Canon PowerShot A3000 IS review: Canon PowerShot A3000 IS

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.

Shooting speed
(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)  
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
1.4 
3.2 
2.1 
0.7 
0.5 
Nikon Coolpix S570
2 
3.8 
2.2 
0.8 
0.6 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W330
1.8 
3.4 
2.6 
0.7 
0.4 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15
2 
3.3 
3.1 
1 
0.7 
Canon PowerShot A3000 IS
1.7 
6.4 
4 
0.7 
0.6 

Typical continuous-shooting speed (frames per second)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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