Simple Point And Shoot Canon Camera For Starters


The PowerShot A1000 IS from Canon may not be the best looking camera around, but it surely knocks out the competition with its features.

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This point and shoot comes with 4x zoom, an optical image stabiliser to prevent blurred photos, a 10-megapixel sensor, a powerful image processing engine, various shooting modes, as well as a 2.5-inch screen for easy photo and video review.

The A1000 is part of Canon’s Slim and Easy range, which claims to offer ‘point and shoot simplicity and superb technology in a slim and compact body.’ It is made out of hard plastic and sports a black and silver finish, adding a touch of style and toughness to the camera. In addition, the package contains two AA Alkaline batteries, a memory card, USB and AV cables, a wrist strap, and a CD containing Canon’s “Digital Camera Solution.”

In order to provide users with a simple to use camera, Canon has only placed a limited number of controls on the A1000. On top of the unit, users can find the Power button, Mode Dial, Shutter Button, and Zoom Lever, while the Tripod Socket and Memory Card/Battery Compartment can be found on the bottom.


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A 2.5-inch screen, Viewfinder, Playback Button, Face Select Button, Print Share Button, Disp. Button, Menu Button, and Navigation keys (ISO, Macro, Continuous Shot, Flash, and Function Set) are found at the unit’s rear.

The unit is straightforward to use: just place the batteries and memory card, turn on the unit, and start taking photos. The Mode Dial on top of the unit offers 10 shooting modes (Video Mode, Scene Mode, Indoor, Kids and Pets, Night Snapshot, Landscape, Portrait, Easy, Auto, and Program) to simplify camera use.

Despite producing soft images by default (can be adjusted to superfine mode), the camera was still able to produce good images after several tweaks to the unit’s settings. Purple fringing only appeared in high contrast shots, noise was kept at a minimum most of the time, and the unit’s face detection and optical image stabiliser features worked without a hitch.

The unit was also able to perform well in portrait and indoor shots, with the A1000 minimising red-eye on subjects and shooting indoor settings with adequate exposure. Outdoor shots taken were also good, with blurs minimised thanks to its image stabiliser. If you are however, taking shots of city landscapes, then we recommended the use of a tripod for better night shots.


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After taking your shots, users can transfer photos to any PC, share it with friends by hooking it up to any television set, or use the Pictbridge function to print photos instantly. All a user has to do is to hook up the camera to any Pictbridge compliant printer, select the image to be printed, and press the PictBridge icon located below the playback button.

If you are first-time digital camera user that wants to have a solid camera that you can bring along during those family excursions, then the A1000 may be worth looking at. It is a pretty solid unit that not only sports the latest technology, but also comes with a reasonable price tag of $249.

However, if you are an aspiring photographer looking for a point and shoot that is equipped with advanced settings, then we recommend users to go for another Canon camera.

See page over for product specifications and final rating.


Canon Powershot A1000 IS Product Specifications:

Effective Number of Pixels: 10-megapixels
Processor: DiG!C III
Optical Zoom: 4x
Image Stabilizer: Optical (Lens Shift Type)
Face Detection: Auto Focus, Auto Exposure, White Balance, Flash Exposure, Auto Red-Eye correction
LCD Monitor: 2.5 inch LCD monitor (approx 115,000 dots)
Shooting Modes: Auto, P (Program), Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids and Pets, Indoor, Special Scene (Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200), Movie
My Colours: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Colour

Playback Operations: Red-eye Correction, Easy Mode, Slideshow, My Category, Index, Resize, Magnified, Image Inspection Tool, Advancing and Reversing through magnified images, Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Sound Memos, Auto Play, Transition Effect

Battery Size: AA Alkaline battery (x2)
Optional Charger/AC Adaptor: AC Adaptor Kit ACK800 (contains CA-PS800)
Dimensions (W x D x H): 95.4 x 62.4 x 31.0 mm (ex. protruding parts)
Weight Approx. 155g

Canon PowerShot A1000 IS | $249 |  |

For: Solid and clean look; Various shooting modes to help you capture those moments; Uses AA batteries; Large LCD screen; Pictbridge function
Against: Batteries may fall off when swapping memory cards; Limited advanced settings; Noise apparent when set to high ISOs; Carrying case must be separately purchased.
Conclusion: A good way to kick start your photography career.

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