Canon Powershot A3300 IS Review

Review posted 4/12/2010

Quick Take
  • Well built body available in 5 colors; Red, Pink, Blue, Black and Sliver
  • Comfortable control layout for size
  • Captures nice 16-megapixel photos
  • Decent high ISO noise control
  • Smart Auto shooting mode is accurate and makes the camera incredibly easy to use
  • Uses a Li-ion power source (past "A" series used AAs)
  • More compact body than previous "A" series models
  • Captures decent 720p HD video
  • Easy on the wallet

  • Weak flash
  • Flash location is very easy to block with your fingers
  • No optical zoom during video
  • Very sensitive built-in microphone
Bottom Line
The PowerShot A3300 IS performed well during our tests, with good shooting performance, pleasing image quality, and loads of easy to use exposure options. At just $179.99 US or less, it offers a great value for the size, features, and quality you receive. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Canon continues to update their popular and affordable "A series" line of compact digital cameras, with the latest addition being the PowerShot A3300 IS. Holding the top spot in this lineup, the A3300 IS boasts some very appealing features, while still carrying an affordable price tag of just $180 US.

This unit replaces the A3100, with a few upgrades. The A3300 includes a 16-megapixel image sensor, a wide 5x optical zoom lens starting at 28mm, optical image stabilization, a 3.0-inch LCD, and loads of easy to use exposure modes.

This unit is also style savvy, with 5 body color choice options (Pink, Blue, Black, Red and Silver), allowing you to match the A3300 with your favorite outfit or handbag.

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS Features:
  • 16-Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD imaging sensor
  • DIGIC III image processor
  • 5x optical zoom lens with a 35mm film equivalent range of 28-140mm
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.0-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen
  • 15 - 1/1600 sec. total shutter range
  • ISO 80-1600
  • Smart Auto shooting mode
  • Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB
  • Face Detection Self-Timer
  • Intelligent Contrast Correction
  • Low-Light shooting mode
  • New Discreet and Live View Control modes
  • PictBridge/Exif Print
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery pack (230 shot battery life)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot (Eye-Fi compliant)

What's in the Box?:
  • PowerShot A3300 IS Body
  • Lithium-ion NB-8L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LA
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVC-400

The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS is available now with a MSRP of US $179.99.

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