Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Digital ELPH Camera Ca

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About Canon 300 HS

Don't let the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS (5096B001) digital camera's slim profile fool you. This fashionable device will not only make you stand out from the crowd, but it'll also deliver incredibly brilliant still images and amazing 1080p HD videos. Once you turn on the camera, be prepared to be amazed at how much is packed into one of the slimmest point-and-shoot digital cameras on the market! So let your imagination run free and let the HS system, 24mm 5x Optical Zoom and 12.1 Megapixels help you achieve great images everywhere.

The Canon 300 HS is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Travel and more.The Canon 300 HS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon 300 HS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 300 HS: Compact, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good image quality, Good in low light, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Nice body color and Zoom range/performance

Canon 300 HS Features

  • Don't be fooled by the PowerShot 300 HS digital camera's incredibly smooth and lustrous eye-catching design because once it's in your hands, you'll discover that the slimmest digital camera with a 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens in the world packs a real big technological punch!
  • Inside this tiny, fit-in-your-pocket camera is a powerful 5x Optical Zoom with a 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens that provides you with the versatility you need to photograph in an array of situations
  • The Canon HS system delivers clear, blur-free shots with all the ambiance intact and frees you from the sometimes unwanted effects of using the flash
  • Beautiful low light shots are possible at both low and high ISO speeds and the dynamic range is expanded to retain maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies brought together in a compact PowerShot
  • The first is the 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, which positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas
  • Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS system is Canon's advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing
  • Experiencing the brilliance of Full 1080p HD video in a Canon PowerShot ELPH digital camera has never been easier. With the convenient dedicated movie button, you'll be able to instantly record everyday moments in amazing life-like realism at a push of a button
  • You can also operate the optical zoom while shooting video so you can get in close-but don't worry about shaky footage because Dynamic IS will help keep your videos steady!
  • The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS digital camera is equipped with High-Speed Burst Mode that can capture 8.0 frames per second, letting you catch the sequence of the action-a feature great for using at sport events
  • You can also add a fun slow motion effect to you videos with Super Slow Motion Movie. Super Slow Motion Movie will record your clips at a high speed so that when you watch your videos, they'll play back in slow motion-a feature also useful for analyzing a play-by-play of sports moves
  • The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS digital camera takes the quality of your still images and videos to a whole new level - automatically. The camera's advanced Smart AUTO system detects a wealth of information about the scene you're shooting, then automatically selects the optimal settings for you
  • Now with an expanded range of 32 shooting scenarios, the camera handles a wide variety of situations, freeing you up to concentrate on composing your shot and capturing the moment you're looking for
  • Using the Movie Digest Mode, you can have the camera automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 sec) every time you shoot a still image. The camera will then combine an entire day's worth of clips into a single video. No editing required - Movie Digest Mode does all the work
  • Add some vintage nostalgia with Toy Camera Effect. Toy Camera Effect recreates this look by darkening the edges to make them appear as if they were photographed through a pinhole lens and adding contrast
  • Monochrome lets you sway away from the usual black & white combination. Now you can choose from three single-toned effects: Black & White, Sepia or Blue to really give your photos the effect you're looking for

Canon 300 HS Specifications

Compact digital still camera with built-in flash
1/2.3-inch CMOS
Total Pixels
Approx. 12.8 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
4.3 (W) - 21.5mm (T) (35mm film equivalent: 24-120mm)
Digital Zoom
Approx. 4x
Focusing Range
Normal AF: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 3.0 ft. (90cm) - infinity (T)
Macro: 1.2 in. - 1.6 ft. (3 - 50cm) (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
LCD Monitor
2.7-inch TFT color LCD (wide viewing angle type)
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 dots
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture
f/2.7 (W) - f/5.9 (T)
Shutter Speed
1 - 1/2000 sec. 15 - 1/2000 sec. (Total Shutter speed range)
Auto, ISO 100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE Lock, Smart Flash, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
1.6-11.5 ft. (W), 3.0-6.6 ft. (T) (50cm-3.5m (W), 90cm-2.0m (T))
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Shooting Modes
P, Auto, Movie Digest, Portrait, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter, High-speed Burst, Best Image Selection, Handheld Night Scene, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects
My colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self Timer
Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 3.4 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 8.2 shots/sec. (in High-speed Burst)
Storage Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card, Eye-Fi, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 compliant
Image Recording Format
Normal, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
16:9: 4000 x 2248 (Large), 2816 x 1584 (Medium 1), 1920 x 1080 (Medium 2), 640 x 360 (Small)
3:2: 4000 x 2664 (Large), 2816 x 1880 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1064 (Medium 2), 640 x 424 (Small)
4:3: 4000 x 3000 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small) 1:12992 x 2992 (Large), 2112 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1200 x 1200 (Medium 2), 480 x 480 (Small)
Playback Modes File 1
Stills & Videos: Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Filtered Playback, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Playback Modes File 2
Still Images: Single, Index (4-100 thumbnails), Magnification (2-10x), Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
Videos: Normal Playback, Slow Motion Special Playback, Editing, Resume
Erase Modes
Select image, select range, all images (all filtered images)
Video Out
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Mini-HDMI connector
Audio Out
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) unified type of digital, audio and video)
Mini-HDMI cable: connection to high definition monitor; SD Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-speed cable
Power Supply
Battery Pack NB-4L, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (when used with DC Couple DR-10) Approx. 220 shots Approx. 5 hours
Power Source
Battery Pack NB-4L, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (when used with DC Couple DR-10)
Shooting Capacity
Approx. 220 shots
Playback Time
Approx. 5 hours
Operating Temperature
32-104 deg.F/0-40 deg.C
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.63 x 2.20 x 0.77 in. / 92.2 x 55.9 x 19.5mm
Approx. 4.97 oz. / 141g (Including batteries and memory card)
Approx. 4.30 oz. / 122 g (Camera body only)
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Replaced 2 yr old sony WX-1, works about

The wide angle, is pretty good; replaced a sony WX-1 that the lense retractor failed, the image quality is similiar, expected better low light performance. Wish that it charged thru the usb port when plugged into the computer.

