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Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Digital Camera Review

  Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS front view
 


March 31st, 2011

The 12 megapixel Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS is the successor to the PowerShot SD1400 IS from 2010. While maintaining the same sleek compact size as its predecessor, the Canon Powershot 300 HS features a number of updates.

The Canon ELPH 300 HS offers a 5x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization technology (supports hand-held shooting in low light), provides for the ability to record 1080p HD movies with stereo sound using the dedicated one-touch movie recording button, incorporates the Canon HS System designed to provide advanced low light performance and improve image quality, and features a 2.7-inch LCD monitor combined with user-friendly camera operation.

We have now had the opportunity to review the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS. To see how the camera performed, check out our Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS sample image gallery, along with the findings and conclusions from our review. We begin by providing a general overview of the ELPH 300 HS, and then present more of the details.

Canon ELPH 300 HS Overview: The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS offers a 5x ultra-wide (24mm to 120mm in 35mm terms) optical zoom lens with built-in optical image stabilizer technology. The extra wide coverage provided by the lens allows for more of a scene to be captured - from group portraits to panoramic landscapes.

The camera's image stabilizer system uses sophisticated gyroscopic sensors to detect vertical and horizontal movements, then moves the lens accordingly to compensate, which aids in maintaining stability and focus when using the telephoto capabilities of the camera or under lower light conditions.

The Canon ELPH 300 HS also offers dynamic optical image stabilizer technology which was initially developed for Canon video cameras. It is designed to produce steadier video footage by compensating for low frequency vibrations, such as camera shake generated when filming while walking.

The Canon 300 HS features a 12.1 megapixel sensor combined with Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor – delivering fast response times and natural colour reproduction. DIGIC 4 also takes care of difficult lighting conditions with i-Contrast – a technology which prevents highlight blowout, while retaining shadow detail.

The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS includes 'Smart Auto' and 'Easy' shooting modes that provide for point and shoot simplicity. In Smart Auto mode the camera analyzes people, distance, brightness and colour in the scene, and then automatically selects one of 32 scene variables to optimize settings for the best results - freeing the user to concentrate on picture taking, while the camera takes care of the technical details.

Smart Auto also includes enhanced I-Contrast and Smart Flash Exposure, which ensure that brighter or darker areas are captured in sufficient detail in the final image by suppressing overexposed highlights and underexposed shadows.

The PowerShot 300 HS Digital ELPH lets you record video in 1080p high definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 24 frames per second. The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high definition TV monitor (cable is optional).

Framing and reviewing shots on the ELPH 300 HS is simple too, thanks to a large 2.7 inch 230K LCD with wide viewing angle and 5 levels of brightness adjustment.

Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS back view




Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Digital Camera Review: Navigation Menu
  •  PowerShot 300 HS: Design & Operation
  •  Canon 300 HS: Sample Test Images
  •  Canon ELPH 300 HS Camera: Specifications
  •  PowerShot 300 HS: Review Conclusion

  • The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS also comes with the latest Face Detection Technology which recognizes up to 35 faces in a scene and automatically adjusts key focus and exposure settings to ensure everyone looks their best.

    This technology includes Auto Redeye Correction, Face Detection AF/AE/FE, and Face Self-Timer – a feature that is great for group shots and self-portraits as the camera waits until it detects a new face in the frame before taking the shot.

    Faces can also be detected if they are at an angle to the camera so that the correct focus and exposure can be achieved without subjects facing the camera directly.

    Powershot ELPH 300 HS Major Features:

    •  12.1 Megapixel CCD
    •  24mm wide, 5x zoom lens with optical and dynamic image stabilization
    •  1080p HD movie recording with stereo sound. One touch movie recording button
    •  2.7-inch 230 K PureColor LCD II
    •  HS System for enhanced image quality and low light performance
    •  Smart Auto, Smart Flash Exposure modes
    •  Face Detection, Face Self-Timer, Auto Redeye Correction
    •  Motion Detection Technology
    •  I-Contrast
    •  DIGIC 4 Image Processor
    •  Auto Creative shooting modes

    The Canon ELPH 300 HS comes supplied with the following accessories: Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-4L, Battery Charger, USB interface cable, A/V cable, wrist strap and Canon's software suite.

