Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS Review

Preview posted 01/05/2016 by Michael Palmer
Full review posted 02/29/2016 by Kyle Schurman

Quick Take
  • Fast performance in non-flash photos
  • 12x optical zoom nice to find in thin camera
  • Image stabilization feature works well
  • Overall image quality is good
  • Sharp LCD screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
  • Good collection of special effect shooting modes
  • Full HD video recording available
  • Stylish camera available in silver, black, and purple
  • Camera is very easy to use
  • Small camera fits easily in a pocket
  • Good price point
  • Low light image quality could be better
  • Embedded flash is too small and can suffer from vignetting
  • Maximum ISO setting of only 3200
  • Camera runs too slowly when using the flash
  • Full resolution continuous shot mode should be faster
  • No full manual control shooting mode and no RAW shooting format
  • Battery life could be better
  • Inclusion of toggle switch to access some special effects is odd and confusing
  • Maximum aperture of lens is below average at f/3.6
  • No articulated or touch screen LCD
Bottom Line
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS is a nice camera, considering its price point, as it compares favorably to other models that are similarly priced. It has a 12x optical zoom lens in a camera that measures less than 1 inch in thickness, which is a nice feature. It has almost no shutter lag, which is impressive in this price point. But the ELPH 360 is nearly identical to last year's ELPH 350, which means you might want to consider the older model instead, because it will be available at a discounted price. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS is a 12x optical zoom lens point-and-shoot camera with built-in image stabilization and a 20.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of Full 1080p HD video recording. With the DIGIC 4+ image processor on board, you're looking at a slim camera that boasts a versatile zoom range for all kinds of photography.

Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (with a dedicated Wi-Fi button) allow for easy backup and sharing of image files, while Hybrid Auto and Story Highlights offer two different types of highlight reel automation. In Hybrid Auto, video clips are recorded before each still image and arranged in a highlight reel, while Story Highlights automatically combines still image and video from your recent adventures.

PowerShot ELPH 360 HS Features
  • 20.2 MP CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • 12x optical zoom lens
  • 3.0 inch LCD screen
  • Image Stabilization
  • Full 1080p HD video
  • Hybrid Auto Feature
  • Built-in Wi-FI (with a dedicated button)
  • NFC
  • Story Highlights mode

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS is available in Black, Silver and Purple, with a suggested retail price of $209.99. See our best price box at the top right of this page to see current online pricing at a variety of online retailers.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot ELPH 360 HS
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • Battery Pack NB-11L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LF
  • Leaflet Getting Started


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