Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Review, Sample Images, Photos, Camera Testing in NYC

The new Canon PowerShot A3400 IS is the middle member of the new upper-range Canon A series family sandwiched between the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS and Canon PowerShot A2400 IS. The three cameras share many similar features including a 16 megapixel image senor, a 28mm wide-angle lens, optical image stabilizer, 720p HD video capture, a dedicated movie button, Intelligent IS, a help button, various scene modes and Smart AUTO mode. Although their similarities are vast, the PowerShot A3400 IS differences include its less desirable feature - the 5x optical zoom (whereas the A4000 IS comes with an 8x optical zoom) while it's claim to fame is it's bright 3.0" wide touch panel LCD screen.

 Below is a sample image taken with the new PowerShot A3400 IS on Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode.

Although 5x optical zoom doesn't sound like a large distance, the sample image below was taken standing from the same position on Intelligent Auto (iA) mode. The image to the left is using no optical zoom and the image on the right is using full 5x optical zoom. The image quality remains clear and the distance is still rather impressive.

Below are some sample images taken on the various scene/special scene select modes the Canon PowerShot A3400 IS offers.

Fisheye Mode

Toy Camera Mode

Miniature Effect Mode

Miniature Effect Mode

Live View Control Mode

Vivid Color Mode

Poster Effect Mode

Monochrome - B&W Mode

Monochrome - Sepia Mode

Monochrome - Blue Mode

Low Light Mode Image 01

Low Light Mode Image 02

Macro Mode + Program Mode

Macro Mode + Vivid Color Mode

Macro Mode

Macro Mode + Poster Effect

Shooting Modes / Special Scene Modes
Smart AUTO:The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity
Program:The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions
Live View Control:Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls
Portrait:Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background
Face Self-Timer:The camera waits for a face to enter the frame before releasing the shutter
Low-Light:For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly lit situations
Fisheye Effect:Now you can get the fisheye effect - a classic photographic distortion - without a fisheye lens
Miniature Effect:Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image
Toy Camera Effect:Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect
Monochrome:Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue
Super Vivid:Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors
Poster Effect:Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts
Snow:Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint
Fireworks:Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks
Long Shutter:Use to blur moving subjects for artistic effect, ideal for urban night photography
Discreet Mode:Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting - so you can capture images in quiet areas
iFrame Movie:The Apple movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality 
Shooting Modes
Auto, P, Live View Control, Portrait, Face Self-timer, Low-Light, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Discreet, iFrame Movie
Gorgeous HD Video From Your Camera
You can shoot high definition video anytime, anywhere right from the pocket-sized A3400 IS digital camera. With a simple push of the dedicated movie button, you'll be able to instantly record every moment in motion. 720p HD video is smooth, vivid, and beautifully lifelike, making it an ideal way to capture special memories. In addition to being able to shoot 720p HD video at 25 frames per second, the PowerShot A3400 IS can also shoot 640 x 480 VGA video at 30 frames per second
Dedicated Movie Button for Easy Video Capture
It's never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. To make shooting video as natural as snapping pictures, the PowerShot A3400 IS has a dedicated movie button. No need to plan ahead, no need to search through menus on the LCD screen; when you feel a moment would be best captured in 720p HD, simply press the button and recording begins. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want
With the PowerShot A3400 IS digital camera, you can also shoot video in the Apple iFrame format, which is a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions
High Resolution, Highly Advanced Performance
With the camera's 16.0 megapixels of resolution, your images are rich and clear, with textures and tiny details faithfully reproduced even at the long end of the 5x Optical Zoom. This high level of resolution is ideal for creating the largest prints, and allows you the flexibility to blow up and crop any section of an image to express your creativity. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor powers the camera's advanced systems and features, ensuring fast, reliable performance with low battery consumption
DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor has ushered in a new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, HD video and Face Detection Self-timer
Zoom in on Wider, Steadier Shots
The 5x Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm) in PowerShot A3400 IS digital camera delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. It gives you a great range of potential images from a single location, which is perfect for sporting events and other occasions when your shooting stance is fixed, or times when moving in too close might disrupt the action you're trying to capture. The lens's 28mm wide-angle perspective puts more image in every frame for dynamic, exciting shots
Optical Image Stabilizer
Handheld shooting can often lead to camera shake, making photos and videos blurry. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer is a sophisticated system that uses lens-shift technology to correct for unwanted camera movement. It makes handheld photography more practical, providing excellent image quality in many difficult shooting situations: outdoors at dusk, inside without a flash, and even at the telephoto end of the zoom range without a tripod. For photos, it enables shooting at slower shutter speeds, accommodating more low-light shooting situations than ever before without having to boost ISO sensitivity. With camera shake and vibration reduced, you get a sharper, steadier image. And because it is an optical system, there is none of the image degradation typical with electronic image stabilizers
A Steady Image is a Beautiful Image
The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image
Help You Won't Need Help to Find
The PowerShot A3400 IS digital camera is designed to be fun and easy to use, even for beginners. A new Help Button on the camera's exterior brings up the help menu any time you need it, right on the LCD screen. From here, you can scroll through a variety of topics that answer your questions with clear explanations, offer helpful shooting advice, and show you diagrams highlighting the position of any buttons you'll need
More Ways to Get Creative
Scene Modes are fun, easy ways to give your shots a distinctly artistic feel without the need for any extra lenses and filters. Super Vivid heightens and saturates colors for eye-popping intensity. Poster Effect eliminates gradations between colors for an illustrative feel. Miniature Effect enhances perspective in a scene, blurring the top and bottom to make it look as if it were created with miniature models. You can also make a quirky portrait using the Fisheye Effect or add a beautiful single-tone effect with Monochrome. Toy Camera Effect simulates a vintage look as it capturing the photo using a "toy" or pinhole camera
Charge Up and Go!
The Canon PowerShot A3400 IS digital camera uses a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. This compact, powerful battery helps make it a lightweight and slim camera. Charge-up is quick and easy, so the PowerShot A3400 IS will be ready and waiting for those special moments
30 Display Languages Provided
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Ukrainian, Malaysian, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Vietnamese, and Japanese

Playback Mode File

Still Images and Movies:Discreet, Auto Rotate, Transition
Effects (Off, Slide, Fade), Rotate, Search Jump (Shot Date, 10 images,
100 images, Movies, Still Images), Slideshow 

Still Images:Single,
Index (4-100 Thumbnails), Magnification (Approx. 2x-10x), Information
Display, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Resume Playback, Red-Eye
Correction, i-Contrast, Resize

Videos:Normal Playback,
Pause, Slow Motion, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip
Forward, Resume Playback, Displays playback position and shooting time

For pricing and availability, you can go to our Canon PowerShot A3400 IS product page or visit the H and B Digital storefront location in
Midtown, Manhattan. 

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