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Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)

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  • World's thinnest digital camera with a 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens and 5x Optical Zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer.
  • Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash
  • Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access.
  • Get high-speed shooting in a point-and-shoot camera: High-speed Burst Mode captures 8.0fps and
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
  • Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow slow motion playback.
  • Zoom optically while shooting video and keep footage stabilized with Dynamic IS.
  • And lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 0.8 x 2.2 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004J41T7Q
  • Item model number: ELPH 300 HS - BK
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,083 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 6, 2011

Product Description

Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Don't let the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS digital camera's slim profile and good looks fool you. This slick little device may stand out from the crowd, but it'll also deliver brilliant still images, ultra-detailed 1080p Full HD video, serious functionality, and a wealth of effects and automatic settings. You'll be surprised how much is packed into such a slim point-and-shoot. Let your imagination run wild, and let Canon's HS SYSTEM, a 24mm lens, 5x Optical Zoom, and 12.1 Megapixels help you snap great photos everywhere.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS
The ELPH 300 HS is less than an inch deep and weighs less than 5 ounces.
Canon ELPH 300 HS 5x Zoom and 24mm lens
Ultra wide-angle 24mm lens and 5x optical zoom on board.
Canon ELPH 300 HS System
Canon's HS SYSTEM improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash, and lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.

Incredibly Thin. Incredibly Powerful.

Thin Is In

At less than an inch deep and weighing just under five ounces, the PowerShot 300 HS will fit right in your pocket, but it packs plenty of power into its sleek point-and-shoot body. A 24mm ultra wide-angle lens with a powerful 5x optical zoom gives you the versatility to shoot in any number of situations, and the optical image stabilizer keeps things from getting too shaky when you're zoomed in tight. Whether you're out partying or just walking around town, you don't need to sacrifice style for power--the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS has got you covered for capturing great photos effortlessly.

No More Dark Photos

Canon's HS SYSTEM improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash, and lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.

The Canon HS SYSTEM takes the frustration out of low-light shooting, delivering clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact, and freeing you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash. Beautiful low-light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds, and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas.

The system is the result of two technologies brought together in this compact PowerShot. The first is the 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas. Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS SYSTEM is Canon's advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing.

Canon ELPH 300 HS
Canon’s HS System provides dramatically greater sensitivity than your average camera with identical or greater megapixel counts.
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The HS Megapixel Advantage

There's more to megapixels. Canon's HS System provides dramatically greater sensitivity than your average camera with identical or greater megapixel counts. That means you don't need excessive megapixels to achieve spectacular images with minimal noise, and you get equally impressive results out of the 12.1 megapixel ELPH 300 HS.

Memorable Moments in Full HD

Experiencing the brilliance of HD video in a Canon PowerShot ELPH digital camera has never been easier. With the convenient dedicated movie button, you'll be able to instantly record everyday moments in high-definition detail at the push of a button. Record in Full 1080p HD with stereo sound, and pick up the optional HTC-100 HDMI cable for viewing your footage directly on your HDTV.

You can also use the optical zoom while shooting video, so you can get in nice and close--plus, no need to worry about shaky footage thanks to dynamic image stabilization to keep your videos steady!

Canon ELPH 300 HS 1080p Video
Capture video in Full 1080p HD resolution, and add an optional HDMI cable for enjoying directly on your HDTV.
A PowerShot that Keeps Up with the Action

Sometimes, the action just won't stop for you. The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS comes equipped with a High-Speed Burst Mode that can capture eight frames per second. Just hold down the shutter button and catch rapid-fire action sequences--perfect for sporting events!

You can also add a fun slow motion effect to your videos, using Super Slow Motion Movie. Super Slow Motion Movie will record your clips at a high speed, so that when you watch your videos, they'll play back in slow motion--a great feature for analyzing sports play-by-play, or just for creating fun visual effects.

