Canon PowerShot A2400 IS Review

Review posted 06/01/2012

Quick Take
  • Camera is very easy to use
  • Help button provides explanations of A2400's various features
  • LCD is pretty bright and can be viewed in sunlight outdoors
  • Small camera fits easily in a pocket
  • Color accuracy is good
  • Special effects are easy to use
  • Several options for playing back images stored in the camera, such as a slideshow option
  • Control buttons on back panel are too small and aren't comfortable to use
  • Control buttons aren't raised away from the camera, making it difficult to press them at times
  • More experienced photographers won't find much to like due to a lack in manual controls
  • LCD screen is a bit too small
  • Larger optical zoom lens would be nice to have
  • No HDMI output
Bottom Line
Although the extremely low price of the Canon Powershot A2400 IS will make it a tempting choice, keep in mind that it's aimed at beginners, and it doesn't give those with some photography experience much to entice them. The A2400 IS does do a decent job with photo quality, but its small control buttons are very uncomfortable to use. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Canon has done a nice job of creating distinct sets of consumer-level digital cameras in its PowerShot family. These point and shoot models typically fit into two categories: Those with more advanced features and those that are aimed squarely at beginners with limited feature sets. Not surprisingly, the latter set of models will carry lower price tags than those PowerShot cameras with more extensive features.

For the first half of 2012, six new A-series cameras have been announced by Canon. Costing between $109.99 and $199.99, these cameras are made for newer photographers looking to get the most bang for his or her buck. The entire series features Smart AUTO (it automatically choses from 32 shooting modes to capture fantastic photos in all lighting scenarios), a large 16-megapixel CCD image sensor, a 28mm wide angle lens, 720p HD video recording, and a Help Button (new for this year).

Tucked squarely in the middle, the Canon PowerShot A2400 IS is the most affordable A-series camera that includes Intelligent IS (optical image stabilization) to help you take clear stills and shake-free video. It costs $20 less than the A3400 IS, which features a larger touch screen LCD than the 2.7-inch seen here, and about $10 more than the A2300, which does not includes image stabilization.

Canon PowerShot A2400 IS Features:
  • 16 megapixel CCD image sensor
  • 28mm wide angle lens
  • 5x optical zoom lens
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Smart AUTO (with 32 shooting modes)
  • Intelligent / Optical Image Stabilization
  • Help Button
  • Loads of fully automtaic Scene modes
  • Various My Color options
  • Li-ion battery pack (good for up to 180 shots)
  • SD card slot
The Canon PowerShot A2400 IS can be had in black, silver, blue, or pink with an MSRP of $159.99. See our buy box for the most recent online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • A2400 IS Camera Body
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • USB Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • NB-11L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack
  • CB-2LD Battery Charger

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