Canon PowerShot A1100 IS Digital Camera - Silver (12.1 MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD from Amazon for £99.99 del (was £219.00) - HotUKDeals
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A good deal imo for a 12megapixel camera.

* 12.1 Megapixel camera, 4x optical zoom with optical Image Stabilizer and 2.5 LCD with OVF
* Smart Auto and Easy modes featuring Scene Detection Technology and DIGIC 4 for quality images
* Auto Red-Eye Correction, Face Detection, Face Select & Track and Face Self-Timer
* Combats blur with Motion Detection Technology, optical Image Stabilizer and ISO Auto
* Contrast boosts brightness in dark areas whilst retaining detail in brighter areas

Technical Details

Lens Focal Length: 6.2 24.8 mm (35mm equivalent: 35 140mm)
Zoom: Optical 4x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom). Combined approx. 16x
Focusing - AF System/ Points: AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
Exposure Control - Metering modes: Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock: Locked when shutter button is pressed half way
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
White Balance - Settings: Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash Range: 30cm - 4.0m (W) / 2.0m (T)
Shooting Modes: Auto, P, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Movie, Special Scene (Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Night Scene, Aquarium, ISO 3200, Long Shutter)
Photo Effects: My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color (limited))
Red-Eye Correction: Yes, during shooting and playback
Memory Card - Type: SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus. 128MB memory card supplied
Batteries: 2x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries(NB4-300) (Alkalines supplied)
Battery life: Approx. 140 shots (with supplied batteries), Approx. 350 shots (with optional Canon NB-3AH batteries), Approx. 360 min. playback (with supplied batteries), Approx. 480 min. playback (with Canon NB-3AH batteries)
Dimensions (WxHxD, excl. protrusions): 95.4 x 62.4 x 31.0mm
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#2
hotted up
#3
As it's a Canon it probably takes a good picture, but it's AA powered and bulky as well as ugly. At £100 you really can do much better. That money buys you a choice of really good cameras these days, including some Panasonics with proper Li-ion batteries which I would always put first on a shopping list.

Forget the 12Mp stuff. You just don't need more than 7-8Mp and the Mp race often results in poorer images in a small camera.

On the plus side it takes SD/SDHC memory and 4x optical zoom is useful, but it's not enough to make it hot at this price.

Perhaps its saving grace is that a few people still cling to an optical viewfinder and there are very few cameras out there which still have them.

I'd say this is a £50 camera these days - maybe £60 as it's a Canon.
#4
Guys, I don't say this is one of the best cameras in the market but if I had to buy one I will go by the EXPERT reviews rather than getting distracted by comments people post. Hope this helps:

1. Testwinner (UK) review: http://reviews.testwinner.co.uk/?productId=304137 [COLOR="Blue"](80/100)[/COLOR]

2. Ala test (UK) review: http://alatest.co.uk/reviews/digital-compact-camera-reviews/canon-powershot-a1100-is/po3-70157704,147/#partner:10000 [COLOR="Blue"](94/100)[/COLOR]

3. Tech Radar (UK) review : http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/compact-cameras/canon-powershot-a1100-588317/review [COLOR="Blue"](4/5)[/COLOR]

4. Cameras.co.uk (UK) review: http://www.cameras.co.uk/reviews/canon-powershot-a1100-is.cfm [COLOR="Blue"](83/100)[/COLOR]

5. Digital Camera Info (USA) review: http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/content/Canon-PowerShot-A1100-IS-First-Impressions-Digital-Camera-Review-20114.htm [COLOR="Blue"](N/A)[/COLOR]

6. Macworld (USA) review: http://www.macworld.com/article/131196/2009/05/canon_a1100is.html [COLOR="Blue"](4/5)[/COLOR]

7. Audio Video Foto Bild (Germany) review: http://www.computerbild.de/artikel/avf-Test-Foto-Canon-Powershot-A-1100-IS-4323676.html [COLOR="Blue"](N/A)[/COLOR]

