Looking for a great all-around point-and-shoot? Make a date with the Canon PowerShot 330 HS.
30 September 2013
Conclusion: When most people already carry around a competent smartphone camera in their pocket, it might seem a little silly to shell out for a second dedicated camera. But with the 330 HS you're getting the advantage of a 10x optical zoom and acceptable all-around image quality in a compact form factor. The Canon PowerShot 330 HS may not set any performance records, but it does offer enough to justify its affordable sub-$200 price tag.
Summary: Limited manual controls put you in charge of the EV compensation (to make your photos brighter or darker), flash control, macro focusing, metering, ISO setting and white balance. An array of preset scene modes help you capture moments like Fireworks and Snow or add special effects like Smooth Skin and Toy Camera.
Pros: Tiny, slim body, Comfortable and simple to use, Fast, Superb photos and HD videos for the price, Built-in Wi-Fi lets you send photos instantly
Excerpt: The PowerShot ELPH 330 HS continues Canon's streak of delivering some of the best point-and-shoot digital cameras on the market, topping buyer's guides and best-of lists every year. The HS stands for High-Sensitivity, boasting a 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor mated to Canon's DIGIC 5 image processor and a 10x optical zoom lens. This image sensor and processor are wicked fast, and produce vivid colors even in lower lighting conditions.
Conclusion: We had a difficult time grading the 330 HS for several reasons. For $230, you’re paying for a camera that shoots good quality photos, is stylish, and is simple to use. However, at the end of the day, it’s still a point-and-shoot, and at $200-plus it’s somewhat pricey for a plain shooter.
Pros: Compact, svelte design, Wi-Fi connectivity with smartphones, Speedy performance, Good image quality
Cons: Wi-Fi can be a nuisance to set up, Video is decent, but not as strong as other Canon cams, Convoluted menu navigation
Conclusion: One of the best cameras you can buy for less than $200, the svelte, 10x-zoom Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS takes beautiful pictures and lets you send them instantaneously with integrated Wi-Fi.
Pros: Sharp lens. Integrated Wi-Fi. 10x zoom range. Excellent high ISO performance. Short shutter lag. Includes external battery charger.
Cons: Small-aperture lens. Lacks full manual controls. 1080p video limited to 24fps.
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