    The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS digital camera is available now for an estimated selling price of $279.99 Canadian or $249.99 in the US. Check latest deals.

    Canon 300 HS in red

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Camera: Design, Features and Menus

    The Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS features a compact slim design with a comfortable hold. With 12-megapixel resolution and a 5x zoom lens (24-120mm equivalent in 35mm terms), the ELPH 300 HS is geared towards general family and travel photography.

    Taking into account that the Canon ELPH 300 HS offers an attractive price point, current SLR users might also find the ELPH 300 HS offers a nice complement to their existing camera, one that you are more likely to take with you for a night out on the town or simply for capturing those unexpected opportunities.

    Canon ELPH 300 HS at wide angle
    Canon ELPH 300 HS at 24mm Wide-angle
     
    Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS at telephoto
    Canon ELPH 300 HS at 120mm Telephoto

    The Canon ELPH 300 HS offers a good solution for capturing landscapes or larger group shots of people, with its 24mm wide-angle lens providing broader coverage compared to many point and shoot cameras which begin around 35mm.

    • Canon HS System: Introduced last year, the Canon HS System is a technology used to enhance image quality in low-light situations without the need for a flash. The HS system is based on a combination of the DIGIC 4 image processor and the camera's back-illuminated high-sensitivity CMOS sensor. The Canon HS system helps to suppress digital noise (a grain-like effect) at high ISO levels, and expands the camera's dynamic range, ultimately capturing greater detail and colour in images in darker settings.

    Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS at 800 ISO
    Canon ELPH 300 HS at 800 ISO. Larger size image (1600 ISO sample image available in the gallery)
     

    The new HS System offers the ability to capture images with up to 60% less noise at all ISO speeds compared to standard non-HS System compact cameras (based on information provided by Canon).

    Although the camera does not offer manual exposure control (Shutter priority, Aperture Priority and Manual are not available), the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS does offer a few override features, including a number of 'Auto Scene' and 'Effects' shooting modes, exposure compensation settings, White Balance preset options, and manual ISO settings up to 3200 ISO.

    Canon ELPH 300 HS in red back view

    The main camera controls are found on the back of the PowerShot 300 HS. By simply sliding a switch located towards the top right, users can select to operate the camera in either 'Smart Auto' mode (easy point and shoot) or in 'Flexible Auto' mode (provides more control over settings).

    • Smart Auto: in this shooting mode the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS uses Scene Detection Technology to determine the correct scene by analyzing subject brightness, contrast, distance and overall hue. The camera then selects the most appropriate scene type from 32 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output. In Smart Auto mode, a colour icon indicating the type of scene detected and the lighting conditions is shown on the LCD monitor.

    Smart Auto also includes enhanced I-Contrast and Smart Flash Exposure, which ensure that brighter or darker areas are captured in sufficient detail in the final image by suppressing overexposed highlights and underexposed shadows.

    Advanced Subject Detection: A further feature of Smart Auto mode, Advanced Subject Detection allows the camera to identify a moving non-human subject, such as a pet, and track it - ensuring it remains in focus and well-exposed until the shutter is released.

    • Program Auto: this shooting mode provides users with the ability to adjust camera settings to suit the intent, such as selecting a specific 'Scene' Mode, manually adjusting ISO sensitivity, choosing a White Balance (WB) setting or making exposure compensation adjustments, among others.

    • Movie Recording: The Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS features a large one-touch movie recording button located just to the right of the LCD screen towards the top of the camera. Push the button once to start movie recording and again to stop.

    Movies can be recorded in one of four resolution settings. The best quality is 1920 x 1080 at 24 frames per second (fps). You can also select from 1280 x 720 at 30 fps, 640 x 480 at 30 fps or 320 x 240 at 30 fps. HD movies are limited to 10 min recording time per clip, and up to 1 hour can be captured in the lower resolution modes.





    The 4-way touch pad surrounding the FUNC./SET button is used to navigate the camera's menus. With the camera set to Program Auto (P) mode, the touch pad can also be used to quickly access a number of functions, including; Exposure Compensation, Flash settings, Display settings and Focus modes.

