29 August 2013

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Digital Camera: Hands On [Review]

Captured moments with photos are indeed an unusual and beautiful experience. But, these moments are eventually be faded and be forgotten as years gone by. Thus, we need to capture a single piece of evidence created by a camera or a photo. This is a necessary backup of such beautiful moments. 

Also, we should take note that smartphones or cellphones upgrade to somewhat more alike with full-packed & featured Cameras.

One of these gadgets is this Samsung Camera, Is it a camera or a phone? I am still doubtful if it is really a camera that has a phone featured or phone that has a full-featured camera. With the fast breath-taking pace technology, these gadgets tend to become better and full of feature.

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But more likely nowadays #selfie pictorials?
Just recently, I bought this Canon PowerShot A3400 IS with my blogging earnings, especially with Google Adsense. Well, I really need this camera for my reviews and hobbies. I know it is not really that great compared to DSLR or other cameras. But you might be wrong about its impression(Well, it is really useful with simple shots – which I thought I just need it most). 

By the way, this is my first review with Cameras, though, I know some photography and camera techniques I guess I have the knowledge(slight about it) to make this one. Honestly, sad to say, I couldn't compare other models that much.

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS
Introduction: Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

At first glance  – depends on the color – it really looks professional and user-friendly. Canon PowerShot A3400 IS is a great sample of Image Stabilizer digital camera. 

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS has:
    1. high 16MP CCD image sensor
    2. zoom lens up to 5x IS
    3. wide lens ranging from 5.0 - 25.00mm 1:2.8-6.9
    4. 3inch of touch screen LCD display with Touch Shutter & AF functionality;
    5. and packed with presets of effects.
Here you may find part names:
  • Tripod socket(right for more stable shots – well maybe for professional modeling shots)
  • Screen LCD touch monitor
  • Audio/Video (AV) output / Digital Terminal
  • 720p HD video recorder
  • Live preview(playback) button
  • Menu (Settings)
  • Macro/Auto/Light/Display/Auto/Erase settings
  • Function Settings Button
  • Power saving feature
See another post: Comparison SLR, DSLR, and DSLT
  • Lens(25mm)
  • Zoom Level
  • Lamp/Speaker/flash/power button
  • Strap mount(used to protect from accident fall)
  • DC coupler cable port
  • 4GB SD Card
  • Flat Lithium Battery

There are many colors to choose from Red, Blue, Black, Silver, and Gold. But here, I actually want black. This is quite common, but it actually looks professional. Silver is real, but it has some similar models. Red colors sound like a real TOY. Blue and Gold is unique, but it did not attract my attention.

The front display does look it a user-friendly camera. Of course, with exploration, it is indeed an user-friendly camera. However, I have a problem with its lens. When I turned it ON, well zoomed out – and if you are clumsy, then you may hit damage the camera.

At the side of the camera, it has standards, rules, and guides. This is quite very useful under the circumstances. Though it was difficult to figure out what it does, with some research, you could certainly make it a guide.
  • For CE logo, it means The CE marking or formerly EC mark, is a mandatory conformity marking for products sold in the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1993.
  • PCT means Russian Standard similar to ISO.

Below the camera, you see a tripod socket and SD card/battery placement. So if you want to put SD card or charge your battery. You will find it below.

At the right side of the camera (facing LCD monitor), you will see strap mount(used to protect from fall accident)and AV out/Digital(this is where you could transfer images to a computer or lappy.

Now, at the back facing, this is all the FUN begins. It starts with a simple shot with customized and chosen effects(ISO, lights, Preset effects, Lightning ). You could touch to select settings but if you have a hard time pressing on it. You could also use, stylus.


Lens Focal Length: 5x zoom (25mm)
LCD Monitor: 3 type color TFT touch-screen panel
File format: JPEG, DPOF compliant
Interfaces: USB, AV Output, Audio Output
Power: Battery Pack 11-L
Dimension: 94.4x56.3x21.3 mm

Shutter Speed
  • Low light: approx. 2.7shots/sec
  • Program: approx. 0.8shots/sec
  • Auto: 1-1/2000sec
  • Shooting modes: 15-1/2000 sec
Number of shots/ Recording Time /Playback time
  • Number of shots: 180
  • Movie Recording time: approx. 50mins
  • Continuous shooting: Approx. 1hr 30mins
  • Playback time
Number of shots per Memory Card
  • Large - 16M for 8GB 1903 shots
  • Medium1 - 8M 8GB 3721 shots
  • Medium - 4M 8GB 6638 shots
  • Medium2 - 2M 8GB 12927 shots
  • Small - 0.3M 8GB 40937
  • Widescreen - *4608x2592* 8GB 2531 shots
Flash Range
  • Wide Angle: 50cm-3m
  • Telephoto: 1-2m
  • f/2.8 / f/7.9 (W), f/20(T)
System Requirements
  • Minimum of 500MB Free Hard Disk
  • Windows XP, 7, Vista
  • Processor: 1.6 Ghz
Effect Presets

  • Program
  • Live View Control
  • Portrait
  • Face self-timer
  • Low Light
  • Fish-eye effect
  • Miniature effect
  • Toy camera
  • Monochrome
  • Super Vivid
  • Poster Effect
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Long Shutter
  • Discreet
  • iFrame Movie

The very best thing I got were its accessories.  But I bought Adapter for the charger. Package contents are items included:

  • Of course, CAMERA
  • Battery Pack NB-11L (terminal white cover): 4.2V DC, 0.41 ampere, Input: 100-240 V AC(50/60Hz)
  • Battery Charger CB2LD/CB2LDE
  • Wire for the charger (it has no adapter)
  • Stylus (black and small)
  • FREE 4GB SD card( For 1280 Image Quality - It could create 49 mins of recording file, 640 for 1hr and 28 mins)
  • Interface Cable IFC 400 PCU ( used to transfer photos to computer )
  • Wrist Strap (Protect from accidentally fall)
  • Canon Digital Driver CD installer with Ultimate PDF guide
  • White Box with paper cellophane for camera
  • Black Camera Protector casing

WIFI connectivity

It is not Supported!

While Canon updated its PowerShot models, A3400 IS is not included. The superb thing about it is to bring a camera to WI-FI connectivity and could transfer images thru with it. Additionally, some models has a featured-Facebook(for sharing Images and Videos)

Availability and Price

It is available in all Canon stores. It has different colors: Red, Blue, Black, Silver, and Gold. The original price of this camera is P7,000.00, but I bought it for P6,000.00 only. I have a discount because of the Fiesta sale. 

Thus, for this package + presets + packed features and the price, I could say, this is really worth to have. But if you want to experience more cool pieces of stuff and higher performance then try DSLR.

Sample Outputs
No filter and modification
Low Light
Higher ISO
I am not quite sure if I'm gonna do some #selfies or I am a newbie photographer to my friends -_-

Next: I'm gonna do some Photoshop edits and modifications soon. :)

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