Canon ELPH 310 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 140g - 96 x 57 x 22mm
  • Announced August 2011
  • Alternate Name is IXUS 230 HS
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon ELPH 310 HS overview

Canon ELPH 310 HS is Canon's Ultracompact digital camera first launched on August of 2011. It uses a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is referred to as "IXUS 230 HS" in some countries.

The ELPH 310 HS is positioned #54 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all round #966 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. Remember to try out our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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Canon ELPH 310 HS history

The Canon ELPH 310 HS comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can look at all earlier and new models along with main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-190-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 190 IS
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 190 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-360-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 360 HS
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 360 HS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-180 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 180
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 180
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-350-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 350 HS
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 350 HS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-140-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 140 IS
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 140 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-150-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 150 IS
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 150 IS
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-135 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 135
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 135
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-340-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 340 HS
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 340 HS
Canon-Elph-115-IS front thumbnailCanon Elph 115 IS
ELPH 310 HS vs Elph 115 IS
Canon-ELPH-130 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 130
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 130
Canon-ELPH-520-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 520 HS
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 520 HS
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Canon-ELPH-310-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 310 HS28-224mm
Canon-ELPH-300-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 300 HS
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 300 HS
Canon-ELPH-100-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 100 HS
ELPH 310 HS vs ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 310 HS Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Canon ELPH 310 HS based on factors which are usually viewed as important in a digital camera.

built-in flash
comes with HDMI port
features face detection focus
features tracking autofocus
good zoom range (28-224mm 8.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
pretty good screen size (3")
rather wide (28mm)
very good min ISO (100)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
can't use external flash
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
has no phase detect auto focus
has no RAW support
lack of aperture priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (12MP)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
missing external microphone port
missing headphone port
missing Timelapse mode
no articulating screen
no manual control
no manual focus
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (461 thousand dot)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
slow max aperture (f3.0)
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Canon ELPH 310 HS Sensor features

The spec of the sensor on the Canon ELPH 310 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.

The image underneath shows the ELPH 310 HS's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The ELPH 310 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 310 HS dimensions

Canon ELPH 310 HS weighs 0.31 pounds (140 gr / 4.94 ounces) and the physical size of the camera is 96mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Canon ELPH 310 HS is heavier as compared with other competitors.

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Here is a image of the Canon ELPH 310 HS alongside a soda so you can have a sense of its size.

Canon ELPH 310 HS dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button design on the ELPH 310 HS.

Canon ELPH 310 HS topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 310 HS Lens features

The ELPH 310 HS provides a built-in lens having a focal range of 28-224mm giving it a 8.0 x zoom which is definitely not significant however it is likely to be very helpful in some cases.

At it's widest 28mm, it will have an aperture of f3.0 and that's very sluggish and not the best in low light situations and you will find it hard to capture good bokeh. You might also have to raise your ISO setting causing noisy photos. With the long end, 224mm comes at f5.9 which is very slow and you may have to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 310 HS Connectivity

The ELPH 310 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send images and sometimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Canon ELPH 310 HS Video features

The maximum video resolution on the Canon ELPH 310 HS is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in H.264 file format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance in video quality vs file size but FULL HD is not going to leave you with much room to downsample. The body doesn't feature a mic and headphone jack which means that you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to consider an alternative model should you need better audio in your videos.

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Canon ELPH 310 HS Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Canon ELPH 310 HS so you have to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.

Canon ELPH 310 HS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 310 HS houses a 3 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specs regarding Canon ELPH 310 HS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders are very useful.

Canon ELPH 310 HS Shutter features

Canon ELPH 310 HS is able to shoot continuously at 3.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Canon ELPH 310 HS Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon ELPH 310 HS boasts just in-built flash lacking external flash ability.

Canon ELPH 310 HS Autofocusing features

Canon ELPH 310 HS boasts only Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & exact as compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection making it helpful for taking portraits of people.

The AF system boasts 9 focus points to choose from. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Canon ELPH 310 HS lacks manual focus. Manual focus option can be good in low light situations or you want to have more precise focusing control.

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Canon ELPH 310 HS Battery life

The battery (NB-4L) in the Canon ELPH 310 HS is built to last for 210 photos as per the CIPA standards making it similar to its rivals. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the highest possible (320) battery life in this type of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Ultracompact cameras having the highest battery life:

Canon ELPH 310 HS for varying categories of photography

The following illustration presents a overview of the Canon ELPH 310 HS for varying categories of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon ELPH 310 HS

The Canon ELPH 310 HS has a score of 27 which is bad, and means the camera is not really good to use for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos together with the flexibility to use external lighting.

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comes with face detection focusing
no manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
low MP (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Canon ELPH 310 HS as a Street photography camera

Getting a decent rating of 57, the Canon ELPH 310 HS is relatively suitable for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Sports photography with Canon ELPH 310 HS

A bad sports photography points tally of 32 indicates the Canon ELPH 310 HS is not really good for photographing sports. A camera must have excellent focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Canon ELPH 310 HS

Size is pretty critical in selecting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Canon ELPH 310 HS gets a average 58 for a travel camera which makes it relatively adequate to buy for your holidays.

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has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
low MP (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)

Canon ELPH 310 HS Landscape photography factors

If you are planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon ELPH 310 HS and it's bad score of 37 for a landscape camera is not really good in the current marketplace.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
no manual control
low resolution sensor (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse mode

Canon ELPH 310 HS as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving display screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon ELPH 310 HS is not really good as a vlog camera as it gets a bad rating of 34.

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really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
no external mic socket

Canon ELPH 310 HS Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the ELPH 310 HS, below is a number of the top placed cameras that fall in to the category of Ultracompact.

The line chart listed below gives you a summary of the ELPH 310 HS vs it's top scoring rivals suggested earlier.

These are various other cameras you may check out as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon ELPH 310 HS
Also called as
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW support
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-224mm (8.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen tech
PureColor II G TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
140 grams (0.31 lb)
Physical dimensions
96 x 57 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Battery life
210 images
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Storage slots
Launch cost