Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (Red)
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 5097B001AA
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Joshua Goldman
- Reviewed on: 06/09/2011
- Released on: 02/06/2011
The good: The Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS is a fun-to-use ultracompact with excellent photo quality even if just left in auto.
The bad: The 300 HS might be too small for some, and accessing its shooting modes other than auto is laborious.
The bottom line: If you're looking for a nice, simple ultracompact for use indoors and out, you'll want to strongly consider the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS.
Love everything, does what I need
by jerie1 on January 30, 2012
Pros: It works!!
Cons: kind of slick to hold onto. Wish there was a skin for it.
Great size, fantastic photos, ok menus.
by ITJon on September 15, 2011
Pros: Size; thinner than a pack of smokes
Price; got a good deal on Amazon
Photos; fantastic photos as usual from a Canon product
Cons: Menus; different layout from older model Elph that this replaced. Not sure if the added "features" will be a benefit or an annoyance. And accessing them is a bit cumbersome.
Summary: This was bought as a replacement for a 4 year old Canon Elph that we lost in a recent move. We wanted to get a Canon again as we were ...
Summary: This was bought as a replacement for a 4 year old Canon Elph that we lost in a recent move. We wanted to get a Canon again as we were really happy with the ease of use and photo quality of the first one. The 300HS was getting pretty stellar reviews and I liked the addition of the CMOS sensor to this point and shoot camera. And I have not been disappointed with the purchase. The photos are great. The auto is darn simple to use. And I have poked around enough to find the settings that I used to adjust in manual mode on the older model, so that I can adjust them on the newer one. But I agree with Joshua that it is a bit laborious to get into some of the menus. Settings like Exposure, White Balance, and some color adjustments (vivid during sunsets with exposure adjustments make for some cool shots). I also like the 5x optical zoom on this small of a camera.After using the 300 HS for a few months, I can say that I am pleasantly surprised by it's capabilities. Another review mentioned the dust on the lens and I have also noticed this at times. But it doesn't seem to be consistent so I'm not completely sure what's causing it. Could be moisture and not dust; from coming out of a warm pocket to the cooler air.
I wasn't too interested in the 1080p video function as I have other video specific cameras for that (MiniDV and a Flip Ultra HD). Yes, I know, but if I use this, than I don't have to carry around multiple devices. Well, the first video that I shot with the new 300 looked good from a color and clarity perspective but the image looked a little squished. I haven't played around with the settings too much, but when I played the video back on my HDTV through the composite connection (cables provided with camera), the image still looked squished, or short and fat.
For Joshua (CNET reviewer), the size was listed a potential Con. I'm 6' 4" with larger hands/fingers and I find the navigation fairly simple. It may be because the navigation is pretty much the same as the old one. But I can see why he listed it. The buttons are nice and small and lay very flat against the surface. This makes for a very clean, smooth exterior. Great for slipping in a pocket as you head out the door.
Kind of a random observation is that the case is built such that you can stand it up on a flat surface in both landscape and portrait mode for those timer still shots. I know that I have seen reviews of other models of cameras mentioning the lack of a flat edge on any of the sides.
I'm looking forward to some fall road trips with this little red camera capturing some fall color.
Updated on Dec 6, 2011
We used it a bunch over Thanksgiving and were extremely pleased with the results. It's small enough that I didn't even notice it in my pocket the whole weekend and so it was always available for capturing that candid moment.
I have also found myself using the slow motion capture a lot more than I originally thought that I would. It's a lot of fun and makes for some different uses of the camera. Nerf wars with the nephews take on a whole new perspective 120fps!
Very nice CMOS camera with 1080p HD
by oakdruid on June 9, 2011
Pros: -Really small
-CMOS makes for good low light shooting.
-Red color is striking
-Comes with external battery charger
Cons: -Menus are not quick
-Flash could be a little stronger
-LCD is only 2.7, (but it looks good)
Summary: There really aren't many cameras out there in this size that do full 1080p for video. Don't be fooled by 1080i which is really 720p quality. I have ...
Summary: There really aren't many cameras out there in this size that do full 1080p for video. Don't be fooled by 1080i which is really 720p quality. I have tried hooking this up (you will need to purchase a mini HDMI to HDMI cord, I got one for $3) to my 46" HDTV, and the video looks good. The auto mode really does look good, and while not foolproof, gets it right most of the time with few exceptions. With the CMOS sensor, this camera shines in low light. Canon does an excellent job with photo quality. I looked at a lot of cameras, and this one really impressed me.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 5097B001AA
- Description: Don't let the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS digital camera's slim profile fool you. This fashionable device will not only make you stand out from the crowd, but it'll also deliver incredibly brilliant still images and amazing 1080p HD videos. Once you turn on the camera, be prepared to be amazed at how much is packed into this slim point-and-shoot digital camera! So let your imagination run free and let the HS SYSTEM, 24 mm 5x optical zoom and 12.1 megapixels help you achieve great images everywhere.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Enclosure Color Red
- Resolution 12.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Total Pixels 12,800,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 12,100,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
- Optical Zoom 5 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Processor DIGIC 4
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- Digital Video Format MOV,
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 3200,
- Exposure Metering Evaluative,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Handheld night shot,
Kids & pets,
- Special Effects Miniature,
Black & White,
Darker Skin Tone,
Lighter Skin Tone,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type 5 x x Zoom lens - 4.3 mm - 21.5 mm - F/2.7-5.9
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 24 - 120 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 2 in
- Macro Focus Range 1 in - 19.7 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 5 groups / 6 elements
- Features UA lens,
Built-in lens shield
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator
- Effective Flash Range 1.6 ft - 11.5 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 8.2 frames per second (3Mpix),
3.4 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features HS System,
Display brightness control,
In-camera red-eye fix,
Scene Detection Technology,
Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB,
Smart Flash Exposure,
I-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system,
Face Detection Self-timer,
Smile Detection technology,
Exif Print support,
RGB primary color filter,
Smile Detection Auto Shutter,
Camera orientation detection,
1080p Full HD movie recording,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 2.7 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Connector Type 1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x HDMI output
- Software Canon ZoomBrowser EX,
Drivers & Utilities,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support Apple Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6,
MS Windows XP SP3,
MS Windows Vista SP1,
MS Windows 7,
MS Windows Vista SP2
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
Audio / video cable
- Body Material Stainless steel
- Supported Battery Canon NB-4L
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
SDXC Memory Card
- Image Storage JPEG 4000 x 3000,
JPEG 4000 x 2248,
JPEG 4000 x 2664,
JPEG 2816 x 2112,
JPEG 2816 x 1880,
JPEG 1920 x 1080,
JPEG 1600 x 1200,
JPEG 1600 x 1064,
JPEG 640 x 480,
JPEG 640 x 360,
JPEG 640 x 424,
JPEG 2992 x 2992,
JPEG 2112 x 2112,
JPEG 1200 x 1200,
JPEG 480 x 480
- Video Capture MOV - 1920 x 1080,
MOV - 1280 x 720,
MOV - 640 x 480,
MOV - 640 x 480,
MOV - 320 x 240,
MOV - 320 x 240
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 3.6 in
- Depth 0.8 in
- Height 2.2 in
- Weight 4.3 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.