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Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS Low Light Sample

The compact Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS in Black.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS is a WiFi-enabled compact digital camera that features a 10x optical zoom from 24mm to 240mm.  It is built around a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and utilizes Canon’s DIGIC 5 sensor, which is typically found in Canon’s higher end cameras.

With a size-to-performance review in mind (i.e., the ELPH 330 is quite small), the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 performs very well in low light up to ISO 1600:  colors are accurate, text in the samples is readable, definition is good and noise, while noticeable at 1600, is kept in check.  Not surprisingly, noise ramps up at ISO 3200 and much further at 6400, but if you’re looking to take snap-shots in those situations, the ELPH 330 does admirably well.

See below for photo parameters.

Studio Low Light Sample Images:

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 100, f/3.5 at 1/4 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 100, f/3.5 at 1/4 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 200, f/3.5 for 1/8 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 200, f/3.5 for 1/8 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 400, f/3.5 at 1/15 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 400, f/3.5 at 1/15 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 800, f/3.5 for 1/30 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 800, f/3.5 for 1/30 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 1600, f/3.5 for 1/60 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 1600, f/3.5 for 1/60 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 3200, f/3.5 for 1/125 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 3200, f/3.5 for 1/125 sec.

 

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 6400, f/3.5 for 1/250 sec.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at ISO 6400, f/3.5 for 1/250 sec.

 

Photo Parameters:  All photos were shot on a tripod at a 35mm equivalent of approximately 50mm and at an aperture of f/3.5.  We then cropped the images by 25% and reduced the image size to 20 inches wide by approximately 13.3 inches high, maintaining a native resolution of 180 pixels / inch.

Olympus Stylus SH-50 Low Light Sample Images

The Olympus Stylus SH-50 is an advanced compact point and shoot that allows for more manual control than most cameras at this size.  The SH-50 also performs beautifully in low light, with limited noise through ISO 800 and solid performance through 1600 ISO.  In a pinch, you can even shoot at the SH-50’s passable ISO 3200, nearly 5 full stops faster (more sensitive) than at the camera’s lowest ISO 125 setting.  ISO 6400, the SH-50’s max ISO, is noticeably noisy but still much better than we were only two or three years ago–and even quite good, as the shots below attest.

 

Olympus Stylus SH-50 Low Light Sample Images

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 125, f/4.1 at 1/4 sec.

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 125, f/4.1 at 1/4 sec.

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 200, f/4 at 1/6 sec.

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 200, f/4 at 1/6 sec.

 

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 400, f/4.1 at 1/13 sec.

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 400, f/4.1 at 1/13 sec.

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 800, f/4.1 at 1/25 sec.

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 800, f/4.1 at 1/25 sec.

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 1600, f/4.1 at 1/50 sec.

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 1600, f/4.1 at 1/50 sec.

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 3200, f/4.1 at 1/100 sec.

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 3200, f/4.1 at 1/100 sec.
Olympus SH-50 at ISO 6400, f/4.1 at 1/200 sec.

Olympus SH-50 at ISO 6400, f/4.1 at 1/200 sec.

 

Parameters:  All photos were shot on a tripod at a 35mm equivalent of approximately 50mm and at an aperture of f/4.1.  We then cropped the images by 25% and reduced the image size to 16 inches wide by approximately 10 inches high, maintaining a native resolution of 180 pixels / inch.

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