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2011-05-11 04:00 | 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 $159 (drop from $179 about a week ago). Here's the summary of review by CNET US, giving the camera a rating of 3.5 out of 5:

"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 heavier noise reduction. Pixel peepers will see there's image noise at all ISO sensitivities, but it's really not visible at reduced sizes until you get to ISO 800. As long as you don't mind increased softness and noise--including faint yellow blotching--ISO 800 is usable for small prints and Web sharing. The camera's highest full-resolution sensitivity is ISO 1600 and I'd stay clear of it unless you really need to take a low-light photo. On the other hand, because of consistent color at higher ISOs, the photos are better than those of other cameras at this price; they just get slightly washed out at and above ISO 400. As for the A3300's 16-megapixel resolution, it's only useful at and below ISO 100 for cropping and enlarging. It doesn't help the overall photo quality, and it seems to slow down the camera between shots. There is slight barrel distortion at the wide end of the A3300's lens and maybe a little with the lens in telephoto, too. Center sharpness is good, but there is softening at the top, bottom, and sides and, at least on my review camera, the bottom corners were visibly smeary. There is a fair amount of fringing in high-contrast areas of photos. It's most visible when photos are viewed at full size, so it's not a huge concern unless you plan to enlarge and heavily crop your photos. Color performance is excellent from the A3300--bright, vivid, and accurate. Exposure is also very good. Highlights will blow out on occasion, but frankly I expected it to be much worse. The auto white balance indoors is a little warm, but otherwise it's good and you can always take advantage of the presets or manual white balance if you're not happy with the results.

Video quality is on par with a basic HD pocket video camera: good enough for Web use and nondiscriminating TV viewing. Panning the camera will create judder that's typical of the video from most compact cameras, and you'll notice motion trailing on fast-moving subjects. The zoom lens does not function while recording, but you do have a digital zoom; I suggest not using it, as the results are not pleasant. If you like to shoot close-ups, the A3300 IS can focus as close as 1.8 inches from a subject. Plus, the f2.8 aperture is larger than what many competing cameras have and does let you create a shallow depth of field. The 16-megapixel resolution allows you to inspect fine details, but they're still a little soft and could use some sharpening with photo-editing software. Cameras like the PowerShot A3300 IS are the ones being displaced by camera phones and smartphones. That's a shame because the photos (and video for that matter) from these cameras are so much better than photos from those devices. The addition of the Live View Control and Creative Filters modes means you can do some cool things to your images with little or no effort. And even though the PowerShot A3300 IS is fairly slow for its class, it's still faster than most phones."

ModelPowershot A3300 ISPowershot A3100 ISDMC-FH5
StyleSimple and EasySimple and EasyUltra Compact
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
Imaging Resource - Apr 29 2011
"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..." More »
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