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The entry-level Canon PowerShot A3000 is based around a ten megapixel, 1/2.3"-type CCD image sensor coupled to an optically stabilized 4x zoom lens that offers focal lengths ranging from a rather tight 35mm wide angle to a 140mm telephoto. Maximum aperture varies from f/2.7 to f/5.6 across the zoom range. Images on the Canon A3000 must be framed and reviewed on its 2.7-inch LCD panel, as there's no true optical viewfinder on this camera. The A3000's display has a resolution of 230,000 dots (~76,000 pixels, with three dots per pixel).

The Canon A3000's sensor allows sensitivities ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 1,600 equivalents. Exposures are determined using Evaluative, Center-weighted Average or Spot metering, and direct control of shutter speed or aperture isn't possible on this camera. 2.0EV of exposure compensation is available, in 1/3EV increments. Seven white balance modes are available on the Canon A3000 - Auto, Manual, or five presets. The PowerShot A3000's built-in flash strobe has a range of 13 feet at wide angle, dropping to just 6.6 feet at telephoto, and recharges in around ten seconds.

As well as still images, the A3000 can capture video clips at VGA resolution or below. The Canon PowerShot A3000 stores images on SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC / MMC Plus / HC MMC Plus cards, and unusually for a PowerShot A-series camera, draws power from a proprietary Lithium Ion battery pack. Battery life is rated at 230 shots on a charge, to CIPA testing standards. Connectivity options include USB 2.0 high-speed data and NTSC / PAL standard definition video.

The Canon PowerShot A3000 is available in the US market from late February 2010, priced at around $150.