Canon PowerShot A2000 IS
by Stephanie Boozer
Review Date: 12/19/08
Replacing Canon’s popular A720 IS, the PowerShot A2000 IS updates the model with a 10-megapixel CCD while keeping the same 6x optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilization – a key feature at longer telephoto lengths. Compact and very portable, the PowerShot A2000 IS features the ease of a point-and-shoot camera design coupled with a few advanced features for more savvy users. Canon’s PowerShots are known for their user-friendliness and good quality, and the PowerShot A2000 IS upholds that reputation well.
The 6x optical zoom lens offers double the zoom that most standard digital cameras have, and can be combined with the additional 4x digital zoom for a total of 24x possible zoom, though it does trade some quality and resolution for digital enlargement. Like many Canon digital cameras on the market these days, the PowerShot A2000 IS features Face and Motion Detection technologies, which automatically seek out faces or moving subjects and adjust camera settings accordingly.
Also built in is a nice selection of preset scene modes, for better handling of trickier conditions, and a handful of creative controls for more flexibility. Though aperture and shutter speed are automatically controlled, you do have access to a Long Shutter mode where you can manually set the shutter time from one to 15 seconds. Contrast, sharpness, saturation, and color adjustments are also available, or you can leave everything up to the Canon A2000 IS.
Retailing online for $249.99 or less, the PowerShot A2000 IS is an attractive option. You get 10 megapixels, a 6x optical zoom, and an excellent array of Canon features, all of which fit nicely in your pocket. Well-designed and a breeze to operate, the Canon A2000 IS should please a wide range of users with different experience levels.