Advanced Smart AUTO for Stills and Videos that Shine

The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS digital camera takes the quality of your still images and videos to a whole new level--automatically. The camera's advanced Smart AUTO system detects a wealth of information about the scene you're shooting, then automatically selects the optimal settings for you. Now with an expanded range of 32 shooting scenarios, the camera handles a wide variety of situations, freeing you up to concentrate on composing your shot and capturing the moment you're looking for. From portraits to landscapes to action scenes, the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS digital camera has you covered, whether you're shooting stills or videos.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 Functions Canon PowerShot ELPH Series Feature Comparison
  • Smart AUTO
    The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
  • P Program
    Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
  • Movie Digest Mode
    Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into a video.
  • Portrait
    The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject pop.
  • Kids & Pets
    Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
  • Smart Shutter
    The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
  • High-speed Burst
    The camera shoots continuously at a high speed of approx. 8.2fps while you hold down the shutter.
  • Best Image Selection
    The camera takes five photos in succession, and then chooses the best one out of the bunch.
  • Handheld Night Scene
    Suppresses image blur even without the help of a tripod.
  • Low Light
    For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
  • Fisheye Effect
    Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
  • Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills
    Emphasizes perspective for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of videos and stills.
  • Toy Camera Effect
    Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
  • Creative Light Effect
    Transform background bright spots to stars, hearts, music motes and more.
  • Monochrome
    Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
  • Super Vivid
    Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
  • Poster Effect
    Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
  • Color Accent
    Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
  • Color Swap
    Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
  • Beach
    Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
  • Foliage
    Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
  • Snow
    Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
  • Fireworks
    Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
  • Stitch Assist
    Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.



    Camera
    ELPH 500 HS
    ELPH 300 HS
    ELPH 100 HS
    Resolution
    12.1
    12.1
    12.1
    Optical Zoom
    4.4X
    5X
    4X
    LCD Size
    3.2"
    2.7"
    3.0"
    Image Processor
    DIGIC 4
    DIGIC 4
    DIGIC 4
    Focal Length
    24-105
    24-120
    28-112
    Image Stabilization
    Optical IS
    Optical IS
    Optical IS
    HD Video
    1080p
    1080p
    1080p
    Smart AUTO Scences
    32
    32
    32
    Number of Scene Modes
    26
    25
    26
    About the Camera
    Use the touch panel LCD for easy, fun operation.  Ultra wide angle lens gets more in your shot
    Take this camera everywhere!  Full HD, cool scence modes and Smart AUTO make shooting a breeze!
    Value in price but not in features.  The HS SYSTEM, full HD Video in a small, compact frame, five colors
    Feature Call Out
    Touch Panel, F2 lens, HS SYSTEM, HD Video, Movie Digest, Smart AUTO
    Slim and Sexy! Ultra compact, and  ultra wide angle, HD Video, HS SYSTEM, Movie Digest
    Value price, HD Video, HS SYSTEM, Movie Digest, Smart AUTO



Movie Capabilities

The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS gives you a variety of resolution options for shooting movies, depending on your needs. Shoot in Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 30 fps for up to 14 min. 34 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in HD (1280 x 720) at 24 fps for up to 20 min. and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps for up to 43 min. and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip and QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour 58 min. and 19 sec. or 4GB per clip.

Canon ELPH 300 HS Slow Motion Movie Super Slow Motion Movie

Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion. (Watch a video of Super Slow Motion Movie Mode at the top of the page, just below the product image.)

Canon ELPH 300 HS Miniature Movie Mode Miniature Movie Mode

Miniature Movie Mode enhances perspective to make large scenes like cityscapes or landscapes appear to be in miniature proportions. (Watch a video of Miniature Movie Mode at the top of the page, just below the product image.)

Easily Turn Your Memories into Videos

Putting together a video containing highlights from family vacations, important occasions and other special events is now easier than you might imagine. Using the Movie Digest Mode, you can have the camera automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) every time you shoot a still image. The camera will then combine an entire day's worth of clips into a single video. No editing required--Movie Digest Mode does all the work, so you can sit back and enjoy your video!

Add Some Fun to Your Photos

Two new scene modes, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome, add an artistic look to your photos.

Canon ELPH 300 HS Toy Camera Effect

Toy Camera Effect

Add some vintage nostalgia with Toy Camera Effect, which recreates the classic look by darkening the edges to make them appear as if they were photographed through a pinhole lens, and amping up the contrast.

Canon ELPH 300 HS Monochrome

Monochrome

Monochrome lets you stray from the usual black and white, letting you choose from three single-toned effects: Black & White, Sepia, or Blue, to really give your photos the effect you're looking for.



