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CanonPowershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 201 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (111)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (80)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (133)
  • Compact (119)
  • Good image quality (115)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (86)
  • Image stabilization (77)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (23)
  • Lag / shutter delay (22)
  • Limited zoom (17)
  • Short battery life (14)
  • Poor flash (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (125)
  • Family photos (93)
  • Landscape/scenery (67)
  • Low light (56)
  • Video (49)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (64), Photo enthusiast (49), Semi-pro photographer (19), Casual viewer (16), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (122), Yes (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Small size, Big performance

I bought the Canon ELPH 300 HS to replace my lost SD 1200 IS. I originally bought the ELPH 100 IS, but there were two things I did not like about it:Read complete review

I bought the Canon ELPH 300 HS to replace my lost SD 1200 IS. I originally bought the ELPH 100 IS, but there were two things I did not like about it:

1. No zoom while in video mode, and
2. The control buttons are too small

I returned the 100 and bought the 300 and am very happy with my decision. Even though the LCD is a little smaller (2.7" vs. 3.0"), the camera has larger controls which make it easier to access the abundant features (including a tilt-shift mode called "miniature mode"), and it can zoom while in video mode. There are also modes for video shooting and is shoots video in HD and stereo.

It has a pretty wide angle lens, going down to 21.5 mm and can shoot in Macro mode. One of the things I really like about it is that you can set it to display a grid on the LCD. This is nice because it helps level your shots and aids when shooting in thirds (look it up if you are not familiar with this photographic concept).

I bought this camera as a compliment to my primary camera, which is Canon 40D DSLR with a variety of lenses. The 300 HIS is great because I like having a camera that fits in my pocket and can take it anywhere I go, which I do. The photo quality is very good, as is the video quality. It seems to take a little time between shots, but it does have a high-speed burst mode for action shots. Another thing that I did notice is that when taking close-up shots with the flash on, it sometimes produces a shadow in the lower-right side of the frame.

The kit includes the Canon Digital Solutions software for basic editing and downloading from the camera and USB/RCA cables for connecting to your computer and TV. I wish that the kit also included a mini HDMI cable because it has an HDMI connection. Other than that I have not complaints. It's small, easy to use, and takes great quality, 12mp photo's.

I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

a lot to offer but not enough

I bought the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS to have a good quality camera at hand at all times when not wanting to carry an SLR around, so for everyday amateur photography and a...Read complete review

I bought the Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS to have a good quality camera at hand at all times when not wanting to carry an SLR around, so for everyday amateur photography and a few movies here and there.

The camera is small and light, fits into a jeans pocket or small bag. So it's easy to have it on you all the time. Which is great! Under good daylight conditions the shots come out more or less as you want them and without the flash the atmosphere of the photos is good and natural. A fun thing to have with you on vacation or outdoor activities.

However, in lower light conditions (fading sunlight, too gloomy days, indoors!) the flash destroys every sense of atmosphere, the delayed flash mode (only when in "P" mode, not possible under auto) doesn't really help either. Without the flash, the image stabilizer isn't sufficient. Photos lose their sharpness, and you lose your moments. Also, the program handling is a bit complicated, I guess you can eventually work your way around that with practice, but for good pictures it takes always a bit too long to find the right setting out of the long list of 32 scene modes.

So, basically it's a fancy outdoor camera with a whole lot of gimmicks which can be fun, but don't make up for the lack of lowlight performance.

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4.0

Good point and shoot camera

By nickname

from PA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

      I was looking for a good easy point and shoot camera for my wife. So fare she loves it and takes lots of pictures.

       
      5.0

      Little Camera that Can

      By Chiken

      from Harlingen, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

        Perfect for my sister. Not too pricey but still good quality.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Great Point-and-Shoot Compact camera

        By Shal20001

        from New York, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Poor Image Stabilization

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

        A standard point-and-shoot that is easy to use, with fast and accurate auto-focus.

        A big pro - the one click movie recording making it easy to record movies without struggling through various menu options.

        I did have some issues with Image Stabilization, especially in low lighting.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Sharp photos the super simple way.

        By djohn

        from semo

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

          Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

          After much research I decided to go with this little Canon point and shoot to take along on our motorcycle vacation to the Four Corners region. I must say that it has been more than adequate for the task. It fits easily into the tightest of pockets and takes up very little room, a most important consideration when traveling by motorcycle. I have been keeping it in one of the little tank pouches that Harley makes to replace the stock bib on most of their softail models. You can put it in a small padded case and it fits in there perfectly…comes out quickly too.

