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Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 12.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 12.1MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 581 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 4.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Quick5.0   above average
Range5.0   above average
Simple4.8   average
Compact4.7   average
Quality4.7   above average
Color4.6   average
Indoor4.6   exceptional
Performance4.6   above average
Image4.5   above average
Photo4.5   average
Light4.4   above average
Size4.4   average
Video4.4   average
Price4.3   average
Zoom4.3   average
Travel3.8   below average
Setting3.6   below average
Shutter3.3   average
Wi-Fi3.3   below average
Lens3.2   average
SLR3.1   below average
Screen3.1   below average
Flash3.0   average
Focus2.9   average
Connection2.5   mediocre
Manual2.5   mediocre
Battery2.3   mediocre
Button2.1   mediocre
Charging2.1   below average
Service2.1   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Battery

Battery:
"I contacted customer service, and they said this was a common problem on this camera and a manufacturer defect (basically, the battery doesn't get pushed against the contacts fully enough to transmit power)."
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"All that is needed to fix the battery problem is 2 to 3 layers of electrical tape carefully cut and placed on the inside of the sliding-door that secures the battery."
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"The battery seems to be dead constantly."
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"Another amazon reviewer wrote the charge battery problem could be resolved by inserting a folded piece of paper between the battery and the door where the battery and memory card meet."
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"I was saddened because I also got a 'faulty memory card error' along with the charge battery screen."
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"IOW, the camera works fine, but the battery cover being invisibly compromised makes it unusable."
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"Still not keen on the battery but I love the picture quality of this camera."
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"When this door is then closed, the extra thickness of the tape simply applies more pressure on the battery, ensuring good contact internally."
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"Very good camera in general, nice battery life, fast shooting, good image quality, but controls are very very small, other than that its great."
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"The camera needed to be versatile and have good options for additional media and batteries and be somewhat tolerant of adverse environmental conditions."
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"The battery life was also amazing."
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Button

Button:
"I have big fingers and it is hard to keep from pushing more than one button without the others getting in the way."
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"One minor complaint is that the buttons and other controls are very small."
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"It is frustrating to have the picture delayed after pushing the button."
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"I thought the buttons on that were bad, these are so flat and flush they are hard to use, shame on Canon."
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"The buttons are not user friendly."
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"As others have said, the buttons are hard to use."
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"I also like the feature of being able to hold down the shutter button and take continuous pictures, which is great for action shots."
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"I was trying to get a simple point and shot camera but this camera is very nice with good pictures but way too much in the button and switch different mode."
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"Just a few buttons (which are of a reasonable size) and lots of built in features."
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"Buttons are all placed easily, you can switch to a video shot by pushing the BIG RED button, so you can't miss that."
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"I will say the flat button is sort of a pain, a raised 4 quadrant button would be so much easier, but this is very doable once you get used to the feel of it.4."
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Charging

Charging:
"Another amazon reviewer wrote the charge battery problem could be resolved by inserting a folded piece of paper between the battery and the door where the battery and memory card meet."
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"I was saddened because I also got a 'faulty memory card error' along with the charge battery screen."
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"I like and dislike that you have to plug in the battery to charge it."
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"it was $400 ...and now im reading that canon's customer service regarding this issue is stressful and takes forever, and a lot of hassle, and they try to charge more money to fix stuff, and then end up sending you back a refurbished product."
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"...UPDATE:Unfortunately after using this camera for about a week (on vacation, so frequent use), it began unpredictably showing Charge the battery errors and refusing to power on, even when the battery was mostly or fully charged."
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"When I turn it on, it will give a charge battery or shutter error."
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"With the first charge it worked very well, then it started the Charge the battery game when the battery was fully charged."
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"(battery showing as charged yet camera wouldn't cut on battery not charging at all) I made this perfectly clear in the form I sent in with the camera."
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"This is easily compensated for by charging a few extra batteries and taking them with you when you plan on taking several pictures."
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"The charger is very compact, making it easy for travel."
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Color

