Canon Powershot A300 Review
Features and Controls
The 5-point AiAF focusing system (or user-selectable Center AF point) works from 7.9in. to
infinity in normal mode and in Macro its focus range is 2 inches to 7.9 inches.
There's a built in focus assist illuminator, see the picture of the flash
The built in flash has modes for Auto, Auto Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On,
Slow-synchro and Forced Off. The working range is 0.6 to 6.7 feet when the
ISO sensitivity is set to Auto. You'll notice a dark circle in the upper
left of the flash, this is the focus assist illuminator that shines an orange
colored beam in low-light conditions.
The real image optical zoom viewfinder is large and bright with central focusing marks.
It shows approximately 80% of the captured image. There is no diopter adjustment. The
two LEDs indicate focus and flash status.
Controls on the back: DISPlay button toggles the color LCD OFF/ON and also controls the amount of data overlayed on the screen. The FUNCtion button gives you access to options for selecting the exposure compensation, white balance, image size, quality, ISO speed and color effects. In playback mode it is the image delete button. The rocker switch digitally zooms in and out, in play it magnifies the image up to 10x or calls up the index screen. The button to the right puts the camera in Play mode. The MENU button calls up the onscreen menus in record or playback mode. Navigate the menu options with the 4-way selector switch and accept selections with the SET button. If not in menu mode the SET button accesses the shooting modes (Auto, Manual and Stitch assist).
If in Manual record the 4-way selector is used to change the metering modes,
flash modes, drive modes and focus modes.
On top of the camera is the shutter release button and the Movie / Still record
The Powershot A300 has a CompactFlash Type I card slot and Canon supplies an 16MB card.
There is no ejector button but they have added a 'pinch indent' around the card that makes card
removal very easy.
The I/O ports include the DIGITAL (USB 1.1 compatible) port for connection to the host
computer's USB port or to the Canon CP-100 4x6" Printer or BJ Photo Direct printers.
There is no VIDEO OUT capabilities. An optional AC adapter, Canon CA-PS800, can be
connected to the DC IN port.
The batteries are housed under the same door as the CF card with a latched inner door that
keeps the batteries in place when opening the outer door. Unlike most of Canon's other compact
cameras the A200 is powered by two AA type batteries. A set of alkaline batteries are supplied
but I highly recommend the use of high-capacity
NiMH rechargeables which are more environmentally friendly.
The internal clock data and camera settings are maintained by a CR2016 lithium 'button' battery that is located to the left of the rear LCD.
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