A pleasant surprise
My wife recently bought an A3000IS. She wanted a small, cheap, take-anywhere camera for family snaps and travel. I was hoping for something with more manual controls, but budget won out! Overall, the camera is a nice surprise, providing you judge it for what it is -a small, cheap compact with reasonably intelligent auto settings and plenty of scene modes. It is not meant to compete with DSLRs or high end compacts!
Here are our impressions after six months of use:
Well-made considering it only cost £65.00 in UK, & has optical image stabilization.
Mode dial useful for quickly switching between common settings.
10 shot self timer great for setting-up self portraits with children.
Metal tripod thread.
Good exposure for portraits indoors with flash.
Li-ion battery allows camera to be physically smaller.
Battery life good - although recommend getting a spare for travelling and if you use the flash a lot.
Has survived being dropped a few times!
Auto white balance indoors can be a bit off.
Blown highlights in contrasty scenes.
JPEG compression too high for my liking - but not really an issue if you are only printing 6x4 for albums or posting on a website.
No internal memory, so you'll need to buy an SD card to get you started if you haven't got one already. We are using Sandisk Extreme SD 1 GB & 4 GB cards without problems.
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