Color:
"When I was shooting landmarks, always the background colors (sky for example) always seems wrong!"
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"I was very worried about the color since this was a gif but she loved it and it works wonderfully."
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"Color is not all the way there, but it is good, no question.6."
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"Best non-pro top amateur camera I've ever used....Size, price, automatic, rear screen, lens, focus, available light, sharpness, color, quiet, fast, no problems in 2000 photos."
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"THis camera got good reviews for color, and I agree."
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"A gift camera for my sister, she needed a camera for her on line fine art america website to photograph her paintings so she needed better then average detail, good color, and good picture quality so I spent some time trying for a camera that would do that and yet be still affordable."
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"The reviews were favorable on this model, hence my purchase and I love the color!"
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"Pros: it is small, takes good pictures, nice color choicesCons: cannot figure out how to send pictures have other cameras that are more user-friendly"
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Compact

Compact:
"My cellphone has a higher pixel count, and DOES take good pictures.....but no where near as good as this camera, and the 10x zoom can't be beat on a compact."
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"The camera has a very slow lens which is a compromise for the 10 times zoom in a compact body."
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"Takes very nice photos i. e., much better than most other compacts I've seen."
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"For a small compact camera, it does a great many things."
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"There were no options to recharge a cell phone camera, so I wanted a compact camera that would be easy to carry on my person."
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"Amazing photos from compact camera."
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"The camera works well and is a nice compact size."
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Connection

Connection:
"Forget about the wifi connection other reviews complain about, I have no interest In using it and wish it could be turned off explicitly and it can not."
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"As for wi-fi connectivity, too many reviewers are still complaining about connections less seamless than their smartphone cameras."
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"I'm posting this in the hopes of helping others get their cameras connected to their Macs with less hassle than I had."
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"However, connecting the Wifi has been difficult and I haven't been able to get customer support."
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"Second, the cover to access the USB and HDMI connections is really irritating, because it is difficult to keep out of the way when making connections, compounded by this same location being used to attach the wrist strap."
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"Wifi worked perfectly on my home private network connected to my Android tablet and my wife's iPad."
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"Clear HD pics and vids, blue tooth connection - even though I haven't used it yet to direct print or transfer data into my computer, an ELPH 1000 stayed with me for years and I expect this one to continue for the years to come"
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"As for wi-fi connectivity, too many reviewers are still complaining about connections less seamless than their smartphone cameras."
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"If so, why does my Xbox 360 have no problem connecting to my wireless modem?"
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"So connecting with the USB seems easier to me."
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Fit

Fit:
"It is slim, easy to fit into a purse or pocket, and I never had a complaint about a Canon camera."
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"It's nice it will fit in your jeans pocket but sometimes I have to hold it very daintily and I end up pressing some of the buttons errantly."
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"The camera looks sleek, and they've fit a huge, clear screen on the backside."
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"These are my thoughts after six months of use...First, the good: Despite the impressive 10x optical zoom, this is still a small, lightweight camera that easily fits in a pocket."
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"The 330 HS does do one thing very well, and that's fit into your pocket without making it look like you're happy to see somebody."
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Flash

Flash:
"The only problem is a slight lag between pictures, especially if a flash is required."
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"My only complains are: due to the small size, the zoom is not easy to get to the exact setting and the flash cannot be programmed to operate on demand."
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"Also,it seems Canon has simply added a bunch of its existing technology - most of which is good - but without updating nor much consideration as to appropriateness for this camera (stitch assist, inability to turn flash off in full auto mode, flash in hand held night shot, an irritating ECO mode, etc)."
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"It only gives you the option to turn off the automatic flash and the automatic flash isn't reliable."
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"The only downside is that I can't force the camera to use flash."
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"If I turn that off, the shutter speed is fine and it takes great photos even in low light with the flash off."
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"Even the digital zoom, which has always done awful for me on previous cameras, does a good job on the ELPH 330.The flash has a tendency to blow out the image but it's not bad."
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"It has an oversized high resolution display and is expert at taking low light photos with no flash, it is really amazing."
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"I have tried other cameras and none really performed well without a flash."
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"I have used it indoors on high telephoto with no flash, results being fairly good."
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Focus

