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Canon 16 Megapixels PowerShot A3300 Review by PB

2011-04-15 13:24 | 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 review by PhotographyBLOG, giving the camera a rating of 4 out of 5:

"Generally speaking, the higher the resolution, the greater the noise problem. This is because they're all tightly packed in together and when you take a picture they generate heat which causes a form of noise on neighbouring pixels. The good news is that Canon told us that they're aware of this type and the noise reduction they fit to the A3300 is geared up to remove it. Good news for people who enjoy taking pictures at night with no flash but the noise test will see if that rings true or not. Image quality was pretty consistent with nice colours although a couple of times the multi metering had a problem and would over-expose by a stop. Dropping the exposure compensation down solved the error but it should have been unnecessary. One area we were impressed with was the macro feature. It has a close focusing setting of 3cm but we managed to get in a bit closer than that, which was nice.

Ok, so as a brand new camera the Canon Powershot A3300 IS doesn't break any new ground, but what it does offer is a decent build, good image quality and excellent noise control for the resolution and tiny sensor. It also offers fun features such as the miniature, fish eye and toy camera effects. It's an easy to use camera with a good, clear menu and intuitive controls. The design of the Canon Powershot A3300 is nice although from a personal point of view, we feel that the command dial looks a little awkward design wise and it may have been better redesigning the back to fit it on there. Not that it impairs the cameras performance in any way. For the price that the camera is set at, you get a lot for your money. We'd expect more noise at low to mid-range ISO settings and a slower camera. If you're on the look out for an attractive little compact for holidays or days/nights out then the Canon Powershot A3300 IS is a good camera to consider."


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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