Saturday, June 18, 2011

Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Complete Review

The Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS (IXUS 220 HS) is one of several new compact digital cameras lately launched by Canon having a new naming convention - "Powershot ELPH xxx HS" as opposed to "Powershot SDxxx IS." The Canon 300 is the newest model of the line of compact cameras whose prior version was the SD1400 IS, a fine camera that I reviewed for this internet site (the earlier versions of the camera, the SD940 IS and SD780 IS, had been also reviewed by this website). Nevertheless, the Canon ELPH 300 improves upon the SD1400 IS in several significant techniques.Most importantly, it has a diverse sensor, a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor compared to the 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor of the earlier version. The new sensor is created to give the digital camera improved low light photo good quality and quicker speed. The new camera also has a lens with a wider angle of view, 24mm compared to 28mm, and far more optical zoom, 5x compared to 4x.The Canon ELPH 300 has a greater quality video mode, 1920 x 1080 resolution (full HD) at 24 frames per second, compared to 1280 x 720 (30 fps). It uses Canon's newest processor, the DIGIC 4. It also has numerous features which are absent inside the older cameras, including a Super Slow Motion video mode, which can record video at up to 240 fps. With all these improvements I was eager to try out Canon's new camera.

Build AND Style

The ultra-compact ELPH 300 HS looks very comparable to the previous versions of the camera - really tiny and sleek with a metallic body. The camera feels solid and sturdy in the hand, regardless of its tiny size, 3.63 inches wide, 2.2 inches tall and 0.77 inches thick (92.2mm x 55.9mm x 19.5mm) and light weight, four.97 oz. (141g) with out battery or memory card. The camera has surprisingly significant buttons, which is going to be significantly appreciated by those with large fingers. The camera I reviewed came in an appealing silver color. Based on Canon's internet site, it really is also available in red and black.

The Canon ELPH 300 HS consists of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack (NB-4L), a battery charger, a wrist strap, an audio-visual cable, a USB cable, a CD containing the User Guide and Canon's ZoomBrowser EX photo organizing software program, plus a brief paper Obtaining Started guide. At this time, Canon's website shows a cost of $249.99 but discounts must be obtainable when the camera has been out for a whilst.

Ergonomics and Controls.

The ELPH 300 HS has a rectangular shape with subtly rounded edges. The front of the camera is dominated by the a bit off-center telescoping zoom lens. Inside the upper corner can be a thin flash, under which is an auto focus help lamp that doubles as a self-timer indicator. The location of the flash is really a dilemma, as it may be blocked by the fingers of the left hand used to steady the camera.

Menus and Modes

As will be the case with all of Canon's small cameras in recent years, the ELPH 300 HS uses a dual menu method using the principal menu activated by pressing the menu button and the shortcut menu called up by pressing the function/set button. The menu choices are quite limited even though in Intelligent Auto mode, but are a lot more comprehensive in System AE mode. The camera has an option to turn on hints and tips, which provides a brief explanation of each and every menu item and makes it reasonably straightforward to discover the camera's many functions.

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