Summary Canon 300 HS

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Specifications Key specs
Help 5x
Screen size
Help 2.7"
Help f/2.7
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Wide angle
Help 24 mm
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 24fps
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Also known as: Canon IXUS 220 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HSCanon ELPH 300 HS


Canon has replaced the ELPH 300 HS with the 310 HS and SX230 HS.

Canon ELPH 310 HS
Canon ELPH 310 HS announced August 2011
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Screen size Larger screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster

Compare the new Canon 310 HS vs the 300 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS announced February 2011
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Screen size Larger screen

Compare the new Canon SX230 HS vs the 300 HS

reviewsWhat are people saying about the 300 HS

"The optical image stabilizer lens technology did a good job." | talking about the camera's image-stabilization
"If you are looking for a sleek take anywhere type of compact camera that offers a practical wide angle zoom range, provides dependable performance, and delivers sharp and well exposed images under most conditions, we have no hesitation in recommending the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS." | talking about the camera's overall-performance
"The Canon ELPH 300 HS movie recording feature works well providing good quality HD movies at 1080p resolution." | talking about the camera's video-quality


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Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS Review
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The Canon 300 HS vs other recent compacts

Aperture Wide aperture Help
Wide angle Great wide angle lens Help
24 mm
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Weight Light Help
141 g
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Size Really small Help
Super compact (92×56×20 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help


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The Canon 300 HS vs other recent compacts

Zoom Below average zoom Help
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.4 fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Announced Old Help
February 2011
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help


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Canon ELPH 300 HS

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John (3:15 PM, October 20, 2011)
Its def not $387. You guys should change that, cause it messes with the price rating.
John (3:09 PM, October 20, 2011)
The actual Price for Canada is $199
Force2BRW (2:58 PM, August 11, 2011)
So far I am still very happy with this camera. Really like the "instant on" thing, so you can take a pic or video almost immediately after you get it out of your pocket/case. It gets over exposed every so often, but only in very bright circumstances. It actually takes better pictures than this expensive DSLR camera we have at my work.

Battery doesn't last all that long when taking video (especially when zooming in and out), but I always carry 2 extra batteries with me, and bring my charger if I will be doing extensive video (charge 1 while using the other 2). I would suggest getting at lest 1 extra battery (you can get them for very cheap if you just get the generic versions off someplace like ebay). Other than that, no major problems I can find. It has a lot of "style" and color type options, but I almost always just take the picture in full resolution, without any special effects, and then use photoshop to create any effect that I was looking for. So I haven't had much experience with those options, but they seem to work fine with the test shots I did (the color selection technique thing, where you pick a color, and then that is the only color that will show, is actually really cool). It also has a really good macro focus, and can focus on things about an inch away from the lens. Great for close up stuff. 

The slow motion video, one of the big reasons this camera was considered, also works well. It can take 120fps video (about 4x slower than real life) at standard resolution. It can also shoot 240fps, but at a much lower resolution. I tend to never use anything lower than standard resolution, as then there is way too much of a quality difference if you use it with hd video, which is something else this camera seems to do well (again, haven't been able to do too much testing yet, but good quality from what I've gotten so far). Video does take longer to zoom and focus than taking pictures. It's normally not a hinderance, but don't expect to be able to do a "quick zoom" type thing, or go from shooting long range to something right in front of the camera very quickly (can't do a "rack focus", as you don't have a manual focus option. You can use some techniques to mimic it, but not true rack focus)

All these options and quality in such a small and inexpensive package is great. I carry this camera in a small case with just enough room for 2 extra batteries and an extra sd card, and the entire package is still extremely portable, and can fit in my pocket (and if you just have the camera itself, even more portable). I highly recommend this camera if you are looking for the features it provides. Just know what this camera can and can't do, and you won't be disappointed. It does everything I need it for, and has all the of the features I wanted. If you want something with a very long zoom, manual focus, external microphone, viewfinder, etc, this might not be for you. But if you are looking for a small package, full hd video, slow motion video, good picture quality, easy to use, etc, this is perfect. The most important thing is knowing exactly what you want, and then finding the camera that has all those features (which is why I love this website!).

cristina (2:36 PM, August 11, 2011)
that is cool, so I am really decided to buy this one maybe today or tomorrow, please let me know asap what are some of the cons and pro if you have any updates on this.  Thanks.
Force2BRW (4:54 PM, March 20, 2011)

