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Canon PowerShot A800

Key Features

10.0 Megapixels and 3.3x Optical Zoom

Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 19 predefined shooting situations.

This AA battery-powered camera enables you to easily power up on the go

Bright clear 2.5-inch LCD makes taking and viewing images a breeze.

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Canon PowerShot A800 - Overview

Stylish Value - The Perfect First Camera!
Compact, stylish, and colored to suit your personality, the new PowerShot A800 digital camera puts the power to create beautiful quality digital photography in anyone's hands. Smart AUTO makes getting your best shot easy every time by automatically and intelligently selecting the proper settings for the camera based on 19 predefined shooting situations. Own the power of 10.0 Megapixels and a 3.3x Optical Zoom that let you capture a wealth of gorgeous detail up close. PowerShot A800 makes it easy and fun to inject creative options into your photography with exciting Scene Modes like Super Vivid and Poster Effect. New Blur Reduction ensures crisp, clear shots in all kinds of situations. The camera is powered with readily available AA batteries, so it's easy to keep the fun going wherever you find yourself. You'll see everything you're shooting through the clear, bright 2.5-inch LCD screen, so composing and focusing your shots is easier than ever. PowerShot A800 is perfect for young photographers, new photographers, and anyone who appreciates easy, high-quality digital photography and exceptional value.


Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3.3x Optical & 4x Digital & 13x Combined Zoom

Image Capture Device

10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels
Approx. 10.6 Megapixels

Effective Pixels
Approx. 10.0 Megapixels


Focal Length
6.6 (W) - 21.6 (T)mm - 35mm (film equivalent: 37 - 122mm)

Digital Zoom

Focusing Range
Normal: 0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 9.8 in. (25cm) - infinity (T)

Macro: 0.4 in. - 1.6 ft. (1-50cm) (W), 9.8 in. - 1.6 ft. (25 - 50cm) (T)

Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus


Optical Viewfinder

LCD Monitor
2.5-inch TFT color

LCD Pixels
Approx. 115,000 dots

LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%

Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture
f/3.0(W) - f/5.8 (T)

Shutter Speed
1 - 1/2000 sec.

15 - 1/2000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)

Exposure Control

Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600

Low Light: ISO 500-3200

Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot

Exposure Control Method
AE Lock

Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

  • Not available when shooting movies

White Balance

White Balance Control
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom?

*Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF.


Built-in Flash
Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off

Flash Range
12 in.-9.8 ft. (W), 12 in.-6.6 ft. (T) (30cm-3.0m (W), 30cm-2.0m (T))

Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.0 V)

  • LCD monitor will turn off while flash is charging (except when turning on the power)

Flash Exposure Compensation

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes
P, Auto, Scene*1, Movie*2

*1 Blur Reduction, Portrait, Kids & Pets, Face Self-timer, Low Light, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Sunset, Fireworks, Long Shutter

*2 Standard

Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom*

* Adjustment of contrast, sharpness and saturation available.

Self Timer
Approx. 10-sec delay, approx. 2-sec. delay, custom*?

* Delay time (0-15 sec. in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.

Wireless Control

Continuous Shooting
Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)

Approx. 2.2 shots/sec (in Low Light mode or Blur Reduction)

Image Storage

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

Image Recording Format
Normal, Fine


Computer Interface
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (mini-B jack)

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
1. 2 AA Alkaline batteries (NiMH batteries NB-3AH x2)

2. Compact Power Adapter CA-PS800 (Used together with DC Coupler DR-DC10)

Shooting Capacity
Alkaline batteries: approx. 300 shots

AA NiMH batteries: approx. 500 shots

Playback Time
Alkaline batteries: approx. 11 hours

AA NiMH batteries: approx. 12 hours