The A3000 IS is overall a slow shooter. Most compacts in its price range are slow, so you won't really get better from another camera. However, this model feels slow across the board. It starts up in just less than 2 seconds, which is decent. But the shot-to-shot times are long: 4 seconds without the flash and 6.4 seconds with. The shutter lag in bright lighting conditions is long at 0.6 second; in dim conditions it does well, though, at 0.7 second. The continuous shooting speed from the A3000 IS is a lowly 0.4 frames per second.
The photo quality is very good for a sub-$150 camera. Like many compacts there's a noticeable shift in quality above ISO 200, so the A3000 IS performs its best at and below this sensitivity. In other words, the more light you have, the better off you'll be. However, color noise was present at all ISOs, mostly visible in darker areas of pictures when viewed at 100 percent. Photos at ISO 400 are still very good, but a little softer with less fine detail. At ISOs above 400, noise is visible even when photos are viewed at small sizes and are softened from noise reduction. All in all, though, the results are nice if not usable for much more than online sharing and small prints.
The lens has good sharpness edge to edge, but there is some barrel distortion at its widest position. There's no discernible pincushioning with the lens fully extended, and there was little purple fringing in test shots. Colors are generally accurate, pleasing, and vibrant. Exposure is good, too, as is white balance performance.
Video quality is pretty mediocre, suitable for Web use and on par with a standard-definition pocket camcorder. And like those devices, you cannot use the optical zoom on the A3000 IS while recording.
The Canon PowerShot A3000 IS is a solid compact camera for the money. There's not a lot here to get excited about beyond its ability to take a very good snapshot and optical image stabilization. But, if all you're looking to do is point and shoot and you don't mind waiting between shots, it will likely be enough camera for you.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
|Time to first shot||Typical shot-to-shot time (flash)||Typical shot-to-shot time||Shutter lag (dim)||Shutter lag (typical)|
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
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