Canon PowerShot A4000IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera
Canon is known for their top-notch compact cameras; the A4000 IS is their top-of-the-line A-Series camera. The A4000 IS features a 16-megapixel CCD sensor, 720/30p video capture, a 28mm wide-angle lens, and 8x zoom with optical image stabilization. The zoom is a stand-out feature, being more than the 5x zoom offered in the rest of Canon's A-Series cameras. This is all housed in a metal (as opposed to plastic) body, and the easy-to-use Canon menus are visible on the fairly standard 3-inch LCD screen.
As an entry-level camera, the A4000 IS does default to automatic mode and offers only very basic manual controls, but it is very easy to use; even more so for those already familiar with Canon's menus. The A4000 IS captures sharp photos of good quality considering the price. Though some image detail is lost in an effort to keep noise low at high ISOs and zoom is limited to digital-only during video recording, this is a great "day tripper" camera for those looking for a cheap, functional camera that can go everywhere and is easy to use. While performance is on the slow side, it's far from bad. Overall, the Canon A4000 IS is a solid choice for those looking for a simple and affordable camera.