Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Review

Review posted 03/26/2014

Quick Take
  • High image quality
  • Powerful 12X zoom lens
  • Good low light performance (stills)
  • Aufo focus is quick
  • Creative Shot mode creates artsy shots
  • My Colors tweaks offer a lot of control
  • Mobile Device Connect button eases Wi-Fi sharing
  • NFC (Near Field Connection) simplifies Wi-Fi connections
  • HD movies shot in daylight look very good
  • Aperture is limited at full telephoto
  • High-speed burst limits files to 4M
  • Flash is weak and slow to recharge
  • Movie quality suffers in daytime shade
  • Effects can't be applied to movies
  • No manual or semi-manual modes
  • LCD resolution is a moderate 461,000 dots
  • Body feels like fragile plastic
  • USB cable not included
Bottom Line
This little ELPH delivers a lot of power and convenience, with as 12X zoom and NFC Wi-Fi on board. Creative Shot mode delivers artsy results, and image quality is high overall. If you don't need an extremely fast lens or a quick full-resolution burst mode, this slim point-and-shoot is worth a good look. Read more in our Full Conclusion. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Canon announced the PowerShot ELPH 340 HS point-and-shoot digicam at CES 2014. It features a 12x optical zoom lens (25-300mm in 35mm terms), a 16-megapixel HS (High Sensitivity) CMOS image sensor, DIGIC 4+ image processor, and Full HD 1080p video recording. Basically, this is a sub-$200 digicam with a nice zoom range that is capable of capturing appealing images in various lighting conditions.

There's also built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies. Press the Mobile Device Connect Button to pair your ELPH 340 HS with an smartphone or tablet running the iOS or Android Canon Camera Window app. From there, connect to a PC, upload your images and videos to the internet, back-up files on the Canon Image Sync Cloud, and much, much more.

Next, Hybrid AUTO Mode "allows you to record up to four second of video every time you shoot a still image, and then automatically join the clips and pictures into a video that captures the essence of a vacation, and important event, or anytime you are shooting many shots in a day." It's basically a Highlight Reel for your day or event, which is really cool... except for the fact that Hybrid AUTO Mode is limited to 720p HD Video rather than 1080p. A bit of a bummer, but understandable.

Finally, new to most of the 2014 Canon models, we have Creative Shot Mode. What is it? The ELPH 340 HS has 46 different Filter Effects (divided into four different categories) to stylize your shots. But in Creative Shot Mode, the ELPH 340 HS automatically chooses from five of the filters to render out five alternate versions of your image, while keeping the original.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS features:
  • 16-megapixel HS CMOS image sensor
  • 12x optical zoom lens
    • 25-300mm focal range
  • OIS
  • 3.0-inch LCD with 461k dots
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • 1080p HD with dedicated release
  • Wi-Fi with NFC tech
    • Mobile Device Connect button
  • Hybrid AUTO Mode
  • Creative Shot Mode -- 46 Filters, divided into:
    • Retro
    • Monochrome
    • Special
    • Natural
  • SD card slot
  • Li-ion battery pack

The ELPH 340 HS is available in Purple, Silver, or Black with a MSRP of $199.99. Click our lowest price button at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
  • Battery Pack NB-11LH
  • Battery Charger CB-2LF
  • Wrist Strap WS-800

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