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 $178. Here's the summary of review by digitalcameraHQ, giving the camera an image quality rating of 4 out of 5:
"For casual shooters who shy away from calling themselves "photographers," the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS is a solid point-and-shoot. It won't break the bank at $179, takes great pictures, and comes with decent features like high-def video, creative filters, accurate colors, and a 3-inch LCD screen. That said, the shutter lag may be problematic enough for some consumers to consider other cameras. Last year's A3100 is still available, and it's a solid snapshooter, though it's not much cheaper than the A3300 at this point, and lacks HD video, while the zoom and LCD are both smaller. The little-sister Canon A2200 downgrades to digital image stabilization, but hangs on to 14.1 megapixels, a 2.7-inch LCD, and a 4x zoom. It retails for $139. Perhaps the best option is the Canon ELPH 100 HS; for an extra $20 (less than that in some cases), the performance is much faster, image quality (especially in poor lighting) is much clearer, and it bumps video resolution up to a full 1080p. Unlike last year, where the top-end A-series and low-end SD-series (now re-named ELPH) models were very evenly matched, this year's ELPH is clearly a better camera for not much more money.
Nikon's S4100 is also worth a look, sporting a similar 5x lens and 3-inch LCD, but with greater screen resolution at 460,000 pixels and less CCD resolution at 14 megapixels. Bonus: it's a touch screen. Sony has its version of the 16-megapixel, 5x lens, 720p video combo. The Sony W570 has a smaller 2.7-inch LCD and adds sweep panoramas. All that considered, the A3300 is one of the cameras you should consider at this price point for its solid image quality and above-average zoom range, though if you need quick performance, you're better off looking elsewhere. The price is sure to drop throughout the year, which will make it more attractive as time goes on, but keep an eye on its competitors as well."
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Canon Powershot A3300 IS Camera Reviews Roundup
|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 »
|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 »
|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 »
|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 »
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