Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP – Review

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, which is now on sale at Amazon at up to $80.00 off,  is a small and powerful digital camera for anyone’s budget and any occasion. Equipped with12.1 Mega Pixels High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and lens with 5x optical and 4x digital zoom, this camera is a very good companion anywhere you go.

The camera comes with 24-120mm lens, which is a 35mm equivalent and allows capturing a little bit more scene. This comes especially handy when shooting pictures of landscape, family portraits, or at a short distance from the object. In order to provide better control of your pictures, the camera offers numerous shooting (and recording) modes. They include: Auto, Movie Digest, Portrait, Kids and Pets, Smart Shutter, High-speed Bursts, Best Image Selection, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, and Movie. If you simply want to snap a picture and not get bogged down with different options, Smart Auto option chooses the appropriate scene for you allowing more typical point-and-shoot experience. This is also a good learning experience as the camera picks the right setting for you based on the information it collects about the subject, surroundings, light, and the new setting is displayed for you to see.

Few other features worth commenting on are the fact that the camera allows shooting up to 8 frames per second in High-speed Burst and it has ISO range from 100 to 3200 that can be manually adjusted. Equally important is the fact the Canons’ HS technology permits taking pictures with less noise (imperfections) at any of the mentioned ISO levels. It is designed to take better quality pictures in low-light conditions without necessity of the flash. HS technology assures more details in the pictures and eliminates blur. PowerShot ELPH 300 HS allows introducing mood into the pictures by providing the following effects: Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, or Custom Color by altering sharpness, saturation, or contrast.

Another strong feature of PowerShot ELPH 300 HS is the full 1080p HD video capability. The camera has a conveniently located button that initiates video recording. It let’s you select one of four resolutions and records up to 4GB per clip. That means the highest resolution HD 1280×720 permits for a little over 14 minutes of footage and lowest resolution QVGA 320×240 almost 2 hours of footage. You can zoom in and out while recording and Optical Image Stabilizer helps to eliminate camera shake from your recording. You can also enjoy alternative recording solutions by using a slow motion option or a fun miniature mode that captures more of the scene and makes it look, well, miniature.
Some of the shortcomings mentioned by the different reviewers are:

  • The camera is quite small and manipulating settings and changing menus can be challenging (cnet.com).
  • While shooting in wide angle, some corner distortions might occur, although other products of this class experience the same problem (digitalreview.ca).
  • Camera body has rather rough texture (pcmag.com).
  • Battery good for about 220 pictures, considered average (toptenreviews.com)

The above deficiencies are rather trivial and minor comparing to all the benefits of this camera. In fact, Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS was awarded the 2011 Gold Award by TopTenReviews.com and earned “Excellent” score. Because of the image quality for the camera of its size and compact design, this camera is “the ultimate ultra-compact” digital camera. Pcmag.com gave the camera “Very Good” rating underscoring its compact size, sharp image, video capabilities, and fast performance as the top qualities. The reviewer called it an “excellent” choice for a small-body camera. Cnet.com editor also gave it “Excellent” score and 4 out of 5 stars. Similar to other reviewers, compact size and photo quality achieved through many of the features contributed to this high score. Finally, digitalreview.ca called it “dependable” providing sharp images under all conditions and also recommended this camera.