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CanonPowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Blue)
 
4.4

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (48)
  • Compact (44)
  • Easy to use (43)
  • Large clear LCD (41)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (33)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (9)
  • Short battery life (9)
  • No viewfinder (8)
  • Lag / shutter delay (5)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (41)
  • Travel (41)
  • Landscape/scenery (28)
  • Low light (22)
  • Video (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Casual photographer (19), Semi-pro photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (45), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The perfect take everywhere cmera.

It is smaller than my Droid cell phone and is definitely a shirt pocket camera. I never leave homewithout it. The 24mm lens is very useful. I am not a big fan of...Read complete review

It is smaller than my Droid cell phone and is definitely a shirt pocket camera. I never leave homewithout it. The 24mm lens is very useful. I am not a big fan of touch screens but can live with it.The 16 megs mathes the sensor. I have some excellent DSLRs, but they are not always with me due to size and weight. You might surprised at how useful having a camera with you can be, even for mundane tasks such as photographing books in a bookstore to see whether I can get a better price at @. Or when you see a restored vintage car in a parking lot. Or snapping a menu i a restaurant. It is close to perfect in the applications I use it for. I also own the Elph 310 whichhas nore zoom, 28-224mm, also a great shirt pocket camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Touch screen too slow, and too plastic..

Power Shot 320 is a very slim body camera. You can put it in your pant pocket. It has a big touch screen LCD, but it just too slow and you have to...Read complete review

Power Shot 320 is a very slim body camera. You can put it in your pant pocket. It has a big touch screen LCD, but it just too slow and you have to press hard. I feel camera use cheap material, it does not have the strong build structure feel. It is a good price for a 16.1MP camera and has a lot good features. I love Canon products. I had a 50D and 7D before and now I'm using 5D Mark II for party and special, also just order a S100 for $350 to replace my 320HS. Look forward to play with my S100 cause I heard it's good for low light and in door.

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5.0

Awesome images

By Marty Moose

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

    I just wanted a very small pocket camera, as I was getting tired of lugging my Canon DSLR and lenses everywhere. I was surprised how well the photos came out, and the prints are far better than I expected. Too bad they discontinued this camera, because it is a gem. My only regret was that I bought it about 10 days too early, and missed the Canon blow-out sale.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great pictures; awkward buttons.

    By Veroffica

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Semi-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

    • Difficult Controls

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

    The camera takes amazing pictures, coupled with its size and multitude of features, it is a great camera to own.

    On the other hand the touch screen makes it difficult at times to quickly adjust your settings and sometimes getting into menus takes some finessing.
    Also the video is lacking the quality that comes from it isn't the greatest and it lacks versatility.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Camera

    By Al

    from New York

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

      Takes great pictures, the burst mode is great for taking pictures of kids.

      The touchscreen takes some getting used to (it's not as responsive as an iPad or Samsung Galaxy) and the wifi feature is easy to set up on the iPad and Galaxy but took some time to set it up with a laptop.

      The transfer rate is pretty slow with wifi but it's good for viewing pictures on a larger screen and for transferring a few pictures. For transferring more than I few pictures I still remove the card and put it in a reader.

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      • No

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      4.0

      big camera in small package

      By ms

      from São Paulo, Brazil

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

        Great pocket camera!!!

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great buy for what you get

        By VoiceWorks

        from Dothan, AL

        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
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

        I researched several before choosing this model. I like that it offers a f2.7 lens and good low light shooting and the price is perfect. Nice crisp shots too. It has very good options and the 1080p video looks very nice. It's not as fast as most DSLR cameras but that's to be expected. wifi is pretty cool too.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great pocket camera

        By Maria Mitova

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

          My primary camera is Lumix G5 + SLR Magic Noktor 50/0.95, which is heavy even dough smaller then the the DSLRs. After a research I decided to buy Canon ELPH 320. It has a wide 24 mm lens and in everyday means replaces my Lumix 7-14/4 lens. ELPH is very small and solid build. It's interface is simple and useful. Picture quality is good enough.

          BAD: The touch screen needs a rough and precise touch.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 7
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          "Best little camera"

          By cave woman

          from Sheffield Lake,Ohio

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Sports/Action
            • Video

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

            This camera is so easy to use! The touch screen is like using your smart phone,only with better pictures.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Another Canon in the family!

