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Canon PowerShot cameras – new models unveiled

Five new A-series cameras launched at CES 2011
Canon A800 digital camera

The A800 is Canon’s new entry-level compact camera

Canon has announced five new PowerShot compact digital cameras at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2011.

The new range of A-series cameras kicks off with the entry-level PowerShot A800, expected to retail at around £79. The priciest of the newly unveiled models is the PowerShot A3300 IS, expected to sell for around £149.

The A-Series sits below the G-series and S-series in Canon’s line up of compact cameras. 

All five new models will be available to buy before the end of March.

Check out Which? researchers’ hands-on first look reviews of Canon’s new A-series cameras direct from CES 2011. We’ll be adding videos soon so keep checking our CES news highlights for the latest updates.


The A800 is Canon’s new entry level camera. It features a 10Mp sensor and a 2.5-inch screen, but – like many modern compact digital cameras – it has no viewfinder

See the Canon PowerShot A800 in action at CES 2011 in our first look video review below:


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The A800 has the more basic DIGIC III internal processor, unlike most other Canon cameras which sport DIGIC IV for increased performance. It is powered by AA batteries, and comes in a choice of red, silver, black or blue.

Canon A3300 IS digital camera

Canon’s new A3300 IS camera has a 16Mp sensor

A1200 and A2200

The A1200 and A2200 feature HD video recording at 720p resolution. Like the A800, there’s a blur reduction mode, but no full image stabilisation (IS) system as on the A3200 IS and A3200 IS models.

Both models have a 2.7-inch screen and a 28-112mm lens. The main differences between the two cameras are that the A1200 has a 12.1Mp sensor and runs on AA batteries, whereas the A2200 has 14.1Mp and a proprietary Li-ion battery. 


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A3200 IS and A3300 IS

Both the A3200 IS and A3300 IS have a 28-140mm lens, but the A3300 IS has the higher resolution at 16Mp, versus 14.1Mp on the A3200 IS. The A3300 IS has a 3-inch screen, while the A3200 IS makes do with 2.7 inches. Both cameras are powered by a Li-ion battery 

As well the ability to record HD at 720p, both cameras feature a dynamic optical image stabiliser, which Canon claims more effectively counteracts a wobbly picture when recording video. 


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Find out how other models in Canon’s A-series of digital cameras fared in our in-depth, lab-based digital camera reviews.

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