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Canon PowerShot A2000 IS - Canon PowerShot A2000 IS

By Cliff Smith



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While some corners may have been cut on the A2000’s construction, at least the internal components are up to the usual standard, which means that overall performance is well up to standard. The camera starts up in comfortably under two seconds, and in single shot mode at maximum picture quality the consistent shot-to-shot cycle time is approximately 1.9 seconds, which is pretty quick for a 10MP camera. In continuous shooting mode it can maintain 1.25 frames per second, although it doesn’t focus between shots in this mode.

The autofocus system is well up to Canon’s usual standard, focusing accurately and extremely quickly in good light, and barely slowing down in lower light conditions. Low light focusing is not as reliable as some other recent cameras, but it is by no means a problem, and usually gets it on a second attempt.

Also matching Canon’s traditional high standard is the A2000’s picture quality. The lens is excellent, producing virtually no barrel distortion at wide angle and only a little pincushion distortion at the telephoto end. There was also no visible chromatic aberration and only a little purple fringing around some highlights.

Exposure metering is very accurate and reliable, and colour rendition is superb, with visible detail even in very saturated bright colours. The overall level of sharp detail is fantastic, and the low JPEG compression ratio means that artefacts are not a problem. Average file is nearly 5MB, which is large for a 10MP camera.

Image noise is also very well handled, with good picture quality and plenty of fine detail up to 400 ISO, and reasonable printed quality at 800 ISO. Even at the full-res maximum of 1600 ISO the colour balance is good, and the noise has that usual Canon granular quality, looking a little like film grain. All in all an excellent performance.


The Canon PowerShot A2000 IS is a little expensive for a mid-level compact, and the overall build quality and low-angle monitor may cause some disappointment. The lack of the usual A-series manual exposure options and optical viewfinder may also put off some potential buyers. However the camera is extremely easy to use, the wide zoom range is very versatile and the performance and picture quality are well up to the high standard we’ve come to expect from Canon.


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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