"There are no innovative features here, but everything the Canon PowerShot A2000 IS does, it does extremely well," says PhotographyBlog.com's Mark Goldstein. The 10-megapixel camera has a roomy 1/2.3-inch sensor, a 6x zoom lens with an expansive 26 mm to 216 mm focal range and optical image stabilization, along with a vibrant 3-inch, 230,000-pixel LCD monitor. The beefier features are loaded on a wedge-shaped chassis that is a smidge wider and heavier than the Canon PowerShot A1100 IS, and likewise, not pocket-friendly. Across the board, the PowerShot A2000 IS wins accolades for menu navigation and ease of use. Among these formidable features, however, users and experts lament the absence of two items: an optical viewfinder and manual settings. At heart, the PowerShot A2000 IS is a point-and-shoot model. In addition to Easy Mode, it has 17 programmed shooting modes plus movie capture with sound. The DIGIC III processor is on board, with red-eye correction as well as face and motion detection technology.
Like other A-series models, however, the Canon PowerShot A2000 IS lags in camera speeds, particularly shot-to-shot and flash recovery, which CNET's Joshua Goldman tests at 2.7 and 7.1 seconds, respectively. "The majority of my pictures are of my young kids -- they are NOT going to wait that long in between pictures," says one Amazon.com owner. Delay setbacks aside, image quality shines through. Goldman describes the macro (extreme close-up) performance as amazing, while Steves-Digicams.com rates indoor, outdoor and video image quality as good. Similar to other budget cameras, image noise pumps up at ISO settings above 200. "Plain and simple, the A2000 IS is designed for point-and-shoot use and it does that extremely well," says Goldman. "If only it were a bit faster at doing it."
Imaging-Resource.com, PhotographyBlog.com and Steves-Digicams.com are among the photography sites that thoroughly test and evaluate the Canon PowerShot A2000 IS. CNET provides a test-based review with product specifications, while owner postings at Amazon.com show how the A2000 IS fares with extended use.
In tests, Stephanie Boozer finds the PowerShot A2000 IS offers Canon's dependable user-friendliness along with reliable features. Even with the record-setting 11-second flash recovery delay, the PowerShot A2000 IS rates well for overall performance.
Review: Canon PowerShot A2000 IS, Stephanie Boozer, Dec. 19, 2008
For photography expert Mark Goldstein, the Canon PowerShot A2000 IS "will either be an attractive proposition or a disappointment" depending on the ability of the person using the camera. Although the PowerShot A2000 IS delivers the goods in terms of 10-megapixel resolution, a 6x zoom with optical image stabilization and a 3-inch LCD monitor, it lacks manual settings, making it a strictly point-and-shoot model for beginning photographers.
Review: Canon PowerShot A2000 IS Review, Mark Goldstein, Sept. 9, 2008
With its lean feature set and lack of manual settings, Joshua Goldman contends that the Canon PowerShot A2000 IS is limited to point-and-shoot use. While shot recovery time is slow, the camera redeems its value with a 6x zoom, excellent photo quality and ease of use.
Review: Canon PowerShot A2000 IS, Joshua Goldman, April 23, 2009
The Canon PowerShot A2000 IS is considered a good point-and-shoot camera that's easy enough for anyone to use. It includes fully-loaded features that are considered a bit more versatile than those found on other entry-level cameras, but editors note the absence of an optical viewfinder.
Review: Canon PowerShot A2000 IS Review, Editors of Steves-Digicams.com, Oct. 30, 2008
5. Which? magazine
The Canon PowerShot A2000 IS outperforms its rival, the versatile Canon PowerShot A590 IS, for flash, focus and LCD, although overall ratings between the two are neck-and-neck. Cumulative performance scores earn the PowerShot A2000 IS a Best Buy designation from the editors.
Review: Digital Cameras: Best Buys, Editors of Which? magazine
Over 100 users post comments about the Canon PowerShot A2000 IS. Most find the camera easy to use and appreciate the enhanced features -- especially the 6x zoom, roomy control buttons and generous 3-inch LCD monitor -- although several complain about shot-to-shot delays.
Review: Canon PowerShot A2000 IS 10MP Digital Camera with 6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom, Contributors to Amazon.com