          Something else I have found is that this little camera really "fires up" in a hurry. Push the on/off button and you are ready to take photos in way under two seconds…incredible! And the extra wide angle of the 24mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lets you really "get it all in" while shooting those fantastic vistas you see out West.

          The super simple Auto mode lets you start taking photos in seconds. Even the most incredibly uneducated will be zooming and snapping first class photos in minutes.

          And I do mean first class.

          The photos this little camera takes are truly some of the sharpest and clearest I have seen from any point and shoot. Though the pictures are not the same quality as a high end DSLR, they are really much more than I ever expected.

          The only complaint I have is that the rather small view screen is difficult to see in bright sunlight. I would venture to say that this is true of all but the most expensive point and shoot cameras.

          In conclusion all I can say is I'm going to keep this little gem of a camera and I feel like I got "more than my moneys worth" from this one.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent compact camera!

          By SLR Enthusiast

          from Walnut, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to use
          • Great Features
          • Great Image Quality
          • Long battery life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

            Been looking for a pocket camera for a while now. Sometimes, it's great to have a compact camera were the need to take along full SLR gear is not needed. The Powershot 300 HS fits the bill very well. The camera is extremely easy to use. Images are clear and crisp, even if just left in Auto! The modes under the Program mode are great to have some fun with as well. As a SLR user, it was mentally hard not being in control all the time, but it was a pleasant surprise at the results of this camera. Well worth it.

             
            3.0

            decent camera

            By Tim

            from Buffalo, NY

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Broad Appeal
            • Emotionally Engaging
            • Engaging Characters

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                In general, it's a good camera. Easy to use and get good pics. The only drawback is that the LCD screen is not sharp as I expected.

                 
                5.0

                As good as I'd hoped it would be.

                By MrKodo

                from San Rafael, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                I am very pleased with this camera. I wanted something very small and light, for a do a lot of hiking and want to take pictures that I will use in drawings. This camera fits all my needs. Great.

                 
                5.0

                Great Little Camera!

                By jsager

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                Bought this camera for my wife. She loves the size and feel of the camera. Slips right into her pocket. Takes great pictures. Works very well in low light situations.

                 
                5.0

                Great product

                By Joe

                from Spring Valley, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Broad Appeal

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home
                  • In The Car
                  • Perfect Gift
                  • Special Needs

                  Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                  Great product.
                  Easy to use.
                  Nice big screen.

                   
                  4.0

                  .very good camera on the whole.

                  By Evelyne DAUZET

                  from [@] FONTAINEBLEAU FRANCE

                  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
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                    - le zoom is enough
                    - les settings are easy
                    - le camera is low light
                    - comparison price-quality : good
                    - les pictures are good

                    but I don't like too much the color of the camera.
                    I'ld prefer a black one.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Good point and shoot Camera

                    By Larry

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                      Good point and shoot Camera/video in pocket size and 24mm wide angle.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Another Great camera from Canon

                      By Squirrel Man

                      from Shrewsbury, MA

                      About Me Casual Viewer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to use menu
                      • Good color
                      • Small size

                      Cons

                      • Limited telephoto

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                        I bought this camera to replace an Elph Powershot SD600 which still works fine but could not use SDHC cards.The 300 HS is a great camera and a big improvement over the SD600. Right away I noticed the better color rendition. A big factor for me was the improvement in the menu. It now is almost intuitive whereas I had problems with the flow of the 600. The separate button to get to playback mode is an improvement also.Its small size allows me to stick it in my breast pocket and have it ready for use instantly.

                        Glad I bought it and recommend it to anyone.

                         
                        4.0

                        Nice step up from the SD1400!

