Canon PowerShot A2200

The A2200 will suit casual photographers to a tee, while the inclusion of HD video and plenty of shooting modes make great additions to this entry-level camera.


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There's always a market for decent and cheap compact cameras, a niche which Canon seems to fill admirably with its A series of PowerShot cameras. Traditionally, the range ran on AA batteries, though the new 2011 range shifts to use rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries.

Design and features

Apart from the battery change, which means the camera is lighter and slimmer than previous versions, the A2200 also comes with a big drawcard — HD video at 720p. While it's not likely to replace a dedicated video camera or SLR with video functionality, we applaud Canon for including this feature on its cheapest range. The A2200 uses a 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor and the lens is a respectable 4x optical zoom at f/2.8-5.9 at the wide (28mm) to telephoto end respectively.

Elsewhere, photographers get ample controls from the mode dial located at the top of the camera, including a program mode, full automatic and movie modes. Other interesting inclusions are Live View control, which allows you to change variables on a sliding scale (ranging from dark to light, neutral to vivid, cool to warm) and view the effects directly on the screen. There is also an easy mode, scene modes which include fisheye, miniature, toy camera, monochrome, super vivid and poster effects to be applied to images. Finally, a discreet mode turns off all sound effects and the flash for quiet operation. Even the AF assist light gets turned off for those situations where you're not allowed to use a camera (but everyone does anyway).

A2200

The buttons and controls at the rear of the A2200 are all within easy reach. (Credit: Canon)

The 2.7-inch LCD screen (at 230,000 dots) is adequate for a camera of this size, plus all the physical buttons are well placed and have pleasing feedback. Connectivity options are limited to an AV-out port to connect the camera to a computer via USB and an AV cable (both provided in the box) that connects the camera to a television.

Performance

General shooting metrics (in seconds)

  • Time to first shot
  • Shot-to-shot time
  • Shutter lag
  • Canon A22002.940.7

Continuous shooting speed (longer bars indicate better performance)

  • Canon A22000.5

Canon rates the battery for the A2200 at 280 shots.

Image quality

Pictures from the A2200 are very good, considering it's an entry-level camera. They have the usual Canon punchy colour rendition particularly in the green and red channels, and sharpness at the centre of the frame is decent (though as with any cheap lens it drops off towards the edge of the frame). The lens also produces some barrel distortions at the wide end and a fair amount of fringing on high contrast areas — particularly noticeable at 100 per cent magnification.

A2200

Fringing evident on a photo from the A2200, full magnification crop inset. (Credit: CBSi)

Fortunately, the A2200 is limited to ISO 1600, which means that images taken at high ISO levels aren't covered in noise — perhaps just a heavy sprinkle. In emergency situations you would be able to get away with using them at low resolutions, particularly for web display.

Video quality is acceptable for a camera of this class, and while HD it doesn't necessarily reflect the level of detail we are used to seeing from other Canon cameras that are HD-ready, like the excellent PowerShot S95. Still, it's usable for quick clips. Bear in mind there is no optical zoom while filming and audio recording is in mono. There are a few options for tinkering with the visual side of videos, such as white balance adjustments, miniature effect and colour changes.

The big issue with the HD video files is their size — at a whopping 144MB for almost a minute of footage, Canon is using MPEG-4 as a MOV file to encode the video. While fine for semi-professionals and hobbyists to have files this size, it's a rather cumbersome size for home users.

Image samples

Click each image for full-sized samples from the A2200. No post-processing has been done to alter these photos.

Exposure: 1/1000, f/3.5, ISO 160

Exposure: 1/320, f/5.9, ISO 80, toy camera filter

Exposure: 1/100, f/2.8, ISO 320

Exposure: 1/60, f/2.8, ISO 400

(Credit: CBSi)

Conclusion

The A2200 will suit casual photographers to a tee, while the inclusion of HD video and plenty of shooting modes make great additions to this entry-level camera.

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vallabhan
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"far above expectation"

vallabhan posted a review   
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The Good:simplicity

The Bad:the nob on top

I had a canon canera years back, i lost it in a bus. After that I tried my hands on several brands. My last one a nikkon coolpix was a good camera, but its lcd screen failed..hence I bought this one A2200.
I was pleasantly surprised by its performance..Superior clear shots

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"Sheer Waste of money"

VunicD posted a review   
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The Good:Build quality

The Bad:Everything else

OMG can't believe I wasted my money on this with a casual buy.
The first digital camera Nikon Cool pix that I bought 10 years ago, takes a much much better picture.
A2200 is a pure waste of money. The only thing I liked about the camera is it's build. Unlike other low end cameras, you dont feel that much of aluminum. Just for the fact I had a great feel on the hand, and the trust I had for Canon, I quick swiped my card to pick it up.
I shot few images very quickly after coming out from the shop - I wasn't convinced with the quality. I consoled myself saying everything will be alright by morning - thinking only the night shots are poor. But the worst came in the morning, it was totally disappointing. Lots of NOISE!!! in a normal picture.. you'll feel like you've shot this in a place of a fire accident, lots of black& grayish noise.. I tried all possible modes and it still worsens.

In a fret, I picked out another old camera of mine - Lumix FS3, old one indeed. Now I feel like I should've picked something again from Lumix or Sony.

To put it head on, my 6 years old Sony 750i MOBILE! takes a much sharper picture.


Canon PowerShot A2200 : Poor. Don't buy.
I don't buy this even for beginners.

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"Value for money, especially for beginners"

RonnieM1 posted a review   

The Good:Very small and light, great effects, first Canon with rechargeable battery

The Bad:Lots of noise, doesn't perform well in low light, lack of manual functions

At first touch, the camera feels surprisingly small and lightweight - it did for me, especially because my older camera was quite bulky. The inclusion of a charger and a rechargeable battery (non-AA's), a new practice with Canon, is great in economical terms, although not so great for overseas travellers.
However, testing the camera within my artificially lit room, the camera preview was very noisy (ISO didn't fix it), and subsequently, the shots turn out noisy too, especially if you want your prints/display large.
Eventually, I got to take it outside - not the best weather, a bit cloudy - and the camera performed quite well at just pointing and shooting. The effects are fun to mess around with, however, eventually, you want to do some more advanced things, which this camera lacks - there are no manual controls for focus (besides preset infinite, macro or auto), or exposure/aperture. If you're a beginner or just want to point and shoot, this shouldn't pose an issue, however advanced photographers may find this camera limits their creative engine.




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  • vallabhan

    vallabhan

    Rating8

    "I had a canon canera years back, i lost it in a bus. After that I tried my hands on several brands. My last one a nikkon coolpix was a good camera, but its lcd screen failed..hence I bought this on..."

  • VunicD

    VunicD

    Rating2

    "OMG can't believe I wasted my money on this with a casual buy.
    The first digital camera Nikon Cool pix that I bought 10 years ago, takes a much much better picture.
    A2200 is a pure wa..."

  • RonnieM1

    RonnieM1

    Rating7

    "At first touch, the camera feels surprisingly small and lightweight - it did for me, especially because my older camera was quite bulky. The inclusion of a charger and a rechargeable battery (non-A..."

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