8. TestMaterial.com (France) review: http://www.testmateriel.com/image-son/test-canon-powershot-a1100-is-5245.html [COLOR="Blue"](6/10)[/COLOR]
#5
AA powered cameras are fine in my experience. Use Sanyo Eneloops and they last ages.
#6
nomeames
Guys, I don't say this is one of the best cameras in the market but if I had to buy one I will go by the EXPERT reviews rather than getting distracted by comments people post. Hope this helps:

1. Testwinner (UK) review: http://reviews.testwinner.co.uk/?productId=304137 [COLOR="Blue"](80/100)[/COLOR]

2. Ala test (UK) review: http://alatest.co.uk/reviews/digital-compact-camera-reviews/canon-powershot-a1100-is/po3-70157704,147/#partner:10000 [COLOR="Blue"](94/100)[/COLOR]

3. Tech Radar (UK) review : http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/compact-cameras/canon-powershot-a1100-588317/review [COLOR="Blue"](4/5)[/COLOR]

4. Cameras.co.uk (UK) review: http://www.cameras.co.uk/reviews/canon-powershot-a1100-is.cfm [COLOR="Blue"](83/100)[/COLOR]

5. Digital Camera Info (USA) review: http://www.digitalcamerainfo.com/content/Canon-PowerShot-A1100-IS-First-Impressions-Digital-Camera-Review-20114.htm [COLOR="Blue"](N/A)[/COLOR]

6. Macworld (USA) review: http://www.macworld.com/article/131196/2009/05/canon_a1100is.html [COLOR="Blue"](4/5)[/COLOR]

7. Audio Video Foto Bild (Germany) review: http://www.computerbild.de/artikel/avf-Test-Foto-Canon-Powershot-A-1100-IS-4323676.html [COLOR="Blue"](N/A)[/COLOR]

8. TestMaterial.com (France) review: http://www.testmateriel.com/image-son/test-canon-powershot-a1100-is-5245.html [COLOR="Blue"](6/10)[/COLOR]



I agree, this is a good camera at a very good price.
#7
AA's great if you're traveling off the beaten track for any period. I'd see it as a benefit, especially if this was a second camera. Does look a bit toy town, but excellent reviews.
#8
Besford
As it's a Canon it probably takes a good picture, but it's AA powered and bulky as well as ugly. At £100 you really can do much better. That money buys you a choice of really good cameras these days, including some Panasonics with proper Li-ion batteries which I would always put first on a shopping list.

Forget the 12Mp stuff. You just don't need more than 7-8Mp and the Mp race often results in poorer images in a small camera.

On the plus side it takes SD/SDHC memory and 4x optical zoom is useful, but it's not enough to make it hot at this price.

Perhaps its saving grace is that a few people still cling to an optical viewfinder and there are very few cameras out there which still have them.

I'd say this is a £50 camera these days - maybe £60 as it's a Canon.


can you suggest an alternative for a simailar price..
thanks
#9
is this fuji better do you think .
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/585643/fuji-finepix-z300-10mpx-5x-optical-?
i could stretch to a hundred if the cannon was far superior to the fuji
1 Like #10
cadmus;7588705
is this fuji better do you think .
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/585643/fuji-finepix-z300-10mpx-5x-optical-?
i could stretch to a hundred if the cannon was far superior to the fuji


For out and out picture quality, no, the Canon probably quite a bit better, but for build quality and convenience the Fuji might be preferable and no disgrace in the image stakes.

The Fuji is a bargain, but only if you can find one at that price, none in my local Asda's. Canon is (currently) an available deal, so I'd jump at it.
#11
... but it's AA powered ........ you can get some Panasonics with proper Li-ion batteries which I would always put first on a shopping list.


I'd never buy a compact/travel camera which doesn't run on AA battries. What do you do when you run out of power and forgot to take your spare battery or charger? You go to the next corner shop and buy AA alkalines and continue shooting.
#12
Bought this from Amazon before Christmas for £79.99, great camera.
#13
sburley
For out and out picture quality, no, the Canon probably quite a bit better, but for build quality and convenience the Fuji might be preferable and no disgrace in the image stakes.

