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Canon PowerShot A2300 Point-and-Shoot Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  The compact and lightweight Canon PowerShot A2300 is a basic point-and-shoot camera intended for casual use, capturing standard snapshots. It also records 720p HD video with a dedicated video button that makes it easy to switch between still photos and videos.

The 5X optical zoom on the A2300 is fairly typical for entry-level point-and-shoots. The Smart Auto system selects the best settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations, and there are 19 shooting modes, such as fireworks, snow or face self-timer (which waits for a face to enter the frame).

The A2300 uses digital image stabilizing to reduce blur from handheld motion instead of the more effective optical or mechanical image stabilization. Priced at $10 more, the Canon PowerShot A2400 IS has the same features as the A2300, plus optical image stabilization. Both models come without a memory card, which must be purchased separately.

Prices

(Prices as of 11/19/2012)
A2300      A2300 with 8GB SD card, case Source
$140MSRP
$100Best Buy
$99Amazon (Typically free shipping)
$99$99Walmart
$109B&H Photo Video (Typically free shipping)

Additional Costs:

$5-$25SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$60 Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack (replacement charger $40)
$80 AC/DC travel adapter kit
$130-$150High-Power slave flash (doubles the flash range), with mounting bracket

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 2.13"
Width: 3.72"
Depth: 0.79"
Weight4.41 oz.
ColorsBlack, silver, blue, red
Included in BoxBattery pack, battery charger, wrist strap, USB cable, Digital Camera Solution software
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels16.0 MP
Sensor1/2.3" CCD sensor
(Typical point-and-shoot: 1/2.3" sensor ratio. Larger sensors: 1/1.7")
ViewfinderNone
Monitor2.7" color LCD with wide-viewing angle (230k dots)
Video720p HD video recording with dedicated movie button
FlashBuilt-in flash (auto, on, slow, synchro, off) with a range of 1.6'-9.8'; optional additional slave flash available
Zoom5X optical zoom; 4x digital zoom; 20X total zoom
(Basic point-and-shoots: 3X-10X optical zoom. Superzoom: 10X-40X+)
Photographic ValuesFocal length: 5.0mm-25.0mm (film equivalent 28mm-140mm)
Aperture: f/2.8-f/6.9
shutter speed: 15 seconds to 1/2000th second
ISO: auto, 10-1600 in P mode
Manual SettingsNone
Continuous ShootingUp to 2.8 frames per second in Low Light mode; up to 0.8 shots per second in P mode
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery pack; about 210 shots or 5 hours playback time per charge
Other Features32 predefined settings in Smart Auto
19 shooting modes, including digital stabilization, face detect, portrait, fisheye effect, snow, fireworks, etc.
Self-timer (2-second delay, 10-second delay or custom up to 15 seconds)
Help button displays simple explanations of controls
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at USACanon.com.

What People Are Saying:

Critics are somewhat lukewarm about the Canon PowerShot A2300, primarily because for $10 more Canon's A2400 IS model includes the optical image stabilization (to prevent blur on zoom or video) that the A2300 lacks. User reviews are primarily positive, with most describing it as a good entry-level camera with a relatively modest zoom that's good for casual use, especially when traveling light. Any complaints center on image quality and the fact that a memory card is not included with the camera and must be purchased separately.
  • CNET: "The two simple sub-$150 ultracompact cameras [Canon PowerShot A2400 IS and PowerShot A2300] are good choices for anyone whose needs don't extend far beyond the occasional fully automatic snapshot of patient subjects taken in daylight."
  • PC Mag: " The Canon PowerShot A2300 is a compact point-and-shoot camera that is capable of some sharp images, but its value is questionable as Canon markets an identical camera with image stabilization for only $10 more."