Canon PowerShot A4000 IS review

6 Jun 2012
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A mixed bag, but it might be worth living with image quality concerns and slow performance to get an 8x zoom in such a slim, low-cost camera


1/2.3in 16.0-megapixel sensor, 8.0x zoom (28-224mm equivalent), 145g

Videos are recorded at 720p with stereo sound. Image and sound quality were both excellent and clips ran for up to 30 minutes. However, zoom and focus were locked for the duration of clips, except for a digital zoom function that made a mess of image quality.

The A4000 promises a lot for such a low-cost camera, but it's slow, its controls are fiddly, its video mode lacks important features and image quality doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. That's a sizeable list of flaws, but we're hesitant to write this camera off entirely. Few cameras at this price excel for image quality, and none can match both the A4000's slim proportions and its generous zoom range.

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Details are clean and sharp at the centre of frames in brightly lit conditions - click to enlarge

If you can rustle up £200, the Canon Ixus 230 HS is a much better implementation of the same idea. If that's beyond your budget, we'd recommend the more moderately specified Canon Ixus 115 HS, which is currently end-of-line but still widely available for around £100 (it's just a coincidence that these are all Canon cameras). However, if a big zoom is essential and the budget is tight, the A4000 is a solid option.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
CCD effective megapixels 16.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 230,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 8.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-224mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,608x3,456
File formats JPEG; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 175 shots
Connectivity USB, AV
Body material plastic
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB cable
Weight 145g
Size 58x96x24mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year onsite
Price £140

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/3 (wide), f/5.9 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 1600
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets, manual
Additional image controls i-Contrast
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 1cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, face detect, tracking
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, face-detect self-timer

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