Canon ELPH 300 HS Box Contents

What's in the Box

PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (Black), Battery Pack, Battery Charger, Wrist Strap, AV Cable, USB Interface Cable, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, Documentation

Product Description

The Canon 5096B001 PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Black 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Zoom and 2.7 In. LCD Display has a slim profile that will not only make you stand out from the crowd, but it will 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 one of the slimmest point-and-shoot digital cameras on the market. So let your imagination run free and let the HS SYSTEM, 24mm 5x Optical Zoom and 12.1 Megapixels help you achieve great images everywhere.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This was a replacement for a previous camera of the same type which I used for 3 years. The photo quality was excellent. I liked the compact size even with the underwater… Read more ›
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super fast camera for a point and shot is excelente also de detail is beatifull. recomended for low budget and excellent quality Read more ›
Portable, price and the quality of photos are clear. It is banged up from all my travels but still a quality product for the price. Read more ›
I love this camera! It is easy to use and the pictures are nice. Good resolution for average use. Read more ›
Takes great pics..battery lasts long and the video is very good too. Small and compact with a nice texture to avoid slipping from your hands. Read more ›
I use this camera with the underwater casing to take photos and videos while scuba diving. The videos are excellent and photos are quite good. The only issue is that the… Read more ›
I bought three of these camera's, no complains it contains all the features need for anyone who does want to worry about…both pictures and videos quality is very nice/. Read more ›
I have owned this camera for over a year and am…The picture quality in both stills and video is excellent and there are some wonderful features that I utilize regularly. Read more ›
I also used the camera to shoot one minute videos of different sites. The pictures and video are both excellent even in low light. Read more ›
And 1080p HD video is nice, although the 10 minute time limit is annoying. Read more ›
Technology doesn't scare me, and so this is a good choice. Today's cameras are not necessarily the most intuitive to use. But after getting used to the features, and an… Read more ›
The image is grate. Easy to use and VERY resistant (I drop it accidentally twice and still work perfectly). Canon is always recomended. Read more ›
This camera is a great size and takes amazing pictures. It is easy to use. I would recommend to anyone who needs an affordable camera for everyday work and play pictures. Read more ›
I bought this for my wife to use on the road for real estate. Small, lightweight and easy to use. Takes great photos. Read more ›
Great quality and great pics! So compact and easy to use. Great buy for the money. Read more ›
This is a great little camera - takes clear pictures and is easy to use. My big complaint, which I knew before purchasing, is that it is slow respond and you sometimes lose… Read more ›
She loves it because it is so easy to use. Its functions are easy to access and the quality of the pictures are excellent. Great camera for the money. Read more ›
This camera is solidly-built. The menus are easy to maneuver. There are scenes, etc. Read more ›
It takes very nice pictures for a point and shoot, however they are not very detailed. The settings are fun to play with too. It served me well for a point and shoot. Read more ›
Not a professional photographer, but I love how simple this camera is. The auto setting is good quality for amateurs. It has a number of settings to choose from in manual… Read more ›
The ease and multiple functions are amazing, after 1 year of use, I am still discovering artistic ways to utilize this camera. Fits everywhere (but don't place in jean… Read more ›
I used to have a Canon that I loved and this one is better! Pictures are sharp and the menu is user friendly. Read more ›
Great camera for the price and works well in most conditions. Not so good at night or in low level lighting. Read more ›
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The HD video looks great and you have the ability to zoom in/out. Overall this is a great camera and for the price now is a great choice. Read more ›
this camera is perfect for me, easy to use and the price is reasonable, a steal! I will definately recommend this to my friends. Read more ›
This is a fabulous camera...it is the second Canon digital camera purchased over the past couple years. The number of features will astound you and the price was terrific! Read more ›
it has a great zoom lens. it took me awhile to figure out how to use it. The small size is awesome, and it is every bit as good as my bigger real expensive camera! I really… Read more ›
Very good service and delivery. I'm loving my new camera the size is amazing . I have a new puppy and some beautiful flowers to photograph so I am shooting away! Read more ›
i've had this camera for about 6 months and I still enjoy it. It's small size is very nice while out with the family. it has many great function modes. The video is also… Read more ›
Main reason for buying the camera is because of the wide-angle lense. Its small size is a plus, and it meets all my expectations. Read more ›
Canon still has a chance to fix this camera with firmware and I sure hope they do. The size is perfect but can we all agree it's thin enough? Can we make some/any advance… Read more ›
It performed very well…Even with many hours of walking per day the weight and size were great - I never felt tired or had trouble shoving the camera into a pocket or purse. Read more ›
Before this power problem, I was in love with this camera, except for graininess at the…The screen resolution was amazing and 9 times out of 10 my photos looked fabulous. Read more ›
