Features & Controls

The ELPH 300 HS features a 5x (24 - 120mm in the 35mm format) optical zoom lens. When powered down, the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in lens cover closes to protect the lens. This is a fast lens, with a maximum aperture range of f/2.7(w) - f/5.9(t), further enhancing the camera's low-light abilities.

Canon has also included their proven optical image stabilization system on the 300 HS, which help ensure you photos are free from blur when shooting at slower shutter speeds, or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range.

With a TTL autofocus system, the camera will automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. Focusing range is 2.0 in. (5cm) to infinity(W), 3ft (90cm) to infinity(T) in normal mode and macro coverage is 1.2 in.- 1.6 ft./3-50cm (W). The autofocus is light-assisted and works properly even in the dark.

Note: while collecting information on the focus range from the user manual, we noticed some discrepancies between the specs listed in the manual and those listed on Canon's website.


The built-in flash offers Auto, On, Slow Synchro, and Off modes. It has a flash range of 1.6-11.5ft./ 50cm - 3.5m (Wide angle), and 3 - 6.6 ft./90cm - 2.0m (Telephoto) when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto.


On the back of the ELPH 300 HS is a 2.7-inch TFT color LCD screen with approximately 230k dots. Other features include a 'Quick-bright' function which switches the brightness to the highest setting by pressing the DISP button for 1 second, as well as five other brightness levels available via the menu. When shooting in dark lighting, the LCD is automatically brightened to make it easier to frame and focus on the subject.


Also located on the back are a group of buttons and a 4-way pad that is used for changing most of the camera functions and navigating through menus. Starting from the top: the red record button will start and stop video capture, directly beside that is the camera mode switch that selects between Auto/Program mode, below these is the 4-way pad with the func./set button in the middle, bottom left is the Play button that takes you to the playback screen, and lastly we have the Menu button that will direct you to all camera menus. The 4-way pad is also offers several setting shortcuts to frequently used options; up will access the exposure compensation, right is the flash mode, left is the macro key, and down will change the display options in record or playback modes. The set/func. button will select options and can take you to the function shortcut menu.


The top of the ELPH 300 HS has only three controls. First we see the power on/off button, then the shutter release with the zoom toggle wrapped around it. In playback mode the zoom toggle will access the camera's index (wide), or the zoom/crop option (tele).


On the right side at the top of the ELPH 300 HS are the I/O (Input/Output) ports. The top port is the built-in combination port that handles both standard Audio/Video output and USB connection. With the provided cables, you can either connect the camera to you PC set for standard definition playback of photos and video, or trasfer images to your PC/Mac with the USB cable, along with direct printing from a PictBridge compliant printer. At the bottom you can see mini-HDMI port that connects the camera to a HDTV set (cable is optional).


The PowerShot ELPH 300 HS has a card slot that supports use of SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+ or HC (High Capacity) MMC+ cards; No card is included in the kit. We show the SanDisk Ultra II 4GB SDHC memory card. Canon claims that you can capture approximately 1231 images onto the 4GB card, and about 15 mins. of video recording.


The ELPH 300 HS comes with a Canon NB-4L 3.7v 760mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims the NB-4L can snap up to 220 still images or 300 min. of continuous playback on a single charge (using CIPA Standard testing.) The supplied battery charger plugs directly in the wall socket with fold away prongs and charges the battery out of the camera which is very handy if you have a second battery (highly recommended!)

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