            By ruxton picture taker

            from Baltimore, MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

            Time to get the ELPH 320 HS after dropping the old one (SD800IS) on a stone floor.
            This thing is great! It has a new feature that focusses on a little square that you can move on the screen by hand. Don't be discouraged by the instruction manual of over 100 pages. You don'1 need them immediately.
            I also took some videos, and they came out great and can last a long time before running out of power or space on the chip.
            I carry this small size unobserved on my travels to other countries!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            7/10, decent; would not choose again.

            By Everplex

            from United States

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Full HD Video
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Hdmi
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Lightweight
            • Looks Fancy
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact
            • Touch To Focus
            • WIFI

            Cons

            • Bad Desktop Software
            • Bad Wifi Software
            • Bigger Than 300hs
            • Cheap feel
            • Cheap Plastic Body
            • Heavier Than 300hs
            • No Viewfinder
            • Poor Quality Touchscreen
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

            It's not a bad product.If I had the choice "maybe" for recommending to another person, I would choose "maybe". But I don't think I'd say "no", so I said "yes" I would recommend, because there wasn't a "maybe" option.The good (not in order):* Lightweight* High quality pictures* High Quality Video (Full HD)* Attractive looking* WiFi!!!* Face detect; autofocus; touch to focus (neat!)* Takes good night pictures.* Nice and quick shutter speed.* Still looks overall fancy and high quality, so at least your friends think you have an amazing camera (you kind of do).* HDMI (although I never use it)The bad (SHORT VERSION):* Larger than 300HS* Poor touch screen* Feels cheap and plasticky and somewhat slippery* Low battery life* Bad Wifi software almost rendering the Wifi utterly useless.The bad (LONG VERSION):* Larger (thicker, longer, wider) than previous version (300HS) - although not by too much, but definitely noticeable.* Instead of a capacitive touch screen, they went with a resistive touch screen. If you don't know, Resistive is the type you have to physically press on the screen; whereas Capacitive is the kind that the lightest touch is all that's needed. Galaxy S3 and iPhone have a capacitive touch screen. However, those cheap throwaway touch screen phones that cost like $29.99 (or free), they have resistive touch screens, like this camera. Due to this, it is a very poor quality touch screen and a bad experience. I would have paid an extra $20 or $30 for a capacitive touch screen and the better experience.* Compared to the very high quality casing on the 300HS (NOT THIS ONE) (actually was my favorite thing about the 300HS!), on the 320HS (THIS ONE) it is a flat plastic that attracts fingerprints and feels very cheap. I feel like if I dropped it, it would shatter or break to pieces. I feel like I have to defend this with my life or lose it. (Fortunately I did get the square trade warranty - else it would be a huge risk!) Whereas the 300HS had a solid, textured feel, which was lightweight but felt like metal or something solid with a real nice texture that was both attractive and improved grip; well on this 320HS it's really cheap-plasticky feeling and a little slippery. This was a HUGE bummer for me :( If you don't have a case I recommend to get one, else this will probably get all scratched up very easily. I'm using the same case from my 300HS, so at least I didn't have to buy a case. Without a case, it's a significant risk of getting the camera all scratched up, not only the screen but all over the plastic body of the camera also.* The Canon WiFi software is pretty terrible. I could connect it to my android tablet but it's not very good software; it doesn't provide the needed usability. Worse, I can't even get it to connect to my computer wirelessly (I'm basically an expert with computers and networking - if you know nothing about that, then you're going to find it basically impossible to connect it to PC); and even when plugged in the software Canon provided to manage the pictures and phone is pretty terrible. Very disappointed with this. Despite having Wifi, still the best way to transfer pictures is through taking out the SD card and plugging the SD card into your PC. Not happy about this.CONCLUSION:Would I recommend this? Maybe. I'm sad that my 300HS was destroyed and I don't think I'm really any happier overall with the 320HS. There are positives with the 320HS (this one), over the previous model (300HS); but the detriments (downsides) of the 320HS (this one) even out or outweigh the positives. It's the reason why this one is now cheaper than the previous model of 300HS. If they were the same price I would probably choose the 300HS over the 320HS if I had to choose again. Due to the downsides of the 320HS, I would not say it's a "great" camera. I would, however, say that the PREVIOUS model (300HS) was a great camera, but not this one.That said, it's still a good camera, especially for the price point (I got a really good deal). For being able to shoot HD video and very high quality pictures; and all the upsides, especially if you didn't previously have the 300HS, then this is a pretty good camera. It looks nice and sleek too. Your friends also might envy you too. However if you do buy this I recommend to get one of those cheap $1 to $3 capacitive stylus from [*] or somewhere (yes this is resistive but for this, really the capacitive stylus - the one with the rounded rubber end - is better for this phone). Trust me it's worth it especially when you're trying to type in the network id and password (I don't have fat fingers - my fingers are normal size yet it's hard to type on this poor quality touchscreen). I also recommend to get a decent or nice padded case to protect it from scratches since the body is a cheap plastic and it's a cheap touchscreen. Might be worth it to get the squaretrade warranty too because I'm worried if you drop it this camera might not hold up well because it's kind of cheaply made when compared to 300HS. I bet just one drop on cement or maybe even wood from arm height and it's done for. So be careful!However, if you already have a 300HS, I would say this is not worth the upgrade. In fact, I would say, it's not an upgrade, and almost a downgrade. So keep your 300HS if you already have one. But if you want to save money (300HS is a lot more expensive at the moment than this one), then this one is a pretty good deal for the current price.But if you don't have the 300HS already, then you need to choose whether you want to spend less for more features but less benefits; or if you want to pay more for 300HS for less features but better quality camera. If by the time you read this they are the same price then choose the 300HS instead.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Easy point and shoot digital camera

