Canon PowerShot A3000 IS (photos)
The size of the A3000 IS falls between the ultracompact bodies of the SD-series Digital Elphs and chubby A-series models that use AA-size batteries. Made of plastic and only available in silver with black accents, the camera is small enough to fit in a pants pocket or small handbag. It looks better than its price, but pick it up and it feels like a lower end compact camera. The lens, though not wide-angle, starts at a wider aperture than a lot of the budget competition and zooms out a touch farther, too. The 2.7-inch LCD is better than most as well, getting bright enough to use in direct light despite reflections from the screen. Also, the inclusion of optical image stabilization is a definite plus.
March 17, 2010 11:19 AM PDT
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: Joshua Goldman
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