Canon PowerShot A2300 Review
The Canon PowerShot A2300 is part of Canon's A-series entry-level point-and-shoot cameras. Somewhat identical to the Canon Powershot A2400 IS, the A2300 feels more solid compared to its competitors (e.g. Samsung ES80) with its metal body. It only weighs almost 125 grams and measures 2.1 x 3.7 x .08 inches.
The camera comes with 28mm focal range and 5x zoom lens that captures up to 16-megapixel images. Do not expect extremely vivid images, but the A2300 produces pretty decent photos. Its optic is the camera's main feature, but the A2300 also takes pride in its design. Not only is it slim, but it is also hip and fashionable with its four available colors: black, pink, blue and silver. Just like its sister, the A2400, three key switches of the A2300’s zoom, power and shutter are all found on top of the camera. The other buttons including those for shooting modes, flash, among others are located beside the camera's LCD.
What we love about this camera is it has a Help button that contains topics like shooting options and shooting advices. It is very useful, especially to first-time Canon or even first-time point-and-shoot camera users. The PowerShot A2300 has a remarkable 2.7-inch screen that displays bright and clear images. The screen has a 230-dot resolution, which projects sharper images compared to other budget point-and-shoot cameras, but lags behind those expensive ones.
The camera's buttons are standard, so switching and navigating through different menus are pretty elementary. The A2300 offers different shooting modes, some of which are basic to point-and-shoot cameras. But the camera has shooting modes that are creative and pretty fun to play with including fish-eye effect, toy camera effect, poster effect, monochrome and miniature effect.
As far as image quality'is concerned, the A2300 delivers bright and vivid photos, depending also on the amount of light available while taking the shots. Photos are fine and sharp up to ISO 200 but get softer at ISO 400. It has a full-resolution sensitivity of up to ISO 1600, but it is not advisable to use it especially in low-light situations.
This point-and-shoot camera is also good when taking videos. And what we love about the A2300 is it also comes with different shooting modes in movie including live view control, portrait, miniature effect, monochrome, fireworks, poster effect, snow, super vivid and iFrame movie. It does not only give users good quality videos but also provide fun in taking them.
The shooting performance of the A2300 is a bit slow if we compare it to its contemporaries. Without using flash, taking a shot takes about 2.3 seconds. Without pre-focusing, taking an image takes less than a second both in bright-light and low-light conditions.
The Canon PowerShot A2300 is a fine choice for entry-level point-and-shoot camera. It is small and lightweight, making it easy to carry around. We love that it is also hip and stylish, putting fabulous not only on the user’s hands but also in the images and videos it takes.