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Canon offers compact digital cameras for point and shoot photography usage for beginners with some of the simple features. Powershot line being a famous product line from Canon for basic point and shoot digital cameras, allows a beginner to capture images easily with fully automated features. Canon basic cameras for beginners are also lightweight cameras supporting high portability and ease of use.

Powershot A-Series:
Powershot A-Series from Canon are the digital cameras designed for ease and fun which can be recommended as the apt products for beginners who seek intuitive camera operation for capturing beautiful photos. Most A-Series Powershot digital camera models from Canon are available in wide variety of attractive colors.

According to the manufacturer, the Powershot A-Series cameras can be acclaimed as the compact camera models which help you capture images in point and shoot mode very effectively using simple, and user-friendly features.

Utilizing the Canon's DIGIC 4 image processor, the best Canon camera for beginners offer features like camera resolution of at least 16 Megapixel, HD video recording capability, optical zoom of up to 8x along with the wide viewing angle LCD display screen size of up to 3 inch.

Check out our list of best Canon cameras for beginners, top rated by some of the best digital camera reviewers around the web.

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Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS


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Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Canon IXUS 160
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Canon IXUS 160
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
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Release Date
Apr 2015
Mar 2015
Apr 2014
Jul 2014
Mar 2014
Weight
0.42 lb.
0.28 lb.
0.59 lb.
0.67 lb.
0.41 lb.
Camera Type
Compact
Ultracompact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Optical Zoom
18.0 x
8.0 x
30.0 x
12.0 x
18.0 x
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CCD
BSI-CMOS
CCD
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

  • The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is an attractive compact camera with an 18x zoom lens, but image quality takes a step back from last year's edition.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is a well-designed camera that’s easy to use thanks to its chunky, ergonomic build, and an intuitive menu design. You can also be sure it’ll snap accurately focussed and well exposed shots.
    Performance and image quality are also good, though not outstanding. The switch to a 20.2-megaixel sensor sounds great on paper, but in reality the camera can only resolve marginally more detail than the 16MP SX600 HS.

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    The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is the latest basic point-n-shoot model from Canon, but there just isn't much in this camera that will make you take notice of it. The SX610 offers 20.2-megapixels of resolution, but its image quality simply isn't where it should be for a camera with that much resolution and an MSRP of $249. Even under nearly perfect lighting conditions, the PowerShot SX610's image quality isn't good enough to make mid-to-large-sized prints. This model has no manual control features.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 160 is one of the least expensive compact cameras you can buy, but you're better off spending just a little bit more on a point-and-shoot.


  • Budget compact cameras rarely set the world alight with exceptional performance or innovative features, but the IXUS 160 is even more lacklustre than the norm. Aside from including a respectable amount of manual shooting options and a few nifty features, it’s an unremarkable camera.
    Image quality is average at best, with reasonable performance in good light, but disappointing indoor and low light results.

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    The Canon ELPH 160 is an ultra-compact, affordable digicam. A 20-Megapixel imaging sensor and lack of OIS leave the camera capturing noisy images all the time. A perfect example of "you get what you pay for".


  • The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS has a 30x lens and a lot of features, but image quality suffers in low light.


  • There's a lot to like about Canon's latest flagship travel-zoom compact, but it doesn't offer quite enough features or performance to beat one of its key rivals and our current favourite, the Panasonic DMC-TZ60.
    The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS is simple to operate thanks to intuitive menus and sensible controls, with the ability to take more control via the PASM mode, plus the autofocusing, exposure metering and auto white balance systems all perform admirably.


  • A brilliant camera for holidaying and traveling photographers, while full manual control make it a good choice as a backup compact for DSLR owners.


  • The Canon PowerShot Elph 150 IS packs a long zoom lens into a small body, but its images have way too much noise.


  • The Canon IXUS 155 has been designed to be appealing to look at and very easy to use. However, this sexiness with the point and shoot mentality isn't necessarily enough so the camera adds a few other bits and bobs to lure you up from the IXUS 150.
    It's a very easy camera to use and as such will suit most people in a family from young to old, technophobe to tech savvy. The compact design will slip easily into a pocket or bag which makes it great for days out or nights on the town.


  • The Canon Powershot SX150 IS has its share of niggles. But it is nevertheless a good buy. Definitely, not an upgrade over its predecessor but worth a look for first-time buyers. Casual users who wish to have a truckload of manual controls will enjoy the camera.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a slim camera with an 18x zoom lens and Wi-Fi, but its images are on the noisy side.


  • There’s a lot to like about Canon’s latest midrange travel-zoom compact. The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a doddle to operate thanks to simple menus and sensible controls, plus autofocusing, exposure metering and auto white balance all perform admirably.
    The camera’s extra features are a bit of a mixed bag though.


  • If you're looking for a reliable camera with a decent zoom range and that is capable of producing good quality images – without too much input from you – the SX600HS is a good option.