    Pushing the up button on the 4-way touch pad as illustrated below activates exposure compensation settings, which can be adjusted in +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments (to brighten or darken the image). Pressing on the right button activates the camera's Flash control settings which include; Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync or Off.

    Canon ELPH 300 HS FUNC SET Button

    Pushing on the down button (DISP.) with the camera set to capture mode allows you to choose between viewing the full live view image or the live view image with camera settings superimposed on the screen.

    Pressing the Display (DISP.) button in Playback mode provides the choices of viewing the captured image with no information display (full screen), with simple information display, with detailed information display including histogram, or focus check display to confirm for fine details.


    Detailed LCD information display

    Pushing on the left button on the 4-way control pad activates the camera's Focus mode options. Select from Macro (close-up), Normal or Infinity Auto Focus (AF) settings. The Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS can focus down to 3cm from the subject in Macro. Infinity focus can be used to override the camera's auto focus and set focus at infinity, useful for capturing images through a window (bus, plane etc), where the camera might otherwise focus on the glass.

    The Playback button and the MENU button are located towards the bottom on the right side on the back of the camera. Pushing the playback button brings up the last image or movie taken. The MENU button is used to access the camera's operation menus. The buttons are fairly large and easy to operate.

    With the camera set to Flexible Auto shooting mode, pushing on the FUNC. / SET button activates the camera's extended shooting menu. The shooting menu is superimposed over the live view image displayed on the camera's LCD monitor as seen below.

    The shooting menu available in Flexible Auto mode provides options for controlling the following camera features; Light Metering, My Colours, White Balance, ISO, Rec Mode, Self-Timer, Drive Mode, Aspect Ratio, Image Size, Compression and Movie Quality.

    • Light Metering: choose from Evaluative, Center Weighted Average or Spot metering options

    • My Colours: adjust image colours for personal preference. Select from Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue (sky and sea), Vivid Green (landscape), Vivid Red (flowers) and Custom Colour.

    In Custom Colour users can adjust Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, Red, Green, Blue and Skin Tones to suit personal preference (5 steps available for each).

    • White Balance (WB): Apart from the default Auto WB setting, the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS offers a range of white balance presets that can be selected in difficult lighting conditions. The options include: Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent High and Custom.

    • ISO Sensitivity: the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS offers a standard Auto ISO setting where the camera automatically determines the best ISO setting for the given lighting conditions. ISO can also be manually set from 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 or 3200 ISO.

    • Rec Mode: choose to shot in Program AE (P) mode or using a desired 'Scene Mode' or effect. Selections include; Program AE (P), Movie Digest, Portrait, Kids and Pets, Smart Shutter, High Speed Burst, 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, Long-Shutter, Stitch Assist, and Super Slow Motion Movie.

    - Program AE (P) mode: allows you to choose the settings for various camera functions to suit your preferences. In this mode you can change the camera's metering method, adjust ISO sensitivity, select white balance (WB) settings or use exposure compensation, among other options. Selecting P mode provides the most control over camera settings.

    - Movie Digest: each time you take a picture, the scene just before taking your shot will be recorded as a movie. All the movies taken on the same day will be recorded as a single file. Resolution is set to 640 x 480.

    - Scene Modes: the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS incorporates a total of 8 user selectable 'Scene' shooting modes for capturing still images. The Scene modes that can be selected in the 'Rec Mode' menu tab include: Portrait, Kids and Pets, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, and Snow. Simply select the desired Scene mode and the camera will automatically adjusts settings accordingly.

    Canon ELPH 300 HS scene mode settings

    - Image Effects: specific image effects can be applied before taking the picture. The image effects found in the 'Rec Mode' menu include;


    (1)  Monochrome: capture images in Black & White, Sepia or Blue and White

    (2)  Super Vivid: lets you take shots with vivid, intense colours


    (3)  Color Accent: you can choose to retain a single colour and the rest of the image will be black and white

    Canon ELPH 300 HS image in Color Accent mode
    Colour Accent set for reds

    (4) Color Swap: you can swap one colour in an image for another when recording it

    (5)  Fisheye Effect: lets you shoot with the distorting effects of a Fisheye lens


    (6)  Miniature Effect: blurs chosen portions in the top of bottom of an image to produce a miniature effect

    (7)  Toy Camera Effect: darkens and blurs the corners of an image to look like an image taken with a toy camera

    (8)  Poster Effect: makes images appear like an old poster or illustration


    - Shooting Options:
    the additional shooting options that can be selected in the 'Rec Mode' menu tab include; Smart Shutter, High Speed Burst, Best Image Selection, Long-Shutter, Stitch Assist and Super Slow Motion Movie.


