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Canon PowerShot A3000 ISThe PowerShot A3000 IS is a good budget-friendly Canon compact, if nothing else.
[ Background music ] >> Josh Goldman: Hi I'm Josh Goldman Senior Editor for CNET Reviews and this is the Canon Powershot a3000is. It's a 10 megapixel budget friendly, compact, priced less than 150 dollars, with a 4X zoom and 2.7 inch LCD. Canon's A-series models usually use AA size batteries for power, but this camera as well as its 12 megapixel line mate, the a3100is uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery, in this case, covered by a flimsy door on the bottom. The a3000 is a pretty basic point and shoot compact aimed at users who generally stay in auto. It has some standard C modes up here on the mode dial too as well as a few others including Canon's new super vivid and poster affect modes. It captures video also but it's at a standard definition resolution and you don't get use of the optical zoom while recording. Controls are straight forward with the mode dial shutter release and power buttons on top and reasonably large and well marked buttons on back. Overall it's easy to use and should be simple enough for beginners after some use. As for performance the camera shoots slowly, especially shot to shot which averaged 4 seconds without the flash and more than 6 seconds with. However, if you're patient the photo quality from it is very good for its price. [ Background music ] I'm Josh Goldman and that's a look at the Canon Powershot a3000is. [ Music ]