Canon boosts the zoom in its latest PowerShot Wi-Fi camera
In the last year, Canon has added Wi-Fi sharing capabilities to every tier of its camera lineup. The company's newest full-frame-sensored DSLR, the Canon EOS 6D, has built-in wireless sharing features. So does its highest-end pocket camera, the Canon PowerShot S110. And at CES, the company unveiled the unique Canon PowerShot N, a tiny Wi-Fi-enabled camera that offers features aimed at the filter-and-share crowd.
The new Wi-Fi-enabled PowerShot Elph 330 HS, which was announced today, is on the lower end of the company's point-and-shoot arsenal. Compared to its predecessor, last year's Wi-Fi-enabled PowerShot Elph 320 HS, it offers a significant boost in zoom range.
Despite being less than an inch deep, the 12-megapixel Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS offers a 10X-optical-zoom lens (24mm to 240mm). That's more in line with the zoom range of the higher-end Elph 530 HS from last year (12X) than the 330 HS's predecessor (5X).
On the Wi-Fi side of the equation, the PowerShot Elph 330 HS supports direct-to-Facebook uploads and photo comments. It can also offload photos and video clips to iOS and Android devices via the free Canon CameraWindow app, which you can also be used to geotag images, send photos via e-mail, and upload videos to YouTube.
As is the case with many smaller-size cameras, you won't find manual exposure controls in the mix, but the PowerShot 330 HS does support full-size SD/SDHC/SDXC cards rather than offering the MicroSD slot found on many of Canon's newer ultracompact cameras. Video is captured at 1080p/24fps, and the camera has a 6.2fps burst mode for still images.
Due in March, the Canon PowerShot Elph 330 HS is priced at $230.