The Fuji is a bargain, but only if you can find one at that price, none in my local Asda's. Canon is (currently) an available deal, so I'd jump at it.

thankyou "sburley" repped:thumbsup:
#14
pet2000
I'd never buy a compact/travel camera which doesn't run on AA battries. What do you do when you run out of power and forgot to take your spare battery or charger? You go to the next corner shop and buy AA alkalines and continue shooting.


Agreed. I can't believe so many people overlook such a simple scenario when it comes to these small compacts.
#15
The AA vs Li-on argument rears up, and from Besford again! Let's just read the thread from the last time this (or any other AA cam) was posted and save all those comments, eh?
Besford again: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/552507/canon-powershot-a1100-is-digital-ca/showpost.php?p=7177588&postcount=30
Original post: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/552507/canon-powershot-a1100-is-digital-ca
AA's all the way. Let's back up the "can do better for £100" comments with real alternative offers. This Canon offers a lot, including an optical viewfinder that you'll really miss on other cameras if it turns sunny.

Sorry - but there is no way this is a £50 camera. I was gutted to miss out before Christmas when they were £79.
#16
JayDubya
The AA vs Li-on argument rears up, and from Besford again! Let's just read the thread from the last time this (or any other AA cam) was posted and save all those comments, eh?
Besford again: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/552507/canon-powershot-a1100-is-digital-ca/showpost.php?p=7177588&postcount=30
Original post: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/552507/canon-powershot-a1100-is-digital-ca
AA's all the way. Let's back up the "can do better for £100" comments with real alternative offers. This Canon offers a lot, including an optical viewfinder that you'll really miss on other cameras if it turns sunny.

Sorry - but there is no way this is a £50 camera. I was gutted to miss out before Christmas when they were £79.


Thats the exact reason why I posted the expert review links. Some people just try to distract others without actually knowing anything about it.
#17
pet2000
I'd never buy a compact/travel camera which doesn't run on AA battries. What do you do when you run out of power and forgot to take your spare battery or charger? You go to the next corner shop and buy AA alkalines and continue shooting.

The point which keeps being ignored by those who favour AA power is that you don't get a Li-ion battery and charger in the box so it should be much cheaper.

I do understand the advantage of AA even though I believe it is outweighed by the disadvantages (bulk, weight, running cost, battery life). However, this is a deals site so people should be savvy enough to realise that an AA powered camera for, say, £100 like this one is likely to be poor value compared to a Li-ion one for a similar price.

Go to the review sites and look at the pics of this one. Yes, they do rate the picture quality very well but it's enormous - hardly a 'compact' camera these days.
#18
JayDubya
The AA vs Li-on argument rears up, and from Besford again! Let's just read the thread from the last time this (or any other AA cam) was posted and save all those comments, eh?
Besford again: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/552507/canon-powershot-a1100-is-digital-ca/showpost.php?p=7177588&postcount=30
Original post: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/552507/canon-powershot-a1100-is-digital-ca
AA's all the way. Let's back up the "can do better for £100" comments with real alternative offers. This Canon offers a lot, including an optical viewfinder that you'll really miss on other cameras if it turns sunny.

Sorry - but there is no way this is a £50 camera. I was gutted to miss out before Christmas when they were £79.

My post on this thread is about as balanced a post as you'll ever see on HUKD and I'll stand by it thanks. This site should be all about sharing information to help buyers decide - assumes you don't have a closed mind to start with of course.

I think you'll find on the links you cite and several other places I've posted a valid and balanced argument on the battery issue whilst stating my own preference is certainly for a proper rechargeable. The point which you and other 'AA supporters' are choosing to ignore over and over again, however, is that an AA camera has no battery or charger in the box therefore should be cheaper. That argument applies whether you favour AA or Li-ion.

I don't want or expect to convert you and other confirmed 'AA supporters' to Li-ion but I have had numerous conversations with non-enthusiasts buying a compact (exactly the people who are likely to be looking at this one) who haven't even realised or considered the battery issue. It is entirely valid to raise this important point and then let the buyer make a considered and informed choice. For some AA is the better option (eg use the camera a couple of times a year for holiday and Christmas), for others it would be a mistake.

