Canon IXUS 300 HS Point & Shoot Digital Camera Red
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Canon IXUS 300 HS Point & Shoot Digital Camera Red - Expert Reviews
Canon IXUS series is definitely, the eye candy of camera world, with every camera shouting “Style matters”, Canon IXUS 300 is pretty much one of the best built cameras in the world today, the very design symbolising panache alongside the glossy metal finishing. Most notably it's the first IXUS to feature the company's new High Sensitivity system, or HS for short. This employs a new back-illuminated 10 Megapixel CMOS sensor which claims superior low-light capabilities, to add to these features is an optical zoom with 28-105mm equivalent coverage and a brighter than average aperture of f2.0-5.3. When zoomed-out, the f2.0 aperture gathers twice as much light as one at f2.8, which means under the same conditions you could use half the sensitivity for better quality or a shutter speed twice as fast to better freeze action or minimise camera-shake. Coupled with the sensible resolution and a maximum sensitivity of 3200 ISO (at the full image size), Canon IXUS 300 HS promises to be an above average performer in low light. The high speed read-out of the CMOS sensor also allows the IXUS 300 HS IS to offer video recording at 720p HD resolution, and as a CMOS type, the sensor also avoids the vertical streaking seen on many CCD-based models. Video is accompanied by stereo sound and you can also optically adjust the zoom while filming. Further leveraging the speed of the sensor is a new Super Slow Motion mode which captures video at 240fps, eight times faster than normal. When played back at 30fps, these videos slow the action by eight times.
Coupled with the sensible resolution and a maximum sensitivity of 3200 ISO (at the full image size), Canon IXUS 300 HS promises to be an above average performer in low light. The high speed read-out of the CMOS sensor also allows the IXUS 300 HS IS to offer video recording at 720p HD resolution, and as a CMOS type, the sensor also avoids the vertical streaking seen on many CCD-based models. Video is accompanied by stereo sound and you can also optically adjust the zoom while filming.
Design and Build Quality
The exact dimensions of Canon IXUS 300 HS measure 100mm x 54mm x 23.6mm and weighing 175g (6.17oz) including battery and card, the IXUS 300 HS / SD4000 IS sits roughly in the middle of today's compacts: it's not as slim as models like Canon IXUS 130, but equally not as tall or thick as typical super-zoom models. The build and design of this camera is simply fantastic. The metal body has smooth joins and nicely rounded edges which never catch. The smooth front surface has no grip to speak of, but the cross-hatched Canon logo provides surprising purchase for your right middle finger, while your thumb presses against the control wheel on the rear; the combination allows a pretty secure hold even when one-handed, although there's also plenty of room for your left hand to provide further stability without obscuring the lens, flash or screen. As the dimensions say, the device is highly portable and can slip into the pocket very easily.
Focus and Face Detection
Canon IXUS 300 HS is equipped with two main Autofocus systems: Face AiAF and Centre. When set to the former, the camera defaults to a nine-area system, but seamlessly switches to Face Detection should a human subject be detected. Like other recent Canon compacts, this works well in practice and ensures you never have to worry about manually selecting Face Detection – and once it locks onto a face, the camera easily tracks it even to almost complete profile. Selecting Centre understandably switches to a single AF area in the middle of the frame, which can be adjusted in size between normal and small; annoyingly you can't move it around the composition though, so to lock the focus off-centre, you'll need to half-press the shutter release and recompose.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Canon IXUS 300 is equipped with a 3.8x zoom that's equivalent to 28-105mm while sporting a brighter than average focal ratio of f2.0-5.3. This not only gives Canon IXUS 300 HS wide-angle coverage but greater light gathering power than typical compacts (at least when zoomed-out to 28mm). You can see an example of its coverage below, and further examples of how you can use it in our sample images Gallery.The 3.8x optical zoom may be lacking the glamour and reach of super-zoom models, but by offering wide angle coverage and sufficient telephoto for portraits, it delivers a usable walk-around range. What makes the lens on the IXUS 300 HS really special though is its focal ratio of f2.0-5.3. Average point-and-shoot cameras with similar zoom ranges typically have a focal ratio of f2.8 when zoomed-out to their widest angle settings. The f2.0 focal ratio of the camera when zoomed-out allows it to gather twice as much light, which means under the same conditions you could halve its sensitivity. This is a big advantage when you consider the quality difference between 200 and 400, or 400 and 800 ISO on compact cameras. Gathering twice as much light alternatively allows you to use a shutter speed twice as fast, which is obviously useful for better freezing action or avoiding camera shake.
Screen and Menus
Canon IXUS 300 HS is equipped with a 3in widescreen (16:9) display with 230k pixels. This is an interesting choice as while it's a perfect fit when filming (or playing) HD movies, normal photos at the best quality setting will occupy a smaller portion in the middle of the screen, with thick black bars running down either side. The flip-side though is having HD movies filling the screen, whereas on normal displays you'll have black bars running above and below. As such, widescreen movies are displayed much larger on the Canon than they are on models with 4:3 shaped screens. You can also choose to take stills in a cropped 16:9 mode, which may have a lower vertical resolution, but will fill the screen, and of course this mode will also be the perfect fit for slideshows on widescreen TVs. As soon as you zoom-into an image during playback, it'll also fill the screen, regardless of its original shape.
Canon IXUS 300 HS is powered by the NB-6L rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack. Canon claims it's good for 250 shots under CIPA conditions, which is fairly typical for a camera of this size and class. The battery pack can also be switched for the optional ACK-DC40 AC adapter kit for mains operation. In use we actually managed to get closer to 350 shots per charge with several minutes of HD video, albeit with low flash use and minimal playback.
Canon IXUS 300 HS offers a variety of movie modes with stereo sound. When set to Normal in the menu, you can choose between 320x240, 640x480 or 1280x720 pixels, all at 30fps (29.97 actual), and you have the additional choice of applying Canon's Colour Swap or Colour Accent modes for special effects.
Measuring 1/2.3 inches, the CMOS sensor is the same size as those found in comparable compacts, but to improve the low light capabilities, Canon's held-back on the resolution. So rather than packing 14 Megapixels or more, the IXUS 300 HS / SD4000 IS offers a relatively modest 10 Megapixels. The images are 4:3 in shape with a maximum resolution of 3648x2736 pixels.
Brighter than average lens (at wide angle).
Sensible resolution delivers better low-light results.
720p HD movies and slow motion video at 240fps.
Great auto along with Aperture and Shutter Priority.
Fast continuous shooting at full resolution.
Compelling rivals at similar price.
Best quality 4:3 mode looks small on wide display.
Minimal labelling on rear controls.
Some focus-drifting in videos under low light.
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Canon IXUS 300 HS Point & Shoot Digital Camera Red Specifications
Focal Length 28 - 105 mm
Aperture Range f/2.0 - f/5.3
Shooting Modes Auto, Aperture Priority, Beach, Color Accent, Color Swap, Face Self-Timer, Fireworks, Fish-Eye Effect, Foliage, High-Speed Burst, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Low Light, Miniature Effect, Movie Smile, Night Snapshot, Program, Portrait, Smart Shutter, Snow, Stitch Assist, Shutter Priority, Wink Self-Timer