Canon DIGITAL IXUS 330 (PowerShot S330) Review
Now we'll use the data in our review database to compare the IXUS 330's colour and resolution to three other two megapixel digital cameras: the Nikon Coolpix 2500, Minolta DiMAGE X and Canon DIGITAL IXUS 300 (the model this camera replaces).
Colour Chart Comparison
Colour charts are shot in daylight, Auto White Balance, EV compensation +0.3 (all cameras), measured light ~10 EV. This test is also dependent on the accuracy of the camera's auto white balance, the colour charts are shot in daylight but some camera's white balance is better than others. All cameras are given 20 seconds to "settle" before the shot is taken.
|Canon DIGITAL IXUS 330 (S330)||Nikon Coolpix 2500|
|Minolta DiMAGE X||Canon DIGITAL IXUS 300 (S300)|
In the table below we're only measuring colour. The RGB values were measured from a VGA reduced image (to average colours, remove noise and eliminate JPEG artifacts) using the Eyedropper tool in Photoshop with a 5 by 5 Average Sample Size.
IXUS 330 (S330)
IXUS 300 (S300)
As you can see colour balance from the IXUS 330 (S330) is very similar to the IXUS 300 (S300) of last year, if anything blues are slightly stronger. Compared to the other cameras the IXUS 330 seems to have a more neutral balance looking slightly less saturated than the Coolpix 2500.
Shots here are of the PIMA/ISO 12233 standard resolution test chart (more of which are available in our comparison database). This resolution chart allows us to measure the actual performance of the lens and sensor system. It measures the ability of the camera to resolve lines at gradually higher resolutions and enables us to provide a definitive value for comparison purposes. Values on the chart are 1/100th lines per picture height. So a value of 8 equates to 800 lines per picture height.
Studio light, cameras set to auto, all settings factory default. Exposure compensation +0.7 EV for all cameras.
|Horizontal resolution||Vertical resolution||5 degree diagonal res.|
|Canon DIGITAL IXUS 330 (S330)|
|Nikon Coolpix 2500|
|Minolta DiMAGE X|
|Canon DIGITAL IXUS 300 (S300 ELPH)|
Measurable findings (three measurements taken for each camera):
|Camera||Measurement||Absolute Res.||Extinction Res.|
|Canon DIGITAL IXUS 330||Horiz LPH||820||* 1050|
|5° Diagonal LPH||800||900|
|Nikon Coolpix 2500||Horiz LPH||750||* 1000|
|5° Diagonal LPH||800||900|
|Minolta DiMAGE X||Horiz LPH||750||* 900|
|Vert LPH||700||* 1100|
|5° Diagonal LPH||700||900|
|Canon DIGITAL IXUS 300||Horiz LPH||820||*1000|
|5° Diagonal LPH||800||900|
* Moiré is visible
Definition of terms:
|LPH||Lines per Picture Height (to allow for different aspect ratios the measurement is the same for horizontal and vertical)|
|5° Diagonal||Lines set at 5° diagonal|
|Absolute Resolution||Still defined detail (below Nyquist frequency*)|
|Extinction Resolution||Detail beyond camera's definition (becomes a solid gray alias)|
|n/a||Not Available (above the capability of the test chart)|
|n/v||Not Visible (not visible on test results)|
image detail. Beyond the Nyquist frequency aliasing occurs.
As we expected resolution measurements proved to be identical to last years IXUS 300 (S300) apart from a very slight increase in the point at which detail becomes extinct in the horizontal direction. This puts the IXUS 330 at the top of the pile for resolution as far as current two megapixel ultra-compacts are concerned.
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