Our review sample looks really classy in tastefully sparkly orange; it feels great too, and its metal casing is clearly built to last.

While not the slimmest budget compact on the block at 130g, it's still a lot easier to slip into a pocket than the PowerShot A800. As is often the case with Canon compacts, button placement and ergonomics are a mixed bag.

First, the plus points. The shutter release is a sensible distance away from the power button, while the mode dial is easy to turn without being so sensitive you're constantly changing shooting paramaters by accident.

The biggest niggle we found was the activating the expanded scene modes – you have to select SCN on the dial, then press the Func Set button and navigate through the options, again using the mode dial. It needs to be much more obvious on an entry level camera of this nature, and as a result a lot of new users won't even realise the scene modes are even there.

The fisheye lens effect icon isn't very obvious either, although an explanatory label does pop up on the 2-7-inch LCD. In general though, the PowerShot A3200 IS is a handsome, well-made and easy to use model that will satisfy families with young kids as well as more aesthetically demanding camera owners.