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Canon PowerShot A2300 Digital Camera Review

Canon PowerShot A2300 Digital Camera Review - The Canon PowerShot A2300 is a digital compact with 5x optical zoom and 16 megapixel sensor, Daniel Bell gives us his verdict.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Canon PowerShot A2300
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Performance
Verdict
Specification

Canon Powershot A2300 Lens Extended

The A2300 was launched in February 2012 as part of Canon's range of PowerShot cameras, as well as the A810, A1300, A2400 IS and A3400 IS. It is available in black, silver, pink and blue for around £90 - £100.

Canon Powershot A2300 Front

Canon PowerShot A2300 Features

The A2300 has a 16 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. It has Digital Image Stabilisation (IS) in order to combat camera shake to ensure photos and videos are as sharp as possible.

For the novice photographer there is Smart Auto which chooses the correct scene from 32 variables and adjusts the camera settings automatically. If you get stuck at any time there is a help button which gives guidance on using your camera and its different functions.

There are a number of creative modes such as Fish-eye effect, Super Vivid, Poster, Toy Camera, Miniature and Monochrome. Live View Control allows you to experiment with picture settings like brightness and colour intensity, then preview the results while framing. Face Detection Technology detects up to 35 faces in a single frame making sure they remain in focus with optimum brightness. Face Detection White Balance ensures natural skin tones even in unusual lighting conditions with Auto Red-Eye Correction eliminating red-eye.

The A2300 records videos at 720p HD which also has Image Stabilisation.

Canon Powershot A2300 Top

Key Features

  • 16.0 megapixel sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
  • Digital Image Stabilisation
  • 2.7 inch touch LCD screen
  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  • 720p HD video recording
  • ISO 100-1600
  • 3cm minimum focusing distance
  • Several creative modes
  • Available in black, silver, pink and blue
Canon Powershot A2300 Rear

Canon PowerShot A2300 Handling

The A2300 has a slim body with a metal front and plastic rear, but there isn't anything which makes it easier to grip. The buttons are easy to press and fairly typical for a compact camera with dedicated movie and help placed on the rear. The camera also has an easy to use menu system which is cycled through using the d-pad and func set button. When it is switched off, the playback button can be pressed to view your pictures and videos. The screen is fairly small at 2.7 inches, which is bright and clear, easy to see even in bright sunlight.

The battery has a CIPA rating of 210 shots, we managed just around 500 during testing. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.

Shutter Response   0.125 secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
  0.4 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response   0.5 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   2.1 secs
Shot to Shot (without flash)   2.7 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   5.4 secs
Continuous Shooting
  0.7 fps
Continuous Shooting (with Flash)
  0.3 fps

Continuous shooting records at full 16 megapixel resolution.

Canon Powershot A2300 Battery And Memory Card

Canon PowerShot A2300 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review and product ratings.

Canon PowerShot A2300 Sample Photos


Sample Photos - Images are well exposed with superb colour reproduction. Portraits have pleasant skin tones, but do have strong red-eye.

Canon PowerShot A2300 Lens test images


Lens Performance - Images are fairly well detailed, but there's not enough if you want really impressive large prints. With the impressive colour reproduction the images are great if you like to share them on the web on your favourite social networking site. Macros are fairly good, particularly as the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3cm.

Canon PowerShot A2300 ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - Images are free of noise at ISO 100 but there is a slight touch appearing at ISO 200. At ISO 400 there are some white dots appearing, but a decent, fairly sharp image is produced. There is a loss of detail in places at ISO 800, with a slight softening, ISO 1600 produces images which are even softer with black and white dots now appearing, but will still produce images which are good for web sharing.

Canon PowerShot A2300 White-balance test images


White Balance Performance - When using the AWB preset under the incandescent lights an orange cast is present, with the incandescent preset producing a good image. The AWB preset copes really well under the fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset also doing a pretty good job.

Canon PowerShot A2300 Other sample images



Canon PowerShot A2300 Digital filters


Digital Filters - The A2300 doesn't have digital filters as such, but these are listed amongst the scene modes, which allow you to be more creative with your pictures.

Video - Below is a video shot at 720p HD, there is no optical zoom during recording but you can use digital zoom.



Value For Money

The Canon PowerShot A2300 is available for around £90.00 - £100.00. Other cameras with a similar spec include the Pentax Optio LS465 at £89.95, Nikon Coolpix S3300 at £99.95, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45 at £109.95 and Sony Cybershot W630 at £119.00. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Canon PowerShot A2300 Verdict

The A2300 is an easy to use, pocketable camera available in a range of good colours. Images produced have excellent colour reproduction which will look great when sharing them on sites like Facebook. Detail isn't good enough for large prints, but there are a number of creative modes available to help you take unique pictures. The camera is also easy to use, with built-in help guides if you do get stuck.

Canon PowerShot A2300 Pros

Built-in help guide
Available in a good range of colours
Good creative modes
Images have really good colour reproduction
Easy to use

Canon PowerShot A2300 Cons

Only 720p HD video recording
No fast continuous shooting
Image detail isn't sufficient for large prints

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Canon PowerShot A2300 Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Max Aperturef/2.8 - f/6.9
35mm equivalent28mm - 140mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230k
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Min FocusNo Data
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest15sec
Exp modes
    Metering
    • Centre-weighted - Average
    • Spot
    ISO sensitivity100 - 1600
    White balance
    • Auto
    • Manual
    • Outdoors/Daylight
    • Cloudy
    • Incandescent
    • Fluorescent
    Exposure Comp+/-2
    Shooting Options
    Continuous shooting0.8fps
    Video
    Movie modeYes
    Video Resolution
    • 1280x720 720p
    Video FPS25
    Stereo SoundNo
    Optical Zoom with VideoNo
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationNo
    Interface
    HDMINo
    USBUSB 2
    Wi-FiNo
    Storage
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    • SDXC
    File Type
    • JPG
    Power Source
    Battery TypeLithium-Ion
    CIPA Rating210
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsNo Data
    Dimensions
    Weight125g
    Width94.4mm
    Height54.2mm
    Depth20.1mm

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