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Canon Powershot A2000 IS Digital Camera Review$249.99
The Canon A200 IS has a distinctive style that makes it stand out from the majority of compact cameras. It has a unique wedge-shape, with the left third of the body is made of matte black plastic that provides a bit more grip and adds an interesting visual accent.
The feature that jumps out at you the most when you look at the camera's front is the large black plastic section on the left, as if the camera was partially dipped in a paint bucket. Apart from that, we have the usual suspects on the camera's front: the 6x zoom lens, with auto focus assist lamp to its upper left, and flash to upper right. The three small dots by the lens are for the microphone.
The left side is covered by slightly rougher-textured plastic
The cluster of buttons on the right side of the camera include the vast majority of the controls. You have four buttons which serve double duty as a directional pad for navigating menus, and the FUNC/SET BUTTON in the middle. There are two buttons below this cluster, and two above. The left above button turns on facial detection mode, and the right button can be set to a number of functions (exposure compensation, white balance, manual white balance, red eye reduction, digital tele-converter, guide lines or display off). The buttons are all quite small, and placed closely together, leaving this reviewer feeling slightly ham-fisted while trying to change settings. At the top right is the playback control, situated right next to a small ridge that works as a thumb support. Oddly, the speaker is placed in a location where your thumb is bound to cover it, so you may have sound trouble playing back videos one-handed.
The controls are on the small side
Left Side* (7.00) *The skinny side of the A2000 doesn't have much exciting going for it.
Nothing here to look at
The big end of the A2000's wedge shape houses a loop for attaching the wrist strap about halfway up, which tunnels into the body of the camera slightly. It's an arrangement that stops any unnecessary protrusions, but also makes threading the strap rather difficult. The other feature of this side is the DC in and USB port tucked under a flimsy cover near the top.
*The cover near the top guards the USB and DC in ports
The top view gives you a really good idea of how dramatic the triangular shape of the A2000 is. It provides a bigger grip on the right side, but does cause the camera to look like a doorstop. The button right in the center of the top is for powerin the camera on or off, then the mode dial, and finally the zoom ring and shutter button.
The A2000's wedge shape is certainly distinctive
On the bottom you can see the slightly left-of-center tripod mount, and the latched door to get at the batteries and SD/SDHC card on the far left.
The batteries are housed in the enlarged grip