Every photographer needs a backup camera that’s small enough to carry along in a shirt pocket when a bulky DSLR just isn’t practical. In our opinion, the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS is a great choice, especially with it’s street price of only $100 or so. Compact, stylish and simple to use, the A2300 IS also makes a perfect “extra” for that empty compartment in your camera bag.
Don’t let the low price fool you. This is a very capable digital camera that is loaded with a number of advancements that make it easy to capture a great image every time you release the shutter. For example, the Smart AUTO function can recognize 32 predefined shooting situations, then instantly determine the proper camera settings for getting the best shot possible under prevailing conditions.
This little gem features Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a 16 megapixel sensor and a 28mm wide angle 5X zoom lens. There is no mechanical image stabilization feature, but its digital IS feature works extremely well. 720p HD video is also available at the touch of a button.
In short, while it is in no way a replacement for your DSLR or high end point and shoot digicam, at just $100 the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS just might be the best backup camera deal out there right now.
About the author: Carmella Quinones is a professional portrait photographer who loves to dabble in landscapes and macros as well. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband Raul and two very spoiled kitties.