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I agreed to buying a new camera on the grounds that it was easy to use, small enough to fit easily into my pocket and wouldn't be outdated within the next 2 years. After several months of comparing cameras and asking friends about theirs, we settled on the Canon PowerShot A2000 IS. It has filled all my inital criteria and really impressed me with all the added features you can use without any real photography knowledge.The dial on top of the camera makes it simple to choose which setting you'd like and although I usually leave it on Auto, I have tried the others on more than one occasion. Simple ideas like the photo rotating to landscape or portrait depending on the position you are holding the camera in makes it much easy to appreciate the quality of the photo you've taken. The video aspect of this camera is also impressive and has made my Sony Camcorder almost redundent, although you will need a large memory card if you're planning on taking a lot of video footage with it. All in all this is a fantastic camera!
I bought my Canon Powershot A2000 IS in January of this year, as I wanted a decent quality digital camera before my trip to Rome in February. Canon is a name synonymous with quality when it comes to cameras, and the A2000 doesn't disappoint!
Firstly let's get the negatives out the way. I've heard several grumbles that the A2000 isn't the best looking digital camera, and I have to agree. It has a fairly dull grey and dark blue colour scheme and has a more plastic feel than other Canon models (the IXUS range for example). Also, some people will also always complain that it's inconvenient that the camera takes 2 x AA batteries rather than a rechargeable Li-ion battery (which comes as standard with many digital cameras). This works fine for me however as i'm terrible at remembering to charge things so I always carry some spare AA batteries and I know that at vital times (weddings etc) the camera won't die on me! I have to also agree with some of the other reviewers on here that the manual settings are a little limited on this camers, meaning basically that you have to stick to the 13 or so shooting modes the camera has (although all these work well as stated below.
The auto shooting mode is idiot proof (really is as simple as point and click) and yields high quality/sharp results. The other settings (e.g. kids and pets/landscape/fireworks) all do exactly what they say on the tin and produce high quality images. The image stabilization funtion on the camera also means that you won't get any ghost-like blurs in your pictures.
The 6 x optical zoom on this camera is fantastic. Don't go beyond it though as then the digital zoom kick in leaving images grainy. This however is the case with most digital cameras, so don't let that put you off. The camera also has a high maximum ISO setting which you can change accordingly to the lighting conditions that you're working with. Face-detection also works well. One other important note, the video setting is great and the camera has a decent quality built in microphone for picking up sound.
In short, the picture quality you get from this camera is superior to the vast majority of digital cameras out there, and works well as a stop gap between a compact digital camera and a full blown DSLR. A great little camera which is a bit of an ugly ducking but delivers on picture quality.
The Canon A2000 IS looks rather dull and boring, it lacks the spark that a camera needs to have when you pick up and use it. The chosen colour tones don't really give an interesting contrast, therefore those that are fashion conscious might find it like a plague. However, for those who don't care about aesthetic appearances, it is quite a decent camera.
In terms of weight, this camera is heavier than average. Despite this, the camera's size is still compact enough to carry around. The camera also has quite a powerful zoom, with up to 6x zoom that is enough to zoom over a reasonable distance, which is handy if you are creative and like to explorer new ways of capturing images. A powerful zoom alone does not mean a camera will be great, therefore this camera also has an image stabiliser that helps you to capture sharp photographs when taking them in a distance.
The camera has a rather high ISO setting which is up to 3200, however you would need to make a compromise by setting the resolution to 2 megapixels which is not a huge problem. But the image is still slightly disappointing, with noise appearing as a result of using the camera in poor lighting conditions.
Being a compact camera, it does not give you much control over settings in terms of being able to fine tune the values of manual focusing, shuttle speed or aperture. This is not a disaster, but it would limit your ability to get really creative with taking photos in a demanding way.
There are thirteen different scene modes that give you the ability to quickly find the mode that adapts best to your shooting conditions. This type of settings are useful if you are the type that does not enjoy spending too much time changing the settings continuously before taking a single photo.
The camera's auto focus is quite well suited for the job, which means you won't have to worry about photos being blur or missing the clarity that you seek. Furthermore, the face detection feature makes it possible to enhance the photo even further without having to mess around with manual settings.
The shutter is quite fast, which means you won't need to sit around waiting in disbelief when you just missed the photo opportunity of a lifetime. The flash is quite powerful with an equal distribution of light to most rooms, it is also not to strong, as to make the image too bring.
The camera's battery stamina is quite good, providing quite a high number of photos before needing a charge. As a whole, you'll be impressed by the quality of the images captured with good colour accuracy and a good dynamic range. The high resolution makes it possible to enlarge the photographs to be printed without having any distortion in quality.
Canon's Powershot range aims to encapsulate high quality photos through intelligent deisgn features. The Canon Powershot A2000 is no exception to this. The camera packs a punch of over 10 megapixels, with an optical zoom of 6x. The camera itself weighs little more than 230g inclusive of an SD card and two AA batteries.
The camera's greatest feature is certainly the 6x optical zoom. The zoom is responsive and works intelligently with the image stabilisation technology to ensure photos are sharp and clear. The zoom is operated via a zoom wheel. To operate the user slides clockwise to zoom in or anti clockwise to zoom out. This means that the zoom and shutter are all operated on the same dial.
Canon market the camera as affordable and simple due to its "easy mode." This effectively means the ISO (cameras sensitivity to light) and shutter speed are automatically regulated. This produces photos of the highest quality in all different settings irrespective of lighting. The canon also has a 9 point focus sensor. This sensor allows the camera up to nine points of focus in a shot, ensuring for example, that faces and people are always in focus.
The LCD screen is a large 3" and allows photos to be viewed live before taking and again after it has been taken. It is worth noting that intense sunlight can make viewing photos on the screen difficult. The screen also displays icons in the corners to illustrate exactly which modes are active on the camera.
As well as the so called "easy mode", the camera allows the more experienced photographer to manually change settings such as the ISO to create the desired shot. Other modes have been specifically set up for optimised portrait, night time and sunset photography.
In conclusion, battery life is good although it is worth while investing in some good rechargeable batteries. The camera is fully functional within two seconds of being turned on and takes around two seconds between shots. This camera is clearly very competitive for the price, boasting all the standard features along with many others, yet maintaining a sense of refined simplicity. Having owned other digital cameras, I highly recommend this Canon due to its great image quality at a really good price.
I have never owned one like this but a friend of mine does. When I first saw it, I knew that there was more to what meets the eye!
The form of this camera is simple enough in the dressing elegant silver color, but effective, modern and dynamic.The relatively small size is good enough to be kept in the pocket or in a small pouch.
This PowerShot A2000 IS is mostly said to be very easy to use and to get professional quality photos with. Not really surprising as Canon is know for it's great quality!
It's features include a 3 inch LCD, a 6x Optical Zoom with an Optical Image Stabilizer, a DIGIC III Image Processor, ISO and Macro settings along with many more practical picture taking features.
This camera has a wide range of face detection, red-eye correction, and motion detection.
Overall, the good design and capacity of this camera are plus factors.