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CanonPowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Purple)
 
4.0

(based on 8 reviews)

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    (4)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Nice body color (6)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (5)
  • Good image quality (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (5)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4), Yes (3)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    5.0

    PHOTOS FOREVER, MEMORIES FOREVER!

    By PHOTOMAVEN

    from US

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video

    Comments about PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Purple):

    THIS CAMERA WAS A GREAT BUY! I CAN TAKE IT ALONG ANYWERE CUZ ITS COMPACT, HOWEVER IT WORKS GREAT AND TAKE BEUTIFUL PICTURES! I AM VERY HAPPY WITH IT!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    3.0

    Very Good Images & Video

    By Nanaliz

    from Prescott AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos

    Comments about PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Black):

    I used this camera to take photos of my grand-children - I am happy with the images and the video I made - however the video editing software is terrible and Im having trouble with the Windows editor as well

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    great little camera for all occasions

    By larry

    from maryland

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

      great little pocket camera

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      A great point and shoot camera

      By Maria

      from Trumbull Ct

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Silver):

        I needed a quick point and shoot camera for outings and casual shots. This fulfilled all of my needs.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Easy on basics, excellent optics, PURPLE

        By Dr. Mike

        from New York

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Optical Zoom Range
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Wi-fi Saving Complex

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Purple):

        I purchased this after comparing many compact cameras, intent on getting a useful Mother's Day gift for an up-in-years mother who believes she'll be lost with anything beyond a disposable camera. Yet she's an artist and about to take a scenic trip. The only clue she gave about what she'd like (beyond another cardboard one-use 'camera') is that she feared not being able to take closeups from afar, is confused as to how to "develop" the images, and likes purple. (The image on the B&H site is very accurate; it's deep, vivid purple).

        Highlights so far - as she's still in the 'getting familiar' stage while I set up the camera with SD card and charged battery, plus wrote a simplified 'how to' (which really doesn't have to go much beyond "turn it on and take photos with the shutter button, zoom in or out with the little lever"). I'll get to Level 2 (downloading) once she gets used to the nature of the camera, particularly how digital cams have both 'record' and 'playback'. Fingers crossed!

        One of the best features, comparing against similar models I strongly considered (like Nikon Coolpix), I found this to have the best *optical* zoom for the price point, great for shooting scenics from, say, a bus or boat going past mountains, or an observation point. It's got a CMOS sensor which is light-sensitive, so between the optical zoom range and the sensitivity, there's a great range of good-exposure zoom or closeup shots, which (in "AUTO" mode) really don't require anything beyond composing, zooming, clicking...

        That said - I've read many reviews, and in trying out the camera myself see many sophisticated features (beginning with HD video and wi-fi downloading) which I know my mom will never use (intentionally). Some complain that the wi-fi setting up is difficult, and I suppose for some it may be; there's no jumper cord from camera to USB included. My plan (which I use when traveling with a point & click in addition to DSLR) is to simply take out the SD card and put it in a mobile computer SD slot, and save - so that's what the plan is for mom too, when I see her for Lesson #2 after she takes some shots.

        So, in brief, this is a tiny (in my case, purple) camera like so many one sees while travelling (usually in chrome), with auto-everything (and additional modes, usually, more advanced and creativity-oriented, like panoramas). It has among the best optical zoom ranges. For those who just want to point and shoot, learning to turn it on/off, keep it in AUTO, learn how to review photos and somehow download them, and you should be set! It seems fairly rugged (once I acclimated to the jointed battery/card compartment) and one reason I reluctantly chose to avoid the Coolpix line is that I've owned 3, and each ends up (some fairly quickly) with a broken battery door. Not to mention that Canon is a great camera company I have a long relationship with. (Nikon and the others make great products too, of course). But this more or less exactly fit the bill for the purpose of a senior citizen taking a trip, familiar with analog but not digital cameras, and not eager to face a steep learning curve. (A few lessons should help; there's both a paper manual and a downloadable manual.) I can't speak to the WiFi downloading difficulties, though I'll give that a try at some point, sticking now to SD card slot, "the old fashioned way".

        I bought this with a cute (purple) Case Logic case - perfect for pocket or pocket book.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good camera

        By B

        from NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer
        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Purple):

            I really liked this camera, it takes great photos.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Pleased with this camera

            By Clinton

            from Louisville ky

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Black):

            Needed camera small enough to carry in pocket for social non business occasions. This camera was ideal. It does both photo & full HD video, pictures are much better quality than phone camera, has wifi capability and is light weight.

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            (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Poor Image Quality

            By Agedrunner

            from Aurora, CO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Small

            Cons

            • Overexposes Pictures
            • Poor Image Quality

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Black):

            I wanted a camera with a long focal length, good medium focal length, and small enough to fit in a pocket. This camera has a long focal length and is small. At long focal length, the image quality is not great but will work. For shorter focal length, I find that the pictures are badly overexposed. Even with the maximum exposure compensation, the images are still overexposed. I am disappointed in the camera and would not recommend it.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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