    (1)  Smart Shutter: the camera takes a picture when it detects a smile. Includes Face and Wink Self-Timer

    (2)  High Speed Burst: shoot a burst of 8 images per second to capture the action (limited to 3MP file size)

    (3)  Best Image Selection: the camera takes 5 continuous shots and then saves the best

    (4)  Long-Shutter: you can set the shutter speed to a range between 1 and 15 seconds to shoot long exposures

    (5)  Stitch Assist: merge a series of shots using the included software to create a single panoramic image

    (6)  Super Slow Motion Movie: capture fast moving subjects and play them back in slow motion


    Just as with still images, you can let the camera select the best settings for the Scene or add various effects while shooting movies. The Scene modes or effects that are available when shooting movies include: Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Underwater, Foliage and Snow.

    • Self-Timer: Select from 2 sec, 10 sec or custom Self-Timer settings. In custom Self-Timer you can choose a delay from 1 to 30 seconds and the number of shots to be captured between 1 to 10 images.

    Canon 300 HS Self-Timer settings menu

    Note: The Face and Wink Self-Timer features are activated by using the 'Smart Shutter' option. In these modes the camera takes a picture when a new face enters the scene or when a person winks depending on the option that is selected.

    • Drive Mode: Choose from single shot or continuous shooting. In continuous shooting mode you can capture full size images at up to 3.4 frames per second.

    • Aspect Ratio: You can change the width to height ratio of an image. Available aspect ratios include;

    16:9 - The same aspect ratio as HD TVs, used for displaying on wide-screen HD TVs
      3:2 -
    The same aspect ratio as 35mm film, used for printing out 5 x 7 in. or postcard sized images
      4:3 - The same aspect ratio as standard televisions
      1:1 - A square-shaped aspect ratio

    • Image Size: the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS offers four image size settings. Select the desired image size to match the intent as per below.

    12M - 4000 x 3000 pixel size for prints up to 16" x 20" size
      6M -
    2816 x 2112 pixel size for printing up to 13" x 19" size
      2M - 1600 x 1200 for printing up to post card size
     .3M -
    640 x 480 for email attachments

    • Compression: the ELPH 300 HS offers two image quality (compression) settings, Fine and Normal. Set Fine for best image quality (produces larger file size).

    • Movie Quality: there are four movie quality settings available on the ELPH 300 HS. The options include; 1080p (1920 x 1080) at 24 fps, 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 fps, VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps, and 320 x 240 at 30 fps.

    Pushing the 'MENU' button on the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS activates the camera setup and operation menus. The available MENU options vary depending on the selected shooting mode.


    Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS: Set Up Menu Options
    Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS set up menu options
    AF Frame: Select from Face Detect, Tracking AF or Centre
    AF Frame Size: Default set to Normal. AF frame can be reduced by changing the setting to Small
    Digital Zoom: Digital Teleconverter. The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.5x and 2x (some loss in image quality with these settings)
    AF-Point Zoom: Magnifying the focal point. Default setting is 'Off'. Select 'On' to have the AF frame magnify (to check focus) when you press the shutter release half way
    Servo AF: Select On / Off. Default setting is Off
    AF-assist Beam: Select On / Off to control the AF-assist beam function. Default setting is On
    Flash Settings: Redeye Reduction (On/Off), Redeye Reduction Lamp (On / Off)
    I-Contrast Off / Auto
    Review: Changes the image display time. Set from 2 to 10 sec, or Hold, Off
    Review Info: Change the way the image displays right after shooting. Choose Off (displays the image only), Detailed (with shooting information) or Focus Check
    Blink Detection: On /Off
    Gridlines: You can display gridlines on the LCD to aid in horizontal or vertical composition. A 3:2 guide is also available for cropping guidance
    IS Mode: Select from Continuous, Shoot Only, Panning - only counters up and down motion
    Date Stamp: You can insert the shooting date and time into the right corner of the image. The Default setting is Off

    The Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS offers a number of options in the Playback menu. You can select to play a slideshow of your images and include transition effects, which can be viewed on the LCD screen or by connecting the camera to an external monitor with the supplied Audio / Video cable or with an optional HDMI cable (via dedicated HDMI connection).

