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I bought this camera as probably my first grown up camera. I saw it on offer at Curry's and got a really good deal with quite a large discount. I purchased the camera in red and I love the shade of red its very stylish looking. The camera itself is a good size too and the shape is attractive. All in all this is an aesthetically pleasing camera and not one you would be too embarrassed to pull out at any photo opportunity.
The camera itself does not have inbuilt memory so I did have to purchase a memory card separately, however the sales assistant told me this and as the memory cards were fairly cheap I still thought this was a good deal.
Ok so now to the performance. Its quite an easy camera to use, you can pretty much work out how it works by playing around with it for a while, and as i'm a complete beginner to photography this is a good thing. Next to taking the photos themselves. I found this to be a good camera to take everyday shots with, the images come out very sharp and the zoom function, although not top of the range, allows you to zoom in 5x which I have used quite a lot in my more landscape photos. Photographs of people and pets have come out particularly well using this camera. I have actually had one of the photos I took of my dog blown up into a canvas because it came out so well.
You can also shoot video with this camera. The quality too is pretty impressive. I have shot a few short vids with it, although naturally they do take up more space on the memory card so if you plan to take a lot of these then it is preferable to get a memory card with larger storage capabilities.
The back screen is a really good size and you simply tap the screen to capture the photo. The camera has an automatic function which adjusts to the best camera settings for the conditions so this too is very useful for a beginner, and has allowed me to come out with some really good shots that I may not have otherwise been able to achieve on my own.
All in all I am very pleased with this camera. I love the way it looks and performs and the price tag was very reasonable too. For me it is pretty much perfect and I bought myself a little camera pouch to put it in and I usually pop it in my handbag when I go out anywhere, so it is ready to hand should a good photo opportunity arise. In addition my dad who is much more experienced with cameras and a keen photographer also rates this camera!
The Canon PowerShot A2300 is a rather slick, attractive and very able camera, grabbing sharp 16-megapixel photos, boasting a 5x zoom range and being quick off the mark. However, it isn't as perfect as it first appears. Whilst it's compact, its high ISO performance isn't quite up to scratch, as there is very little in the way of photo stabilisation and anything beyond taking a photo is limited. There are much better cameras available, and for not much more money either. For example, the A2400 IS is almost identical and yet offers a better selection of options - the stabilisation is top notch.
This model isn't a write off though. The camera features a solid metal body that feels better than the plastic enclosures found on similar budget cameras, and it's size benefits it greatly. It's only 2.1 by 3.7 by 0.8 inches in size and weighs a modest 4.4ozs. The 5x zoom lens covers a 28-140mm focal range and has an f/2.8 aperture at the wide end, capable of letting in plenty of light. However, if you're looking for a considerably longer range, look for an alternative model. Taking the price into consideration, the speed of the A2300 is impressive. Combine this with the sharpness of the camera's lens and you've got yourself a reasonable camera.
If you're looking for a decent camera on a budget, the A2300 is good investment. However, if you can afford to stretch the budget a little further, we'd recommend the A2400 instead for the reasons mentioned briefly above.
What is it?
The A2300 is one of Canon's powershot range of compact cameras.
While not the most stylish, this camera isn't ugly. In size it's a little bigger than a credit card and about 1cm deep. the back half of the camera is black and the front half comes in a variety of colours such as black, silver, pink and blue, while the lens is a silver colour.
The screen on the rear is 2.7" which is on the smaller side of average nowadays, none the less it is perfectly big enough to see properly and the buttons are all arranged to the right of the LCD - they're large and well labelled. While turned off the camera lens is recessed into the body of the camera, but springs forth when turned on.
The plastic casing is reasonable - you can tell it's not an expensive camera from the feel, but it certainly doesn't feel to cheap and tacky.
Ease of use:
I have to say I think this is one of the easier to use digital compact cameras on the market at the moment. Gone are the days of focus free one touch images from 35mm compacts, but this camera is about as simple as they get now - it does have numerous buttons, but they're all large and well labelled so it doesn't take long to work your way round it.
The camera comes set to automatic mode - this is a scene detect automatic so the majority of the time you wouldn't take it out of this mode, however you can change modes by pressing the green auto button and selecting from the menu which comes up on the LCD, with shooting options such as fisheye and black and white.
If you want to you can put the camera onto 'P' (program mode) and adjust settings such as the exposure compensation, ISO and white balance. Personally I find this gives the user a few options to fiddle with while not being too overwhelming.
This camera has a 5x optical zoom with 20x digital available - the quality across the optical range is good, but once you go into the digital range it gets really soft and fuzzy like a webcam, I really wouldn't recommend you use it.
That said in general the picture quality is pretty decent for a camera of this level - sharpness is fair, colour is pretty accurate and contrast is good.
Definition of video here is 720HD. There's a one touch record button on the rear and the camera automatically goes into widescreen - the quality I found to be pretty impressive when staying zoomed out, the panning was nice and smooth and sound level captured was good. You can zoom up to 4x when videoing which is does slowly to stop it jumping and keep focus better, however it does increasingly lose defintion as you zoom in so I wouldn't really use this aspect of it. The only other downside I can mention here is that the mic is placed in the top right corner of the camera where you tend to place your finger to hold the camera.
The LCD isn't the best resolution - it's a little bit on the fuzzy side which is a shame, but of course it doesn't affect the image quality and this is one of the things you tend to sacrifice when buying a lower price camera.
There is a burst mode available, but this is very slow at what seemed to me to be around 1 frame per second (without flash). When on single shot mode it takes around 4 seconds for the camera to be ready between images, but on the plus side the camera does respond quickly to a press of the shutter button.
Minimum focusing distance is around 3cm so not the closest for compacts, but still pretty good.
There is a useful built in guide/menu which comes in the form of the ? button on the cameras rear - this means you don't always need to take a paper manual out with you.
Going through the menus there is a date stamp option which seems to appeal to alot of the older generation in my experience. In the retouch menu you can adjust contrast, remove red eye and resize images. Furthermore the camera is set to auto rotate images on playback, but you can turn off this feature if desired.
You can pick this camera up for around £100 in a shop and sellers on amazon are doing it around the £75 mark at the moment.
I would recommend this camera for...
This is of course a generalisation but I would say that children, teenagers and older people would get on well with this camera due to it's simplicity and the colour choices available.
I wouldn't recommend this camera for...
Anyone who wants a camera with a large zoom or manual options. This is a simple point and shoot camera - not one you're going to grow into.
- 2.7" LCD
- Lithium ion battery
- 28mm wide lens with 5x optical and 20x digital zoom
Slim colourful and stylish the PowerShot A2300 has a 5x zoom instant HD movies (720p) Help button and Smart Auto - so it's easy to capture every moment in superb 16 megapixel detail wherever you go. Complete beginners can shoot high quality photos or movies with Smart Auto which detects the scene and automatically selects the optimal settings from 32 variables. Press the Auto button to return instantly to Smart Auto from any other mode. Live View Control allows you to easily experiment with picture s