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CanonPowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 20 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Good image quality (15)
  • Compact (14)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
  • Image stabilization (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (13)
    • Low light (8)
    • Travel (8)
    • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Video (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Easy on basics, excellent optics, 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...Read complete review

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Very Good Images & Video

    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...Read complete review

    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

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    5.0

    Great Product!

    By PAlicea

    from Woodbridge, VA, U.S.A.

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Comments

    Best Uses

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

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

    *Family pictures, scenes, church pictures, etc.
    *reliability, durability, quality
    *No comments

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    5.0

    Great Camera for quick photos and video.

    By Novadogg

    from North Liberty, IA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

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

      So far no complaints, I only use it to catch pictures of my daughter and dogs and listing stuff online. I liked this model better then the 330 because it takes video in 1080p. Its good for my application. Canon has always been good to me.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      For a compact camera it's loaded

      By psellitti

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I love the HD video capabilities and the wifi connection. I maxed out my iPhone, and this has been perfect for filming my kids around the house — and uploading.

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            5.0

            Slick little camera!

            By inego

            from Toronto Canada

            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
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

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

              So many features on this camera. So much fun to use. The creative shot is a blast for myself and my kids to play around with. Would definitely tell anyone to get this for themselves as a pocket camera.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Good product

              By Ed

              from New York,NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Travel

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

              Eazy to use

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great for low light pictures

              By Klappstuhl

              from Utah

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

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

                The primary feature I was interested in was low light picture taking. This camera has a feature called "low light hand held" which takes three quick pictures and then stitches them together. It compensates for the camera not being held perfectly still. If I'm able to put the camera on a solid surface (tripod) it also has normal low light settings that allow the shutter to be open for longer periods of time.The time it takes from when you turn it on to when you're able to take a picture is fast.1080p video is also a nice feature.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Excellent Camera

                By Weedydragon

                from Rocky River, Ohio

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  The camera is excellent. It takes very good pictures and will be useful on my vacations. I like the transfer of pictures via wifi. It IS difficult to set up the wifi and you need a good working knowledge of computers in order to do it.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great!!

                  By austin

                  from dallas, texas

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

                  Canera shoots great full HD video! The only problems I had was a bit of a grainy shot when your in really low light, but that's to be expected, and you defiantly need an extra battery or two if you want to shoot all day.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great little pocket camera for the price

                  By marleu

                  from Buffalo, NY

                  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
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    This was bought for an older gentleman who moves a lot when taking pictures. The photos come out with no blur. He is very happy with the camera.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Wow!

                    By No nickname

                    from NYC

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        I had not used a camera since about 1986 and that was a rangefinder. Do I really need a camera? Well, why not.

                        What a revelation! The old rangefinder was like a horse and buggy and this digital camera is like a rocket.

                        I haven't had it a month and haven't used it much but it is a wonder.

                        I'm a little afraid that some aspects might be too complicated for me -- that's the only negative that I can think of.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Take great photos in a very easy way

                        By Sam

                        from Cali, Colombia

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel

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

                          I highly recomend this camera. Very easy to use, very light and very fast.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Look & Shoot

                          By Drupoet

                          from Upstate New York

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife photos

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

                            Great look & shoot with very good zoom & video also has a large LCD screen & many other features.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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                            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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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                                (13 of 14 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.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • 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.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    (2 of 2 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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                                    (5 of 26 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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