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Canon PowerShot A3200 IS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £110
inc VAT

The 14-megapixel resolution is annoying but otherwise this is a likeable, dependable camera at a great price


1/2.3in 14.0-megapixel sensor, 5.0x zoom (28-140mm equivalent), 149g

The A3200 IS one of many Canon cameras jostling for attention in the sub-£150 sector. It has some distinguished company, including the cheap and cheerful PowerShot A800 and the feature-packed Canon Ixus 115 HS. The A3200 IS’s price and features place it in between its two siblings. The metal body and Li-ion battery help to keep the bulk down, although unlike the stylish Ixus 115 HS, there’s no attempt to disguise the fact that this is a budget camera.

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS front

It’s actually a little faster to adjust settings than on the pricier Ixus, thanks to a mode dial and a simpler menu layout. There are no manual exposure options but the scene modes and creative filters are likely to prove more popular among non-technical photographers.

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS top

Selecting P for Program on the dial gives access to all the key settings we expect, such as ISO speed and white balance. Auto mode has a more limited set of options, but still includes easy access to a Track Focus mode, which follows moving subjects around the frame to ensure that they’re in focus. It’s a similar idea to face detection, and while it requires a little more effort from the user, it doesn’t get confused by tricky lighting or when people turn their heads.

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS back

Video is recorded at 720p, with clip lengths limited to 22 minutes – longer than most cameras at this price. Its inability to zoom or refocus while recording is typical, as is the low 12kHz audio sample rate, resulting in a lack of high-frequency crispness. Video picture quality was pretty good, though, with restrained noise levels, accurate colours and sharp details.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
CCD effective megapixels 14.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 2.7in
LCD screen resolution 230,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 5.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-140mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,320×3,240
Maximum movie resolution 1280×720
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats JPEG; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 250 shots
Connectivity USB, AV
HDMI output resolution N/A
Body material aluminium
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB and AV cables
Weight 149g
Size 57x95x24mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £110

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/2.8 (wide), f/5.9 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 80 to 1600
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets, manual
Additional image controls contrast, saturation, sharpness
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 3cm
Auto-focus modes 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