Photographers of all levels appreciate a camera especially a go-anywhere compact digital that takes the hassle out of capturing beautiful images. The PowerShot A1400 gives you Smart AUTO sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture when shooting still images. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.
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.
Digital IS The camera digitally corrects image blur by analyzing the subject prior to choosing the best correction method.
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.
Movie Record video; unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
I bought this camera a couple of days ago to replace my older point and shoot camera. For me it was hard to read the box to see what was inside. The store clerk opened the box. Having no usb cable or card was not a problem, because the quality was put into the camera and not the accessories. The first picture I took was of a gridded piece of paper to check for lens distortion and there was none worth mentioning. I then took indoor and outdoor pictures and am very pleased with the quality. I needed a point and shoot camera as a companion for my DSLR and this one fits the bill perfectly. I really like the viewfinder.
Some of the comments have been in relation to battery life, I've taken about 40 pictures with the batteries that came with the camera and no problems. I'll be getting the NiMH batteries when it's time to replace these. I do wish the startup manual went into a little more detail, but having the downloaded pdf was just what I need, because I'd lose a paper copy or not have it with me when I needed it.
The only drawback I've seen with the camera is when I use a full zoom, the viewfinder doesn't line up with the photo I'm taking. The LCD screen lines up, but the viewfinder photo's are low and to the right, which is why I gave the camera 4 stars and not 5.
I'm looking forward to taking many great pictures with this camera for a long time.
April 28, 2014
Good, with the right light
This camera is really good in bright sunlight. The shutter speed is good, and it's very clear and sharp. If you are planning to take pictures inside or in low light, do not buy. It will be grainy and a low shutter speed. The setting are easy to use, but can be tricky to get just right.
March 29, 2014
Just bought it and love it
After doing much research on websites, I went to a store yesterday and bought this camera. I wanted one that uses REGULAR AA batteries - not rechargeable - have only used it for several indoor and outdoor pictures so far, and got very good results. I really like the way it feels in my hand. I had a Canon A570 for 6 years and it died 5 days ago. This new one is much lighter and smaller. I wish it came in more colors than black; and my biggest complaint is that I was led to believe that it came with an instruction manual, which it does not. I'd like to try some of the features mentioned in the information on line, but don't know how to access them.
March 21, 2014
Problem with battery notification
This camera takes great photos, but it only takes about 50 photos before the low battery light comes on. After about 100 photos it no longer works due to low battery. However when I test the batteries, they are still good. Only Alkaline batteries work; others last for about 5 photos. I read one other review that reported this problem, but haven't seen a solution. I guess I need to send it in to see what's wrong.
February 1, 2014