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The Canon Powershot: An Affordable Point and Shoot that You Will Love

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The Canon Powershot: An Affordable Point and Shoot that You Will Love

When I first decided I wanted a camera I did a lot of research and eventually boiled down to the ideas that I wanted a point and shoot and I didn’t want to spend more than $100 on it. Why, because I mostly use my camera for hobby purposes and didn’t want to spend too much. So, I settled on the Canon Powershot after comparing it to it’s next biggest competitor. Now, three years later, I still love everything about it and have never once been disappointed. So, here is my very positive review of the Canon Powershot point and click (with photos). My specific model is the Canon Powershot A2200 HD.

Canon Powershot Review

I took this snapshot today in medium light

Features

The Canon Powershot A2200 is a point and click with 4x optical zoom, 14,1 megapixels, and a 50-20 mm lens with 1:2.8 to 5.9 ratio. It’s also compact enough to fit in a pocket, and durable enough that I’ve dropped it more than ten times on concrete and it hasn’t broken yet (did I mention I’m a klutz). It records video at 720p (HD) although the sound isn’t always perfect, it’s great for recording your kids, or anything else you might happen to want to record so long as you don’t need or want pro quality. It also has a lot of different settings but I find that I most often just use Auto because I’m an incredibly lazy photographer. The presetting’s include:

  • Auto
  • Live
  • Portrait Mode
  • Easy Mode
  • Blur Reduction Mode
  • Scene Mode
  • FishEye Effect (never used that until now)
    Live Mode
  • Discreet mode (for taking pictures on the sly)
  • Film Mode

Basically all of the Modes are really simple, easy to use, and perfect for most uses except for the fisheye which is pretty much irrelevant in almost all settings.
The camera also comes with a bunch of settings including auto flash, pre-set timer (up to 3 photos after ten seconds) tracking, face select and recognition, a variety of different photo sizes including print quality, photo review, and optional date stamp.

Canon Powershot Review

Photo taken in medium light and brightened up using a photo editor – background a white table

Pros

The Canon PowerShoot is easy to use, fast, and takes really good pictures. If the light is good it’s awesome for color and quality and you can print some really magnificent photos. In fact, if you thrown in a white backdrop to your well lighted room, it will be hard to tell that the camera isn’t a much more expensive version. The battery life lasts forever and in the three years I’ve owned the camera I’ve literally charged it less than ten times and used it at least once a month. The charger plugs into the wall and then usually charges the battery within an hour, and then it lasts for at least 15 hours of active use and probably a little longer.

Canon Powershot Review

This photo was taken in lower light conditions and brightened up with a photo editor – background – White Plate

Cons

There are a couple of cons to the camera but actually surprisingly few. For example, the quality of the photos drastically lowers in low light conditions. The flash does illuminate people in the photos but you will miss a lot, people tend to look worse when flashed out, and it does tend to over-flash things so that it’s a little too bright. The result is that if you’re planning on taking a lot of party photos, you’re going to want to go into the flash settings and try to adjust it to something a little less harsh. Without flash, low light photos can be a little grainy or just plain dim, but can be brightened up with a photo editor.

Canon Powershot Review

Overcast outdoor lighting

Overview

In my opinion the Canon Powershot A2200 offers stellar quality for the price. I paid $70 for it on Amazon and it’s usually at that price, which puts it as one of the best bang for your buck cameras out there. I’ve never had any problems with it, and it does it’s job. Plus, it’s durable, captures great color, captures okay video and sound, and is quite simply phenomenal in high light conditions (like the beach).

Canon Powershot Review

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Photo taken with an iPod Touch (because this camera cannot take photos of itself)

Canon Powershot Review

Photo taken with an iPod Touch (because this camera cannot take photos of itself)

Would I recommend it, definitely! Especially if you’re taking photos of food or nature.