|Canon PowerShot A300 3.2MP Digital Camera
List Price: $299.99
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Like Olympus digital cameras, the camera is turned on via a sliding lens protector at the front that forces the camera into life. Two AA batteries and the CompactFlash compartment are housed behind a sturdy door that will easy take a beating over the lifespan of the camera without snapping or falling apart. The other side the camera offers a DC and USB port, but unfortunately no video-out to watch your pictures on the TV.
On the rear of the camera, the user is offered a 1.5" TFT screen that is sharp and responsive to changing lights and focuses, as well as, a host of buttons - most of which are self explanatory and you can easily access flash modes, picture review and other options like this without having to plough through plenty of menus.
The camera offers a 33mm f3.6 fixed focal length lens with a 5.1 digital zoom option that offers the equivalent of a 33mm - 168mm lens in a 35mm camera. This combined with shutter speed range of 1-1/2000 sec and ISO ratings of 50 - 400 and a range of pre-programmed settings to cope with landscapes and portrait shooting makes for a nice little camera for beginners. For the more adventurous there is a macro mode up to 5cm, as well as, the option to record up to 3 minutes of movie clips with sound.
For an auto focus fixed lens camera with a digital zoom the quality is quite good. Detail is captured well and greens are differential when it comes to photographing landscapes. The digital zoom is useful for getting into the action, but should not be replied upon for crisp images. Overall as a starter's camera this is an okay place to start. If you are starting out and need a camera that will get you going, this is as good a place as any to start, just don't expect the world.
The PowerShot A300--replacing Canon's A200--is ideal for beginners in digital photography. Bumping up the megapixels from the previous model, the PowerShot A300 features a 3.2-megapixel sensor that can capture images up to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, producing print enlargements up to 11 by 14 inches. Stylishly designed with a silver body finish, the PowerShot A300 has a sliding lens cover and sleek, rounded corners.
The PowerShot A300 is equipped with a 33mm f/3.6 (35mm equivalent) moderate wide-angle lens, suitable for scenic views and group portraits, as well as general photography. A 5.1x digital zoom facility enhances reach, creating an effective maximum zoom length of 168mm (35mm equivalent).
The PowerShot A300 also features Canon's intelligent five-point focusing system--AiAF (Artificial intelligence Auto Focus). With AiAF, the subject is always in focus wherever they are in the frame. Simply point and shoot for great digital images.
A 60-second voice memo can accompany each image captured, while the movie mode records clips of up to 3 minutes with sound. A special high-resolution movie mode is capable of recording 30 seconds of moving images in VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels). Images and video are stored on CompactFlash memory cards (Type I only) and the included 16 MB card holds approximately 16 images at the Large/Fine setting.
The PowerShot A300 is also directly connectable to optional Canon printers, such as bubble jet direct printers S830D and S530D and card photo printer CP-100. You can print a photo in just over 80 seconds by simply connecting the digital camera to the direct printer by means of a dedicated cable and selecting an image.
The camera is powered by two AA batteries (alkalines included; rechargeable NiMH batteries recommended). It measures 4.4 by 2.3 by 1.4 inches and weighs 6.2 ounces (without batteries). This package includes the PowerShot A300 digital camera, 16 MB CompactFlash card, two AA batteries, USB cable, wrist strap, and ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.
From the Manufacturer
3.2 Megapixel CCD: With its 3.2 Megapixel CCD, and high quality fixed length autofocus f/3.6 lens (35mm equivalent of 33mm) the A300 provides high resolution images with extraordinary clarity. A 5.1x digital zoom with macro focusing down to 2", helps you record even the smallest details. And with its advanced 5-point AiAF autofocus, the A300 ensures that your subject need not be centered to be in focus.
Brushed exterior design with easy controls: Get up close and personal with the Canon A300's powerful and smooth 5.1x Digital Zoom. Speedy and easy to control, the A300's Digital Zoom gives you the flexibility to capture the shots you want.5-point AiAF Canon A300's improved and advanced 5-point AiAF system makes precise focusing possible regardless of the position of the subject. This intelligent feature lets you achieve accurate focus even with off-center subjects.
Canon Exclusive DIGIC Imaging Processor and iSAPS technology: The A300's DIGIC Imaging Processor revolutionizes how you shoot digital by allowing the camera to process images faster and improving the accuracy of the autofocus. DIGIC also reduces the effects on noise in your images. iSAPS technology is an entirely new scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC Imaging Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.
Enhanced Movie Mode: Capture the moment in motion with sound with A300's improved Movie Mode. Take up to 3 minutes of pristine image and sound to create your own digital movies!
