As stated before, this is a 14.1 Mega pixel camera which is pretty high res - especially to a person who mostly uses their mobile phone to take quick pics. There are many of these compact cameras that are being made with nothing under 11 Mega pixels, so the market is starting to standardize this resolution size. It is good for those of us who have family members who always wants us to provide them with physical prints and at a reasonable size. I tend to just transfer to my computer and upload to Facebook, until the older generation steps in.
Until recently, I always paid attention to Mega pixels when I am looking at a camera, but not usually much else. I have begun to realized that a wide angled view camera gets more of the scenery in the picture than a regular camera would. So, the Canon Powershot A3200 IS not only works great for taking pictures of people and things, but also the background and surrounding environment with its 28mm wide-angle lens and the added 5X optical zoom.
If you decide to go all out and utilize the full 5X zoom, you will be happy to know that the camera is also equipped with an optical Image Stabilizer so that the picture does not come out completely blurry. This feature helps if the lighting conditions are less than perfect. You should also utilize the accompanying auto feature that will select the one of the 32 scenes for providing the most appropriate settings for the picture that you wish to take. Additionally, the face detection button that I mentioned earlier can detect as much as 35 faces in one shot. This is great for focusing group pictures. If you are unclear about what some of the features on the camera does, you can always make use of the hints and tips feature to get an idea…no need to consult the manual.
The screen of the camera isn't actually big for the size of the camera, but I certainly can’t complain when I scroll back through the pictures taken or playback a video. The screen provides sharp images (given that sharp images were taken) and I know exactly what my pictures and videos are going to look like before I transfer them to my PC.
If you are more into shooting videos than taking pictures, you will be happy to know that you can shoot videos in High Definition with its 720p video capture. The image stabilizer that I mentioned earlier also helps with shooting videos so that if you have shaky hands like me, your videos won’t always come out looking as if you were running during every recording.
There is one additional feature that I must mention, and that is the Lithium Ion battery. The reason I go out of my way to talk about this feature, is due to the fact that some persons see it as a blessing and others as a curse. The blessing? No need for AA or AAA batteries that won’t last very long and are not economical to keep buying - especially if you are on a long trip. The curse? If your Lithium Ion battery runs out while you are on that trip, that’s the end of documentation.