Features & Controls
By Matt Metzker
The A3000 IS features a 4X (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm) f/2.7-5.6 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in cover closes to completely protect the glass of the lens.
With Canon's Optical Image Stabilization technology (OIS), users have the flexibility of actually shooting at shutter speeds 2-3 stops lower than would otherwise be possible. This camera features multi-mode Image Stabilization - users can choose between Continuous IS (always active), Panning IS (active when vertical camera shake is detected) and a "Shoot Only" IS mode (active when the shutter is pressed all the way.)
An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. The focusing range is:
- Normal: 12in./30cm-infinity
- Macro: 3 - 60 (W), 30 - 60 cm (T) (1.2 in. - 2.0 ft. (W), (12 in. - 2.0 (T))
Flash range is 30 cm - 4.0 m (W), 30 cm - 2.0 m (T) (12 in. - 13 ft. (W), 12 in. - 6.6 ft. (T)
The controls located on the back are big and easy to operate. the usual 4-way control is more like four buttons nested around the FUNC/SET button instead of the usual round pad. Starting at the top is the zoom paddle which doubles as the zoom and index buttons when in playback mode. Below that are the face detection button and the playback button. The 4-way cluster is pretty standard with the top button changing exposure setting, the right side is used to flip through the flash settings. At the bottom is the self timer and on the left it is used to select landscape or macro mode if/when needed. These all wrap around the function/set button which is used to access a shortcut to various shooting functions that can be changed. It is also used to make selections in the menus. In playback mode the top button doubles as the Jump button. The Jump feature allows you to skip over a selected amount of images based on a specific number or a category. The bottom of the 4-way doubles as the delete image button.
The A3000 has an I/O port located on the side of the camera. This allows you to plug the camera into a computer or a television
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Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canonâ€™s standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.
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