I have said this is a camera which is likely to take some very good pics (it's a Canon). I'm not knocking it, just pointing out the downside for consideration (no product is perfect for every buyer).

I can't help feeling that some selective reading goes on here by those who can only see one side of an argument. Why so defensive? I didn't say don't buy it (though I think you can do better).

Do you have shares in Duracell or something?
#19
mccririck
AA powered cameras are fine in my experience. Use Sanyo Eneloops and they last ages.

Yes, that's a sensible approach but it doesn't make them any smaller does it? Still need a charger and a spare set too.
#21
spam1
can you suggest an alternative for a simailar price..
thanks

Hi. There are lots out there at this price point in all the stores and deals regularly crop up on here; I don't have a specific one at the moment as I haven't been looking.

However a terrific deal I'm aware of at the moment is for a great little Panasonic FS4 (8mp, 4x optical zoom, Li-ion battery, Panasonic lens quality) on Tesco Outlet. They sold out of these last summer at £89.99, which was fantastic value. These are 'refurbs' (mostly unused customer returns) with a full 12 month warranty for £58.42 delivered!

I don't think I can post a link on here as Tesco Outlet is accessed via a well known auction site which is not allowed but just search Tesco Outlet in Google and then search for Panasonic FS4. Click on product to bring up full details.

PS They're also showing an AA powered 8mp Panasonic for £2 more if that's your thing! Much more compact than this Canon and probably similar picture quality (no optical viewfinder though).
#22
mccririck
I agree, this is a good camera at a very good price.

Quote from an earlier post of yours on this camera (sorry, couldn't resist!):

"These things will be going for peanuts after xmas."
#23
Besford
My post on this thread is about as balanced a post as you'll ever see on HUKD and I'll stand by it thanks. This site should be all about sharing information to help buyers decide - assumes you don't have a closed mind to start with of course.


I couldn't agree more, however, having posted a few comments myself on the subject of AA vs Li-ion batteries (mainly in Deal Request threads to offer advice) i've always tried to mention the pros and cons of each type of battery. Your negative points about this camera are, in my opinion, rather minor: -

AA batteries - I prefer them for the reasons others have mentioned (running out)
Bulky - It's not that big really - personally I'd rather have a slightly bulkier camera as it's easier to hold steady - especially with the bulky end on the powershots (big hands!)
Ugly - matter of taste really, but i'd rather have fantastic looking photos than a fantastic looking camera!
Extra cost - 4x Sanyo Eneloop + charger is less than £10 so not a huge investment, if I got a li-ion powered camera I'd want a spare battery for that aswell which would be about £5.

The only actual negative aspect of AA powered cameras (for me) is the slower flash recharge time, but the vast majority of my photos are outside, or there's no rush for the flash to recharge anyway. However, if I was taking lots of flash photography then, and only then, would I go for Li-ion over AA.

I'm in no way trying to start an argument, just answering your balanced post with another one.
#24
hardly huge. 95.4 x 62.4 x 31.0mm

http://img.photographyblog.com/reviews/canon_powershot_a1100_is/canon_powershot_a1100_is_20.jpg
#25
Besford;7590563
Hi. There are lots out there at this price point in all the stores and deals regularly crop up on here; I don't have a specific one at the moment as I haven't been looking.

However a terrific deal I'm aware of at the moment is for a great little Panasonic FS4 (8mp, 4x optical zoom, Li-ion battery, Panasonic lens quality) on Tesco Outlet. They sold out of these last summer at £89.99, which was fantastic value. These are 'refurbs' (mostly unused customer returns) with a full 12 month warranty for £58.42 delivered!

I don't think I can post a link on here as Tesco Outlet is accessed via a well known auction site which is not allowed but just search Tesco Outlet in Google and then search for Panasonic FS4. Click on product to bring up full details.

