The Good The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS has a nice feature set for the money as well as excellent photo quality.
The Bad The camera has long shot-to-shot times and its flat buttons can be tricky to press.
The Bottom Line The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS offers up nice features and excellent photos while staying simple and affordable.
Canon PowerShot A
Canon's A-series PowerShot lineup for 2011 consists of four models priced from $89.99 up to $179.99. Unlike with the 2010 A-series cameras, the feature mix is much better, giving you solid reasons to pick one model over another. The A3300 IS, for example, is the only model with optical image stabilization, a 5x zoom lens, and a 3-inch LCD. (It's also the only one with a 16-megapixel resolution, but that's debatably useful.)
The A3300 IS, given its price, is a very nice camera. The biggest problem is that its shooting performance is slow. More specifically it has long shot-to-shot times, possibly due to the 16-megapixel resolution. Pixel peepers may notice more noise, but overall the photo quality is excellent for its class. And, true to its branding, the A3300 IS is easy and fun to use.