Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS
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Low Battery product advisory
16 September 2014
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.
330 outperforms my old 850,but prefer old software
29 July 2014
Conclusion: I switched from full-sized SLRs to pocket-sized ELPHs seven years ago, and never looked back. My ELPH 330 does everything I need in a camera, and having it with me at all times when I am on the road means I lose fewer image opportunities than I did with my larger cameras that were more intrusive. The ELPH 330 outperforms my older ELPH 850, especially in telephoto shots -- the optics have been improved greatly.
Pros: Good Low-Light Performance, excellent image quality, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, easy to use
Cons: slow imagebrowser software, fragile lens cover may not open fully
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.
Conclusion: For a simple point-and-shoot camera the battery life seems to be just fine for me. I don't shoot a lot of pics. I bought 2 new batteries at Best-Buy and charge them up and keep them with me for when I need them. I bought the camera because I needed a nice wide-angle camera to get all of the nature scenes on my winter vacation trip to Cuba. The camera worked really nice, and the images that come out of it on bright days are really nice.
Pros: Good Low-Light Performance, Nice features/settings, excellent image quality, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, easy to use