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CanonPowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Purple)
 
4.4

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (30)
  • Easy to use (29)
  • Compact (26)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (24)
  • Image stabilization (20)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (26)
  • Travel (17)
  • Low light (15)
  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Video (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25), Yes (7)

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

Spectacular

By Elphie Lover

from Chicago, IL

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
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    This is the answer to my prayers. As a non=-techie this camera meets all my needs. It does auto-focus, has great range in its focus ability, gives clear, precise images and BEST OF ALL it compensates for my tremor! I thought I was going to have to give up photography but this highly affordable little camera has put me back in the game. I can't imagine a better camera for the non-professional.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    the Service was great! received it in no time!

    By Sharon

    from Lakewood NJ

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

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

      i like the WIfi on the camera

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Love it!

      By Leah

      from Jerusalem, Israel

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

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

      I just bought this camera to replace my old Canon. It's even better and has exceeded my expectations so far!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera (Black) by Canon

      By zeld

      from monsey

      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

        Best Uses

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

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

        i use this camera daily

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great little camera!

        By Brad

        from McKinney, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        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
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

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

          This the perfect vacation/quick trip camera: small and easy to use, great sharpness, good autofocus, an all-around winner.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Good one for night shots

          By Eson

          from Brooklyn, NY

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

          i had good experiences with this camera specially at night but if there strong windy like beach audio quality is very bad!

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          3.0

          Decent Camera, Poor Video

          By Nataliemint

          from Toronto, Canada

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

          • Poor Flash
          • Poor Image Stabilization

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          I've been using this camera for almost 2 months. I bought it to replace my Elph 110HS from 3-4 years ago. That camera I wasn't a huge fan of; so I had quite high hopes for this one.

          PROS:
          - still photos are nice quality.
          - video is nice and crisp - muchhh better than my previous Elph
          - the wi-fi option is wonderful. I use social media a lot to upload photos so if I take something on my camera and want to upload the photo on Instagram, I can do it no problem. Surprisingly, the colours show up much more nicely and more flattering when I upload it onto my phone vs just looking at a photo straight from the camera's display

          CONS:
          - this guy is heavier and bulkier than my previous Elph
          - don't bother using the video feature for shows and loud concerts. The camera can't pick up loud music well (the iPhone is much better)
          - flash reallyyy washes you out if you're not a person of colour
          - low light pics are horrible

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          • No

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          4.0

          great!

          By c32

          from lkwd

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

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

            great!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome Product

            By Papajobear

            from Central Texas

            About Me Photography Student

            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
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

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

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

            Awesome camera! Great photo results. Love the camera and a fantastic price as well. Love B&H Photo!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            meet the need

            By tim

            from hartford, ct

            Verified Buyer

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

            great camera. canon all the way

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            ELPH 340 HS a Traveller's Dream Machine

            By Time to Focus

            from Yorktown, VA

            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

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

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

              Bought this as a replacement for an earlier vintage ELPH that had been dropped too many times. Thank you Canon and thank you B&H for the recommendation. Same wonderful pocket size for travel. Wonderful low light capability ... seldom use flash. Image stabilization is excellent even at 12X. 2nd shot delay practically non-existent. Can't wait to get on the road again!

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              • No

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              4.0

              hard to beat for the money!

              By Joe the Longboarder

              from Santa Cruz, CA

              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

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

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

                The best camera is arguably the one you (can) always have with you.

                This one, unlike earlier models, has WiFi connectivity.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Purse Camera

                By NeechieB

                from DC Metro Area

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Video

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

                Let me start off by saying I love Canon cameras. That is the only brand of camera I purchase at this point in my life. I also will admit that I bought this camera because it was purple and it had wi-fi. Even though I did buy it for it's color does not take away the fact that it is a great camera. It's not heavy (perfect to carry in your purse), it is easy to use when you want to do a simple point and shoot picture. It has a lot of other great features that you might never use. If you do want to use them then I suggest taking the time to read through the manual. The picture quality is good. Having the wi-fi feature is great. I am not a cell phone picture taker so having a real camera that allows me to put the pictures on my phone right away works for me. Also I am pondering starting a vlog. If so this camera will be what I use.

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                • No

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                4.0

                easy to use

                By lp

                from Minneapolis

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Cords Only Wifi

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

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

                simple menu
                good point and shoot
                love the color!

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                • No

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very happy

                By mookrulz

                from NYC

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

                I'm very happy with the quality of picture this camera takes especially in video but the one negative thing is the battery dies rather fast I suggest you buy an extra one for secondsry back up...otherwise everything else is what's to be expected from canon and the quality of their products.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great point an shoot

                By SonomaLisa

                from Sonoma, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

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

                  I replaced my older canon elph camera and my goal was to buy a new one that fit in my coach case. This one fits and it has lots of new nice features but still works essentially the same. Takes great pictures and it is easy to use.

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                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Solid compact and relatively versatile

                  By spelunker

                  from Kerrville, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

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

                  Bought this for when I don't feel like lugging my Canon or Pentax DSLR around. It's a very compact solid little box that feels like it's very well built. It easily slides into my shirt pocket with lots of room to spare. Never had a camera w/o a viewfinder before so that took me a while to get used to, but the LCD screen is extremely bright even outdoors so that doesn't appear to be a problem. As you might expect on something this compact, there is no way to manually set iris or shutter speed, but there are adequate program modes to enable you to indirectly affect these values. I particularly like the "vivid" mode for the deep rich colors. Zoom lever is a bit tedious to use, battery life is good, haven't used the video function yet. All in all I am impressed with this little guy for $.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Bang for your Money

                  By Attached to My Camera

                  from New York, New York

                  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
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    We use this camera all the time. We love the various features.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    a good canon product that you wil enjoy.

                    By tony the engineer

                    from queens,ny

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        for people like me who are seniors this is great little camera For those who of us that are technically challenged it is not to difficult to navigate thru it's operation

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Awesome look and function

                        By Azphotog

                        from Desert hills, AZ

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

                        This camera is a great addition to our photo gear. Perfect size and easy to operate. Wifi function easy and fast.

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