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PowerShot A3100 IS

PowerShot A Series

Digital Camera
Item Code: 4255B001


Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 4x Optical/4x Digital/16x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System

Back to TopImage Capture Device

12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels
Approx. 12.4 Megapixels

Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels

Back to TopLens

Focal Length
6.2 (W) - 24.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm)

Digital Zoom

Focusing Range
3cm (1.2 in.) - infinity (W); 30cm (12 in.) - infinity (T)

Macro: 3 - 60 (W), 30 - 60 cm (T) (1.2 in. - 2.0 ft. (W), (12 in. - 2.0 (T))

Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus

Back to TopViewfinders

Optical Viewfinder

LCD Monitor
2.7-inch TFT color LCD

LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 dots

LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%

Back to TopAperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture
f/2.7 (W) - f/5.6 (T)

Shutter Speed
1 - 1/1600 sec.
15 - 1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)

  • Shutter speeds differ depending on the shooting mode
  • Shutter speeds available in Long Shutter: 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1 (unit: sec.)

    Back to TopExposure Control

    Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent

    (Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.)

    Light Metering Method
    Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**

    * Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF

    ** Metering frame is fixed to the center

    Exposure Control Method
    AE Lock

    Exposure Compensation
    +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

    Back to TopWhite Balance

    White Balance Control
    Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

    *Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF.

    Back to TopFlash

    Built-in Flash
    Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro, Smart Flash

    Flash Range
    30 cm - 4.0 m (W), 30 cm - 2.0 m (T) (12 in. - 6.6 ft., 12 in. - 13 ft. (T))

  • Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.

    Recycling Time
    10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)

    Flash Exposure Compensation

    Back to TopShooting Specifications

    Shooting Modes
    P, Auto*, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, SCN**, Movie

  • *Automatically detects shooting scene
  • **Face Detection Self-Timer, Low Light, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter

    Photo Effects
    My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom*
    * Adjustment of contrast, sharpness and saturation available.

    Self Timer
    Approx. 10-sec delay/approx 2-sec. delay/custom*

    * Shooting start time (0-10 sec (in one-second increments), 15/20/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 (in one-second increments)) can be specified.

    Wireless Control

    Continuous Shooting
    Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (approx. 2.6 shots/sec./ in Low Light)

    Back to TopImage Storage

    Storage Media
    SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card

    File Format
    Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 compliant

    JPEG Compression Mode
    Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)

    Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))

    Number of Recording Pixels
    Still Image: 4000 x 3000 (Large), 3264 x 2448 (Medium 1), 2592 x 1944 (Medium 2), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 4000 x 2248 (Widescreen), Low Light 1600 x 1200

    Back to TopNumber of Recordable Images

    Image data

     Large (L)Medium 1 (M1)Medium 2 (M2)Medium 3 (M3)
    File Size (KB)3,0841,4742,0609801,395695558278

      Small (S)Widescreen (W)
    File Size (KB)150842,3111,105

    Back to TopTime of Recordable Movies

    Movie data

      Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap
    640 x 480320 x 240
    30 fps30 fps LP30 fps
    Movie size (KB/sec.)1,932972672
    4GB32 min. 26 sec. 1 hr. 2 min. 51 sec. 1 hr. 31 min. 25 sec.
    16GB 2 hr. 12 min. 50 sec. 4 hr. 17 min. 23 sec. 6 hr. 14 min. 23 sec.
    Note: N=Normal F=Fine
    Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon™'s standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

    Back to TopPlayback Specifications

    Playback Modes File
    - Easy, Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Resume Playback, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Jump, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)

    - Still Images: Single, Index, Magnification, Trimming, Resize, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning

    - Movies: Normal Playback*, Editing, slow motion **, pause, first frame, last frame, next frame, previous frame, fast forward, fast rewind* Auto settings available in 5 levels

    ** 5 levels (including normal playback), sound not available.

    Back to TopErasing Specifications

    Erase Modes
    Still Image: single image, select range, all images

    Movie: any movie file

    Back to TopInterfaces

    Computer Interface
    USB 2.0 Hi-Speed USB (dedicated female connector with unified type of digital, audio and video)

    Video Out

    Audio Out

    Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

    Power Source
    Battery Pack NB-8L, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC60

    Shooting Capacity
    Approx. 240 shots

    Playback Time
    Approx. 6 hours. *LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

    Back to TopPhysical Specifications

    Operating Temperature
    32-104 °F/0-40 °C

    Operating Humidity

    Dimensions (W x H x D)
    3.83 x 2.29 x 1.11 in./97.2 x 58.2 x 28.1

    Approx. 5.47 oz./155g (camera, including batteries and memory card)

    26 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi)

    All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.

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