Focus:
"The automatic face recognition sometimes focuses on the wrong object in the frame, but I don't care."
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"SHOOTING PERFORMANCEWaiting for a camera to autofocus or to save images to file is no fun."
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"There is a positive to a slow lens with a small camera sensor, in that most of your frame will be in focus even if the auto focus misses."
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"On my end, the SD30 worked well for me - with the exception of it's poor flash capability, it's slow shutter speed rendering blurred images in situation that normally should have been focused, the slow automatic focus, and finally, a glitch in the shutter then prevented it from focusing intermittently or it would just lock open."
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"It does a nice job with the field of view, focuses close to the subject, and is very portable."
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"The interface is easier and autofocus is quicker."
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"The autofocus is fast, response time is fast and reliable, and the photos are the best I've gotten from a point & shoot."
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"The focus shutter speed is great!"
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"All reviews are right about image quality.2.Good built quality.3.Price drop makes it excellent choice.4.Up to ISO 1600 images are crisp.5.Punchy colours and sharp corner to corner images.6.Very fast and accurate focus."
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Image

Image:
"It doesn't focus properly ; unless I immediately click the button to take the picture, the image zig zags uncontrollably across the screen."
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"And it doesn't come with a case.6) There is also a weird feature of the camera recording a few seconds before any photo you shoot."
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"Maybe somebody complained about accidentally deleting too many images in the old system?"
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"Delay when taking images is annoying."
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"Like : Clarity in light, zoomDislike : Photo quality is not good when dark is there."
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"( Which was my only complaint with the 310)Love the photo and video quality and the pocket size."
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"Very good camera in general, nice battery life, fast shooting, good image quality, but controls are very very small, other than that its great."
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"The conditions were just about as perfect as you can get for a photo -- daylight, subject sitting or standing still... and yet, I have no good pictures."
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"Very happy with the image quality."
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"I got it fast and efficient from East Coast Photo."
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"Great battery life, clear images, food zoom for the size of camera."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"Indoor photo taking in poor lighting is a challenge for any digital camera, but Canon is conquering this problem with its new camera."
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"this is an excellent camera for indoor people shots, works outdoor too, does not handle motion though."
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"It takes great daylight pictures in the bright sun and during cloudy days, and more than adequate indoor photos."
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"Works well indoors with fairly low light for both pictures and movies."
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"That is a great camera for indoor use, while with the plethora of waterproof cases that Canon offers, an equally great camera I could use while snorkeling or enjoying the surf in places I will probably never have a chance to go back to."
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"The wide end is f3.0 which is not bad at all, so indoor wide angle shots turn out well."
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Lens

Lens:
"Lens cover broke off after about a year and a half of owning it."
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"Had I done this earlier, I might have prevented the damage to the lens covers."
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"I also had a lot of lens open and closing errors."
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"I hate to force it closed as it will scratch the lens."
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"I don't understand how a camera still works and still takes pictures, the lens fully functions, only problem is the shutter doesnt open or close all the way, is beyond repair."
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"Now I got an email telling me it is a lens problem and I owe $145 dollars to get it replaced, which from other reviews I'm gathering it will be a refurbished and in a different color."
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"The keys are its simplicity, perfect pocket size, the quality of its glass lenses, and for me the fact that it records in the true HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 (24 fps).Is it 'perfect'?"
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"The auto-retracting lens cover is fragile and bends easily, after which it stops working."
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"I would have just kept the camera, because I can manually open and close the shutter, I still get great pictures, but I was afraid that when the camera is turned on and the lens comes out, without the shutter opening properly, it might scratch the lens."
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"There is not a lens problem."
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"I ended up sending that one back as well because the lens cover got stuck and wouldn't open or close all the way."
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Light

Light:
"It is a great low light camera, but did not do so well in the shade or bright sun."
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"I fell and dropped my Canon SX280HS canon, which had never worked well in bright light."
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"On using the camera on Auto mode for low light mode shots I get the most terrible shots."
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"The error messages ranged from battery needed to be recharged - battery charger light would keep changing sporadically from no light to green to red - to lens related error messages."
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"Like : Clarity in light, zoomDislike : Photo quality is not good when dark is there."
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"Was so disappointed in the light weight and cheapness of the product and returned it."
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"If I turn that off, the shutter speed is fine and it takes great photos even in low light with the flash off."
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"It's greatest attribute is size and weight... small and light !"
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"In low light it's also good all of my low light pictures turn out good."
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"Best non-pro top amateur camera I've ever used....Size, price, automatic, rear screen, lens, focus, available light, sharpness, color, quiet, fast, no problems in 2000 photos."
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Manual

