Reviews and Problems with Canon IXUS 310 HS / PowerShot ELPH 500 HS / IXY 32s
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Canon IXUS 310 HS Digital Camera Review
28 September 2012
Conclusion: What you sacrifice in high levels of zoom with the IXUS 310 you gain considerably more in image and lens quality. There tends to be a notion for developers to pack in features and increase numbers just to make the camera appeal to a wider market, however when it comes down to the most important aspects, you deserve quality images. With the Canon IXUS 310 HS, the price tag is small but you get more than you deserve.
Excerpt: (1 items) If the idea of an almost-all-touchscreen camera appeals to you, the Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS ($300) is one of the best point-and-shoot options in that class. But it's becoming clear that touchscreen-operated cameras are a significantly different beast than traditional cameras with similar specs. Because of its touchscreen, this camera acts more like a phone than a more-traditional camera, and that brings its fair share of pros and cons.
Pros: 3.2-inch touchscreen with good UI, Fun shooting modes, including 240fps video capture, F2.0 lens with aperture priority mode, Very good image and video quality
Cons: Touchscreen menus add a few steps, Subpar battery life
Summary: The Canon PowerShot Elph 500 HS is essentially a touchscreen-operated version of another very good Canon camera, the PowerShot SD4000 IS, with a few extras added.
Thanks to its standout image quality, versatile shooting features, well-done UI, and bright F2.0 lens, it's an excellent choice for anyone seeking a touch-controlled compact camera.
Summary: The Canon IXUS 310 HS / ELPH 500 HS
is a 12.1 megapixel compact with a 4.4x zoom lens and a 3.2 inch touch-screen. This latest touch-screen Canon is packed with features that will appeal to both casual snappers with a little extra to spend as well as photo enthusiasts.
The zoom lens provides a 24mm super-wide-angle field of view and has Canon's optical image stabilisation for stills and Dynamic IS for movies. It's optically bright too at f2.0 when zoomed-out.
Pros: 24mm super-wide-angle., Fast f2.0 aperture (when zoomed-out), 1080p movies at 24fps., Excellent still and movie quality.
Cons: Touch screen a little insensitive., No physical movie record button., Relatively large and heavy.
Conclusion: Like the design we saw in the older 300 HS, the 310 HS' sensor has all of its circuitry tucked neatly behind its photoreceptors, increasing their sensitivity and promising images with less noise as result. Also likely to appeal to avid low--light shooters is the 310 HS' lens, which offers a fast maximum aperture of f2.0: perfect for making the most of ambient light as well as creating beautiful out of focus effects.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS wants to do it all. It wants to capture a style-conscious market with its smooth curves and 3.2-inch touchscreen. It wants to be brighter than the competition with a fast f/2 lens. It wants be a movie-maker with 1080p HD recording capability.
Pros: Fast f/2 lens, Good 1080 HD video, Very good low light performance
Cons: Finicky touchscreen, Somewhat expensive, Bulkier, heavier than average
Excerpt: Last year's Canon SD4000 IS was the first ELPH to approach high-end compact territory, a realm previously reserved for Canon's S and G series models. The SD4000 combined a bright lens, reliable image processor, and a new sensor that was designed for quick performance and extra sensitivity to light. It worked out well, and the SD4000 nabbed some strong reviews and favorable comparisons to the Canon S90 advanced compact.
Pros: Very good image quality, Excellent lens, Snappy power-on, autofocus, and shot-to-shot times, Decent amount of manual control
Cons: Very frustrating touchscreen interface, Battery life is a bit short, Viewed at full-res, IQ might be a bit soft for some users' tastes
Excerpt: Released in conjunction with the new Powershot ELPH 100 HS and the ELPH 300 HS, Canon's Powershot ELPH 500 HS is their high end model of the ELPH lineup. The ELPH 500 HS sports a 3.2" touch screen LCD as well as a 12.1-Megapixel CMOS sensor for taking pictures. The camera also offers a f/2.0 lens that allows for more natural looking photos and a larger depth of field.