Canon ELPH 330 HS

 
Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 144g - 97 x 56 x 23mm
  • Introduced January 2013
  • Other Name is IXUS 255 HS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
33
Overall
36

Canon ELPH 330 HS summary

Canon ELPH 330 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally introduced on January of 2013. The camera includes a 12MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is referred to as "IXUS 255 HS" in other markets.

The ELPH 330 HS stands at #83 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #857 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. Please check out our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your personalized factors.

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Canon ELPH 330 HS history

The Canon ELPH 330 HS is part of a family of cameras. You can see the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-330-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 330 HS24-240mm
F3.0-6.9
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-ELPH-510-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 510 HS
ELPH 330 HS vs ELPH 510 HS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-530-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 530 HS
ELPH 330 HS vs ELPH 530 HS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-ELPH-500-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 500 HS
ELPH 330 HS vs ELPH 500 HS
24-105mm
F2.0-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2011

Canon ELPH 330 HS Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon ELPH 330 HS based on aspects which are normally regarded as crucial in a digital camera.

flash built-in
great minimum ISO (80)
has HDMI out
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (24-240mm 10.0 x zoom)
nice screen size (3 inches)
really wide (24mm)
supports face detection autofocus
supports tracking autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
does not have external mic support
does not have headphone support
does not have Time Lapse recording
fixed screen
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW files
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
manual mode not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
no aperture priority mode
no manual focus
screen has low resolution (461 k dots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
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Canon ELPH 330 HS Sensor specifications

The Canon ELPH 330 HS is powered by the DIGIC 5 processor. The sensor specification in the Canon ELPH 330 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 80 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported so you have less margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the ELPH 330 HS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The ELPH 330 HS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS sensor size Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 330 HS dimensions

Canon ELPH 330 HS weighs 0.32 lb (144g or 5.08 ounces) & the over all size of the camera is 97mm x 56mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Canon ELPH 330 HS is less heavy compared with its rivals.

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Here is a shot of the Canon ELPH 330 HS beside a soda so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS dimensions scale

The top view under will show you the button design on the ELPH 330 HS.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 330 HS Lens specifications

The ELPH 330 HS has got a built in lens and a focal range of 24-240mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which might not be great but it could be valuable in a few scenarios.

At the widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.0 and that is fairly slow and not great for low light situations and you will likely find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You might also need to up the ISO giving you noisy photos. With the tele end, 240mm comes at f6.9 making it very sluggish and you might need to set slower shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 330 HS Connectivity

The ELPH 330 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send files and oftentimes alter settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Canon ELPH 330 HS Video specifications

The highest possible video quality in the Canon ELPH 330 HS is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in H.264 file format. 1080p quality delivers a great balance in video quality versus file sizes but 1080p won't give you any room to crop. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone socket so you have got no control over the audio. It is probably best to purchase a different model in case you want good audio for your videos.

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Canon ELPH 330 HS Weather Sealing

Canon ELPH 330 HS does not include environment proofing so wet conditions can easily affect the camera.

Canon ELPH 330 HS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 330 HS includes a 3" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 461k dots.

Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon ELPH 330 HS are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are very valuable.

Canon ELPH 330 HS Shutter specifications

Canon ELPH 330 HS continuous shooting rate is 2.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Canon ELPH 330 HS Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon ELPH 330 HS comes with only in-built flash lacking external flash support.

Canon ELPH 330 HS Autofocusing specifications

Canon ELPH 330 HS comes with just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and accurate compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which can be useful for taking portraits of people.

The Sensor includes 9 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Canon ELPH 330 HS has no manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful in low light situations or you require more accurate focus control.

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Canon ELPH 330 HS Battery life

The battery life (NB-4L) for the Canon ELPH 330 HS is fashioned to last for 220 pictures as per the CIPA measurements making it similar to it's competition. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the best (470) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Canon ELPH 330 HS for varying forms of photography

The following bar chart gives a outline of the Canon ELPH 330 HS for varying forms of photography. To read more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon ELPH 330 HS Portrait photography features

The Canon ELPH 330 HS receives a score of 28 which is horrible, meaning that it is just not appropriate for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support together with the potential to use off-camera lighting.

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includes face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Canon ELPH 330 HS Street photography info

With a modest points total of 57, the Canon ELPH 330 HS is relatively adequate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Canon ELPH 330 HS as a Sports photography camera

A horrible sports photography points total of 33 means the Canon ELPH 330 HS is just not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have excellent autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Canon ELPH 330 HS as a Travel photography camera

Size is very crucial in picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Canon ELPH 330 HS gets a average 58 for a travel camera which makes it relatively acceptable to purchase for your travels.

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flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)

Canon ELPH 330 HS Landscape photography information

If you find yourself looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Canon ELPH 330 HS at it's horrible score of 38 for a landscape camera is just not appropriate within the current marketplace.

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really wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not available
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode

Canon ELPH 330 HS Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should really offer a moving display screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Canon ELPH 330 HS is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a horrible rating of 34.

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rather wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
doesn't have microphone socket

Canon ELPH 330 HS Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the ELPH 330 HS, below is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph here provides you an overview of the ELPH 330 HS vs it's top ranking competitors listed earlier.

These are some more cameras you may view as alternate options. To review a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS
Other name
IXUS 255 HS
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2013-01-29
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Powered by
DIGIC 5
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
6400
Min native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-240mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.0-6.9
Macro focus range
1cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Resolution of screen
461k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology
PureColor II G
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
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
Features
Minimum shutter speed
15 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, on, slow sync, off
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (240 fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
144g (0.32 pounds)
Dimensions
97 x 56 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Other
Battery life
220 pictures
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
NB-4L
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
Single
Cost at release
$179