Manual:
"Unfortunately, as usual, manual that comes with the camera is best read with a magnifying glass."
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"I thought at first that my kit was missing that necessary component...until I read the instruction manual."
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"It is a little hard to find out to do this in the user's manual.5."
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"Another commenter finally located the problem on page 118 of the pdf manual."
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"The only drawback I have found is not being able to turn the flash on manual."
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"It isn't friendly at all and the manual included in the box doesn't help much either."
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"If you read the manual and really learn how to use it you can do amazing things! "
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"Unfortunately, as usual, manual that comes with the camera is best read with a magnifying glass."
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"It's got a lot of advanced settings that we're not really taking advantage of, but for the most part, we get perfectly good shots by putting the switch down to the manual camera mode and then selecting the auto setting."
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"If you are looking for something that does not require much manual setting and still delivers very good pictures (and great video quality, too), thne look no further."
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"It's simply so much easier to have a well-written hard-copy manual I can stick in my back pocket to refer to when I have a question."
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Performance

Performance:
"The rest of other brands can't perform as great as this."
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"I love the size (slides into any pocket), performance (wide angle to long zoom, picture size choices, quickly ready to shoot), and features (quite a few overrides of standard so can take good pictures in difficult lighting conditions).Small negatives: The performance should not be compared to SLRs - picture taking is not instant, but it is adequate."
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"A good balance between cost, size, performance and zoom."
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"It performed great!"
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"I have tried other cameras and none really performed well without a flash."
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"I bought it a year ago and love the camera itself -- small and convenient, good optics, reliable performance so far (except for an occasional hang-up of the fragile lens covers)."
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"Overall, the camera gets 4 stars for its quality pictures, low light performance, fast focusing and short shutter lag (except in the crippling mode that takes 4 seconds of video before taking the still picture), and decent flash performance in Program mode."
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Photo

Photo:
"It gets confused sometimes when numbering photos and will overwrite existing photos on the memory card."
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"Took decent photos, not great, but decent for a small point and shoot."
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"The photos were not as clear and much darker than the older elph."
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"It's small, very light, turns on very quickly, and in Auto mode takes good, but not great photos."
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"The camera takes wonderful photos and is easy to use, but when it is malfunctioning one in every 8 shots, it's really not worth it."
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"I have yet to attempt uploading photos wirelessly from this camera, but will update my review as soon as I get to it."
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"I love these cameras as I do not like containing all of my photos on my phone."
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"If I turn that off, the shutter speed is fine and it takes great photos even in low light with the flash off."
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"Takes very nice photos i. e., much better than most other compacts I've seen."
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"This little camera takes wonderful photos."
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"I miss most of the great photos of my kids because they have moved on to something else (or stopped smiling if they were posing) by the time the camera gets around to snapping the photo."
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Power

Power:
"I tend to carry this camera in my purse 24x7 and I'll understand if i pull it out when I haven't touched it in a week or two and find a dead battery, but when I just checked it the night before and had 3 bars full power, then dead the next day?"
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"The next day I power it on to take some shots - or try to power it on - and get low battery right away, or dead battery, won't even power on."
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"Probably the initial load at power on dips the voltage and the circuitry incorrectly detects a low battery condition."
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"It turns the camera off after about 1 minute to save battery power - somewhat irritating, but easily fixable."
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"...UPDATE:Unfortunately after using this camera for about a week (on vacation, so frequent use), it began unpredictably showing Charge the battery errors and refusing to power on, even when the battery was mostly or fully charged."
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"Also there must be some problem with the power management on this."
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"Flash, in fill mode and slow sync mode performed well and automatically adjusted power based upon focus distance."
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"It turns the camera off after about 1 minute to save battery power - somewhat irritating, but easily fixable."
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"A nice backup battery is a (power2000) for canon NB-4L (900mAh)$19.00 or less."
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"I used a Canon Power Shot A1000 IS for almost five years and love Canon quality."
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Price

Price:
"it was $400 ...and now im reading that canon's customer service regarding this issue is stressful and takes forever, and a lot of hassle, and they try to charge more money to fix stuff, and then end up sending you back a refurbished product."
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"There is a newer version of this camera, which means sometimes prices aren't that great for this one."
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"Hard to beat for the price."
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"I couldn't have been more pleased, especially at the price point, which was excellent."
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"No, it is not a DSLR, but it is a very good camera and excellent value for the money."
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"There are also a few missing features, but in my opinion, the 330 HS is an exceptional value for the money."
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"It's a good buy, at the now price, but think I would opt for the newer version, for the difference."
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"Great for the price"
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"A good little camera for the money."
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"Great camera for the price,"
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"I purchased a Canon factory refurbished model of the ELPH 330 and, for the money, it is every bit as good or better than many newer and more expensive models that have come and gone since this one was released in 2013."
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Quality

