Canon PowerShot A2100 IS Review

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March 11, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

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#1 Mark Goldstein

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Golfblogger.Com
Where is the screw hole for the tripod on this one? Centered, or off to the side.

Mark Goldstein
The A2100 has a centered, metal tripod socket.

Bill
“The Canon PowerShot A2100 IS digital camera is the new top-of-the-range model in the popular PowerShot range, which has traditionally offered a compelling combination of features and affordable price.”

Um, isn’t the G10 the top-of-the-line camera in the PowerShot line? The A2100 is only the top camera in the A-Series line.

Moris
Canon is killing A series. Where are swivel LCD, 4AA batteries, manual controls, larger sensor, better grip, faster lens????? All these are missing and this camera gets recommended? Funny…

12:01 pm - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

#2 Ron

“Canon is killing A series. Where are swivel LCD, 4AA batteries, manual controls, larger sensor, better grip, faster lens????? All these are missing and this camera gets recommended? Funny…”

The A-Series is for a particular kind of user. I’d recommend these cameras in a second to anyone looking for a basic point and shoot. I personally started on an A-Series camera and worked my way up to the G10. That A-Series model served me well.

Swivel lens has never been a part of the A-Series has it? And why should it? It’s designed for snapshots, plain and simple. Same goes for all the other “missing” features you mention. If they added all that, you’d have the G10.

As for AA batteries, I have no idea what you’re point is. This camera takes 2AA batteries, and that’s a plus for sure. I’ve got so many proprietary batteries with different chargers, I’m going nuts. Give me AA’s any day over another overpriced battery that can only works in one model.

8:31 pm - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

#3 Misty

When will this camera be available for purchase (not preorder)?

3:55 pm - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

#4 sao

Ron: “Swivel lens has never been a part of the A-Series has it? And why should it? It’s designed for snapshots, plain and simple. Same goes for all the other “missing” features you mention. If they added all that, you’d have the G10.”

Apparently you dont know the history of Powershot A cameras. Most of the popular Powershot A cameras had Av/Tv/M/P, they just dropped it recently (2008). Also, the swivel screen has been one of the cool feature of this series.

2:20 pm - Friday, April 3, 2009

#5 Ron

“Apparently you dont know the history of Powershot A cameras. Most of the popular Powershot A cameras had Av/Tv/M/P, they just dropped it recently (2008). Also, the swivel screen has been one of the cool feature of this series.”

No, I haven’t studied the “history” of the cameras. I have a life. But I am aware of the settings you mention. Of course, I’ve used the cameras myself. What’s your point??? I must’ve been out of the A-Series by the time the swivel lens was introduced. If I wanted that, I’d go to the S-Series.

Why do people whine and moan everytime whenever a company makes a change? God forbid they try to sell cameras.

5:15 pm - Friday, April 3, 2009

#6 Kel

I started with the A60 and it doesn’t have a swivel lens.  When did they START having it?  I missed it!

4:57 am - Thursday, April 9, 2009

#7 Snappy

They had a swivel screen for their top model within the A series for a while… the last of which (they discontinued it, presumably because it was a “baby G”) was the A650 (which came out around the same time as the G9).  The whole A series has been cheapened since then with the removal of manual controls, optical viewfinders, and a move towards sensor shift rather than lens based image stabilization.  But that’s no surprise, that’s an industry trend as the market saturates and prices continue to fall.  Consumer cams are entering commodity territory.

8:16 pm - Thursday, April 9, 2009

#8 Kel

I’m fairly amateurish at this, but I’ve been taking photos for years now with first the Canon A60 and then the Kodak C875.  I don’t want to spend more than $300 and have tried a few but haven’t found the “perfect” match for me.  I want better video quality because my son plays in a band and I love being able to zoom in and get awesome detail.  Lastly I have a very busy little grand daughter and she is the main focus of my photography right now.  It does seem like the higher the megapixels the more quality you lose in other aspects.

