Canon PowerShot A2300 review (Silver)

The Canon PowerShot A2300 is a budget point-and-shoot-compact introduced in January 2012. It has a 16 Megapixel CCD sensor and a 2.7in screen with 230k pixels. The 5x zoom boasts a 28mm wide angle and a bright f2.8 maximum aperture, an improvement on the 4x zooms of the 2011 budget PowerShots. The A2300 lacks the optical image stabilisation of higher end PowerShot and IXUS models, but Canon has provided a low light stacking mode that it calls 'Digital IS'.

If the A2300 is to replace last years A2200, then Canon hasn't yet removed it from the PowerShot range. When it was released, the 14 Megapixel, 4x zoom A2200 was the slimmest A series compact yet produced, but the A2300 is slimmer and lighter still.

It's not the least expensive nor the most basic PowerShot, that honour belongs to the larger and heavier PowerShot A810 (and the optical viewfinder equipped A1300) which is powered by a couple of AA batteries. Moving up the range, the PowerShot A2400 IS shares almost the exact same specification, but adds optical image stabilisation. The other two models are the touch-screen A3400 IS and the top of the range PowerShot A4000 IS with an 8x zoom and 3 inch LCD screen.

In this review I've compared the A2300 with its more capable stablemate the A3400 IS. The A2300 and A2400 IS are similar in all but optical image stabilisation and there's only a few dollars difference in price, so it's an easy call to decide whether that's worth it to you. But the PowerShot A3400 IS has more to offer than optical image stabilisation, it boasts a 3 inch touch screen. Read my full review to discover whether those features are worth paying the extra for, or if the budget A2300 is the ultimate value for money PowerShot.

Tech Specs
Product Type
Digital camera - compact
Enclosure Color
Sensor Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
Optical Sensor Type
Total Pixels
16,600,000 pixels
Effective Sensor Resolution
16,000,000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size
Digital Zoom
4 x
Image Processor
Image Stabilizer
Auto Focus
TTL contrast detection
Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty
AE/AF Control
Face-priority AF, Subject-tracking AF
Face Detection
Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB, Self Portrait Auto Shutter
Digital Video Format
H.264, iFrame
Image Recording Format
Max Video Resolution
1280 x 720
AV Interfaces
Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
Light Sensitivity
ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO auto
Exposure Metering
Evaluative, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Modes
Program, automatic
Shooting Programs
Portrait mode, slow shutter, fireworks, low light, self-portrait with self-timer, snow, super vivid, poster effect, fisheye effect, miniature effect, toy camera effect, monochrome, discreet
White Balance
Custom, automatic, presets
White Balance Presets
Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (warm white)
Max Shutter Speed
1/2000 sec
Min Shutter Speed
15 sec
Exposure Compensation
±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Lens System
5 x zoom lens - 5 - 25 mm - f/2.8-6.9
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera
28 - 140mm
Focus Adjustment
Min Focus Range
1.2 in
Macro Focus Range
1 in - 23.6 in
Zoom Adjustment
Motorized drive
Lens Construction
5 groups / 6 elements
Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens, UA lens
Camera Flash
Camera Flash
Built-in flash
Flash Modes
Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction
AF illuminator
Effective Flash Range
1.6 ft - 10 ft ( wide lens ) ¦ 3.3 ft - 6.6 ft ( tele lens )
Additional Features
Continuous Shooting Speed
0.8 frames per second, 2.8 frames per second (4Mpix)
Self Timer Delay
10 sec, 2 sec
Additional Features
Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary color filter, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, digital image stabilization, in-camera red-eye removal, resizing an image, i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, Scene Detection Technology, 720p HD movie recording, highlight point display, built-in help guide, Exif Print support, Motion Detection Technology, Subject Detection technology, Smart AUTO
2.7" LCD display
230,000 pixels
Display Features
Microphone Operation Mode
Connector Type
1 x Hi-Speed USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output
Memory Card Slot
SD card
Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ImageBrowser EX
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System Support
MS Windows XP SP3, MS Windows Vista SP2, MS Windows 7 SP1, Apple Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.7
Compatible with Windows 7
Compatible with Windows 7
Included Accessories
Battery charger, USB cable, wrist strap
Battery Type
Canon NB-11L
1 x Canon NB-11L Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Battery Life Details
Photo shooting - 210 shots ¦ Playback - 5 hours
Memory / Storage
Memory Card Slot
SD card
Supported Memory Cards
SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Image Storage
JPEG 4608 x 3456 ¦ JPEG 3264 x 2448 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 4608 x 2592
Video Capture
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 25 fps ¦ H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 5 fps - Miniature Effect ¦ H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 2.5 fps - Miniature Effect ¦ H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 1.25 fps - Miniature Effect ¦ iFrame - 1280 x 720 - 25 fps
Dimensions & Weight
3.7 in
0.8 in
2.1 in
3.8 oz
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature
32 °F
Max Operating Temperature
104 °F
Humidity Range Operating
10 - 90%