Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS review


A new digital camera from Canon

Canon’s newest PowerShot ELPH 300 HS digital camera wants a share of the market. Its manufacturers promise excellent design, superb speed, great overall performance all at an unbeatable price. Does their product rise up to expectations? Let’s find out from our test and review below.

Very small dimensions

The Canon ELPH 300 HS is the company’s smallest digital camera at 2.2″ x 3.6″ x 0.8.” If you’re tired of the same old black color, then you’ll be happy to see that the device also comes in the following hues: silver and red. When we took the camera in our hands, it felt coarse to the touch, but very firm. The ELPH 300 HS weighs only 4.3 ounces, making the device very easy to carry around. The 24-120mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom and the integrated flash sit on the front of the device; the back sports the Shutter and Power keys; on the left you’ll see the HDMI and USB ports. The back comes with a rather small. 2.7″ LCD display along with the Menu, Video Record and Playback buttons and, finally, a five-way directional pad. The interface hasn’t been greatly changed from previous Canon models. During our test we encountered no problem when we used the main menu; beginners will find everything they need to know from very helpful instructions that are given while hovering over icons.Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-300-HS

12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor

The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS sports some very nice features. The 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor provided the best light reception when snapping a photo; there were no blurs even when we shot a picture in low light. Everything is further improved with the help of the DIGIC 4 Image Processor; this one greatly reduced noise delivering impressive image processing. The High-speed Burst Mode and the Super Slow Motion Movie one captured 8.0fps and recorded clips at high speed. With the help of the Advanced Smart AUTO mode we were able to select what worked best for the image quality; there were 32 predefined shooting options, such as Portrait, Fireworks, Low Light, Beach, Kids & Pets, Handheld Night Scene, Foliage and much more.

Movie Digest technology

One feature that we especially loved when writing this review was the Movie Digest one which recorded a 4-second video clip every time we snapped a still picture and afterwards merged several videos shot during one day into one video; this option didn’t ask our input because it automatically edited the content by itself.
Another plus for the ELPH 300 HS camera is it varied image effects. We could choose from Fisheye, Creative Light, Toy Camera, Super Vivid, Monochrome and Color Accent just to name a few.

Impressive speed

The device was excellent when it came to overall performance thanks to its excellent speed. 2.03 seconds were necessary for the camera to prepare to take a picture and 3.5 were needed between shots. Moreover, recycle time between shots registered a value of 2.18 seconds. The shutter lag was 0.5 seconds. Sharpness, clarity, colors and noise levels were all superb; pictures at ISO were usable, as compared to other digital cameras out there.
We had no problems with video recording in both 1080p24 and 720p30; the zoom and autofocus did a great job as well. After shooting a video as a .MOV file we easily and quickly uploaded it to sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

Review conclusions

All in all, after this test we can conclude that the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS is a slim and very fast digital camera offering good quality photos and videos.

Technical specifications

Resolution12.10 Mpixel
Maximum resolution4000×3000
Minimum resolution480×480
Sensor size1/2.3-inch
Sensor typeCMOS
Optical ZoomYes
Index multiplicateur sealn/a
Grand angle (mm)24
Tele (mm)120
Digital zoomYes
Manual FocusNot
Focus range (cm)40
Distance macro (cm)3
Modes flashanti red-eye
fill in
slow flash
Memory CardsSDHC
Secure Digital
Sensitivitiesauto, 100 – 3200
Aperture priorityNot
Minimum aperture wide anglef2.7
Maximum aperture wideunknown
Minimum aperture telef5.9
Maximum aperture teleunknown
Shutter priorityNot
Minimum speed15
Maximum speed (sec)Jan-00
Rafale (FPS)3.4
External FlashNot
Type flash externen/a
Exposure Compensation-2EV – +2EV with 1/3EV steps
White BalanceAuto
Resolution video maxi1920×1080
Resolution video mini320×240
Frames per second (l / s)30
Voice StampsYes
Optical viewfinderNot
Electronic viewfinderNot
Screen Size2.7-inch
LCD resolution (pixels)230,000
USBUSB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video OutputYes
Port FireWireNot
File FormatJPEG
Dimensions (mm)92.2×55.9×19.5