The camera is very easy to use, takes…The screen is easy to see in sunlight, and indoors, I can take many pictures without a flash, which gives them a more natural look. Read more ›
However, it is still reasonable. The LED screen works fairly well. It can get overwhelmed a bit in heavy, direct sunlight. Read more ›
Quality is stunning on a 42 inch display Neo-Plasma TV. Build quality is solid and the LCD is bright and contrasty, even in bright daylight. To sum it up--notice how the… Read more ›
The body has a sand paper like texture to it which makes it easier to grip. The view screen is very nice. I like the different ways you can customize your settings. Read more ›
I love the gritty texture of the body of the camera and the marco…The screen is a decent size, could be a bit bigger but it lets you zoom in on the photos so that is nice. Read more ›
Nice little camera that I bought for my girlfriend. The zoom feature works really well. Hooks up and downloads to my computer with no issues. Read more ›
the camera itself is an amazing and small piece of…puts the date on your pics, the video is better than my video camera, zoom is pretty outstanding, a buttload of settings. Read more ›
It has a very wide screen and takes picture that it true to its color. The zoom is very well as well except it always makes this weird noise when i zoom while recording. May… Read more ›
New cameras all come with touch screens with virtual recording buttons…- 24mm wide angle captures a large scene and is 5x optical zoom is great for capturing near and far. Read more ›
- I guess it only has a 5x optical zoom... but I wouldn't have guessed it! The up to 24x digital zoom is surprisingly good! - It has a nice feel and size too it. Read more ›
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a decent, yet affordable point n shoot camera. Zoom is nice and I was able to catch moving actions with out motion blur. Though… Read more ›
We have had several digital cameras this one is the best I've seen. The colors are wonderful, it shoots in very low light. The darkroom in our home is no longer being used. Read more ›
Size is perfect to keep in my pocket. Pictures are amazing in quality and the colors are perfect. I have been a Canon camera fan for many years. Read more ›
I charged and set up the camera in a couple of hours. Color is great choice since it doesn't blend in if you put it down. Not easy to lose. Read more ›
The video is pretty clear and easy to record. The buttons are located in good locations and the color Red was very well received, making it easy to locate. Read more ›
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The features of this camera are many, most of them available…The colors are very good, you can easily get a good quality 8x10, as long as it's well-lit and well exposed. Read more ›
I have had this camera for 3 years or so and love it. It is so light and easy to carry. I find it easier to use than my iphone for getting a lot of pictures--especially… Read more ›
amazing video from a small little easy to carry point and shoot. and if you are someone who enjoys to "vlog" your adventures, Read more ›
Great in low light conditions, which I love, because picture quality is usually so much better without the flash needing to go off! Easy to carry around, so small and light. J… Read more ›
Depth of field on any point-and-shoot digital tends to be too big, partly because…The size of this camera makes it easy to carry around, leading you to take more pictures. Read more ›
I wanted to love it. I own a dslr and I just needed a back up for travel and those times when it isn't convenient to carry something heavy and bulky. The only thing that I… Read more ›
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Takes great pictures. Battery life is great, recharges fast! Family member has the same one. Read more ›
My clumsy girlfriend drops this a lot, this things lived through icy hiking trips so its pretty tough, no problems with it so far in two years, battery life is still great… Read more ›
The picture quality is sharp, wide angle, good zoom, takes good pics in low light, slim (easy to…The battery is decent, but it comes with a sleek and easy to carry charger. Read more ›
I wanted the wider angle lens for landscape shots and haven't been…So far I've been very satisfied with the quality of the pictures and battery life is excellent. But… Read more ›
Even held up to the dust and dirt. Battery life is amazing, and I was able to get three days of shooting in on one battery. Read more ›
This camera is amazing, the quality of the photos is out of this world. The battery life is pretty good unless you are making videos, then it sucks up battery fast. But… Read more ›
This thing has a really wide angle lens which is great for taking pics of indoor spaces but to my girlfriend's dismay it distorts peoples faces especially if they are near… Read more ›
A compact camera that does a great job, with a 5X zoom lens, which is fairly fast at it's wide end (f/2.7) a great wide angle for indoor shots and very good low light… Read more ›
After…The 5X optical zoom is great, and the wide angle lens has been a huge help for shooting from a closer distance and still being able to capture the scene that I want. Read more ›
Button layout is perfect. The lens is amazing - 24mm wide angle in something this size? You'd be crazy to pass it up! Read more ›
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,858 of 1,879 people found the following review helpful By JJG TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 19, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I'm a DSLR photographer who shoots professionally and has managed a camera store in the past. I wanted something I can take with me everywhere but still produces good quality shots. I also wanted a camera that could shoot good looking videos. I researched several models and after much deliberation decided on the Canon 300 HS. I'm very happy I did.

