The Powershot A2100 IS attempts to bridge the gap between casual and professional photography and while it leans more towards the consumer end of the market, it does so with a lot of power.
The Canon Powershot range in general aims to appeal to photographers who want something that bit more serious without the huge price-tag weighing it down. On paper at least you can see that the A2100 IS is a high-end device, out-doing most other cameras in a number of ways.
For a start there is the 12.1 megapixel lens, which is far in excess of what most people would ever really need. To make this amount of pixels even more useful there is also a 6x optical zoom, which is double the depth usually seen on compact cameras. The back of the device also sports a bright 3” LCD screen for viewing and taking pictures, although the traditional viewfinder is sacrificed in order to make room for this.
Inside the camera houses the Digic 4 processor which is used in Canon cameras at both ends of the amateur/professional spectrum. As is becoming standard in any decent camera there is also face detection technology, motion capture and red eye reduction.
The controls are easy to master quite quickly – especially for those that have used Canon cameras before – and the presets mean most types of photograph is catered for already, assuming you can flick to the right setting in time. While the default function for most users tends to be the ‘Auto’ setting, there is also an ‘Easy’ setting on the A2100 IS, aimed at making the camera even more point-and-click than it might normally have been.
Of course that is the idea of the Powershot range – it strives to be a point-and-click device that allows users to up-skill if they so desire. Technically speaking these kinds of cameras are referred to as ‘compacts’, although the A2100 IS is not the neatest device going by a long shot. That said it is relatively easy to stow away in a good-sized pocket.
As is becoming standard for most manufacturers the Powershot uses SD cards to record the photograph but oddly it is powered by traditional AA batteries rather than a propriety battery pack. In some ways this is good as it means dead batteries can be replaced easily while on-the-go but in other ways it is also sure to cause headaches for users tearing the house apart for that packet they just know they put somewhere.
If the worst thing that can be said about a camera is its use of regular batteries and its slightly chubby frame then you know it cannot be too bad. The truth is the A2100 IS is extremely easy to use and takes some fantastic pictures without any real hassle. If you are adventurous you could do an even better job with the right settings but even as a simple point-and-click it is unlikely to let you down.