You CAN choose the shutter speed, it's just not as simple to find as some of the other options. You have to go into program mode, choose the Long Shutter option. Exit program mode. When you're back to the normal screen, press the up button (+/-). From there, you can choose the shutter speed by pressing right and left. Glad to find the option!
Force2brw (5:35 AM, March 18, 2011)
I've only had it for a couple days now, but I can honestly say this camera was worth every penny so far. It has a lot of interesting features, and is the only camera I have found that hits all the strong points I was looking for (120 fps @ 640x480 resolution, full 1080 hd video, optical zoom and auto focus during movie recording, strong low-light performance, good image stabilization, and small form factor [very small. much smaller than other cameras like it that I was considering])

Other things of note: I have Photoshop, and use it regularly, so I wasn't looking for a camera that can do everything by itself. This camera cannot shoot hdr pictures by itself like the Exilim ZR-10 or 100 can, nor can it take panoramic pictures all by itself. It does have a "panorama helper" kind of application, which will help you line up the shots, but you must then use software later to merge them (it comes with software, compatible with both mac and pc, that will help you merge photos, as well as sort through them and manage them, but I find that Photoshop does a much better job than the packaged software does at creating panoramas. I also use the HDR toning option on Photoshop to simulate an actual HDR picture. As long as all the details are there (not blown out or too dark to brighten), PS can create a very convincing HDR picture, and this camera does a good job at getting all the detail in pictures.

It also doesn't take the fastest pictures (around 3 per second) on continuous mode, but I rarely (if ever) take more than 1 picture at a time. I may take pictures in succession, but I generally set each one up, rather than just shotgunning a bunch of pictures.

The pictures are very sharp. I haven't had much time with video or sound yet, but the little that I have played around with it produced pretty good results. (altho sound can get very distorted with windy sound in a windy environment, as many camera's microphones can. still thinking about/searching for a remedy...)

Also, just a little side note, the finish on the camera is left a bit rough. This is a good thing, as it gives the camera more grip, and makes it less likely to slip out of your hand. I have used cameras that were shiny and slippery before, and it make taking pictures with one hand much more difficult and risky. The rough texture keep this camera more firm in your hand. This also makes the camera less prone to finger prints, altho the screen will collect plenty of those (but that has never really bothered me much)

Just a couple knocks against it that I have found so far, but they are not deal breakers for me. It says that it can take pictures with shutter speeds between 1/2000s and 15s. This may be true, but it is not user choosable. You cannot set the shutter speed of the camera. It has options for "Longer Exposure" (or something named like that), but does not let you choose the speed. I have not gotten it to hit a 15 second exposure yet. I was thinking of trying a city scene on a tripod where you set the exposure long so that the car lights look like streaks, but it doesn't seem to stay open long enough.

Also, the zoom doesn't seem to be variable, it goes at one speed, and it's pretty fast, so sometimes it can be hard to hit that sweet spot if you are trying to get a shot somewhere in the middle (5x zoom, which I think is very reasonable for it's size), and optical zoom is pretty slow while recording video, but still an option, which is more than many cameras of this type can say. The battery may also be a tad short (especially if doing a lot of video and/or zooming in and out, but that will shorten the life all camera batteries), but they are pretty small, and you can get extra, generic batteries for very cheap.

There is no way to plug in the camera to a wall for continuous shooting/video, so you need to replace the battery when it dies. However, I have seen the option of having a battery stand-in that sits in the battery slot and runs a line down to an adapter that plugs into the wall, but this will require you to leave the battery door open while using it)

For everything your getting, I think this camera is well worth $250. It takes sharp, accurately colored pictures look great on their own, as well as with Photoshop. If you do not own any imaging editing software, this camera still produces great pictures, has a ton of very cool, very interesting modes (some of which I've never seen on any camera before), and comes with some simple editing software (mainly for merging panorama shots. there is also other, free image editing software out there on the internet if you are so inclined)

I've included a panoramic picture I took with this camera (merged and HDR toned in Photoshop), just as an example of things that are still possible with this camera, even though they may not be features the camera does on it's own. I also included 3 other pictures that are untouched to show what the camera takes by itself (none of the pictures are full quality, as I didn't want to upload pictures with huge file sizes, so they may be rather small, and will get pixelated if you zoom in too much)