The Good Excellent image quality; inexpensive; VGA movie mode; fast continuous-shooting mode; autofocus-assist lamp; uses standard AA batteries.
The Bad No optical zoom; short flash range; barrel distortion around edges of pictures; saves only JPEG files.
The Bottom Line Budget buyers who don't need a zoom lens will get their money's worth in features and picture quality from the A300.
Canon PowerShot A300
You'd expect a digital camera with a list price of about $200 to be fairly basic. But while Canon's PowerShot A300 lacks some features found on pricier cameras--such as a zoom lens and manual exposure control--this compact 3.2-megapixel model takes clear, vibrant photos that don't come across as budget-quality. And although intended for point-and-shoot photography only, the feature set is far from bare-bones, offering snapshooters lots of useful and convenient tools. The A300 may not be the best choice for the style-conscious photographer, however: while its images look great, the same can't be said about the plain, somewhat bulky camera itself. Despite its rather thick and bulky plastic body, the A300 weighs a relatively light 8.4 ounces with AA batteries and a CompactFlash card installed. As a result of this large size and light weight, the camera doesn't feel very solid, although it held up fine in our testing. A small cover protects the A300's lens; sliding it open and closed turns the camera on and off.
The 12 best Black Friday camera deals we've found so far
Rather than dump every available Black Friday discount on you, we've hand-picked the seasonal deals we think are actually worth your money.
Get a Canon EOS Rebel T6 dSLR kit for $279.64
That's the lowest price to date on this widely loved model. It's a refurb, but a good-as-new refurb. Plus: Own "Logan" for just $6.
Get a GoPro Hero action camera for $63
Wait, what? Yep, it's the real deal -- but you'll have to wait a few weeks to get it, and there are more capable cameras for the same price.
Google Clips uses AI to capture life's spontaneous moments
The $249 smart camera brings together the best of AI, software and hardware, says Google.
Get a Canon EOS Rebel T6 dSLR kit for $344
Your phone's camera may be good, but it's nowhere near this good. This top-rated model would normally run you at least $100 more. Plus: a speaker that fits in your pocket and plays FM radio.
Monday mishmash: Great new deals, plus some updates and reruns
For example: the cheapest 1TB portable hard drive I've ever seen, and an unbeatable price on a lifetime of guided meditation.
Want to photograph rockstars? This $13K camera will let you
Leica releases a new special-edition camera as a tribute to late rock-n-roll photographer Jim Marshall.
GoPro has a new 360 VR camera that you can't have
The spherical camera, called Fusion, is small and wearable, but a lot of other details are a mystery.
GoPro will give you $100 for your old Hero, sort of
A new trade-up program lets you send in your old GoPro for money off a new Hero5 camera.
Nikon bails on advanced compacts and that's not good
Opinion: The company announced that it was dropping the attempt to produce its ill-fated series of enthusiast-targeted fixed-lens models and it doesn't sound like it plans to try again.
This crazy camera could be a boon to VR filmmakers
Researchers have found a way to build a 360-degree camera that's compact but shoots high-quality video. It could be just the thing for virtual reality.
GoPro lays off 200 people, shutters its aspiring media arm
The action-camera maker, struggling with weak sales, makes cuts to save more than $650 million in costs next year.