Quality:
"I like the picture quality of this camera, but have one big problem with it."
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"The slow-mo feature degrades the video quality at 120fps, and severely degrades at 240fps, but it's still useful and fun."
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"However, the picture quality was disappointing."
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"Like : Clarity in light, zoomDislike : Photo quality is not good when dark is there."
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"( Which was my only complaint with the 310)Love the photo and video quality and the pocket size."
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"Although volumes have been written about image quality, that isn't the main reason why folks are dissatisfied with cameras, much less the only reason."
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"This camera gives a great quality picture, and is easy for someone to use who just wants a good point-n-shoot camera."
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"Still not keen on the battery but I love the picture quality of this camera."
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"Very good camera in general, nice battery life, fast shooting, good image quality, but controls are very very small, other than that its great."
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"I got this camera after have had a 7 year-old pocket Canon and, beyond that the previous one was Japan made (highest quality) this is a very beautiful and well finished camera."
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"The keys are its simplicity, perfect pocket size, the quality of its glass lenses, and for me the fact that it records in the true HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 (24 fps).Is it 'perfect'?"
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Quick

Quick:
"I love it as a quick point and shoot to go along with my DSLR."
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"pictures write to the card pretty quick."
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"Nice compact size and quick to get out on turned on to capture those once in a lifetime shots."
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"I bought this for my wife to easily carry and take quick photos."
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"I'm putting one star back because it was so quick and easy to contact the phone technicians, and they tried so hard to be helpful."
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Range

Range:
"Cameras have worked well under extreme temperature ranges (25F to 105F), across several deserts and into the mountains, up to 12,200 ft (Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain NP).6."
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"The zoom range is nice for close ranges - from 4 mm (not kidding, it's super for wide angle type photos) to 43mm without digital zoom."
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"Also, the 12X zoom of the 340HS may look good on paper, but it's not a useful feature in the absence of a tripod; holding a camera steady at extreme zoom ranges is problematic at best."
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"On behalf of the enthusiast camera, it has about a 2-4 f stop advantage throughout the zoom range (i. e. a faster lens) than the 330 HS, so higher ISOs need to be used less frequently."
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SLR

SLR:
"Because I found that I was missing a lot of shots, because: the SLR and all the accessories was too big to lug around, I had to guard it all the time due money I had wrapped in the whole SLR kit, I missed a lot of fun (because I became the family photographer, cause I had the fancy camera), I was mostly taking photos in auto (because I was mostly taking photos of my grandkids and didn't have time to use manual controls) and I could go on and on."
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"Since then I grew to dislike the SLR and miss my old ELPH."
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"Well I solved my problem, because I got rid of my SLR and got me another ELPH."
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"It's nice to have a SLR but they are hard to carry everywhere."
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"Is it as good as a top of the line SLR style camera?"
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"Because I found that I was missing a lot of shots, because: the SLR and all the accessories was too big to lug around, I had to guard it all the time due money I had wrapped in the whole SLR kit, I missed a lot of fun (because I became the family photographer, cause I had the fancy camera), I was mostly taking photos in auto (because I was mostly taking photos of my grandkids and didn't have time to use manual controls) and I could go on and on."
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"Now I'm back to having fun taking photos and due to the advancement in the ELPH's I'm getting 95% of what I was getting with my SLR so thats good enough for me."
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"Well I solved my problem, because I got rid of my SLR and got me another ELPH."
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"Considering that this camera fits in a pocket and costs a small fraction of the price of a more-sensitive SLR, this is excellent low-light performance."
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Screen

