Canon PowerShot A300

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Image quality 8.0
7.2 Overall

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Review

Canon PowerShot A300

Intro

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.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Canon
  • Digital Camera Type compact
  • Weight 0.44 lbs
  • Sensor Resolution 3.2 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 9.4 mm (1/2.7")
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
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