Canon PowerShot A3000 IS (photos)
Canon's PowerShot A3000 IS continues the A series' trajectory toward "easy and fun" photography by abandoning a feature the line was known for in the past: AA-size batteries. This camera as well as its 12-megapixel linemate, the A3100 IS, uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery for power. Manual controls and optical viewfinders started disappearing as A-series features in 2008 and this change completes the transformation to a less expensive, larger version of the company's Digital Elphs. Canon hasn't dumped AA batteries entirely from A-series models, but with these additions the numbers dwindle.
That doesn't mean it's not a good budget-friendly camera, though, and surely there's no shortage of people after Canon photo quality at a lower cost with a thinner build. And that's really what you get with the A3000 IS.
March 17, 2010 11:19 AM PDT
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: Joshua Goldman
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