Canon DIGITAL IXUS 330 (PowerShot S330) Review
Top of camera controls
the camera on or off
Requires a 1.3 second hold to power-on, single press to power off.
|Auto record mode
This is really the "point and shoot" mode, while you still have the option to choose resolution, JPEG quality and flash mode you can only select between self-timer and single shot drive modes, macro or normal focus mode, you can't change white balance (which is set at Auto) or set an exposure compensation.
|Manual record mode
Manual record mode operates virtually identically to auto record mode except that you now have control over settings such as white balance, exposure compensation, spot metering, AF points, picture effects etc.
Designed to make shooting of panorama / stitch shots easier. You have a choice of two different stitch modes: left-right or right-left. The display changes to show previously shot frames in the sequence to help alignment of each frame. Exposure and White Balance are locked to the first frame.
Rear of camera controls
The back of the camera looks different to the previous model, gone are the left and right arrows, replaced instead by a full 4-way controller (a considerable improvement). Buttons are also larger and have a more quality feel to them. Note that the 4-way controller provides settings control in record mode (all detailed below).
Zooms towards full telephoto (105 mm), if you pass the 105 mm mark the camera will begin to digitally zoom (indicated by a blue text display). This year Canon has listened and provided a menu option to disable digital zoom.
|AE-Lock / FE-Lock
With the shutter release half-pressed press this button to lock Exposure; AEL (if flash is enabled this will lock flash exposure; FEL). AE/FE lock is active until you press this button again (even for multiple shots).
Normal focus range
Macro focus range
Landscape (Infinity focus)
With the shutter release half-pressed press this button to lock Auto Focus, AFL is displayed on the monitor. AF lock is active until you press this button again (even for multiple shots).
Fill-in Flash (forced on)
Inhibit Flash (forced off)
Exposure Compensation / White balance / Photo Effect
|SET||No Action (Used to confirm menu settings)|
Enter / Leave Record Menu
|DISP||LCD monitor / preview
Simple mode (just AF points)
Detailed mode (AF points, all camera settings)
LCD monitor off
The IXUS 330 shows its maturity with the surprising addition of AE-lock, FE-lock and AF-lock. Not only are these features available on this pocket camera but they're also the best implementation I've seen, once the lock is set it remains set until you cancel it (even for multiple shots) which is perfect for guaranteed matched exposures or difficult focusing situations. Kudos Canon.
Control functions in play mode
|Browse through images: previous / next|
|Used to navigate menus|
|SET||Used to confirm menu settings|
Enter / Leave Play Menu
|DISP||Image review mode
Image review, no information
Image review, basic information (date & time, folder, filename)
Image review, exposure information and histogram
|Toggle Thumbnail view
Toggles between display of a single full screen image, 3 x 3 thumbnails on the LCD screen or 3 x 3 thumbnails scrollable a page at a time.
|Playback Magnify (tele
Press to magnify the image, hold to magnify up to 10x. Use the 4-way direction controller to scroll around the image.
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