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Canon DIGITAL IXUS 330 (PowerShot S330) Review

April 2002 | By Phil Askey

Review based on a production Canon DIGITAL IXUS 330

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 DIGITAL IXUS 330 was announced at CeBIT 2002 along with the updated DIGITAL IXUS v² (two megapixel, two times optical zoom). The IXUS 330 has various new features and improvements over last years model (see below) but best still is that the street price of this camera appears to have settled some $200 less than its predecessor ($400 street price in the US).

DIGITAL IXUS 330 compared to the DIGITAL IXUS 300

  Canon DIGITAL IXUS 330
(PowerShot S330)
(PowerShot S300)
Auto focus AiAF 3-point (focus areas displayed in LCD monitor), Center-point AF AiAF 3-point
AF-Lock (multi shot) Yes, (half-press + left arrow) No
AE-Lock (multi shot) Yes, (half-press + meter) No
FE-Lock (multi shot) Yes, (half-press + meter) - flash on No
Metering Evaluative, Spot Evaluative
ISO sensitivity Auto (ISO 50 - 150), Manual: ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 Auto (ISO 100 -150)
White balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluoresecent, Fluorescent High, Manual Preset Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluoresecent
Photo effects Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White Black & White
"Long shutter" Manual: 1 - 15 sec None
Self timer 2 or 10 sec 10 sec
Orientation sensor Yes (auto rotate for playback) No
Histogram display Playback and record review None
Playback magnify Up to 10x Up to 2x
"My camera" Yes No
EXIF format EXIF 2.2 (ExifPrint) EXIF 1.1
Direct print support Canon CP-10, CP-100, S820D Canon CP-10

If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this review (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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