Among many beginner – level point and shoot cameras, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS is one of the very impressive models, in which both the image quality and the overall performance are great. I am really surprised at this model for the current price range.
In terms of the basic features, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 has brought you a lot of satisfaction with the nice 10X optical zoom lens as well as the LCD screen with high resolution. In addition, the built-in Wi-Fi is another favorable aspect. With all of the mentioned features, I think it is really amazing for such a sub-$200 camera.
However, you should not expect many advanced photography or manual control options from this PowerShot ELPH 330. Despite the limitation of manual controls, this is still a good point and shoot camera which is easy to handle.
The sub-$200 price point is pretty reasonable if you consider the available good features and performance in general. There still remain some weak points; however, in comparison with other point and shoot cameras of the similar prices, this one is still better.
Sumary of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS
- Resolution: 12.1 megapixels
- Optical zoom: 10X (24-240mm)
- LCD: 3.0-inch, 461,000 pixels
- Maximum image size: 4000 x 3000 pixels
- Battery: Rechargeable Li-Ion
- Dimensions: 3.83 x 2.22 x 0.89 inches
- Weight: 4.41 ounces (without battery andmemory card)
- Image sensor: CMOS 1/2.3 in.
- Movie mode: HD 1080p (24 fps)
- The image quality is better than that of many competitors
- For such a thin camera, the 10X zoom lens is great
- Shutter lag is minimized
- Another advantage is the built-in Wi-Fi feature
- It is super easy to handle the ELPH 330
- The number of manual control settings are limited
- The image quality of photos shot with the flash is not really good
- It is a little difficult to set up the Wi-Fi connection
- The Battery life is not really good
- The small size of control buttons causes some inconvenience
Detailed Review of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS
In comparison with the cameras with the same small 1/2.3-inch image sensor and at the same price range, the image quality of The Canon ELPH 330 HS is above the average level. Another advantage of this camera is the support of the CMOS technology for its image sensor. This CMOS technology does outperform the CCD image sensor technology. Therefore, the performance is better, especially for low light conditions.
Although the resolution of the PowerShot ELPH 330 is not large, just 12.1 MP, you would find the image quality still better than that of other cameras with the same image sensor but with the higher resolution. You also don’t have to worry about the noise problem with this model in low light conditions thanks to this advanced CMOS sensor technology
The image quality of photos shot with the Flash is not really good because the lens housing has obscured a tiny part of the built-in flash unit of this PowerShot camera. It is the reason that causes some little issues for this flash unit’s performance. Consequently, sometimes you may see vignetting flash photos.
The resolution for movies recording is full 1080p HD, which helps you create videos of good quality. You can also make use of the full optical zoom range for more flexibility.
The 10X optical zoom lens is really nice for such a thin camera. The speed of moving the lens through its range is also fast and in comparison with many other ones of the similarly priced range, the images shot with this camera are pretty sharp.
The overall performance of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 is goof for common shooting situations. Especially, it is considered a fast performer thanks to the fact that there is very few shot to shot delay or lag when you shutter the photos. This is not popular among cameras for beginners. Yet, the delay problems still happen in some situation when the flash is turned on, which is common for most point and shoot cameras for beginning photographers.
The LCD screen with a high resolution is what makes you feel satisfied with this camera. This screen is measured at 3.0 inches diagonally, which is a nice size for the ELPH 330. However, you may have to scope with the glare if you are taking photos in the bright sunlight.
The built-in Wi-Fi connectivity is a cool feature of this camera. However, it is a little bit hard for someone who does not a lot of technical experiences to use this camera’s Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi connection is a little bit more difficult than you expect. Besides, you will need to pay some attention to the battery when you are using the Wifi. It does matter because the battery life with this camera is not really good. It is just below the average level for common shooting conditions.
The design of The PowerShot ELPH 330 HS looks like that of other PowerShot cameras produced by Canon. With the typical rectangular shape, you can choose one among the solid colors.
However, the first drawback with this camera is the size of control buttons on its black. This size is too small and not tight enough compared to the camera body. Due to this issue, you find it pretty uncomfortable to use these buttons.
Another unfavorable aspect is the crazy function of a toggle switch of the two-way shooting mode. In the Auto mode, on the toggle switch, Hybrid Auto is a nice additional feature, in which a small video clip is recorded right before and after you press the shutter button to capture a still image.
While this Hybrid Auto feature is really nice, the odd thing happens when you want to switch to the Program mode. This mode should have been included in the toggle switch to help users easily switch from the Auto mode to the Program mode or on the contrary. However, the inconvenience in this case is that you have to use the on-screen menus, not the toggle switch if you want to switch between these two buttons. This is a little bit uncomfortable.
But in general, the ELPH 330 is still a nice camera with the solid design. You don’t have to concern about any big weaknesses. This is uncommon for such cameras of the similar prices. If the small buttons and some issues with the flash photos do not matter much, this PowerShot ELPH 330 HS is really worth your consideration based on you budget range.