Canon ELPH 360 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS front
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.6-7.0) lens
  • 147g - 100 x 58 x 23mm
  • Revealed January 2016
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Canon ELPH 360 HS summary

Canon ELPH 360 HS is Canon's Ultracompact digital camera first introduced on January of 2016. It has got a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 5184 x 3888.

The ELPH 360 HS is positioned #7 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & overall #579 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please test our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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Canon ELPH 360 HS history

The Canon ELPH 360 HS has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can see all past and newer models as well as key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-190-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 190 IS
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 190 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-360-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 360 HS25-300mm
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-180 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 180
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 180
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-350-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 350 HS
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 350 HS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-140-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 140 IS
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 140 IS
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-150-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 150 IS
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 150 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-135 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 135
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 135
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-340-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 340 HS
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 340 HS
Canon-Elph-115-IS front thumbnailCanon Elph 115 IS
ELPH 360 HS vs Elph 115 IS
Canon-ELPH-130 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 130
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 130
Canon-ELPH-520-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 520 HS
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 520 HS
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Canon-ELPH-310-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 310 HS
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 310 HS
Canon-ELPH-300-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 300 HS
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 300 HS
Canon-ELPH-100-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 100 HS
ELPH 360 HS vs ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 360 HS Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon ELPH 360 HS based on features which are oftentimes regarded as useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
built in zoom lens (25-300mm 12.0 x zoom)
decent sized screen (3")
has HDMI port
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
manual focus
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
NFC support
offers face detect autofocus
rather wide (25mm)
very good minimum ISO (80)
very long zoom (300mm)
bad battery life (180 CIPA)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
does not have selfie friendly screen
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW format
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual exposure
lack of shutter priority mode
more heavy than average (147g)
no articulating screen
no headphone port
no microphone port
no Timelapse recording
pixelated screen (461 thousand dot)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
slow fps (2.5 frames/s)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
sluggish at long end (f7.0)
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Canon ELPH 360 HS Sensor features

The Canon ELPH 360 HS houses the DIGIC 4+ processor. The measurement of the sensor on the Canon ELPH 360 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5184 x 3888 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the ELPH 360 HS's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The ELPH 360 HS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS sensor size Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 360 HS dimensions

Canon ELPH 360 HS has a weight of 0.32 lb (147g / 5.19 ounces) & the dimensions of the camera is 100mm x 58mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Canon ELPH 360 HS is weightier as compared to other rivals.

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Underneath is a image of the Canon ELPH 360 HS next to a softdrink to help you get a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button design on the ELPH 360 HS.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 360 HS Lens features

The ELPH 360 HS comes with a fixed lens offering a focal range of 25-300mm giving it a 12.0 x zoom which is definitely not significant nevertheless it will surely be convenient in some cases.

At it's widest 25mm, it features an aperture of f3.6 which will be really sluggish and not the best for low light situations and you might find it difficult to get good bokeh. You might also need to raise your ISO which results in noisy images. Towards the long end, 300mm is amazing zoom and comes to f7.0 which is really slow and you might have to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 360 HS Connectivity

The ELPH 360 HS has the following connectivity:

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

Digital cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy images and oftentimes change settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Several apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Canon ELPH 360 HS Video features

The highest possible video resolution on the Canon ELPH 360 HS is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance between video quality vs file size but 1080p is not going to give you any room to downsample. The body does not offer a microphone or headphone jack so you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to buy another model in case you require good audio for your videos.

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Canon ELPH 360 HS Weather Sealing

Canon ELPH 360 HS does not have environment sealing so wet conditions may affect the camera.

Canon ELPH 360 HS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 360 HS has got a 3 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 461 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder details for Canon ELPH 360 HS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be pretty useful.

Canon ELPH 360 HS Shutter features

Canon ELPH 360 HS continuous shooting rate is 2.5 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon ELPH 360 HS Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon ELPH 360 HS features just in-built flash lacking external flash support.

Canon ELPH 360 HS Autofocus features

Canon ELPH 360 HS features only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & precise as compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detection making it useful for people photography.

Canon ELPH 360 HS can use manual focus when needed during low light situations or you need to have more exact control on focus.

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Canon ELPH 360 HS Battery life

The battery life (NB-11LH) for the Canon ELPH 360 HS is built to last for 180 images as per the CIPA benchmarks which is lower in comparison with it's competitors. The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the best (320) battery life within this type of cameras.

Below is a list of Ultracompact cameras which have the best battery life:

Canon ELPH 360 HS for specific types of photography

The following diagram gives a summary of the Canon ELPH 360 HS for specific types of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Canon ELPH 360 HS Portrait photography info

The Canon ELPH 360 HS has a score of 45 which is terrible, meaning that it is just not good to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos along with the potential to utilize off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
resolution is good (20MP)
features face detect focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Canon ELPH 360 HS as a Street photography camera

Getting a reasonable points total of 57, the Canon ELPH 360 HS is relatively adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
heavier than average in class (147g)

Canon ELPH 360 HS as a Sports photography camera

A terrible sports photography points tally of 37 suggests the Canon ELPH 360 HS is just not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20MP)
very slow continuous shooting (2.5 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery (180 CIPA)
does not have phase detect autofocus

Canon ELPH 360 HS as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty critical in selecting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Canon ELPH 360 HS gets a very good 65 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent choice for your trips.

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decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (25mm)
great zoom (300mm)
missing Time Lapse function
bad battery (180 CIPA)
heavier than competition in class (147g)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)

Canon ELPH 360 HS Landscape photography information

If you are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Canon ELPH 360 HS with it's average rating of 49 for a landscape camera is relatively appropriate among it's competitors.

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you can focus manually
pretty wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
terrible battery life (180 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Canon ELPH 360 HS

A camera for vlogging ought to have a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Canon ELPH 360 HS is just not good as a vlog camera as it receives a terrible rating of 33.

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pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of external microphone port
more heavy than competitors (147 grams)

Canon ELPH 360 HS Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the ELPH 360 HS, here is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the family of Ultracompact.

The line graph followed below provides you an overview of the ELPH 360 HS versus it's top scoring competitors suggested above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may view as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
5184 x 3888
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-300mm (12.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
461 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
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
Minimum shutter speed
15 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
2.5 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.00 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash options
Auto, on, slow synchro, off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
147g (0.32 pounds)
100 x 58 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9")
Battery life
180 photographs
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Launch price