                        By L O

                        from Manhattan

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Poor Flash

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                        Once upon a time I traveled the world with a Canon SD1000. It was a wonderful little cam that finally got taken from me at an event where I was performing (who robs the DJ? WTH?).Nevertheless, I took the plunge on the SD1400 and was VEry disappointed. Grainy in low light, horrible pics and quality (that cold digital look), weak warm up time, and SLOW when taking that perfect shot. The 300 came out not too long ago and its killer. Only [$], great in low light, decent burst (though you have to settle for 3MP shots), beautiful video quality, 24mm lens, stereo sound, and FAST on the trigger. Thanks to this bad boy I don't miss shots I want to get when out with friends. My SD1400 bit it from all the agressive travel to South America and desert festivals, etc. Finally the screen cracked among many problems. To be fair, I put it thru heck, even sleeping on it while it lay in my pockets while I trekked the Andes. Still, I was never happy with it.This camera has been wonderful so far. It will soon get some small tests as I take it to Europe. Let's hope it holds up like my SD1000 did!

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                         
                        4.0

                        Great service and guaranteed quality

                        By JJ

                        from Missouri

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                          This is a great camera to capture pictures of children and moving objects. I have had some cameras where the shutter/processing speed was to slow and hindered photo ops.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes
                           
                          5.0

                          Great camera, best price!

                          By bilkins

                          from vancouver, wa

                          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
                          • Short Lag Time
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                            I use this for every day pictures of family. I love the camera for all of the features it has, not too complex, but also enough features to satisfy my occasional camera wizardry.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent purchase!

                            By rositad

                            from santiago, chile.

                            About Me Casual Viewer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Broad Appeal
                            • Emotionally Engaging
                            • Great Cinematography

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Perfect Gift
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                              I bought this camera for my father because I have the same one and I really like it. I decided to buy in B&H because I bought my camera here too and I had a great experience.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Compact, simple, great resolution.

                              By Log Normal

                              from Newark, DE

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact size
                              • High resolution
                              • Low light performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • At Home
                                • In The Car
                                • Perfect Gift
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                                I prefer to have a camera on my person at all times. This little Canon ELPH fills the bill. It is not the latest model, but it has great resolution, very good performance in low light, and best of all, it is so small you almost forget you have it. For [$], you can't go wrong! One tip, if you buy this camera, get the black one, because it has a textured finish which makes this tiny camera easy to hold and use.

                                 
                                4.0

                                Decent little P&S camera

                                By drabina

                                from NJ

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good controls
                                • Small size

                                Cons

                                • Black texture-finish

                                Best Uses

                                • PS camera

                                Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                                I have purchased this camera to replace aging (but still functional) Panasonic P&S that did not support HD video recording. Canon has a nice finish (silver) and it is very small. It is appealing to my wife which calls my Nikon P300 "boxy". We have tested the camera inside and outside. So far the results are good but I would have to say that the Panasonic with Leica lens takes better indoor pictures. It is most likely due to the weaker flash on 300HS. As to the functions, everything is clearly marked and the amount of buttons is pretty much perfect for the small P&S.

                                I would have to mention is that be aware that the black version has different texture than the silver one. Black model has sandpaper-like texture which my wife did not like and we had to exchange the camera for a silver one. Also, when you press MENU on the camera there is no way to change the picture size setting. You need to press different button to change that. It wasn't very intuitive at first. For that I have deducted one star.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great LITTLE camera

                                By Jim

                                from Des Moines, IA

                                About Me Casual Viewer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                                Purchased this camera based upon the recommendation of another photographer who commented as I am doing here. This is a nice pocket/purse size, has great photo quality and video is very nice.
                                The only shortcoming is there is no instruction book, only a getting started manual for the camera.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                great camera

                                By JT

                                from Philadelphia, PA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Feature packed
                                • Good price
                                • Long battery life

                                Cons

                                • Screen could be bigger

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Powershot 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera (Black):

                                  after ending up with lots of vacation shots from a smartphone camera, i decided i should invest in a decent camera to have better pictures. i'm not a photographer at all (i know the 'rule of thirds' but that's basically it); i just wanted something around $200 that was small, had a rechargeable battery, and took great pictures with little hassle.

                                  i started with reviews on cnet and immediately had my choices down to the 300hs and the sony dsc-wx9. i lamented for awhile b/w the sony and canon but ultimately decided to go with canon. even though the sony had 16mp (as opposed to 12), a carl zeiss lens, and a larger screen, i felt more comfortable going with canon since photography is all they do.

                                  i'm happy with this purchase. the pictures are great and the battery lasts forever. its even able to take shots with some nice depth of field (foreground focused, background blurry) by using focus select or the portrait setting.

                                  i would definitely recommend this small, feature-packed camera to anyone looking for a simple and powerful point-and-shoot.

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