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Canon PowerShot S330 / Digital IXUS 330 / IXY Digital 300a

alaTest has collected and analyzed 591 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and battery. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Reviews are divided on the flash, while some have doubts about the shutter and focus.

portability, usability, image quality, battery, size

features, low-light, memory, focus, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S330 / Digital IXUS 330 / IXY Digital 300a is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot S330


Highly Recommended!

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Canon PowerShot S330


The DIGITAL IXUS 330 (known as the PowerShot S330 in US/Canada) is Canon's updated to the popular IXUS 300 (PowerShot S300). The IXUS 330 is a steel cased, two megapixel, three times optical zoom ultra-compact "carry everywhere" digital camera. The...

Good resolution, sharp images, good colour balance, White balance presets are excellent, Auto white balance not so good under artificial light, Great night exposures thanks to new Long Exposure mode, Ultra-compact size, light weight, Improved control...

Flash doesn't have the power or the cover, Some moire visible at certain detail frequencies, Confusing ISO sensitivity labelling (about 1 EV out?), Average macro performance, Below average AF assist lamp performance, Slight barrel distortion at wide...

Canon started the DIGITAL IXUS / ELPH series back with the original DIGITAL IXUS (PowerShot S100), not long after that they produced the slightly larger IXUS 300 (S300) with a three times zoom lens.

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Canon Powershot S330


Canon's new PowerShot S330 "Digital ELPH" is the 2002 upgrade to the PowerShot S300 camera. It retains and improves upon the stylish and elegant design that made the S300 one of the most popular digital cameras of 2001. Packed inside of the highly compact


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Digital Cameras - Canon PowerShot S330 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


External Controls Shutter Button: Located on the top panel, this button sets focus and exposure when pressed halfway down and fires the shutter when pressed all the way. If the Self-Timer is activated, a full press of the Shutter button triggers the...

Like the rest of the ELPH line, most exposure control is automatic. The S330 does provide some manual adjustments though, as well as a range of exposure modes for specific shooting situations. The Mode dial on top of the camera selects the main...

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Three Small 2 Megapixel Cameras - PowerShot S330 / DiMAGE X / Coolpix 2500


The three cameras I'm looking at here are all 2 Megapixel cameras with 3X optical zooms. All of them are small and stylish, and two of them are really quite unique. I will cover each camera in several areas, pick a a winner in each area, and than an...

The only real thing to comment on is the rather skimpy 8MB CompactFlash card. I would have liked to see something larger, considering just how cheap CF cards are these days. I'd recommend at least a 32MB card

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot S330 (Luis Saavedra, 3 Sep 04)


Overall image quality is decent. The camera is so compact and portable that many shots would otherwise be impractical or missed if you had a more elaborate system. Especiallywhen it comes to underwater photography. There simply is no cheaper way to get...

image quality is poor with close subjects. The curvature of field seems very bad on some shots. Proper Underwater exposures are very difficult to achieve (through housing dome port). Canon Underwater housing rating of 100ft is incorrect. My camera's...

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot S330 (Mogun, 15 Jul 04)


Bought it just now in India (Chennai) after a long search online and offline....Found this pure stainless steel body very sturdy!! Image quality is excellent Macro mode, but the AiAF captures the object in front only and discards the background...

So far nothing, but will post when a problem arises :-)

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot S330 (Albertus, 29 Sep 03)


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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot S330 (Salvatore Chiazzese, 20 Sep 03)


A small, beautiful, very sturdy body. Excellent image quality. Superlative white balance.

Noise at 400 ISO

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot S330 (Ivan Loke, 22 Apr 03)


Good Day Everyone, I have taken some pictures using this camera and I would like to share them with all of you. Please visit my photo gallery at Loke

Product Specifications

The Digital IXUS 330 is a compact elegant camera full of features for complete picture-taking control. The ergonomically designed cross-key controls make this camera easy to operate. The Digital IXUS 330 features a high-quality 35-105mm (35mm equivalent) 3x optical zoom lens, with a bright maximum aperture of f2.7. Its 2.0-megapixel CCD captures even the finest details. Canon's latest intelligent three-point focusing system AiAF (artificial intelligence auto focus) and evaluative exposure systems ensure the subject is always in focus and correctly exposed. The camera incorporates a unique "intelligent-orientation sensor" making the camera aware of which way you're holding it up. The Digital IXUS 330 also supports Canon's Direct Print printers. Direct printing is the quickest and easiest way to get photo-quality prints without a PC. Simply connect the camera to the printer, select the image on your camera, and print. With the 330's movie mode, it is possible to capture movie clips up to 30 seconds with sound and, by making use of the video lead supplied, the camera can be connected to a TV set, to view and share photos and movies. With the "My Camera" function the camera can be personalized by adding sounds and pictures. The Digital IXUS 330 is fully automatic, with a built-in flash firing when needed, however the more adventurous photographer can have greater control by accessing the camera's more advanced features. Users can choose between two metering modes (Evaluative and Spot, with AE lock), select from a range of White Balance settings (auto, 5 preset and custom), alter the equivalent ISO film speed setting (from ISO 50 to 400) and control the flash. The Photo Effects option allows images to be taken in vivid color, neutral, sepia and black and white. There is also a Stitch Assist mode for taking panorama shots that can be merged using the supplied PhotoStitch application. Going digital means easy connectivity between the camera and your PC's USB port opening up the whole new world of digital imaging. Canon's software suite for PC/Mac includes user-friendly Canon ZoomBrowser EX, PhotoStitch and PhotoRecord. This camera comes with a high-power Li-ion rechargeable battery pack.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Macro / Night mode / Stitch assist/Landscape / Macro / Slow shutter / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Model:330/S330 Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Digital IXUS/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-4.7
Max Focal Length:16.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:2Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer: None

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image/Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:2.5
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 150 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid/Black & White / Neutral / Saturation / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical