Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot S300 / Digital IXUS 300 / IXY 300
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Canon IXUS 300 HS review
19 July 2010
Summary: Canon Ixus cameras have become a benchmark for compact cameras. The Canon IXUS 300 HS is no exception. It delivers clean and clear images and video footage across a range of shooting and light conditions and is a joy to use. With some fun functions to try out, you get to experiment with photography styles, but you don't sacrifice optic quality or manual functions for the sake of gimmicky extras.
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Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Canon Digital IXUS 300 (S300 ELPH): (2 megapixel ultra-compact) Whatever you may think of this camera the first impression you get when you handle it is "cool", design wise Canon have sunk their venerable knowledge of building highly appealing ultra-compact cameras into the IXUS 300, it's stainless steel body, that ultra-fast extending lens with the automatic cover and its crisp, bright LCD..
Pros: Good resolution, fairly sharp images, hardly any chromatic aberrations, White balance works well, presets are good, Ultra-compact size, light weight, Sleek stainless steel body, stylish looks, Superb build quality (the best along with Olympus's E-10), Very quick operation, good buffering excellent start-up and shot-to-shot times, Automatic lens cover, Good range of movie clip options, now with audio, Sharp, bright, LCD with anti-reflective coating, AF assist lamp, Sti...
Cons: Colours can sometimes seem a little dull (under saturated), "Flat" images may frustrate some users, require digital darkroom work (a contrast setting would have been useful), Poor macro ability, Flash doesn't have the power or the cover, Edge positioned tripod mount (at least it's metal!), Poor battery life, Auto White balance doesn't work well in artificial light, Despite a lower price than last years Digital IXUS the 300 is a little pricey in this years market
back at my review
of one of 2000's coolest cameras, the PowerShot S100 Digital ELPH,
there wasn't much to complain about. I wished it had manual controls,
and it was a little cheaper. Well, neither of those things happened
with the new PowerShot
S300 Digital ELPH ($699), also known as the Digital IXUS 300
abroad, but some other very nice improvements were made.
Pros: Did someone say it was small and stylish?, Very good photo quality, Super-fast processing speeds, New 3X zoom, Movie mode with sound, as large as 640 x 480, Good bundle included with camera
Cons: Pricey for a 2 Megapixel camera, Movie recording times too short, No manual controls
Summary: This is a fine little camera. Panasonic were first to have the nerve to drop out of the pixel race and fit their top compact with a 10mp sensor. Canon quickly followed suit with the G11, S90 and now the Ixus 300HS. And now Samsung has fitted its top compact with 10mp. Shoppers may wonder why they should pay more money for fewer pixels and a shorter zoom range, and the answer is that where photo receptors and lenses are concerned less is sometimes more.
Pros: By creating a camera with a reduced pixel count and a short zoom range Canon has improved picture quality, especially where image noise is concerned. Images are clean up to ISO400 and useable at higher sensitivities. There is no noticeable blurring of fine detail, the usual trade-off for in-camera noise reduction. Canon’s three top compact cameras now have 10 megapixel sensors, a triumph of good technology over more-is-better marketing.
Cons: We regret the passing of Canon’s easy to use quick menu system, used on all their compacts for the past eight years. The function menu system is now divided into two parts and takes some getting used to.
Excerpt: Canon’s latest Ixus camera is somewhat confusingly named. The HS doesn’t stand for either ‘high speed’ or ‘high sensitivity’, yet the device does support high-speed video and has a high-sensitivity lens for taking photos in very low light.
Summary: Hang on -- aren't Canon's IXUS models meant to be super-smart, super-compact fashion cameras? So what's the IXUS 300 HS doing with high-speed shooting tech, an f2.0 lens, and manual shutter-speed and aperture control? Never mind -- just enjoy it.
Pros: Decent continuous-shooting speed, Slow-motion movie mode is a hoot, Shoots 720p movies with use of the zoom and autofocus, Good high-ISO picture quality
Cons: Unmarked rear controller, Heavily reliant on menus, Expensive