Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 Full Review - Cameras For Photographers
Specifications 2:

Also Known As:
Ixus 220

ultra compact

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220 shots

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92.2 x 55.9 x 19.5 mm

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3 cm

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Direct Video Button [?]:

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 - Full Review

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The ELPH 300 is as slim and comfortable as they come. It's so simple to use, that it's hard to miss a shot.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 (photos: Canon)
Important Note: the ELPH300 was replaced by the Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 (compare ).


The most striking feature of the ELPH 300 is its small size. At 141 grams, it easily fits in your hand and better yet - in your front pants pocket.

In spite of its minute figure, it has an extra wide 24mm lens and a satisfactory zoom range of x5, making it highly suitable for everyday needs.

The ELPH 300 is a simple camera to use, but not a simple camera per se. Under the intuitive body cover and button set lies Canon's latest technology, including their new BSI-CMOS sensor and Digic 4 processor, co-branded as the company's HS system.

This combination provides a declared maximum burst rate of 3.4 frames per second and a full HD 1080p video resolution with optical zoom and stereo sound.

Adhering to latest standards, the ELPH 300 features a direct video button, instead of the soon-to-be-obsolete video mode on the main dial. This reduces the complexity of the camera to the on-off, zoom, image taking and video taking buttons.

Even though many other options are available via the internal menus, such as face and smile detections, miniature and fisheye effects and color modifications, this camera comes through very pleasantly as a true point-and-shoot.


The small body of the ELPH 300 has no grip. It's possible to take photos one-handedly, but when you try other functions, like taking a video or using the menu, there's no choice but to hold the camera with both hands.

Using the zoom while taking a video proves to be somewhat slow. It takes about eight seconds to go from the wide end to the long end of the zoom - this is probably necessary in order to keep the zoom motor from interfering with the video sound.

The Competition

Who is it not for?

If you're looking for a camera with a very large zoom range - keep looking.
If what you need is a high-end camera, or at least one with manual controls, this one is not for you.

Who is it for?

If you want a simple-to-use camera with good image quality which doesn't cost an arm and a leg, this could be it.
If you're looking for a small camera suited for both traveling and home usage, the ELPH 300 fits the bill.

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In Your Hand:

Sample Images (hand held, out of camera, with no post processing):

1/800 sec, f/2.7, 24mm, ISO 100

1/200 sec, f/5.6, 101mm, ISO 100

1/400 sec, f/8, 24mm, ISO 100

1/250 sec, f/2.7, 24mm, ISO 200

1/30 sec, f/3.5, 33mm, ISO 320

1/30 sec, f/2.7, 24mm, ISO 500

1/25 sec, f/2.7, 24mm, ISO 800


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Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 Eyal Gurevitch June 26, 2012 $169 39.8 100

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