Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS: Video and Image Quality

by Andy Stanton Reads (1,866)
Editor's Rating
8.25

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 8.25
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Video Quality
The ELPH 300 HS shoots very good movies in full HD in its highest resolution movie mode, 1920 x 1080 resolution at 24 frames per second, with good stereo sound. In addition, optical zoom can be used. Recording will automatically stop when either the file size reaches 4GB or the recording time reaches approximately 10 minutes (in HD mode) or 1 hour (in standard definition mode).

The movie shot below was taken at the highest resolution and I was able to zoom in smoothly. I was pleased that the subject remained in focus during the whole recording. The colors were as very similar to how they actually appeared.

Super Slow Motion is a very cool feature. In the video below the action is slowed by a factor of 8.

Image Quality
The ELPH 300 HS creates good looking images, with strong but realistic colors. As I’ve found with all Canon cameras I’ve tested, it can produce excellent macro photos.

Canon 300 HS Sample Image

I experienced occasional overexposure with the ELPH 300 HS, a common problem with cameras that have small sensors.

Canon 300 HS Sample Image

The camera has an i Contrast mode that evens out areas of high contrast, as demonstrated below.

Canon 300 HS Sample Image
i Contrast On
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
i Contrast Off

The ELPH 300 HS has white balance settings for auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, two types of fluorescent and custom. I mainly used auto white balance with very good results.

Canon 300 HS Sample Image
Auto White Balance, 5500k fluorescent light

The flash has four settings, auto, always on, always off and slow synchro (which uses a slow shutter speed to brighten the background). Flash range is 50cm to 3.5m (1.6 ft. to 11.5 ft.) at wide angle and 90cm to 2m (3 ft. to 6.6 ft.) at telephoto.

According to the ISO table below, the ELPH 300 HS produces sharp, noise-free images with good color through 200 ISO, but the images grow progressively softer through 3200 ISO, though noise is not that evident and color remains strong.

Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 100
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 100, 100% crop
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 200
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 200, 100% crop
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 400
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 400, 100% crop
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 800
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 800, 100% crop
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 1600
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 1600, 100% crop
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 3200
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
ISO 3200, 100% crop

Based on my own experience with the ELPH 300 HS, images produced in low light were better than with most point and shoot cameras. The three images that follow were taken at ISO 400, 800 and 1600, and they all appear to be of similar good quality, with minimal noise and good color.

Canon 300 HS Sample Image
400 ISO
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
800 ISO
Canon 300 HS Sample Image
1600 ISO

Additional Sample Images

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