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Canon's PowerShot S330 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon replaces PowerShot S300!
(Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 03:34 EST)

New S330 model announced at CeBit 2002 in Germany...

Canon has today announced a replacement for its existing PowerShot S300 digital camera at the CeBit show in Germany. The PowerShot S330 Digital ELPH (dubbed the Digital IXUS 330 in Europe) has the following significant changes from its predecessor:

PowerShot S300
PowerShot S330
Effective ISO
Approx. 100
Auto (ISO 50~150); user-set 50,100,200, 400
White Balance-Auto & Pre-Sets
Auto + Preset (4 positions) + B/W
Auto + Preset (5 positions) + Manual
"EXIF Print" (v. 2.2) compatible
- - -
Auto Focus
3-Point AiAF
3-point AiAF, or user-set Center AF point only
Exposure Modes
Auto, "Manual", Stitch, Movie
Auto, "Manual", Stitch, Movie, Photo Effect
My Camera Function
- - -
Shutter speed range
1 ~ 1/1500 sec.
1 ~ 1/1500th sec; 1~15 sec. can be user-set
Metering Modes
Evaluative / Spot
Histogram during image playback
- - -
Yes (can be turned off)
Playback Zoom function on LCD
Yes, 2.5x
Yes, 10x (continuous zoom, or in 3 steps to 10x)
Direct Print
Yes (CP-10 only)
Yes (CP-10, CP- 100, S820D)

Full specifications for the Canon PowerShot S330 Digital ELPH follow. Pricing and availability for the camera have not yet been announced

Canon PowerShot S330 Digital ELPH
Imaging Sensor
Effective resolution Approximately 2 million effective pixels
Recording Pixels 1600 x 1200
Sensor Type Interline Transfer CCD, with primary RGB filtration
Sensor Size 1/2.7-inch diagonal; 5.36 (w) x 4.05mm (h)
Pixel size 3.275 microns square
Focal Length 5.4–16.2mm, ƒ2.7~4.7 (equivalent to 35-105mm in 35mm film format)
Zoom ratio 3x
Optical construction 7 elements in 5 groups, including two aspherical elements
Closest focusing distance 2.5 feet / 0.76m (normal shooting)
10.2 inches / 0.26m (macro mode, at telephoto setting - fills frame with business card)
Autofocus Three-point TTL system (with user-selectable Center AF point, visible on LCD monitor)
Special focus settings
  • Macro (close-focusing from 6 inches ~ 2.5 feet / 0.16m ~ 0.76m, at wide-angle setting)
  • Landscape (AF range 17 feet / 5m ~ infinity)
Accessory conversion lenses none
Image Recording
JPEG image recording 8-bit per channel JPEG; Three compression settings (“Super Fine”, “Fine”, and “Normal”)
RAW file recording none
Data recording format DCF (Design rule for Camera File System; supports EXIF 2.2)
DPOF v. 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format) for print marking in-camera
Reduced resolution options
  • 1024 x 768 (medium)
  • 640 x 480 (small)
Sound recording Up to 60 seconds of verbal comments, etc. can be attached to a still image file
Storage media CompactFlash cards, Type I
Shooting Controls
Exposure modes Auto, Manual, Movie, Stitch Assist
Photo Effects settings Vivid color; Neutral Color; Sepia; Black & White; Low Sharpening
Metering Evaluative (linked to active AF point); Spot (center of picture area)
Exposure compensation +/- up to 2 stops, in 1.3-stop increments
ISO sensitivity
  • Auto (automatically adjusted between 50~150, based on ambient light level)
  • User-set ISO 50, 100, 200, and 400
Shutter speed range 15 seconds ~ 1/1,500 sec.
White Balance

Three options available:

  • TTL auto (determined by camera; read off CCD imaging sensor)
  • Pre-set (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H)
  • Custom (photo taken of white object or 18% gray card)
Continuous shooting speed up to 2.5 fps in Large/Fine mode (requires LCD monitor be turned off),
Burst rate
  • Large / Super Fine — up to approx. 5 consecutive shots
  • Large / Fine — up to approx. 7 consecutive shots
  • Large / Normal — up to approx. 14 consecutive shots
Shutter release time lag Approx. 0.05 seconds (when shutter button is fully pressed from half-way point of its travel)
Viewfinder & LCD
Optical viewfinder Real-image optical zoom viewfinder; approx. 82% coverage
LCD monitor

Can be used as a viewfinder during shooting, or for image review

  • SI (Super Intelligent) sensor automatically plays back vertical shots correctly on LCD
LCD size 1.5 inches / 38mm diagonal
LCD resolution 117,600 effective pixels (490 x 240)
LCD coverage 100%
Special features
  • Histogram and thumbnail image during instant review, and image playback
  • Continuous enlarged playback (2x ~ 10x)
  • Three-step image enlargement during playback via SET button (2.5x, 5x, 10x)
  • “My Camera” function to customize start-up menu & sound, shutter & self-timer sounds
Digital zoom 2.5x (up to 7.5x when combined with lens’ optical zoom)
Movie mode
Resolution & playback durations
  • 640 x 480 (VGA); maximum playback approx. 4 seconds per clip
  • 320 x 240 (QVGA); maximum playback approx. 10 seconds per clip
  • 160 x 120 (Q2VGA); maximum playback approx. 30 seconds per clip
Movie framing rate 20 fps (sound recording at all resolutions, with playback possible via built-in speaker)
Movie playback On camera’s LCD monitor; Standard TV monitor using supplied video-out cord; or within Mac/Windows PC using Apple QuickTime™ software (v. 4.1 or higher required)
Movie file format AVI (Image data - Motion JPEG; Audio data - WAVE / monaural)
Built-in flash modes Auto; Auto with red-eye reduction; Flash ON; Flash OFF; Slow-sync
Maximum distance (@ ISO 100) (wide) 11 feet / 3.5m; (tele) 6.6 feet / 2m
Recycle time approx. 10 seconds or less
Flash sync speeds 1/60 ~ 1/500 sec; down to 15 seconds in slow-sync mode
FEL (Flash Exposure Lock) Possible
Direct-connection to computer USB (v. 1.1), via included Canon USB cable IFC-300 PCU
Compatible computers Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, and XP; Macintosh OS 8.6 ~ 9.2 (Mac OS-X compatibility TBA)
Direct Printing Possible with Canon CP-10, CP-100, and S820D printers (no computer required)
Type (one) Canon rechargeable NB-1LH battery (840 mAH); previous NB-1L will work also
Shooting capacity (with 25% flash) LCD monitor on—approx 150 images; LCD off—approx. 420 images (73°F/23°C)
LCD playback time 100 minutes
Standard battery charger

Canon CB-2LS (included with camera; recharges in approx. 130 minutes)

  • Optional car battery charger CBC-NB1 (approx. recharge time 130 minutes)
AC adapter Optional AC adapter kit ACK-500 (DC coupler DR-500 + Compact Power Adapter CA-PS500)
Body & Dimensions
Exterior material SUS 316 stainless steel with aluminum alloy accents
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.7 x 2.5 x 1.2 inches / 95 x 62.5 x 31.5mm
Weight (w/o battery or CF card) 8.64 oz. / 245g
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Source: Canon Inc.

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