Expert Review of Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Point & Shoot Digital Camera Orange
Canon has yet another efficient device presented before you in the classy PowerShot series. Canon PowerShot A3200 IS is based around a high resolution 14.1-Megapixel, CCD image sensor coupled with a 5x zoom lens that offers a reasonable focal lengths ranging from a useful 28mm wide angle to a moderate 140mm telephoto. Also has the Optical Image Stabilizer that helps eliminate blurs and produce steady and quality images for you to enjoy. The 2.7 inch LCD screen is a tad larger than that of its predecessor but the 230,000 dot resolution stays the same but it has a bright screen that offers wide viewing angle and ample detailing for everyday shooting. Canon PowerShot A3200 IS gives you some excellent photos with sensitivities ranging from ISO 80 to ISO 1,600 equivalents, which extends to ISO 6,400 in Low Light mode. ISO 200 for this camera being best to take detailed and sharp images. Nearly nothing in this camera is manually offering, it prides itself for being easy to use i.e. it is more inclined in its Auto features. Smart Auto makes your work easy for it has a full 32 predefined shooting situation to choose from and it competently picks only the best. Seven white balance modes are available on Canon PowerShot A3200 IS – Auto, Manual, or five presets. Further offering creative filters like Fish eye, Miniature effect, Toy camera effect, Monochrome, Super vivid and Poster effect. A new discreet mode disables the camera’s sound, flash and AF assist beam for shooting in quiet situations. The built in flash strobe has a range of 13 feet at wide angle and recharges at a decent ten seconds or less time. Apart from taking picture Canon PowerShot A3200 IS can capture video in HD at 720p at 30fps.Color performance is reported to be excellent for Canon PowerShot A3200 IS as it offers a good selection of exposure mode. Other handy feature that it provides is the ‘Face detection’ and the ‘Red eye correction’ option. Powered by a lithium ion battery Canon PowerShot A3200 IS offers lasting a good 230 shot from a full charge. Overall a portable camera for your daily use that gives you commendably sharp, clear and color natural images.
Design and Build Quality
A mystery: Why this camera in the PowerShot series is with such classy design? The design and built quality almost resemble the IXUS family of Canon. Looking at the A-series body shape that this camera flaunts it is easy to say that a sample from IXUS DNA has entered the PowerShot series. The device sports the familiar “choc ice” shape of Canon IXUS series, even though with a little less level contours due the the obvious positioning of mode dial in the top corner. Accompanyingthe mode dial is a large flush-mounted shutter button with a zoom collar surround as opposed to the thumb-operated zoom buttons of its predecessor. A step further to the right locates the slightly recessed on/off switch, which requires a firm push to activate, something that isn't going to happen by accident. The device flaunts a 2.7 inch display which almost covers up the back panel, the other things being a recessed panel which comes alongside a control pad which is covered up by four buttons namely Face selection, playback, display and the menu. In all Canon Powershot A 3200 feels really solid and well built to hold and shoot. One of the downsides of the device being that is not that pocketable and slimmer.
Focus and Face Detection
Like almost all compacts featured by Canon, Canon PowerShot A3200 also features a Face AiAF, which is a 9 point autofocus system, it detects faces in the frames and adjusts the focus and exposure of the device automatically. The camera works under Canon forte DIGIC 4 Processor and like any other camera, this one also excels. . It's quick to focus on faces and holds on to them once acquired. Though it becomes a little less sure of itself in low light, CanonPowerShot A3200 IS does well at identifying faces at a distance and when turned almost to full profile. All detected faces are framed and you can switch the main subject by pressing the Face selector button on the back panel.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Canon PowerShot A3200 works on a 5x optical zoom which is majorly unimpressive and at a 35mm equivalent focal length at 28mm extending to 140mm. The f2.8 maximum aperture is brighter than many compacts in this price bracket and at the maximum telephoto and of the range you get a respectable f5.9. The aperture closes in more or less even steps as you progress through the zoom range. Canon PowerShot A3200 IS obviously flaunts image stabilisation, the feature that shifts lens elements to get rid of camera shake while shooting at really slow shutter speeds and obviously this is what IS that succeeds the model name stands for.
Screen and Menus
Canon PowerShot IS sports a 2.7 inch screen and works on a display resolution of 230,000 dot pixels. The device works under aspect ratio of 4:3. The same is true for standard resolution movies, although for HD movie shooting the 16:9 image is letterboxed with thick black bars top and bottom.
Canon PowerShot A3200 works on a NB-8L Li-Ion battery and the device provides sufficiently enough power upto around 230 shots according to tests performed by CIPA. The battery is charged outside the camera using the supplied charging unit. Remaining power is displayed on screen using a three segment battery icon which turns orange when the power is running low.
Canon PowerShot A3200 IS can shoot HD videos at the resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels i.e in HD quality at the rate of 30 frames per second. Standard resolution video can also be recorded at 640 x 480 and 320 x 240 sizes, also at 30fps and are encoded using the H.264 codec and saved as a .mov file.
Canon PowerShot A3200 IS works on a 1/2.3 inch CCD sensor. The sensor resolution for PowerShot A3200 IS is 14 Megapixels. Files are saved as JPEGs using one of two compression settings, Fine and Normal.
5x stabilised optical zoom
28mm equivalent wide angle
Creative filters and Live View Control
720p HD video
Difficult to operate control pad
No optical zoom on video
No HDMI port
Poor continuous shooting performance