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Canon PowerShot A2000 IS - Canon PowerShot A2000 IS

By Cliff Smith



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Main shooting mode is controlled via a large dial on the camera’s top panel. The dial itself feels a bit cheap and clunky, with distinct air of Fisher Price about it. The shooting modes consist of program, full auto, video mode and five quick scene modes with a further 11 under the SCN setting. There are no manual exposure options.

Canon uses variations of the same menu system on all its compact cameras, including the useful function menu system, simply adding or removing features for each model as necessary. The menu on the A2000 appears to be similar to some of the recent IXUS range, with fewer options than usual for an A-series camera, but it is just as quick and easy to operate as ever.

The function menu offers exposure compensation, white balance, the “My Colour” settings, metering mode and image quality settings, all of which are useful, and the custom setting in My Colours does allow adjustment of contrast, saturation and sharpness. The main menu is also fairly simple, with basic AF settings (AiAF, face detection or centre spot), custom self-timer setting and image stabilisation options among others, but again there is little in the way of creative control. All the other functions, such as drive mode, ISO setting and macro/landscape focus mode, are selected via secondary functions of the D-pad.

The external controls don’t appear to be as solidly mounted as they might be, and some feel decidedly flimsy. Catch one with the edge of a fingernail and it gives an distinctly plastic ‘ping’.

The zoom control is a rotary bezel around the shutter button. The control action is fairly crude; you have to turn the ring a long way to make it move, and when it does it moves jerkily and too quickly, making accurate framing difficult. Since the 6x zoom range is a major selling point of the camera I would have hoped that Canon might do a better job on the zoom control.


September 19, 2008, 8:33 pm

It seems that Canon may be turning the A series into a load of cheaper, fatter, more plasticky Ixus clones, for consumers who want an Ixus, but can't quite afford one..

Shame, as the A series are the perfect parents and relatives cameras, relatively cheap, a big grip for less then steady hands, easy to use, and a viewfinder and manual controls like the old film cameras they used to have.

P.S. Cliff, as a fellow Devonian, and upon looking at each of your reviews, I would like to say that there's more to Devon then just Exeter! Plymouth isn't as bad as it used to be, it's actually quite alright now. (honest!) New fancy tall buildings are coming up everywhere and the council is on a major flower planting binge.

Don't go to Torbay though, you have to draw a line somewhere..


September 19, 2008, 8:59 pm

A curate's egg? For anyone in this market, maybe the current A720 is better value? Similar image quality, better feel in the hand, better build & cheaper! Go for the A720, quick!


September 20, 2008, 1:40 pm

Unfortunately the A720 is discontinued, so any remaining stock in shops will soon be gone.

I can't see much logic in the decision to dumb down the controls. These cameras are bound to use the same LSI, so the functionality is built in.


November 23, 2008, 7:17 am

Well I'm truly underwhelmed by this camera compared to the A720 IS. Gone are the viewfinder ,Tv and Av. The price has gone up a lot too. It's only saving grace is that it's slimmmer. The A720 IS is fine and it replaced my lovely little Ixus 850 IS. This got nicked whilst I was in Africa and by the time I got home, it was discontinued. Why all this product turnover I wonder? It's costing them loads in product development and depreciation on underutilised tooling.

rob 5

January 5, 2009, 3:10 pm

i'd like to say - why are these people commenting on a product they obviously don't own.

just bought an A2000is. paid 𧴹 from jessops with 㿊 cashback from canon.

the reason i went for the A2000is, was because of this review. picture quality was my primary objective. (what is the point of having all the features and poor image quality) as they say you can't polish it.

secondly i needed a point and click camera - if i wanted a view finder and complete manual control i'd spend the cash and get something aimed at that market.

what you get with this camera is great value point and click with superb image quality.

yes- it's plastic - but it feels solid - no creaking. it has an AV out (so not sure what wandereruk is on about) flash recharge time i found acceptable - fairly quick for AA power source, using lithium AA's helps.

take from someone who actually owns this camera.

if your looking for a cheap all round point and shoot this is well worth the money. as the review says

it has it's problems, but for a simple holiday and everyday photography it's superb, with stunning picture quality.

Blake Lentsch

January 8, 2009, 8:05 am

I agree with everything rob said. I will add that the macro is phenomenal. The AA's are a plus, they are cheap and you can get a bucket full of rechargeable ones for under $50, and they last for at least 500 shots. It takes great video. This is second to only the g10 for cameras that you can fit in a pocket.

Peter Roberts

April 18, 2009, 4:06 am

Totally useless camera except for beautiful quality landscapes or still portraits. Everything else has gone in the 3 seconds or so it takes for the shutter to go off. Tried the kids/pets setting and that was even worse. With no viewfinder, you can't take photos in bright sun as you cant see the screen. Very disapointed in a camera that had such good reviews.

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