Average Camera Review Rating [9 reviews]
This camera is currently ranked at #43 of the top camera sales ranking in US
The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS is the world's thinnest 24mm wide angle, 5x Optical zoom model, along with 12.1 Megapixels High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. It comes equipped with Canon's HS SYSTEM for exceptional shooting in low-light, Full 1080p HD video, new Movie Digest Mode and 32 Smart AUTO scenes.
The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS is available in red, black and silver and is currently selling at around $246. Here is the summary of review by Steve's Digicam:
"Like all of their new HS series PowerShots, Canon equipped the 300 HS with a CMOS type image sensor, compared to the CCD unit found in most digicams. This is a backside-illuminated sensor, which offers increased sensitivity performance, speed, and lower power consumption. Canon has paired this unit with a nice 5x optical zoom lens, which boasts a faster than average maximum aperture range of F/2.7 - 5.9 (wide - telephoto). Covering a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 24 - 120mm, the 300 HS can perform well in various situations. The wide angle extremes are great for indoor photography, especially in cramped spaces, not to mention work great for vast landscapes and large group shots. The telephoto capabilities won't zoom across the basketball court, however they will help you tightly frame your portrait or close-up subjects. Image quality from the above combination was pleasing for a camera of this size. The auto exposure system did well in most lighting, producing acceptable exposures. Colors are very pleasant, especially when using Smart Auto mode. Like many digicams, it produces a brighter image with increased saturation when compared to running with Program mode instead. Either way, the camera is able to produce a nice sharp image with plenty of fine details. When zooming in to 100% for critical inspection, you will see very little edge softness along the left and right hand sides of the frame. We also saw a few traces of purple fringing along edges that had extreme contrast (which is common). Overall, I was pleased with the performance of this sensor/lens combo outdoors.
Moving indoors, we saw similar results. Images are relatively sharp, and the flash does well when using the Auto setting with the ISO set to Auto as well. Just remember that the flash is tiny, so do not expect to illuminate a large group or room, especially if you are using the zoom at all. Red-eye was well controlled, with very few instances in our people photos. When the camera, or you, choose a higher sensitivity setting, the 300 HS is able to produce a usable image right on up to 3200 in my humble opinion. While the best quality will be had at ISO 800 and below, the 1600 and 3200 settings still retain a good amount of detail. When viewed at fullscreen resolution (typically between 20-25%), they look pretty darn good. Obviously, the amount of light on the scene will effect the outcome, but our M&M man photos look very good, which are under typical overhead fluorescent lighting. For 2011, Canon has upped the ante on video, with their new ELPH HS models sporting full HD capabilities. you now have resolution settings of 1920x1080 (24fps), 1280x720 (30fps), 640x480 (30fps), and 320x240 (30fps). Video is recorded with sound (depending on mode used), and you have full use of the optical zoom lens. While recording, the zoom moves very slow to help keep noise down and allow the AF system to keep everything in focus: which it did well for this type of camera. Canon has also added some new modes to keep things fun. On top of the Color Swap and Color Accent options of old, the camera will not apply most all of the scene mode effects to your video too. So, if you are shooting in Monochrome mode and decide to start filming, your video will also be in monochrome. Some settings do not work, like Fisheye for example. Along with this new functionality, there's also two new movie mode options for you to choose from; Super Slow-motion and Movie Digest. With all of these features, the 300 HS offers some of the most impressive video options in a compact camera date (03/15/2011). When using the Full 1080p setting, the 24fps frame rate offers a cinematic look, which played back smoothly on my PC. Because the 300 HS has an HDMI port, you can easily connect it to your HDTV; with the optional cable of course. Overall, I was very pleased with the video quality from this tiny little camera, which rivals that of most compact cameras on the market; just don't expect digital camcorder quality and you'll be very happy.
Bottom Line - The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS is one awesome little ultra-compact. This model builds off of two of my favorite Canon pocket cameras (the SD780 and SD940), with much appreciated improvements in both the still image and video categories. With speedy performance, excellent image quality, awesome low-light performance, and pleasing full HD video, the 300 HS is tough to beat. Not to mention it retails for only $250 US or less."
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Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Camera Reviews Roundup
|Camera Labs: "The Canon ELPH 300 HS / IXUS 220 HS is a gorgeous little camera that seems to strike the perfect balance between size, features and ease of use. It's 2mm thinner than the ELPH 310 HS / IXUS 230 HS and slightly smaller in the other dimensions, and although that doesn't sound a lot, it makes a world of a difference in your hand, where it nestles snugly and feels rather nice too thanks to an all-over texture coating. T..." - Dec 01 2011 More »|
|DPI: "The Canon PowerShot ELPH 300HS is a small little camera with plenty of features. The camera retains the familiar ELPH/IXUS design with its compact dimensions, very good build quality and stylish looks; and is available in three different colors. The camera is packed with many notable features; chief among which include the 5X optical zoom lens and CMOS sensor. The camera's ultra-wide-angle lens enables you to pack w..." - Jul 16 2011 More »||N/A|
|CNET US: "The Elph 300 HS produces generally excellent snapshots. Photos do get softer and noisier above ISO 200--typical for point-and-shoots--but ISO 400 and 800 are still very usable. The noise and noise reduction are well balanced so you still get good color and detail at these higher sensitivities. Colors desaturate some at ISO 1600 and 3200, subjects look very soft, and detail is greatly diminished. While you might not..." - Jun 10 2011 More »|
|CNET UK: "Besides its appearance, the 220 is modestly equipped, with a 12.1-megapixel image sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens. On the rear is a 2.7-inch LCD display, which is very bright and clear, but smaller than the 3-inch panel you'll find on the cheaper 115. That's mainly because the 220 is smaller than the 115 as a whole. The camera offers a reasonable number of shooting options, modes and effects, and it's fairly..." - May 26 2011 More »|
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