Once in a while it would be nice to have a digital camera handy. I still have my old casio exilim, but I hate using it. Since I sold the Digital Rebel to Steve and bought all sorts of film gear, I was left without anything digital. What I wanted was something small enough to take everywhere, but not so small that it’s hard to handle. I wanted a simple point and shoot but with manual options, just in case. After much research, I settled on the Canon A80.
After about 6 hours with the camera, here’s what I like…
Solid construction. They actually used metal to make this thing, and it’s heavy enough to feel like it won’t fall apart if I squeeze it too hard.
Reasonable shutter lag. I can live with the lag, especially if prefocussing.
Controls are nicely arranged. I don’t expect to accidently push the wrong button too often.
The lens is pretty fast – f2.8 at the wide end.
The rotatable LCD has already come in handy
What I don’t like so far…
The LCD is way too small. This won’t always be a problem, since I usually use the optical viewfinder anyway.
Highest ISO is 400, although I’ve heard that it’s actually more like 800.
Lotsa noise at higher ISO settings. The Rebel blows this outta the water
After a few test shots, it’s showing a tendency to blow out highlights easily, and there is evidence of “purple fringing” – see below.
Shot of Zim against bright sun