11:22 pm - Thursday, April 9, 2009

#9 Ram

Just last month lost my first digital camera - a Canon A95. After eagerly waiting for a year, for canon to release the next-version of the famous A80, I was immediately smitten. Four years hence, a 1000 pictures later, when I lost this camera, it was the first time I truly rued losing a gizmo. The A-series were a gem for the enthusiastic beginner - having a feast of features and… and the ‘swivel screen’ that allowed you to wield the camera from anywhere. You dont have forgo life to know the history of a camera… just need to have enjoyed a few of those. :-) ~RIP~

11:58 pm - Thursday, May 21, 2009

#10 shivaprakash

Hey guys come to conclusion. is it worthy to buy A2100 or not.

12:54 pm - Tuesday, July 7, 2009

#11 Ryan

Outside of the fact that they have dumbed down the A-series and the 2100 is a far cry from the 650 (the only model to have a swing out lcd), it’s still a pretty good camera. If you don’t need manual controls and need it idiot proof for the most part it’s a good camera that will take good pics in almost any situation. If you need some sort of pocketability and want a little better image quality over the smaller powershots, it’s a good deal. If pocketability isn’t an issue, I’d pick up the Pany TZ5 that you can get for around $200 on ebay or $230 on the web. You get the 10x zoom and optical image stabilization. It’s been a great complement to my SD880 and D90.

If I was to buy an A series camera now, I’d by the 720. It’s the best A-series camera they’ve made IMHO, and you can pick one up for about $150 give or take $10.

5:24 pm - Monday, July 13, 2009

#12 Glenn Fernandes

Canon Power Shot A2100 IS is user friendly and very reasonable.The weight of the Camera is just 8.2 ounces. It is equipped with modern features. 12 mega pixel is very good. The image quality is quiet satisfying. For more details refer http://www.etechreviews.net/canon-power-shot-a2100-is/

12:58 pm - Monday, July 20, 2009

#13 Garry

I’m quite impressed with the sample images.
I’ve downloaded a couple of thousand test images from the web for a lot of cameras, and I always come back to the Canon 2100 is.
The pictures are slightly soft, but overall they are pleasing to look at, whereas some much more expensive cameras have samples which are not very nice at all.
It’s a shame about lack of user input, and the lens should be wider, but I find this camera produces images which are nice to look at.
It says a lot that this one is on my shortlist along with 2 Ricohs, the GRD and the GX200.

10:50 pm - Saturday, November 21, 2009

#14 sao

Apparently, this model an the other models in Powershot A series are being discontinued by Canon. I hope Canon will come up with some upgrade path.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1010&thread=32428383

7:08 pm - Monday, November 23, 2009

#15 James Burke

It’s better to have soft images which you then sharpen at the last moment before printing, rather than have the camera do it for you. You cannot unsharpen images and you risk “jaggys” showing up in your print. Great camera and now available at better prices as it is getting superceded. Also has the Digic 4 processor, which is also in Canon’s high-end digital SLRs.

3:54 pm - Tuesday, August 10, 2010

#16 woody wilson

My son was in iraq and his canon a2100is stoped working for him we bought it for him for christmas he really liked it but was wordering about the warrenty on it did not keep box he lost it when he was deployed dose anyone know if canon would help him out?

2:08 am - Wednesday, August 25, 2010

#17 Ryan

Don’t need the box. Your receipt should be good enough. If you don’t have it, you should be able to backtrack it from your credit card statement. That’s all Canon needs. From there, just give them a call (should be an 800 # on their website) and go from there. Not sure if he can send it somewhere in Europe or if it has to come back to the states for service.

2:37 am - Wednesday, August 25, 2010

#18 John

I bought this camera last year from AAFES, the on-line military shopping store.  I have taken over 600 pictures, most coming out pretty good. The only problem I have is that the white color settings on the top turn ring are starting to rub off and you can’t see what setting it is on, only having to guess or take an extra few seconds and see the screen.  The biggest problem now is that the camera will not auto-focus clearly, making my camera useless.  I am not very happy spending all this money on a camera that is now broken after only a year of use.

8:38 am - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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