Canon Powershot A3100 IS Digital Camera, 12.1 Megapixels, 4x Optical Zoom, 2.7" LCD Display, Silver

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About Canon

The Canon Powershot A3100 IS Digital Camera has 12.1 Megapixel resolution and 4x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer ensure radiant, detailed images. Plus, you've got an advanced DIGIC III Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology and the Face Detection Self-timer for extraordinary control and performance.

New scene modes give your images a professional feel, while Smart AUTO lets you handle challenging conditions with ease. Plus this trim, fashionable camera is yours in three stunning colors.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (23),Lightweight/portable (18),Simple controls/menu (18),Excellent image quality (15),Good low-light performance (13),Nice features/settings (13),Large clear LCD (12),Good battery life (12),Durable (9),Good image quality (3),Nice body color (3)
Dim LCD (4),Missing features/settings (3),Poor image quality (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (3)

Canon Features

  • Thinly designed, powerful A-Series camera with 12.1 Megapixels and 4x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and DIGIC III Image Processor that makes capturing that great shot even easier!
  • Lithium-ion battery makes the camera lighter and offers an easy alternative to recharge the battery.
  • New Scene Modes such as Super Vivid for additional bursts of color and Poster Effect for a unique artistic look, which gives the shooter more creative freedom to capture images their way!
  • Smart AUTO will do the work for you by intelligently selecting the proper settings for the camera based on 18 predefined shooting situations.
  • Low Light mode for improved shooting in dimly lit situations.
  • Large, bright 2.7-inch LCD makes viewing images a breeze.

Canon Specifications

Image Capture Device Type
12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 12.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
6.2 (W) - 24.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm)
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
3cm (1.2 in.) - infinity (W); 30cm (12 in.) - infinity (T)
Macro: 3 - 60 (W), 30 - 60 cm (T) (1.2 in. - 2.0 ft. (W), (12 in. - 2.0 (T))
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
LCD Monitor
2.7-inch TFT color LCD
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture
f/2.7 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
Shutter Speed
1 - 1/1600 sec.
15 - 1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro, Smart Flash
Flash Range
30 cm - 4.0 m (W), 30 cm - 2.0 m (T) (12 in. - 6.6 ft., 12 in. - 13 ft. (T))
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)
Shooting Modes
P, Auto, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, SCN, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom
Approx. 10-sec delay/approx 2-sec. delay/custom
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (approx. 2.6 shots/sec/ in Low Light)
Storage Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 compliant
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 4000 x 3000 (Large), 3264 x 2448 (Medium 1), 2592 x 1944 (Medium 2), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 4000 x 2248 (Widescreen), Low Light 1600 x 1200
Playback Modes File
Easy, Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Resume Playback, Image Advance, Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Jump, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Still Images: Single, Index, Magnification, Trimming, Resize, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
Movies: Normal Playback, Editing, slow motion, pause, first frame, last frame, next frame, previous frame, fast forward, fast rewind Auto settings available in 5 levels
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, select range, all images
Movie: any movie file
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed USB (dedicated female connector with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Video Out
Audio Out
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Source
Battery Pack NB-8L, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC60
Shooting Capacity
Approx. 240 shots
Playback Time
Approx. 6 hours (LCD screen on)
Operating Temperature
32-104 °F/0-40 °C
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD)
3.83 x 2.29 x 1.11 in./97.2 x 58.2 x 28.1
Approx. 5.47 oz./155g (camera, including batteries and memory card)

Reviews about this item

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Most Liked Positive Review


I bought this camera a ...

I bought this camera a few weeks ago and I am very, pleased with it. What I am most thrilled about is this. In total darkness (out in my garden, no moon) I took a picture in Auto of my flowers, the result was outstanding, just like a beautiful sunny adjustments at all, I have never been able to do that before. A great camera indeed .


Most Liked Negative Review


Disappointing, Inaccessible Zoom button

I was so unhappy that I decided to return this camera. The biggest problem is the placement of the zoom switch. I can't reach it while I'm shooting unless I use both hands, which gets very annoying. Pushing the button also shakes the camera, making videos more jarring than they need to be. I was also disappointed with the features. My previous Canon camera (now broken) has a lot more fun features like color-swap and single color mode, time lapse video, and a sound recorder that was surprising...