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nice little camera


I gave this camera to the group of kids I work with and they take turns using it. It is simple to use and has great quality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


color problems


This camera is great in low light situations and in normal light, but not in bright light. Colors fade out in bright light. I tried auto, and various other light settings trying to match the color in front of me with what was on the screen, and could not find a setting that did it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Missing High Shutter Speed Feature


The ELPH 300 HS has one serious flaw that could be fixed by Canon with software. That flaw is that you cannot set a high shutter speed for things like sports photography. Yes, you can pick a high ISO that will increase the shutter speed, but this results in grainy photos. Yes, you can use High Speed Burst for sports, but this results in shutter speeds that are too slow to stop the action and it results in small file sizes that cause grainy photos when cropped. THE SOLUTION is for Canon to create a "P" menu item similar to the ISO menu item that will allow the user to specify a desired shutter speed. Canon, please read this and fix this problem.


Great camera, great value


I use the camera in business nearly every day. I have had it about 8 months now - it takes great pictures in all sorts of lighting conditions. Handy size. I have tried other brands over the years, but I have to say that I've never been disappointed with Canon.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)




I have been using this camera for about 6 months. I was attracted by the sleek little body, and shiny red paint. I also had time to test many different cameras of similar size before buying. In the store, this seemed ideal. It is missing many features I once coveted. Manual focus, precise aperture control, for example. Many of those features I don't really want though, as I use my camera mostly for taking quick pictures of my projects or quick snaps while my child is doing something silly. For most of my pictures, everything worked out well. The camera seems to focus easily on the desired target. White balance has been satisfactory. Saturation levels are about where they should be (IE: not over-saturated like most junk cameras). Shutter speed is reasonable, though not quick. The camera also seems to do well in low lighting. One of the best features, and what sold me on this model, was the slow synch flash. That allows the flash a little time to fill in all the foreground, and background with light before the picture is taken. So far, that has been a godsend, allowing pictures to come out that otherwise never would. However, here we are 6 months later, and I am forced to question Canon's build quality. I only open the battery bay to charge the camera. That isn't needed often. Yet, this most recent attempt was met with the door falling off in my hands. No matter how many times I questioned that on my other camera, it never happened. In 10 years owning it, it never happened. No it was not a Canon. So my advice to anyone buying this: get an extended warranty and hold on tight to the receipt.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great all around Deal


My first photo/video camera. Superb color photos. Great auto focus. Easy to carry in pocket or purse. Simple to use. Get a big enough data card for recording movies. I got a 16G which is about 1 hour of video. Get a carry case - I bought the "Caselogic" which has a side pocket for extra cards.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Poor Lens Cover


I bought this camera for a trip to Guatemala. I have had it for about five months and took extremely good care of it. I always wore the wrist strap, I always placed the camera in a case so it wouldn't break, and I never lost the camera. I put it in my bag to take it on a day trip and when I took it out to take a picture I had realized the lens had a dent in it and now the shutter doesn't open. I am very disappointed that it could not stand one day in a bag without getting a dent and it was in the camera case. It turns out the warranty does not cover this and now I have to take it to a shop to get it repaired. Otherwise I was satisfied with the camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Big Disappointment


I have owned 3 excellent Canon point-and-shoot cameras in the past, but sadly this camera represents a big step backwards in quality and performance. The body is cheaper and the paint chips; the shutter is flimsy and cheap and allows dust in when closed; the lens frequently feels it is having an 'error' and refuses to open; some shots are blurry even in optimal conditions, leading to many lost photos; the low-light mode seems worse than past models; and the biggest problem is the terrible battery life, especially in cold weather conditions: it is not uncommon for a freshly-charged battery to decide it is suddenly out of charge after only a few hours of skiing or hiking (not using the camera that whole time, but taking it out for an occasional photo during that time). This battery issue is extremely frustrating and senseless! I warrantied one 300HS due to this, and my second one also has this problem. Come on Canon, get your quality back up to your old standard! I love Canon and want to see these issues fixed!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


not happy with this camera


I purchased this unit at a local big box store with big expectations, given the other reviews. I used it for five days, at various functions, and found it to be lacking. For a high megapixel rating it produced blurry, grainy, over-saturated colour pictures. Automatic mode is slow to focus and doesn't lock on at times. Maybe I just got a bad one.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


I love this camera!


I love this camera and have been using it for about a month now. I love all the features on it, and that it is small and light-weight. It's easy to carry around and comparing it to my friend's camera, this works so much better. My only problem with it is when I want it to focus on closer objects, even with the macro setting, it doesn't work very well, and it makes me frustrated.


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Shopper  What is closest macro distance?
JON D  1.2 inches
Shopper  I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
BRIAN W  I chose this camera because I was looking for something that was easy to use but still took high quality pics. The problem with my last point & shoot was that to get good pictures, you had to adjust many of the settings yourself. With this Canon, you can literally point & shoot and have fantastic results. If you are in the market for a camera that will fit in your pocket and can produce great results, this is it. Don't be fooled into the Canon and Nikons that are more expensive unless you are a pro. Side note: I spent COUNTLESS days researching everything on the market and this was my choice. No regrets at all. It is EXACTLY what I was looking for.
Shopper  How long is the delay between pressing and releasing the shutter?
DONALD F  There is no delay between the time you press the shutter release and the time the image is taken. Please feel free to ask any additional questions.
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