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The Canon Powershot A4000 IS is a compact camera with a 16 megapixel sensor, 8x optical zoom lens and 3 inch screen on the back. It's available in a number of colours and features a metal body.
- 16 megapixel sensor
- 8x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 28-224mm (in 35mm terms)
- Optical image stabilisation
- 3inch screen, 230k dots
- Smart Auto (32 scenes)
- Built in help button
- 720p video with sound
- ISO100 to ISO1600
- 1cm macro mode
- Available in blue, silver, red, and pink
Handling - The camera fits easily into small pockets and has a two toned metal body. The camera also has dedicated video and help buttons. There is little front or rear grip so use of the hand-strap is recommended. The buttons felt a little small at times, but build quality feels good with a solid metal body.
Menus – The menus are well designed and easy to use with each section being colour coded. Pressing the Func button lets you choose what mode you want, then all the photo options are overlaid on the screen. Pressing the menu button brings you to the Record/Setup/Playback/Print menus.
Battery life - Battery life is rated at 175 shots according to CIPA standards, we managed to take 130 photos as well as 27 minutes of video before the battery went flat. If you like taking a lot of shots, then a spare battery is recommended.
Speed - We tested each camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Canon A4000 IS||Panasonic TZ25|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4||0.15|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3||0.3|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.0||1.6|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||2.5||0.6|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||4.7||1.2|
|Continuous Shooting (JPEG)||0.5fps||10fps (4 shots)|
Continuous AF Shooting (JPEG)
Continuous 3 megapixels
Continuous 2.5 megapixels
5fps (5 shots)
40fps (40 shots)
60fps (30 shots)
|Continuous Shooting (with Flash)||2.8||2fps (5 shots, 3m)|
Focus speed and shutter response is quick, however the other features tested are quite slow.
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Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/3.5 | 10.5 mm | ISO 100
Thoresby Hall | 1/1250 sec | f/3.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Water | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 17.9 mm | ISO 100
Hot chocolate macro with flash | 1/60 sec | f/3.5 | 11.1 mm | ISO 125
Sample Photos - The camera has good flash performance, although there is some red-eye visible. Colour is good, with good skin tones.
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Lens test images
Wide | 1/1000 sec | f/3.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/5.9 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100
Trees | 1/200 sec | f/3.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro 1/4 sec | f/3.2 | 5.8 mm | ISO 100
Lens test images - There is very little barrel and pincushion distortion, with no vignetting noticed. There was some purple fringing in the shot of the trees above and some chromatic abberation (CA) in the shots of Thoresby Hall at both wide and telephoto zoom. The macro mode lets you shoot with the subject roughly 1cm from the front of lens, it's also possible to zoom slightly to get even closer. Detail is good, particularly in the centre of the image. Exposure is very good, and colour is excellent.
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS ISO test images
1/8 sec | f/4.0 | 16.9 mm | ISO 100
1/15 sec | f/4.0 | 16.9 mm | ISO 200
1/30 sec | f/4.0 | 16.9 mm | ISO 400
1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 16.9 mm | ISO 800
1/125 sec | f/4.0 | 16.9 mm | ISO 1600
1/20 sec | f/4.0 | 16.9 mm | ISO 2000
ISO Noise Performance - At ISO100 noise is visible but not excessive, with more being noticeable at ISO200. At ISO400 noise becomes much stronger with black and white dots appearing and at ISO800 detail and colour are lost. Again at ISO1600, detail is further lost, and this setting is best avoided. A low light scene mode is available that reduces the resolution and allows higher ISO settings, this can be useful in very poor light.
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten Light | 1/15 sec | f/3.2 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
Tungsten Preset | 1/13 sec | f/3.2 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
AWB Fluorescent Light | 1/5 sec | f/3.2 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent Preset | 1/4 sec | f/3.2 | 8.0 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Auto white balance (AWB) produces warm results under tungsten light with the tungsten preset giving very good performance. AWB under fluorescent light gives very good results with the fluorescent preset producing good results. Under mixed light the AWB performs well with neutral results.
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Digital filters
Live control 1/30 sec | f/3.5 | 9.8 mm | ISO 400
Fisheye 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 6.7 mm | ISO 400
Super Vivid 1/30 sec | f/3.5 | 9.8 mm | ISO 400
Monochrome 1/30 sec | f/3.5 | 9.8 mm | ISO 400
Toycam 1/30 sec | f/3.5 | 9.8 mm | ISO 400
Poster Effect 1/30 sec | f/3.5 | 9.8 mm | ISO 400
Digital Filters - There are a number of scene modes and creative modes, including low light, fish-eye, miniature, toy camera, monochrome, super vivid, poster effect, snow, fireworks, long shutter (up to 15 seconds), discreet, as well as live view control allowing you to change between dark/light, neutral/vivid and cool/warm. A panoramic mode isn't available.
Video - The camera records 720p videos with sound, but optical zoom is not available while recording.
Value For MoneyThe Canon Powershot A4000 IS is available for £139, this makes it reasonable value for money - however alternatives are available for less, including the Olympus VR-340 with 10x zoom for £105, the Panasonic Lumix SZ1 with 10x zoom for £144, and the Olympus SH-21 with 12.5x zoom and Full HD video for £159. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
The Canon Powershot A4000 IS' strengths lie in its image quality, with excellent colour, exposure, and good levels of detail. Macro performance is also very good for a compact camera. Although chromatic abberations and purple fringing can be seen in areas of high contrast.
However, it's in the finer details where the camera starts to disappoint, particularly as you can't use optical zoom on videos, it also lacks an automatic panoramic mode which is now the norm on a lot of cameras, the screen resolution is low at 230k dots, and generally there is very little to make this stand out compared to the competition.
Canon Powershot A4000 IS Pros8x optical zoom lens
Compact metal body
Excellent macro mode
Optical zoom not available on videos
Canon Powershot A4000 IS Cons
Lacks panoramic mode
Low resolution screen
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Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 224mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Box Contents||No Data|