    You can also sort and arrange your images with the 'Favorites' option, or prevent accidental erasure of images with the 'Protect' function.

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS: Playback Mode Menu
    Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS playback menu
    Slideshow: Repeat (On / Off), Play Time (3 to 30 sec), Effect (Slide, Fade, Off)
    Erase: Select to erase all or a range of images and movies on the card
    Protect: Select images to protect from erasing
    Rotate: Choose images to rotate
    My Category: Sort images by category
    I-Contrast: Brightens shadow areas of the image - Auto, Low, Medium, High
    Redeye Correction: Choose an image to apply Redeye Correction
    Trimming: Crop the image in-camera
    Resize: Select 1600 x 1200 (M3), 640 x 480 (S) or 320 x 240 (XS)
    My Colour: Change colour effects for played back image. Save a copy. My colours options include: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom (Adjust contrast, sharpness, saturation, skin tone, and colour within 5 levels)
    Scroll Display: Displays images before and after current image
    Playback Transition: Image playback transitions - Slide, Fade, Off
     
    Resize to smaller copy for web or email  
    Apply I-Contrast to brighten shadows

    The Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 'Set Up' menu (shown below) provides control over such camera settings as; adjusting the speaker volume level, creating folders, changing time and date, adjusting LCD brightness levels (5 steps), selecting the video output source (NTSC / PAL), or choosing the display language, among others.

    Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS set up menu

    The Canon ELPH 300 HS is powered by a proprietary Canon NB-4L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera comes supplied with one battery and multi-voltage charger. The NB-4L battery will allow for about 230 shots on a full charge.

    The ELPH 300 HS is compatible with Secure Digital (SD) and Multimedia type memory cards. The camera supports the following memory formats: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus.

    A memory card does not come supplied with the camera, and will be an added purchase. The good news is that these are inexpensive in today's market. We would recommend a 2GB SD card as a minimum, and a 4GB card would provide enough space for lots of images and movies as well.

    The interface connections for the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS can be found on the side of the camera behind a small rubber hinged door. The USB cable and the Audio/Video cable share the same camera connection plug. The ELPH 300 HS also offers an HDMI output to connect the camera to an HD TV (cable is optional).

    Both a USB interface cable and an Audio / Video connection cable come supplied with the camera. (PAL/NTSC supported) The USB cable can also be used to connect the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS to a Pictbridge compatible printer for easy direct printing without the need of a computer.

    Supplied in the Box: PowerShot 300 HS Digital ELPH Body, Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-4L, Battery Charger CB-2LV, Wrist Strap WS-DC11, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, Audio / Video Stereo Cable AVC-DC400ST

    Canon ELPH 300 HS supplied accessories
     


    Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Review: Performance and Conclusion

    We were pleased with the performance of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS in our tests. The camera powers up responsively, and the comfortably positioned zoom lever next to the shutter button makes framing images a simple step. Buttons and controls are well laid out and are easy to operate.

    The 5x image stabilized zoom lens incorporated into the Canon ELPH 300 HS provides good image quality. Edge to edge image detail is generally quite good, although some corner softness can be noticed especially at the wide angle position. We did observe some barrel distortion (curvature) when shooting at the wide angle setting, although this is fairly common with cameras in this category.

    The optical image stabilizer lens technology did a good job during our tests, offering up to 3 steps compensation, allowing us to hand hold the camera under lower light conditions and get blur free images were normally a tripod would have been required.

    The 2.7-inch 230,000 dot resolution LCD monitor offers easy composition and playback capabilities. The cameras menu system is easy to read and navigate, and images are vibrantly displayed in playback mode. The brightness of the monitor can be adjusted in 5 steps depending on viewing conditions.

