Canon PowerShot A3100 IS Review

March 22, 2010 | Mark Goldstein | |




Type 1/2.3 type CCD
Effective Pixels Approx 12.1M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC III with iSAPS technology


Focal Length 6.2 – 24.8 mm (35mm equivalent: 35 – 140mm)
Zoom Optical 4x. Digital approx. 4x ¹ (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom ²)¹. Combined approx. 16x
Maximum f/number f/2.7 – f/5.6
Construction 7 elements in 5 groups
2 single sided aspherical lenses
Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), Approx. 3-stop


Type TTL
AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
AF Modes Single, Continuous ¹
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 3cm (W) from front of lens in macro


Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600


Speed 1 - 1/1600 sec (factory default)
15 - 1/1600 sec (total range - varies by shooting mode)


Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom


Monitor 6.7cm (2.7") TFT, approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD


Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/1600 sec
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation Face Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Built-in Flash Range 30cm - 4.0m (W) / 2.0m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1


Modes Auto*, Easy*, P, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Light (2.0MP) Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Movie
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color (limited))
Drive modes Single, Continuous
Continuous Shooting Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. ¹ (until memory card becomes full)²


Image Size (L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 3264 x 2448, (M2) 2592 x 1944, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 4000 x 2248. Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies (L)640 x 480, 30fps/30fps(LP)
(M)320 x 240, 30fps
Movie Length Up to 4GB or 1 hour (L and M) ¹


Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG compression + WAVE (monaural)]


Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes


Red-Eye Correction Yes, during playback
My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi


Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)


Type SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus


PC & Macintosh Windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP2-3
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.6


Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch


Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-8L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 240 shots¹
Approx. 360 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC60


Case Soft Case DCC-480
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC60


Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 97.2 x 58.2 x 28.1 mm
Weight Approx. 155g (including battery/batteries and memory card)


¹ Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
² Depending on the image size selected.

AF Modes

¹ Some settings limit availability

Continuous Shooting

¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Movie Length

¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Battery life

¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.


* Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.

According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.

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