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Canon PowerShot A2000 IS review




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It’s been several months since I last reviewed anything from Canon’s popular PowerShot A-series of mid-level compact cameras, and that was only the lowly A470, the base model in the range. Fortunately Canon has recently announced two new A-series models, and today I’m taking a look at the PowerShot A2000 IS, a 10.0 megapixel, 6x zoom camera currently available in the UK exclusively from Jessops, priced at £199.99.

The A2000 is a bit of a new departure for the A-series. Previous models in the range have been popular with hobbyists and more experienced photographers, thanks to their robust construction, excellent handling, limited but useful range of manual exposure controls and optical viewfinders. The A2000 has none of these things, and appears to be aimed at less ambitious photographers looking not for manual versatility but for a simple, easy-to-use general-purpose compact. If this represents a new direction for the A-series then there will be some disappointed customers.

The A2000 is an undemanding camera. It has large, clearly labelled controls that operate a range of simple automatic settings. Even the body shape is simpler than previous models, a rounded wedge shape thicker at the right-hand end where the two AA batteries live. The body is made of plastic, and although the camera does feel solidly weighty, the body panels seem to be thinner than previous A-series cameras and creak alarmingly when squeezed. There’s nothing really wrong with it, but it does feel more cheaply made than some previous models in the range.

The A2000 has no optical viewfinder, but it does have an enormous three-inch LCD monitor. However this too is not up to the high standard of previous A-series models. It has an extremely narrow viewing angle of only about 30-odd degrees vertically, making it difficult to use for over-the-head shots, and it is also highly reflective. It’s the first Canon monitor in a long time that I’ve actually had difficulty using outdoors.


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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