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Old Oct 22, 2002, 4:46 PM   #1
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Default Powershot S230 (Ixus V3) vs Powershot S330

I've read both reviews of the 2 digital camera's mentioned in the subject's title, but I still have some doubts...

Should I go for the S230 with 3 MPixel and 2x optical zoom OR
should I go for the S330 with 2.1 MPixel and 3x optical zoom :?:

Is the difference between 3 and 2.1 MPixel that big if you print normal sized foto :?:

Is the difference between a 2x and 3x zoom that big :?:
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Old Oct 25, 2002, 5:30 AM   #2
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Default I just ordered the S230 (Ixus v3)!

Well, I just pre-ordered the Ixus V3 because I think I will have more benefits from the 3 Mpixels

Now I just have to wait until the V3 is available in the Netherlands
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Old Oct 25, 2002, 6:07 PM   #3
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the video mode on the S230 is spectacular. Check out this clip in the new 640x480 resolution taken by a user from DPReview forums:

http://www.pixelgrind.com/kj
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Old Nov 5, 2002, 10:27 AM   #4
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Default S330 versus S230

I myself face the same quandry. :?
Should I get the S230 or the S330? Also, is there any word on upccoming price drops on the S230? Those questions are the only things stopping me from getting my 1st DC. Any wise words would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Old Nov 5, 2002, 11:40 AM   #5
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Default Re: S330 versus S230

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I myself face the same quandry. :?
Should I get the S230 or the S330? Also, is there any word on upccoming price drops on the S230? Those questions are the only things stopping me from getting my 1st DC. Any wise words would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Well, depends on what you are looking for. The S230 has the newer Digic processor, same as the new G3. The camera produces faster and more colorful images, uses less battery. The S330 has 1X extra zoom, but is only 2MP compared to 3MP. Another plus for the S330 is that it has a external speaker for video playback

The S230 has already dropped in price. The cheapest I've seen it on the net so far has been $350US compared to $399. If you are looking for a good deal, the S200 has dropped dramatically. It can be found for $299 @ Best Buy.

Check out some S230 pictures to see for yourself. There is also an S200 vs S230 comparison gallery below as well:

http://www.pbase.com/alfred/ixus_v3_test_shots
http://www.pbase.com/markto/s230_shots
http://www.pbase.com/markto/andreas_architecture
http://www.pbase.com/decon/decons_digital
http://www.pbase.com/drew/200vs230
http://www.senners.de/ixus.htm
http://www.pbase.com/nelson11/root
http://www.pbase.com/john230/root
http://www.pbase.com/raist3d/root
http://www.pbase.com/moselius/root
http://www.pzzazz.com/ixus/sample.html
http://www.pbase.com/jamesm/canon_s230
http://www.pbase.com/ashim/halloween_2002
http://www.pbase.com/lowteg/root
http://www.pbase.com/otaku/
http://www.pbase.com/sabesh/sample_pictures
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Old Nov 5, 2002, 5:08 PM   #6
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Default 2x vs 3x

Theoretically, the extra 1x zoom is highly desirable...HOWEVER,
It is of my experience with these pocket digicams thus far, that the actual output is less than spectacular, when shot at full zoom. ie:Fuzzy...
Therefore, until the makers develop the technology to make these tiny lenses truly more powerful and clear, stick with the 2x for now.
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Old Nov 5, 2002, 7:55 PM   #7
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Theoretically, the extra 1x zoom is highly desirable...HOWEVER,
It is of my experience with these pocket digicams thus far, that the actual output is less than spectacular, when shot at full zoom. ie:Fuzzy...
Therefore, until the makers develop the technology to make these tiny lenses truly more powerful and clear, stick with the 2x for now.
exactly, if you're buying a compact camera it should be for its size. All the bells and whistles are just a very very nice bonus
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Old Nov 6, 2002, 10:19 AM   #8
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Default S230 versus S330

Wow! Thanks for all the great advice. This forum is great. All of you are so informative.

I am just about set on getting the S230 over the S330. Though the 3X zoom over the 2X is alluring, I don't think I will find much use for the full zoom. I figure I can always crop pics if needed.

I do have 2 more questions (I hate to be a pain but if I am going to spend that much money I want to make sure I make the right choice).
1) Does anyone know what would give me better quality - 3X zoom at 2 megapixle or 2X zoom at 3 megapixel?
2) Are there any manual features that the S230 lacks that the S330 has? For example - manual aperture settings or shutter speed or anything along those lines.

I borrowed my friends S330 and I loved it. I want to get the S230 by this weekend, but like I said, I want to be sure I am happy with my $350 plus purchase. Thanks again to everyone for the help.

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Old Nov 9, 2002, 3:07 PM   #9
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Scora,

Your first question is not totally clear, as I am sure you realize that the 3mp camera will give better quality than a 2mp camera. Especially since you are using both cameras at their maximum OPTICAL zooms.

Now if your question really is asking which will give you better quality... an UNCROPPED 3x zoom 2mp photo or a CROPPED (to equal the size of the other one) 2x zoom 3mp photo, well, I really don't know. But for myself, without question, I would take the 3mp camera over an older generation 2mp.

I've had more than a dozen digitals over the last 5 years, and currently own the S230 (I am retiring my S20 with this one), a G3 (picked up last night and give my G2 in as a trade) and a Nikon CoolPix 5000.

I haven't had it long enough yet to give a final verdict on the G3, but I must say that I am blown away with what the S230 can do. And I attribute it to two major things: First this is absolutely the latest processor/logic and it really shows in the results. Second, the 3mp. And of course the small size is just the icing on the cake.

For a take-everywhere-always camera, I feel the S230 cannot be beat. And for those other times when I want to concentrate on tricky shots, or something particularly creative (ok, as creative as I can manage) I'll use my G3.

I must say though that the S230 handled some tricky night shots (flash for the foreground fill-in and long exposure for the background) much much better than my G2 did when I was in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago. The G2 just couldn't focus correctly on the off-center subject, and even when using the manual focus (which was a real pain in the dark) the S230 results were simply amazing! I am THRILLED with this camera.

Hope my comments are of help to you...

Tim (in Canada)
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Old Nov 10, 2002, 5:39 AM   #10
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I would like to ask Tim whether the olympus c-50 might be an option instead of the s-230. Isn't the c-50 something like the g3 and s-230 combined together?

Furthermore I would like to ask whether anyone is using the small printer (don't know the model no. at the moment) together with any ixus. How is the result?
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