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CanonPowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera
 
4.2

(based on 48 reviews)

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    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (29)
  • Image stabilization (29)
  • Good image quality (22)
  • Nice body color (21)
  • Compact (20)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (9)
  • Limited zoom (6)
  • No viewfinder (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (35)
  • Landscape/scenery (25)
  • Travel (25)
  • Low light (20)
  • Wildlife (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (33), Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18), Yes (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent versatile point and shoot

I need a compact and light-weight camera that takes high-quality images and decent video. I had an older Olympus that took adequate photos, but was bulky. The Canon is about the size of...Read complete review

I need a compact and light-weight camera that takes high-quality images and decent video. I had an older Olympus that took adequate photos, but was bulky. The Canon is about the size of a pack of cigarettes, and doesn't weigh much more.

On Auto Mode, I have yet to find a situation where it didn't give excellent results.

I use it for photo journalism (I publish and underground arts newspaper), for taking photos for the web whether it be for website design, or online auction sites that I am not allowed to reference in this review, or Craigslist items. I use it to photograph my artwork.

On a cloudy or overcast day, I photograph my oil paintings outside. This gives me adequate images for submissions and even for publication.

It has an effective 1600 ISO, and even my low light images come out quite nice.

Large LCD display is clear even in bright sunlight.

I don't like where the zoom button is located, I have to go through contortions with my thumn in order to com[pose shots that require zooming in or out. And I would have preferred a camera that used Lithium AA batteries - when I am traveling abd the battery goes dead, I have to wait for a recharge. but I understand that this would add bulk and weight, so the Canon battery is a good trade-off. it is lightweight and gives me quite a few shots between recharges.

The lag time when shooting in low light or with flash is longer than I would like - but again, a trade off. Compact, and a very affordable price.

There is no viewfinder, but the bright LCD screen more than compensates.

If you want pro photos and SLR style flexibility, then this is not for you. This is a point and shoot.

My girlfriend bought another brand digital last year, and saw mine and is going to get one and give her other away. it is that good!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just an OK camera

The camera it self is not bad but I was expecting a better camera than what I got. I bought this camera for my mom as a christmas gift and even though she loves...Read complete review

The camera it self is not bad but I was expecting a better camera than what I got. I bought this camera for my mom as a christmas gift and even though she loves it I'm thinking of buying her a new one because I've seen her struggle with this one. The camera is slow when shooting in dark conditions and the quality of the pictures is not as good as one might expect. This gift was supposed to be an upgrade for her old 6 megapixel Casio camera but to me the picture quality is the same.
The body of the camera is plastiky and cheap, but I guess that's what you get when you spend less than $100 dollars on a digital camera.

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4.0

Great cheap camera

By Z

from Kansas

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • Limited Zoom
  • Poor Image Quality

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

I bought this to have a cheap, almost disposable camera for an extended motorcycle trip. I was satisfied with the pictures it took, though the focus function was a stumbling block for it at times. I missed a pic of a bear in the road because it couldn't get past the focusing step of taking the pic and I was too excited/preoccupied with riding to slow down my picture-taking finger.

The videos were almost worthless. Once you begin a video it never re-focuses, meaning if you start a video in close and scan to show the background/distance, it gets blurry. Zooming in on distant sights just exaggerates this.

Oh well, it did what I needed at the price I paid for it. I wouldn't have taken half the shots I took had I spent more money on the camera, simply because of the risk of dropping it at 70 mph.

As for the body of the camera, it is very lightweight (surprisingly so) and though it's kind of cheap feeling, the light weight would probably do more to save it in a drop than the cheapness would allow it to break. Have yet to test that aspect though.

Overall, it's a decent buy for the money. If you're just needing something to take snapshots with, buy it. If you want even somewhat high quality photos, look elsewhere.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

WOW!!!

By Brockman22

from Livingston, Texas

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

    I bought this camera for my wife since Canon had a $50.00 rebate on any Canon camera. My wife loves the camera. The 10 megapixals take great pictures. Her only real complaint is that it doesn't have Built-in photo editing softwareHer old camera had it.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    3.0

    simple and easy

    By gcbaron

    from Manhattan

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

      Great for beginner users. Good pictures for the price.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent Camera for its Price

      By comicbookguy

      from Toronto, ON

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

      I bought this camera as a supplement to my DSLR. I wanted to have a camera that was small enough to carry in my pocket while on vacation, on days that I didn't want to haul my DSLR around. At the same time, I wanted a camera that didn't break the bank but still took decent pictures. I'm very pleased with the quality of pictures and the camera itself at this price point. It's much better than the other cameras I've seen for the same price. The controls are very simple and straightforward. There is a slight delay after you take a picture, as many online reviews have pointed out. However, it's not that cumbersome to me. I don't consider it to be a huge issue.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      "good things come in small packages"

      By beever

      from Brooklyn NY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

        This is a great camera. It's very handy, takes excellent pictures and is easy to use. It has a lot of different modes, and has a rechargeable lithium battery for convenience. I use this camera for short videos and casual shots.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Solid Camera

        By somethingcorbin

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

        It's little clunky for a modern day camera and it has a bit of a lag but it serves its purpose as a throw-around backpack camera quite well.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        WOW

        By the travler

        from Jerusalem Israel

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Nice Body Color

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

          great price excellent quality from the best store in the country

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          A Great Buy! A+

          By Michael

          from Passaic, NJ

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

          Overall, I think this is a quality camera. We use it mostly for family and outdoor pictures and the quality is great. The zoom buttons are in an unusual spot but you get used to it. Large LCD more than compensates for zoom finder. A+

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 7
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          This was so good, I bought TWO!

