The Canon Powershot A3400 IS – Review
Being married to a photographer, you’d think I wouldn’t get to take many pictures, wouldn’t you?
not so. The husband doesn’t ‘do’ point-and-shoot compact camera’s, and it’s simply not practical to take a gurt big camera and lenses when you’re just walking the dog or off to the woods or to play cricket. Consequently, much of our day to day family images in my mahoosive iPhoto archive are taken by me.
For me, a compact camera is a must. I have an SLR, and I know how to use (most of) it. But for me, you can’t beat a camera that will slip into your pocket and come with you everywhere.
So when Canon offered me the chance to try out the new Powershot A3400 I was only too happy to do so. Particularly as we were off to Disney, and the use of a camera that hadn’t been dropped in a rockpool recently would probably be more reliable.
So – what’s to love?
The body is solid and chunky – despite is diminutive stature, this camera feels like it won’t roll over and cry at a little bouncing. It’s easy to get started – everything is intuitive (one of the biggest reasons why I love Canon so), and straight out of the box you can be snapping perfectly good pictures.
If you do want to move away from the Auto settings, it’s easy enough to change the shooting mode. When placed in Program mode you can touch the rear LCD to fire the shutter (this MAY have happened a time or two accidentally. Maybe.).
It’s also possible to disable the Touch Shutter and instead use the display to enable Touch Autofocus – watch the screen, tap what you want to be in focus, and then the clever camera magickery inside will track that object. This was genius for photographing the children (not sure if you’ve noticed, but they don’t sit still very often).
The range of the lens is good – though when zoomed in it can get less sharp (husband says it’s about half an f-stop slower on the telephoto end, and you’ll sometimes want a longer shutter speed or higher ISO setting. I say it can just get a leetle bit fuzzy when you’re zoomed in…).
The screen is mahoosive, vivid and sharp – for a teeny tiny camera it really is extraordinarily good. Though because of the big mahoosive screen on a teeny tiny camera, it does mean the buttons are a bit small for large man-hands. Not that it bothered ME any, y’understand.
Anyhoo. The pictures. That’s what it’s all about. Here’s some of what I took – straight out of the camera with no photoshoppery involved except resizing…
And lastly. The video ability? I LOVE having video on compact cameras – I have so many snippets of video of unexpectedly special moments. I don’t expect full HD quality, but I do expect it to be watchable and shareable. So here – see what you think (NB – prepare to be humming for the next 30 minutes…)
For me personally, I found it a little limiting – I’d like more flexibility, more control and more power. But having said that the Powershot A3400 is a good basic camera – perfect for an undemanding user, great at quick snapping when out and about with the family, and a fabulous teens camera too.