Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS
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DO NOT BUY
7 November 2014
Conclusion: I have had nothing but problems with this camera so far. Purchased this back in January 2014 and it is a complete headache. Every month there is a communication error and the wifi connectivity is a joke! I would not recommend this to anyone.
Great, easy to use instructions. outstanding photos. battery lasts!
3 November 2014
Summary: ease of use for slightly better than casual user: very good. I used to use a Minolta slr 35mm camera in the 70s & 80s with a 75-300 zoom lens. I can't get zoom shots of wildlife, eagles & hawks on the wing like that, but the camcorder function is very nice, and I take lots of pix of my fast-moving rescue pets, and this IXY 610 elph is great for this. I bought a 32mg memory card which works well for my non-professional needs. I just wish it came with a case.
Conclusion: Phenomenon: In some PowerShot ELPH 330HS compact digital cameras, there is a possibility that the following operation errors may occur due to insufficient contact between the camera’s battery terminal and the battery, even when the battery has sufficient power remaining. ・ The message “Charge the battery” appears immediately. ・ The power sometimes does not turn on ・ The power turns off during use.
Summary: Camera is a replacement for my Canon ELPH 300 that I used for many years. This is the same size and takes the same battery. The LCD viewfinder on the 330 is brighter and the camera sensor seems more capable of taking low light photos. My only criticism is that the price here is lower than that on Canon's own website.
Conclusion: About a month after we got this camera we started getting a message to charge the battery, even when the battery was fully charged. The camera wouldn't turn on until you pulled out the battery and put it back in. So we replaced the battery, thinking it was the problem. About 11 months later we had the same problem, so we used a battery from our previous Canon, which worked fine in that old camera.
Summary: The camera is great for the price. As mentioned elsewhere, there is a battery issue, Canon recognizes it, and it will be inspected and repaired free of charge if you send it to their office in VA. http://goo.gl/AM4PvH Since we didn't want to ship it which takes time and shipping fee, we bought a replacement NB-4L battery from a thrid party, and it works pretty well.
Summary: I bought this model to replace one I had used for over 5 years. I like the size and ease of use. We got a lemon. Even when fully charged, sometimes it won't turn on stating, 'charge the battery.' We thought it could be a faulty battery. I bought a new battery and still have the problem. This camera is worthless like this. I bought it to take on a tour of Europe with my family, but ended up using my iPhone as the camera. Very disappointed. Will not buy another one.
Summary: I like the picture quality of this camera, but have one big problem with it. The on/off button is very sensitive. I keep the camera in my purse and somehow, the on/off button gets pushed and then the battery drains so when I want to use it, the battery isn't charged. I imagine the same thing would happen if you kept this camera in your pocket. For that reason, and that reason alone, I can't recommend this camera.
Summary: Very disappointed. I bought this camera 15 months ago. It worked great for the first 14 months, of course I don't use the camera real often, maybe once/ twice a month. It has always stayed at our home in a case, very well taken care of. We took the camera on our vacation, all of a sudden the shutter, that opens and closes when camera turns on/off, won't open all the way.