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I was so unhappy that I decided to return this camera. The biggest problem is the placement of the zoom switch. I can't reach it while I'm shooting unless I use both hands, which gets very annoying. Pushing the button also shakes the camera, making videos more jarring than they need to be. I was also disappointed with the features. My previous Canon camera (now broken) has a lot more fun features like color-swap and single color mode, time lapse video, and a sound recorder that was surprisingly useful. Even features that it does have are more poorly done. The Red-eye correction does a lousy job of finding the red eyes that need correction. (My previous camera let me tell it where to correct.) The menus do a much better job of explaining the features that you can set, which I really appreciate. The picture quality was mostly pretty good, but got very fuzzy without the flash, even in well lit rooms. But it often exposed for the background, so the people in the foreground were washed out. Overall, they've redesigned these cameras and made them less fun, less flexible, and less useful.

Reviewed by 34 customers

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Really like the camera


from SLC UT

I got this camera because of my experience with Canons and had used my son's Elph. I have a G3 Powershot with incredible features, but it's big and heavy; I wanted a small camera with excellent image quality. I took it on a European trip and took 450 photos, charging it twice. The only thing I don't like is using the computer program and the lack of ease in grouping photos into folders. The Zoom Browser program I got with the G3 was a lot more user friendly for modifying/editing and sorting my photos. The recovery time is slow, so it isn't particularly good for action shots, but that's seldom an issue for me.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Disappointing Action Shots


from Arizona

Got the 3100IS for those times when I didn't want to lug around my Rebel. The camera fits in my pocket, has a top notch viewfinder, good zoom and resolution. Image stabalizer is helpful on action shots, But in spite using a San Disk 4GB Ultra card, write time was very slow, which resulted in either missing or blurriing key shots at a gymnastics meet. Also, if it's in your pocket, the dial is easily changed to an unwanted mode (i.e. Video instead of Auto), so remember to check! I'm a Canon loyalist, and this camera does everything I expect from Canon - except on action shots in pt & shoot auto mode.

(4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)




from Undisclosed

camera is almost new. flash doesn't work now. been treated like a baby. you do the math.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Love my camera!


from MA

Love this camera. Bought it for vacation, and only "practiced" with it briefly before we went away. Very simple to use - battery lasted the whole week away without recharging. Took sunrise and sunset pictures and the whole range in between with great performance no matter the lighting conditions. No blurry shots, either. Easy step by step directions to upload to computer. Great vacation pictures - Could not be happier!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


The best feature is image stabilization


from Alabama

I had a PowerShot A530 that I was perfectly happy with. I took it with me literally everywhere in case I saw a scene I wanted to capture. When my children gave me a PowerShot A31000 IS for Christmas I was puzzled at first. I did not need or want a new camera. However, I discovered its best feature that very evening when all my indoor 1/8 s exposures with no flash turned out perfectly clear. I later learned that was due to the image stabilization feature. I also like that the flash stays turned off when the camera is turned off and on and does not default to on. Only thing I don't like is lack of viewfinder.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Now that I've adapted to ...


from Florida/Ohio

Now that I've adapted to the slimness of the camera, I appreciate it's light, thin design. I recently used it for a Panama Canal cruise and am very pleased with both the still shots I took and the video with audio. The rechargeable battery avoids the need to carry an unknown quantity of batteries, and this camera has good battery life. I would recommend it to friends, without reservation. Thanks, Canon, for another great product.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


replaced A70


from Cottonwood, AZ

I bought this camera just before Christmas to shoot family scenes. Comparing previous holiday pictures taken with Canon A70, 3.2 mpix (still works, just playback function failed) I found most image qualities better. Example; the A3100, using the Auto setting with Auto flash, gave me one indoor picture really blurry. Found out camera speed was 1/25 sec. With my old film cameras I never shot slower than 1/50. Also, with camera set at "L" image size, I get jpg size of 4-5 mb, on A70, "L" gave you about 1mb .

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great snapshot camera


from Portsmouth

Got the 3100 for Christmas. So far I haven't been able to take a "bad" picture. It is almost fool proof. Light and easy to use. Good battery life. Excellent micro mode for those really close up pictures. Read complaints about the plastic body, but that hasn't been a problem. Very happy with the camera's performance.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


I love it


from Paris TX

I love my little camera. And it's red. It's easy to use. I've been taking pictures for family, friends, & facebook. I've even learned to use the video feature. I have Parkinson's so the shake feature is important to me. I have had no trouble.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Very Pleased


from Angier, NC

This little camera is awesome ! So easy to use and the picture quality is great ! Have printed some photos to 8 x 11 that were good enough to frame and display. For the price it's a real bargin. Would recommend this camera to anyone.

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