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Canon 16 Megapixels PowerShot A3300 Express Review by ImagingResource

2011-04-29 03:45 | Source
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On January 5 2011, Canon announced the expansion of the popular PowerShot A-series with four new compact models, the PowerShot A3300 IS, A2200, A1200 and A800. The A3300 IS, A2200 and A1200 cameras will have 720p HD video, 32-predefined shooting situations in the advanced Smart AUTO feature, and Creative Filters. There is a new Discreet Mode that capture a photo without unnecessary sound (auto-focus assist beam, sound & flash are turned off) for taking photos of a sleeping baby or a wedding ceremony. The A1200 comes with an Optical View Finder, while the PowerShot A2200, A1200, A800 cameras feature Blur Reduction, helping to reduce image distortion. There are two new shooting scenes in the Creative Filter option - Toy Camera and Monochrome. Toy Camera Effect adds a grainy, blurred look to soften photos, illustrating an old-school, 1960's appearance and Monochrome mode attaches black-and-white, blue or sepia tones to images, displaying a more classic, antiqued appearance.

Succeeding the A3100 IS at the top of the PowerShot A-series, the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS is slim and stylish with a solid metal chassis. It features a 16 Megapixels CCD sensor with a 5x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, a wide angle 28-140mm equivalent lens and 3.0-inch LCD screen. It is available in five vibrant colors - grey, red, blue, silver and pink colors. The PowerShot A3300 IS is currently selling at around $179. Here's the summary of express review by ImagingResource:

"It's gotten to the point that when I see a 14-megapixel camera, I think I'm not going to have any fun reviewing the thing. In low natural light I'm either going to get unacceptable levels of noise or Impressionist-like noise reduction that wipes out any detail. So when I saw the A3300 with its 16-megapixel sensor, I thought of taking my first vacation in 12 years. To some place without electricity. But surprise! I really liked the images the A3300 brought home. They had a level of detail I could just rub my nose in. Or, less dramatically, just pixel peep. It's not perfect, because the Canon A3300 does struggle to balance noise suppression against detail, but it does a better job than most of its higher-priced competition. But as a CCD sensor, it's not a surprise to see it doing better than most CMOS designs. The comparison above is a little unfair because the Panasonic ZS10 is shot in partial sun while the A3300 is shot in full sunlight, increasing the overall contrast. But you can still get the idea of the difference between the two when you see the ZS10's more brushstroke-like rendering of the grass in the distance--low contrast detail--compared to the Canon A3300's rendering, which looks more like a photograph than a painting. Remember that the Canon A3300 costs $220 less than the Panasonic ZS10 and has two-million more--and therefore smaller--pixels, so it's clear that the A3300's CCD is better able to control detail despite its higher resolution.

The Canon PowerShot A3300 is one of those cameras your expert buddy (um, like me) would lead you right past at the camera counter of the BigBuy Store. It's not that it's unattractive (it's nicely sculpted, actually), but it's simple. Just a lens with a Shutter button, a Mode dial, controls and an LCD. In fact, all the interesting things about the Canon A3300 are inside. A decent zoom range for the good 16-megapixel images, optical stabilization, 720p HD video, an intelligent Auto mode, a Live view of exposure adjustments, and fun creative filters. I wish the controls were not as stiff but I got used to them. What I didn't get used to was the gorgeous images. The little Canon A3300 captures good quality images with better detail than most digital cameras of this resolution deliver, with accurate color. Print quality was good at 13x19 inches from ISO 80 and 100 images, which is considerably larger than most Canon A3300 buyers will ever print, so I think we're safe saying that though 16-megapixels doesn't mean as much as it would seem, it's still enough to produce pretty big prints, and good quality 4x6-inch prints from every ISO offered. We have no qualms giving the Canon A3300 a Dave's Pick. "


