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Compact Flash Compartment

The IXUS 330's Compact Flash compartment can be found on the right side of the camera (from the rear), it is opened by sliding the clearly marked CF OPEN lever downwards. The door itself is spring loaded. Inside you will find a Compact Flash Type I slot (Type II cards are not supported). Opening the card door powers the camera off, however if there are images still being written the camera will emit a high pitch beep continually until writing is complete to warn you not to remove the CF card (why couldn't they have done this on the EOS-D30 / D60?)


Connections

On the left side of the camera, behind a rubber cover, are the A/V out and digital (mini-USB) connectors. Looks like Canon didn't take on my suggestion of sinking these connectors and having a small hinged door.

The rubber cover for these connectors is about the only thing on the entire case which doesn't look right, it simply doesn't blend in to the overall design. It's a real shame Canon didn't counter-sink these and produce a more flush design cover.


Lens

The IXUS 330 is fitted with the same extending 3x optical zoom lens we saw used in last years IXUS 300. The lens has an equivelant focal length range of 35 - 105 mm (on a 35 mm camera) and a maximum aperture of F2.7 at wide angle and F4.7 at telephoto (not that fast but typical for an ultra-compact). One thing we liked about the IXUS 300 and it's still true with the 330 is the speed at which the lens extends, it takes just about 1 second for the lens to pop out (although full startup takes longer, see timings & sizes section).


Base / Tripod Mount

On the bottom of the camera you'll find a metal tripod mount, unfortunately (and as seems to be the case with ultra-compacts) the mount itself is too close to the camera edge (left side in this case) to be very useful. The problem with close-to-edge mounts is that they tend to cause the camera to tilt in one direction when the mount bolt is tightened. Obviously this may not be a big issue for the target user of this camera.


Flash / AF assist lamp

In the top right corner of the camera you'll find the flash unit, just beside this is the AF assist lamp. The flash has a rated range of 3.5 m (12.5 ft) at wide angle and 2.0 m (6.6 ft) at telephoto. The AF assist lamp (which can be disabled) is used to illuminate the subject with a white light in low light situations, this improves the chances of TTL AF system being able to make a good AF lock.


Box contents

Supplied in the box are:

  • Canon DIGITAL IXUS 330 / PowerShot S330
  • Wrist strap
  • Battery Charger CB-2LSE (Europe) / CB-2LS (US/Canada)
  • Battery Pack NB-1LH (840 mAh)
  • AC Cable (Europe)
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable (A/V)
  • CD-ROM (Driver, Appl. software)
  • 8 MB Compact Flash card
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