Canon ELPH 340 HS

 
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1280 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.6-7.0) lens
  • 147g - 100 x 58 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2014
  • Also Known as IXUS 265 HS
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  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
42
Features
39
Overall
40

Canon ELPH 340 HS overview

Canon ELPH 340 HS is Canon's Ultracompact camera initially released on January of 2014. The camera features a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456. The camera is known as "IXUS 265 HS" in certain countries.

The ELPH 340 HS places at #19 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #677 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. Remember to look at our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your custom requirements.

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The following is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon ELPH 340 HS family

The Canon ELPH 340 HS is part of a family of products. You can read the full list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-190-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 190 IS
ELPH 340 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 340 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 340 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 340 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 340 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 340 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 340 HS vs ELPH 135
28-224mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-340-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 340 HS25-300mm
F3.6-7.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-Elph-115-IS front thumbnailCanon Elph 115 IS
ELPH 340 HS vs Elph 115 IS
24-120mm
F2.7-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-ELPH-130 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 130
ELPH 340 HS vs ELPH 130
28-224mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-ELPH-520-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 520 HS
ELPH 340 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 340 HS vs ELPH 310 HS
28-224mm
F3.0-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-ELPH-300-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 300 HS
ELPH 340 HS vs ELPH 300 HS
24-120mm
F2.7-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-ELPH-100-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 100 HS
ELPH 340 HS vs ELPH 100 HS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011

Canon ELPH 340 HS Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Canon ELPH 340 HS based on features that are normally viewed as important in a camera.

comes with face detection focusing
comes with HDMI support
decently wide (25mm)
flash built-in
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
good min ISO (100)
good zoom range (25-300mm 12.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1280 resolution)
NFC support
nice screen size (3")
very long reach (300mm)
cannot use external flash
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have external mic jack
does not have headphone jack
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (147 grams)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (461 k dot)
max zoom aperture not good (f7.0)
no manual mode
no moving screen
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
sluggish max aperture (f3.6)
terrible battery (190 per charge)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Canon ELPH 340 HS Sensor features

The Canon ELPH 340 HS is powered by the DIGIC 4+ chip. The sensor size in the Canon ELPH 340 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with 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 as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the ELPH 340 HS's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The ELPH 340 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 340 HS dimensions

Canon ELPH 340 HS is 0.32 lb (147g or 5.19 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 100mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Canon ELPH 340 HS is heavier than various competitors.

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The following is a pic of the Canon ELPH 340 HS alongside a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the ELPH 340 HS.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 340 HS Lens features

The ELPH 340 HS is equipped with an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 25-300mm making it a 12.0 x zoom which won't be ideal but it would certainly be handy in certain situations.

At it's widest 25mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.6 which will be kind of sluggish and not the best in low light events and you may find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also have to up your ISO setting resulting in noisy pictures. With the long end, 300mm is phenomenal zoom and comes with f7.0 making it very sluggish and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 340 HS Connectivity

The ELPH 340 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy photos and usually change settings without connecting straight with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

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Canon ELPH 340 HS Video features

The maximum video quality in the Canon ELPH 340 HS is 1920 x 1280 and it can save in H.264 format. 1280p quality delivers a great balance between quality vs file size but FULL HD won't leave you with much room to crop. The body doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone jack so you get zero control over your sound. It is probably best to look into another camera if you require decent sound in your video clips.

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Canon ELPH 340 HS Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Canon ELPH 340 HS so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.

Canon ELPH 340 HS Display and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 340 HS features a 3" fixed screen with a resolution of 461k dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Canon ELPH 340 HS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very useful during bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Canon ELPH 340 HS Shutter features

Canon ELPH 340 HS can shoot continuously at 4.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Canon ELPH 340 HS Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon ELPH 340 HS boasts just integrated flash lacking external flash ability.

Canon ELPH 340 HS Autofocusing features

Canon ELPH 340 HS boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and accurate than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be handy for taking photos of people.

The AF system features 9 focus points to select from. Canon ELPH 340 HS supports manual focusing if required during low light conditions or you want to have more exact focusing control.

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Canon ELPH 340 HS Battery life

The battery (NB-11LH) on the Canon ELPH 340 HS is fashioned to last for 190 photos according to the CIPA specifications making it less than its competitors. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the highest possible (320) battery life within this group of cameras.

Below is a collection of Ultracompact cameras with the best battery life:

Canon ELPH 340 HS for varying categories of photography

The following chart indicates a analysis of the Canon ELPH 340 HS for varying categories of photography. To see more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Canon ELPH 340 HS Portrait photography details

The Canon ELPH 340 HS gets a points tally of 42 which is dreadful, and means the camera is not really very good for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & capability to utilize off-camera flash.

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manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection focusing
no manual mode
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Canon ELPH 340 HS Street photography features

Coming in at a reasonable rating of 56, the Canon ELPH 340 HS is somewhat appropriate for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
heavier than average (147g)

Sports photography with Canon ELPH 340 HS

A dreadful sports photography rating of 35 indicates the Canon ELPH 340 HS is not really very good for taking photos of sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
max fps very slow (4.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (190 shots)
lacks phase detect auto focus

Canon ELPH 340 HS Travel photography factors

Size is extremely important when choosing a travel camera. In general, the Canon ELPH 340 HS gets a very good 64 as a travel camera which is a very decent pick for your travels.

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MP count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
long reach (300mm)
no Time Lapse recording
not so great battery life (190 CIPA)
heavier than average in class (147g)
does not have selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.6)

Landscape photography with Canon ELPH 340 HS

In case you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Canon ELPH 340 HS with it's average rating of 47 for a landscape camera is relatively appropriate within the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
really wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
lack of manual exposure
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
not so great battery pack (190 shots)
missing Timelapse recording

Canon ELPH 340 HS as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera should posses a moving display screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Canon ELPH 340 HS is not really very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a dreadful rating of 33.

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reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1280 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.6)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
missing external microphone support
more heavy than others (147 grams)

Canon ELPH 340 HS Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the ELPH 340 HS, below is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall within the family of Ultracompact.

The chart down below provides you an overview of the ELPH 340 HS versus it's highest scored competitors shown earlier.

Following are several cameras you may see as alternatives. To read a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
Also called
IXUS 265 HS
Type
Ultracompact
Launched
2014-01-06
Body design
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Powered by
DIGIC 4+
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-300mm (12.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.6-7.0
Macro focusing range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3"
Display resolution
461k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology
TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
15 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
4.00 m
Flash options
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1280 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1280
Video data format
H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
147g (0.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions
100 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9")
Other
Battery life
190 photographs
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NB-11LH
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
Single
Cost at launch
$199