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Canon PowerShot A300 Digital Camera @DASHING THING REVIEW

05 Jul
Camera QuickLook
Review Date 05/14/03
User Level
Novice to Advanced
Product Uses
Family / Travel / Special Events
Digicam Design
Automatic Exposure Control
Picture Quality
Good, 3.2-megapixel CCD
Print Sizes
4×6, 5×7, 8×10 inches
Availability
Now
Suggested Retail Price
$229

 

Introduction


The Canon name has been associated with high quality cameras and lenses for so long that nearly every photographer, regardless of skill level, is familiar with the brand. In the digital arena, Canon’s continued their history of innovation with a broad line of products ranging from entry-level models all the way to no-holds-barred digital SLRs for professional photographers. Their consumer digicams are distinguished by superb design, sharp lenses, and excellent color.

Last year, Canon reached further into the entry-level end of the market with the introduction of the 2.1-megapixel A200 and its lower-resolution brother, the A100. The A100 and A200 were affordable cameras with surprisingly strong feature sets and the trademark Canon picture quality. This year, the A300 updates the line with a larger, 3.2-megapixel CCD, a few additional exposure options, and a slightly different body design (mainly a sliding lens cover as opposed to a rotating cover/switch). The extra exposure features include a manual white balance setting, more extensive metering options, and sound recording. The combination of features and image quality offered by the A300 is quite unusual for an entry-level camera, yet it retains excellent ease of use in full-auto mode, making it very suitable for novice users. While I’m not personally a fan of non-zoom cameras, I recognize that they have an important place in the market, and the A300 deserves a good look if you’re shopping in that category. Read on for all the details.

 

Camera Overview

With exactly the same dimensions and weight as the previous PowerShot A200, the PowerShot A300 offers the same great Canon features in a very portable body. Boasting a larger CCD than the A200, the A300 features a full 3.2 megapixels of resolution, for a maximum image size of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (suitable for printing as large as 8×10 inches). Trim enough to fit into a larger shirt pocket and most average purses, the A300 is reasonably lightweight as well. A new sliding lens cover replaces the rotating lens cover of the A200, for a sleeker front panel. Limited camera controls and full automatic exposure mean you can literally just point and shoot most of the time, without worrying over a lot of exposure decisions.

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