Screen:
"3 minutes of use, the screen blacks out and an error message comes up telling me an error has occured and the camers should be turned off."
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"It doesn't focus properly ; unless I immediately click the button to take the picture, the image zig zags uncontrollably across the screen."
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"I was saddened because I also got a 'faulty memory card error' along with the charge battery screen."
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"10 months of good to very good pictures (nothing spectacular, but fine for travel) and now the dreaded screen cover malfunction."
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"I was also very reluctant to give up the viewfinder; working off the screen isn't easy when you start needing bifocals, and in bright sunlight you can more or less forget about seeing what you're going to shoot."
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"This was accompanied by a black screen and resulted in the camera being unable to take a picture."
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"The view screen is also a nice larger size."
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"The camera looks sleek, and they've fit a huge, clear screen on the backside."
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"Scratch on the back screen, and what was obviously a decent corner drop at some point."
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"10 months of good to very good pictures (nothing spectacular, but fine for travel) and now the dreaded screen cover malfunction."
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"The prints were as great as the images appeared on the camera screen and computer."
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Service

Service:
"I contacted customer service, and they said this was a common problem on this camera and a manufacturer defect (basically, the battery doesn't get pushed against the contacts fully enough to transmit power)."
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"I filled out both surveys, and told them I was completely dissatisfied with their customer service and would appreciate it if someone would return my call or my email."
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"(There is a Canon service advisory for this battery problem.)"
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"Many issues with this camera (check online re battery issue and you'll see) and Canon has TERRIBLE customer service."
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"After filling out the forms, mailing the camera to the Canon service center, they notified me that the fault was covered under warranty and they were sending me a replacement, and the replacement was a refurbished like new camera."
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"I like the camera, but obviously I'm not happy that it's needing warranty service after less than a month of use!"
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"All I have received is a couple of surveys asking if I am satisfied with my customer service experience."
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"I filled out both surveys, and told them I was completely dissatisfied with their customer service and would appreciate it if someone would return my call or my email."
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"I call Canon customer service, who tell me the shutter is a pretty easy fix, send it in, and they probably won't even charge me because it is just a few months over warrenty."
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"My experience with Canon technical service has been great; they are responsive, very fair, and accessible."
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"Call the customer service to clear up any confusion you may have."
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Setting

Setting:
"The program mode is useless and there is not much you can do to customize your settings if auto is not doing a good job."
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"My only complains are: due to the small size, the zoom is not easy to get to the exact setting and the flash cannot be programmed to operate on demand."
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"Some of the features, particularly the setting up of the WiFi is little complicated, and I am still unable to set it up."
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"TOUCH-screen: doesn't work wellI got this for the touch-focus, which seems to work okMy quibble is the touch-screen meniI like spot-metering but each time the camera comes on, I have to switch from evalutative (apparently, that's the default metering mode)Trouble is, the metering mode is at the top of the row of iconsAnd as I touch-screen my way to the metering mode, I seem to always end up re-setting something I didn't mean toAnd because the touch-screen's not that well-made, it takes quite a while to get to the settings that I wantI can't say how this touch-screen compares to smartphones - I don't use touch-screen phonesThe other problem is the lensAt the widest angle of view, the maximum fstop is 2.7When I shoot after dark without flash, the shutter speed is always more than a second - impossible to handhold(Because the shutter speed can't be controlled manually, I'm entirely at the camera's mercy)The Ricoh PX I use - costs a lot less - has a maximum aperture of f3.9That's almost one stop slowerBut somehow, with the PX, shutter speeds vary from 15 to 17 - which is tricky but possible to handholdI'm sure that in daylight, the camera works fineJust as long as you don't want to change settings"
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"Okay so i love this camera but the record setting keeps making these weird 3 beep sounds and doesn't record, my memory card is empty and the camera is fully charged."
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"I wish it had an aperture or shutter speed setting, but that is a common missing feature on small cameras."
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"very pleased with the night setting."
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"The self timer, lighting adjustments, special effects features, slow motion, the wide variety of other settings and ease of use make this a much better camera choice for me."
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"Battery life is good, settings are easy to understand."
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"I think the auto setting is one of the best I have ever used--turns out consistently good shots in all types of conditions and much better, in many instances, than the presets."
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"It has a decent telephoto and other scene and mode settings."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"Takes beautiful sharp pictures."
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"Super-easy to use; sharp, clear photos that enlarge and print beautifully; so easy ot travel with."
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"The pictures are so clear and sharp."
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"The images are sharp, clear and the color is great."
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"All reviews are right about image quality.2.Good built quality.3.Price drop makes it excellent choice.4.Up to ISO 1600 images are crisp.5.Punchy colours and sharp corner to corner images.6.Very fast and accurate focus."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"I was a bit frustrated at its slow shutter speed UNTIL I realized it was set to take a short movie around all of the photos I took at a recent wedding."
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"I don't understand how a camera still works and still takes pictures, the lens fully functions, only problem is the shutter doesnt open or close all the way, is beyond repair."
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"I knew the camera did not have shutter and aperture priority, but I really missed having it."
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"I thought it would have a fast shutter speed but I was disappointed when I used it for the first time."
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"12 26 2013 -- A drawback con I see, which has no real great solution, is that the lens has its' shutter exposed to outside all the time."
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"The problem I have is that after just one week of use, the shutter wont fully open and it seems that the battery has somehow become loose."
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"If I turn that off, the shutter speed is fine and it takes great photos even in low light with the flash off."
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"The focus shutter speed is great!"
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"I call Canon customer service, who tell me the shutter is a pretty easy fix, send it in, and they probably won't even charge me because it is just a few months over warrenty."
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"I would have just kept the camera, because I can manually open and close the shutter, I still get great pictures, but I was afraid that when the camera is turned on and the lens comes out, without the shutter opening properly, it might scratch the lens."
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"I also like the feature of being able to hold down the shutter button and take continuous pictures, which is great for action shots."
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Simple