With a 3.2 Megapixel sensor, Canon Optics, and a sleek, ergonomic body, the new PowerShot A300 raises the bar for entry-level digital cameras. The A300 incorporates a number of advanced features into a low-cost, high quality digital camera, perfect for first time buyers and digital aficionados alike. This AA-battery powered camera is equipped with a 33mm fixed focal length all-glass autofocus lens and a 5.1x digital zoom. It also offers 5-point AiAF and an enhanced Movie Mode feature allowing for up to 3-minutes of video with sound. the PowerShot A300 completely supports driverless downloads via PTP with Windows XP and Mac OS X, as well as EXIF 2.2, and DPOF 1.1
What's in the Box: PowerShot A300 Body; 1 Wrist Strap WS-200; 2 AA-type Alkaline Batteries; Interface Cable IFC-300PCU; Compact Flash Card CF-16M; Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM; ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM
Type of Camera: Compact digital still camera with built-in flash and 5.1x digital zoom
Image Capture Device Type: 1/2.7 inch charge coupled device (CCD)
Total Pixels: Approx. 3.3 million
Effective Pixels: Approx. 3.2 million
Focal Length: 5mm f/3.6 (35mm film equivalent: 33mm)
Digital Zoom: 5.1x
Focusing Range: Normal AF: 20cm – infinity; Macro AF: 5 – 20cm
Autofocus System: 5-point AiAF/ 1-point AF (Fixed to center)
Optical Viewfinder: Inverted Galilean type
LCD Monitor: 1.5 inch amorphous silicon TFT color LCD
LCD Pixels: Approximately 67,000 pixels
LCD Coverage: 100%
Maximum Aperture: f/3.6 – 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1 – 1/2000 sec.; Slow shutter speed of 1/6 sec. is only available in select modes
Sensitivity: AUTO/ISO 50/ 100/ 200/ 400 equivalent
Light Metering Method: Evaluation / Center-weighted average/ Spot
Exposure Control Method: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 1/3-step increments.
AE Lock: Not available
White Balance Control: Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, or Flash), or Custom.
Built-in Flash: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction On/ Off, Slow-Sync
Flash Range: 20cm – 2.0m/0.67 ft. – 6.7 ft. (When ISO is speed is set to AUTO)
Recycling Time: Approx. 10 sec. or less.
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 1/3-step increments
Shooting Modes: Auto, Manual, Stitch Assist, Movie
Self-Timer: Operates with approx. 2 sec. or approx 10 sec. count-down.
Wireless Control: Not available
Continuous Shooting: Approx. 2.2 shots/sec. (Large/ Fine Mode and LCD monitor is Off)
Photo Effects: Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia and, Black and White
Storage Media: CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I
File Format: QuickTime AVI
Print Order Format: Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) Version 1.1
Image Recording Format: Still Image: JPEG (Exif 2.2 compliant)
JPEG Compression Mode: SuperFine, Fine or Normal
Number of Recording Pixels: 2048 x 1536 (Large), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 1), 1024 x 768 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 pixels (Small) Movie: 640 x 480, 320 x 240 or 160 x 120
Playback Modes File: Single, Index (9 thumbnails), Magnification (2x to 10x), Slide Show or Movie
Erase Modes: Single Image, All Images
Computer Interface: Universal Serial Bus (USB)(mini-B jack)
Video Out: None
Other: CF card slot (accept type I cards). Direct connection to Canon Card Photo Printer CP-100 and select Bubble Jet Photo Printers (no computer required).
Power Source: 1. Size AA Alkaline battery x2 2. Rechargeable size AA NiMH battery x2 (NB4-100) 3. AC Adapter kit ACK-800
Shooting Capacity : Approx. 75 shots/Approx. 200 shots (LCD monitor ON) Approx. 210 shots/Approx. 450 shots (LCD monitor OFF) (Alkaline battery/NB4-100)
Playback Time : Approx. 90 min/Approx 120 min. (Alkaline battery/NB-1AH)
Operating Temperature: 32 – 104°F (0 – 40°C)
Operating Humidity: 10 – 90%
Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.37 x 2.28 x 1.44 in./110.0 x 58.0 x 36.6mm (Excluding protrusions)
Weight: Approx. 6.17 oz./175g (Camera body only)
System Requirements: Windows: Please install the software on a PC computer that meets the following system requirements. Hardware: IBM PC/AT compatible with CD-ROM Drive. OS: Windows 98 (including the Second Edition), Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP (Home, Professional) (Please see our Windows XP compatibility statement) CPU: Pentium 150 MHz or higher processor (Windows 2000/Windows ME/Windows 98) CPU: 300MHz or higher processor (Windows XP). Interface: USB: Cable connection via the camera's USB port is limited to computers pre-installed with an OS listed above. Free Hard Drive Space: 300MB or more for Canon Utilities/Drivers. RAM: 64MB or more (Windows 2000/Windows ME/Windows 98) RAM: 128MB or more (Windows XP) Display: 800 x 600 pixels/High Color (16 bit) or better is required, 1024 x 768 pixels or better is recommended.
System Requirements: Macintosh: Please install the software on a Macintosh computer that meets the following system requirements. Hardware: Power Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac, iBook or eMac. A CD-ROM drive is required to install the software. OS: Mac OS 9.0 through 9.2, OS X (Version 10.1/10.2). (Please see our Mac OS X Compatibility Statement) Note: USB Mounter software is not supported in Mac OS X. CPU: PowerPC Interface: USB: Cable connection via the camera's USB port is limited to genuine Apple Computer brand models with a built-in USB interface. Free Hard Drive Space: 200MB or more for Canon Utilities RAM: 20MB or more of application memory (Mac OS 9.x) RAM: 128MB or more (Mac OS X) Display: 800 x 600 pixels/32,000 colors or better is required, 1024 x 768 pixels or better is recommended.
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For the money, its a great camera, but dont expect miracles out of it.
A great first digital camera, March 14, 2004
Great for what I wanted, March 13, 2004
So far, I am impressed. I have been using the superfine setting for the medium-2 size. The clarity of these pictures is wonderful. I haven't used it enough to speak on the battery eating that other reviews have mentioned. But I did buy a charger and some NiMH batteries. I have had to change the battery once and that was also because we left it open. I have managed to take over 40 pictures and several movies if that means anything to you.
For the price and the discount on the memory card (I went for the 128 MB version), I think this camera is a great deal and perfect for someone wanting to get their first digital camera without breaking the bank.
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