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Canon PowerShot A1000 IS, A2000 IS revamp popular "A" models
by David Rasnake -  8/25/2008

Canon is reworking its popular PowerShot A series of affordable, feature-rich compact cameras to include two new 10 megapixel models. The Canon PowerShot A1000 IS and A2000 IS, which share a 10 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor and current-generation DIGIC III processing, represent a new design aesthetic that targets a slightly different market than we've seen with Canon's previous PowerShot A cameras.

Slated to replace the current mid-level A720 IS, the A2000 IS features a 6x optical zoom covering an equivalent range of 36-216mm.

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS

Compared to the model it supersedes, the A2000 is slimmer and sleeker, with a less pronounced grip area and a dual-tone silver/grey color scheme. In spite of a thinner form factor, AA power is retained for maximum convenience – though perhaps still at the expense of flash recycle times.

Overall, the look is chicer, hipper, and more curvaceous, reflecting general design trends seen across the PowerShot line this year.

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS

Out back, the A2000 retains a control layout that will be largely familiar to users of previous PowerShot A models. Unlike the new 50D, the Print/Share button has been retained in the latest A cameras, though we're assuming that as before its function can be custom configured to something slightly more useful for routine shooting.

Reflecting the importance of and improvements to Canon's DIGIC III face detection implementation, the A2000 also receives what appears to be a dedicated face detection button.

Of course, a 3.0-inch LCD with 230,000 dot resolution is the most prominent addition to the A2000's rear deck.

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS

As the "IS" in the new camera's model name implies, the A2000 features optical image stabilization, using a floating lens element to correct for shake and reduce blur. Usual DIGIC III features, including face detection with tracking, Motion Detection, and AiAF intelligent auto focus are standard as well.

A glance at the new camera's mode dial suggests that somewhere along the way, the A720's manual exposure control modes have been excised. While aperture and shutter priority modes on previous PowerShot A models have always been a bit clunky in use, it's a shame that those interested in exploring photography in greater depth will no longer be able to control aperture and shutter speed directly with Canon's latest A model.

In another disappointment for advanced shutterbugs, especially, there's also no optical viewfinder on the A2000 IS – an unusual move for a series of cameras that have long held to traditional viewfinders.

As noted, the A1000 IS carries over several major specs from its sibling, including its 10 megapixel imager, DIGIC III processor, and image stabilization system.

Canon PowerShot A1000 IS

The step-down version sports a shorter 4x zoom range, effectively covering 35-140mm. A smaller, lower-res screen (2.5 inches, 115,000 dots) is utilized on the A1000 IS as well.

Canon PowerShot A1000 IS

Not surprisingly, what's true for the A2000 is also generally true for the A1000: there are no manual exposure modes on the more basic variant, with the scene preset heavy A1000 projecting a more fun and friendly image than some previous PowerShot A models. Interestingly, however, the folks at Canon opted to include an optical viewfinder – no doubt a welcome addition for shooters looking to make the most of the camera's 1.3 fps continuous shooting mode.

Canon PowerShot A1000 IS

Save for a more pronounced grip "hump" and the addition of viewfinder ports, A1000 styling is similar to the A2000, but in a treatment that's traditionally been reserved for Canon's ultracompacts and pure entry-level models, the two-tone A1000 comes in four shades: grey, purple, blue, and brown.

Canon PowerShot A1000 IS

Continuing Canon's usual policy of offering maximum bang for your buck in its PowerShot A cameras, suggested pricing for the new models comes in at $249 for the A2000 IS, and $199 for the A1000 IS. Both cameras will be available for purchase in September.

Canon PowerShot A1000 IS Specifications:

Sensor 10.0 megapixel (effective), 1/2.3" CCD
Zoom 4x (35-140mm) zoom, f/2.7-5.6
LCD/Viewfinder 2.5", 115K-pixel TFT LCD
Sensitivity ISO 80-3200
Shutter Speed 15-1/1600 seconds
Shooting Modes Easy, Program, Scene, Movie
Scene Presets Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot
White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Metering Modes Multi, Center, Spot, Face Detection
Focus Modes 9-Point AF, Face Detection AF
Drive Modes Normal, Continuous, Self-Timer
Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Slow Synchro, FE Lock, Forced Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory Formats SD, SDHC
Internal Memory
None
File Formats JPEG
Max. Image Size 3648 x 2736
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video Not Specified
Battery 2 AA batteries
Connections USB, AV output
Additional Features Face Detection, iSAPS, optical image stabilization, DIGIC III processor

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS Specifications:

Sensor 10.0 megapixel (effective), 1/2.3" CCD
Zoom 6x (36-216mm) zoom, f/3.2-5.9
LCD/Viewfinder 3.0", 230K-pixel TFT LCD
Sensitivity ISO 80-3200
Shutter Speed 15-1/1600 seconds
Shooting Modes Easy, Program, Scene, Movie
Scene Presets Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot
White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Metering Modes Multi, Center, Spot, Face Detection
Focus Modes 9-Point AF, Face Detection AF
Drive Modes Normal, Continuous, Self-Timer
Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Slow Synchro, FE Lock, Forced Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory Formats SD, SDHC
Internal Memory
None
File Formats JPEG
Max. Image Size 3648 x 2736
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video Not Specified
Battery 2 AA batteries
Connections USB, AV output
Additional Features Face Detection, iSAPS, optical image stabilization, DIGIC III processor