Canon PowerShot A3000 IS
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 4254B001AA
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price range: $119.88
- Reviewed by: Joshua Goldman
- Reviewed on: 03/16/2010
- Released on: 03/15/2010
The good: Optical image stabilization; good photo quality for its price.
The bad: Slow shooting performance; bland feature set.
The bottom line: The PowerShot A3000 IS is a good budget-friendly Canon compact, if nothing else.
by Daniel5G on May 15, 2011
Pros: + Pictures are excellent for a subcompact
+ Flash even in a big room is more than acceptable for on-camera flash
+ Focus is quick and remarkably adept at identifying the right subject
+ Image stabilization works as well
+ LCD is bright and clear
Cons: - The shutter release could be more prominent
Summary: For serious photography, I prefer a big, heavy digital SLR. But where my goal is not photography but I want a camera along for snapshots, I use this.
I expected ...
Summary: For serious photography, I prefer a big, heavy digital SLR. But where my goal is not photography but I want a camera along for snapshots, I use this.Edit Link
I expected to buy a Lumix LX-series or Canon S95 - both attempts to match the capabilities of a SLR as much as possible in an easily-pocketable camera. But as I kept reading the reviews I got more confused, until I remembered the basic laws of physics haven't been repealed.
To roughly summarize the camera review sites, all major-brand subcompacts do a good job in bright light. The differentiators are low light, flash, performance, and manual control. And when you read carefully, you realize there's not a lot of practical difference here either. But there's no way to compare them without exaggerating the differences, which makes them sound more significant than they really are.
In low light, digital cameras increase the ISO, which means the weak signal coming from the sensor is amplified. This also amplifies noise, which causes an overall grainy look and, in dark areas, colored confetti. I don't expect any camera to work well in low light; this goes for pro-level DSLRs and film cameras as well. So paying extra for a camera that's really bad in low light rather than terrible doesn't make a lot of sense to me. It's a lot like choosing sunglasses based on their performance in dim light, or a screwdriver for its ability to drive a nail.
For flash, a commercial photographer typically uses a power pack that may draw 15 amps AC and power multiple heads which range in size from 4" diameter to over 36". Subcompact cameras have ridiculously small batteries and tiny flash tubes (typically under 0.2 sq inches) located at the worst possible place: near the lens. It amazes me that any of them work as well as they do. Do I really care that one extends to 13 feet and another only 11.75? There have been times where I'd wished for a more powerful flash, but I'm thinking an extra 30 feet; I wouldn't notice an extra 2 or 3.
The A3000 flash will synch any ordinary slave flash if you turn off the red-eye feature in the camera. It won't meter it, however, so it's easy to wash out the picture. I believe this is true for all Canon subcompacts.
When prefocused, picture-to-picture processing time is barely noticeable -- less than half a second. When you include focusing time, less than 2.5 seconds. It's faster with the continuous shot option, which does not refocus between exposures. This is respectable, and more than enough for my needs. To keep up with a very active child or pet, you might want faster performance. Tested with 4 GB Lexar Platinum II 9MB/sec SDHC.
I use manual control on my SLR most of the time. I had it on my last two subcompacts, and seldom used it. The A3000 doesn't have it. The only time I missed it was using slave flash. If I'm out with the family, I don't want to be thinking like a photographer, so the camera will probably make better decisions. And manual control is less convenient on a subcompact because of the ergonomic compromises necessary for such a small camera. Nice to have, but as processors get smarter, less important.
The best professional color printers print 90,000 dots per square inch. That means it takes 4 x 6 x 90,000 = 2.2 megapixels for a 4 x 6 print. 5 x 7 = 3.2 megapixels. 8 x 10 = 7.2 megapixels. Higher megapixels increase image file size and shot-to-shot delay (while the camera compresses the image and writes it out to the card). The only advantage to "higher resolution" than that required for your final print: you can crop the picture a bit without losing any picture quality. The A3000 is 10 meg; if they had a 6 meg version, it would be a better camera. Canon knows this; they also know megapixels are a lot easier to sell.
Bigger is better, but more important than sensor size is pixel size - the larger the pixels the higher the dynamic range, which means more detail in very bright and very dark areas. It usually means better low-light performance and less noise because of other engineering choices available because of the larger pixels.
The difference in sensor size between this and some of the more expensive small cameras (S95) seems significant until you put it into perspective. The pixel size of a Canon S95 is 6% that of a 12-meg professional DSLR (FX format). A3000 is 4%. Given the dynamic range and low-light performance of a pro DSLR isn't that great, I don't see any reason to pay a premium for 6% vs 4%.
My ideal small camera - pocketable, usably large viewfinder (I can accept a smaller LCD), 5-6 megapixels, manual control, image stabilization (small cameras are hard to hold steady), not cluttered with silly features - is no longer made. If a camera manufacturer wants me to spend more, they're going to have to come closer to that; more megapixels won't do it.
