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Canon PowerShot A300 3.2MP Digital Camera with 5.1x Digital Zoom

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  • 3.2 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 5.1x digital zoom
  • Up to 3 minutes of video with sound
  • Compatible with CompactFlash Type I cards; 16 MB card included
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries (alkalines included); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: a300
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 3.2 MP
  • Optical zoom: 1 x
  • Minimum focal length: 33 millimeters
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Product Details

Product Manual [5.42mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 4.4 x 2.3 inches ; 6.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00008OE43
  • Item model number: a300
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,153 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 28, 2003

Product Description

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The PowerShot A300--replacing Canon's A200--is ideal for beginners in digital photography. Bumping up the megapixels from the previous model, the PowerShot A300 features a 3.2-megapixel sensor that can capture images up to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, producing print enlargements up to 11 by 14 inches. Stylishly designed with a silver body finish, the PowerShot A300 has a sliding lens cover and sleek, rounded corners.

The PowerShot A300 is equipped with a 33mm f/3.6 (35mm equivalent) moderate wide-angle lens, suitable for scenic views and group portraits, as well as general photography. A 5.1x digital zoom facility enhances reach, creating an effective maximum zoom length of 168mm (35mm equivalent).

The PowerShot A300 also features Canon's intelligent five-point focusing system--AiAF (Artificial intelligence Auto Focus). With AiAF, the subject is always in focus wherever they are in the frame. Simply point and shoot for great digital images.

A 60-second voice memo can accompany each image captured, while the movie mode records clips of up to 3 minutes with sound. A special high-resolution movie mode is capable of recording 30 seconds of moving images in VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels). Images and video are stored on CompactFlash memory cards (Type I only) and the included 16 MB card holds approximately 16 images at the Large/Fine setting.

The PowerShot A300 is also directly connectable to optional Canon printers, such as bubble jet direct printers S830D and S530D and card photo printer CP-100. You can print a photo in just over 80 seconds by simply connecting the digital camera to the direct printer by means of a dedicated cable and selecting an image.

The camera is powered by two AA batteries (alkalines included; rechargeable NiMH batteries recommended). It measures 4.4 by 2.3 by 1.4 inches and weighs 6.2 ounces (without batteries). This package includes the PowerShot A300 digital camera, 16 MB CompactFlash card, two AA batteries, USB cable, wrist strap, and ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.

Product Description

This Canon PowerShot 3.2MP A300 Digital Camera is ideal for beginners or experts. With a 3.2 megapixel CCD, 5.1x digital zoom, and 5-point autofocus you'll enjoy great photos regardless of your skill level. Features: 1-1/2 color LCD viewscreen, optical viewfinder, JPEG resolution options, movie mode (640x480, 30-second clips), white balance control settings, auto exposure settings, variable sensitivity, print capabilities, built-in flash, USB interface and cable, 16MB CompactFlash card, wrist strap and a Mac/PC software CD-ROM.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

