Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Canon Powershot A3200 IS
Member Name: k2705
Canon Powershot A3200 IS
Advantages: Easy to use, nice clear pictures
Disadvantages: None for me
A couple of weeks after Jayden came out of hospital my camera broke and wouldn't take any pictures at all which meant I was relying on borrowing my Mum and Dads, so when it came to my birthday my husband bought me a new one. I don't know a lot about cameras really but my husband had a look around and purchased me the canon Power Show A3200IS Digital Camera, I wanted a decent camera that wasn't too complicated to use and preferably in pink, this fitted that perfectly.
The Canon Power Shot AS3200IS Digital Camera came in a yellowy orange square box, there is a picture of the camera on the front of the box, although the camera in the picture is silver and mine is pink, written at the bottom of the box is the name of the camera written in white. Also on the front and side of the box are various logos which demonstrate different features that the camera has along with the contents of the box which is also repeated in various different languages. The only other information on the box is a white oval stating that Canon won the Which Awards 2011 for best photography brand.
The Canon Camera is quite compact, the whole camera is a slightly metallic pink, the front has the name Canon written on it in silver and half of the front is taken up with the lens which is also silver. Also on the front of the camera is the amount of mega pixels and also information about the zoom, the camera has 14 mega pixels and also a 5 x digital zoon. Most of the back of the camera is taken up with the viewing screen, down the right hand side of this are the various buttons which control all the different functions. There are further buttons on the top of the camera including the on/off button, the button used to take a picture, there is the zoom which is a small wheel that you turn one way to zoom in and the other to zoom out, next to this is a second wheel which has different logos on it which allow you to alter the setting you take the picture in. The Canon Camera comes with
* The camera
* Wrist strap
* Battery charger
* Battery pack
* AV cable
* Interface cable
The one thing the camera does not come with is a memory card, obviously you cannot use the camera without one, however there are several memory cards which are compatible with this camera so if you are replacing an old camera with this one then it is worth checking whether the existing memory card fits, however if you do not already have a memory card a compatible one can be purchased for it. Memory cards which can be used in this particular camera include
* SD Memory Card
* SDHC Memory Card
* SDXC Memory Card
* Multi Media Cards
* MMCplus Memory Cards
* HC MMCous Memory Cards
I was lucky as the memory card out of my old camera actually was suitable to use in my new camera so I didn't actually have to purchase one.
Setting up the Camera is very easy all you need to do is insert the battery pack, which is basically like a mobile phone battery and slides into a small slot on the bottom of the camera along with the memory card, this area is then covered with a protective cover that looks like part of camera. The battery comes partly charged so you can have a go with the camera without having to wait for the battery to charge. However when the battery does run out it is not like replacing the regular AA batteries of a camera, you simply remove the battery pack from the camera and slot it into the battery charger that comes with the camera and then plug it into the mains, a small light on the top of the charger indicates when the battery is fully charged. I have only charged the battery once since having the camera, the battery really seems to last a long while. Once the camera has the battery and memory card inserted you can then set other setting such as the date, time, language, sound and volume options, these can be found by pressing the menu button on the back of the camera and scrolling down through the various settings.
When it comes to taking photos with the Cannon Camera there are various different settings to choose from including
* P Mode - Choose the settings yourself to take various types of pictures
* Live View Control Mode - Brightness and colour can be set to suit your preferences
* Auto Mode - The camera chooses the settings and allows automatic shooting
* Easy Mode - You can shoot by simply pressing the shutter button
* Special Scene Mode - Shoot with optimum settings for the screen
* Creative Filters Mode - Allows you to add various effects to your photo as you are shooting (eg fish eye, poster effect, black and white and so on)
* Discrete Mode - Shoot with flash and all camera sounds muted
* Movie Mode - Used to shoot movies
So far when using the camera I have only really used the Easy Mode and Auto Mode when taking pictures as I have only had it a few weeks, although I have had a fiddle around with some of the other settings, all of the pictures I have taken so far have been using the easy or auto mode. To change between the different settings you simply twist the wheel on top of the camera so the small white line points to the relevant symbol, it then confirms what setting you are on on the screen on the back of the camera. You can change other settings such as the flash by using the buttons on the back of the camera set out in a circle shape, using these buttons you can also delete photos and set the self timer, again all the settings are shown using small symbols on the buttons.
The Canon Camera can store 250 photos which for me is plenty. To view all of the photos you have taken you simply press the small button on the back of the camera with a triangle shape on it similar to that of a play button. Once you have pressed this button it will bring up the last photo you have taken, you then scroll through the pictures using the wheel shaped button (the same one that switches the flash on and off) all of the photos are displayed on the large screen on the back of the camera. Whilst you are viewing the pictures you have the option to zoom in on different aspects of the photo and crop them to create new close up pictures of different parts of the original photo, this is handy if you wish to cut out certain parts of the photo. As well as viewing the pictures you have taken on the camera itself you can also put the pictures onto a computer to view or even print, to do this you need to install the software that comes with the camera.
Price and Availability
My husband purchased the Cannon Power Shot A3200IS Digital Camera from our local Argos, although it is also available in shops which sell similar products, the camera should have been £159.98, however it is currently half price at £79.00, I'm not sure what my husband paid for it, although he did say it was on offer at the time. I personally think £79.00 is a good price for the camera as it is of an excellent quality and has a lot of different settings, however I don't think I would pay £159.98 for it, not because I do not think its worth it, but I wouldn't dare take the camera out anywhere in case I dropped it or broke it.
I have been extremely pleased with my Canon camera, firstly it is pink, but also it take excellent pictures which are high quality and very clear, I like the fact that it has different settings including an easy mode so that you can start off simple and gradually work your way through the other settings. You can store a lot of photos on the camera and have the option of putting them onto your computer and printing them or taking the memory card to a local photos booth to print them. I like the size of this camera, it is small and compact so it easily fits into your handbag without taking up to much space, however it is not so small that you can hardly press the buttons, for me the camera is the ideal size, it is also light and adds hardly any weight to your handbag. I would say it is sold at a fair price for a good quality camera. So far I have found the camera to be hardwearing, it seems to be strong and has no small parts that could easily be knocked off, it does come with a wrist strap for added safety so that you cannot drop the camera when taking a photo. There is a small instruction leaflet that comes inside the box which tells you how to set up the camera and the basic functions, however there is also a disc for you computer which contains full instructions of all the different functions and settings, for me this is ok as I have a computer, however if you are someone without a computer you are not going to be able to view the full set of instructions if you wish to. The other thing I like about this camera is the battery, there is no fiddling around with replacing AA batteries, this one comes with a small battery pack and a charger which can be simply plugged into the mains, the battery also takes hardly any time to charge at all. I would definitely recommend the Canon Power Shot A3200IS Digital Camera, it is ideal if you want a good quality camera that takes excellent photos, but at the same time is not difficult to use, I'm not particularly good with this sort of thing, however so far I have had no problems with using this camera, its definitely one to consider.
Summary: A nice litle camera thats easy to use and gives good results
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