PS They're also showing an AA powered 8mp Panasonic for £2 more if that's your thing! Much more compact than this Canon and probably similar picture quality (no optical viewfinder though).


Both those cameras (apart from being refurbs) are both bottom of the range cameras (the FS4 was a $100 camera new, the LS80 nearly 2 years old and very basic) and in no way comparible to this camera, beyond the fact they take pictures. The fact you think so shows you probably have little real interest in cameras beyond obsessing on power methods. There is so much more to the 'value' of a camera than whether it has Li-ions included and to say this should be £50 - 60 because of that is frankly ridiculous.
#26
Ok, was trying to resist, but...

Besford
As it's a Canon it probably takes a good picture, but it's AA powered and bulky as well as ugly. At £100 you really can do much better. That money buys you a choice of really good cameras these days, including some Panasonics with proper Li-ion batteries which I would always put first on a shopping list.

Forget the 12Mp stuff. You just don't need more than 7-8Mp and the Mp race often results in poorer images in a small camera.

On the plus side it takes SD/SDHC memory and 4x optical zoom is useful, but it's not enough to make it hot at this price.

Perhaps its saving grace is that a few people still cling to an optical viewfinder and there are very few cameras out there which still have them.

I'd say this is a £50 camera these days - maybe £60 as it's a Canon.


Bulky? you're having a laugh. It's not the SMALLEST, but it's tiny.
"You don't need more than 7-8mp"? Who says? How on earth do you know how people will use this or any other camera? They might like to print A3 photos. or posters for all you know. And there's another vague word, "often".
"a few people still cling to an optical viewfinder"! That made me laugh out loud. You have no idea of the advantages of having one available? It's sure easier to design cameras without one, which is why many don't have them now.
That last comment has to be a wind up.
Besford
The point which you and other 'AA supporters' are choosing to ignore over and over again, however, is that an AA camera has no battery or charger in the box therefore should be cheaper.

I can't help feeling that some selective reading goes on here by those who can only see one side of an argument. Why so defensive? I didn't say don't buy it (though I think you can do better).

Do you have shares in Duracell or something?


That argument simply does not hold up, and I've said before, it can easily be reversed. i.e. The manufacturer has not spent £15 on Li-on so has put more into the camera itself. Cameras are built to a price point; ergo, this one had more built into it as it wasn't saddled with the cost of Li-on as part of the deal. You're also forgetting that the price point for this camera was originally £150. Just an illustration.

And I personally was not defensive, I just like to counter a bias wherever I see one, whether I "believe" in it or not.

Besford
Hi. There are lots out there at this price point in all the stores and deals regularly crop up on here; I don't have a specific one at the moment as I haven't been looking.

However a terrific deal I'm aware of at the

.. snip

..wered 8mp Panasonic for £2 more if that's your thing! Much more compact than this Canon and probably similar picture quality (no optical viewfinder though).


You list refurbs and lower end cameras. And use words like "probably" in comparing models with different hardware inside - hardly based on fact.
#27
JayDubya
Ok, was trying to resist, but...



Bulky? you're having a laugh. It's not the SMALLEST, but it's tiny.
"You don't need more than 7-8mp"? Who says? How on earth do you know how people will use this or any other camera? They might like to print A3 photos. or posters for all you know. And there's another vague word, "often".
"a few people still cling to an optical viewfinder"! That made me laugh out loud. You have no idea of the advantages of having one available? It's sure easier to design cameras without one, which is why many don't have them now.
That last comment has to be a wind up.


That argument simply does not hold up, and I've said before, it can easily be reversed. i.e. The manufacturer has not spent £15 on Li-on so has put more into the camera itself. Cameras are built to a price point; ergo, this one had more built into it as it wasn't saddled with the cost of Li-on as part of the deal. You're also forgetting that the price point for this camera was originally £150. Just an illustration.

And I personally was not defensive, I just like to counter a bias wherever I see one, whether I "believe" in it or not.



You list refurbs and lower end cameras. And use words like "probably" in comparing models with different hardware inside - hardly based on fact.

I haven't convinced you then?