    The Canon ELPH 300 HS movie recording feature works well providing good quality HD movies at 1080p resolution. The camera did a good job at maintaining auto focus in both still and movie mode, and the auto white balance setting delivered above average results in mixed lighting conditions. The stereo audio microphone also performed well.

    Overall we found the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 performed above average in terms of image quality for its class. The 12.1 megapixel sensor offers good image quality, and combined with the new Canon HS system, the Powershot ELPH 300 HS is able to deliver very usable image quality at the higher ISO settings.

    The camera does experience approximately 0.6 sec shutter lag (the time from when you press the shutter button to the time the camera takes the picture), so a little forethought and anticipation is required to capture the exact movement when dealing with action shots.

    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. Check out the latest offers on the Canon ELPH 300 HS. (US)


    Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS top view


    Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Image Sample Gallery



    Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS Specifications

    Effective Pixels 12.1 Megapixel
    Image Sensor 1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS
    Image Processor DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
    Lens Focal Length 4.3 21.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 120 mm)
    Zoom Range Optical 5x
    Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom)
    Combined Approx. 20x
    Maximum f/number f/2.7 f/5.9
    Lens Construction 6 elements in 5 groups (3 double sided aspherical lenses (including 1 UA lens),and 1 single sided aspherical lens (including 1 UA lens)
    Image Stabilization Yes (lens shift-type), 4-stop. Dynamic IS (in Movie)
    AF System TTL Autofocus
    Macro Focus Range 3cm from front of lens
    AF Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
    AF Modes Single, Continuous (Auto mode only), Servo AF/AE, Tracking AF
    AF Assist Beam Yes
    LCD Monitor 2.7-inch PureColor II G LCD (TFT), Approx. 230,000 dots

    Brightness adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
    ISO Sensitivity Auto (default), Manually select from ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 (up to 6400 ISO in 'Low Light Scene Mode')
    Metering Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
    AE Lock Yes
    Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
    Enhanced I-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
    White Balance Control Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater, Custom
    Built-in Flash Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
    Flash Range 50 cm 3.5 m (W) / 90cm 2.0 m (T)
    Flash Exposure Compensation Face Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure
    Shooting Modes Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), P, Movie Digest, Portrait, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self-Timer), High-speed Burst (3.0MP) , Best Image Selection (3.0MP), Handheld Night Scene, Low Light (3.0MP), Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist
    Smart Shutter Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
    Movie Modes Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), P, Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Super Slow Motion Movie
    Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
    Self-Timer Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom

    Shooting start time (0-10 sec. (in one-second increments), 15/20/30 sec.) number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
    Image Size 4:3 - (L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480

    16:9 - (L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360

    3:2 - (L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424

    1:1 - (L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480

    Resize in playback (M2, S, XS)
    Movie File Format MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]
    Movie Recording
    Modes
    Full HD: 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps
    HD: 1280 x 720 at 30 fps
    640 x 480 at 30 fps
    320 x 240 at 30 fps
    iFrame Movie HD: 1280 x 720 at 30 fps
    Super Slow Motion Movie: 640 x 480 at 120 fps (or 320 x 240 at 240 fps)
    Miniature Effect Movie HD: 1280 x 720
    Movie Length (Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 10 min
    Continuous Shooting Approx. 3.4 shots/sec.
    High-speed Burst (3.0MP): Approx. 8.0 shots/sec. (until memory card becomes full)
    Storage Media SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Card, Eye-Fi Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus Card, HC MMCplus Card
    Histogram Yes
    Other Features Slide Show
    Red-eye Correction
    Trimming
    Resize
    I-Contrast
    Connections Hi-Speed USB
    NTSC/PAL Video
    Mini-HDMI connector (cable optional)
    Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi
    Battery Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-4L (battery and charger supplied)
    Battery Life Approx. 220 shots
    Approx. 330 mins Playback
    Optional Accessory Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC41
    Waterproof Case (3m) WP-DC320L
    Dimensions
    W x H x D
    92.2 x 55.9 x 19.5 mm
    Weight 141 grams
    In the box PowerShot Elph 300 HS Body
    Battery Pack NB-4L
    Battery Charger CB-2LV
    Wrist Strap WS-DC11
    AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
    USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
    Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM



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