Canon PowerShot A3300 IS review

The pocket-sized powerhouse that's packed with features

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The PowerShot A3300 IS is the type of camera that will appeal to people looking for a general purpose camera to photograph days out with their family and social event etc. It's easy to use and can be trusted to survive being passed to the younger members of the family.

We liked

If you're looking for a reasonably-priced, no-fuss digital compact that offers a few unexpected frills for your hard-earned cash, then look no further.

We disliked

The LCD is the only feature that reveals any form of cost-cutting on Canon's part (and it's still not at all bad). Otherwise we'd like a higher capacity battery (currently around 230 shots per charge), but that's about all there is to complain about.

Verdict

Considering the number of high-spec features this camera has - namely its 16mp sensor, 5x optical zoom and HD video mode - the A3300 IS is very reasonably priced. As such, it's likely to be of great appeal to anyone looking for a user-friendly compact that offers just that little bit extra. With an intuitive user interface, good selection of exposure modes, decent build quality and the ability to produce very pleasing stills and movies, there's a lot going for this low-priced PowerShot.

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
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 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.

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