Despite the lack of optical anti-shake, but with good image in good light conditions and pleasant price, Canon PowerShot A2300 HD still can be a good choice for ordinary users.
Design and features
One of six new additions to the popular PowerShot A-Series, the Canon PowerShot A2300 HD is also equipped with a 5x optical zoom lens and a 16-megapixel sensor.
Canon PowerShot A2300 HD with Canon PowerShot A2400 and Canon PowerShot A3400 has a slimmer and thinner design. The other two, the Canon PowerShot A810 and the Canon PowerShot A1300, have the same focal length, but they are more “dense” due to the use of AA batteries.
As with all new cameras, the Canon PowerShot A2300 HD comes in a variety of colors for the user to choose from (blue, silver, magenta and black).
Compared to other PowerShot models with the same resolution and focal lengths, the Canon PowerShot A2300 HD is also equipped with a 5x optical zoom lens cluster, 5-25mm focal length (equivalent to focal range 28-140mm on 35mm film cameras. ). However, the Canon PowerShot A2300 HD lens is not equipped with optical anti-shake. Inside the camera is a 16-megapixel CCD image sensor that supports up to 4608×3456 pixel resolution and 720p HD video recording.
Due to the NB-11L lithium-ion battery, the machine is very compact and portable when you need to carry it (size 94.4×54.2×20.1mm, weight 125g). With a matte coating on the outside, the Canon PowerShot A2300 HD feels solid when held in your hand.
The control system on the PowerShot A2300 HD generally does not change much except the option buttons for shooting modes. The camera is also equipped with independent recording buttons that are convenient for users to quickly activate the movie recording function.
Test Lab works with the controls on the PowerShot A2300 HD quite easily. These buttons are relatively small in size but have good sensitivity and are reasonably arranged for quick operation.
The display quality of the 2.7″ LCD (230,000 pixel resolution) on the back of the camera is average – the angle of view is quite narrow and still dazzles light. However, in terms of a cheap camera, this is not a complaint.
Included accessories include a battery charger, a strap, a CD, and a guide document.
where can you get a Canon PowerShot A2300 HD online
Canon PowerShot A2300 IS 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Black): Buy it now
Canon PowerShot A2300 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Digital Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with 720p HD Video Recording (Red): Buy it now
Canon PowerShot A2300 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Silver): Buy it now
Canon PowerShot A2300 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom (Blue) (OLD MODEL): Buy it now
Image and video quality
Test Lab conducted a real-life test of the Canon PowerShot A2300 HD with maximum image resolution, Smart Auto mode. In general, the Canon PowerShot A2300 HD has a pretty fast startup speed. Test Lab only takes about 2 seconds to take the first picture as soon as it’s turned on.
Under good lighting conditions, the PowerShot A2300 HD delivers decent image quality, natural-looking color and high detail. The PowerShot A2300 HD focal length range is generally sufficient for normal shooting conditions, a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000 second.
The zoom system of the machine works quite smoothly. The ability to analyze the shooting context in Smart Auto mode of the machine is very stable and high precision. Also in this mode, the digital anti-shake function works fine when the Test Lab zoom reaches 140mm focal length.
However, in Program Auto mode, images are blurring quite noticeably at low ISO. The Test Lab also recognizes that when digital IS is activated, the flicker is only partially improved at high ISO settings (ISO 200 or higher).
Canon PowerShot A2300 HD is still not impressed with the ability to handle image noise in low light conditions. The image appears very clear noise from the ISO 400 onwards and the detail is reduced slightly. With high ISO levels such as ISO 800/1600, images with severe particle interference and reduced detail due to the high ISO noise suppression of CCD technology are still not comparable to CMOS sensor technology. The advice for the user when buying this camera is to set the ISO only at 400 and use the built-in flash when taking pictures in low light conditions.
With the ability to record at 25 frames per second, a maximum resolution of 1280×720 pixels, the video quality of the Canon PowerShot A2300 HD is generally average. Although the recording speed is just slightly faster than the standard speed (24 frames per second), the fast-moving scenes are reproduced quite smoothly. The test lab also found that video quality dropped sharply when digital zoom enabled during recording. The mono sound quality is just as moderate with slight background noise. Built-in speakers also have relatively small volume when watching video on the machine.
In general, if you choose the Canon PowerShot A2300 HD you get not only beautiful images with high image detail, it also saves a small amount from “cutting down” the optical image stabilization of the machine.
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