When I left it outside in the sand during a thunderstorm in the fair town of Dirt, Louisiana, it woke up in the morning QUITE gritty and…Photos are of beautiful quality. Read more ›
I bougth this camera on January 2004 and I already sold it. Quality pictures was pretty good, but time between shots is really long. When you ask somebody to take a picture… Read more ›
But on the other hand it doesn't weigh that much. The quality of the pictures are good. The camera has a few times reset its clock. Read more ›
First, let me say that the camera features and quality of images are the best I have seen for a camera of this price. ....and then the batteries died. The battery life is… Read more ›
Turns out it does has a few "bells and whistles" thrown in anyway. The picture quality is stunning, and more than surpassed my expectations. Sure the operation of… Read more ›
Picture quality is very good. Eats batteries, but you need to buy rechargeables anyway, for any digicam, so it's not a big problem in my opinion. Read more ›
-lens protector keeps the lens cleen/unscratched -auto focus works well in good-light conditions and easy to use Things that aren't as good Read more ›
Suggestion: go through the very long owner's manual first to see WHAT the camera can do, then go…The software that comes with the camera is also very nice and easy to use. Read more ›
This camera now goes with me everywhere. It is much more convenient to use than my EOS Rebel 2000, but I miss the creative zone controls on the Rebel. These same controls… Read more ›
This is our first experience with a digital…It is a camera easy to use for the novice and has the bells and whistles the experienced or serious digital camera user demands. Read more ›
This is a great camera! It is very simple to operate and it has some cool features. The camera does not have optical zoom, but I was willing to give up the optical zoom to… Read more ›
3. It's simple to use, though with many advanced features such as white balance adjustments, manual exposure, sound effects, etc. 4. Read more ›
The Canon PowerShot A300 takes some really awesome pictures. It has a lot of features that are easy to figure out and is user-friendly to those new to the digital cam world. A… Read more ›
The photo quality is excellent however it declines when doing work to the photos on the computer. The movie function is AMAZING. The quality is excellent and it is like… Read more ›
You can either…There are a few fun settings that you can add the background startup photo to one that you have taken or you can add your own sound tot he startup as well. Read more ›
This is a great camera! It is very simple to operate and it has some cool features. The camera does not have optical zoom, but I was willing to give up the optical zoom to… Read more ›
This is far from a "take it out of the box and start taking pictures" kind of camera. The function and display controls on the camera are, in my opinion, very frustrating. I… Read more ›
Subsequent batteries lasted a bit longer, but buy this camera WITH a MONSTER…Photos are fine, features are NOT easy to figure, there's nothing intuitive about the menu. I… Read more ›
The Powershot A300 is a good beginner's digital camera and the price is fairly decent. The actual picture quality is great in my opinion for a 3.2 mp camera. Read more ›
Too bad. The price is nice and the pictures came out very crisp and full of detail. But who can carry four sets of batteries to take as many pictures as a roll of film? Read more ›
In short, great price, but serious shortfalls w. respect to battery life and camera capabilities. Also, the cycle time between shots (especially when using flash) is… Read more ›
6. A…I'm very lucky to have had all these things from my CD player, so I my dad only paid for the camera and warrenty, which was an excellent price for 3.2 MegaPixels. W… Read more ›
Drains batteries like crazy, slightly over 20 photos and the battery was flat. Slightly bulkier that I'd like, but it's a Canon at a reasonable price. I use it primarily… Read more ›
But I did later because I did not want to miss anything. In summary, this is a very competent camera and a great value. At [money amount], there is simply nothing close to… Read more ›
Picture quality is outstanding and the videos…Very easy to use, and for 50 bucks you can add a larger Compact Flash card so you can take hundreds of pictures or more video. Read more ›
The pictures are very decent, and much better then most, if…Simple to use, readily availble AA batteries, and it shares the same Compact Flash cards with my other cameras. Read more ›
This camera is a little light, and can be put into a camping bag or your car glove box. The media this camera uses is Compact Flash. Which by the way, is one of the… Read more ›
- Get a 256 MB or larger flash card. - File transfer with the usb connection seems a bit slow, especially when transfering a full 256 MB flash card worth of contents. -… Read more ›
In fact, AA usage…This is the ideal point and shoot camera for travel, but as battery life erodes, writing the picture to the compact flash card becomes noticeably slower. Read more ›
7. It uses inexpensive compact flash memory. 8. Read more ›
Therefore, shoot at 50 or 100. - Videos are reasonably sharp. the 640x480 mode creates large files (approx 25MB) of ok sharpness. - the images tend to be a bit on the… Read more ›
Originally bought this camera to take photos of my two young children and discovered that the video works great to record those special moments, like my daughter's first… Read more ›
I bought this for my mother for her birthday. Picture quality is outstanding and the videos you can take are great also. Very easy to use, and for 50 bucks you can add a… Read more ›
We like the fact that this camera has video, but the video quality is nothing compared to the photo quality so I…If you want good video, I wouldn't get this camera. It'… Read more ›
An exceptional camera ..., takes excellent images and surprisingly clear and smooth video with sound!. Uses the same DiGiC image processor as Canon's high-end EOS 10D. Read more ›
It's great if you just need a point-and-shoot no fuss camera and optical zoom doesn't matter to you. It colors are gorgeous, especially outdoors during the day. Drains… Read more ›
Uses the same DiGiC image processor as Canon's high-end EOS 10D. Color balance is excellent, skin tones look great. Easy to use with many features and options. Read more ›
I had that photo blown up to 8 x 10 and…The colors are rich, and the only down side to that shot was that it made me realize that my little girl is becoming a young woman. Read more ›
I do not enjoy carrying the larger movie cameras and this is just right for me. I love the pictures, they are very clear and have excellent color. I too would like the… Read more ›
4. It takes really good photos (excellent color saturation). 5. Read more ›
I wish it was more…This is my first digital camera and I'm now ready to move on to a more modern camera that's more compact with better zoom and possibly more megapixels. Read more ›
The pictures come out so clear and bright! The camera has a good zoom on it, and is very easy to use. After a couple of hours of fidgeting around with it, I pretty much had… Read more ›
Downside... could use optical zoom. However, keep your resolution high, and go easy on digital zoom and you will still get a quality shot. Read more ›
This is far from a "take it out of the box and start taking pictures" kind of camera. The function and display controls on the camera are, in my opinion, very frustrating. I… Read more ›
I love this camera. It is perfect for carrying along to catch those special moments, with either photo or movie clip. I do not enjoy carrying the larger movie cameras and… Read more ›
this camera is geared towards the casual photographer who is looking for good resolution (3MP) in a compact and lightweight package and doesn't want to spend a lot of money… Read more ›
I changed batteries and not too long after the same thing,…Other than that the clarity is wonderful and once you've taken a read through of the manual you're good to go. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

