Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Brief Review

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  • 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
  • Release Date: 2011-03-07
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

4.35 Star Rating: Recommended
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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
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

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.

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