August 23, 2012
- Above average image quality
- Nice-looking LCD display
- Lots of shooting effects/filters
- Controls may be hard to use for some
- Loses sharpness at high ISO settings
The Canon PowerShot A2400 IS is a fairly simple camera that's well suited for the casual photographer as it offers above average image quality. For those willing to explore their artistic side, the camera has many effects and filters. The design of the camera itself could be better and battery life is short, but in all it's a decent point-and-shoot.
The A2400 IS is a small and lightweight camera that fits easily in a small pocket or purse. It measures 3.7 x 2.2 x 0.8-inches (whd) and weighs 5 ounces. The body of the camera is quite slim and in keeping with that slimness, Canon designed the buttons to also be flush with the body. This can lead to users with larger fingers and thumbs to have a little trouble. We found ourselves accidentally pressing buttons all the time. Also, Canon removed the typical dial that is used to switch between Auto and other shooting modes. Instead, the navigation pad on the back is used for this purpose, which is way too small for our liking to begin with.
The 2.7-inch LCD display on the back has a 230K dot resolution. We found it to be of very good quality with good brightness. It could also be seen fairly well in direct sunlight, but all point-and-shoots have some trouble with sunlight.
Canon has designed this camera to definitely be a point-and-shoot because it's made to be in the Smart Auto mode. This mode will automatically recognize which of the 32 scene types to use based upon your current shooting conditions. If you want to have some more control, the Program mode lets you adjust settings like autofocus, ISO and white balance. Another mode, the Live View Control mode, lets you adjust some aspects of the picture, like brightness and color, while viewing a preview as you make changes.
There are many shooting modes built-into the A2400 and all of them are accessible through a long list that's a little cumbersome to use. There are things like Portrait, Face Self-Timer, Toy Camera, Snow, Fireworks, Super Vivid, Fisheye and many others. There's definitely a ton here to choose from and many users won't use more than just a handful of these.
Some of the Canon PowerShot A2400IS' specifications include a 16-megapixel resolution and a 5x optical zoom with aperture f2.8-6.9 and a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm focal length. Photos are shot in JPEG format with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456-pixels and videos are shot in H.264 format and have a maximum resolution of 720p HD. Since this is the 'IS' model, it has both optical and digital image stabilization. The support memory cards include SD, SDHC and SDXC.
In subjective image quality testing, we found the A2400 IS to provide above average image quality. The more light available, the much better the image quality, which is typical of most point-and-shoot cameras. Also, higher ISO settings result in softer, out of focus images, which is also not atypical. The 5x optical zoom lens works well, but does work best in well-lit settings.
Video quality was typical for this type of camera, which is something good enough for the Internet but nothing else. The optical zoom does not work while recording video, but the digital zoom does. However, you do not get pleasing results when you do use the digital zoom.
Shooting speeds are decent, but nothing stellar. It's fast enough for what most users will need but if you regularly shoot action images, like sports, this may not be the best camera for you. We found it took about 2.5-seconds between shots (without flash). Shutter lag, which is the time from when you press the shutter release to when the camera actually takes the picture, wasn't too bad in our testing both in low- and well-lit settings.
Battery life is rated at 180 shots per charge according to the A2400's CIPA rating.