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After my old camera got damaged in my handbag (oops!) my husband decided to buy me a new camera for Christmas. He likes a good bargain and found this Canon A2400 IS on Amazon as part of their 'Black Friday Deals'. Originally priced at £86.99 I think it would have been overpriced for the quality of the camera but at £49 it was a bargain, and left change for a protective case!
The 'point and shoot' camera has 16 megapixels and a 5x optical zoom with wide angle which produces great quality images for what I need. It also has face detection and has an image stabilisation built in for those with an unsteady hand. The camera is very lightweight and thin, great for handbags and pockets. The camera comes in Silver, Black, Blue or Pink so there is a colour to suit everyone (mine's pink!).
The camera starts up quite fast and there is an option in the menu to turn off the welcome screen which speeds it up even more. The shoot button is very close to the on/off button but to take a photo you or to turn the camera on/off you have to hold the corresponding button down for a few seconds. While this is handy to make sure you don't accidently turn off the camera whilst trying to take a picture it does mean that capturing a picture 'in the moment' proves difficult as the time between pressing the button and it actually capturing the image is fairly long for this type of camera. This proves frustrating if you are trying to take action shots and some birthday pictures I had tried to take come out three seconds too late ie after the candles have been blown out and the kids have ran off already!
The 6.8cm LCD monitor is very good and displays the picture after you've taken it so you can see if it's any good! This is set to only show for 2 seconds by default but again you can change this in the camera's menu. The battery is a rechargable Li-ion battery and comes with its own charger, and lasts very long compared to standard batteries. You will need to use an SD card with this camera if you want to store more than 2 pictures at a time! The flash works great both indoors and out, and the camera auto adjusts based on the light level which saves time having to try and switch things around manually. The flash can be quite bright indoors and due to the time it can take to capture a photo it can sometimes leave the subject looking like a deer caught in headlights.
There is also a self timer, and date/time stamp, and video capture but the camera lacks other options such as black and white/sepia modes or any option to crop or rotate a photo after it's been taken. While this can be achieved on a computer, for the original price these features really should have been built in and lets it down a little.
Overall: I think it's a great looking lightweight camera for basic amateur use, but only if you can get it at a reasonable price!