Canon ELPH 300 HS

 
Canon ELPH 300 HS front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.7-5.9) lens
  • 141g - 92 x 56 x 20mm
  • Introduced February 2011
  • Other Name is IXUS 220 HS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
30
Overall
34

Canon ELPH 300 HS summary

Canon ELPH 300 HS is Canon's Ultracompact digital camera first revealed on February of 2011. It features a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is referred to as "IXUS 220 HS" in other countries.

The ELPH 300 HS stands at #57 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and overall #949 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. Please use our Smart camera search to see camera rankings based on your custom criteria.

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Canon ELPH 300 HS history

The Canon ELPH 300 HS comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can discover all past and current models alongside main specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-190-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 190 IS
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 190 IS
24-240mm
F3.0-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-360-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 360 HS
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 360 HS
25-300mm
F3.6-7.0
20MP1/2.3"2016
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-180 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 180
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 180
28-224mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-350-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 350 HS
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 350 HS
25-300mm
F3.6-7.0
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-140-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 140 IS
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 140 IS
28-224mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-150-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 150 IS
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 150 IS
24-240mm
F3.0-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-135 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 135
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 135
28-224mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-340-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 340 HS
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 340 HS
25-300mm
F3.6-7.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-Elph-115-IS front thumbnailCanon Elph 115 IS
ELPH 300 HS vs Elph 115 IS
24-120mm
F2.7-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-ELPH-130 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 130
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 130
28-224mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-ELPH-520-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 520 HS
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 520 HS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2012
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Canon-ELPH-310-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 310 HS
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 310 HS
28-224mm
F3.0-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-ELPH-300-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 300 HS24-120mm
F2.7-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-ELPH-100-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 100 HS
ELPH 300 HS vs ELPH 100 HS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011

Canon ELPH 300 HS Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of good and bad points of the Canon ELPH 300 HS based on aspects which are often regarded as necessary in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
comes with tracking autofocus
great minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
in built lens has zoom (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
includes HDMI out
rather wide (24mm)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
can't use external flash
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW format
does not posses selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
no aperture priority mode
no external microphone support
no headphone support
no manual mode
no Timelapse recording
screen is fixed
slow max aperture (f2.7)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Canon ELPH 300 HS Sensor info

The Canon ELPH 300 HS features the DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology chip. The sensor dimension on the Canon ELPH 300 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels . The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The picture underneath displays the ELPH 300 HS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The ELPH 300 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

Canon ELPH 300 HS sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 300 HS dimensions

Canon ELPH 300 HS weighs in at 0.31 lbs (141 gr or 4.97 ounces) and the over all size of the camera is 92mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Canon ELPH 300 HS is weightier compared with its rivals.

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Underneath is a shot of the Canon ELPH 300 HS with a softdrink so you can have a feel for its scale.

Canon ELPH 300 HS dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button arrangement on the ELPH 300 HS.

Canon ELPH 300 HS topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 300 HS Lens info

The ELPH 300 HS features a built-in lens and a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not outstanding nevertheless it may be valuable in a few cases.

At the widest 24mm, it provides an aperture of f2.7 which will be fairly slow and not good in low light circumstances and you will find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You might also need to increase the ISO which results in noisy shots. On the tele end, 120mm comes with f5.9 making it quite sluggish and you will need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 300 HS Connectivity

The ELPH 300 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can transfer images and oftentimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Some applications even provide a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Canon ELPH 300 HS Video info

The highest possible video resolution on the Canon ELPH 300 HS is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in H.264 file format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance in video quality versus file sizes but 1080p will not leave you with much room to downsample. The camera does not offer a mic or headphone socket which means you get no control over your audio. It is probably best to buy a different model if you need better audio in your videos.

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Canon ELPH 300 HS Weather Sealing

Canon ELPH 300 HS does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions may damage the camera.

Canon ELPH 300 HS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 300 HS features a 2.7" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

Canon ELPH 300 HS screen and viewfinder World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

The View Finder specifications regarding Canon ELPH 300 HS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be rather valuable.

Canon ELPH 300 HS Shutter info

Canon ELPH 300 HS is able to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Canon ELPH 300 HS Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon ELPH 300 HS has got only inbuilt flash with missing external flash support.

Canon ELPH 300 HS Autofocusing info

Canon ELPH 300 HS has got just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and accurate compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which makes it useful for portrait photography.

The AF system features 9 focus points to pick from. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Canon ELPH 300 HS has no manual focus. Manual focus option can be useful in low light occasions or you need more precise control on focusing.

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Canon ELPH 300 HS Battery life

The battery life (NB-4L) in the Canon ELPH 300 HS is designed to last for 220 photographs according to the CIPA benchmarks making it on par with its rivals. The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the best (320) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Ultracompact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Canon ELPH 300 HS for various categories of photography

The following graph displays a rundown of the Canon ELPH 300 HS for various categories of photography. To read more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon ELPH 300 HS Portrait photography highlights

The Canon ELPH 300 HS has a points tally of 27 which is low, and means the camera is not suitable to use for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the capability to work with external lighting.

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features face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Canon ELPH 300 HS Street photography highlights

Getting a moderate points total of 57, the Canon ELPH 300 HS is reasonably acceptable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Canon ELPH 300 HS as a Sports photography camera

A low sports photography points total of 32 suggests the Canon ELPH 300 HS is not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have good focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
low frames per second (3.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF

Travel photography with Canon ELPH 300 HS

Weight is super important in picking a travel camera. In general, the Canon ELPH 300 HS gets a decent 59 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably adequate to purchase for your journeys.

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built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse function
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)

Canon ELPH 300 HS Landscape photography highlights

For anyone looking to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Canon ELPH 300 HS and it's low grade of 33 for a landscape camera is not suitable in the current market.

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fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode

Canon ELPH 300 HS Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a articulating display, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Canon ELPH 300 HS is not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a low score of 34.

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relatively wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have mic jack

Canon ELPH 300 HS Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the ELPH 300 HS, here is a range of the top scored cameras which fall under the class of Ultracompact.

The line chart listed below will give you an overview of the ELPH 300 HS compared to it's highest scored competitors listed above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might look into as alternative options. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Canon
Model
Canon ELPH 300 HS
Alternate name
IXUS 220 HS
Class
Ultracompact
Introduced
2011-02-07
Physical type
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Chip
DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/2.7-5.9
Macro focus range
3cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech
PureColor II G TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
141 grams (0.31 pounds)
Dimensions
92 x 56 x 20mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Other
Battery life
220 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
NB-4L
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Card slots
Single
Cost at release
$250