PS There are a couple of blood pressure monitors on HUKD at the moment - may I suggest the Lloyds Pharmacy one at just £7.49 if you're quick?
#28
Mike73
I couldn't agree more, however, having posted a few comments myself on the subject of AA vs Li-ion batteries (mainly in Deal Request threads to offer advice) i've always tried to mention the pros and cons of each type of battery. Your negative points about this camera are, in my opinion, rather minor: -

AA batteries - I prefer them for the reasons others have mentioned (running out)
Bulky - It's not that big really - personally I'd rather have a slightly bulkier camera as it's easier to hold steady - especially with the bulky end on the powershots (big hands!)
Ugly - matter of taste really, but i'd rather have fantastic looking photos than a fantastic looking camera!
Extra cost - 4x Sanyo Eneloop + charger is less than £10 so not a huge investment, if I got a li-ion powered camera I'd want a spare battery for that aswell which would be about £5.

The only actual negative aspect of AA powered cameras (for me) is the slower flash recharge time, but the vast majority of my photos are outside, or there's no rush for the flash to recharge anyway. However, if I was taking lots of flash photography then, and only then, would I go for Li-ion over AA.

I'm in no way trying to start an argument, just answering your balanced post with another one.

I think that's called violent agreement, thanks.
#29
Besford
I haven't convinced you then?


PS There are a couple of blood pressure monitors on HUKD at the moment - may I suggest the Lloyds Pharmacy one at just £7.49 if you're quick?


:-D

no, not quite convinced! And yes, discussions can always be read as arguments, that's the problem with these places! I'm not that fussed. ;-) cooocumba cool here.

PS: AA all the way! AA all the way! Li-ons go home.. .etc.
banned#30
Thanks OP

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.http://bzoonka.appspot.com/zgl3j43k.jpg
#31
Besford
I think that's called violent agreement, thanks.


Much like JayDubya says, I'm merely discussing rather than arguing, I just think that when offering a balanced comment on something you should inform people of all the pros and cons of each side of the discussion/argument rather than just focussing on the negative aspects of one and ignoring its advantages.

I fully agree with you that it's important that people know the differences so that they can make their own decision, but just to tell people to ignore AA powered cameras because Li-ion ones are better doesn't really help, as it is quite clear from this thread that their are many people who favour AA over Li-ion.

Really don't mean to sound in any way aggressive in my comments, I simply feel that if people are going to make a decision based on battery type that they should have all the facts rather than just one side. Personally, as I said, I prefer AA, but I can fully understand why yourself and many others would much prefer Li-ion.
#32
Besford
As it's a Canon it probably takes a good picture, but it's AA powered and bulky as well as ugly. At £100 you really can do much better. That money buys you a choice of really good cameras these days, including some Panasonics with proper Li-ion batteries which I would always put first on a shopping list.

Forget the 12Mp stuff. You just don't need more than 7-8Mp and the Mp race often results in poorer images in a small camera.

On the plus side it takes SD/SDHC memory and 4x optical zoom is useful, but it's not enough to make it hot at this price.

Perhaps its saving grace is that a few people still cling to an optical viewfinder and there are very few cameras out there which still have them.

I'd say this is a £50 camera these days - maybe £60 as it's a Canon.


I disagree with you on so many of your comments Besford.
It is a very comfortable shape and size; both my big hands or my daughters much smaller find it convenient to hold and use; it fits a normal pocket easily. It is ugly.
This is a very good camera; it's image quality easily beats my Panasonic DMC-FZ38 - somehow the Canon seems to fit 12.1mp in that tiny CCD where Panasonic can't. On the A1100 I'd say up to ISO400 is very good; where on the FZ38 anything over ISO100 is very noisy. The IS is excellent - allowing it to take crisp shots at a longer exposure / lower ISO than the Panasonic. Auto modes are very effective; with white-balance and focusing being very reliable.
As you say it has a viewfinder that many similarly priced rivals would not have.
It is AA powered which I personally think is a good thing. I'd disagree with a lot of the Amazon reviews that say it doesn't give good battery life; my daughter is on her third recharge having taken over 3000 images (but a lot in burst mode, and some using the viewfinder...). Incidentally the Li-ion powered FZ38 will take around 19 flash shots at 3m range in 30 seconds which is very fast - the A1100 still manages around 15 shots; (this was not on fresh batteries).