125 of 127 people found the following review helpful By L. Simonson on May 25, 2003
The jury is still out on this one. I purchased this with high expectations of Canon's experience and reputation for digital cameras. I grew up in a family of professional photographers so I am fussy.
PROS:
1) You can't beat the price considering this is 3.2 megapixel camera.
2) Picture quality is excellent.
3) This can take short movies, with sound. Again, excellent quality.
CONS:
1) No optical zoom. The 5.1x digital zoom is fine if that's what you want. However, there is a huge difference. If zooming is not important to you, then this is fine.
2) The button choosing between still pictures and the movie setting is a hair trigger and can be easily shifted by accident. Both my father and I inadvertently took movies when we wanted to take stills. We didn't know it until we downloaded the images.
3) Buy stock in a battery company. At least you'll get some of your money back in dividends when you become the company's best customer. Digitals consume batteries like water, but this one devours batteries like Niagara Falls. In fact, this is probably the single biggest limitation of this camera. Getting a rechargeable package is the way to go, and you'll be using it a lot. Also, be careful of battery consumption when connected to the computer -- it's a killer.
4) The instructions in the manual, and the controls on the camera itself, are very complicated. Plan to spend a lot of time reading the manual over and over again, and practicing with the camera to get the hang of things. This is far from a "take it out of the box and start taking pictures" kind of camera. The function and display controls on the camera are, in my opinion, very frustrating.
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Parks on April 17, 2003
Here it is in a nutshell. I bought this camera for photos of my students' activities at school, and trusted the Canon name to give me more than my money's worth in a [$...] camera.
The positives are:
1. It's [relatively inexpensive], 3.2 megapixels, and it IS a Canon!
2. It has a focus assist light, which helps in low light.
3. It's simple to use, though with many advanced features such as white balance adjustments, manual exposure, sound effects, etc.
4. It takes really good photos (excellent color saturation).
5. It takes two AA batteries with pretty good battery life.
6. It's small enough to slip in a pocket!
7. It uses inexpensive compact flash memory.
8. It's easy to transfer to your computer via USB cable and Canon software.
The negatives:
1. Onlydigital zoom--very handy, but degrades quality.
2. Flash is only average.
3. If you do any cropping or enlarging, quality degrades quickly.
4. Not attractive, but is sturdy (I've dropped it a few times!)
I like this camera--there's not much NOT to like. It does not have the enduring 'draw' of the Nikon 2500/3500 (see my review), but it has many more features, and the pedigree of the legendary G3, and S-50 Canon cameras.
If you want just a basic, compact, point & shoot digital camera that's [relatively inexpensive] for a 3 megapixel unit, this one is THE one. As a bonus, you find it offers a whole lot more under that generic, unspectacular appearance!
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By jemaerca on August 12, 2003
this camera is geared towards the casual photographer who is looking for good resolution (3MP) in a compact and lightweight package and doesn't want to spend a lot of money on a digicam.
pros:
- great resolution for the price - 3MP!
- uses the same DIGIC processor as Canon's high-end G3 and EOS 10D - great pictures!
- you can use this as a point and shoot but it still allows a degree of manual control when you want to be more creative with your shots
- focus assist light for low-light situations
- has exposure compensation
- two autofocus modes
- ISO 50-400 range
- the interface makes plenty of useful features quickly accessible - once you get the hang of it
- voice annotation available
- VGA movie mode with sound (limited to 30 seconds)
- uses non-proprietary AA batteries; i recommend buying rechargeables though
- reasonable shot to shot time for this class of camera
- USB connectivity
- and you can get all this for less than a couple of c-notes!
cons:
- no optical zoom; but if that's what you want, you should look at the next class up on cameras (there's a digital zoom, but it's better to take the picture un-zoomed and zoom in later in your computer)
- noticeable barrel distortion at the edges of the frame
- the camera is light but it's bulky, so it doesn't feel very solid
- no RAW or TIFF uncompressed format
- short flash range
- the included 16MB CF card is not enough; be prepared to shell out more $$ for more memory
- no composite video connection so you can't view on a TV
for the price and for its target audience, this is a very nice camera. just don't expect the higher end features you would find in the canon s50 or g5. enjoy!
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By R. King on January 15, 2004
This is the second digital camera that I've owned. I had a Fuji
digital for the previous 5 years and it served me well for basic
photos, just a bit weak on the megapixs (1.3), and after the first couple of years; the controls became less dependable.
The Canon A300 has easy-to-use controls, takes digital movies with sound, stitches several pictures together to make a panoramic print, takes gorgeous closeups within a few inches of subject and transfers the pictures to a pc or other device in a snap with a excellent photo program that allows cropping, editing, etc...
There are drawbacks to this model - the digital telephoto isn't too good past 2.5X (goes up to 7.5x), no optical telephoto, uses AA alkaline batteries as if they were candy, the battery and compactflash card door isn't located right as I keep unlocking it when I turn the camera on with the protective lenscap that slides towards it. I would strongly suggest rechargable NIMH batteries and a recharger.
There are better digital cameras out there, but for the low price and features, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to
start digital photography with an inexpensive investment.
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