Canon A2300

Canon PowerShot A2300 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 125g - 95 x 54 x 20mm
  • Introduced February 2012
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon A2300 overview

Canon A2300 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially released on February of 2012. It includes a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The A2300 stands at #122 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #993 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your customized requirements.

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Canon A2300 history

The Canon A2300 comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can look at all past and current models along with main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-A1400 front thumbnailCanon A1400
A2300 vs A1400
Canon-PowerShot-A2500 front thumbnailCanon A2500
A2300 vs A2500
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Canon-PowerShot-A3500-IS front thumbnailCanon A3500 IS
A2300 vs A3500 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A2300 front thumbnailCanon A230028-140mm
Canon-PowerShot-A810 front thumbnailCanon A810
A2300 vs A810
Canon-PowerShot-A3400-IS front thumbnailCanon A3400 IS
A2300 vs A3400 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A4000-IS front thumbnailCanon A4000 IS
A2300 vs A4000 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A1300 front thumbnailCanon A1300
A2300 vs A1300
Canon-PowerShot-A2400-IS front thumbnailCanon A2400 IS
A2300 vs A2400 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A1200 front thumbnailCanon A1200
A2300 vs A1200
Canon-PowerShot-A3300-IS front thumbnailCanon A3300 IS
A2300 vs A3300 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A3200-IS front thumbnailCanon A3200 IS
A2300 vs A3200 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A2200 front thumbnailCanon A2200
A2300 vs A2200
Canon-PowerShot-A800 front thumbnailCanon A800
A2300 vs A800
Canon-PowerShot-A3100-IS front thumbnailCanon A3100 IS
A2300 vs A3100 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A3000-IS front thumbnailCanon A3000 IS
A2300 vs A3000 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A490 front thumbnailCanon A490
A2300 vs A490
Canon-PowerShot-A495 front thumbnailCanon A495
A2300 vs A495
Canon-PowerShot-A1100-IS front thumbnailCanon A1100 IS
A2300 vs A1100 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A2100-IS front thumbnailCanon A2100 IS
A2300 vs A2100 IS

Canon A2300 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Canon A2300 based on aspects which are usually seen as necessary in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (100)
flash built-in
in built lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
lighter than others (125g)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
really wide (28mm)
supports face detection focusing
supports tracking autofocus
cannot use external flash
doesn't have external microphone socket
doesn't have HDMI socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse recording
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW format
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
manual mode not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
no image stabilization
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
not so great battery power (210 shots)
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dots)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inch)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Canon A2300 Sensor details

The size of the sensor in the Canon A2300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The picture underneath displays the A2300's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The A2300 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A2300 dimensions

Canon A2300 has a weight of 0.28 pounds (125 gr / 4.41 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 95mm x 54mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.8"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Canon A2300 is lighter when compared to various rivals.

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Here is a shot of the Canon A2300 beside a soft drink to help you have a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot A2300 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button layout on the A2300.

Canon PowerShot A2300 topview buttons dials

Canon A2300 Lens specs

The A2300 is equipped with a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be significant nevertheless it will be helpful in a few situations.

At the widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f2.8 making it fairly slow and not very good in low light circumstances and you may struggle to capture good bokeh. You might also have to increase the ISO setting leading to noisy images. Towards the tele end, 140mm comes to f6.9 making it fairly sluggish and you may need to use slower shutter speeds.

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Canon A2300 Connectivity

The A2300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and in some cases change settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Canon A2300 Video specs

The highest video resolution in the Canon A2300 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in H.264 file format. 720p is terrible by today's standards. You should really go for a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera doesn't include a mic and / or headphone port which means you get little control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to shop for an alternative model in case you need decent audio in your videos.

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Canon A2300 Weather Sealing

Canon A2300 doesn't include weather proofing so wet conditions might affect the camera.

Canon A2300 Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon A2300 includes a 2.7 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Canon A2300 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather helpful during sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Canon A2300 Shutter specs

Canon A2300 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Canon A2300 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon A2300 has got only built in flash lacking external flash ability.

Canon A2300 Autofocusing specs

Canon A2300 has got just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & exact when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which makes it useful for taking portraits of people.

It includes 9 focus points to choose from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for subjects on the move. Canon A2300 does not have manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful during low light occasions or you require more accurate focus control.

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Canon A2300 Battery life

The battery power (NB-11L) for the Canon A2300 is designed to last for 210 photos with respect to the CIPA requirements making it less when compared to its rivals. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest (470) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Canon A2300 for varying categories of photography

The following graph displays a summation of the Canon A2300 for varying categories of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon A2300

The Canon A2300 receives a rating of 34 which is really bad, and means the camera is not really very good to use for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos & potential to utilize external flash.

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good MP (16MP)
includes face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Canon A2300 as a Street photography camera

Having a moderate points tally of 56, the Canon A2300 is fairly suitable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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lighter than competition (125g)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Sports photography with Canon A2300

A really bad sports photography score of 32 indicates the Canon A2300 is not really very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs very good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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decent megapixels (16MP)
features tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery (210 shots)
does not have phase detect autofocus

Travel photography with Canon A2300

Portability is really critical when selecting a travel camera. In general, the Canon A2300 gets a above average 66 as a travel camera which is a respectable choice to purchase for your trips.

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lighter than competitors in class (125g)
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
bad battery life (210 shots)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Canon A2300 Landscape photography details

In case you're looking to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Canon A2300 with it's really bad rating of 33 as a landscape camera is not really very good within the current market.

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fairly wide (28mm)
MP count good (16MP)
manual focus not available
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
not so great battery life (210 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse recording

Canon A2300 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera preferably should offer a moving display, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Canon A2300 is not really very good for vlogging as it gets a really bad rating of 30.

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really wide (28mm)
features face detection autofocus
lighter than competition (125 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone socket

Canon A2300 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the A2300, below is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart just below shows you a summary of the A2300 versus it's highest ranking rivals shown earlier.

These are some more cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To review a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot A2300
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inch
Screen resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
125 grams (0.28 lbs)
Physical dimensions
95 x 54 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.8")
Battery life
210 pictures
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Pricing at launch