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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Point and Shoot, March 14, 2011
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This review is from: Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full 1080p HD Video (Red) (Camera)
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. Had no problem with the Canon software on Windows 7. I've used the Canon Photo Window import for a while, does a good job of getting photos off the camera without duplicates. I use Picasa to then manage my photo library (I skip the Zoom Browser, but it's really not bad if you want to use it, I'm just a slave to Google/gmail)

Computer Connectivity:
I didn't find this anywhere in the specs, so if you're looking, the camera uses mini-USB, similar to all Canon's that have come out over the last few years.

Optical Zoom:
You're going to be impressed with the form factor of this camera and it's 5x OPTICAL zoom. I immediately disabled digital zoom as 12.1MP + 5x Optical will get you very close to the action. You're better off digitally enhancing the photos later on.

Battery + Memory Card:
This uses the NBL-4 (again, I found confusion on this and accessories) - so if you have some of those laying around keep them as they'll work just fine in this camera. This is nice as my SD630 uses the NBL-4 so now I have 2 chargers + 3 batteries. It took my 32GB SDHC without any issues and holds thousands of images. Images have tended to be between 2 and 3mb on the highest settings.

Image Quality:
Look, I'm no photo fanatic, I don't expect the people buying this camera are. I am looking for solid images and this camera delivers. There are a ton a feature you can delve into and I'm sure they are good. It has manual mode, so if you fancy that, you can go down that path. But I'm the type of person that knows when something looks good, OK or great. This camera consistently delivers GREAT photos. I'm happy with the low light and images aren't blurry or grainy (within reasonable expectations).

FINALLY! Optical zoom on a Canon during video! 1080p brings this camera up to par with others in its class and it does a decent job. I didn't notice any major noise when zooming in and out while recording video. I know this is the excuse Canon has used in the past as to why they never had this feature. It shoots nice clips for those quick moments. This will NOT replace a true DV cam, but hey, for a few minute clips here and there, you will simply not be dissapointed.
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Initial post: May 17, 2011, 5:56:29 PM PDT
Great review and very helpful, but there was a small error. Canon did indeed make at least one small camera with optical zoom before: the SD400. It was a 5-megapixel little gem with 640x480x30 video with sound, and it did zoom optically while taking videos.

Posted on May 23, 2011, 5:33:14 PM PDT
Sean Bolton says:
I've been looking around for a great little p&s camera for several days now. I'm coming from an SD630 myself - I LOVE that camera, took some amazing pictures with it, but want something that can give a better quality photos in low light and something that can do better quality video. My concern has been: I did not want to get a new p&s camera that would not live up to or surpass the SD630 in regards to photo quality (exception of low light). This was just the review I need to hear, thank you!

Posted on May 31, 2011, 11:43:35 PM PDT
Luz Design says:
Really great review! I am seriously tempted to buy this camera.
But, I think I will get the 500HS.
When you compare the 300HS vs the 500HS, I like when you say "the ONLY differences I can tell are", and then you list a bunch of differences for only $50. :) :)
That was when I decided to get the 500HS instead of the 300HS. The LCD, AV and TV modes, touch screen, and the 2.0 aperture, all that for only $50 extra???
I will buy the 500HS! :)
Thanks again for your review.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2011, 8:07:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 16, 2011, 8:08:30 PM PDT
Jabez says:
...yes, and the 500 has less in the way of a lens zoom range, is larger, and is not available in black...and touch screen being a "pro" is extremely subjective.
Would say it realistically boils more down to whether you want the 2.0 for better low light performance and a couple more adjustments/scene modes...or a longer zoom, and more compact (main reason to buy one of these) form factors.
I tried both, and the are both good cameras...but ended up with 300 HS

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011, 11:17:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2011, 11:20:47 AM PST
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Posted on May 16, 2012, 8:09:25 AM PDT
Gypsy Scribe says:
Just bought this camera after loving six years of fine performance from my 7.1 MP PowerShot A470 in part to get better low-light shots, HD video, slimmer/lighter body, and hopefully, enhanced macro AF function, based on good reviews like this. The 2006 model A470, incidentally, has 3.4Xoptical zoom transitioning to 14X digital on its 640x480 video which always worked well and silently. I also own a Canon EOS Rebel XSi with an equal MP count for serious projects but this ELPH 300 is built to travel!

Posted on Jul 3, 2012, 1:08:28 AM PDT
Blair says:
I don't care about a "ton of features". I care about image quality. Does it take good pictures or not? That is my primary focus. Everything else is chopped liver.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012, 12:08:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 27, 2012, 12:09:03 PM PDT
melanie says:
I just got this camera and am referring back to the reviews to remember the things I found helpful to know. I had thought before that I could really do without the touch screen on the 500 HS and had thought that that was the main difference. Now I am not sure if I made a mistake because of the other having aperture priority and shutter priority as well as the wider aperture. You went on to say though that the 300 HS has manual mode, which I would prefer to aperture and shutter priority anyway, but I think you misspoke about that. This camera definitely doesn't have a manual mode as far as I can find. But oh well. It will travel well and hopefully soon I will have a good DSLR anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012, 12:24:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 27, 2012, 12:26:01 PM PDT
Blair says:
Not to rain on your parade, but a great many buyers of this camera returned it after viewing the poor image quality. Their ranks (2 stars or less) total more than 107 very unsatisfied Canon 300 HS customers. Add another 56 folks who ranked it only 3 stars.

While I hope you have better results, many thought this camera to be a lemon, and went on to purchase other, better Canon models. Do test it out before your return period expires.
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