It's not perfect by any means; e.g. the LCD is a little slow and not great resolution. This has been around £115 for some time so the "was £219" is quite misleading.

You say it's a £50 camera - to say that you obviously haven't used one - I suggest you borrow or buy one and revise your review. :thumbsup:

At £80 before Christmas this was a fantastic buy - but at £100 there are cameras like the Fuji f200 and f70 only £30 or so more expensive that are perhaps in a different league; that said I've not tested those cameras. I'd say it's still well worth £100 if it's features and look appeal to you I don't think you'd be disappointed.
#33
cadmus
is this fuji better do you think .
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/585643/fuji-finepix-z300-10mpx-5x-optical-?
i could stretch to a hundred if the cannon was far superior to the fuji


I have this camera and it is awesome in every department. It is not as bulky as ppl are making out , I can fit this in my jeans pocket without any problem.
I also looked at the Fuji and some others but found there was lot more little tweeks I could do , if i opted to buy it, but I didn't wanna be fiddling with settings and stuff, the canon is point and shoot with damn good pic quality, with face recognition is cool , infact it's hard to take a poor pic on this.

I don't claim to be an expert on this and these are just opinions.

And the 2*AA batteries is a PLUS imo
#34
wombat6025;7593154
At £80 before Christmas this was a fantastic buy - but at £100 there are cameras like the Fuji f200 and f70 only £30 or so more expensive that are perhaps in a different league; that said I've not tested those cameras. I'd say it's still well worth £100 if it's features and look appeal to you I don't think you'd be disappointed.


You might find there's not a lot in it. The reviews of the Fuji EXR models have not been totally glowing and one conclusion I see again and again is that they do not really surpass the 2 year old F31fd in ultimate and low light picture quality - something Fuji claimed they would. This A1100 is a very very good camera for picture quality, with an excellent image stabilisation system and having spent a few hours today going over samples from all the above (as I had originally been waiting for the F200 to fall below £100 at Fuji Refurb store) I am now seriously considering this instead.
#35
Just a thought on the battery debate from someone new - why not just use rechargeable AA batteries??? Best of both worlds!!!! Ok - so it makes the camera slightly wider but you can still get cheap power but using good AA rechargeable. Benefit of using normal disposable AA's in emergency situation is a good factor IMO.

Good deal for great compact - thanks for posting and try to ignore the debaters!!! :-D
#36
edixon83
Just a thought on the battery debate from someone new - why not just use rechargeable AA batteries??? Best of both worlds!!!! Ok - so it makes the camera slightly wider but you can still get cheap power but using good AA rechargeable. Benefit of using normal disposable AA's in emergency situation is a good factor IMO.

Good deal for great compact - thanks for posting and try to ignore the debaters!!! :-D


I think most of us would rather avoid the debating, it was only because the initial anti-AA battery comment may have put people off what is an excellent camera that myslef and others decided to sing the praises of AA cameras. Rechargeable batteries are definitely required as cameras will get through alkaline batteries in no time. Try to go for hybrid type batteries such as Sanyop Eneloop for the best results.
#37
The CHDK firmware http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK has some interesting features for compact Canon cameras. For instance, you can take set the camera to take pictures automatically when motion is detected. http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1010&message=25678214 has a picture of a bird table that was done like this. You can also take RAW pictures, without JPG compression artefacts.

Not all compact Canon cameras are supported by the CHDK firmware. It isn't available yet for the A1100 IS: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/A1100IS

It may become available at sometime in the future. However, I have an A580, and it still isn't supported after a year.
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#40
Have had canon in the past and very good pictures (better than wifes higher MP fuji)
Not tried this one but very tempted but cannot use CHDK yet. Feature packed and has more for those who want a good picture.

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