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Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Digital Camera Review$199.99
Speed and Timing
The Canon A4000 IS not a camera predicated upon speed. That's a good thing, because in the animal kingdom the A4000 IS would not be long for this world. If you'd like a camera that will let you hold down the shutter button and ponder the wonders of the universe with only an occasional interruption to take a photo, then the A4000 IS is for you. The camera's low light shooting option does up continuous to a little over 2fps,
The A4000 IS offers two shooting settings: single and continuous. The mode can be selected through the camera's function menu, and is signified by either a single frame or multiple frames laid on top of one another. The continuous speed is rated at just 0.8fps by Canon (2.8fps in low light mode), and we found that to be pretty close in testing the camera.
The A4000 IS managed a continuous shooting speed of just 0.7fps over five shots, putting it among the slower cameras in the class. It is, however, right around the claimed speed of 0.8fps, and the camera did not seem to have any upper capacity. This means you can sit there and record JPEGS all day. It won't take a lot of pictures in a short period of time, however, so fast-moving action is probably not the A4000 IS's strong suit.
The A4000 IS includes a moderate level of timer functionality, with the standard two- and ten-second delays along with a custom option. The custom setting lets you tell the camera to take up to ten shots after a delay of up to 30 seconds. You can't use it for much interval timing, however, because the selected delay applies only to the first shot, each subsequent shot is taken at just a one-second interval.