Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS / IXUS 300 HS / IXY 30S
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Value for money 8
Ease of use 9
Picture quality 9
25 October 2010
Conclusion: Canon IXUS 300 HS digital camera review The Canon IXUS 300 HS is an especially fine camera and a valuable addition to the current IXUS series of cameras. The Canon IXUS cameras have actually always been successful, from the first digital IXUS.
Summary: In terms of the headline features, the IXUS 300 HS / SD4000 IS is a classy-looking metal-bodied compact with a 3.8x optical range which includes wide-angle coverage, image stabilisation and a brighter than average focal ratio.
Pros: Brighter than average lens (at wide angle)., Sensible resolution delivers better low-light results., 720p HD movies and slow motion video at 240fps., Great auto along with Aperture and Shutter Priority., Fast continuous shooting at full resolution.
Cons: Compelling rivals at similar price., Best quality 4:3 mode looks small on wide display., Minimal labelling on rear controls., Some focus-drifting in videos under low light.
Summary: The SD4000 IS is born into a long and well-respected line of compact cameras and does its family proud. It offers flexibility, image quality and a good level of user control while remaining distinctly easy to use. Only the screen (large chunks of which are regularly unused), is a disappointment.
Pros: Good image quality, particularly at lower ISO settings, Pleasant image color, Reasonable levels of detail (it drops at the long end of the zoom or high ISO), Straightforward control system, Handy zoom range with a fairly fast lens, Fast continuous shooting, Very good battery life, Wide range of e...
Cons: Images don't always stand up to very close scrutiny, Limited control over flash (so you can't prevent the occasional over-exposure), Function menu not as quick to use as previous generations of SD/IXUS
Excerpt: Ixus cameras are undeniably sleek, but comparisons with Canon’s own PowerShot range risks exposing them as an exercise in style over substance. This latest model aims to quell such aspersions with generous helpings of both.
Conclusion: The Canon IXUS 300 HS impresses in a number of areas. These include design and build quality. There are one or two issues with picture quality when the camera is pushed to its limits. These stop me from awarding this camera an outstanding rating, but it is still a solid offering from Canon.
Pros: Design - LCD screen - features for a pocket camera - movie mode
Cons: Sharpness issue when lens zoomed out - Shutter delay with flash
Summary: As an everyday, pocketable point-and-shoot camera that offers some manual controls and stellar image quality, the Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS gets our wholehearted recommendation. Casual snapshooters who want access to controls beyond auto and scene modes will be delighted with its performance, but...
Summary: The Canon IXUS 300 HS digital camera has a fast lens and good high ISO detail, making it an excellent choice for anyone shooting in low-light places like clubs or parties. It is expensive though, and the control layout is not intuitive.
Pros: Fast start-up, fast lens, good high ISO detail, good overall image quality
Cons: Expensive, comparatively large, poor control scheme
Conclusion: In general, while the IXUS 300 HS offers impressive low light performance and creative control of settings for the artistic shooter, Canon doesn’t seem to have pushed the boat out enough to justify its premium price.