Simple:
"Simple fix, I just pop the battery out and back in, but it's annoying if you're trying to capture something in the moment."
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"I really recommend it if you want to take simple pictures."
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"As a point and shoot (limited) photographer, this Canon (my second Canon) is a feature-filled yet simple camera that offered all of the make life easy features and more."
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"Great camera and simple to use , way better than my iPhone 4S for pictures and videos inside and outside."
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"impressive quality photos, simple for me, not to in technology takes crisp detailed photos my wife and i love it"
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"It works well in any light, especially if you select a particular setting from the options of pre-sets, and it's pretty simple to use."
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Size

Size:
"I have to remedy the problem by sticking something (like a small folded piece of paper) between the battery and battery cover that will keep the battery pushed in further."
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"Took decent photos, not great, but decent for a small point and shoot."
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"I do find the battery a bit more of a hassle to replace since you have to pull a small, orange, plastic lever aside (or use the edge of the battery) to get the battery to slide into its slot."
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"So small, you never notice it, but EXCELLENT pictures."
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"My only complains are: due to the small size, the zoom is not easy to get to the exact setting and the flash cannot be programmed to operate on demand."
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"It's greatest attribute is size and weight... small and light !"
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"For a small compact camera, it does a great many things."
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"Very good camera in general, nice battery life, fast shooting, good image quality, but controls are very very small, other than that its great."
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"A good balance between cost, size, performance and zoom."
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Speed

Speed:
"I was a bit frustrated at its slow shutter speed UNTIL I realized it was set to take a short movie around all of the photos I took at a recent wedding."
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"I thought it would have a fast shutter speed but I was disappointed when I used it for the first time."
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"I wish it had an aperture or shutter speed setting, but that is a common missing feature on small cameras."
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"The camera has a very slow lens which is a compromise for the 10 times zoom in a compact body."
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"If I turn that off, the shutter speed is fine and it takes great photos even in low light with the flash off."
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"Very good camera in general, nice battery life, fast shooting, good image quality, but controls are very very small, other than that its great."
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"Best non-pro top amateur camera I've ever used....Size, price, automatic, rear screen, lens, focus, available light, sharpness, color, quiet, fast, no problems in 2000 photos."
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"I got it fast and efficient from East Coast Photo."
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"The self timer, lighting adjustments, special effects features, slow motion, the wide variety of other settings and ease of use make this a much better camera choice for me."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"The video was smooth and the stabilization on it was wonderful."
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"Image stabilization works well."
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"Big improvement over my old Powershot 750 in the following areas: Very good quality resolution in low light (except at extreme zoom), really good stabilization."
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"ie=UTF8&psc=1Image stabilization works well, recycle time is minimal."
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"Image stabilization is exceptional and bring faraway shots close and clear."
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Travel

