Point and shoot cameras prove to be good options for those wanting a camera for casual photography. Even beginners wanting to get a hang of the basics and nuances of cameras and photography find them an easy device to start off with. Canon’s had a steady flow of PowerShot cameras in the recent past and their latest entrant is the A3300 IS. But with a flurry of point and shoot cameras in the market right now, is this one worth it? Read on to find out.
On video: Canon PowerShot A3300IS
Design and Build Quality
The PowerShot A3300IS that we reviewed was all dressed up in reddish maroon, but there are four other colour schemes to choose from - black, blue, pink and gray - so in all certainty there’ll be a colour that suits your taste. There’s a matte coating on the exterior and the camera does well to keep fingerprints out. It’s got a rectangular, slightly boxy feel to it. The front consists of the lens, focus assist and the LED flash. It’s a small camera but none of the buttons feel cramped. The power, zoom rocker and shutter buttons are located on the top, next to the jog dial to switch between the available modes.
The back consists of the three inch LCD screen, the display and menu buttons, the function dial, a face detect and the customary playback button. The digital AV out is located on the right underneath a rubber flap whilst the battery and SD card slot are located at the bottom underneath a slightly fragile and plasticky flap. The buttons though, have a good feedback and are sturdy enough.
The build is predominantly plastic but that definitely doesn’t translate to cheap. The camera looks quite classy and has enough oomph to hold its own amongst its competitors. It weighs 149 grams including the battery and memory card, so it’s both lightweight and compact.
The various buttons
The PowerShot A3300IS features a 16 megapixel CCD sensor with 5x optical zoom and a 28mm lens. Powered by a DIGIC 4 processor, the camera is capable of quick snaps and the processor found on a range of cameras from Canon. Even though DIGIC 5 is being used in some of their newer cameras, DIGIC 4 is still quite predominant amongst their range of point and shoots. For the first time, Canon has got 720p recording to an A series camera, which is noteworthy.
Rectangular and boxy
As part of the features, the camera comes with a few creative filters that let you create different kinds of effects with your pictures. Also, Canon has included the customary optical image stabilizer that comes in handy to click clear and steady shots. Besides the normal modes, the A3300 has a discreet mode that clicks pictures without sound or flash. The smart AUTO mode allows image tweaking based on 32 preset shooting situations that have been embedded into the camera. Images are stored in the traditional JPEG format while movies are stored in an MOV format.
Updated 19 May, 2013, 5:16 pm IST
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