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Canon PowerShot A300

 

Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot A300 is an entry-level point-and-shoot digital camera with 3.2 megapixels resolution (which allows prints up to 8x10 in.). It has a sleek look and has an exceptional price: at US$189.99, it is sure to be an attractively priced entry-level digital camera.

Though it's mostly a point-and-shoot camera, it does allow you to switch to Manual mode if you so desire (features available per shooting mode). It can take continuous pictures at about 2.2 frames per second. You can also record a QuickTime AVI movie with sound for about 30 sec at 640x480 (3 min. at 320x240). The A300 has the standard 1.5 in. LCD, takes the popular CompactFlash Type I storage media, and 2 AA Alkaline or rechargeable NiMH batteries. Macro focus is at 2 in., and a Stitch Assist feature allows you to take real panorama shots.

Canon's 5 point AiAF auto-focus means that your subject does not need to be smack in the middle of the screen to achieve proper focus. AF-assist is selectable via menu to assist in getting proper focus in low-light conditions. The Canon A300 is compact (about the size of the S50, but a tad thinner) but not ultra compact -- so those of you who find today's ultra compact digital cameras just a bit too small will like the size of the A300.

If you're looking for an easy to use point-and-shoot digital camera for use primarily in the sunny outdoors, and which is not too small for your hands, you may want to give the Canon PowerShot A300 a try. Personally, I think the Canon PowerShot A300 will definitely be a very attractive gift for a 12-year old just starting out in (digital) photography .

Read the review from Steve's Digicams

Canon PowerShot A300
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Canon PowerShot A300 Home PageCanon USA
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  Image Sensor 3.2 effective megapixels
1/2.7 in. CCD
 
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 5mm (33mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F3.6  
  Optical Zoom 1x  
  Macro 5 cm / 2 in.  
  Auto Focus
5-point AiAF (Automatic Focus Point Selection) / 1-point AF (Fixed to center)
Low-light AF-assist beam
Focus lock possible
 
  Shutter Speed 1 - 1/2,000 sec. (1 - 1 / 6 sec. in manual mode with the flash off or in slow synchro mode)  
  Exposure Control Program AE  
  Shooting Modes Auto, Manual, Stitch Assist, Movie (30 sec. QuickTime AVI Movie 640x480 with sound); Continuous 2.2 fps  
  Exposure Compensation Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps  
  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot  
  White Balance TTL Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, or Flash), or Custom  
  Viewfinder Inverted Galilean type  
  LCD 1.5 in. LCD (67K pixels)  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto; ISO 50, 100, 200, 400  
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I  
  Battery
2 AA Alkaline batteries (included)
2 Rechargeable AA NiMH batteries (optional)
 
  Included Accessories
16MB CF Card
2 AA Alkaline Batteries
USB Cable
Strap (Wrist)
Software CD-ROMs (ArcSoft)
 
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 110.0 x 58.0 x 36.6 mm /
4.37 x 2.28 x 1.44 in.
 
  Weight (Camera body only) 175g / 6.17 oz.  
  MSRP $189.99  

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