Canon PowerShot A3000 IS (photos)
The A3000 IS's shallow shooting options are not unexpected, but that really doesn't make what's offered anymore exciting. Going around the Mode dial you have P (for Program), which gives you the most control over results; Auto, which automatically detects the shooting scene; Easy (auto without options); and Movie that maxes out at a resolution of 640x480 pixels at 30 frames per second. Canon also puts five popular scene selections--Portrait, Landscape, Night, Kids&Pets, and Indoor--and a SCN choice for accessing lesser used scene settings like Beach, Long Shutter, and Fireworks. Canon renamed its High ISO mode to Low Light, but it's otherwise the same, capturing 2-megapixel shots at ISOs from 500 to 3,200. The only highlights (if you can call them that) are new Super Vivid and Poster Effect modes. (They're appropriately named and you can see a sample of them in use in the slideshow further on in this review.)
The A3000 IS is overall a slow shooter. Most compacts in its price range are slow, so you won't really get better from another camera. However, this model feels slow across the board. It starts up in just less than 2 seconds, which is decent. But the shot-to-shot times are long: 4 seconds without the flash and 6.4 seconds with. The shutter lag in bright lighting conditions is long at 0.6 second; in dim conditions it does well, though, at 0.7 second. The continuous shooting speed from the A3000 IS is a lowly 0.4 frames per second.
March 17, 2010 11:19 AM PDT
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: Joshua Goldman
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