Travel:
"10 months of good to very good pictures (nothing spectacular, but fine for travel) and now the dreaded screen cover malfunction."
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"At 800 and 1600 ISOs the travel zoom was dead last, with the other two cameras about evenly matched, Then, at ISO 3200 and ISO 6400, even though noise levels went up, and some detail was lost, the Canon 330 HS was by far the best at minimizing the effects of digital noise at those high ISOs."
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"Quite frankly, not only do I feel I have wasted my money, but I feel bitterly disappointed that I won't be able to capture some of the high points of my travels."
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"I love the size of the camera and the picture quality is great for my my frequent international travel."
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"10 months of good to very good pictures (nothing spectacular, but fine for travel) and now the dreaded screen cover malfunction."
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"Super-easy to use; sharp, clear photos that enlarge and print beautifully; so easy ot travel with."
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"The 330HS is a nice travel camera."
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"Great for travel or really anything."
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Value

Value:
"No, it is not a DSLR, but it is a very good camera and excellent value for the money."
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"There are also a few missing features, but in my opinion, the 330 HS is an exceptional value for the money."
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"Bottom line, is the wifi is a pain to setup, frustrating to use and simply does not offer enough value to be worth the cost and hassle."
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"Good quality at good value"
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"good value"
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"still learning about it but Canon is always reliable and an excellent value for the price"
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"Really good value for money camera that easily fits in purse pocket."
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"I bought at $119, and that was a very good value."
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Video

Video:
"This is where I really miss my little Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900, which was never the same after sustaining water damage in a typhoon.4) When I record videos, it cuts me off after 3 minutes."
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"Not perfect: As I had not played with video on my old camera I was surprised with how fast it goes through the battery charge in that mode."
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"The biggest problem for me is holding the camera steady during a video shoot."
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"The slow-mo feature degrades the video quality at 120fps, and severely degrades at 240fps, but it's still useful and fun."
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"I had the canon vixia but it broke I didn't want to spend another $1000 on a video cam so I thought I would try the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 12.1MP."
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"I would have given it a 5 star except that the video sound did not come out that good when I was recording a live band in a bar."
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"Love the feature that records a 3 to 4-second video with each picture taken; makes for a nice video diary for the day"
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"The camera was easy to use and the Digest Movie feature is the best thing I've seen."
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"I still wouldn't replace my 7D with this camera but it's great to take along wherever we go and take some decent looking video and stills."
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"The video was smooth and the stabilization on it was wonderful."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"Forget about the wifi connection other reviews complain about, I have no interest In using it and wish it could be turned off explicitly and it can not."
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"I tried to get the Wi-Fi to work but it was too much of a hassle."
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"Unfortunately the wifi feature is difficult to connect so I've had it a year with no luck using wifi."
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"I would not recommend it if the selling feature for you is the wi-fi integration as I find that a little annoying."
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"I suggest that you contact a Canon technician by phone as soon as your first try for Wi-Fi fails."
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"As for wi-fi connectivity, too many reviewers are still complaining about connections less seamless than their smartphone cameras."
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"love the wifi transfer optionsometimes camera will say recharge battery even when battery is full or partially full; just turn off and retry"
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"Wifi worked perfectly on my home private network connected to my Android tablet and my wife's iPad."
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"Great in everything other than WiFi and my Android device... this is my first ever WiFi camera - it must use the Canon CW android app - Diving into their documentation it is clear this is a low priority for Canon."
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"Wifi is great! "
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"I have yet to take advantage of the Wi-Fi capabilities."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The only downside was that it didn't have much of a zoom, and it seemed like it would take a second or two to focus before snapping a photo."
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"My cellphone has a higher pixel count, and DOES take good pictures.....but no where near as good as this camera, and the 10x zoom can't be beat on a compact."
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"My only complains are: due to the small size, the zoom is not easy to get to the exact setting and the flash cannot be programmed to operate on demand."
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"At 800 and 1600 ISOs the travel zoom was dead last, with the other two cameras about evenly matched, Then, at ISO 3200 and ISO 6400, even though noise levels went up, and some detail was lost, the Canon 330 HS was by far the best at minimizing the effects of digital noise at those high ISOs."
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"I wanted the 20x zoom of the SX280 but was scared off by some of the problems reviewers were reporting."
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"It's only drawback was the 5X limited zoom."
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"The zoom isn't as strong as I hoped, but overall I'm happy with it."
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"It's a great camera pictures are great even when all the way zoomed in they are still pretty good."
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"A good balance between cost, size, performance and zoom."
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"Great zoom for a point and shoot."
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"My previous two cameras were earlier incarnations of the ELPH, and I was very happy with both of them, running them into the ground until I decided to upgrade my zoom megapixels or until one spent too long trekking in rainy England and started shorting out."
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