Body & Design

Available in black and white, the P330 is a near-twin to its predecessor the P310. Although it won't fit into the pockets of slender jeans, it's small enough to fit into a shirt or pants pocket. There's no grip to speak of, although a small ridge running vertically on the front panel and a rubberized thumb rest on the back mean that it's easy to hold firmly one-handed.

Like most compact cameras, the P330 lacks an optical viewfinder but its 3-inch, 921,000 dot LCD serves for image composition and review. The P330 differs from its big brother the P7700 in many ways, but significantly, it lacks a hotshoe, and its built-in flash cannot be used as a controller for external flashguns. This also distinguishes it from larger peers like the Fujifilm X20, Olympus XZ-2 and Panasonic LX7, all of which feature faster lenses, hotshoes, and in the case of the X20, a built-in optical viewfinder, too. The P330, like Canon's S110, sacrifices some of this versatility for reduced size and weight.

Like its predecessor the P310, the P330 is solid and well-built, and with its lens retracted, small enough to fit inside a shirt pocket. Although it features a fairly conventional control layout, the large top-mounted command dial is well-placed for manual adjustment of exposure parameters. We do wish the P330 had a front-mounted dial though, like the Canon PowerShot S110, Olympus XZ-2 and Panasonic LX7.

The P330's control logic is the same as that of the P310, with two control dials located on the top plate and rear of the camera for adjusting key exposure parameters. Unlike its main competitor the Canon PowerShot S110, the P330 does not offer a front-mounted control dial. This is a shame, since we've found that performing some actions - particularly aperture and exposure compensation - feel very natural using a control point in this position.

Body Elements

The P330's tiny built-in flash is activated with a mechanical catch and springs up from the camera's top-plate, providing enough power for relatively close-range portraits and 'fill in' when shooting outdoors.
On the front of the P330 you'll find a tiny Fn button, positioned within easy reach of your forefinger to the lower right of the lens. The button can be programmed to provide access to one of a number of options including image quality, Picture Control, white balance, metering, and ISO, among others.
A traditional exposure mode dial on the P330's top plate provides access to PASM exposure mode, as well as a user-configurable 'U' setting, full auto (shown as a green camera icon) Scene modes and Night Landscape mode.

This view shows the P330's integrated zoom control and shutter button. Behind it and to the right you'll see one of the P330's two command dials, used for setting exposure parameters.

And here's the second one, positioned on the rear of the camera.

Both dials are controlled with the thumb of your right hand, and by default, the rear dial controls aperture in the PASM modes and the upper dial controls shutter speed, but their functions can be swapped if you desire.

The P330 doesn't have much of a hand-grip, but this rubber accent on the upper-right of the camera's rear helps keep a firm hold when the camera is used one-handed. To its left you can see a flash confirmation light and the movie record button. The five vertical holes conceal the P330's tiny speaker, for audio alerts and video playback.

The P330's EN-EL12 battery and memory card share a compartment on the bottom of the camera, hidden behind a lockable door next to the tripod socket.