Image Quality:

I tested cameras and lenses all the time while managing the camera store so whenever I purchase a new camera or lens I always test it. The Canon 300 HS doesn't produce the quality of images my Nikon D7000 does but I didn't expect it to. The edges get a little soft with the 300 HS when looking at the image at 100% whereas the D7000 images are almost tact sharp.

Comparing the 300 HS to the Canon Powershot SD1000 from a few years ago, the 300 HS blows it out of the water. The SD1000 is a 7 MP camera. Shooting the same shots on a tripod with the same focal length on the lens the 300 HS uses its extra MPs well. When looking at the images from each camera at 100%, at the wide angle zoom setting and normal zoom setting both cameras have about the same relative slight softness on the edges. However the 300 HS has more MP so it actually produces much more detail in the image. I think it was smart for Canon to keep the MP at 12 because last years models while being 14 MP (SD1400) didn't give any extra detail from what I could tell than the 12 MP version (SD1300). The SD1400 was basically just creating larger files. When zooming in the telephoto setting the 300 HS clearly produced a sharper image than the SD1000. Often cameras have sweet spots in the zoom range in which it will produce crisper images. The 300 HS has consistently good sharpness throughout it's zoom range.
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497 of 507 people found the following review helpful By Keith Corbin on March 14, 2011
Color Name: Red Verified Purchase
This is a point and shoot class camera, if you understand that going in, you are going to be more than impressed with it. I'm going from an SD630 and hands down, this beats it. I even had an SX210IS and these images are on par with it, if not better. I had to return my SX210IS as it had issues with dust on the image sensor and I've been waiting for a new P&S class to come out. I bit the bullet on this, well, the black version Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full 1080p HD Video (Black) and what can I say - I am happy!

300HS vs 500HS:
There is a 500HS version of the camera, which is approx $50 more. To this point, the only differences I can tell are the LCD on the back as well as aperture priority and shutter priority, while the 300hs does not. The touch screen on the 500hs can also be used to focus on a particular subject. The 500hs also has a wider aperture at 2.0, the 300hs has 2.7.

Form Factor/Display:
Small. Awesome. There is a texture on the camera, I really like this as it seems like it will help if you hands are wet (sweat, snow, etc). Easy to operate one hand and if using both hands, flash isn't in a horrible place. Display is very bright and button seem intuitive as with other Canon cameras. Battery and SD are on the bottom door, USB and HDMI are in a covered side port. Comes with a wrist strap if you desire a little extra security.

Boot Time/Software:
Camera is ready to take photos very fast. From the time you press the button, it's pretty much set to catch the action. Time between photos wasn't terrible (about 1.5 seconds) and if you need it, there is continuous shot mode.
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241 of 251 people found the following review helpful By sojo on March 29, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I currently own a 5D Mark II and was looking to replace my Canon S80 which is now 6 yrs old. While I love the S80 and the quality pics it captured, the bulkiness of this point-and-shoot (P&S) became inconvenient. My wife was adamant she wanted a more compact P&S this time around.

In addition to great pics, I was looking for a P&S with 1080p video capability so I wouldn't have to get a separate camcorder. Let me say that the 300 HS is a quality camera packed into a sleek body that I can easily slip into any pocket on the run.

Most Canon cameras (I am a Canon loyalist) take great shots. But what most impresses me about this camera are its low-light capabilities. It obviously can not match the image quality of a DSLR, but for a P&S, I was impressed! Indoor night shots of my kids WITHOUT flash (incandescent lighting only) come out amazingly crisp with minimal noise. Autofocus is quite impressive as it tracks faces in the frame further enhancing ease of use. Menu functions are quite intuitive (if you've owned previous Canon models). It's got plenty of preset shooting modes. And it's quick between shots for a P&S (a couple seconds with flash photography).

I also compared the 1080p video vs Flip Ultra HD which shoots in 720p. The video quality is like night-and-day with the 300 HS finishing ahead by a mile. Low-light video is grainy but still watchable (unwatchable on Flip). In daylight, video looks beautiful. Video is easily imported into both iphoto and imovie. Just make sure you have a large memory card as 1080p takes up 16GB/hour of video. I bought a 32GB card.

I did purchase an extra battery after reading battery life can be short.
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