            By Mo

            from New Haven, CT

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

            I am a point and shoot photographer, I don't like to mess with the settings but I do like to set up my shot and get something good. This camera is so user friendly, I love the touch screen controls, especially being able to touch where I want it to focus and having that point be followed and metered to. Great macro pictures. So far, no complaints. I have never been a great photographer, but this is super easy to use for me and the pics look great. Lots of cool effects, love the toy camera effect and love the low-light hand held setting. Battery life could be a little better. But it's a great price

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            5.0

            I love the camera, takes great pictures.

            By Don

            from La Crosse, Wi

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

              Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

              Camera is easy to operate. The download of the disk was self explanatory. Pictures have a good quality.
              The Canon Camera was recommended by my son and 2 friends.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Camera great software sucks!

              By Mo Mo

              from Deer Isle, ME

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                  It really takes great picture but the software and info that come with it leave you guessing.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Amazing

                  By Martin Cik

                  from Baltimore, MD

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

                  Best camera i have ever owned. great quality. If you want to buy very good compact camera. BUY PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Noe I have many recordations from NY!

                  By Edgar Pereira

                  from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Bad Acess Wifi
                  • Poor Flash

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

                  I used the product during my first travel to USA. I got many photos of New York.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 7
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great for an easy point and shoot

                  By WarrenT

                  from Gunnison, CO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

                    This is a great camera that is easy to use. I got this one for the wife to have have as a point and shoot camera so she could always have one with her so she can be ready to capture what the kids are doing. She says it is very east to use and has a very large LCD display to see even in the bright outdoors.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great quality. touch screen okay

                    By Moe

                    from Miami, FL

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel

                    Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                    Great quality. touch screen is slightly annoying to manage.
                    never tried the wifi tho

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    3.0

                    Good Powershot

                    By Sylvio Pereira

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Black):

                      This camera has a good image and a good zoom

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      great lttle camera

                      By dave

                      from nature coast, FL

                      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

                      • Lag / Shutter Delay
                      • Limited Zoom
                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                      this camera is just what I was looking for and not to difficult to connect to the iphone through wifi. easy to use and will probably become my go to point and shoot

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Love it!!!

                      By Lineee

                      from New Jersey

                      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

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                        Easy to choose and takes great pics!! Battery life could be a bit better, but otherwise love it!!!

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                        4.0

                        Great camera

                        By Mark

                        from CT

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel

                          Comments about PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera (Blue):

                          Perfect camera for my teenager

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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