          By Carl the Artist

          from Millville, NJ

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

          It is high resolution and compact! Fairly fast first photo! Easy to take great pictures on Auto Mode - it really does work 99.9% of the time!

          This is used for almost all of my photos - from family pics to photos of my artwork to be displayed on the web or used in RFQ's and even for print.

          It does take a little time to cycle between shots using flash, but still fairly spry.

          I don't like the position of the zoom button, it is awkward to use while composing a shot.

          No viewfinder.

          For the price - I dare you to find a better everyday camera.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Excellent versatile point and shoot

          By Carl the Artist

          from Millville, NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

          I need a compact and light-weight camera that takes high-quality images and decent video. I had an older Olympus that took adequate photos, but was bulky. The Canon is about the size of a pack of cigarettes, and doesn't weigh much more.

          On Auto Mode, I have yet to find a situation where it didn't give excellent results.

          I use it for photo journalism (I publish and underground arts newspaper), for taking photos for the web whether it be for website design, or online auction sites that I am not allowed to reference in this review, or Craigslist items. I use it to photograph my artwork.

          On a cloudy or overcast day, I photograph my oil paintings outside. This gives me adequate images for submissions and even for publication.

          It has an effective 1600 ISO, and even my low light images come out quite nice.

          Large LCD display is clear even in bright sunlight.

          I don't like where the zoom button is located, I have to go through contortions with my thumn in order to com[pose shots that require zooming in or out. And I would have preferred a camera that used Lithium AA batteries - when I am traveling abd the battery goes dead, I have to wait for a recharge. but I understand that this would add bulk and weight, so the Canon battery is a good trade-off. it is lightweight and gives me quite a few shots between recharges.

          The lag time when shooting in low light or with flash is longer than I would like - but again, a trade off. Compact, and a very affordable price.

          There is no viewfinder, but the bright LCD screen more than compensates.

          If you want pro photos and SLR style flexibility, then this is not for you. This is a point and shoot.

          My girlfriend bought another brand digital last year, and saw mine and is going to get one and give her other away. it is that good!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice little camera

          By pudlow

          from Valparaiso Indiana

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

            Small and compact, good image quality. Puchased this item for my wife. She loves it.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            sleek product

            By jay

            from brooklyn ny

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

              small simple and good pictures

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              no view finder

              By Maverita

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay
              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Field Work
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

              i miss having a view finder. otherwise, the camera works well, as i have come to expect form the elph series. this is my third. they last me 2 - 3 years of hard use in the field as a landscape architect. I appreciate their compatibility with mac products, and not having to learn a new system.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              It's a wonderful purchase for my needs

              By rudy rulay

              from Barcelona Span)

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

                I'm using the camera open air i.e. Barcelona's Olimpic Marina, Pirineos mountains and so on and the results are incredible despite my lack of experience

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                The Canon A3000 Surprised me!

                By Sarah Joyce

                from Southern Oregon Coast

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

                  We purchased the Canon A3000 as a birthday gift for my father-in-law. But I could not resist the temptation to try some photos with the A3000 before I wrapped the gift.

                  Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised with the image quality and the sharpness of the photos from the Canon A3000. It is a real camera value!

                  I am about to ask Canon for a small commission, as I have sold three A3000 to friends after they saw the photos from that wonderful little camera.

                  Sarah Joyce

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Great investment

                  By Ski

                  from Sebring FL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

                    I use it for parties and special events. The great thing about it is that it is small, light weight and can be take anywhere.
                    I see nothing wrong with it and recomend it to everyone.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Exactly what I needed!

                    By Matt M.

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

                      A perfect little point and shoot camera. Fulfilled my need for a simple, affordable, high-quality camera for everyday photography. Especially useful for my family members who are all thumbs when it comes to handling cameras!

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Simple to use

                      By Brian

                      from Rhinebeck, ny

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

                        A very nice camera. easily portable.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        3.0

                        Just an OK camera

                        By frankko24

                        from Margate, FL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Lag / Shutter Delay
                          • Poor Image Quality

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

                            The camera it self is not bad but I was expecting a better camera than what I got. I bought this camera for my mom as a christmas gift and even though she loves it I'm thinking of buying her a new one because I've seen her struggle with this one. The camera is slow when shooting in dark conditions and the quality of the pictures is not as good as one might expect. This gift was supposed to be an upgrade for her old 6 megapixel Casio camera but to me the picture quality is the same.
                            The body of the camera is plastiky and cheap, but I guess that's what you get when you spend less than $100 dollars on a digital camera.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 4

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                            4.0

                            Great first camera

                            By Best dad

                            from Chicago IL

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon PowerShot A3000 IS Digital Camera:

                                Bought this for my daughter so my main consideration was ease of use. Menus are very intuative so she was able to figure out how do do most things without consulting the users manual.

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 10
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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