameras!! — 08/28/2006)

i love my camera!! i takes great and fantastic pictures!! its pretty amazing.. the only thing i dont care for about it is the memory card and batteries.. but im going out to get more stuff so i doesnt matter to me! other then those i LOVE IT!!

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

In the first week I had it I took about 1500 pictures. Pictures of plants, clouds, trees, people.. Anyways it's my first real digital camera (compared to the 30$ one I had before) and I'm satisfied with it's stats and capabilities. I find nothing amiss with picture quality and like how it has the option of using view finder vs. LCD even though I don't use the viewfinder that much. The video is average I would say. Not having sound is sad... But I bought it for the pictures not the video. I've been told a few times that my pictures look amazing and one person, a experienced photographer, said that he couldn't believe I took them with a point and shoot camera. I think I was blessed with this camera.

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

I just got this camera and I have been testing it all over the place to see how it's features work.

Last night I set it for taking pictures in the dark and I took tons of pictures of my son and Husband playing with the light off and they all came out marvelous. Then today I took it to the zoo and I got fabulous shots all day. This camera has so many features and details, it's more like a professional camera that is really easy to use. I highly recommend it.

My only gripe would be that the memory card it comes with doesn't hold very many pictures. But other than that it's perfect!

  • 4.0 out of 5
It's OK (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the camera has many options, I loved the fireworks mode it was great for new years. but almost everything is adjustable and just a little to tedious to handle. I'm not too sharp for cameras so i'm thinking of getting a simpler one but can't comlain about the pictures, they come out great!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Perfect Amateur Camera (Alissa Holman — 03/16/2006)

I previously did not own any camera, but wanted to purchase a digital camera. I chose this one based on reviews from other first time users and am extremely happy with my purchase.

It was simple to use right out of the box. All the controls and buttons are very self-explanatory. Plus, it takes awesomely clear pictures for a 3.2 megapixel camera.

The thinner manual was a breeze to read and I even experimented with some of the settings and was rewarded with nicer looking images.

The memory card that comes with the camera holds about 100 pictures. The batteries included allowed an hour of camera use and I still have yet to see the low battery indicator. I did purchase rechargeable batteries and plan to use these once the batteries included with the camera expire.

The zoom is decent. It's only a 3.2x zoom. I was pleased with the zoom. I could use the zoom to read signs on the other side of the electronics store from which I purchased the camera, so I felt the zoom was adequate for my use.

I did not need to install the software to transfer pictures to my computer. I have a Mac and I just connected the camera to my laptop with the USB cable (included with camera) and the pictures immediately transferred to my laptop. It was so simple!

I have not printed any images with it, so I can't comment on that aspect.

Overall, I love this camera and I look forward to using it frequently. I have not tried it outdoors yet, but I don't think it will disappoint.

It also has the capability to record short movies, but I have not used that or plan on using it, so maybe other reviewers will have more to say on that.

I highly recommend this camera for the average person who just wants to digitally document events in their life. It's an inexpensive camera, but performs fantastically for a basic camera.

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

picture quality is too bad compare to kodak7330

  • 3.0 out of 5
Just average (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got this Camera from my grandmother and I cannot boast and say that the specs are great but it does a good job for me and my family. We can produce good quality photo. But as for the memory card it should have been better

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

The quality of the pics is very good, also the battery life is much better then i expected. The long recovery-time for the flash is a little disappointing, but still quicker than at Nikon Coolpix 4600 which a friend of mine owns. Also if it "only" has 3.2 Megapixels, the pictures turn out great, and that's what counts.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome for the price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Good quality pics... fair price... the person who rated it only a fee stars because the memory card is low... all cameras come with a very small trail memory card. It is common knowledge that you must purchase a memory card with a digital camera if you want to take more than 20 photos.

Great camera- good price, I do suggest getting recharge type batteries.

  • 3.0 out of 5
About Memory (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Memory card is poor