User Review: Canon PowerShot A2300
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (The nice Trailspace people)
Enough of an improvement over a cell phone camera to merit taking along. Update: It just broke after ~6 months.
- 5x optical zoom
- High quality pictures
- Makes decent short movies
- Intuative navigation of features
- Long battery life
- Battery must be removed to charge
- Lens Error? It's now Broken
For a while I have been using the camera on my cell phone because carrying a separate camera seemed like a waste of space. Finally small digital cameras are, in my opinion, good enough to justify the space they occupy in my pockets.
Back in the days of film (remember that stuff?) I used to take my SLR everywhere and even developed my own film and prints, now I just want something easy to snap good pictures so I can show my friends and family all the cool things we get to do. I might be able to find my old light meter if I looked but when I do, I'll sell it. Maybe to a museum ;)
I received the Cannon PowerShot A2300 HD as a prize from this cool outdoor website, you might have heard of it: Trailspace.
What I like most about this camera is the simplicity to use. Often when I want to snap a pic of something I need to get the camera out of my pocket in a hurry. Some cameras take so long to start up that the moment is gone before the camera is ready. Can anyone relate? The PowerShot turns on quickly enough to get the shot.
I wish I could just plug in the camera with a USB to charge it, but alas, I have to remove the battery and put it in a battery charger. I charged it a half star for this. The upside is that the charge lasts for over a hundred pictures before recharging is necessary.
The PowerShot not only takes 16.0 mp photos but also records HD movies, maybe not the best quality for a feature film but adequate for my needs. The camera has the same functions that other cameras have, it recognizes faces and fixes red-eye, etc but it has one of the better auto settings so I really don't need to worry if my subject is back-lit or moving fast, the camera can tell and adjusts accordingly. This site compresses pictures to save space but I'll add some pictures below to detail the quality the camera produces.
Lights and shadows with colors
I have yet to catch fast moving action with this camera in the past 9-10 months, but if it works as well as it does in other situations I won't worry.
UPDATE: This camera just broke. Last month (June 2013). My oldest son was using it and might have got sand in it and when I turn it on it says "Lens Error" and shuts down. Cannon says they can fix it but it might cost more than the camera is worth. Grrr! I deducted some stars.