Canon PowerShot A3300 IS review

The pocket-sized powerhouse that's packed with features

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  • Great value-for-money
  • Simple-to-use design
  • Good image quality
  • Fun creative filters


  • No HDMI output
  • LCD could be higher resolution
  • Battery life a little disappointing

The latest user-friendly PowerShot replaces the older A3100 IS, offering a number of exciting upgraded features designed to tempt budding photographers looking for their first compact.

Although aimed at beginners, the A3300 IS has quite a bit more functionality on offer than the very basic compacts on the market, including some limited manual controls which we'll come to momentarily.

Headline features of the new A3300 IS - which is available in silver, red, blue and pink - include a 16mp sensor, HD movie recording (720p) and a 5x optical zoom lens with Image Stabilisation: quite an upgrade when you compare these to the earlier A3100 IS' 12.1mp sensor, 640 x 480 movie mode and 4x optical zoom lens.

Being pitched at the beginner, the exposure modes on offer are all geared towards effortless image-making, with an Easy Auto mode and an array of scene modes, as well as some interesting new additions which we'll look at in more detail later.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyPowerShot A
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMMCplus, HC MMCplus, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesLive View, Smart Capture, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Manual White Balance
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)149 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.7 mm
Width95.1 mm
Depth23.9 mm
Product SeriesA
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelA3300 IS
Product NamePowerShot A3300 IS Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5037B011
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Wrapped in a sleek metal body, the PowerShot A3300 IS captures everything in stunning 16 Megapixel detail. Dynamic Image Stabilizer ensures that HD movies are sharp and steady.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot A3300 IS Compact Camera
  • NB-8L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year