Canon Powershot S330 Review

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Canon PowerShot S330

The S330 features a 3X (35-105mm in the 35mm format) f/2.7-4.7 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in shutter closes to completely protect the lens.

An advanced TTL AiAF three-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. Focusing range is 2.5 feet to infinity in normal mode and macro coverage is 6 inches to 2.5 feet in wide angle and 11 to 22 inches in telephoto. The autofocus is light-assisted and works properly even in the dark (you'll see it next to the flash in the picture below.)

Canon PowerShot S330 Digital ELPH

The built in flash offers Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow-Synchro modes. Flash range is 2.5 to 11.5 ft. in wide angle, 2.5 to 6.6 ft. in telephoto or 10.2 in. to 2.5 ft. in macro mode.

Canon PowerShot S330 Digital ELPH

You can frame your pictures with the color LCD or to save precious battery power you can use the optical eyelevel finder. This is a coupled viewfinder with approx. 82% coverage. It has no dioptric adjustment. Next to the finder are two LEDs that indicate the flash and focus status. To the left is the builtin speaker.

Canon PowerShot S330 Digital ELPH

The Mode Dial has positions for Playback, Automatic, Manual, Stitch Assist (Panorama) and Movie. The power On/Off button is in the center of the mode dial and must be depressed for several seconds to actuate. Just in front of the mode dial is the microphone. Next to that is the shutter release. On the back corner of the camera are the zoom control buttons which also function as the thumbnail and zoom-in buttons when in Playback mode.

See the next page for the rear controls and menu system.

Canon PowerShot S330 Digital ELPH

The AV Out handles monaural audio and the video signal can be connected to your TV set with the supplied cables. The DIGITAL port connects USB to the computer for image download and camera control with the supplied RemoteCapture software.

Canon PowerShot S330 Digital ELPH

The PowerShot S330 is equipped with a Type I CompactFlash card slot and comes with an 8MB CF card. It uses the same type of robust ejector mechanism as the S100 so be ready to catch the card as it really "pops out" when the button is pressed.

Canon PowerShot S330 Digital ELPH

The S330 comes with a Canon NB-1LH 3.7v 840mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims a fully charged battery can record 120 shots with the LCD on or 270 shots with it off and a replay time of approx. 85 minutes.

The supplied 100-240V CB-2LS 2-hour rapid charger (in N. America) plugs directly in the wall socket and charges the battery "out of the camera" which is very handy if you have a second battery (highly recommended.)

Optional accessories include AC Adapter Kit ACK500 (which contains Compact Power Adapter CA-PS500, DC Coupler DR-500, and an AC Power Cord).

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