Features & Controls

The A3300 IS comes equipped with a 5x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 28(W) - 140(T)mm. The lens will retract into the camera when powered down and a lens cover will close for its protection. Canon's Optical Image Stabilization (IS) allows the user to shoot handheld images at 2-3 stops lower than without, increasing the versatility of the camera. Canon also uses a TTL contrast detection autofocus system to focus on your subjects, even when they are not centered.

Focus Range:

Normal: 3cm (1.2 in.) - infinity (W); 90cm (3 ft.) - infinity (T)
Macro: (W) 4.5cm (1.8 in.) - (T) 50cm (1.6ft.)

Canon's A3300 IS is packaged with a built-in flash offering a range of up to 13 ft. (W) or 6.6 ft. (T) using ISO Auto. Flash options include: Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro and Smart Flash modes.

The top of the A3300 IS is very simple. From left to right you can see the built-in speaker, power button, shutter release with the zoom toggle wrapped around it, and the mode dial. The mode dial allows you to quickly switch between Program, Live View Control, Auto, Easy, SCeNe, Fish-eye Effect, Discreet, and Standard Movie modes.

Canon has installed a 3-inch color TFT LCD screen with approximately 230K dots on the A3300 IS. This screen makes it easy to frame and view your images, as well as navigate through the function and menu screens with ease.


Here are the controls on the back of the camera. First you will see the Face Selection and Playback buttons. Underneath these two buttons is the 4-way pad, that allows you to navigate through the menus, index mode (playback) and allows you to scroll when you are zoomed in on a captured image. While in record mode, it is also offers shortcut buttons for Exposure Compensation, Flash, Self Timer and Macro shooting settings. The FUNC./SET button in the center brings up the function menu in shooting mode and also selects all of your settings or options in the menus. On the bottom are the DISPlay and MENU buttons.


The A3300 IS only has one I/O port. This high speed USB 2.0 (mini-b Jack), not only allows you to connect the camera to a computer or printer, but it also allows you to play your images and movies on a TV thanks to included A/V cable.

The A3300 IS accepts SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, and HC MMC+ memory cards. We show the camera with a SanDisk Extreme, 30MB/s, 4GB SDHC memory card. Below you can see the storage capacity tables according to Canon's website.

Image data

Large (L) Medium 1 (M1) Medium 2 (M2) Small (S) Widescreen (W) Medium (M)*
File Size (KB) 4,093 1,956 2,060 980 558 278 150 84 3,069 1,467 1,144 572
4GB 935 1,915 1,828 3,771 6,352 12,069 20,116 30,174 1,243 2,567 3,261 6,352
16GB 3,830 7,844 7,487 15,443 26,010 49,420 82,367 123,550 5,094 10,514 13,356 26,010

* When shooting is Low Light

Movie data

Standard Miniature Effect
HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480 320 x 240 HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480
30 fps** 30 fps** 30 fps** 5x 10x 20x 5x 10x 20x
6 fps 3 fps 1.5 fps 6 fps 3 fps 1.5 fps
Movie Size (KB/sec.) 2,878 1,240 319 573 287 143 246 123 61
4GB 22 min.
5 sec.
50 min.
17 sec.
3 hr. 2 min.
52 sec.
1 hr. 45 min.
52 sec.
3 hr. 21 min.
9 sec.
5 hr. 35 min.
16 sec.
3 hr. 43 min.
30 sec.
6 hr. 42 min.
20 sec.
11 hr. 10 min.
33 sec.
16GB 1 hr. 30 min.
30 sec.
3 hr. 25 min.
54 sec.
12 hr. 28 min.
47 sec.
7 hr. 13 min.
30 sec.
13 hr. 43 min.
40 sec.
22 hr. 52 min.
47 sec.
15 hr. 15 min.
11 sec.
27 hr. 27min.
20 sec.
45 hr. 45 min.
35 sec.

** Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.

Shown here is the NB-8L 3.6V, 740mAh (Li-ion) battery pack for the A3300 IS. This battery pack is able to capture up to 230 images or approximately 5 hrs. of continuous playback on a single charge according when using CIPA Standard testing methods. The battery is charged with the supplied power adapter that has fold-out prongs and plugs directly into any AC outlet.

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