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Canon PowerShot A3300 IS review

The pocket-sized powerhouse that's packed with features

PowerShot a3300 is

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 selecting the correct white balance setting from the menu rectifies things quickly however.

Creative filters

The creative filters we mentioned in the last section allow you to add some flair to your shots without having to go near a computer. We didn't care much for the Poster effect, but the Miniature and Toy Camera settings both produce excellent results.

Noise control

Noise is non-existent at the low-end of the A3300 IS' sensitivity range, but it starts to appear at ISO 400, causing some colour shifts and loss of detail above this point. That said, results are still usable at ISO 800 - which isn't bad for a camera of this class.

The 5x optical zoom lens performs well, with little in the way of distortion to comment on, but we did notice some softening of detail around the edges of the frame, particularly at the far end of the zoom range.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
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
ColourBlue
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
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Height56.7 mm
Width95.1 mm
Depth23.9 mm
Autofocus Points9
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
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5037B011
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
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.

Battery Life230 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot A3300 IS Compact Camera
  • NB-8L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Display Resolution230400 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year