ManufacturerCanonCanonPanasonic
ModelPowershot A3300 ISPowershot A3100 ISDMC-FH5
StyleSimple and EasySimple and EasyUltra Compact
Megapixels16.012.116.1
LCD Screen3.0-inch TFT Color (wide viewing angle type) with 230,000 dots2.7-inch TFT color LCD with 230,000 dots2.7-inch TFT Screen LCD Display (230,000 dots)
Memory CardsSD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus CardSD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card70MB Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Resolution4608 x 3456 (Large), 3264 x 2448 (Medium 1), 1600 X 1200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small), 4608 x 2592 (Widescreen)Still Image: 4000 x 3000 (Large), 3264 x 2448 (Medium 1), 2592 x 1944 (Medium 2), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 4000 x 2248 (Widescreen), Low Light 1600 x 12004:3 Aspect Ratio: 4,608 x 3,456 pixels (16M), 3,648 x 2,736 pixels (10M EZ), 2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ), 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ), 640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ) 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4,608 x 3,072 pixels (14M) 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4,608 x 2,592 pixels (12M)
File FormatsStill Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG) Video: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM (monoaural))Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG) Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3) Motion Picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Focal Length5x zoom, 5.0 (W) - 25.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 140 (T) mm)4x zoom, 6.2 (W) - 24.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm)4x zoom, f = 5 - 20 mm (28 - 112 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed1 - 1/1600 sec. 15 - 1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)1 - 1/1600 sec. 15 - 1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)Still: Approx. 8 - 1/1,600 sec Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
Aperturef/2.8 (W) - f/5.9 (T)f/2.7 (W) - f/5.6 (T)F3.1 - 6.5 / 2-step (F3.1 - 9.0 (W) / F6.5 - 20 (T))
ISO SensitivityAuto, ISO 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 equivalent Low Light: ISO 400-6400Auto, ISO 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 equivalentI.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 High Sensitivity (1600 - 6400)
White Balance SettingsAuto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, CustomAuto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, CustomAuto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, High-speed Burst, Pin Hole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic)
Flash ModesAuto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE Lock, Slow Synchro, Smart FlashAuto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro, Smart FlashAuto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
Flash Range12 in. - 13 ft. (W), 1.6 - 6.6 ft. (T) (30cm - 4.0m (W), 50cm - 2.0m, (T))30 cm - 4.0 m (W), 30 cm - 2.0 m (T) (12 in. - 6.6 ft., 12 in. - 13 ft. (T))0.4 - 3.3 m (Wide / I.ISO), 1.0 - 1.6 m (Tele / I.ISO)
Shooting ModesP, Live View Control, Auto, Easy, SCN1, Creative Filters2, Discreet, Movie3P, Auto, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, SCN**, MoviePortrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, High-speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame
Maximum Movie ResolutionHD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480 320 x 240Standard: 640 x 480 (30 fps (32min.26sec.)/ 30 fps LP (1hr.2min.51sec.)), 320 x 240 (30 fps (1hr.31min.25sec.))4:3 Aspect Ratio: VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) 16:9 Aspect Ratio: HD Movie: 1,280 x 720 pixels, 24 fps (Motion JPEG)
Maximum Movie Frames Per Second30 fps, 6/3/1.5 fps (miniature Effects)30 fps30/24 fps
Maximum Movie DurationDepends on storageUp to 4GB or 1 hourMax. recording time depends on memory card capacity, max. 2 GB for a motion picture
Macro Focus1.8 in (3cm) (W) - 1.6 ft. (50cm) (T)3 - 60 (W), 30 - 60 cm (T) (1.2 in. - 2.0 ft. (W), (12 in. - 2.0 (T)) Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) - infinity / Tele 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
MeteringEvaluative, Center-weighted average, SpotEvaluative, Center-weighted average, SpotIntelligent Multiple
Image StabilizationYes, OpticalYes, OpticalYes, MEGA O.I.S. (On / Off)
Self TimerApprox. 10-sec delay/approx 2-sec delay/customApprox. 10-sec delay/approx 2-sec. delay/custom2 sec / 10 sec
Video Out (TV Playback)YesYesYes, AV Output (NTSC)
Batteries1. Battery Pack NB-8L 2. Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10Battery Pack NB-8L, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC60Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 660 mAh) (Included)
Dimensions3.74 x 2.23 x 0.94 in. (95.1 x 56.7 x 23.9mm)97.2 x 58.2 x 28.1mm94.3 x 53.5 x 18.8 mm (3.7 x 2.1 x 0.7 inch)
Weight4.60 oz./130 g155g104 g (0.23 lb)
Other InfoContinuous Shooting Approx: 0.8 shots/sec. (In P Mode) Approx. 2.5 shots/sec. (In Low Light Mode)Continuous Shooting Mode Hi-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 4.4 frames / sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9) Approx. 15-100 shots.
Release Date2011-01-052010-01-052011-01-05

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MacWorld - Sep 14 2011
"In our lab's subjective tests for image and video quality, the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS fared very well for a low-priced camera. It earned a score of Good for both exposure quality and color accuracy, and a score of Very Good in the areas of sharpness and distortion. The A3300 IS's built-in flash is especially well tuned, producing evenly exposed images wit..." More »
60out of 100
Pocket-lint - Jul 30 2011
"As this isn't a camera that's about manual features or true photographic control, Auto mode, or rather here "Smart Auto" dominates proceedings. This compares scenes and subjects before the lens with no fewer than 32 on-board settings, and, using the likes of face/subject detection technology by way of identification, pretty competently selects the..." More »
70out of 100
TechRadar - Jun 11 2011
"Results from the A3300 IS are very pleasing overall, with colours looking vibrant, yet remaining true-to-life rather than looking over-saturated. The Auto white balance mode produces pretty accurate and consistent results under most forms of lighting, although we found a tendency towards warming images up a little too much under tungsten. Manually sele..." More »
80out of 100
CNET US - May 11 2011
"For its sub-$180 price, the A3300 IS is capable of turning out some excellent photos. But, as with most compacts, this really depends on how much light you have--the more, the better. Fine detail and sharpness are very good up to ISO 200 (though a little sharpening with photo-editing software improves things). Photos get noticeably softer at ISO 400 due to..." More »
70out of 100

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