Until then, I'm OK with the A3000. Pictures are excellent for a subcompact. Flash even in a big room is more than acceptable for on-camera flash, focus is quick and remarkably adept at identifying the right subject, image stabilization works as well as I'd hoped. Controls are well laid out and intuitive. LCD is bright and clear, even outdoors. The shutter release could be more prominent, and I may attach a thin rubber disk to make it easier to find by feel.
The A3000 doesn't looking expensive, so subjects tend to ignore it. And I'm more likely to take it along because it if gets damaged or lost, or encounters the uneconomical-to-repair "lens error" that seems to afflict all brands, it's not a big deal. Manual is pdf file on disk, also available on-line. Camera made in Malaysia. 1-year limited warranty.
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Updated on Oct 25, 2011
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Carry it for when I walk into a bank robbery sine DSLR.
by MichaelMcGrath on June 19, 2011
Pros: Great for when you run into a bank robbery without your DSLR.
Don't depend on a compact for anything except emergencies, great for that at 80 Euro. Had this one stolen after a week and buying another. that says it all. Oh and image stabilisation , soon
Cons: Really none when I use it for the emergency press shots around town. People who depend on compacts , p&s, bridge cams etc should be thankful for what they get, I am. Don't be tempted to use it at a family event instead of a DSLR. No, you can't do it y
Summary: Great to meter too for my medium format film pro cameras, saves buying polaroid slides in studio too as in former days.For 80 Euro, ...
Updated on Jun 19, 2011
Summary: Great to meter too for my medium format film pro cameras, saves buying polaroid slides in studio too as in former days.For 80 Euro, you can use it in dangerous situations, beach, rough seas, mountain climbing etc., anything happen to it simply buy an other , the Canon A3000 IS is semi- disposable at that price.
Updated on Jun 19, 2011
Great Quality Camera
by cow.fudge on May 11, 2011
Pros: Great image quality (especially in macro mode)
Easy menus (the usual Canon style)
Cons: Display can be hard to see in bright sunlight
Slow at times
Summary: I just finished up two photography classes and I used this as my main camera. If you can learn how to manipulate the settings to get the kind of photo ...
Summary: I just finished up two photography classes and I used this as my main camera. If you can learn how to manipulate the settings to get the kind of photo you want, this camera will work for you. I pushed this camera to its limits the past few months, and it's come out with fantastic photos. It even takes pretty decent video.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 4254B001AA
- Description: The versatile PowerShot A3000 IS makes Canon quality photo-taking easy and fun. Its slim, lightweight design and large screen means you can always keep it with you. The 10.0-megapixel sensor captures every part of the scene in crisp, vivid detail. Make perfect prints up to A3 in size, or crop without sacrificing fine detail. The PowerShot A3000 IS features a slim, modern design with metal front shell. As well as powering intelligent camera technologies such as smart auto, Canon's DIGIC III processor ensures fast response times, superb image quality, advanced noise reduction and accurate color reproduction.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Enclosure Color Silver
- Resolution 10 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 10,600,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 10,000,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
- Optical Zoom 4 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Processor DIGIC III
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- Digital Video Format MJPEG,
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 400,
- Exposure Metering Evaluative,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Snow,
Kids & pets,
- Special Effects Black & White,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Fluorescent,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type 4 x x Zoom lens - 6.2 mm - 24.8 mm - F/2.7-5.6
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 35 - 140 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 1.2 in
- Macro Focus Range 1 in - 23.6 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 5 groups / 7 elements
- Features Aspherical lens,
Built-in lens shield
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Flash Modes Slow synchro,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator
- Effective Flash Range 1 ft - 13 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 0.8 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
Exif Print support,
Scene Detection Technology,
Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB,
RGB primary color filter,
Motion Detection Technology,
Resizing an image,
Cropping an image,
Camera orientation detection,
I-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system,
Face Detection Self-timer,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 2.7 in LCD display
- Resolution 230,000 pixels
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output
- Software Canon ZoomBrowser EX,
Drivers & Utilities,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows 7,
MS Windows XP SP2,
Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6,
MS Windows Vista
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
Audio / video cable
- Body Material Metal
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
SDXC Memory Card
- Included Memory Card MultiMedia card
- Image Storage Large 367,
Fine JPEG 3648 x 2736,
JPEG 2816 x 2112,
JPEG 2272 x 1704,
JPEG 1600 x 1200,
JPEG 640 x 480,
JPEG 3648 x 2048
- Video Capture AVI - 640 x 480,
AVI - 320 x 240
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 3.8 in
- Depth 1.1 in
- Height 2.3 in
- Weight 5.5 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.