Canon A3300 IS

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 149g - 95 x 57 x 24mm
  • Released January 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Canon A3300 IS summary

Canon A3300 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially announced on January of 2011. It has got a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The A3300 IS comes in at #94 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #922 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Canon A3300 IS history

The Canon A3300 IS is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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A3300 IS vs A4000 IS
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A3300 IS vs A1200
Canon-PowerShot-A3300-IS front thumbnailCanon A3300 IS28-140mm
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A3300 IS vs A3200 IS
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A3300 IS vs A2200
Canon-PowerShot-A800 front thumbnailCanon A800
A3300 IS vs A800
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A3300 IS vs A3100 IS
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A3300 IS vs A3000 IS
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A3300 IS vs A490
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A3300 IS vs A495
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A3300 IS vs A1100 IS
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A3300 IS vs A2100 IS

Canon A3300 IS Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon A3300 IS based on factors which are usually regarded as necessary in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focusing
offers tracking autofocus
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have external microphone socket
doesn't have HDMI socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse mode
fixed screen
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no manual control
no phase detect AF
no RAW support
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
small sensor (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Canon A3300 IS Sensor specifications

The Canon A3300 IS houses the DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology processor. The sensor size in the Canon A3300 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the A3300 IS's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The A3300 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A3300 IS dimensions

Canon A3300 IS weighs in at 0.33 lbs (149 grams or 5.26 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 95mm x 57mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Canon A3300 IS is less heavy when compared to other rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Canon A3300 IS alongside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button layout on the A3300 IS.

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS topview buttons dials

Canon A3300 IS Lens specifications

The A3300 IS offers a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not very good however it may be invaluable in certain scenarios.

At the widest 28mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.8 making it very slow and not very good in low light conditions and you will probably struggle to capture good bokeh. You could also need to boost the ISO which results in noisy photos. At the tele end, 140mm comes to f5.9 which is pretty slow and you will need to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Canon A3300 IS Connectivity

The A3300 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send images and sometimes alter settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Canon A3300 IS Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution in the Canon A3300 IS is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should shoot for a minimum 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone port so you have got little control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for a different model should you require decent audio in your videos.

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Canon A3300 IS Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Canon A3300 IS so you need to be careful in wet or dusty situations.

Canon A3300 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon A3300 IS has got a 3" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Canon A3300 IS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be quite useful.

Canon A3300 IS Shutter specifications

Canon A3300 IS is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.

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Canon A3300 IS Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon A3300 IS includes only built in flash without external flash support.

Canon A3300 IS Autofocusing specifications

Canon A3300 IS includes just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and exact when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detection which is helpful for portrait photography.

It has got 9 focus points to choose from. It also has Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Canon A3300 IS lacks manual focus. Manual focus is useful for low light scenarios or you require more exact control on depth of field.

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Canon A3300 IS Battery life

The battery life (NB-8L) in the Canon A3300 IS is made to last for 230 pictures according to the CIPA benchmarks making it comparable with its competition. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the best (470) battery life for this range of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:

Canon A3300 IS for various kinds of photography

The following diagram presents a outline of the Canon A3300 IS for various kinds of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon A3300 IS Portrait photography advice

The Canon A3300 IS receives a points tally of 34 which is bad, and means the camera is not good to use for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & capability to work with off-camera flash.

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good MP (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Canon A3300 IS Street photography factors

Coming in at a average points total of 57, the Canon A3300 IS is fairly appropriate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Canon A3300 IS Sports photography details

A bad sports photography points tally of 40 suggests the Canon A3300 IS is not good for shooting sports. A camera must have excellent tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
includes tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF

Canon A3300 IS Travel photography info

Size is really critical when selecting a travel camera. In general, the Canon A3300 IS gets a very good 65 as a travelling camera which is a very decent option to buy for your journeys.

Photography Glossary
MP count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Canon A3300 IS Landscape photography info

For anybody looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Canon A3300 IS with it's bad grade of 43 for a landscape camera is not good amongst its competition.

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decently wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Timelapse mode

Canon A3300 IS Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera should really posses a moving display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Canon A3300 IS is not good for vlogging as it delivers a bad rating of 31.

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pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic support

Canon A3300 IS Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the A3300 IS, below is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram down below offers you an overview of the A3300 IS versus it's highest rated competitors listed previously.

Following are additional cameras you may consider as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot A3300 IS
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of screen
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
15 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Smart
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
149 gr (0.33 pounds)
95 x 57 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Battery life
230 pictures
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Pricing at release