Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS
12.1 megapixels; CMOS sensor; 5x optical zoom; 24mm wide-angle; Optical image stabilization; 2.7-inch LCD; 1080p HD video, 24fps; Digic 4 processor; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Canon's ELPH 300 HS ultra-compact looks like a heck of a pocket camera. On the outside, it looks a lot like one of last year's ELPH models (formerly known as the SD series), but on the inside, it's a big leap forward. It's built around Canon's HS system -- a backside illuminated CMOS sensor and the Digic 4 processor -- which up until now was found only in higher-end Canon compacts. In real-world terms, that means it should be adept at shooting in all settings (yes, including low light), should have short shot-to-shot times, and will shoot a full 1080p HD video. This looks like a great ultra-compact.