Canon A3000 IS

Canon PowerShot A3000 IS front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F2.7-5.6) lens
  • 165g - 97 x 58 x 28mm
  • Introduced January 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon A3000 IS summary

Canon A3000 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially released on January of 2010. It houses a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The A3000 IS is ranked #246 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over all #1239 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should check out our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your customized criteria.

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Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Canon A3000 IS history

The Canon A3000 IS is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-A1400 front thumbnailCanon A1400
A3000 IS vs A1400
Canon-PowerShot-A2500 front thumbnailCanon A2500
A3000 IS vs A2500
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Canon-PowerShot-A3500-IS front thumbnailCanon A3500 IS
A3000 IS vs A3500 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A2300 front thumbnailCanon A2300
A3000 IS vs A2300
Canon-PowerShot-A810 front thumbnailCanon A810
A3000 IS vs A810
Canon-PowerShot-A3400-IS front thumbnailCanon A3400 IS
A3000 IS vs A3400 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A4000-IS front thumbnailCanon A4000 IS
A3000 IS vs A4000 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A1300 front thumbnailCanon A1300
A3000 IS vs A1300
Canon-PowerShot-A2400-IS front thumbnailCanon A2400 IS
A3000 IS vs A2400 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A1200 front thumbnailCanon A1200
A3000 IS vs A1200
Canon-PowerShot-A3300-IS front thumbnailCanon A3300 IS
A3000 IS vs A3300 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A3200-IS front thumbnailCanon A3200 IS
A3000 IS vs A3200 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A2200 front thumbnailCanon A2200
A3000 IS vs A2200
Canon-PowerShot-A800 front thumbnailCanon A800
A3000 IS vs A800
Canon-PowerShot-A3100-IS front thumbnailCanon A3100 IS
A3000 IS vs A3100 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A3000-IS front thumbnailCanon A3000 IS35-140mm
Canon-PowerShot-A490 front thumbnailCanon A490
A3000 IS vs A490
Canon-PowerShot-A495 front thumbnailCanon A495
A3000 IS vs A495
Canon-PowerShot-A1100-IS front thumbnailCanon A1100 IS
A3000 IS vs A1100 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A2100-IS front thumbnailCanon A2100 IS
A3000 IS vs A2100 IS

Canon A3000 IS Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Canon A3000 IS based on things that are generally considered crucial in a digital camera.

built-in flash
good minimum ISO (100)
good zoom range (35-140mm 4.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
can't use external flash
doesn't have HDMI support
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have microphone jack
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not have selfie friendly screen
fixed screen
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.6)
no manual control
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
small screen (2.7 inches)
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
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Canon A3000 IS Sensor features

The sensor size on the Canon A3000 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 3:2. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 10 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved which means that you have less margin for error.

The image below displays the A3000 IS's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The A3000 IS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A3000 IS dimensions

Canon A3000 IS has a weight of 0.36 lb (165 gr / 5.82 ounces) & has exterior size of 97mm x 58mm x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Canon A3000 IS is very much the same as compared with other rivals.

Photography Glossary

Below is a photo of the Canon A3000 IS beside a soda to help you get a feel for its size.

Canon PowerShot A3000 IS dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button arrangement on the A3000 IS.

Canon PowerShot A3000 IS topview buttons dials

Canon A3000 IS Lens features

The A3000 IS is equipped with a fixed lens with a focal range of 35-140mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which is definitely not huge however it will definitely be valuable in a few conditions.

At it's widest 35mm, it has an aperture of f2.7 making it rather sluggish and not good for low light occasions and you will find it hard to get good bokeh. You will also need to increase your ISO causing noisy images. Towards the long end, 140mm comes with f5.6 making it pretty sluggish and you would have to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Canon A3000 IS Connectivity

The A3000 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to copy images and oftentimes alter settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Certain apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Canon A3000 IS Video features

The max video resolution on the Canon A3000 IS is 640 x 480 and you can save in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful for today's standards. You really should aim for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The body does not have a microphone and headphone jack which means you have zero control over the sound. It is probably best to shop for an alternative camera if you want good sound for your videos.

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Canon A3000 IS Weather Sealing

Canon A3000 IS does not have environment proofing so wet conditions could affect the camera.

Canon A3000 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon A3000 IS is equipped with a 2.7 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder details for Canon A3000 IS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be quite useful.

Canon A3000 IS Shutter features

Canon A3000 IS continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Canon A3000 IS Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon A3000 IS has just in-built flash without external flash support.

Canon A3000 IS Autofocus features

Canon A3000 IS has only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & exact than Contrast Based autofocusing.

The AF system supports 9 focus points to choose from. Canon A3000 IS lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be good during low light or you want to have more accurate depth of field control.

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Canon A3000 IS Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the maximum (470) battery life within this class of cameras.

Following is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:

Canon A3000 IS for different forms of photography

The following illustration provides a rundown of the Canon A3000 IS for different forms of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section below.

Canon A3000 IS Portrait photography highlights

The Canon A3000 IS gets a rating of 19 which is terrible, and means the camera is simply not appropriate to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support together with the potential to utilize external lighting.

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no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Canon A3000 IS Street photography highlights

Coming in at a reasonable rating of 56, the Canon A3000 IS is relatively appropriate for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Sports photography with Canon A3000 IS

A terrible sports photography score of 24 indicates the Canon A3000 IS is simply not appropriate for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

Canon A3000 IS as a Travel photography camera

Weight is really critical when picking a travel camera. All round, the Canon A3000 IS gets a average 50 as a travelling camera which is fairly appropriate for your travels.

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flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse recording
low megapixels (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)

Canon A3000 IS Landscape photography factors

For anybody looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon A3000 IS at it's terrible grade of 27 as a landscape camera is simply not appropriate within the current marketplace.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Timelapse recording

Canon A3000 IS Vlogging details

A vlogging camera really should have a moving screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Canon A3000 IS is simply not appropriate for vlogging as it receives a terrible rating of 25.

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image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
does not have selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
no microphone port

Canon A3000 IS Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the A3000 IS, here is a number of the top rated cameras which fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph followed below provides you an overview of the A3000 IS versus it's highest ranking rivals listed previously.

There are more cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Canon PowerShot A3000 IS
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW support
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
35-140mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
15 secs
Max shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
165 grams (0.36 lb)
Physical dimensions
97 x 58 x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom, Face)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Storage slots
Cost at release